Giant river pike smashes shad lure

Incredible capture kicks off predator season in style

Giant river pike smashes shad lure

by Angling Times |

Nathan Edgell has begun his pike season in the best possible way, landing this 31lb 10oz fish on his very first trip to a Wessex river.

Nathan Edgell – 31lb 10oz
Nathan Edgell – 31lb 10oz

It leapt 2ft clear of the water as it smashed into his large, soft plastic shad lure, before crashing back and tearing off at breakneck speed.

For Nathan, it’s the culmination of a six-year search for a river ‘thirty’.

“I was lifting the lure out ready to cast again when this enormous fish exploded out the water and smashed it in mid-air,” he told us.

The lure the giant pike hit
The lure the giant pike hit

“The spray from the splash actually hit me, and the rod was almost ripped from my hands.”

It’s the culmination of a six-year search for a river ‘thirty’
It’s the culmination of a six-year search for a river ‘thirty’

After a nervy fight involving tail-walking and more blistering runs, Nathan finally had the pike in the net.

“It was only after releasing the fish that the enormity of what had happened hit me,” he added.

A great shot of an amazing fish
A great shot of an amazing fish
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