Before the pike season ended, Essex angler Daniel Dale latched into this 31lb 4oz beast – a fish that obliterated his PB.
Targeting a local stillwater, Daniel had been fishing two deadbait rods all day without any joy, but with the fishery about to close, he decided to inject a bit of life into his 6ins roach baits.
“I had 20 minutes left, so gave my baits a jerk to see if I could stir something into taking,” he told us.
“Nothing happened with the first rod, but after lifting the second I saw this massive pike follow it in and take the bait!
"It put up a strange fight, causing more commotion on the bank than in the water, but I’m absolutely chuffed with the fish.”