THE pike record hunt is really on with the capture of this stunning 46 lb 8 oz predator.

Darren Clark caught the beast from Wykeham Lakes in North Yorkshire to prove any doubters that the English record pike could be dead.

The fish, which had last come out at an English record 46 lb 11 oz some 23 months previously, could easily go above the record if caught again this winter.

It’s also on the edge of the long-standing 46 lb 13 oz British record set in 1992 at Llandegfedd Reservoir in South Wales. That fish still tops the British coarse fish record list.

Darren’s big catch ended four years of heart-ache as he struggled on the 7.5-acre trout lake. He has now notched TEN 30 lb-plus pike but this was his first from a trout water.

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