MOST surprised angler of the week was the captor of an 11 lb 14 oz bass during a pike fishing session on the Royalty Fishery on the Hampshire Avon, a full three miles in from the sea.

Eddy Widdup was float fishing a headless herring in a slack out of the main flow of the river towards the bottom end of the fishery when he had what looked like a classic pike run.

‘The float wandered off and dipped under. I wound down and hit it and all hell broke loose. It was an epic fight. It took 60 yards of line off me on its first run and I wasn’t fishing light,’ recalled 34-year-old advertising executive Eddy.

For the full story plus news and picture of a 15 lb 15 oz 8 dr barbel from the same day ticket water, read this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine.