IONUT MITREA needed to do a bit of DIY to a new lure and it resulted in this pristine 24 lb 8 oz pike from a local lake.

The 31-year-old night shift supervisor had the tail of a new 18 cm Quantum Yolo Swim Shad taken by a fish.

He replaced it with one from an old battered lure… and it paid off.

Northampton-based Ionut said: “I unpacked a new lure in the zander pattern and on my first cast I briefly hooked a fish.

“It was just on for two seconds, and it escaped with half of my lure.

“After couple hours I went back to the same spot.

“This time I took the tail from another shad and I glued it on the new one.

“I cast out and I caught this beautiful pike,” concluded Ionut.

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