MATT HAYLOCK took a year finding a good area of a secret Midlands river and the effort paid off with this superb 27 lb pike.
Dunmow, Essex-based Matt legered a joey mackerel very close in with a size 8 Fox treble trace and a sliding lead and added a 12 lb pike.
Matt explained: “ I was over the moon with this as it puts 7 lb on my PB and it took me and a pal a year to find so I can’t name the venue.
“This fish was so wide across the back I think you could of saddled it up and ridden it but that would be for a skinny person and not me at 20 stone,” he added.
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