DACE record holder and all-round spessy ace Simon ‘Busta’ Ashton completed a ten-year quest for a 20 lb pike from a Lincolnshire lake with this PB 29 lb 2 oz stunner.
The 42-year-old from Durham caught her on a small 10 g rubber shad lure.
Simon explained: “For around a decade I’ve been travelling down to a Lincolnshire water trying to catch a 20 lb pike.
“Closest I’ve come is 19 lb but deep down inside I knew the place had the potential to smash that figure into oblivion.
“I arrived at the venue to find conditions spot on for a day’s lure fishing. I decided to scale everything down and head into the middle of the lake away from the other anglers.
“Five casts in and the biggest, fattest pike I’ve ever seen in the UK had seized my tiny rubber jig.
“Amazingly the 18 lb E-S-P ghost fluorocarbon leader and 10lb micro braid main line held long enough for my mate Ryan Craggs to skilfully net her. Talk about a bonny pike,” he concluded.
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