TOM KINSELLA tempted one of the biggest pike of the season away from the trout meccas of Chew and Blagdon when he pioneered his way to this 35 lb 6 oz beast.

The burly ground-worker had been desperate to beat his old PB of 17 lb that he caught four years ago.

And he did it on a grim day, striking as snow began to blow hard into his face, as you can see in the picture above.

Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire-based Tom explained: “I was fishing a reservoir in the North West I would rather not name it as it’s not very well known for pike and I worked hard to find info on it.

“The reservoir used to be a trout water many years ago but hasn’t been stocked in 15 years and I had a hunch it could do a big pike.

“The weather was grim, with rain and snow blowing sideways about 30 miles per hour.

“I walked around with a fish-finder to find a decent depth with a good drop-off within casting distance.

“I had the fish on a float legered joey mackerel a couple of rod lengths out

“I have been trying hard to break my PB for four years and this one completely smashed it.

“I took a few different angles of the fish, as when you look at pictures I’m 6 ft 6 in. and 21 stone which always makes the fish look smaller,” concluded Tom, 34.

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