PLENTY of anglers aspire to one day catching a pike over 20 lb - but Jamie Plant has just notched up 100 of them from a variety of natural venues!
The 44-year-old, from Nottingham, took his tally into triple figures when he tackled a Fen drain in Cambridgeshire for this 22 lb 4 oz cracker.
All bar one of his twenties have come from non-trout waters, and include eight 30s and 28 over 25 lb.
Jamie enthused: “When I first started pike fishing 20 years ago I can remember wanting to catch a twenty, but I never thought that one day I would have had a hundred of them!
“Only one of them has come from a trout water and that was thirty – I’m not knocking those venues, I just prefer wild windy drains or unfished gravel pits.
“A lot of my 20s have come from the Fens – I’ve had them from 31 different venues in total – and I just love the fact that I can get away from other anglers and there are miles of drains to explore.
“I’ve even been fishing some tiny land drains, and it is amazing what they can hold as I had a thirty from one that was just 20 ft across and two-and-a-half foot deep.”
Mystery and enjoyment
“In the last few years I’ve been catching less big fish – I’ve had something like 30 twenties in the past five years – but have really enjoyed my fishing and the mystery it provides.
“It has been a slow year so far and this is only my second twenty, but the weather has been really funny and it has been warmer than usual. In quite a few venues the weed hasn’t even died back yet.
“I think a lot of people don’t realise just how difficult it is to go and catch a 30, or even a twenty, from a natural venue these days,” added Jamie, who has had 20s off of canals, rivers, lakes and drains.
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