To celebrate the festive period, we bring you the best ten stories of 2014, posted up on each of the last ten days of the year. This is the final story of the ten - and what a stunner!
THE Wykeham Lakes monster pike was sensationally landed just TWO OUNCES below the British record at 46 lb 11 oz to Wyndon Coole.
It’s a close call, but this must rank as the most talked-about news story of 2014, and the catch proved to be a huge hit when it appeared on the Mail’s front cover (below).
In a memorable session back in January, Wyndon came agonisingly close to the 46 lb 13 oz best caught by Roy Lewis in South Wales back in 1992. Roy’s giant still tops the British record list here on the Angler’s Mail website.
Wyndon matted his beast from North Yorkshire’s Wykeham’s 7.5-acre Trout Lake, after some experts believed the pike might have died. It hadn’t been seen since Andy O’Connor equaled the English record with it at 46 lb back in March 2012.
The fishery had more upheaval after that catch as fishery manager Mike Heelis lost his lease. It was feared the awesome fish could be moved and the fishing completely stopped as the owners were planning to turn the whole venue into a massive holiday complex.
But the British record chance became firmly back on when the water’s lease was taken over by Jake Finnigan, the first angler to catch the pike back in February 2011 at 40 lb 3 oz while doing work experience there. Jake set up a small winter pike syndicate.
Coach trimmer Wyndon, who caught the fish at 45 lb 14 oz in March 2011, was totally chuffed to catch his new English record.
After landing the stunning fish, Wyndon told Angler’s Mail magazine: ‘There’s now a small syndicate of eight of us on there including Neville Fickling (pike expert and a former British record holder).
‘We weren’t 100 per cent sure the fish was alive as it can get weedy but no body had been found so were all fishing for her.
‘The syndicate started November 1 but there hasn’t been a lot out, just a few doubles. I had some time off work and managed a few doubles and a 25-pounder but that was the biggest under the new syndicate until the big girl again.
‘On the this trip I’d got there about 8.30 am and had a few takes from trout so I slightly moved my baits and set my float a bit deeper in about 14 ft of water.
‘About three hours in I had a take and as soon as I hooked it I knew it was a very big fish and when I would down to it just didn’t turn.
‘It gave a good fight and I had a problem of a steep ledge in front of me but after a few hard runs I got her over it and in the net.
‘Jake was on hand to witness it and he zeroes the scales and it went 46 lb 13 oz but we got them checked at Weights and Measure straight away and they were weighing 2 oz heavy so the pike was 46 lb 11 oz.
‘It didn’t both me it wasn’t a record and it’s such a dream fish. And it is growing as I first measure it at 45.5 in. in 2011 and now it is 47 in long so there’s room for more weight,’ added Wyndon, 48, from Scarborough.
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