PIKE mecca Chew Valley Lake in Somerset threw up this chunky 31 lb 8 oz specimen despite bait fishing not now being allowed.

Rugby, Warwickshire-based Vernon Novy bagged the big ‘un under the eye of guide John Horsey, who said: “He’d fished the pike trials with baits and lures several times before and never caught a fish. One day with the fly and a new personal best!”

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