A BBC PRESENTER landed a surprise 13 lb brown trout during filming - whilst fishing for pike.

Experienced angler Will Millard was in the middle of filming a new BBC fishing series when the monster screamed off.

He was targeting big pike at the World-famous Chew Valley Lake in Somerset, and legered a whole joey mackerel.

Will said: “I was convinced it was going to be my new pike PB and was absolutely shocked when the giant brownie rolled at the net.

“Chew is an extraordinary fishery, and although the piking has been hard this season, fish like this go to show the enormous big fish potential of this place is undiminished.”

Will, the author of The Old Man And The Sand Eel, starred with his Chew brown trout in Angler’s Mail magazine’s big catch gallery.

As reported in Angler’s Mail, Chew has been noticeably out of form for big pike during the autumn of 2018.

It was also recently the scene of a tragic drowning of an elderly fly angler.

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