CHEW VALLEY has produced the biggest pike of the year so far with a 38 lb beast to Phil Wakeford.
The experienced 56-year-old piker smashed his previous best of 37 lb with the Somerset stonker. It’s his ninth 30 – all coming from different venues.
Phil, a former president of the Pike Anglers Club, thought it was going to be a non-starter after boats were not allowed on the vast venue due to 35 mph winds.
Southampton, Hampshire-based Roger revealed: ‘I was float fishing in 14 ft of cloudy water with a fillet of mackerel popped up 6 in. off the bottom with two size 4 trebles when my float disappeared. I quickly wound in the slack then struck and set the hooks.’
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