IT'S pike fishing season for many anglers, and Angler's Mail magazine has been bringing full reports and advice for all predator fans.

Amongst the stunning catches so far, a  Lure Angling Society fish-in on Somerset’s Chew Valley Lake produced a bumper winning pike haul that including personal best snappers of 36 lb 13 oz and 33 lb 15 oz to the winning pair.

Adrian Hawes landed the biggest esox and his boat partner Ian Crook the next best, and between them they also had specimens of 29 lb 2 oz (pictured above), 26 lb 9 oz, 24 lb and 20 lb 14 oz, plus four low doubles.

Project manager Ian from Wokingham, Berkshire, explained: “Until two years ago we both used to fish Chew regularly and on a huge water like that, local knowledge is highly advantageous, and I am exclusively a lure angler which also helps.”

Ian and his 33 lb 15 oz pike - the session was covered in detail in Angler's Mail magazine.

Ian and his 33 lb 15 oz pike – the session was covered in detail in Angler’s Mail magazine.

“We headed first to an area we know to be productive but found it to be too weedy for lure fishing, so after a while moved to a similar but slightly deeper area 400 yards away that was weed free.

The pair scored on Rapala Super Shadwrap lures, and they were not the only ones to catch fine fish.

A full account of the epic day – which saw loads of giant perch – was enjoyed exclusively by Angler’s Mail readers. A picture of the biggest fish, 36 lb 13 oz, won a Korum Specimen Cup weekly award for Adrian.

Meanwhile, it’s not just Chew that delivered some fine autumn sport as the main ‘pike fishing season’ got underway.

Over in Northern Ireland, Robert McGrath caught this smashing PB 35 lb pike from Lough Erne using a roach deadbait on float tackle. The mega predator also exclusively seen in Angler’s Mail print magazine.

The 53-year-old tool setter from Laurencetown in County Armagh had a toilet break to thank for his PB as he was initially boat fishing, but returned to land as his mate needed to go, and that’s when the fish was tempted.

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