Caption: Nathan Edgell shows off the biggest river pike caught in the UK in 2013 so far at 34lb 10oz.
Pic: Angler’s Mail

Pike season is upon us in the UK with a couple of really big girls reported. Nathan Edgell snaffled the biggest river pike of 2013 with this 34lb 10oz beauty, the Dorset angler using a rudd bait under and overhanging willow tree. 

On the trout water front Chew Reservoir has been dominating the headlines of late with a magnificent venue record fish of 43lb to Tom Mills. It’s the biggest pike caught anywhere in the UK in 2013 and sets a new venue record. 
But Anglian Water’s Rutland Water showed it should not be dismissed after producing a 33lb 4oz fish. 

Polish angler Artu Brzozowski was fishing for zander with a 15cm Shad over a deep water area when the 33lb 4oz fish took. It measured 114cm long. 

Meanwhile Llandegfedd Reservoir in Wales, the venue which produced the current British record of 46lb 13oz in 1992, is set to re-open its doors to pike anglers in 2014 after a five year gap.

The venue produced seven pike over 40lb in a golden period from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s.
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