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ANGLING: Massive Thames pike goes 29.1.0
10:00am Saturday 16th March 2013 in Sport
BIG pike specialist Marc Dibsdall, from Marston, has added another magnificent specimen to his CV in the shape of a 29lb 1.0oz fish – his best from a river.
Dibsdall, who had a 33.3.0 fish from Linch Hill last year, came within a few ounces of joining an exclusive club of those who have caught 30lb fish from both stillwaters and rivers. But it was hard graft.
He reports: “It came after a hell of a lot of walking, a lot of of crayfish, a lot of blanks and a lot of questioning my sanity!
“I found one spot holding a lot of low doubles, so I turned my focus to that.
“I continued my bombardment of pre-baiting, three times a week and my luck changed. “I started at around 2pm, and after a quite spell and no bites, I decide to move a swim down, dropping my bait under a tree.
“Within seconds, it was taken, but after a few minutes the fish came off – I was gutted!
“I nearly packed up, especially after getting caught in the tree on my second cast and snapping off, but hoping the big fish was still about, I set up again.
“Within minutes, the float disappeared into the depths, and over the next ten minutes there was a epic struggle before I netted her.”
He telephoned his brother, Luke, who also has a stillwater 30-pounder to his credit, and he took the pictures before the fish was returned.
Marc used a Drennan slider float, with Titanium trace wire, Esox trebles, and a popped-up roach injected with mackerel oil.