October 5, 2008

Big Pike Reports Scotched

Management at Blithfield Reservoir have denied reports suggesting a record-breaking pike has been caught at the site.

Although primarily an 80-acre trout fishing water, the reservoir, near Abbots Bromley, is opened up each year for anglers to hunt the big pike known to inhabit the north and south lakes.

With just a month to go before the next annual big fish assault, anglers at the Pike Anglers Club conference in Stoneleigh, near Coventry, were all talking of the capture of a monster almost 3lb above the present British record of 46lb 13oz.

That fish was also caught from a trout water, the Llandegfedd Reservoir, Wales, in 1992.

But the fisheries staff at Blithfield know nothing of such a big fish catch.

A spokesman for South Staffs Water said: "Although we know of the rumours circulating in the sport, there is no official record of a big pike having been caught, and we would expect to know if any such catch has been made.

"Cynics could say that the news is just in time for the sale of the tickets to fish Blithfield for pike this year, but we have to go through this story every year at this time, so we treat it as just a rumour."

Blithfield is one of the more famous British pike waters.

A best of 41lb 8oz fell to St Helens rod Eric Edwards in 2001.

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