ANGLING: Old Somerby angler Josh nets monster pike at Belvoir

Josh Burrows shows off his 28-pounder pike at Belvoir Lakes.
Josh Burrows shows off his 28-pounder pike at Belvoir Lakes.
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An Old Somerby angler caught a record pike last weekend.

Josh Burrows’ 28lb monster is believed to have beaten the previous record for the Belvoir Lakes venue by around 3lb.

Twenty-year-old Josh, who has only been an angler for three years, was fishing for carp with his brother throughout the weekend.

He decided to put a pike rod out late on Sunday afternoon and was astounded to hook the leviathon on his spinner, although the predatory fish put up surprisingly little resistance, taking only around a minute to land.

Josh said: “It didn’t put up much of a fight. It felt like I had hooked the bottom.”

His previous best pike weighed in at 11½lb and was caught at the A1 Pit, Newark. Josh has also bagged several carp over 20lb in his short fishing career.

l Bottesford and District Angling Association’s first open match of the season took place on Grantham Canal at Stenwith and Muston.

The only angler to hit double figures was P. Gilbert who nearly nearly 13lb of fish.

Results: 1 P. Gilbert 12.14.00, 2 J. Brockway 9.08.00, 3 D. Hicklin 7.03.08, 4 J. Marcier 5.14.00, 5 G. King 5.05.00, 6 J. Farrow 5.00.00.

Bottesford & DAA’s next match is the Norman Chenowerth Open on Grantham Canal on April 13.

The draw will be made at 9am in the Red Lion, Bottesford, where full English breakfasts will be available from 7.45am onwards.