Davy's Big Pike!

Davy with his new PB Pike!
One of the biggest pike to be caught in Scotland this season has been landed at the weight of 36lb 3oz by GAC staff member, Davy McGuire. Landed in the first few days of 2012, the big fish was caught from a trout fishery and the fish, caught by David on just his second ever visit to the venue, fell for a legered popped up bluey deadbait after he missed out on the swim he originally wanted to fish! Davy said...

“When I got to the Loch I had already chosen my swim in my head, but it had already been taken, luckily me and my fishing partner made the choice to fish the far side of the Loch after that, a decision that ended up with me catching the fish of the lifetime.”

After a frustrating start to the session saw Davy suffer from a number of dropped runs on his baits, when the big fish came along there was no such problem.

“My indicator dropped back slightly before moving slowly upwards as the fish swam off with the bait, I held the braid mainline to feel the fish and then struck into what felt like a sizeable pike! the fish made several very strong runs and when I saw her in the water I thought she would be around 20lb. I had a bit of trouble with her closer in because I was fishing close to a wooden jetty which see kept going for. Luckily my colleague Paul Doyle had his waders on and managed to net her out in the water, and once on the unhooking mat the trebles just dropped out meaning I could have lost her if I’d played her to the bank.”

On the scales the fish went past the 36lb mark, smashing to pieces Davy’s previous personal best pike of 18lb 9oz.

“It was such an amazing fish to catch and I’m still over the moon. The first time I fished Loch Fad I was lucky enough to net a 33lb pike for Paul, and I never thought the next visit he’d be doing the same for me with an even bigger fish!”

David beat his prize fish using a Greys Prowla 3.5lb TC bait rod with 44lb Power Pro braided mainline to a 30lb Fox Carboflex trace and size 4 semi barbless trebles.