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craigspc2000
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Blimey, I can't believe that I overlooked that.  I could have sworn that I'd checked the bittons half a dozen times!

I'll give it a go in a moment.  Thanks for your help keith.

Craig.

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Thanks for the help again. I hope this works!

I sent these photos to the Angling times a long time ago, but they sent the photo back, stating that they couldn't print it due to the fact that I had no weight.  

I remember my knees going to jelly the moment I saw the fish rise in the water.  It came up horizontally and I honestly didn't think it was a pike I'd hooked.  There had been so much talk of salt water entering the river that (as a teenager), for a split second I was trying to think of what kind of sea fish could have entered the waters (silly I know).

At 52 inches long, it's certainly the longest fish I've ever caught.  The head was just under 13 inches long, by 9 inches wide, and the most amazing thing was that although it's jaws were rough, it only had about 6-8 proper teeth that I could see.  Because the rule that I measured the fish with was a foldable wooden one, I couldn't get a half decent measurement of it's girth.  However, it was obvious that it was a female that had spawned as the belly was quite flabby.

Unhooking the thing was a heck of a job though, because when removing my hooks from it I noticed another set of trebles tacking the back of its throat together.  I was worried that the fish was going to die with the time it took to remove them, but the fish was returned safely to the water after I resorted to cutting the barbs off with the cutting edge of a set of pliers via the gill covers.  I was horrified to see that the set of hooks that I removed were attached directly to nylon of no more than 8-10lb!  Even at my age (about 17/18 at the time) I had the common sense to fish with a wire trace.  What's with these folk?

Anyway, if anyone could help give me some soft of weight estimate I'd be very happy.

Regards,
Craig.

PS.  If anyone is wondering what the odd looking keepnet is at the top of the boat, it is a soft keepnet about 4.5 feet accross by 7 feet long that we made ourselves for bream fishing from a boat at night.  Because our normal net has the tendency of falling vertically in the water and forcing big fish to sit on their head, this one is much more convenient (and in my opinion) better for the fish Smile  



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Hi Craig aka craigspc2000 Playful Wink

I should think it`s in the range of 18lb/20lb Cheers

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hi craigspc2000,
i go with colingy with that 18/20 odd lbs.
Confused

michael & tony

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Try www.pacgb.co.uk/aboutpike/weightforlength.html. It might help. Cheesy

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That did'nt work. I hate computers.

Try www.pacgb.co.uk .Then click on SITE SEARCH  In the box enter WEIGHT FOR LENGTH then click on number one.  Cheesy.

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Hi Craig,

Although I'm not usually keen on weight guessing websites, the link provided by Cheesyquaver is right about one thing...  If that pike was 52 inches long, it was almost certainly over 40 Lb.  I can see that the head of the pike comes half was accross your forearm in the first photo, so there's no way that this is a 20lb fish. Those teeth also look as big as the top section of your finger! Ouch!

If on hickling, Id've moved to the main stream and looked for a boat with some weighing scales! I fing it pointless to catch a fish like this and not weigh it!

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Well, I have whitnessed a fish that was weighed at 30lb 2 oz from above Sniterby lock on the river Ancholm, and yes, the one I caught was about 7-8 inches longer and and much broader too.

However, to your suggestion of looking for another boat to weigh the fish, I strongly believe that putting her back in the water as soon as possible was the right thing to do, especially considering how long it had taken me to remove the other angler's hooks.  It certainly was a fish of a lifetime, however, despite the fact that I was kicking myself for not having any scales, if the fish was to have died it would  (for me) have  removed every ounce of pleasure out of catching it..

I love fishing, but I would rather not catch a fish and know it lived than allow it to die purely for the sake of knowing its weight.  The fish has to come first in my view.

Of course, I'm sure you're not suggesting that it's better to know a fish's weight than to let it live.

Cheers,
Craig.

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I'll say 20+ Craig.

Nice pike!!

Charlie Bettell
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I have caught pike of 52in weighing only 22lb.

This pike weighed 22lb and went 52in:-

[img]http://www.norfolk-broads.freeserve.co.uk/PhotoAlbum/images/CB-Pike2.jpg[/img]

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