Record pike

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60lb fish… do they exist?

On a recent fishing outing I got talking to an old farmer about the his tales of the legendary pike landed when he was just a boy. He laid claim to a record pike of 60lbs and about 6 foot in length being landed by a friend of his on meager tackle using very outdated techniques. It was easy for me to cast his story aside as an old mans exaggerations but what if he was telling the truth?

World record pike

Interested in the prospect of mega pike I took to google. The official world record is 55lb 1oz. caught in Germany in 1986 by angler Lothar Louis and was caught on a spoon no less.

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55lb 1oz. German Pike

There have been other mammoth pike reports larger than this but none  have been properly ratified. In Germany many anglers would tell you the rightful world record is held by Arno Wilhelm. His pike measured 57″ and weighed 67 lbs. This magnificent pike was caught from an abandoned stone quarry in Germany in 1983. Sadly it wasn’t returned!

67lb 4oz pike
67lb 4oz possible world record.

Italy has also proven to be a place for majestic pike. The Italian National record is just 1 oz short of a world record, coming in at 55lb’s. This fish, caught on Lake Maggiore in 2006 is truly a spectacular fish.

55lb Italian pike
The Italian stallion of pike

But what about Ireland?

Well the Irish record, pictured below, is held by Larry Kelly. His mammoth fish came from White lough in 2005 and tipped the scales at massive 42lb 12 oz.

Irish pike record 42lb 12oz
Irish pike record 42lb 12oz

But the tales of giant Irish pike does not rest here. In the early 70’s the records were reset as it was deemed the measurement process was not stringent enough. The old pike record stood since 1920 and listed a 53lb monster pike from lough Conn. Again the legends of great Irish pike do not end there! There are many stories of two great Irish pike to 90 & 92 lbs. These fish were reportedly captured in the late 1800’s on Lough Derg. Call me a pessimist but I can’t imagine there is much truth or accuracy to the accounts for the last two.

My Conclusion

Maybe the old man told the truth, and seeing the fish above there is no real reason to totally doubt him either. For me the only real question is, are those big girls still out there?

The sad reality for me is the health of the river and lakes in Ireland have unquestionably diminished since the 1920’s. The shoals have become smaller, the salmon and sea trout runs more sparse and scarce,  the availability and quality of food is just not what it used to be. I don’t think a 60lb fish can be sustained anymore, but who knows maybe the next cast will change my mind.

I would love to hear your accounts of big pike plus see the pics if you have any.

 

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Record Breaking Pike

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Wait… Weight or Length? What if its a record?

Two interesting articles this week brought a couple of questions up for me as a pike angler. The first article was an Irish Angling Update on the Camlin and District Anglers, Ray Gill Memorial Competition last Sunday at Lanesborough.

The following are the results:

  • 1st. Brendan Griffith and Liam Sweeney 3 fish to 202 cm
  • 2nd. Rafal Plec and Igor Klosowski 3 fish to 200 cm
  • 3rd. Padraig and Ciara Corcoran 3 fish to 196.5 cm
  • 4th Jason and Aaron Carr 3 fish to 189 cm

It begged the question… Whats more important, weight or length?

For me I’ve had rugby ball pike (stumpy and fat), and also lanky pike (skinny and long). I’ve seen 4lb fish that are like eels and 10lb fish that are like fat carp.

I can see the merit in weighing fish but I can also see the huge benefit to the welfare of the fish by only taking a simple measurement. My only experience is with weighing the fish and I couldn’t imagine abandoning this mentality for a new length orientated approach. What are your thoughts on it? Do you care more about one measurement over another? let us know below.

What to do if she pushing the record!

The second article was one from the Brecon & Radnor Express (Not my usual Sunday read). It told of a 13 year old lad fishing the River Wye with his father and landing what he described as a large pregnant pike.

Record Pike

The current record on the Wye is 37lb and has stood for 110years. Unbeknownst to the young angler and his dad they never weighed the fish and quickly returned her to the water.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, this is what you need to do!

For those that don’t know, there is an Irish Specimen Fish Committee  which have a unique set of rules on record recording.

These rules can be accessed here.

To make a long story short, you need to have 3 things; An independent witness, clear photography, and a weight measurement using only a certified scales. 

So for all you big girl hunters looking to break some records. You need to get a good scales and you must have it certified.

Tight Lines.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL CLUB AND PERSONAL SCALES MUST BE CERTIFIED ANNUALLY BY AN INDEPENDENT AGENCY. WEIGHING SCALES MUST BE COVERED BY A CERTIFICATE OF ACCURACY AT THE TIME OF WEIGHING. THEY CANNOT BE CERTIFIED IN RETROSPECT, I.E. AFTER THE FISH HAS BEEN WEIGHED.

Weekend Fishing Pike Reports

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Coarse Day Social

After the AGM a few of the lads hit a popular canal stretch near Mullingar. The day proved very difficult for fishing. The canal seemed surprising very low, the sun was shining bright and the fish seemed scarce. With a few small bags of coarse fish caught it was new member Philip Kavanagh, a.k.a Lil Phil Phil, who stood out with  a few pike. He had 5 in total and one stand out fish of 11lb 14oz, although she looked way bigger!

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Other Pike reports

The pike definately seem to be coming out of spawn, as reported by club member Ste Farrelly. Ste was out with his friend Sean Gaskin at a favoured river venue. The day was very productive with 5 double figure fish and a few smaller jacks landed. Two stand out fish on the day were the 17lb 14oz for Sean and the 14lb 10oz fish for Ste, caught in succession (pictured below).

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