ALAN BLAIR, best known for carp, caught this personal best 30 lb 4 oz pike after snatching a quick trip-up after a tackle display – despite not having the baits he wanted .
Alan Blair, who is Nash Tackle operations director, wasnat even sure about fishing after the Brentwood Carp Show in Essex … but he was persuaded by colleagues Carl and Alex Smith.
Alan explained: aWithout doubt this is one of the greatest fish I’ve ever had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with.
aI went to the Brentwood show and what a great day it was. I had always planned to have a quick go for some pike after the demonstrate, only a couple of hours.
aBut what with going to Sainsbury’s earlier that morning only to find everything on the deli already filleted and the fact I enjoyed the display so much I didn’t leave till run 3pm I was in two minds.
aAs I headed back towards home I did question on many occasions’ would it genuinely be worth it ?’- with at best merely 45 minutes fishing before it was dark.
aWith my lamprey segments cast out, as that’s all I had, I sat there on the laptop running away and the weather was dreadful.
aAnd I sat there keeping busy trying not to guess how cold and miserable it was when at 5.10 pm I had a series of bleeps .”
” Fish of a lifetime” says Alan Blair
Alan, starring of the hugely popular Urban Banx series on YouTube, continued: aThe remainder is history.
” I set the trebles with my heavy duty Scope curving over with this absolute crocodile devoting a true big fish battle, attempting multiple times to spit the bait back at me.
aIt was as tense of a fight as could be imagined as when it hit the surface for the first time I knew it was a fish of a lifetime.
aMassive thanks to Carl and Alex not only giving me the motivation to go but for then coming to share the moment with me and do the pictures, a Alan concluded.
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