Huge pike caught at McGregor Lake

Barry Fox decided to go piking at McGregor Lake after the ice finally melted. Sport was slow as, although Barry experienced a couple of runs, fish kept dropping the baits. He had been casting his bait in the margins but decided on a change of tactics. He baited with a smallish mackerel tail on a uni-trace using barbless hooks and cast it out into the main body of the lake. After a long wait, his bobbin registered a take which soon developed into a strong run. Barry struck and soon realised he was into a good fish that surfaced some distance from the bank. The fish was soon landed though and Barry’s scales recorded a weight of 24lb 14oz, one of the largest specimens reported from this popular water.