Your top catch

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THE BEST FISH YOU’VE LANDED THIS WEEK

“IT’S HER FIRST EVER PIKE!”

“MY girlfriend, Ellie, has been coming fishing with me for a month and has just caught her first-ever pike. It weighed 17lb!

“We were fishing the River Rother, in East Sussex, using a roach deadbait on a float-leger rig.

“It’s not a bad start to her pike fishing career!”

Ellie’s top tip: Stay on the move, moving swims or even casting to different parts of one area. Pike can be very localised at times.

“I WASN’T GOING TO LET THE RIVER BEAT ME!”

“THERE’S a river in Sussex that’s produced some regular fish for me over the years.

“I’ve been targeting its pike lately but it’d been tough going, and I’ve lost a few fish. I wasn’t going to let the river beat me, though, and on a morning session my persistence paid off with a pair of pike, weighing in at 15lb 4oz and 15lb 6oz, which fell to deadbaits”

Chris’ top tip: Don’t give up when you go through a tough spell in fishing. The rewards will eventually come.

“I DIDN’T EXPECT SUCH ASPECTACULAR FISH!”

“HAVING recently moved to the Sandhurst area, I decided to try lure fishing for perch on the Basingstoke Canal.

“On a short session I targeted an area near a bridge with a small silver shad. After a few exploratory casts I chucked it right under the bridge, near the bank, and felt a hard thump on the rod.

“I thought I’d hooked a small pike, but I was amazed to find myself looking at a perch as the fish neared the surface.

“It will have weighed over 2lb, and is my first-ever canal perch. I didn’t think that such spectacular fish could be caught from these waterways!”

Teo’s top tip: Look for structure when targeting perch. As well as natural holding features, bridges and boat moorings are normally well worth casting to.

“IT WAS THE ONE HE WANTED!”

“I TOOK my six-year-old son, Noah, on a pike fishing trip to a loch in the Scottish Highlands. He managed a couple of fish – one on a smelt, the other on an eel section – the bigger of the two being this one, weighing just over 20lb.

“After he hooked it, the pike put up a strong fight, staying deep and well out in the loch for five minutes. “We knew after the first run that it was the one we wanted!”

Noah’s top tip: The margins are a great feature, even on large waters, so don’t always think you have to fish a long way out.

“MY BEST CATCH ON THE CANAL IN 46 YEARS”

“I’VE fished the Trent and Mersey Canal for 46 years, but never had a catch as good as the one I had the other day, when I landed 33lb of bream.

“The haul consisted of 18 fish, all of which were caught on 6mm bread punch presen