I have used the information about a few of the lochs local to me and I thought some of you pikers might find it of interest.
Bathymetrical Survey of the Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland, 1897-1909 - Maps - National Library of Scotland
Loch Lomand did (still does?) hold the British record for a pike mid 1930's.
I used to fish a lot for pike, jerkbait rod and springdawg lures...
As me wondering what is in the Calder may have a dabble
I believe it is currently held from Llandegfedd in Wales, and before that Neville Fickling held it from the broads. Prior to that it goes back to 1822 and was set in Staffordshire. (Had to Google that!).
EDIT: Having said all that, it appears that a Scottish record of 47lbs 11oz was caught in 1947, so why this isn't the British record I'm not sure, perhaps not authenticated? Probably because the Record Fish Committee used to need to see the fish, which would have meant killing it and presenting it to them, which some people , quite rightly, refuse to do.
There was a pikes skull found on the banks of the river Endrick and was estimated to be around the 70lbs mark. Lots of remote lochs in Scotland with huge pike. Arkaig is one of them.
Strangely enough Rob, Neville Fickling I buy my lures from or did he has/had a shop in Gainsborough, I didn't think he had beaten the record. Still not chased old esox for a while.
Two old guys reckon Dunham Bridge on the Trent could yield a record some big uns there apparently
It all went a bit pear shaped when Chris Yates, who I have drank with many times, smashed the Carp record but wouldn't kill the fish to present to the record fish committee. He was backed up by Richard Walker (hero of mine) who was the previous record holder, and a second committee was formed and eventually his record was accepted.
Unfortunately nowadays, so much high protein bait goes into the water, fed by Carp anglers, that we are now seeing pot-bellied fish of all types, and records are going all the time. I love Tench fishing, but hate to see the pneumatic looking fish that come out of some waters these days. Very sad.
I used to fish the Trent regularly, had some great days catching Chub, even the odd Barbel appeared, although they are much more common now.
By the way Andy. If you are not familiar with it already, get a copy of 'The Secret Carp' by Chris Yates.
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