Contributors

PAUL GARNER

Age: 40 years.
Hometown: Redditch.
Favourite venue: River Wye.
Most memorable catch: A brace of pike on lures from a midlands stillwater totalling 62lb.

ROBERT FARRELL

Year of birth:1982.
Hometown: Paisley, Scotland.
Favourite species: Pike.
Favourite venue: Loch Lomond or Loch Awe.
Most memorable catch: 25lb 1oz pike.

ERIC EDWARDS

Age: 55 years.
Hometown: Thatto Heath, St Helens.
Favourite species: Pike.
Favourite venue: I don’t have one. I like to fish lots of different places for different species.
Most memorable catch: Hmm… the one I remember the most is my capture of the biggest ever pug-nosed pike caught on rod and line; it weighed 38¾lb and was taken from Lough Mask in 1996.

DOMINIC GARNETT

Year of birth: 1979.
Hometown: Exeter.
Favourite species: Pike, perch and brown trout.
Favourite venue: Somerset Levels.
Most memorable catch: Two 20lb river pike in one morning session.

BARRY McCONNELL

Age: 54 (gulp).
Hometown: Ellesmere, Shropshire.
Favourite species: Eels and zander.
Favourite venue: Great Ouse Relief Channel.
Most memorable catch: 9lb 2oz eel.

NEVILLE FICKLING

Year of birth: 1953.
Hometown: Stow Bardolph, Norfolk.
Favourite species: Pike.
Most memorable catch: 38½lb Pike from Lough Mask.

BOB COPSEY

Age: 61 years.
Hometown: Sheffield.
Favourite species: Different fish for different times of year.
Favourite venue: River Trent (holds so many fish, not just barbel).
Most memorable catch: 16lb River Trent zander.

DILIP SARKAR MBE

Age: 50 years.
Hometown: Worcester.
Favourite species: Pike.
Favourite venue: River Wye and River Severn.
Most memorable catch: Although not my biggest, the 25lb 1oz that pike I took on 12th March 2011 from the same swim on the River Severn where I fished as an embryonic teenage piker back in the late 1970s.

DIETMAR ISAIASCH

Age: 44 years.
Hometown: Mook (a very small town along the River Maas), Holland.
Favourite species: Zander.
Favourite venue: The River Waal in Holland.
Most memorable catch: Winning the Predator World Cup in France in 2002.

CHAY JACKSON

Age: 37 years.
Hometown:.
Favourite species: Pike.
Favourite venue: River Thurne, Norfolk.
Most memorable catch: 30lb 3oz pike on River Thurne.

DAVID McLACHLAN

Age: 52
Hometown: Islip, Northants
Number of years fishing: 52
Favourite Venue: Secluded stretches of river and drain.
Favourite Species: Pike
Significant Angling Achievement: 3lb 1oz rudd, 3lb 4oz roach – Both caught by accident while catching live bait.

JOSEPH SHEPHERD

Age: 30
Home town: Bristol.
Interests other than angling: Blackpool FC.
Favourite species: All shark species, sea trout, salmon, sea bass and of course pike.
Most memorable day: Blue shark fishing out of Milford Haven in 2008; 120lb blue shark in 30ft high waves and 20 miles out at sea – brilliant.

ANDY O’BRIEN

Age: 52
Home town: Stalham, Norfolk.
Favourite venue: Impossible to name one as I love the variety.
Favourite species: Pike and carp.
Most memorable catch: Many are memorable, for different reasons, couldn’t possibly narrow it down to one.

DANIEL VAN DER KRAAN

Age: 37
Occupation: Tackle store employee.
Home town: Dordrecht, Holland
Favourite species: Pike.
Most memorable catch: My first ever zander (33in.) caught on a small jerkbait.
Other interests: Movies, music, darts, gaming.

AL RAWLLINGS

Age: 45
Occupation: pike angler
Favourite species: pike
Most memorial catch: My 32¼lb River Shannon pike.

RASMUS OVESEN

Age: 31 (1980)
Hometown: Copenhagen.
Favourite venue: Idrijca River in Slovenia.
Favourite Species: Marble trout.
Most Memorable Catch: 20lb+ sea trout, soft mouth trout in Bosnia Herzegovina, Permit in Belize, 12lb marble trout in Slovenia.

NATHAN EDGELL

Age: 40
Home town: Dorchester, Dorset.
Favourite venue: Any river, notably the Dorset Stour.
Favourite species: Pike.
Most memorable catch: 32lb 4oz river pike.

JAMIE MARTIN

Age: 24
Home town: Ely, Cambridgeshire
Favourite species: Zander and tench
Favourite venue: The
Great Ouse
Most memorable catch: My
first double-figure zander

DERMOT OGLE

Age: 39
Home town: Ballinasloe, East Galway
Favourite venue: Its a toss-up between the western loughs of Ireland and the Shannon System… so much water, so little time!
Favourite species: Pike.
Most memorable catch: Getting hooked into and landing a wild double-figure ferox trout on a light spinning outfit was pretty unforgettable.