Youngster catches his first ever pike on fishing trip - and it’s a whopper!
- Credit: Courtesy of James Fuller
While most seven-year-old boys might be guilty of telling the occasional whopper, few can lay claim to having caught one.
However, when Rory Fuller asked his father to take him and four-year-old sister Ivie pike fishing, he did just this.
The youngster from Blofield travelled to Broome Pits, near Bungay, a site his father, James, had previously been a season ticket holder at.
Armed with new nine foot rods, packed lunches and flasks of tea, the Mr Fuller and his two children found a spot at the site and cast their lines.
After trying different methods, Rory could not believe his luck when he felt a tug on his line.
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Mr Fuller said: “Rory was spinning for pike, but after around 20 casts he switched over to use a lure and on his second cast he was successful.
“‘Dad, I’ve got one, something is definitely on here,’ he said. He took his time and once he realised it was indeed a pike, he was extremely excited.”
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After a 10 minute struggle, the father and son were able to reel in the fish and were staggered by just how big it was.
Mr Fuller added: “Ivie was overwhelmed with this almost prehistoric creature - the first thing she noticed was its massive eyes and once we all got over the shock we unhooked the fish and I showed the children how beautiful a pike is.
“They were amazed with their teeth and the multiple colours, ranging through greens, greys and browns.”
On weighing the beast, the family discovered it tipped the scales at a whopping 26lbs.
“This was the first pike the children had ever seen, and with it weighing this much, Rory has set his pike personal best very high on his first day out.”
Tom Harbison, owner of Broome Pits, said: “Usually, people tend to catch pikes weighing around eight to 10 pounds here, so to have caught one that big is colossal.
“Any pike more than 20 pounds is a real achievement, so this one will probably be the biggest to come out of the pits this winter.”