Ben Moloney and Ian O’Keefe were pike fishing on the River Inny in the last few days and were not let down by the river. Fishing a mark that they can rely on to produce good fish their hopes were high. In the past they have always managed a couple of good doubles here, and with the number of pike they had observed rattling around in the reeds they were sure it would produce again.
It wasn’t long before the spot lived up expectations and Ian landed a 14 1/2 lb pike that took a lamprey deadbait.
Fishing a roach deadbait on the bottom was the key to success for Ben. The bait was picked up and when he struck the fish he was answered with several strong runs. Ben tells us the pike put up a tremendous battle that was accompanied by the scream of his reel as the pike took line again and again. Eventually he played it to the net and it was safely unhooked, photographed and released back to the river. His weighed his fish at 22lb 8oz and scored a new PB. By far his biggest pike after years of trying.