Clark nets Wykeham Monster to hook in UK record

Darren Clark with the monster pike
Darren Clark with the monster pike

The pike world was rocked recently with news of Darren Clark’s 46lb 8oz fish caught from North Yorkshire’s 7.5-acre trout lake on the Wykeham complex.

The capture ended rumours that the fish had died after becoming the English record in 2014 at a weight of 46lb 11oz, just 2oz short of the UK best of 46lb 13oz from Welsh trout water Llandegfedd.

The Yorkshire pike, known as the Wykeham Monster, hit the headlines in 2011 after Wyndon Coole banked her at 45lb 14oz.

Andy O’Connor caught the same fish a year later at a straight 46lb 0oz before Coole managed the historic recapture to set the new record back in February 2014.

Knowing now that the fish is alive and well and also on the prowl looking for food, if she is caught again after just one good meal Wykeham could easily be the home of a new British best.