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Fish due to net 6,000 at auction
The 30lb fish was caught at Hickling Broad in 1956
A huge stuffed pike caught in Norfolk in 1956 is being sold at auction.

The pike, weighing in at 30lb (13.6 kilos) and measuring 4ft (1.21m) in length, was mounted by a taxidermist after it was caught by Donald Tate.

The Herts angler landed the fish in Hickling Broad. The pike is expected to fetch up to 6,000 when it is auctioned at Bonhams in Henley-on-Thames.

It is thought to be the last pike mounted by J Cooper and Sons, Hounslow, before the company closed in the 1960s.

Charles Kewley, of Bonhams, said: "It took 15 months for the huge fish to be completed by the company and was collected on 8 January 1958."

The fish is being sold with newspaper excerpts from the time it was caught - one quotes Mr Tate as saying: "The pike really frightened me.

"It came straight out of the water and crashed back with the noise of a ton of coal being emptied."

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