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Huge pike goes under the hammer
Pike
The 30lb fish was caught at Hickling Broad in 1956
A huge pike which was landed in Norfolk in 1956 and mounted by a leading taxidermist is being sold at auction.

The fish, weighing 30lb (13.6 kilos) and measuring 4ft (1.21m) in length, was caught at Hickling Broad by Hertfordshire angler Donald Tate.

It was mounted by J Cooper and Sons of Hounslow and is thought to be the last 30lb pike preserved by the company before it closed in the early 1960s.

It is expected to sell for up to 6,000 at Bonhams in Henley this summer.

Pike can grow to a maximum recorded length of 6ft (1.83m) reaching a maximum recorded weight of 77lb (35 kilos).

Individuals have been reported to reach 30 years in age.


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