Some 16-17 years ago we were on a boating Holiday on the broads and i was fishing from the boat catching a lot of roach perch , the odd hybrid and skimmer bream but a pike kept taking my swim feeders.On its last attack i felt the full weight of this beast and decided right now thats your last one and rigged up my carp rod with 12 lb line wire trace and a live Roach . After a few minutes wait off went the float and bang . Some 10 minutes or more later i landed a monster 36 lb Pike . During the fight she tail walked jumped and went right over our dinghy,my heart was in my mouth it was massive . I kept her in the margins in a large keepnet for her to recover before releasing her safe and well .Pretty sure had i caught her in winter she would have been well over 40 lb,she was 5 ft long and a head like an alligator .