Angling: Andrews cops whopping pike.
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PIKE are flourishing in Ireland's rich waters and the likes of the River Shannon The River Shannon (Irish: Sionainn altenatively Sionna), the longest river in the islands of Ireland and Great Britain at 386 km (240 mi), divides the west of Ireland (mostly the province of Connacht) from the east and south could quickly become a Mecca for UK enthusiasts.
Typically, Southport's Bob Andrews went along to the Shannon at Meelick, near Banagher, planning to catch a netful of roach and hybrids but was pestered by big fat pike.
Each time Bob - a retired Merseyside Police sergeant - or his pals hooked a roach and reeled it towards the bank it became a Kamikaze kamikaze (kä'məkä`zē) [Jap.,=divine wind], the typhoon that destroyed Kublai Khan's fleet, foiling his invasion of Japan in 1281. affair as the large predators attacked.
Taking advantage of the situation Bob made three casts into his swim with a dead roach as bait and almost immediately on each occasion caught a pike weighing between 141b 7oz and 181b 8oz!
TOP CATCH: Bob Andrews with his pike