A challenge I set myself (then forgot about) when I first moved to London over 20 years ago; locate and catch a double figure pike from a canal, stillwater and river within the tube network.
A canal double a few years ago reminded me of the challenge as it followed a stillwater one earlier that year - but an elusive river double wasn't going to be easy, although I have tried a few times.
Armed with my polaroids I scoured the bottom of the river, searching through old bikes and traffic cones looking for a target to aim my freelined deadbait. Then I spotted her. Heart started pounding!
The roach fluttered down in front of her and she eyeballed it for a few minutes before pouncing - then all hell broke loose - before I slipped the net under a beautifully marked pike in great condition.
I'd cracked it, a London 13lb 1oz pike from a river to add to the others from a canal and stillwater. A couple of quick snaps and safely returned - before it was time for a celebratory pint!