1982 1st edition. Hardback issue. 8vo (153 x 221mm). Pp222. Colour & b/w photographs, illustrations, bibliography. Red cloth, spine titled in gilt.
At the time of publication, Neville Fickling was a Severn Trent Fisheries Inspector, angler of note and pioneer zander specialist. In this book he gives an account of his experiences to date in search of specimen pike, with lots of good advice and analysis. Chapters include tackle, putting the tackle together and using it; handling, unhooking and conservation; livebaiting; deadbaiting; lures, a chapter by Trevor Moss; hotspots, feeding periods and prebaiting; differentwaters - fenland drains, fenland rivers, rivers, small still waters, gravelpits, lakes, meres and broads, reservoirs, lochs and loughs, trout waters and artificial pike waters. A list of Fickling's captures over 20lbs is appended, as is a useful bibliography.