“Entertaining, educational, informative, revealing, funny, sad, shocking, riveting.”

“Inspirational and very entertaining.”


By Stephen Harper.
LEATHER EDITION £195 plus £10 p&p

Limited to: 50 copies only, numbered and signed by the author.
Cover size: 245 mm x 190 mm
Pages: 204 pages.
Print: Full colour throughout.
Binding: Fully bound in black leather, with olive green and yellow ‘top and tails’ to page spines, olive green ‘splashed’ tops to pages. Embossed in silver and red foil, and ‘blind’, to spine and front cover. Special ‘Himalayan’ hand-made endpapers, bookplate. Red silk page-marker, plus a special ‘EXTREME PIKE book mark.

From the introduction

Following on from the very successful Dream Pike of 2010, this sister book reveals another terrific collection of previously unpublished stories of very big pike, told in the words of the captors. Each big pike is in excess of 30 pounds and some are over 40 pounds; captured by a wide cross-section of anglers, some famous, some not so well-known.

Stories include the pike that missed the record by one ounce, two Chew record pike, and a Suffolk 39-pounder, to name but a few; in fact monster pike from waters across the length and breadth of the British Isles, as diverse as pits, lakes, reservoirs, trout waters, rivers, broads, meres, fens, drains, loughs and lochs.

These stories are entertaining, educational, informative, revealing, funny, sad, shocking, riveting, and often, simply inspirational.

FOREWORD: by Phil Wakeford.
CAPTORS: Tony Balfour, Paul Belsten, Malcolm Bannister, Nick Beardmore, George Biggs, Steve Biggs, Ady Brayshaw, Fred Buller, Wyndon Coole, Owen Figgis, Ian Forde, Richard Gostling, Mike Green, Terry Hazelwood, Pat Henry, Rick Knowles, Lionel Mills, Tom Mills, Jonathon Myles, Martyn Page, Keith Quantrill, Rob Sidell, Mark Skinner, Mike Slater, Dennis Smith, John Tate, Kev Taylor, Phil Wakeford, Pete Webster.


Extreme Pike is inspirational – the book achieves its aim, giving even the most hardened pike angler the required kick up the backside, while also being very entertaining. As one would expect from a Harper book, it is very nicely produced; the cover is an interesting change from the highly detailed paintings that one has come to expect. The almost minimalist painting is novel, and highly effective.” NEVILLE FICKLING

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