A PRIZE-winning pike caught in Langport and belonging to a South Somerset stallholder goes on sale at the Giant Shepton Flea Market later this month.

Howard James, a regular exhibitor at the Giant Shepton Flea Market, will offer the 17lb pike, caught by A.E. Pollard on the River Parrett, at £1,250 on December 12.

The pike is now a taxidermy fish presented in a natural looking case setting by W.F. Homer of Forest Gate, London.

Mr James is a regular exhibitor at the Shepton Flea and will be showing a range of fishing collectables from tackle to memorabilia, sculpture and art.

Somerset County Gazette:

STALLHOLDER: Howard James.

Highlights will include a fine and rare Staffordshire pottery pearlware char dish from the 1860s decorated with a transfer printed picture of a fish at £325; enamel signs from the Hardy Bros angling specialists shop in Pall Mall at £975 and £495 respectively; and a fine quality Hardy Fly Fishing bag at £155.

There will also be numerous items of tackle, including reels, many of which have been in Mr James’s collection for many years.

Organiser Sue Ede of SP Fairs said: “Our December event is always a busy one, and we’ll be inside and outside the Showering Pavilion at the Showground as usual.

“Many traders are now pre-booking their stalls, which we encourage, since it makes arrival and setting up so much easier for everyone.”

Ms Ede has recently released the schedule for the Shepton Flea Markets for 2022: January 9, February 20, April 17, July 17, August 14, October 16, December 11.

The market is open to the public from 9.30am to 4pm and admission is £5 per adult, children enter free.