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Conditions at the start of the day indicated that fishing would be good; a gentle ripple, warm and overcast. Two ABU classics (both 5001C’s; one a twin white pot handle and the other a twisted knob) on the Sonik SK4 spinning rods and two new Rapalas, the equipment was ready and the troll began. With two fish in the boat in a short time, the signs were even better.

 

Sheer class, the 5001C….

 Then the heavens opened, the day changed completely and the fishing became extremely tough. All chances would have to be taken to make it a good day. All the familiar places were searched without success; except for a 2lb perch on the surface lure, there was nothing to show for a lot of effort.

 Targeting the weed beds (which are not completely formed yet) one small fish of 4lb was taken and two were lost. One fish, just mouthing my lure was cast over by my boat partner and the fish was on. Within a short period of time that sickening feeling of a slack line and the fish was lost. All the takes were to say the least half-hearted. When the Pike are in this mood it is difficult to get them on to the lures properly.

Got my eye on you lady ….

 The day was brightened somewhat with a little casting practice with the spinning rod and fixed spool reel. The common fault of letting the line go too soon and the cast falling way short was soon corrected by this determined young lady; all that was left was a little accuracy casting and a more gentle forward delivery so that the weed beds could be fished effectively.  It didn’t take long!

 As the day progressed with the Hardy waterproofs leaking and all layers underneath becoming wet, the day was heading towards a damp, luckless afternoon. No fish on the troll for 7 hours except for a few perch, time was drawing to a close. With one last chance in a familiar place, would there be a success, and would the new casting skills be brought to the fore?

It’s a hard life being a Pike ……

 I made a cast near a small bush and brought the lure across the top, a half-hearted take the fish was off. Asking Anne to cast her lure over the same fish, I thought that we just my gat another chance. The cast was made perfectly and after travelling 3 or 4 yards, the lure was taken by a Pike with a positive attitude; fish on.  A few minutes later, the fish, an 8lb Pike was landed; good skills, nice fish, happy angler and a perfect end to the day.

 

It just wouldn’t be the same without Pearls Miss Simms …

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One Comment

  1. thank you paul for your lovely comments…as always a great days fishing, shame about the waterproof malfunction. The ladies fishing event in september with you and timothy should be excellent. thank you for a fab day x


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