Saturday, 13 February 2010
Rather a jack than a knave ........
As it turned out this was to be the only fish of the session although not the only take.
I gave the swim another 10 - 15 minutes before moving on to a dead reed bed that looked like it would hold some fish. Sure enough first cast with the left hand rod and the float was soon moving along to its right. I wound down quickly but the bait (another skimmer) came back at me with definite teeth marks in the tail section, just millimetres from the hook in its flank. Probably made by the front teeth of a small Zander judging by the triangular shape and how deep the marks were.
A bit later I had another take on the other rod to a section of lamprey that had just been cast in, but an untimely event unfolded preventing me from making contact with the fish. I saw the float beginning to move but simultaneously heard a fast galloping and panting sound to my right. I turned to see two husky type dogs hurtling towards me down the tow path followed by their owner on a mountain bike. The dogs, of course bounded up all excited, jumping all over my rods and bait bucket. I quickly shifted the dogs away to stop them snaffling any of my baits. Meanwhile the owner arrived with a tentative "alright "! but no apology for his dogs leaping all over me and the rods!
The dogs and owner disappeared off down the tow path and I was left looking back to the float to see if it was still moving, all was now still however and the chance had gone. I wound it in but couldn't see any teeth marks in the bait this time. It had been moved about four feet from its starting point though, I cursed the dog owner and recast another section of lamprey out to the same spot.
That was the last of any action and I headed home about 8pm adamant I would give the area another try when the temperatures are up a little bit more, as I just have a good feeling about this little spot.