I've not seen a decent pike in ages, and it's been getting pretty frustrating. The fact that I seem to have turned over to the dark side and become almost a lure only angler may have consigned me to jack city you might think, but you'd be completely wrong of course. You'll catch a lot of jacks along the way sure, but the bigger fish are always one cast away if you can find them.
Recently I've been chasing some of the fish on a local river, one that I can easily nip down to on my way to work. This has enabled me a few more casts after fish that I just wouldn't have be able to try for if I was using other tactics like baits, it fits perfectly into my limited available bank time.
I was on one of these sneaky little half hour visits, stopping on the way to work for a quick go before hitting the rush hour motorway. I managed to land a small jack before tempting this fat little lump up from the bottom of the river. Not quite the mid double I'm after but at 9lb 10oz it's a definite step in the right direction and a respite from the endless jacks I've been catching. I think there's the potential for some bigger fish in the stretch if I can tempt them in time before the close season. There's also the need to get out on some larger rivers like the Trent or Dove where I could be in for some much bigger fish if only the conditions will hold right long enough, especially at weekends which is the only time I can get on them !
|nice pose -shame about the crap quality photo!|