Well Fridays trip had been planned for a couple of weeks, with the time being booked off work ready in earness. It was to be our last trip out for the pike, before concentrating on the coarse fish again.
Anyway after having a few fishing trips since January and blanking on every single one, i was starting to get desparate to get a run, and hopefully a fish before the season finished.
The day was planned that we would head down towards the lower Avon at Nafford on BAA water. We arrived to find the conditions looking near perfect, we gathered the tackle and headed down towards our first swim, just below the weir. I started out with a paternostered sprat, and trotted roach in the slack water at the far bank. For the first hour, nothing was happening, with my colleague Mark trying similar tactics, but different baits next to me. Anyway i decided whilst waiting i would set up the spining rod, and just fish the roach deadbait. Within a few casts the first fish was on, a little jack of about 3lb was in the net and my monkey was broken for this year. (although i was trying to break that duck with a deadbait lol)
Nothing more happened in this swim, so a change was decided upon. Again various rigs / baits were tried and no fish were forthcomming. we stayed at this venue until lunchtime when it was decided that we would try a change of venue. Fishing gear packed away, off we started our short car journey to the next venue, this time Pershore was the destination.
We soon settled down, and got our baits in the water. Then the local baliff turned up and started to point out where the pike normally were, typical everywhere but where we had chosen to start. Anyway after his departure, it allowed me to cast my second rod. This rod was set up with a herring tail and ledgered har to the bottom, very close to a overhanging tree. Within ten minutes of being in the water, the drop back indicators sounded interest and i struck into another fish.
The fish felt a decent size and was giving a good scrap, even on 15lb line. The short fight ended when the net slipped underneath the big girl. She was duly unhooked / weighed then had a quick picture with her capturer. At 13.25 lb she is PB for me beating my previous of 12lb.
Not the best of pictures, but one all the same.
The day petered out with neither of us having any more bites. So a rewarding day for in the end. Heres to next october when i can start for them again on the deads, although i might be having a go at the pike with spinners through the summer.