Session 53 – Whipping It Into Shape…

Tuesday, November 13th, I decided I’d get up (relatively) early an pop down to the local canal with my new 5 metre whip/pole and give it a try out … just generally check I was happy with how I’d set it up, the ease and comfort of use and suchlike.

I got to the water around 0900 and fished until 1100 – as I needed to get back to go out shopping with Liz later.

Anyway, the whip is intended mainly for use to acquire livebaits when I’m piking and so was set up for ‘swing to hand’ with 6lb line and size 16 hook with a pole float that takes 2BB shot (actually shotted BB, No1, No 4 down the line). Depth plumbed and hook baited with maggot I swung out expectantly for the first time at 0900 – and the last time at 1050 – and had the same result on both swings, and all the intervening ones – not a single tremble or twitch of the float….

Another guy came about 10 minutes after I arrived and fished rod and line about 10-15 yards away and I noticed he was catching – but only tiny stuff, little finger sized silvers basically.

So, I didn’t get to test the landing of fish, small or large, but I did determine a slight tweak I want to make to the rig attachment method a little better – 2 minutes work involved I should think which I may get to do today.

Next trip – possibly next Tuesday (20th) as other places to be until then …. but hopefully will be pool piking or on the canal piking/float fishing/luring depending on available time to sort out various tackles and baits…

WATER TEMPS:

Max + Min: 9.0’C

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Session 52 – Short Pike Lure Session

Monday, November 12th, Liz and I set off at 1030 for a short lure session on Pike Water 20.

Not a bad day weatherwise but although the general was still over the large expanse of water there was quite a brisk breeze and blowing into our faces to boot… However, until around 1245 it was a warm’ish wind but later the skies greyed a little and the breeze picked up a definite chill….

As usual, we walked to the furthest point from the car before tackling up and working our way back over a three hour spell fishing 4 spots in all. As said before, we find the ‘walk out, fish back’ approach suits us well as we get to cover more water – if you fish at the first spot and work away then generally its found, particularly when lure fishing, that the backs are aching before you reach half the way you want to get to and end up backtracking and never reach the furthest points.

Anyway, Liz fished the session with her ‘magic’ lure per usual, whilst I used several lures over the session starting with a luminous yellow 9cm Savage Gear Soft 4Play on a jig head, then a 13cm SG Hard 4Play in Golden Ambulance colours and finally a 13cm SG Soft 4Play Dirty Roach pattern on an offset hook….

So, as I said we fished several spots over around 3 hours – and despite Liz’s ‘magic’ lure (first defeat I recall!) and my lure changes we had not a single touch between us …. and as usual headed to pub for consoling beers and scratching before heading homewards…

WATER TEMPS:

An increase again … 9.5’C constant.

Graphs shown on next session following….

Session 51 – Canal Fishing For Perch And Chub…

Monday, November 5th, I set off at 0630 heading to the Shropshire Union Canal, a 1.2 mile section that my club controls the fishing of (AA-SU/WA). The start of the section, which is nearest the local village, has private moorings on the far bank with the resident houseboats for about 150 yards but is probably the most fished stretch as (a) most of our club matches, and other clubs who book the stretch for their own matches, peg this length and (b) the car parking is 10 yards away. Beyond this stretch, the far bank is more natural with overhanging bushes and vegetation and is called ‘The Brambles’ within the club. Good perch ALLEGEDLY get caught by the boats but I’m a bit wary of the claims having been told by people pole fishing there that they’ve just returned a dozen 2lb perch …. and as I’ve heard tell of double figure carp on waters where I know there are none …. and seen tench landed, and returned unweighed, and told it was ‘another 4lb’er today’ that, if it had been weighed on my scales, would have struggled to make 1.5lb. Anyway, I prefer the more scenic parts of the stretch – rather than overlooking someone’s bedroom window – and I have preferred area – and that was where I walked to on arrival at 0700 arriving at the spot 15 minutes later….

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My Swim For The Day…

The day did NOT start well though …. I took my canal float rod (10’ NGT Float Max) and my 8’6” Qualtack ‘Ken Smith’ quivertip rod that I’ve owned since the 70/80’s and a great little rod … and just looking to find a picture (too lazy to go downstairs, get the rod, get camera, etc… LOL) I found one currently on Gumtree that £50 is being asked for! Probably paid less than half that back in the day!! Will have to tell Liz for when I pass onto the heavenly fishing grounds – definitely not one for the charity shop!!

Qualtack 8’6″ ‘Ken Smith’ Quivertip Rod

Anyway, let’s get back to the day… well, I get out my float rod, I attach the float and then attach plummet and give the line a small tweak , and when I say small I mean ‘tension of playing a gudgeon’ small…. at which point the tip snaps off about 12”-15” down … ARRRGGGGHHHHHHH!

This snapping has happened twice now on two of the same model rod – this being the second rod and this was its first outing…. HOWEVER, it might have been me that led to both demises and the circumstantial evidence does seem to indicate it was me….  WHY? You ask….

Well, a preliminary explanation of the situation will help… I like to attach my floats peg leg via a swivel/snaplink and also sliding style – which means that I use float stops on the line, either via commercial rubber stops and/or hand tied stop knots – usually 1 between float and shot so that I can adjust distance the float lies from the shot when casting/swinging out – then the second stop sits above the float and is adjusted to the depth at which I wish to fish – also I can ‘fix’ the float at a given depth simply by pushing the bottom and second stop tight up on either side of the swivel if I wish to. The third stop sits above the second one and is used to mark the plumbed depth of the water plus 6” and acts as an aid to resetting the second stop if I move it. For instance, if I pull the second stop up tight to the third stop I know that 6” of hooklength is lying on the bottom … if I slide the second stop down 12” from the third stop I know the bait is now being fished 6” off the bottom… and, if I make numerous adjustments over the day to fish the bait at varying depths, I can always set to a new wanted position or return to a previous position simply by referring back to the third stop….

OK … now the nitty gritty. The problem with float rods today is that they do not seem to be at all designed with sliding float use in mind in regard to their ring sizes. I suppose in these days of ‘Loctite’ and ‘Polaris’ self locking floats and most people using poles and feeders the use of the sliding float has fallen to the wayside – a shame as its the best way to prevent a slow sinking bait from surface to bottom, for example, in 25’ of water – Polaris and Loctite floats don’t allow that as they require quite a hefty weighting on the line to work correctly … and a slow sinking ledger/feeder would be nigh impossible to present properly…. The problem is those ring sizings – the current tip and the few following rings down the tip are far too narrow (more suited to quiver tips – probably 1.5mm ID) to allow the smooth passage of any sort of float stopping attachment whether it be rubber or tied stop knot (and even if created by 3lb line onto 3lb mainline) … at best it needs a jerky ‘wang’ to get the stop to pass the rings on the cast and even then you feel the jarring as it goes through. SO … I replaced the tip ring with a BPOT6 (ca 3mm ID) and the next rings down to BNOG6 (also 3mm ID) … tested and stops passed through with minimal effort. HOWEVER, to replace the rings one has to first remove the ones already fitted … and again the latest methods used are not necessarily the best as no thought has been given to the need to replace rings for any reason inc due to breakage. In the old days rings were fitted by whipping with nylon thread which was then coated with usually a clear varnish which meant that to remove a ring all one needed to do was to scrape part of the varnish away gently until a piece of thread became accessible and then just cut and pull and the whipping unwound… but nowadays the simple clear varnish has been replaced by the use of epoxy resins which, although it gives a nice shiny and smooth finished look, is a real pain in the neck to remove. It requires a lot of force with a Stanley knife (other brand are available) to cut and break into this amour-plated coating and get access to the underlying whipping – and then one also needs to remove the bits of epoxy that lies beyond the actual nylon whipping. NOW all this scraping and cutting is not good for the rod’s blank which these days are thinner than thin – a single ‘nick’ and ….. well, it seems that I now have two rods that seem to illustrate this case…. the second one (ie the one I intended to use on this session) having been treated with the utmost delicacy … and it didn’t even snap at the site of one of the replaced rings but 3”-4” below….

I’ve now bought a replacement for my next outing – from DragonCarp (don’t laugh, I have a pair of pike rods of the same model and they’re excellent – as is a lot of DCs stuff, apart from reels!) – a Diem 10’ float rod which arrived today and looks good BUT although the rings are as small as per usual I will NOT be replacing them! What I intend to do though is to try to attempt a repair of the broken rod – I’ve ordered some fibre glass rod of the right diameter to make a splint to place inside of the two broken bits … cut to size, coat in glue push up the thicker section to protrude and glue and then push on the upper section…. and and whip across the join with about an inch or so overlap each side… might affect the action slightly but have to live with it…. and does mean that I’ll have a ‘sliding float friendly’ rod for the canal available when needed.

BACK TO THE DAY …. OK float rod no good … so have to switch to the quivertip rod, not a major disaster although I feel I would have had more success, in numbers if not quality anyway, with the float.

So, 4lb main line straight through to a size 12 Kamasan Animal barbless hook … ledger weight is a 5g round ‘pennyweight’ type (holds a sloping bottom better plus doesn’t sink into silt) … attached on a 4” link to a sliding swivel. Baits were maggot and worm….

Before and whilst setting up I’d been feeding the edge of the far bank tree line, and the centre boat channel, with small but frequent amounts of micro-pellets and maggots and continued to do this throughout the session.

So, 0730, first cast made with maggot to the tree line area….

0740, first fish, a small (1oz?) roach, followed 10 minutes later by a bigger roach …. and several gudgeon and perch and more roach….

Most casts to the teeline produced knocks all throughout the day until I packed up at 1415 having landed 4 roach, 4 gudgeon and 9 perch – the biggest being a perch of 8oz or so. I had not a touch at all in the boat channel though. As I say, I feel I’d have made more contacts with the float but ‘que sera’ as they say.,… and it was still an enjoyable day, quite mild and pleasant to be sitting out on…. even the absence of chub wasn’t a major upset…

Only one boat passed throughout the whole day too – at 1100 – and quite welcome it was too actually as a couple of minutes after the lull of bites due its passing the bite rate picked up again and was possibly slightly greater than previously.

I also noted that leaves on/in the canal were less of a problem than the same time in previous years – and despite the sudden drop of temps which I thought would have triggered the tree’s leaf shedding there still appears to be many left on the trees… even the boat’s churning of the bottom didn’t create the usual ‘stirred up sunken leaf’ problems. Might it be an opportune time to take the pike lures before the main leaf drop???

Also today I’ve had a 5m whip arrive …. blame ‘Danny’s Angling Blog’ on YouTube …. this entry in particular… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0wnThbmLfc. I bought a 6 metre elasticated pole about this time last year for the intended catching of small livebaits for my pike fishing …. but me being me then had ‘thoughts’ of using generally for canal fishing and possibly in the pools … and the initial intent became overshadowed by the purchase of ‘universal top kits’ now fitted with various elastics from size 6 (roach, etc) up to size 22+ (pregnant blue whale, I think). And the outcome was that on my last pike session I took my lightest pole kit to catch aforesaid livebaits and …. DISASTER!!! Every one I actually managed to hook fell off again whilst trying to unship sections, etc … so 1 hour later, with several hookings but no landings made, the pole was packed in and the float rod came into play! Probably the pole problems arose from two factors (a) I sit in a low chair not on a high box and (b) I don’t have the rollers, etc for rolling back the pole so I  have to unship section by section and trying to hold 5m of pole in one hand while placing the removed butt section down safely is NOT easy and the pole is totally uncontrollable…. SO … I’m thinking I’ll be better with this whip thing as its basically just a long rod …. just swing fish to hand or guide into net (if that big) as per conventional rod… Anyway, that will be seen on Friday when I head off to a pike pool … but already feeling it will be good!! Especially following a look at some underwater video I took last time I was there which leads me to believe I was fishing too far out with the rod/line … the camera was only 12’ out from the bank (water depth 10’ even there) and loads of silvers and bream … and I think a couple of pike slid past on the edges of frame … not surprised by the pike though .. usually catch within 1’ of my feet in one swim – there must be an undercut in the bank where they hide out – and with rod/line I was fishing at least twice that distance out despite thinking it was ‘close-in’! So, I’ll be setting the whip and some rigs up tomorrow ready for Friday and I’ve been watching YouTube videos for how to do it LOL!!! Google and YouTube … how did we EVER manage to do anything before they came along?? LOL!

OK – that’s it for this rather wordy posting … hoping you understood it all and didn’t nod off halfway through!!

Tight lines, big fish, bendy sticks, singing strings, and clear skies and waters!!

WATER TEMPS:

An increase this time… possibly due to the different water type … a canal?

Min:    7.8’C
Max:   8.1’C

Water Temp

Session 50 – Carpin’ On In The Carp Free Pool

Friday, November 2nd, I set off at 0645 heading to a club pool (AA-B) for the day. The pool had originally been carp free – a sister pool holding only carp/chub residing only 10 yards away – but this year, after advice from the EA regarding cormorant problems, cormorant resistant carp (ie carp over 3lb) have been stocked in several batches … and it would seem that transfers from the club’s other pools have been made too. To me, as not a major carp fan, its a real shame that a pool were you could fish knowing that carp wouldn’t interfere has been ‘infected’ … maybe a strong word but for me what it is… but saying that it was good that they were there today… Air temp at setting out,according to the car’s thermo, was 2.5’C – a bit warmer than the previous few days that had registered negative temps but there was still a thin layer of ice on the windows..

So, I arrived at my chosen swim – opposite the pool’s small island and with a patch of lilies to the left – at around 0730 and prepped my area and set up my float rod – 13’ – with 6lb main line, 6lb braid hooklength with size 12 hook (later changed to a 16) and a loaded antenna float with a 3g fitted loading plus 1.5g of shotting and plumbed the water so as to fish the bait just at that depth. Whilst prepping I also fed maggots and micro-pellets into the swim, both by the edge of the lilies and just short of the overhanging vegetation of the island.

First cast, with 3 maggots as bait, was made at 0800, fishing the island area.

First indications of fish activity came at 0845 with a quick dip’n’rise of the float but that came to nothing … as did a few other similar indications. The lily pad area drew a blank when tried – and, in fact, I had not a touch in that area at all. Around 0930 I did hook into a fish of a few ounces but the hook hold gave way and I never saw it.

But at 1045, fishing worm, it was ‘Fish on!’ …. I thought at first it was a good bream but subsequently it turned out to be a mirror carp of 8lb 12oz.

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8lb 12oz Mirror Carp

However, it caused a right old rumpus being landed and seemed to have killed the swim totally dead as I had not another touch afterwards and at 1240, and spurred on by the inkling I’d seen some activity there, I moved one peg along to the other end of the island….

And at 1310 it was ‘Fish on!’ time again … this time a common carp of 8lb 6oz… this time on maggot…

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8lb 6oz Common Carp

And although the fish played out far quieter than the previous one that was the last of  the action for the day with not a touch between then and tackling down for the day at 1500.

So, none of the expected perch – the pool holds many, mainly 4-6oz but I have had a 2lb 8oz one there – and in the summer I was catching 70+ of them per session. And I also put out my WaterWolf camera just off the far side of the lilies for 3 hours, the spot you’d expect to see at least perch but a quick scan through the footage shows not one single fish of any species whatsoever… will have to have a more in-depth scan on that footage…. But video quality is very good – no editing needed, usually I have to mess with brightness/contrast, hues, etc to even get something that is not just a blank screen never mind of decent watchable quality.

So… that was the day…

Next trip? Think I’ve decided on the Shropshire Union Canal on Monday and almost decided that I’ll be floatfishing or ledgering for perch and chub but there is still the possibility that I may end up either taking my canal deadbaiting gear or my lure gear and try for some pike….

WATER TEMPS:

The drop continues – by around 2’C over the past 4 days…..

Min:    4.6’C
Max:   5.2’C

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Session 49 – Small Perch…

Monday, October 29th, Liz and I had intended to visit the Warwickshire Avon for a spot of bream fishing but plans fell through as we were doing pet feeding visits for friends who were away and, due to need to travel on the M5 early to beat the working traffic and commuters the delay to starting out would have made this impossible especially as the pets lived in the opposite direction to that needed to get to the river . But anyway this change was probably fortuitous for us given the huge drop in both air and water temperatures over the previous few days – see the ‘Water Trends’ at the end of this posting…..

So, we had already decided to fish a small club pool (KF-WL1) a bit closer to us and which also placed the pet feeding only slightly off the route … win-win!

So, we set off from home at just after 0730 having de-iced the car previously, fed pets, and arrived at the water around 0815 and were tackled up ready to fish at 0900…

Liz decided on a maggot feeder approach (but she did try luncheon meat as well) and I decided to float fish maggot and worm, feeding with catapulted dead maggots.

I had consistent bites throughout the day (packed in at 1500) and landed 27 perch plus I lost a ‘good’ fish when the hook hold failed – and Liz had a fair few takes but only managed to land three perch… Sounds reasonable until I say that the total weight of the 30 landed fish wouldn’t have broken the 12oz barrier!! LOL… and that lost fish would almost certainly have doubled, if not tripled or more, the total weight!

Still, it was all much fun … and who would have wanted to sit in a warm room, snuggled on the sofa, watching Matt Hayes videos instead? Ummmmm …….

Glad we wore our Damart Thermolactyl Thermal Underwear though, well worth the price…

 

 DAMART TOP (£13.50)                             DAMART BOTTOM (£20)

…. and certainly THE BEST available – they are used in Everest expeditions too!

And we took our Thermos ‘KING’ model flasks of coffee… stainless steel so virtually unbreakable and advertised as 24/24 hour hot and cold … and unlike many claims they REALLY are! I usually make our flasks at 2000 on the night previous to our outings and even on sub-zero days the contents are still drinkingly hot until at least 1500-1600 on the following day – and the only reason the contents are not scaldingly hot even then is due to of the pouring of cups throughout the day letting in cold air… still can’t gulp in one go though! Again, not the cheapest flask at around £28 but well worth the money IMHO…

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Thermos 1.2L ‘KING’ Flask (£28)

So, as I said we packed in at 1500 and wended our way to our local purveyor of fine ales (and cobs, scratchings and nuts) where Liz had her usual IPA type ale, I went for the ‘Hung, Drawn ‘N’ Portered’ from the North Cotswold Brewery, VERY nice it was too! …

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and then we headed homewards for a night in front of the TV….

WATER TEMPS:

Huge drop since last session of 5’C …. someone on Barbel Fishing World has also reported a large change on the River Severn with temps dropped from 10.2’C on Friday 26th to 6.1’C on Monday 29th at Shrewsbury (Welsh Bridge)…..

Min:    6.4’C
Max:   6.8’C

Session 48 – Attempted Pike Fishing

As planned, on Friday 26th October, I visited a club pool (Pike Water 17) intending to do a spot of live baiting for pike.

With the current dark mornings I set off at 0715 to arrive at the pool at 0800 and, as I needed to catch bait first, I took my coarse float rod plus my two pike rods and also a rod for my WaterWolf underwater camera – and in case of being unable to catch any live bait I also packed some sardines, sprats and capelin to use as dead baits.

After setting up all the rods and prepping unhooking mats, rod pods, etc I eventually started on my live bait gathering campaign casting in at 0900 using twin maggots on a size 16 hook …. and what a task it was! Three hours later I’d gathered six baits – two being around my preferred size of around 3oz and the other four being smaller. I lost a few to hook sheds on the retrieve but I also had a 2lb 6oz common carp and a perch of around 6oz…

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… which was a bit of a turn up for the books as its only the second perch I’ve seen in this pool in the seven years I’ve fished it … and Liz and I use maggots and worms every trip there at some of the time at least. The only other perch I’ve seen was about a year ago IIRC when on pulling my landing out to dry at the end of a session I found a tiny, minnow sized, perch in it. I’ve heard of several 3lb perch being caught there though but as its always caught in the same swim I think its safe to assume its the same fish being caught and re-caught….

Weather during that spell had been mixed from bright and sunny to cold and wet as an occasional large black cloud passed through – and the ‘cold’ was decidedly cold, finger numbing and cold enough to make the reel fittings uncomfortably cold to hold but it was quite warm and mild in the sunny periods.

Anyway, at 1200 I baited up the two pike rods with the best two livebaits and put them out to fish. However 15 minutes later the sky went exceedingly grey, the wind picked up and the air temperature plummeted and rain, soon turning to hail, started to fall – and the incoming weather was even greyer … and at 1300, not having had a touch and with fingers numb despite wearing thermal fleece mittens I decided to call it a day… and had an enjoyable 30 minutes tackling down in this wonderful weather… NOT!  The two bait fish were returned to the water and both swam away strongly as did the unused four.

WATER TEMPS:

The trend downwards continues….

Min:    11.1’C
Max:   11.4’C

 

Session 47 – Pike Lure Fishing On A Large Water And A Great Night In The Company Of Dr Paul Garner….

Well, I’ll start with that night out – a social evening organised by one of my clubs on the evening of Friday 19th October which included a presentation by Dr Paul Garner which was done in two parts. The first part of around an hour, a little longer if you include a Q&A period at the end, was concerned with underwater videos and the how-to’s involved. This was followed by a short beer top-up/loo/smoke break before the second part of the evening in which Paul delved into the area of predator fishing, again an hour plus session. All very enjoyable and well worth the £5 entry fee! Good beer on too – a Xmas special Wychwood ‘Hobgoblin Ruby Ale’, very nice! On entry all received a free 18g pike float too… The evening also included entry to an optional raffle – £1 a ticket (I had 10!) – for which the prizes had been generously provided by Preston Innovations/Korum – and I won 2 prizes – a carrier bag of goodies inc lead clips, pre-made hair rigs, feeders, a groundbait catapult plus others and also a bag of Sonubaits pellets. As I say, a great night … but could have been better attended to be honest with only about 25-30 people attending, and I felt sympathy for the organisers and for the guest speaker after all the efforts they had gone to to make the night happen. I even posted the event around to my other club, etc to try to get numbers up leading to the night but not even that had much effect. An upside was though the people who attended had a greater chance of winning in the raffle and one guy must have had 6 or more winning tickets! Also not the worst attended event I’ve been to – many years ago I used to frequent, with a friend, a folk club advertised as ‘the smallest folk club in the world’ held in a small back room of a pub… and one night we went to see one of our favourite acts at the time … and the total number of attenders in the room consisted of friend and his dog, me, the artist, the two people who ran the club and a woman who left after half an hour … needless to say that was the last night that that folk club ran.

So, we’ll move on to the fishing now….

Monday, 22nd October, Liz and I partook in a short lure session on a new water to us, a 100 acre reservoir (Pike Water 20), to which our club has shared fishing rights along with the angling club formed by of the owning water authority’s staff…. A first visit for us as I said so as much a ‘reccie’ as a session and we liked what we saw!

We arrived late’ish in the day – probably around 1115 or so – due to (a) having had a doctor’s appointment earlier it was a case of then returning home to change into the fishing clothes, load the car (just a rucksack with lures, traces, etc, the bundle of 3 rods + landing net, and a bag with the flasks of coffee) and then a pre-departure mug of coffee and (b) having to drive to, and find, the location which actually was pretty straightforward with the SatNav….

On arrival at the water we parked on the defined angler’s car park, used the loo (as the reservoir is for domestic water supply, ablutions on and around the bank are BANNED and a sophisticated CCTV system is in use all around the water to monitor and so the club refurbished a disused toilet building for club members use), before walking to the start of the fishing area – which covers around 1000 metres on the near bank and 1350 metres on the far bank with and access to, or fishing from,  the two dam walls at either end being prohibited. At the start of the near bank fishing there are 40 permanent pegs that are used for matches run by the water authority’s angling club and are unavailable to my club on the day of a match or the previous overnight in the case of night fishing – however, fishing the water is allowed on match days from beyond peg 40 or anywhere on the far bank.

There were two anglers already on the water when we arrived within the first few pegs – one guy was deadbaiting for pike but hadn’t had a single touch since he’d arrived at 0800 he said, and the other guy was bream fishing with the same results. So, Liz and I set up for our first casts somewhere around peg 8 or 9 …. Liz with her ‘magic’ spinner as described in a previous posting on a 9’ 30g-80g rated lure rod with 30lb braid and myself with a ‘new’ setup which consisted of a single piece 7’ 80g-140g rated baitcasting rod fitted with a new baitcasting multiplier reel with Savage Gear 3D Pike (30cm) and Curly Tail Eel (30cm) lures.

I had a few problems with the line laying mechanism on the reel to start with (damn, £12 reels from China!! LOL) but a quick tweak soon rectified the problem and all was perfect – and no major bird’s nests all session …..

So, we had about 30-45 minutes casting around our swim, followed by a coffee from the flasks and a short chat with the deadbaiter who popped down to see how we were doing…. and then we moved on further to another likely looking peg around halfway along the pegged section and had another 30-45 minutes of casting there – and Liz’s spinner worked its ‘magic’ again and a 6lb 14oz pike was landed – a pike that equalled her Personal Best…..

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Liz – Pike 6lb 14oz

We packed up and walked back to the car at 1400 – the deadbaiter had left and the bream fisher was still having no joy….

We left the reservoir and decided to drive to look at a club section of the River Severn, that we’d also not visited before, as it was enroute home – and as it was on the banks of a pub we also had to test out their ale and nuts – both passed the test! We walked a section of the river and it looked a nice stretch so, like the reservoir, its marked down for a return in the future….

As we were ‘roving’ no water temps were taken this trip….

PLANS

Friday, 26th October, I’m intending to go pike fishing on a club pool on my own as Liz is at work as is usual on Fridays and Monday 29th October both Liz and I hopefully will be heading to the Warks Avon, for probably our last trip of 2018 over there, looking for a few bream before the winter weather arrives.