Well, today I got out for my 59th session of the year eventually – the previous outing having been made on the 4th November, 29 days ago. And the gap between has not helped in the achieving of my goal of 100+ sessions for the year at all… 41 sessions needed… 27 days to go… so looking at having to do 1.5 sessions every day now for the rest of the year to achieve the target! Oh well… another one bites the dust. Still, there’s next year… must do better!! :D
Anyway, to get on to today’s activities…
A day’s piking on my local club pool….
I arrived at the pool at around 0720 – still dark, so I set up my lure rod with a Savage Gear Soft 4Play 13cm Orange and Gold body in a UV green scull lip. When I say ‘setup’ what I actually mean is that I clipped the lure/scull lip to the link swivel on the trace of my otherwise fully set up 8′ 6″ lure rod with 30lb braid main line. Dark – so easy to do and get a bit of fishing in before the light increased enough to be able to complete the setup of the 2 deadbait rods. Anyway, I did 30 mins or so with the lure in my chosen swim searching out the various nooks and crannies and bushes around the bank in the area. Not a touch.
0800, I set up the 2 deadbait rods… and over the next 6 hours I presented mackerel/sardine/sprat baits in various presentations (legered, popped-up and floatfished) around the swim area from on the edge of the bankside reeds to long distance, from in a hole I know to exist in the bottom in that swim to the edge of the hole, tweaked, drifted … in fact, I did everything one can think of that can be done with deadbaits – except the things you can be arrested for!! :D But again, not a sign of a tweak or any interest…
Finally, I had a wander along the bank with the lure rod for another 30 mins or so – and again nothing was seemingly interested – but then I snagged up solid on a bottom obstacle and ended pulling for a break losing the trace, lure and scull lip in the process. At this point I decided a nice warm shower was quite appealing, it being a cool day, and packed up and headed home.
I blanked but it WAS nice to get out again :)
Was hoping to get out again this week but other plans have interceded now and looks like next outing will be next week now unless I can manage a couple of hours somewhere over the coming weekend.
Air: 5.0C (0730) rising to 7.7C (1430)
Water: 5.8C – 5.9C all session
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