Autumnal Pike

November 9, 2009


There are few sights I enjoy more than the brightly coloured top of a pike float settled amongst the newly fallen yellow, brown and red leaves floating on the surface of my favorite pike venue. There can be little to beat that moment of excitement as the once still float bobs for the first time, inches it’s way across to surface and disappears beneath the autumnal flotsam and jetsam. Danny and myself haven’t managed to get out much recently, despite him spending a lot of time with me. it’s either been shocking weather, or he’d rather get dressed as a warewolf and try to extort sweets from the neighbors. We did however manage to get out over the weekend for a couple of short last light trips to a venue I know holds a good head of large pike. This water produces a hell of a lot of pike for me, at a very high average weight. it’s one of the few waters I fish where the cormorants haven’t decimated the silver fish poulations that the pike rely on for food. This trip was no expetion and the action was fast paced and expolsive as the fit and healthy pike took out mackerel and sardine baits with relish. Danny does love to catch pike as do i, and he even turned his hand to photography for the first time. The results were very impressive for a 6 year old.

the biggest of the trip, not far off 20lb

the biggest of the trip, not far off 20lb

Another big double

Another big double

The smallest and much easier to hold

The smallest and much easier to hold

Danny tries his hand at photography

Danny tries his hand at photography, with better results than most of my mates can manage.

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