Still got a plan or two that comes off now and then. The carp boys on Captains having getting a few decent pike, either on bottom baits like my long lean spawned out example from last time out, and on the retrieve as well, Couple going over 20 I hear. In the holdall went a pike rod just in case Essox fancied harrying the rudd and roach.
Bright, but a mean, gusting cold wind down the pond into the road bank. Warm out of the wind but I wasn't. Swan in close attendance so baiting meant waiting, till he got his head under the water to feed, or having a go at the honking Canada goose pair, staking out their island nesting territory. Occasionally he would sneak up and give my left hand a very sharp peck. Bastard bird.
In about an hour the staging settled down from it's snake like gyrations and my anti-sea sickness pills had kicked in. Mr. Swan was beating up the geese so I catapulted in some of the nicely festering hemp. Prawn on one rod, worm the other, both fished lift style, About 515 now and I was realising the folly of toughing it out in shorts. Anticipation served to keep my mind off my slow slide into hypothermia,as small clusters of bubbles appeared along with a couple of fizz patches. Pikey activity too. Classic lift bite on prawn, and token flapping signalled the first fish of the day, This little chappy was a a bit big for a livebait I thought.
Next bite on prawn resulted in brief contact with something a bit more solid and head thumpy but it quickly came off. A bite on the worm rod and a huge swirl at the base of the staging as a pike tried to snatch the rudd, again a little large but as the bait had been lacerated it was quickly lip hooked and dropped in, freelined under a poly fished shallow right by the staging. An instant take and tghe carbon took on a satisfying curve as the pike felt the strike.. A really excellent scrap, with great clouds of orange silt and cut weed billowng up, with scattering of fish as the pike strove for the central weed mass. In the net and just hooked by one point of a treble, right on the tip of the jaw. A solid, beautifully marked fish that thumped the scales in a wet net round to a very satisfying 14.4. A conservative 2 lb off for the net. Plan hatched and clinically executed. Result. Some of the strikes at fish today were from more than one smaller predator, I am sure they were perch. Single bass hooks, light wire trace and small bait next time.
This bream fancied a worm too. Fairly clean on this side, and another solid fish. Slight two tone demarcation. One of the more bronzey variants in the pond. Fish and weed not yet warm to the touch.
Now, down to business. Are Colchester relegated yet? Has Wenger come good again? See Boro came and did a job on Norwich on Friday.
Don't forget that new perch plan..