Sunday, 22 December 2019

Double bugger, double bubble.

Spent most of Saturday waiting in for the white goods delivery  and and it was gone three-fifteen before I could get out so just a scout round, no rods in the car. Big water coming through Buxton Mill with more forecast so no Bure trotting Sunday.

Had to make do with the next best thing from Woodforde's Brewery. How could I resist? Helped me through Naaarich's spineless performance on MOTD though.

Just a scant hour this afternoon as the winter solstice sun slipped behind the poplars up on the ridge.
Out with the current customary halved bluey and settle back to watch the kingfisher. As usual I'm tempted by the marginal cover but overcame the natural urge to drop shot and lobbed past the next drop-off into fairly firm ground left and right.  You would bet your house on just past those reeds wouldn't you?

Almost immediately the left hand float was tearing off and  after a firm resistance the fish was off with a decent swirl. No sure how it  didn't stay on.

Out it went and  again an almost instant  take, but no hook up. Bugger I thought. By now the kingfisher was just a noisy diver on the far bank and I thought I'd blown it.

Two more casts and the right hand hand bluey head was off. No  sooner than I'd set the hooks the left hand rod was off. I set the hooks on that and dealt with the first which thankfully was easy to unhook. Leaving it in the net I then made contact with the other which at first felt like the friendly 20 but it shrunk at the net and together they wouldn't have made a 20 but lovely clean and firm fish anyway and not at all leechy.

Most excellent. Again.


  1. Like buses, they all turn up at once. Nice looking pike. Very spotty, almost trout like pattern.

    1. I'll have to check some more pics to see if the spotty patern is the thing on this small water.

  2. Very nice fella, are the rivers easing up now?

    1. Not too bad James, the tidals are very full though.