River up, but steady and just the right amount of brown , that lovely bottle green is for later in the season. Thought I'd search the bridge pool and the nice eddy where I had some bites last weekend. Fed hemp and red maggot with back up caster and chop if the better fish moved in. They didn't as it happened. Plenty of dace, small roach and a few small perch kept me quite busy. Had a chat with a fellow member passing by and as he busied himself with his lure rod a couple of swims down an otter slipped past a tree and down a small mudslide into the pool. Most unusual in the middle of the day.
There'd been a couple of swirls right by my feet when I'd returned fish and this time the dace shot off down the margins with something in pursuit. The next dace was soon lip hooked on a light float paternoster set up and in the slack just above my put back zone. It didn't stay there long, at first I thought I'd hooked a decent perch but it was a small pike of about 3lb with another dace already down its throat.
Things quietened down fish wise then a small pike appeared right back in the put back zone, seeming to eye me up then head off into the flow once I'd fired the camera flash. I think it was the one from earlier as it had a similar white marking on it's right upper jaw. Very creepy.