So we only got in a few sessions, this winter seems to be shaping up to be a great year for the pike.
We decided to try our luck in County Cavan to try some new venues. Still mostly sticking to deadbaits we have tried our luck on a few venues from Lough Gowna, Ramor, Oughter and lakes in other counties like Lough Muckno.
When we started doing overnigts for pike, we soon realised that ordinary sleeping bags and foam mats weren’t much use. It took a few baltic nights though before we copped on and invested in proper bedchairs and a second hand bivvy. Armed with a stove and a bivvy heater this was now more comfortable than home. We felt like lord Muck in our new fishing surroundings!
In the depths of Winter sat in your bivvy listening to a match on the radio, your cooking a curry and life is good. All of a sudden the peace will be shattered by an alarm taring into life. It’s an amazing feeling and one Myself, Aidan and Joe will never get tired of.
It’s amazing how good a run even a jack can make, and if you get a fish tail walking it’s magic.
When the sun goes down the fishing exagerations begin. Now is the time you and your mates will be planning the long year ahead and what tackle you’d buy if ya won the lotto. Getting out to go to the toilet can be a pain so you usually stretch your kidneys to the limit while in the bivvy.
Remaining comfortable is very important on long sit and wait sessions. Bring a pillow hot water bottle what ever you need, people may laugh but you will be the one laughing when your catching and the whole thing is about enjoyment so once your happy with your spot that you have found previously sitting on a good spot makes sense.
Surprise fish can turn up from time to time like this brownie while spinning for Aidan.
Packing up in the morning is not my favorite bit but must be done. Rods left out till last obviously.