Saturday November 5th and 3 of us were heading out to a new spot recommended by a pal, Damien McCann, because the water levels were way down for this time of year on the river we usually fish. What a tip it turned out to be.
There was myself, Wayne (Lenny) Leonard and Peter (50 questions) Freeman.
We headed off at 5am, when we finally arrived at the venue, after a long drive and a tough hike, I noticed straight away the river was pristine, like a sheet of glass with a small mist rolling over it and a hint of frost on the grass. It felt like a perfect day for some serious fishing.
2 rods apiece were quickly set up to fish hard on the bottom on alarms, using smelt, mackerel and pollin as bait.
We were only set up between 5 and 10 minutes when my rod with the joey screamed off!!!!!
As soon as I struck she came flying out of the water and tail walked all across the surface.
“She’s a monster”, the lads yelled. After 7 or 8 big runs lasting almost 15 minutes, my good friend Wayne scooped her into the landing net, with the water filling his wellies in the process. As soon as I got a proper look, I knew she was well over 20lb.
Unhooking her quickly we put her in the wet sling……..
Put it on the scales, already tared for the sling. 25lb 9oz Wayne shouted, I was very happy with that indeed.
Quickly released, she swam off slowly back to the depths.
8 fish in total between us for the day. Peter got a lovely double of 15lb 2oz and Wayne’s best tipped the scales at a nice 12lb 11oz.
The rest were all jacks ranging from 6 to 8lbs. With darkness creeping in, we packed up and headed home, 3 happy men. Counting down the days now till we get back out in search of more river monsters, this pike season…