With my dad officially turning old last Monday and hitting sixty, I took it upon myself to make sure he had a good session. Our last session wasn't the greatest with only myself bagging a lonely pike. It looked like Monday would be the best in the weather for the next week or two but the water both on the coast and inland didn't look great so off we went in search on some clearer water.
After a quick chat with Matt I decided we would head up for a bit of poaching (after buying a day ticket) on the Kennet and Avon Canal in Wiltshire. With pike and perch the targets it would give me a chance to try some of the new kit I mentioned in my previous post here.
Firstly mum and I had to make sure dad was well equipped. Now you're only 60 once so a new rod reel and lures were in order. As he already owns a bass/wrasse rod and a Graphiteleader Calzante 0.6-8g so he needed something that would cover the ground in between. With a trip out to Lure Heaven HQ it wasn't long before one caught my eye. with a casting weight of 4-12g it seemed to tick the first box.
The rod in question is the Palms Molla Bank Fisher MGS-73ML＋2F. On first waggle it felt ideal, tippy enough for the lighter end with plenty of power in the lower sections but until you use the rod you can never tell. The Molla range has been specifically designed for fresh water bass and make the transition into perch and pike fishing perfectly.
I love the look of this rod and as you can see from the picture above it's pretty slick but then I have always been a bit of a sucker for a cork handle. After a quick chat with mother we decided this was the rod for dad.
Next he would need a reel to match up with it. After picking myself up the new Shimano Exage 2500FD and it balancing my rod so well, that and it being equipped with a smooth drag seemed like the obvious choice. I placed the reel on the rod and it was nothing short of perfect balance making it comfortable to fish tip up or down.
I loaded the reel with some Sunline 10lb Super PE I had lying around and the spare spool with probably my favorite lure fishing mono. Toray BAWO Super Hard Polyamide Plus in 8lb. This should give him all he needs for the perch and pike. As most of his time will be spent on canals, rivers and small lakes the mono will be ideal and no need to tie leaders on those cold days. I've mainly been fishing with this mono lately and I love it. As you would expect it has a little less feel than braid but for ease of use and lack of memory it's still my go to line.
Lastly we increased my dad's lure range with some Gary Yamamoto 3" swim senkos, hula swimmers, Tate Pencil and spinner bait.
The birthday trip...
Next dad went on to catch fish after fish all falling to the Bait Breath O-GO mounted on a 3g jighead. By mid-morning he was kicking my arse and about 8 fish up. We were all still waiting for that monster perch. Dad was after something a little bigger to put the rod through it's paces. A few hundred yards further down the canal dad got his wish. Not exactly a 20lb monster but a very welcome pike all the same.
Dad switched to a dropshot rig with a 7g weight and rigged with a panic minnow. Slowing his retrieve right down he soon got some knocks and then a decent hook up. By far his best perch of the day and I finally felt my mission was complete.
Not managing the PB perch came for I was happy when a couple jacks decided to grace my presents. All in all a good days fishing and I'm glad dad kick our arses. I will definitely be heading back for another go in the not too distant future.
Lastly thanks to Matt Jones for some inside information. Matt has been having some great success lately, check out his blog here.
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