I'm not going to lie, 2015 was a pretty shocking year for me. This was mainly due to other commitments that are thankfully now resolved. With a lot more free time on my hands 2016 will be a completely different story, I'll make sure of it.
2015 wasn't a complete wash out I had a few new species and 4 personal best which can't be sniggered at. The highlight for me was not only catching a trigger fish on a lure but watching my wife nail one before me, see here.
As my regulars will see I have given the blog a new look and tried to simplify it for a smoother mobile experience. I still have work to do updating the gallery but that also involves sorting through a mass of folders on my old laptop and uploading them.
Anyway I digress, the last thing you want to read is me waffling on. As the title of this blog suggests I have opened my 2016 account and not only that I have a new PB. I opened my account with a couple of small jacks but today I was after a different quarry. It wasn't going to be easy with torrential rain and winds increasing through out the day to 50mph. My target species often have very subtile bites and striking at these is essential if you want to set the hook. I am of course talking about zander.
...and here it is in all it's double figure glory of 10lb 1oz. Completely smashing my previous PB of 2lb 2oz (I think). Absolutely buzzing with this fish and quite frankly I never thought I would get a double figure zander considering how often I get to fish for them. She fell to a Bait Breath TT Shad in pink on a 10g jighead.
Soon after returning my fish Danny was into what looked like an equally nice fish. Ben and I offered words of encouragement only to have "don't even f**king talk to me" shouted back at us. The fish stayed deep right to our feet and we were all sure it would be a zed. However it wasn't to be, Danny had just landed a pike. I never seen someone look so disappointed to catch a double figure pike. Danny wiped away the tears put his toys back in his pram and we fished on.
The day was tough and very wet. After the first five minutes I soon learnt my jacket is no longer waterproof and with the ever increasing winds I was beginning to question why I was still out in it. The wind was now so strong I was having to use 20-30g jigheads to hold bottom.
The day was drawing to an end and we hit one last spot for one last try. First cast I got hit and within a second of that Danny got smashed on the drop. As Danny slowly turned a shade of blue from holding his breath, he was soon able to breath again as he netted his first and only zed of the day. It might have been his only zed but Danny had also smashed his PB with this 9lb 10oz beauty.
Not a bad days fishing by any means but that wind and rain was vicious and I am glad I'm sat writing this within the comfort of my own home.
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