After my recent success on the rivers chasing chub I was keen to get back on it and try for a bigger one. I was also mad keen to bag some pike off the top. The boys were mustered, gear was packed and then we slid ourselves in around the rods. Seriously I think we all have a problem 4 anglers and about 20 odd rods in the car, I felt like I was part of a giant game of Kerplunk.
After picking Danny up we were off to Somerset to bother some fish. The first mark was a little difficult to fish with it's high overgrown banks but that didn't stop us catching some fish. Ben was the first to catch and what a beauty, certainly a PB lure caught chub.
Whilst stood talking to Danny he turns to me and says "watch this", with that he cast out his lure and within a few turns of the reel handle I see one of the most savage chub takes I have ever seen. With a bit of team work lowering Ben down the bank and a little hand holding from Danny and I (for reassurance of course), we finally managed to net his fish. Danny's only gone and done it again and landed the best fish of the day so far.
With the light fading we were all keen to hit up another mark. After a short drive we arrived just as the last of the light was fading. We fished a big weir pool where I managed another small chub on the popper. Danny bagged himself the first pike of the night, a wee jack of about 4lb. Ben then landed himself another chub of 2lb 7oz just before Simon lost the best one of the day that looked 4lb plus.
Now time for pike...
With the chub not really switched on and with us all keen to find some nice pike we headed off to a new venue. A venue that none of us had fished at night before. The conditions looked great and the water looked very pikey. The edges were lined with lilies and bull rushes with the odd group of rushes in the center. The only issue was there were so many features, most of our lures couldn't be cast without fear of losing them. The conditions seemed perfect for a new crawler bait from DUO the Whoopee 80. For starters isn't that just a great name? As the name suggest the lure is 80mm long and weighs 18g. There's also the option to add a glow stick to the top of the lure to ad you at night. As well as being a crawler bait it also has a rear prop which makes an awesome sound that is sure to bring the pike up.
I had a few chucks and as impressed with it I was I still hadn't had a rise. Danny was fishing a spinner bait and first chuck hooked into a decent fish that took line before spitting the spinner back at him. Obviously gutted about losing a big fish Danny fished on and within minutes hooked a second of about 6lb.
We moved along and fished a fair stretch without another single take. By this point I had a good chance to try the Whoopee and it's fair to say we were all impressed with it. With it's upward facing double hooks I could skip it across lilies and bring it back clean. I decide on our way back to the car to try one more swim. Second cast and I got hit on the surface, the fish slack lined me so by the time I knew it was on I didn't have time to set the hooks and it was off again. I put the lure across the same swim and right in the same spot I had a savage take, I set the hooks and the fight was on. Fishing in a tight spot i employed the hit and hold technique and with a little help from Danny soon had it in the net. My first pike off the top, so happy with that. You just can't beat surface fishing for excitement.
A lovely condition fish, thin but very long and weighing in at 9lb 12oz. I must admit I was a little gutted it didn't come in 4oz heavier but does that really matter? Of course not. I had a great night with plenty of banter and some nice fish. I'm looking forward to my next session already maybe next time I can Finally get the triple.
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