I had a good last-day-of-the-season session on the river courtesy of Craig Faulkner, who has access to a private weirpool on the Trent.
We shared a total of 19 good pike between us with at least six good low-doubles; we had so much action at times it was hard to keep track! I would think that the biggest went around twelve pounds or so; we didn't bother to weigh them until Craig said how fat they were and how fit, so he put one in the sling and it went 10 and a half and that was one of the smaller ones! Who cares anyway? It's not all about numbers you know! A great day was had by us both and we can't wait for the season to start on June 16th!
Back to reality and down the gravels on the following weekend, Dave and I managed a session on Sunday afternoon. The pike down here are still fat from fry-bashing, despite having spawned weeks ago. Fat pike are not particularly hungry pike, and follows were hard to come by. There was nothing doing in "no pike corner" as usual, despite Dave having lost a big fish a couple of weeks back. That was the only take either of us has had from that particular swim in two seasons of fishing on this venue. The whole place can be a real ball-breaker sometimes, but normally a take or two can be had if you put the leg-work in trompsing through the brambles and releasing your fly from the over-abundant vegetation a number of times!
This day was no exception and after indulging in a good deal of aforesaid strifes, Dave managed a couple of fish of 8 and a half and ten pounds four, pictured here. I had only the one pull but weighed-in with a fish of six pounds or so, a result for a poor day. It proves that location of fish is always critical to success, and being lazy will get you nowhere! We've also noticed recently a trend towards attractor-type flies working very well again, due to the warmer weather and increased water temperatures. The pike seem to have worked-off their Winter lethargy and are willing to chase again, resulting in firmer, more hittable bites.
We are not counting our chickens just yet however, as temperatures could still plummet again leading to dour water conditions quite easily....don't forget it's still only early April and Summer is still a ways off yet!