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Not my best pike pictures.
I really do need to use a15lb, knottable wire, anti-pike trace when spinning in my local river. To be honest, although they used to be very common (and often large), pike have recently been a bit thin on the ground, but they are still there as I found this week. Anyway, following an abortive bass trip at dawn, I decided, yesterday afternoon, to have an hour in search of seatrout. I used my little Teklon rod and simply clipped on a jointed, 7cm Rapala.
The river was low and clearish although, with an overcast sky and the threat of rain, visibility could have been better. I started fishing at the top end of the stretch and for twenty minutes or so - nothing! I reached a deeper, slower flowing stretch and made a long cast down and across. I could feel the little, jointed plug wriggling as it swung across the modest current. Smack! The rod whanged round as I had a sharp, heavy take. The fish was on and immediately began to run downstream against a strong drag. It was a very abrupt bite, and the fish moved off quickly without jumping or breaking the surface, so probably not a seatrout. After a long run it turned and began to swim back upstream towards me, now I was thinking "salmon?". Already it had passed where I stood, still swimming deep without being seen, so I was keen to get a look at it (there are few things worse than losing a decent fish without knowing what it was). I had no idea how big the fish it might be so I was reluctant to try and heave it to the surface for fear of a break.
After perhaps five minutes of give and take it surfaced and I saw the lean, green shape of a fair sized pike. It was only a slight disappointment as pike have been less common than salmonids in catches for years now. Taking the camera from my pocket I took a couple of pictures just in case it might escape. The fish was far from exhausted and it was still minutes before I managed to draw it near enough to the bank to be netted. It is always a good idea to avoid netting fish head first if there is a danger of hooks becoming entangled in the meshes. So, placing the net in the water, I tried to let the pike drift backwards over the rim. At the first attempt it managed to swim back out, but next time it was safely in the folds and I dragged it onto the damp grass using my left hand (the injured right arm is still iffy).
The pike was about 5kg (11lb) and after removing the hooks I took a couple more pictures before returning it to the river. It was certainly the best pike battle that I've had for some time and I was quite pleased with my catch. The clip on the wire trace looked as though it had been strained by the fight, so I changed it before reattaching the lure and continuing to fish. Thank heavens for trace wire. Apart from a couple of decent trout that failed to ingest my lure the only other action was a tiny brown-trout caught on my last cast. As I packed in the rain started, so I was happy to make my way back to the car and drive home.
My first. view of the 'motor-pike'.
Close to the grassy bank and almost ready for the net.
A picture of my catch as it lay in the net.
A bad selfie with the camera perched on my bag.
The camera readjusted but the picture no better - should have switched on the flash.
My titchy trout hooked under its chin.
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