Sunday, 30 December 2018


So 2018 is drawing to a close.  Looking back over the year its been a good 2nd year back in the fishing game.  I have been really drawn to light lure fishing.  I love the lack of... stuff!

I had a small window of opportunity so headed to the North Drain at Ham Wall.  This stretch has become extremely popular of late and there were another 3 anglers pacing the bank already.

I went straight to my 'banking' spot.  I have always caught Perch here.

I often hang around under the bridge... Like a troll

With it being in the nature reserve you do get some questioning looks.  But the license lets you!

Ultra slow jigging was the way.  Although the Perch were a little slow to react.  Possibly because a bloody great Pike sloshed out of the water.  Silver fry spraying everywhere!  Even the people on the bridge gasped...

Nothing to exciting but kept me from blanking

Then I swapped to a slightly bigger roach lure.  Bam!  It was hit hard and fast.  My ultra light rod arched right over.  The adrenaline was pumping.  Where was the bloody net?  Behind me, folded up.  I reached back and got in a right mess unfolding it.  That cost me dear.  A second later the line went slack.  The hook had come out.


The Pike is without doubt my arch nemesis.  I've had a very poor record with them this season having caught 2 tiddlers and losing this one which was bigger.  I did see it roll on the surface and would estimate 3 or 4lbs.  Not big but I would have loved to have got it at the end of 2018.  Sadly it wasnt to be.

Perhaps 2019 will be kinder to me on the Pike front.  Have a good 'un.


  1. Keep up the pike hunt. You will catch one eventually!

    1. Ha ha! Maybe... I'm out tomorrow so fingers crossed.

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