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Piking with Dave.
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I went fishing with my pal Dave last week. Conditions were not perfect but we both felt the need of a 'fix'. We started at about two in the afternoon so time was a bit pressing. I'd found a couple of long frozen herrings in my freezer and Dave had a good selection of his favourite lures. He started with a fair sized Mepps and I progged one of the herrings through both lips with a circle hook and wobbled it slowly under a cork. My herring was in the water for no more than ten seconds before there was a swirl and away went the cork. A brief pause then I tightened into a modest sized pike. After Dave had netted my fish we took its picture and returned it to the river. I cast again and the bait fell off - clearly my attempt to rehook it had not been adequate. Now I had one herring left.
We plodded from pool to pool giving each a few minutes before moving on. Dave changed his lure - more for something to do than in hope of changing his luck I think. We had a couple of bites between us and I managed to rescue the herring from the jaws of a small fish but apart from that there were no more hook ups. By now it was getting a bit gloomy and we'd come to the last decent pool on the stretch. Dave changed back to his Mepps. In went the herring. Twitch, twitch and a BIG fish (20lb?) swept up, grabbed at my bait and missed. I swished the bait about a bit but when there was no further sign of life I lifted it out for inspection. There was a huge slash in one flank clearly cause by the pike's teeth in the lower jaw. How had it done that withouth getting hold of the bait?
we tried for a little longer without success then we tried a bit further up for ten minutes before returning to the 'hot spot'. Still the large pike failed to show but Dave did manage to hook and land a smaller one on his Mepps from more or less the same spot. I'll be back!
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