Our first trip to Penton Hook of 2012, and myself and Darren were there in time to watch the sun rise over the island, I regret not taking a photo now. There was a crisp frost and mist rising from the morning water, and it was cold.
Everything looked great until we noticed the speed of flow, the water was only a couple of inches higher than normal but the current must have been nearly twice as fast.
We were both worried about presenting baits in this fast flowing water but it wasn't long before I heard Darren shout he was in. I ran for net duties but the pike had come off. He described the pike as 'a lump', when a carp angler says lump you know it was a big fish!
Next up I had a run but failed to connect to the fish before Darren lost a second fish. All this action had taken place in ten minutes and all on ledgered roach deadbait. Then we were out of dead roach.
We fished on with sprats and plugs and tried a few swims before Dan eventually turned up at midday, only four-and-a-half hours late! He had brought sausage sandwiches, but the brown sauce had only made it half way here before falling out of his bag and smashing - cr*p!
Sausage sandwiches were consumed before we all set about trying to find a pike. It wasn't until 2.30 when I had another run and landed a 8lb 9oz pike on ledgered sprat. As it turned out, the only pike of the trip, Brian 'Jammy Bugger' Roberts strikes again!
The pike was one we'd seen before, the instantly recognisable one that had been hit by a larger pike in November. It had healed well and was an ounce heavier this time so it's doing fine.
We fished into a very cold dusk before calling it a day. Time had flown by, and to be honest I think we could have done better - we should have explored some more swims. I'm thinking of putting a self-imposted time limit on each swim next time. And this is the third recapture in 18 pike, have we just found a small pool of pike? Time to move? Probably.
But we will be back to the island soon, there is lots of water still to explore and hopefully a lump or two still to grace the landing net...