In the mornings and evenings you can definitely feel that autumn is on it's way, I'm not letting these bright afternoons fool me... Time to find some predators - firstly pike!
I'm heading back to my home-turf River Wye later in the week, beating the floods for a change. And try to make a dent in the 200lb challenge, but first things first - be great to catch the first pike of the season - fingers crossed.
Towards the end of the month I plan to have a serious go at catching my first zander, I've read everything I can find on them and have been sorting out some venues and kit (scaled up chub gear this time, not scaled down pike gear) - 49 strand soft knottable nylon coated wire leader at over £3 a meter - they won't see that coming!
And hopefully along the way I'll drop on a perch or two, I have a 2lb 1oz personal best to beat.
As well as predators I'm going to keep having a blast at the species closer to home, and I'd like to tick all the fish of my targets for the season below (yeah the zander is on this list as well). And that 5lb bream still eludes me.
Only 187 days left!