The quest for a tidal-twenty starts here. Me and James spent the afternoon floating about on the Thames - there is a lot of water to explore and it's easier in clear, bright conditions - but we both really wanted to start the campaign with a fish.
And James was soon into a pike, and not just any pike - a double. An eleven, that's the way to do it. It was a couple more hours of searching before I had a run and after a fantastic fight in the little boat a 8lb 8oz pike was in the net - my first tidal pike.
And the next cast was nailed by my own double, a fighting fit 12lb 9oz pike (top photo). Great stuff; a tidal double each is a great start to the quest. James wrapped up proceedings with a seven and a jack before we went ashore for a well earned pint. We'll be back.