Best laid plans. I had planned to get a jump on my 50 pike challenge this year, hoping to get 10 canal pike during the closed season - plan abandoned when I saw how out of condition they were. Then 10 more over the summer months - plan abandoned due to heatwave.
Now I need 47 instead of 30 over the autumn / winter, that’s made things more difficult as I have to travel a fair distance to catch pike. I did chuck some lures about in a local pond a few days ago - not even a follow - but I’m not sure there are pike in there!
Three foot twitch. But it’s still a bit early for pike, and with a drop in temperature and a bit of rain washing through the river every now and again I thought I’d stick with the barbel for a few weeks. The water levels are still low, but I’m sure the winter floods are coming!
I fancied watching some rod ripping bites so fished ledgered luncheon meat in the fast shallows. Bit of a mixed bag; 6 barbel, 2 chub and two eels - I should really have photographed an eel as I don’t see many these days, but both could be easily unhooked in the water.