I always used to think lure fishing was just for early season pike - switching to live or deadbaits at the end of November / early December - but this season I’ve mostly stuck with the lures.
For one thing it’s convenient; I don’t have to catch livebait or dig out the deads, my lure kit it always packed and ready to go - when I have enough light left in a day I can just grab the gear and head off.
With a few hours on the clock me and James hit the ponds, leapfrogging our way around - great way to cover the water - and as always in this situation it turned into a bit of a competition!
Rules were slightly unclear - if it was a pike fishing compo I won with 4 pike, if it was just a lure fishing competition it was a draw, James also landing 4 fish - only two of which were pike...
OK, a chub is fair enough, they will eat almost anything - but seriously - who lands a bream fair and square on a lure?!