|The best book ever written on pike fishing in the UK?|
So my advice, if you seek to put a decent pike on the bank, is firstly join the Pike Angler's Club of Great Britain and then, get a copy of Fishing for Big Pike. (£4.50 + postage on e-bay) Sure, there have been a few modern tweaks which have assisted anglers in this contest, but the bottom line is that Barry and Ray would still be very successful anglers in 2015 using their methods.
|Grebe Lake at Emberton Park, Northamptonshire. (1992?)|
I'm enjoying my dalliance with these old images - there is a lot of stuff, from my crazy past, recorded in these photos which remains, as yet, unexplored. Steve has commented about "that book" - I can confirm that it's progressing, but in a direction I'd not envisaged. Completed by Christmas? It's a target that I'm aiming for.
|London Colney - The British Aerospace pit - not a water on the "big fish" map.|
I have always been drawn by the adventure of new discoveries. Size is great - but not the only consideration.
|Pike fishing simplicity - Loch Awe (April 2015)|
Bait boat technology ensuring my rigs are fished efficiently - 120m+
|Pike monkey/needle - a front runner alarm and a wooden centre-pin (circa 1920)|
If it works on an East Kent drain - why shouldn't it work in Scotland?
Pike are an easy species to understand, although they do have their nuances from venue to venue. I have been extremely fortunate to have pursued these fish in myriad different arenas - I would like to think of it as "experience?" that keeps the bites coming.