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Wednesday 14 March 2018

Final flourish

Out the bungalow at silly o'clock, headed for my final session of the, "English", pike season. I was torn between the river and the drains, eventually settling for the latter, as I am so much more familiar with them. Two baits cast out by 05.55 hrs, both Mackerel tail sections, popped-up with Fox bait poppers. I'd have preferred to use Sardines, but didn't have any left in the freezer, so used what I had.
Within 35 minutes the left-hander was away, I making a complete pig's ear of the strike and bumping the fish off the hooks as a result. 

Just before sun rise out on the marsh
The dawn was spectacular not only because of the sun rise but, also, the huge movement of Starlings flying east, out to sea. In the first hour I estimated some 20,000 but, because I am completely out of practice at this number assessment, would be happy to concede that possibly twice as many had passed over. Birds, in these numbers, are a magnificent spectacle, no matter what species.
I had two more bites, both fish landed, before I called it a day and headed for home and a kip before another late shift.

All the action came to my left-hand rod. Top fish is 10 lbs 2 oz, this one on the sling is 7 lbs 10 oz - nice way to finish!
One more addition to the year list, when two Great White Egrets were spotted over on Willow Farm, at Worth.


  1. Nice one Dylan, definitely a nice way to finish, I bet that late shift flew by.

    1. Great to hear from you! I was pleased to finish the season with a couple of fish as I've been really struggling over the past six weeks and blanks have been, very much, the norm. I'm now having a couple of weeks off, as family stuff needs attending to, then it's on with the show. Carp fishing on the canal (no close season rule) before getting back out on the drains looking for that big fish!
      Hoping all is well at your end? Take care & tight lines - Dylan

    2. I’m well thanks, still plodding along on the northern rivers. I’ll probably have a couple of pike sessions on canals/still waters before the end of the month, then take a bit of time off. Unsure of any further plans for the closed season, maybe go after the eels when it warms up.

      Good luck with those canal carp, I’ll keep an eye out for the updates.