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Chew Croc Hunt - 31st August 16

 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:19 pm    Post subject: Chew Croc Hunt - 31st August 16 Reply with quote

What with me fishing the Evening League this year my next trip after Pike with Tony (Lakefisher) took longer that expected but we finally got to share a boat again today. The weather forecast was for good conditions in the morning followed by a sunny afternoon so with that in mind we wasted no time setting sail for the Moreton and Stratford. Clarity was reasonable when we arrived with although it deteriorated over the course of the day but the good news was that it was possible to navigate the weedbeds to set up some good drifts on the Westerly wind. Smile

I started on a flashabou roach pattern but our first long drift came to nothing. I then decided to scale back to a smaller perch pattern and that did the trick. A few casts later the line locked up but after a few minutes the fish came adrift as I struggled to keep it out of the weeds. However there is nothing like a pull from a pike to get the adrenaline going and it wasn't long before I had another knock followed by a solid lock up. Due to the proximity to the weed beds I played the fish hard and she rewarded me with a couple of spectacular leaps and tailwalks before she was ready for Tony's McLean weigh net. His scales suggested that she weighed 10lbs. Very Happy

Tony changed to a similar pattern and it wasn't long before he was in too. Once again his fish fought powerfully after really engulfing his fly and his scales showed that his fish was bigger than mine at 14lbs Cool


The next drift produced a couple of follows and some knocks that in my case could have been a trout but after that the wind increased and shifted to a more North westerly direction. This meant we couldn't repeat our productive drifts and when morning cloud cover was replaced by bright sunshine as the weatherman had predicted that was more or less it. Before we came in we had a drift or two by the Sailing Club and Woodford but by then we had both had enough and we came off the water shortly after 6pm.

It was good to share a boat with Tony again and even better to catch a double figure pike each although we both wondered what might have happened if the weather hadn't changed. Sad

But hey ... that's fishing! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great report on a most enjoyable day afloat Alan - Just about enough energy left to upload a few pics


"A reasonable bend - that must be a pike"


Tis indeed a pike


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and lastly - His fubared fly that did the deed - apologies for the smear on the lens - need to get the cleaning cloth out Rolling Eyes

Thanks for my pic Mate Wink ....... Best regards ...... Tony

PS ....... Sometime in September ?? Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to see - well done chaps!

Healthy looking fish too.
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Nice one, Tony. Very Happy

I don't usually fish for Pike in August due to possible issues with water temperature / oxygen levels but there were no worries on that score yesterday. Both fish went back very easily and swam away strongly. It was also good to see that the weedbeds at the top end of the lake are not as extensive as in recent seasons and that the weed is now slowly starting to die back. This doesn't help with visibility and clumps or strands of floating weed can be a nuisance in the short term, but I think it bodes well for the backend. Smile

Hopefully it wont be long now before the baitfish start shoaling up in front of Woodford and the Sailing Club and we can look forward to some productive fishing for all predatory speciies. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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we can look forward to some productive fishing for all predatory speciies. Very Happy



I will tie up some foam daddies in preparation! Wink
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