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Chew Croc Hunt - 22nd May 2018

 
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 9:48 pm    Post subject: Chew Croc Hunt - 22nd May 2018 Reply with quote

I'll just leave this here for now as its Tony Lakefishers tale to tell ... Cool


He had a few more as well! Top angling mate!!! Cool

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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one Tony, always happy to see you with a good Pike after all those miles you drive and effort you put in. Hope Alan managed to get a slice of the action too! Cool
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2018 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one Tony.
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apologies for the late posting of my report on a brilliant first Croc hunt of the season with Alan(Allrouder), but on returning home, I was completely shattered and in dire need of sleep.

Lets get the stats out of the way - Wind, From the North, gusty at times around 5-8 MPH making Stratford Bay exceedingly lumpy - but fishable with a drogue out.
Water temp, a tad high at 18 degrees plus - Visibility - a measured 8+ feet. Rather brighter than we would have liked but easy to see any "followers" at reasonable range.

Setting up my CPX with a guideline 3-1 and Black wiggle tail fly, I counted down 4-8 secs before a slow roly-poly retrieve, with the odd quick jerk, 2 or 3 times each retrieve, this producing a couple of follows - but from large Rainbows.

Alan had the first follow from a pike, then me - but it wasn't until I changed fly to a silver wiggle tail that the first solid take happened - a good strong fight ensued with an 11 pounder being netted, weighed in my McLean's net and quickly returned - A nice strong first of the season - I'm a happy bunny Laughing

Much later came the one pictured by Alan above. A beautiful, very strong 18 pounder that just didn't want to come to the net - Twice round the boat it went, with us fearing it would entangle the drogue - along with many strong runs away from the boat - one of the best fights I have ever had from a Pike Cool

EDIT - Alan has very kindly posted a video of my scrap with the 18 pounder on the CF facebook page - Thanks Mate Cool

Last of the day for me was another strong 10 Pounder - 3 fish for a total weight of 39 pounds, all on the silver 6" home tied Wiggle tail - as I had said to Alan after my first "I need a damn good reason before I take this off !"

As it sometimes happens for some unknown reason - This time I got all the solid takes and Alan, unfortunately "couldn't buy one" despite being given a spare silver wiggle tail from my "Budgie Cage" Wink


6" Silver Wiggle Tail

But we take it on the chin - both doing the same to each other multitudinous times - Your turn next Alan.

Thanks are due to Alan for a brilliant day afloat - and for his Sherpa assistance back up the "steps of doom" when I had to cease earlier than I would have liked due to me being completely shattered. Don't you just hate getting older Rolling Eyes Laughing

Till next time ....... Tony
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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. Hope Alan managed to get a slice of the action too! Cool


Unfortunately not, Laurence. Tony gave me the same pattern as he was using and he couldn't have been more helpful but it just wasn't my day. As Tony says it is strange how we seem to take it in turns to catch two or three fish with the other person blanking and often not even getting a pull, but as long as someone in the boat catches then I'm happy. It is the 'double blanks' that sap your enthusiasm! Laughing

I went back out for the last couple of hours with a trout rod a had one and lost a couple behind the island before exploring the Bird Hide where I missed a pull and the East Shore where I failed miserably. There was fly hatching on and off all day but we saw very little moving on top which was probably down to the sun.

Must say that despite my failure with the pike I really enjoyed the day and I am looking forward to next time already! Hopefully it will be my turn next. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well done guys Very Happy .Nice to see you get amongst them Tony CoolI'm sure you will have some at Elinor Alan Cool.
Will arrange a sorti to Chew next month Tony.Been too long mate Wink.Regards.Steve. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know the feeling Alan, always feel positive if your partner is catching! Nice write up Tony.
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