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Incomplete ‘Grand Slam’

Last weekend, I was fishing with Sharky at a river somewhere in the Midlands. We started the day at a nearby marina but all we could manage was a small perch down river. The fishing was slow and we decided to try another spot. As for the morning, the weather didn’t look good (typical British weather). It was mainly overcast, quite windy and cold at times. So, it seemed like we were in for a slow session.

From experience, land-based fishing from the river bank is not always easy (for me at least). Personally, I’ve had limited success when it comes to river fishing. On a boat, things may be different but on land it’s a different game. However, when it comes to finding fish, the basics remained fairly similar. Fortunately, during this time of the year, in the summer months, finding fish isn’t really that difficult. The abundance of aquatic vegetation (plus other features) would sometimes give you the obvious clues.

A type of aquatic weed commonly known as 'streamer weed', usually a good indication of fish holding spots.

Still relying on the spinnerbait to do most of my fishing, I was hitting the ‘streamer weeds’ along the river bank and out came a pike. On medium heavy tackle (10-20 lb rod with 30 lb braided line), the fish fought rather well. We estimated that it weighed about 5 to 6 lbs. It wasn’t a bad start considering the weather conditions.

A decent size pike on a 1/4 oz single willow 'yellow-chartreuse and black' spinnerbait. (Picture by Sharky)

Next up, we were fishing near a stream outlet. There, the water was slightly coloured. With just a couple of casts, I had a hit on my spinnerbait but lost the fish. A few more casts, it was ‘fish-on’. Frankly, I was surprised to see a chub at the end of the line, a first river chub for me after years of fishing in the U.K! Moments later, at practically the same spot, out came another pike and it was even bigger than the first one. Along the way back to the car park, Sharky had another one.

A decent size river chub. My first chub from the river. (Picture by Sharky)

A stream outlet. The water is slightly coloured and the bottom is rocky. Had a hit from a monster pike but the fish isn't committed.

Quite good size. The fish hit the spinnerbait next to the flow upon touch down! (Picture by Sharky)

In all, it was not a bad day at all. I caught a perch, some pike and a chub. Now, all I needed was a zander and that would have completed the ‘Grand Slam’.
[ 2011/07/16 20:50 ] Category: None | TB(0) | CM(0)
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