We have managed to get out a few times though to chase some winter Pike, fishing mainly at The Warren at Stanford le Hope. They have 2 lakes there that are stuffed with Pike to a decent size, but have also been to Beaver Farm Fishery in Surrey to have a go on Jeffs Lake which has some lovely Pike in it.
I took a young lad, Hugo, to Beaver on his first Pike trip which was for his birthday.
We got there to find a strong North Easterly wind blowing and it was rather cold. We set up in a decent swim with a bay to our left, reeds to the front left with a steep drop off just in front of them and open water straight out in front. A bit of plumming about and we found a hole at 30 yards straight in front so this was a good place to find waiting Pike, but our starting place was the bay on the left.
We went over set up and went for simple sliding rigs, a live bait was flicked out to the left, just off the reed line. A large dead bait was cast to the reeds further out on the marginal drop off.
While we were waiting we set up lure rods and I went over making your own wire traces so as not to waste any time. Didn’t have to wait too long though as the live bait disappeared and Hugo was into his first Pike. Not a big fish at a little over a pound but it was a good start in difficult conditions.
A few minutes later and the dead bait was off on a twitchy run, a solid strike and Hugo’s arms extended a foot as a much larger Pike took off on a run. Hugo soon had it under control and near the bank, but it was far from ready to land. After 5 minutes he had it beaten and I was stooping to “chin” a lovely Pike of 13lb 6oz.
Photos were taken and the fish weighed and returned quickly and safely, this was turning into a good day after all :)
10 minutes later and the live was off again! This was a lovely Pike of 10lb 8oz and put up a spirited fight, making several runs for freedom but Hugo was up to the task and soon had it in the net.
We went over unhooking and fish safety, how to hold it properly then getting it weighed and photo’s taken to get the fish back in the water asap.
Nothing happened after this…apart from getting colder!! Eventually we called it a day and packed away to make the long drive home.
A lovely day in lovely surroundings with a thoroughly nice lad who has the makings of a very fine angler.
This weather is a nightmare, when will it end?