To be honest I reckon we are both still in shock from this session at Stoke Bardolph.
The Target species was Pike, there were rumours of a lurking Trent Crocodile Sized Pike, frightening the locals.
As Glynn states in his previous post it, was -5 at 7:30 AM.. which was nice! and a very slow start.
The tactics were to leapfrog each other...so to speak... down the bank, Glynn on 2 large mackerel tails on the bottom and me on paternostered lamprey (which got me 2 9+lbers and a 15 last time).
I also tried spinning and thought i was getting the odd "knock" until I realised that it was the eyes of the rod icing up and catching the line :-(
We both saw a big splash on the surface, which was unusual considering the conditions, then my alarm went off, not the usual bite really but i gave it some time then lifted into it anyway.
It was a great fight, the fish was zipping all over the place, i saw its head.. it definately wasnt a pike..It looked like a Zander?... then we saw its body, covered in dark spots, i thought it was a Huge Browny.
Glynn took one look at it and said ITS A SALMON !!! He was right :-)
Check out the release video.... thanks for the comment about my backside Glynn. :-)
To be honest we both had no idea that the Trent River Trust had been putting in so much effort into stocking Salmon in the River Dove for many years. We both love Trout fishing as well, so hopefully, in the not to distant future, we will be able to take our fly fishing gear on to the Trent, and winkle out a few more Salmon!
(As long as i keep the PB Glynn :-) )
The icing on the cake was Glynn pulling out an 11 1/2 pound pike, not as big as we were after, but still a cracking fish.