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Sunday, 11 April 2010

Holme Pierrepont Finger Ponds: The Hunt for a 30lb pike

After a bit of debate we decided to target pike from the Finger Ponds at HPP:

Glynn Arrived on time, which was a bit of a shocker, but understandable as he's got some ground to catch up on with cliff leading 9-7 in the big fish off :-)
Travelling light we walked to the far end of the lakes by the river, passing some cracking scenery... beautiful lakes .... very "pikey" spots .. and the odd car with a couple trying to keep warm ;-0

We both had 2 rods out, one float one ledgered. Giving each spot about 45 minutes we worked our way back towards our cars.

Glynn had a lucky encounter with the bailif, which left him £4 lighter but with some cracking inside info. which wasnt shared until 5 mins to go:-)

After the next and final move, glynn employed his newly found tactics to great effect, capturing a magnificent 10lb 10oz pike, only for cliff to describe it as a "litttle un" to some inquisitive passers by...soz :-)

Cliff then looked at glynns setup and the penny dropped, fish off of the bottom by about 1-2 ft. Cliff then took the weight off of the float rig and upped the bait depth and added some cork to the ledgered bream.

We both had calls from our better halfs and decided to call it a day, luckily Cliffs float had gone, it was a manky 6-12 pike.. then as it was on the bank, cliff looked up and Glynn didnt look happy, looking round my other rod had a fish on, another manky 6-13 pike.... 2 fish in the same landing net... i love it when a plan comes together.

Overall, Glynn won the fish of the day but Cliff won 2-1 and was £4 better off.... All in all a great morning with some cracking pike spots, we are ready to capture a 30 next time, now that we know the correct tactics.


  1. Nice write up mate.

    Have you noticed the scores on the doors are now 9-8 as I claimed the Crucian record. Well I did have it in my personal list :-)

  2. Nice pike mate...Hey ive had a few crucians too, you take it though :-)looking forward to the next session... hopefully in 2 weeks. Reckon both trout records may go this year, the way Toft is fishing! All the carp records should go too.