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Friday, 16 July 2010

Huge Ruffe Captured....oh no it isnt ITS A ZANDER :-)

At Last....after probably 9 months and 20+ sessions of blanks and unwanted pike + numerous conversations and reconnaissance missions to find the location of the Zander... Ive only gone and caught one :-))))).
After yet another hot tip, i nipped down to Trent Lock then walked for 20-30 minutes to Sawley Marina Railway Bridge.. cast out 2 eel sections
At 10PM the bite alarm went off and the line flew off, i picked the rod up waited for, what i thought was a pike run to develop, then struck. After what was a very good fight, i saw the flank of the fish... which was reasonable size for, what i thought was another pike... woooooow ...thats no pike... its a Zander.
Frankly i had a little toilet accident at this time, flapping like a big girl, i got the landing net ready and with massive relief...LANDED A ZANDER.

The camera was set on self timer and on a mini tripod, been practising, and the comedy expressions

I zero'ed the scales and weighed the beauty
Kept putting the fish back in the river to recover.. the bloody thing kept banging its teeth together making a very odd noise. Ensured it was fully recovered before releasing it, which took some time.
The quest is over .... mission accomplished... so what next.... the Bream record is attainable..Catfish...maybe, but that Eel record looks very flimsy... i hate eels though, after having an unfortunate incident with one as a child... gulp.. go on then... Eels it is :-(

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

A couple of hours down the river...

At work I'd been thinking about having a few hours down the river but on the drive home the heavens opened and it tipped it down, doh!!

So I decided not to bother but after a trip to Morrisons, when we got out there were lovely blue skies. So I grabbed the gear and shot off for a quick sessions and after reports of a large pike being lost, I decided to throw the pike gear in too.

Well, first cast with a lamprey and I was into this lovely little 7lb pike. In the net with it were 3 roach which it coughed up. Two were very fresh, one with a tooth stuck in it's side and the other was a very pale affair which was obviously a bit older.Not a bad start but not the big one I was after. I baited up again and waited. Then this started to roll over....

After the downpour, no more pike runs came so I switched to try and winkle out a chub or barbel. A few casts later and a nise 3lb 4oz chub was in the net. Whilst trying to get my camera out, the chub (in the weigh sling) gave a big flick of it's tail and flew out of the sling, across the top of my left wader and plop, stright back into the river. I guess it didn't want it's picture taking :-)