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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:19 am 
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Hi everyone,

its been a while since i've done any serious fishing so it was a pleasure to get up to the norfolk broads for the start of the season over here in th uk.

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The plan was to lure fish for pike with the target being a 20lb fish as neither Rhys nor me have managed a twenty as of yet.

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Rhys managed the first fish which turned out to be a decent perch. later the pike action started with me taking the first pike on a slider bait.

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the real excitment comenced around 6.00 am (we had been fishing since 4.00 am) when we both saw a large swirl behind rhys' chugbug, followed by a missed take and eventually on the third attempt the fish engulfed the lure. it turned out to be a 13lb fish and a new pb for rhys.
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later I managed a smaller fish on a jitterbug surface lure. The strike was something to see and after a near heart attack we fished on.

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I managed 7 fish on the first day to just one for Rhys...I also missed a decent fish that took a dead bait in the middle of tghe night..

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The second day we had many more surface strikes and probably landed another 10 fish. as they were taking the surface lures we concentrated with these as the takes were usually heart stopping moments. One strike to remeber was an 11lb that left its lie under a boat shooting out a few metre to anhilate my cisco kid topper. we watched everything through out polarised glasses and won't forget that moment for a while!

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The second night I managed a 17lb fish on a deadbait: getting close to then 20 but not quite there!

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To remedy the lack of size of fish i bought the biggest lure in the local shop and promptly lost two big fish..the first could have been the big one as upon the strike there was no headshaking..rather just a plodding fish taking its leave...of course the hooks pulled. the same thing happened 5 minutes later on a fish in the high teens. a very frustrating 5 minutes!

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We managed to catch 25+ pike and probably lost the same again..and in total probably saw near on 100 pike over the three days..it was a great lurning curve so lets hope the season continues so well!!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:43 am 
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Hi Scott

Excellent photos and narration. Loved watching the photos.
Good luck for the biggggggggie.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:42 am 
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Wonderful! great going Scott! Keep them coming.


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Hey Scott,

Amazing catches there. The sixth pic looks like Baby Gustav from Burundi :). What a lovely place you have there? These pikes look like monsters of freshwater. What is a biggest we can expect??

Thanks for the report.

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Great catches there. Congrats and thanks for sharing the pics.


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Great photos and excellent explaination. Keep them coming. All the best for future catches...


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Hi Scott,

Good to know you are again catching some fishes now. :P

Great report and keep it up.

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Ali.


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Hey Scott,

Nice catch, thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures.

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Super fish there Scott! Lovely location as well, good to see you back in action.

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Welcome back
superb pikes, nice catch
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welcome back mate where the hell have you been? fantastic report and catches keep them coming cheers [smilie=coolup.gif]


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Fantastic Report and pics, Scott...
Must be a mad dash at Redmire as well, isn't it ?? Legendary pool, legendary carp... :D

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Congrats Scott, a great start to the season.


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Great Scott, what a fish. Nice location.... wish we had some of those. 8)


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Scott, very nice fish there.. I almost made a plan to be in UK for a week in May (bloody ash). I want some pike and trout. :))


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Thanks for all the comment guys,
I've been busy working every hour under the sun to save money ready for my next trip. Now the season is open there will definately be more fishing on the cards.

Teritex: the biggest we can expect is around 30kg but a fish uk fish of 9kg is a damn good catch. Over in scandanavia is a good place to look for the bigguns..the pike of the baltic sea! they are vey obliging fish as they can be caught with a number of methods throughout the year...although traditionally they are fished for over here with dead baits in the depths of winter.

Santosh: shame you couldn't make it..would be a bit tricky in may as all the rivers are closed..no they are open its perfect as there is nothing more pleasant than spending the afternoon wandering the river with a mepps and a light rod. the sea trout are running now and can be expected to 15lb which although few and far between would be a lovely surprise!

all the best everyone, Scott


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Great pics scotty... all the best for ypur next trip


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Hi Scott,

Amazing pics. Thnks for sharing. Those pikes are wonderful. Do they fight well like mahseers? Thnks for sharing the pics and happy fishing.


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Nice! Scott. Great pictures and some impressive fish. Top water lures! they sure give you a heart attack. Nothing to beat that take!

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Saturday came and the christening of the new boat had finally arrived. slightly larger and a lot more stable than the previous model we were keen for an all day lure chucking session up on the river Thames.

Rhys and I chose to head to Windsor, a stretch that we had not fished before with the hope of catching the much talked about 20lb plus pike.
Three weir pools are in easy reach of one another giving some good fishing marks that we could test out during the day.

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Over the past months we have upped the size of lures we have been using to try in an attempt to lure the larger specimens from their weedy amush points. however small pike are not alway detered by a meal that would definately prove difficult to swallow

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The day started early and we managed to get onto the river by 7am and although conditions looked good the fishing didn't get going for a while until a couple of perch and pike graced the net. Nothing very large was playing ball and the first two weir pools we tried produced nothing to our lures.

As the day passed a few fish started to show..and by lunch time the tally was 4 pike and around 10 perch. a crystal clear back stream was stuffed full of perch and every throw with a mepps would lure 10-15 stripped smallies who would compete until one was hooked. Great to see but not what we were realy after!

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A move downstream saw a better fish for Rhys taken on an 8 inch rubber replicant. with the water being crystal clear almost every follow and take was keenly watched and was pretty heart stopping stuff

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at the confluence of a side stream and the main river was a text book ambush point for a pike. With a field of view covering a huge amount of water and plenty of weed to hide up in it would be the place i would chose to sit if i was after a passing fish.

Rhys' Perch coloured 10inch replicant sailed over to the lillies causing quite a splash upon entering the water, whereupon he started to crank it back to the boat. Half way back he muttered "oh my god" as a massive pike powered from it's cover in the weed bed and chased his lure down before engulfing it with mouth wide open and gills flaring! In the commotion we both nearly went overboard but luckily kept our footing and duly landed the big girl after a short fight :D

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it was a big fish with a particularly large head. but it was looking pretty skinny as it hadn't fattened up after spawning ready for the winter. Had we craked 20lb? not quite as the scales settled at 19.5lb but we didn't care as it was a craking fish beautifully coloured thanks to the clean water


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After a few quick snaps the beautiful fish was slipped back and held in the water until she regained her breath to safely swim abck to the depths of the river. what a result!!
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Windsor castle and the River Thames

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All the best, Scott


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WOW nice catch and congratulation for your new boat. I wish we had a river passing through our city "in fact we do have one MEETI RIVER"


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Congrats for the nice catch


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Congrats for the catch....gr8 pics


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Congrats Scott !!!

Great stuff.

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Excellent fish,
nice boat,
fantastic photos.

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How I missed it.

Top angling Scott. The boat is a beauty. Why don't you row it to India. :twisted: :lol: :lol:

Great fishes and very well done.

Congratulations. :P

Ali.


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Nice! Lovely pictures there Scott. Is that an alumminum boat?


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Hi Guys glad you guys liked the catches..! :D

The new boat is aluminium..very stable and durable and light enough to easily move about by hand when launching etc! it didn't break the bank either as we managed to get it second hand. The beauty of it is that we have free fishing along much of the River Thames as long as we aren't tied to the bank. Joining all the angling clubs where we fish (to do bank fishing) would cost hundreds if not thousands of pounds and even then it would not be possible to get to all the spots that we can by boat! great value all around!! :D

Ali..we have an engine so there will be no need for any rowing!! :lol:


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Happy fishing Scott. Wish you many more beauties.


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Hi Guys glad you guys liked the catches..! :D

Ali..we have an engine so there will be no need for any rowing!! :lol:


Man, Konkan is calling and some of the fishes have already started complaining about your absence. :lol: :lol:

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Ali. :P


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Hi Ali..

Its funny you should metion that!! :D i'm also missing konkan and the fishes!! And at this very moment am checking the new story with visas!!

Is there any IA meet/comp happening this year?


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worldfisher wrote:
Hi Ali..

Its funny you should metion that!! :D i'm also missing konkan and the fishes!! And at this very moment am checking the new story with visas!!

Is there any IA meet/comp happening this year?


Abhijeet and Neil..... :?: :?:

If I recall correctly, it is your call... :roll:

Regards,

Ali. :P


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Great fishing Mate and great pics


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Hello there,

I heard a long time ago (or maybe read somewhere) that there are
similar pike to be found in the lakes of Kashmir - can anyone confirm this
please?

I have personally caught pike in a freshwater lake near the
Caspian Sea in Iran - presumably they exist further East of Iran??

Kingfish


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I have never seen or heard of any Pike like fish in the lakes of Kashmir. A lot of my 'uncles' who were into fishing were posted there before all the lakes became sewers and none of them have ever mentioned any such fish. But then they all targeted mahseer and trout most of the time.

Would be interesting to see if anybody has any information on this.


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I've never heard of pike so far south as kashmir but they do occur right across the northern hemisphere; ie russia and into mongolia and china. the much sought after but rare amur pike can be found in the eastern rivers of China and mongolia.

The trout has made it to many far flung rivers of the subcontinent so possibly the pike too? much less chance of it being moved for its sporting qualities than the trout.

pike have been taken to ethiopia (lake tana) so why not to kashmir too?

look forward to other info about this,

all the best, Scott


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Hey Guys, posted a few images on my blog if anyone wants a look



all the best, Scott


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HI Scot,

Great stuff!!! I enjoyed your write up on your SA trip. Dont know how I missed it earlier.

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