On the Pike trail part 2Pallatrax Angling
Just one day this week and it was back on the pike trail with the considerable drop in temperature and the wind moving from the west to the north. I was now armed with a few of the “drop off stones” and well before light again propelled three joey mackerel to the horizon, or at least about 60yards.
There was no pre dawn action this time, but a fast run to my left at around 10.00am saw me connected with a muscular adversary that turned out to weigh 17lb 4ozs. Pleasingly, it was a different fish to the one I’d had at two ounces heavier the previous week. Actually, the run showed up the weakness of the effectively weightless presentation at long range. Although the drop off indicator first alerted me by falling an inch or so the take would have been easy to miss had I not been watching the rods. In fact, when I struck, the fish had moved a good twenty yards to my left. With my normal paternoster link and Stonze I would have had a more positive indication, that’s for sure. I’m going to have to go back to that arrangement, perhaps mounting the Stonze on a “rotten bottom” of possible 4lb mono such that it should break away if it becomes impossibly tethered in weed or snags.
Once again, the day was quiet then until 2.00pm when a lean nine pounder came to the net, quickly followed by another missed run. As last week, tiny punctures indicated that a small jack had probably been responsible.
As for the next few weeks, we’ll have to see what transpires. Normally, at this time of the year, I would be having my 48 hour sessions on the Ouse, but I need to be close to home at the moment. My wife Fran is hobbling around in great pain and next week I take her for an MRI on her knee. It’s looking increasingly likely that a knee replacement could be required. If so, I will obviously be needed at home during her recuperation.