The second pike fishing expedition of the season on a grey, cold, drizzly and rainy Saturday afternoon but despite the weather conditions the water in the drain was still crystal clear; so clear that you could see three or four feet into the water and in some places see the bait lying on the bottom under the far bank.
Somewhere in the system the drainage board had been reed cutting and rafts of cut reed were drifting up and down fouling the line and dragging the bait out of position. If you have an expensive and fancy reed cutter you have to use it I suppose. The only run of the afternoon resulted in one very fit and beautifully coloured and marked pike which, I have to say, I was surprised to catch with the total absence of any bait fish in the drain.
I caught the fish off a rickety old disused mooring and as I left it collapsed to a watery doom. Thank goodness I wasn't standing on it.
No doubt the pike disagree.
At least the session wasn't a blank so the 100% record was maintained. Next week I'll be visiting a new venue that I've been looking forward to fishing.
I can't wait.