An oasis in the desert

Welcome South Lake Pike

I am sure many of us have been tearing what’s left of our hair out during these recent weeks of incessant rain and floods, wondering where the Hell to fish in water that is not racing by at 12 mph and/or chocolate brown!

Bob and I have basically two venues that have escaped the floods – the wonderful gravel pits at Earith Fishery and a private fishery comprising three gravel pits near Bedford. And thank goodness for them both, otherwise by now it might have been wrist-slashing time!!! (Slight exaggeration!?)

We used to have an open invitation on a local pit which produced two 30s for me (including one on fly), but thanks to those bloody do-gooders, ‘Natural England’, we have now been banned from winter fishing, despite having fished there for over 30 years (JUST when we could have done with it too!!)!!

Anyway, three days ago Bob and I visited the Bedfordshire location mentioned above, created and owned by a true gentleman and his down to earth and very hospitable wife, hoping for some pike action! It is always a real pleasure to be there – fish or no fish, and I always look forward to the privilege.

Having helped Bob to set up with his dead-bait tackle, I took Max for a short walk around the ‘permitted’ area of the South Lake with a spinning outfit and a home made waggler lure. Sure enough, second cast a savage take and heavy head-shake indicated a decent fish had taken a liking to my lure, and after a short but vigorous fight I was able to lift out a very healthy-looking double of about 13 to 14lbs. It was well worth the trip just for that one!

No more action after that, so Bob and I decided on a try in the boat on the Trout Lake. Good friend Graham had kindly brought us a few small roach livebaits, and I took a light spinning outfit as back-up. This proved to be a good plan as my home-fashioned Giant Ondex soon produced a couple of decent fish of 5 and 8lbs, and Bob added a very well–conditioned pike of about 8lbs, which flashed up and engulfed his roach just as the light fell. The last two fish were transferred to the North Lake which tragically was poisoned by green algae last summer, killing many good pike up to 25lbs.

But in the present circumstances we both thought this was a great result!

Mike Green About Mike Green

Although a bit of a pike fanatic, Mike Green has been fishing in the UK and abroad for most of his life, catching coarse, sea and game fish in the UK, Canada, Alaska, New Zealand, Asia and Americas.