Mike Green - All-Rounder!

Mike Green fisherman

Mike Green retired in 2004, having spent most of his career as a practising opthalmic optician in Northamptonshire. Mike has fished in the UK and abroad for most of his life, catching all manner of species in the UK, Canada, Alaska, New Zealand, Asia and Americas.
In recent years Mike has become a self-confessed pike fanatic. He loves nothing more than working his way down the bank of his beloved River Nene in Northamptonshire, flicking out a pike fly. In 2009 Mike caught the fish of a lifetime - a pike of 40lbs 8oz, which he caught on fly at Bristol's Chew Valley Lake - at the time the lake record.
Once retired, Mike started his own fishing blog, www.luckygreens.co.uk, recording his escapades both at home, mainly fly fishing for pike, and abroad, chasing saltwater species like tarpon, GTs and bonefish. Mike was the first fishing writer to join drowningworms.com in 2013.
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When To Fish For Pike

Nene bonanza small

Yes, it is possible to catch pike in the summer – especially on surface lures – but on the whole it only gets good after two or three hard frosts and a good flood, at least in my experience.

Massive brown out of the blue

Mike Green personal best brown trout Rutland Water

It was all very enjoyable; but then something special happened. I was retrieving yet another small perch when I felt a jolt, and line screamed off my reel at an alarming rate of knots!

Catching big pike and perch at Grafham Water


“If this is a perch it’s a world record!” I exclaimed to Dave, as the fish continued to pull hard and made a series of unstoppable dives back to the bottom.

Tenth Time Lucky with a Monster Perch

Perch fishing at Grafham

On careful weighing, the monster perch was well over the magic number, at a weight of 4lbs 8oz exactly. I was floating on air. What a fish and what a day!

Fishing baits: don’t ignore the humble worm

Roach fishing on worm

If you feel like you might like to give coarse fishing a try, the variety of available fishing baits must be totally bewildering. But fear not – very few fish can resist gobbling up a juicy worm.

Catching spring trout on Pitsford Reservoir

I found myself suddenly attached to a 4lb rainbow. It is easy to exaggerate but I would say that the fish tore off a distance of probably 45 yards or more.