A few pike at last!

Despite the fish not coming as thick and fast as before, my good feeling was finally rewarded. I hooked into what turned out to be my best pike of the season so far…

Red letter day – pike fishing at Chew Valley Reservoir

Chew Valley, Rick Varley seven 20lb pike in one session

In the order they were caught, the fish weighed 21, 25, 20, 27, 30, 25 and 21lbs. We also lost four fish, two of which we saw and estimated at 20lb-plus. What an amazing morning!

Pike on jerk bait at Earith Lakes

Earith Lakes, UK in winter

I was a bit surprised but delighted when my home-made, jointed silver jerk bait was grabbed with a heavy jolt on the first cast, and I found myself attached to a hard-fighting, well-conditioned pike of 11 pounds.

Catching pike on surface poppers

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Although it doesn’t always work, if you can get fish to chase and hit surface poppers, the spectacle of the take can be truly heart-stopping. To me, a pike on a surface fly is worth six on a deadbait.

Can fisheries recover from toxic algae?

15lb pike from Arnold's

Our never-fail pike lake developed an awful toxic algae bloom, following a spell of very hot, still weather. It caused the death of scores of fish. Could it ever recover, we wondered?

Proof that pike fishing is better than watching football

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“Whatever is Bob going to say?” I thought to myself in a pleasant daze, only to be interrupted by the scream of the bite indicator on the first rod!