Monday, 24 November 2008

Short Trips Pay Dividends


If you know particular waters well and know the resident Esox feeding patterns you can often manage to get a result in just short trips. I had two hours to spare today and visited one of my regular haunts that fishes well at 'Last Knockings' as Jon neafcy refers to it as. I prefer the expression of the'witching hour'. In reality on this particular venue i like the last hour of light and the 1st hour of darkness. Some waters it can be midday or between 11am and 1pm. Others it is first light and last light. There is no golden rule. It is worth making a mental note of the feeding conditions. Many fastidious Pikers record dates, temperature, wind direction, moon phases and even barometric pressure. If this scientific approach floats your boat so be it. The individuals who record this information must be luckier than i because i go fishing when i can go fishing; when work and other commitments allow. Do these anglers who religiously record conditions limit their angling to days when their statistcis dictate; I don't think so. Each to his own...

Pictured above is a frisky little fish that gave me a good old scrap today in conditions that statistics might not have approved of.

2 comments:

David Edwards said...

I agree about when and not stats... perhaps coincidence or perhaps we make the stats fit! I'll be out Thursday if the weather holds...

David

Mike Ashcroft said...

I keep reading articles from the so called Top Pikers about weather, moon phases, barometric pressure, wind direction etc etc etc and wonder if they only go out in perfect conditions that their statistical analysis dictates. Because the rest of us go when we get a day off or when the wife hasn't got a project for us...Chuckle