I class myself as a competent Pike angler and manage to catch my share of decent fish each season but we are always learning in this game of fishing. Yesterday i was treated to a lure fishing masterclasss with one of the country's top lure anglers; Wes ballentyne. Wes took me to a large stillwater yesterday and we managed to extract 30+ Pike from the water on lures and a few also falling to baits. Mostly hard fighting jacks but a number of doubles to 14lb 8oz which i landed on Wes's lure rod which he passed me to wind in out of the way as he dealt with a run on his bait rod. We found the bait fish not long after getting the boat out onto the lake and followed them around all day; tracking the roach the way the pike were obviously tracking them. We were also being tracked by one of the country's top pike anglers who appeared to follow us all day. Getting closer each time we hit into a fish. As well as the 30+ fish we landed we also enjoyed the excitement and sometimes frustration of approximately 50 follows from curious pike. To me that was almost as exciting as the fish we caught. We watched a lot of big fish follow which is always frustrating; but to see these pike come to the boat in clear water was absolutely magical. Pictured above is a selection of fish we caught.
Wes runs a guiding service called 'Fat Pike Guiding' and can be booked to fish almost any water you wish and any method. I advise anyone to book a day with him on lures because it is a real education. Wes can be reached on 07927 445367.