Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Pre-Season Fun!

Although i don't usually go Pike Fishing during the summer months i broke my rule to have a day out with Buzz & Tanya, Neil & Debbie on a Staffordshire stillwater. The day started with me arriving at the water early to get the 'Wheely Boat' ready for me Buzz & Tanya which wasn't on the slipway as i expected but moored in the middle of the lake with a couple of hundred hardwood decking planks in it. So i enjoyed some morning excercise transferring the planks to another boat and eventually we went fishing.
Tanya took an early fish followed by a few more during the day. I added one to our boats tally but sadly Buzz blanked although he lost a decent fish. Boat comrades on board 'The Voodoo Ted' fishing vessel Neil and Deb managed 5 fish between them too. So honours even.
That Debbie Seddon; the darling of the 88's and the PAC is clearly not content with her fame in the pike fishing world(limelight hog). When i was un-loading the gear from the wheely boat i noticed she was being interviewed yet again. The friends of this lake have a magazine and surprise surprise Deb is going to star in that now. Grrrrrr!
Preparations the night before in the kitchen

nice little jack

buzz looking cool in his shades

a double for the fishing machine called Tanya

Tanya wouldn't let go of that lure rod

nice markings on this jack for Tanya

The Voodoo Ted on a sunny day so deb is out of the cuddy.

New Season only weeks away!

With new season just weeks away no doubt most of you are already making preparations; New braid on your reels? New lures bought? and of course new traces made up meticulously.
I probably have enough lures for 2 lifetimes but there's always something new out there that catches your eye. I have purchased a number of Savage Real Eels recently; these wriggly beauties have plenty of action and are an alternative to Dawgs and from what i hear they are accounting for a lot of fish being caught in recent seasons.
As you can see from these photos i have bought a selection of big grubs from AGM Products(top tip from Noddy). These grubs can be fished on their own with a weighted jig-head or made into a lure with a solid head like i have done. 
I have experimented with recycling some old Fox lures to create my own Hybrids. I have called the bullet headed one 'The Foxy Grub' and the other 2 with diving lips i have honoured my fellow 'Lure Whore' Neil Whitehead aka 'Noddy' by naming them 'The Grubby Noddy'........very apt i feel! There's no Seddon Lure yet Neil! lol.........
These grubs are great value and its fun to experiment and catching a Pike on a homemade lure is extra special. So give it a try!

12 inch Shad un-rigged

Selection of the new rubber

'The Grubby Noddy' in black & silver

New Eels & Replicants

'The Grubby Noddy' in Purple

The 12 inch shad rigged. a grub with jig-head& stinger and the 'The Foxy Grub'