John Cullom caught this pike out of the Middle Level at St Marys last Saturday and was really chuffed. This is his first double figure pike from this stretch of the drain and as far as he know's, this is the biggest pike caught out of here this season so far. it took him all day though. Cast this out at 0800. Nothing not even a touch, then about 1600, the buzzer just beeped twice, then the free spool went. Ten minutes later she was on the bank. Weight was 15ib.5oz. Fantastic fight and well worth the wait. Caught on a ledgered dead bait roach, on a size 10 wire trace. He was actually after the Zander! After catching this, he's hoping think this will be a good predator season for this year. He also had some nice skimmers on the feeder and a bream which was just under five pound.
The EA Enforcement team has recently issues tickets to anglers for not following the rules as laid out within the Eastern Region Bye-Laws on the use of multiple rods. Not many people may also realise that there are also constraints on the distance between each rod. The rule stipulates that no person shall fish with more than four rods and lines at the same time when fishing for coarse fish or eels. When fishing with multiple rods and lines, rods shall be placed such that the distance between the butts of the end rods does not exceed three metres. KLAA has it's own byelaw which limits the number of rods to 3 on rivers and 2 on enclosed waters, so you have been warned.
16 year old specimen hunter Jordan Chandler and his father Martin have been chasing specimen predators all winter in King's Lynn AA waters and going into the last evening of the season that elusive double figure Zander was still eluding them. For their last session of the 2008/09 season they chose the Middle Level at Crooked chimney. This drain has been kind over the winter months having already given up 3 double figure pike and a number of jack pike but the mysterious Zander was still frustrating them. They started their final session at 1 pm intending to fish up to midnight and were pleasantly suprised to find just one other angler on the bank. That angler had fished since 9 am and two bites had produced a tench of 6 lb and a bream of 4 lb so it looked like there were fish in the area but would the Zeds be there and feeding. Two deadbait rods each were put out while they tried for 4 hours to catch some live baits but failed to get as much as a chewed maggot. During this time Martin had a good run on an eel section bait fished against the far shelf but dissapointingly he missed the bite. Nothing then happened for 4 hours During the dark they had 3 rods out each, 5 baited with eel section or dead roch and Jordan put a speculative rod against the far shelf with a smelt bait on it (Zander arn't supposed to like sea baits). At 8.30 pm as Jordan was snoozing and Martin was making a brew the middle of Jordan's three rods went off, the smelt bait! The alarm kept making a series of bleeps then stopped it bleeped again and then the bobbin dropped to the ground as the…