If its not torrential rain its now the start of the frosts, my piking challenge has taken quite a hit...
i have found it difficult to do more than the odd 2 hour session a week since my last posting,
i have seen 3 2hr blanks on a local canal
1 small jack spinning in two short sessions on the basingstoke canal
and a quick 2 hrs at Blackleach - my mate Geoff joined me and dad for a quick deadbait session.
Geoff is off to Afghan serving with the Army and wanted a last taste for a few months - right as the 2hr mark hit he got a run, struck into it but it dropped off - on inspection of the deadbait it looked more like a perch had grapped it with a couple of tiny lacerations near the tail,
It could have been a terrapin!!!! - i have had one the size of my hand out of there!!!
So over the Xmas period i will dedicate my pike challenge to geoff - i want to catch a few beasties and send him the piccies to spur him on until his return.