Haven't been, but Pike behavior is Pike behavior. Find the snaggy / reedy area, they use at this time of year, and fish around the outskirts of it. If there is a point nearby, where the water abruptly deepens off, I would fish a popped up dead bait, right on the lip of the shallow area. Not all of the big female Pike are ready to spawn, due to the cold winter. But they are being hassled by the small males all the time now. So they will be on their way down to the spawning grounds, and beginning to hang around near there. The fodder fish will soon get the message, and get lost. So a spare bit of snap will get attention it may not, at another time. BOF
Forget all the flash gear, it's a good sharp hook that matters.
fished it few years back had a 50% hit rate fish to 20LBS. all on dead sea baits sardine. road side into the woods between trees. the bank opposite the road side now has wooden platforms on there is a deep stream inlet that runs deep pike often patrol up and down it. the furthe along the bank the further out it goes if that makes sense.
Finally, after weeks of trying, got out to pebley (which is poor form as I live about 5 mins away). The water was well up and on the saturday it was surprisingly quiet. After a brief discussion with my mate who'd done a bit of piking before we decided who would get the dead baits in and what time we'd meet it turned out to be a an afternoons worth of spinning after it transpired we both thought the other had the bait. Undeterred we had a wander round and chucked a few small spinners and spoons about. Second cast from the point - first ever pike a monster of about 14-16.......ounces. Frankly I didnt care as long as I caught one. In fact we continiued in a farely small area we I got another couple of missed takes and two more pike on as small as thhe first and one a bit bigger at about 2 pounds, all caught on a copper spoon. My mate was fishless as we went to a couple of swims near the lay by just before we went home but he soon caught a small one and had a fare size one just spit the hook just at the bank. Next chuck he got a bigger one jst under some trees, about 2ft or so in length that fought like mad. Didnt weigh it as it looked about knackered and I couldnt find the scales so a quick pic with the phone ( I must work out how to get them off !) and back it went and swam of strongly. We reckoned about 8Lb, but wondered how big the fish was that gave it the bite marks on its flank !
That finished an absolutely top day. If you havnet gone spinning before try it. Small point though, even though we tried all sorts, we only had joy with small stuff yet didnt get a sniff from a perch. Are there any in there ?
I'm thinking of planning a trip here on saturday, weather depending!
Has anybody fished it recentley? I'm going for the Pike on deadbaits and lures but two others will be after the Bream or anything they can get their hands on really. I wasn't sure where it was so looked at it on Google earth and it seem really weedy. The piccy was taken in summer so hopefully the weed would have died off a little.
Ring Killamarsh tackle shop, he owns the fishing rights (find it on Yell.com) mackeral seems to be the best dead bait at the moment last time I spoke to him. I think you can use a boat but you have to bring one with you. Not dead sure though.