I had such a great time fishing the first time in England, that I had to go again! Back to the waters where I had that great, amazing day of hooking and landing trout after trout. This time though, I wanted to target some other fish species that I couldn’t get the first time there. This is due to the fishing changing with the seasons so that means that the fish change their feeding habits and swim patterns as well. It makes sense as the food sources change with the seasons (certain bug hatches at different period of times can spark the fish to target it).
My good ol’ guide, Thomas, picked me up at the train station and off we went. He asked me if I wanted to go fish this small fishing spot – he never tried it in a few years so might as well try a cast and see what I get, ya know?
And guess who got lucky on the first cast?? ME! I won the Pike Lottery! On the first ticket! Go and punch my number in!
After weighing it at 8 pounds and measuring 80+ cm, it was definitely bigger than any other pike species that I’ve caught! So a new record for me!
After casting a few more times and no bites, we proceeded back to the big waters where I landed so many trout. With European Pike now off the fishing bucket list, it was time to go after Zander and European Perch. Anything else would be a bonus! Time to cruise for fish!
I also tried going for trout (Brown and Rainbow) using a fly rod with dry flies but they were really tough to hook up and land. I got a few to hook up but every time they would spit the hook out. But I was okay with zero trout because I caught a Pike and several Zanders. I had my trusty guide to take me out to these great places – he can’t get the fish to bite and stay hooked. But he can play dentist so we can properly catch and release these fish because he thinks that someday a record Zander might come out of these English waters. And if we continue to catch and release, there is a good chance of that!
And to top off the day, I had an amazing sunset. It was really nice – not too cold, not too hot, just a perfect summer evening to think about the great day of fishing that I just had. Well, maybe hooking up a European Perch would have been nice…