As the weather was cooling a change of attack was brought out of the tackle box, as my previous couple of sessions had been for a Zed on the cut and Perch on the upper Avon (only small samples being banked) I continued with the preds and aimed for Pike on a reservoir that a club I was a member of had recently aqquired.
A call en route to a mate already on there told me that they seemed to be feeding as he had just landed a fish short of 10lbs, they reputedly run three times the size in there but a fish or two today would be a good start.
The reservoir is almost 40 acres so lots of water to go at, mobility would of been the name of the game today but as Josh was with me a move every 2 hours would do for a start.
The plan was to fish with deadbaits under a float, sardine being the bait of choice as I now had a good cheap supply of bait after I stumbled across the fact the local fishmonger is also a Pike angler, £4.30 for 15 nice sized baits will do the job!
First cast, a rod to the left hand margin and a rod to the right, it was the right hand rod that signaled a take only ten minutes after casting into 5 feet of water, a brief scrap and a fish of about 6lb was landed, unhooked and quickly released.
This fish managed the spin of death whilst my hand was still slid up its gills and the inevitable slashed finger was the result, Josh loved the fact that the Pike had 'bitten' me but a lesson for me as my old garden glove had been left at home.......