This weekend saw me heading off the fish the River Tone near Taunton with my fishing buddy Jason. Sadly this wasn’t a fly fishing trip but as it saw a couple of pike I thought it worth a mention.
The river was slightly coloured with a bit of flow on it, and the fishing was hard. Not a lot of fish activity apparent for the most part.
I managed to fluke a small jack pike, spinning with the trusty “midi S” plug on the stretch near the village of Ham before we up and moved to the bridge near North Curry. Jason was desperately unlucky to lose a pike, hooked on ledgered bait – it looked from the frayed end of line that was returned, like the pike had taken him into a snag of some description.
After this set back we moved downstream until we found a shoal of bleak feeding on the surface. There was obvious pike activity here, as there were regular bursts of scattering fish every few minutes as bleak leapt out of the water in little panicked explosions. I really thought we’d be into a few pike here, but after a reasonable period of time we’d still drawn a blank in this most promising of spots. Just at last knockings when we were pretty much at that “last cast” stage I had a tentative take on my ledgered bait, before connecting with a solid 12lb fish. Really pleased to finish the day literally on the last cast with such a lovely and beautifully marked fish.