Southampton based Dan Gale has caught this impressive 24lb 4oz pike on a short after work session from a local water.
The fish took a legered scad deadbait presented on a simple running rig with a trace made of 28lb E-Sox Super 7 Pike Wire and size 6 E-Sox Extra Strong Trebles.
“The bite came within 5 minutes of casting out into an area that I had been pre-baiting with chopped scad,” Dan added.
The E-Sox Extra Strong Trebles have a slimline eye and gunmetal metallic finish with ultra-sharp, chemically etched needle points and are excpetionally strong and reliable.
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Stephen Stones is not only the IYCF magazine editor, but an expert specimen angler in his own right, as his latest perch captures prove.
He recently made a long trip to the River Lea with a couple of mates, in the hope of landing a few big perch and managed a superb brace going 3lb 14oz and 3lb 15oz, plus another just nudging 3lb to top it off.
“I took them on lobworms mounted on a size 6 Kamasan B983 hook and 4.9lb Supplex hook link,” he explained. “They were tamed with the ever-faithful Series 7 Avon Quiver.”
The Series 7 Specialist Avon/Quiver Combo 12ft 1¼Lb comes with two separate top joint systems, making it an extremely versatile rod. Fished ‘Avon style’ with its standard top joint it is ideal for distance feeder work, but is just as effective for fishing small live baits or lobworms for perch.
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Lee Chatfield recently enjoyed a day trotting on the River Avon in Hampshire
targeting some of the stretches big chub.
With the river level and colour fining down nicely, the Hampshire Avon was almost perfect for trotting, apart from the cold northerly wind.
It turned out to be a real red-letter day for Lee, landing 12 chub, 8 over 4lb 11oz and the biggest of the session tipping the scales round 6lb 6oz. A great fish by any one’s standards, especially on the float.
Lee’s trotting outfit consisted of a 15ft MatchPro Ultralight float rod, 5lb Supplex mainline, a 4g Loafer float and a size 18 Super Spade tied to 4lb line.
“They were all caught on red maggot, which I fed 6 pints of throughout the day to draw them upstream and to keep them competing for food,” explained Lee.
The all-important extra length of the 15ft MatchPro Ultralight rod provides much-improved line and float control at distance. This allows you to keep more line off the water, to control a float better when trotting at long range and to pick up line more effectively on the strike.
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