David Preston

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Jumbles Reservoir - December 2000

Posted about 17 years ago (17 December 2000 8:00 pm) by David Preston

After last weekend's magical mystery tour of Lakeland, a more close-range outing was called for, so I headed for Jumbles, near Bolton. It has a decent head of pike and there is always chance of at least a double. Leaving home with the weather fine (for once), I was mildly surprised to hit thick fog, lying snow and icy roads part way across the moors towards the venue. The fog cleared somewhat as the road dropped down towards Jumbles and the water looked in good order.

A couple of other pike anglers were already present and they reported one dropped run already, so things looked promising. However, appearances can be deceptive, and despite a few small fish topping here and there, the pike didn't want to know. Not a bleep all day. Perhaps I should try some different tactics than the usual legered sardines, smelts and sprats. I'll give that some thought over the next week or slightly more, as I don't think I'll get out until after Christmas. Speaking of which, compliments of the season to you, and a sincere 'Thank You' for taking the time to read this unremitting tale of no fish! Anyway, at least all the tackle came home dry today, even if the landing net and unhooking mat would have been much better wet!

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Ulverston Canal - December 2000

Posted about 17 years ago (10 December 2000 8:00 pm) by David Preston

This weather is seriously getting up my nose! I fancied a trip back to Rydal Water, where we fished a month ago. Sadly, the rain spoiled that, as the water was in even worse shape than then. After driving around the Lake District for a while, looking at Windermere, Coniston and even Esthwaite, I settled on the Ulverston Canal.

Always having had a few pike in residence, this seemed like a safe bet for a bit of sport in the prevailing conditions. There were only three other anglers on the whole canal (which, if memory serves, is a mile and a quarter long in total), who were also piking. I fished the Canal Foot basin at the seaward end and managed just one small jack of a couple of pounds. This is becoming repetitive - that's all I ever seem to catch! Still, the big one is always just around the corner...

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Heapey No.1 - December 2000

Posted about 17 years ago (6 December 2000 8:00 pm) by David Preston

We were supposed to be fishing Birkacre but on arrival the water was a nasty, muddy colour due to all the rain we have been having, so a last minute change was required. Even though I have fished Heapey No.1 hundreds of times, not one of those sessions has been for pike. We had heard that there were odd ones in the water, so this seemed like an ideal opportunity to try out the theory.

Well, so much for theories! Bill and I fished for about six hours for not a single offer. So we are no nearer to knowing whether or not there are any pike in there. But at least the weather stayed dry! (Just noticed - only need Heapey No.2 and No.3 for the full set since the Diary started up again!)

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Heapey No.6 - November 2000

Posted about 17 years ago (26 November 2000 8:00 pm) by David Preston

My mate, Bill, was working so in view of the ropy weather I decided to stay local. Heapey No.6 is a lovely little water and does hold a few pike, having produced my best so far, at 18lb 12oz. No-one else was fishing, so I had the lodge to myself.

However, it can be somewhat unproductive so I was dead chuffed to get a run after only about 10 minutes of casting in. A tiny jack of only about a pound had taken a liking to a legered smelt and snaffled it. It looked like being a good day, with a fish so quickly, but that was it for the day - no more runs and a jolly cold day to boot. Still, it was better than a blank!

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Rudyard Lake - November 2000

Posted about 17 years ago (19 November 2000 8:00 pm) by David Preston

Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time...

Before today, the last time I fished Rudyard must be getting on for 15 or 20 years ago, I used to fish club matches and the occasional Saturday morning open match there. So it was at least interesting to go back after such a long time.

My mate and I fished our usual stillwater tactic of legering deadbaits, without any success at all - nothing. A small comfort was that there were several other pike anglers on the bank and none of them had any success either, so it wasn't just us!

Fishing's a funny old game (as someone once said) - and success or failure tends to come along in cycles - you catch for a few trips and then you struggle for a few. Our piking is going through a struggling period at the moment, but success could be just around the corner! Or not...

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