After a great Christmas, it was to get in my first evening session of the new year. Me and a good friend of mine called Simon Vidler decided to meet up on his local drain, and have a go after the predators. We met straight after work, and headed to the drain and setup our rods. I was after the zander as usual, and my mate was trying for the pike and zander.
After settling down, Simon had the first run of the evening in the margins, and it was a lovely one toner.
He ran down to the rod and struck into the fish. It was keeping low, so we both know it was a special fish. After a nice scrap it surfaced, and it was a lovely pike. After almost going in trying to netting, we hauled it up the bank, onto the mat. After unhooking it, we weighed it. It was 2oib. Simon was over the moon, as it was his biggest pike from a drain.
After releasing the fish, we settled down for a cupper, but that was short lived. My buzzer went on my distance rod, and I struck into it. We were thinking it was a pike, but under the headlamp we saw it surface, and those eyes reflected in the light. We held our excitement as we didn’t want to lose it, it was a zander!
After we netted it, we were both overwhelmed with excitement and had to get those photos in. It was a lovely fish, and the first one we had seen for a very long time from this particular drain.
After releasing it back into the depths, we both sat down and chatted about it for the rest of the session.
What a night!