Monday, 16 February 2015
9/2/15 Birthday Piking
It's a breathable Sundridge Minus Ten. O.K the bib and brace might be the second set but I've only just thrown away the original which despite being torn and tattered through rough use on muddy tidal river banks was still very warm and fairly water resistant. The Jacket, however , is the original, is still warm, waterproof and shows no sign of giving up the ghost yet. I reckon I might even get another ten years out of it. 'Buy the best, forget the rest' and ten years ago it was about the best available on the market.
I don't know whether its still in production but having also purchased a Sundridge floatation suit for use in my boat, I can highly recommend their products-they're certainly built to last.
So anyway, its my birthday and really, what else is there to do but go fishing.
The non -tidal reaches of my favourite river are not in bad condition , for a change, so I decided to give a stretch a try for 'old esox'.
I found the upper single pictured above just below a tree but that was the only pike I landed today. I did venture upstream to an area where Dave had nabbed a 'twenty' last season but it proved to be fruitless.
A short move downstream did produce a take to my rudd bait but unfortunately, I snagged on something gnarly and rock solid on the river bed and actually got 'snapped up'-the first time this has happened to me in several years. Thankfully the offending pike must have broken free because I felt very little on the end of the line after a short while.
The river season is, once again , drawing to a close and I still haven't seen a really decent pike this time around......such is life.