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Brown

Saturday, 5 November 2016 at 16:14

Brown It's the present-day equivalent of a sin, to wish time away, but I'm no great fan of November. There are fishing days during this month when the year simply seems.... battered, bruised, blown. Once the last of the leaves are gone the light turns brown and it's early dark. The month seems tired. I seem tired. And so it was today. There were compensations - a sudden glimpse of a kingfisher, for instance - but a radical drop in pressure and a strengthening northerly wind didn't help pike fishing chances much. In the event, the pike weren't nearly as active as they proved to be last weekend, when air and water temperatures were considerably higher. I managed to release just three, with the best (please see below) at 89cm. A bonny fish, surely - and yet, yes, it was a weary sort of day. A brown day.

A double

Saturday, 5 November 2016 at 16:10

Double figures I think this was certainly a double-figure pike: 89cm on the tape. It took some sort of fire-tiger-pattern softbait. A dour tussle ensued, out there in the wind and the brown light. It swam off very strongly after being unhooked and that was good to see.

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