Saturday 17 May 2014

Wee Jack's on the canal tonight

I took a trip down to the canal tonight and after a chat with some guys from Glasgow set afloat in my Galaxy pro fisher. It was a lovely evening and I headed down for about a mile and a quarter trolling the wee abu lure that has become a favourite of mine since last year.

I had nothing on the way down hugging the south bank but on the way back up had a couple of wee jack pikes that hit with good solid takes.

Still annoyed about losing the fish the other night as it was about twice the size of this guy. Think I'm going to get a wee unhooking mat for my lap to make handling the fish easier when I'm trying to photograph them.

I've kindof got better at getting the fish aboard now and have found the best policy when a fish is on is to get to open water away from the bank before taking the rod out of the holder. If the drag is set rightn the line won't break and the pressure stays on before you can pick up the rod.  Another good tip is not to try and go for the camera while the fish is in the water unless you're not bothered about losing the fish. Better to keep the pressure on than avoid good fish like earlier in the week or the nice perch I lost last year.

On the way back down to the put in point, I had a wee chat with the guys on the bank who weren't having too much luck drifting deadbaits.

Then headed under the bridge for a chat with another couple of guys from Glasgow who were less willing to have their photo taken. I wonder which prison they had escaped from LOL.

After I put the kayak away I got chatting with the first couple of guys again and they were telling me about a Chinese guy they had met somewhere near Bishopbriggs who was punting a bamboo pole across the canal with a monofilament net suspended from it in order to net any roach, skimmers and anything else he could catch. I'm assuming he was doing this to sell to a restaurant or the like and to heare of this kindof thing is obviously of some concern. What the Scottish government should be doing rather than trying to get a rod license in through the back door is do something to stop this kind of thing going on.  

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