Trust your lure

12226512_1514873395472326_1612537243_n_600Some days it seems like everything is stacked against you. You can guarantee that if we make half a plan to go fishing something pops up and makes it seem like catching a fish will never happen any time soon.

It’s midweek and me and Ady know that this weekend we need to get out and fish, as for the next couple we might be struggling due to other commitments. We’d had some real hard graft the weeks previous and so a nice day afloat on Adys boat would be nice. A few fish, more laughs and if anything else pops up it’s a bonus. Well it bloody chucked it down midweek and the river shot up, colour of mud and there’s not a chance in hell we will be fishing it.

12231366_1514876282138704_1600955361_n_400Struggling to think of anywhere to go we opt for a canal we know about. Some of the canals we fish get a nice flush through when the rivers flood which makes them as dirty as the rivers themselves but a little further afield we know a few that don’t suffer it so much and if they do they tend to get it later anyway. As we pull up and start to get the gear out there’s a couple of cars and a van that pass us and they all looked suspiciously like anglers. As we start at the first peg on the canal we can see someone in the distance, he looks to be pike fishing. We cover a good strecth of canal and have one hit from a small pike. We bump in to another piker, rods everywhere and before we can discuss what to do next a car pulls up and three more pikers get out. I think that just made our minds up.

12202419_1514861642140168_313513772_n_600Chatting to an old bloke on another stretch and there’s at least two matches on. That’s ruled out our next plan then. We have a half hearted chuck on a bit of canal we never catch on and yep, we manage to not catch on this bit too. A new bit of canal and we have one follow each, both from small pike and apart from that, nothing. Hours have passed now and we’ve not had a fish, this is going bad very quickly.

We find ourselves back in the car, aimlessly driving somewhere random while running through all the spots we know and one by one knocking them off the list. Eventually we end up at a spot just on the off chance that no one is there already. Just when we think we have a bit of luck because it’s empty, the heavens open up and there’s an almighty down pour.

12207725_1514886052137727_1290167769_n_400We’re both pretty much gone by this point. Drained of any energy and willingness to keep going, there’s certainly no way we’re getting out of the car while the rain keeps bouncing off the bonnet. You have to laugh sometimes and we both did, but deep down we are both gutted as a blank now and we know we might not be out for a few weeks and that means it hurts even longer.

Finally, we get a break and while I wouldn’t say the sun came out, at least the rain dried up. Let’s just give it an hour here and see what happens. So we’re back out, may be even with a little spring in our step. A fish some time soon and that spring could get springier but if we don’t get anything soon I imagine we’ll be back in that car as soon as we feel the next rain drop.

12212577_1514873282139004_1895469097_n_800Two casts and Ady is in, great start. As he fights to gain control of the fish I have the net up and ready to scoop. Bang, fish in the net and we’re off the mark finally. How quick can moods change? A really nice low double, unhooked and picture taken in no time and we’re back chucking around.

When the going is tough a change of tactic sometimes does the trick. You fish a bit of water that you’ve thrashed to foam and then one lure goes and pulls out all the fish. I’ve done it plenty of times, but on the other hand, we’ve also done it plenty of times using just one lure. One trusty lure that catches the fish over and over again. That’s the tactic we were opting for today, no faffing around switching and changing lures, losing confidence in one and thinking another will do the magic. Nope, just one tried and tested lure, five or six chucks in a spot and move. Leap frogging each other as we go with the thinking that if a pike is there, it will react. When we get that reaction it’s either one loan fish or if we are lucky, it’s stacked with pike.

12208562_1653167118272536_3351750128103341401_n_400So this lure we are using isĀ  an old favourite of ours. Caught so many fish for both of us there’s no reason to ever doubt it. It’s a Musky Mania Squirrelly Burt and among many pikers it has a bit of a cult following, and with others it’s one of those lures that you just don’t get on with. It’s one of those Marmite lures I guess, for me and Ady, we absolutely love it. The first fish today came on the trusty Burt, downward swipe of the rod, pause and than bang it’s nailed. Happens so many times and you have to be on guard ready for it, even after a long hard graft of nothing you always know that at any second that lure is going to get smacked.Problem is that Ady is using his top Burt, it’s lured uncountable fish. Me on the other hand, I have that stupid nagging in my head. You see my legendary Burt was quickly cut from the jaws of a good pike last week, hooks snipped to help get the fish back in quickly after a net tangle and bad hook up. Only thing is I’ve not replaced the hooks on it and instead pulled out a brand new Burt. Oh no, not the curse of the new lure. They either catch first chuck or they blank for ever.

12231503_1514873362138996_2039434289_n_600So when I get that first tug on the rod I’m one happy angler. New lure curse is gone and I have the confidence that I have a fish catching machine again. It’s a Squirrelly Burt, they are all fish catchers, you just need to get to know it and form that lure angler bond between you and your lure. That confidence that it works so that when you are up against it, and every single thing in the whole world seems to be conspiring against you, deep down you know that what you are doing is right. You know that your lure catches fish and you just need to find them. That nagging that is there is just a distraction, something else to make the fishing difficult when it need not be.

12200515_1514873545472311_1911403016_n_600Of course we bagged up after that. Burts flying here there and everywhere, just like before but the only difference this time was the fact we were where the pike were. Fish after fish, some landed and a few more lost off. When the fishing is like this it really does hammer home that most important thing in lure fishing. Keep mobile and find them because that’s the best method or technique anyone can use. It doesn’t matter which fancy lure you have or what random method you are using, you will not catch pike if they are not there so get off your backside and go find them.

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