Thorpe Park Pike 27/04/2013 – Trip Report

A Rocky report:

“As always I arrive at the Thorpe Park venue with an air of anticipation, who knows what lies in these waters and surely one of the veterans will land one of the elusive seen but never caught carp!

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08:30, Roger has filled the hot water urns to keep the all important brews flowing all day, and the bacon is on. The veterans start to turn up, and after a mighty bacon butty and a brew, the Anglers familiar with the venue start to choose their swims and get their lines wet. Newcomers Chris and Martha who were soon kitted out and given some guidance were not far behind, some fishing for the elusive carp, others dead baiting and lure fishing for pike.

The weather looked promising, but as always it was a mixed bag, of warm sunshine, cold winds and yes hailstones, but nothing dampens the spirits of these veterans!

It wasn’t to long before the lure fishing produced the first pike with Russ landing his first ever pike, and later adding a 7lb 9oz  fish to his tally.

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The same side of the lake seem to explode into action with Josh also catching his first pike at 3lb on the lure.

Not long afterwards as I was with Alan and Martha who were both lure fishing and as Alan’s lure was about 3ft from the bank you could see a pike in all its glory strike and game on, after a short battle the beast was netted, and safely landed. On the scales it came in at a nice 11lb 15 ounces, just time for a photo before resting and releasing the said pike back into the lake.
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By this time most had succumbed to the lure and dead baiting because the action was fast and furious, as Tony Letford soon found out   when his lure was struck close to the bank again by another awesome pike, the fight was on and as I netted this fine specimen for Tony I knew it had be another double and after a tricky removal of the hooks it was on the scales 12lb 9 ounces, surely time for a photo or 2 !!

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Lunch saw Billy executing his barbecue skills with chicken, burgers and sausages served with all the salad trimmings and washed down with a brew or two and the cake’s for desert was excellent.

The afternoon session saw the action grind to a halt but spirits high, so as everybody packed up later in the day and a reflection of the day’s events discussed, although we were teased by sightings of  the elusive carp none were caught , this is certainly turning out to be a awesome venue for some great pike action.”


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