|Top to bottom: Savage-Gear 13cm soft 4-play, Bagley Kill-R BII, Heddon Zara Spook, |
Chub Creek Pikie (note Teeth marks by middle hook), Mepps Lusox.
Never one to pass up a lure bargain I picked out...
a Mepps Lusox (brilliant French spinner)
a Heddon Zara Spook topwater lure, small Creek chub pikie & a Bagleys Kill-R B.(all classic US lures)
All mint for £12! Ace.
I hit the canal at Wolvercote immediately as I was going to try out my new savage-gear soft 4plays.
The medium firetiger 4play was given a good few chucks but I felt that the silent sinuous action wasn't obnoxious enough for the coloured canal.
I decided to try the classic 4" pikie and cast it back tight to the far bank where I had already worked the 4-play. As soon as I began the retrieve and the pikie crankbait began its gentle waddling progress it was nailed by a jack pike of 3 or 4lb which I easily subdued and returned. I then fished the pikie until, about 80 yards down, I got it caught on a small branch on the far bank and went to drag it free only for the wire trace to break at the top swivel.
Normally I swear and move swiftly on when I lose a lure. I felt different because it was a recently deceased man's plug that had just caught me a pike. It felt disrespectful leaving it there. I looked for ways to recover it from where it dangled invitingly, but could think of nothing short of stripping off & going in after it.
I was about to hail a passing narrowboat for help but a more useful target hove into view coming from Oxford direction. Now canoeists and anglers are natural enemies but the approaching canoe was manned(?) By 2 nice ladies so I grasped the opportunity to flip the script and actually benefit from canoeing in my swim. I politely asked them to retrieve my thingy from the bush opposite and they very kindly did.
So I did my bit for fishing/canoeing relations, got a great lure bargain, and caught a pike on a dead man's plug. All in an hour and a half.