“A New Rod = A New Fish”
So we are now well and truly into the New Year and there are no “January Blues” on my watch in fact quite the opposite and after my latest river pike I’m positively buzzing and would like to share that with you.
Last Friday night I was just starting a fourteen hour shift when John the Warehouse Manager of Fladen walked into my office and hand delivered a new rod to me that being the Fladen Maxximus Nano 2 piece spinning rod 2.7m 60-120g casting weight. As I’ve said here before that being a sponsored angler really is a great honour and a privilege and once again I was very grateful for not only the rod itself but also the hand delivery, although that said it I’m sure it made my shift drag on longer. I’ve always jokingly said and a little more seriously subscribed to the theory that if you have a new rod then you get a new fish and I wasn’t to be disappointed.
Due to a family friend being in hospital my wife had to travel to London on Saturday to visit her leaving me at home with the kids and whilst I was dying to get the new rod out I resisted and fulfilled my family commitments.
However when the alarm went off at 6.00am Sunday morning it was my time and I headed off to the river with my old piking mentor David Moore and of course my new and very shiny rod.
We waited very patiently for the crack of dawn and proceeded to walk the river and cover the water with lures yet after three hours of chucking wood, plastic and metal we were running out of time and facing the dreaded blank. It was strange considering the colour was dropping out after recent rains and the conditions suggested that we should be getting fish. Then Dave managed a Jack pike of about 5lb’s from a marginal slack and finally at last one of us had caught.
There was a little of the river stretch left probably 50m that Dave hadn’t covered so he left his rod and walked up with me as i made my final few casts. For the first 3 casts nothing and then on finally the last cast I threw my Jerk Bait as far down the river as I could get it, the flow naturally brought the lure into our side of the bank and then that’s where the 2.7m length really helps as you can extend the rod out to avoid snagging. When It was probably about 10m from us this huge bow wave exploded from the marginal line and nailed the lure right in front of us. The next couple of minutes seemed like half an hour as my F-13 Fladen reel screamed in abject terror as this powerful river fish went on some surging runs and employed all the standard tricks in her repertoire including sharp twists, turns and the standard tail walks. Eventually I had her subdued and whilst chinning her out I was more than happy with my prize and on my last cast to. A few pictures and as I was holding her in the river to let her recover I thought that certainly was the way to christen a new rod and to christen it in true river piking style.
So the “new rod = new fish” theory proved true and to this date I’ve had just the one on it, but what a wild river stunner and so many thanks to all at Fladen Fishing UK for their continued support!
Fladen Tackle Used:
Fladen Maxximus Nano 2 piece carbon spinning rod, 2.7m, 60-120g cw.
Fladen Maxximus 67lb/30k abrasion resistant pink braid.
Fladen F -13 Maxximus spinning reel FD40