23/02/14 - After my first session on the huge Weir Wood reservoir I decided to plan a full day trip and try to cover as much water as possible and increase my chance of the PB pike. I packed the carp barrow into the car and that allowed me to carry my kit over a mile to my starting swim. My plan was to fish a small bay half way down the reservoir and fish each likely looking pike holding area on the way back to the car.
I arrived at the lake at 7am and made my way down to the fishing tackle shop located on site. After a quick chat with the bailiff John I loaded the barrow and began my long walk along the reservoir. The lake looked completely different to when I had previously visited when the weather was atrocious. The water had turned from a milky brown to a dark blue and the waves had vanished. It was stunning and although it was not the best pike weather I was happy to be warm and dry in great surroundings.
I fished hard all day and tried five likely looking swims but was unable to get a take. The water level extremely high due to the excessive rain and many trees are submerged with an overhang of up to twenty five feet. This seemed ideal for pike hiding in the snags ready to ambush its prey but after trying some of these "bank accessible" areas I still was fish less. This is a situation where a boat comes into its own and I will defiantly be booking a boat to access these areas not accessible from the bank. The day ended and I didn't have a bite.
Although this is blank number two at Weir Wood it has not disheartened me at all. I love a challenge and the more blanks I receive, the harder I try and the more I will fish. I will be back next week to continue my quest and will keep you updated. Only a month left of the pike season!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
29/02/14 - I am writing this on the 28/02/14 prior to my planned fishing session at Weir Wood Reservoir with my brother tomorrow. We have booked a boat and I have purchased some small rainbow trout that I am hoping will give me an edge based on the logic that the reservoir holds many trout and so this must form part of the pikes staple diet. With the boat I will be able to explore the lake thoroughly and fish more locations then possible from the bank in hope of finding that monster. To be honest I just want to get off the mark and land a pike from the venue, then I can continue to concentrate on my target of a 20lb+ pike. I will keep you updated.
My brother and I arrived at the lake at 8am ready to head out on the boat in search of a pike. I have to say that the boats at Weir Wood are extremely well equipped with a powerfull Honda engine and two comfortable fixed seats that twist to suit your fishing angle. The weather was sunny and warm which was great for us but not so good for the fishing.
During the day we tried numerous swims up and down the reservoir but could not manage a take for love nor money. We tried the deep water, shallow water, margins,open water, spinners, shads and deadbaits but could not locate the fish. Although we didn't catch the day was great and it certainly beat sitting indoors. My brother and I had a right laugh and the weather was great. I did manage to catch a crayfish that took a liking to my trout deadbait but that was the only one highlight of the day.
After speaking to the bailiff I have acquired a new piece of information that may help me locate these elusive pike. I will keep you posted.
08-03-14 - With my newly acquired information I was down Weir Wood for another session. I had heard that some pike had been out recently and that they were beginning to spawn in the shallow flood water so I didn't exactly know what to expect from the days fishing. Today I travelled as light as possible with only a rucksack, two rods and a small rover chair. The idea was to head as far up the reservoir as possible and fish a few swims back down to the entrance of the lake covering as much water as is possible from the bank.
I arrived at the furthest swim that I could fish from and chucked two deadbaits out into shallow water of around 3ft. As I sat down watching the water talking to a new member of the lake a pike swirled close in. This was a great sign and I was confident I had located the fish and a Pike was on the cards. To cut a long story short (again) I caught nothing and this tallied up a forth consecutive blank at Weir Wood.
When I was leaving the venue the sunset was amazing and I got some great pictures (right). The weather was bright and sunny all day which didn't do the fishing any favours. Ideally I would hand pick my days out on the bank but with work and family commitments I have to go when I can go, so its all or nothing. I will be back this week and with the pike season extended to the end of April I will catch my fish.