October/November has been a slow one with not really a lot of fishing done managing to get out a couple of times and found a few fish. The weed in the rivers has finally started to go and make fishing a lot easier. In some places there is still a considerable amount of weed beneath the surface meaning you have to fish very shallow to not catch it. I manage to find fish to around 12 pounds lateley, this pike below smashing me right under my feet on a Burt giving me a ferocious take when i was not expecting it.
I had a session up the rivers on the weekend forgetting how busy a weekend can be on the rivers bumping into many pike anglers, i had arrange a session with new friends which was hard going due to the waters being low and making it hard to catch fish. I still managed 6 small pike and 5 of those came on one the first pike lure i had made. The art work on my lure wasn’t the best but it just shows that your lure dose not need to be painted by Van Gogh.
Hopefully We will get a little more rain just enough to push the water levels up but at the same time not to much so that the rivers become flooded. The colder wether should also bring those bigger fish on i need to get my self a levels twenty on a lure this year so close this year and last year with a lot of doubles and big doubles but unfortunately it just didn’t happen for me.
My lure making has been moving on with some great projects on the go. After the success of the wooden pike a resin pike is the main project at the moment. There is a lot more detail going into this lure. I plan to make the first one with hard fins then the second with soft fins. The pike has been such a successful project the movement and balance of the wooden swim bait was so good hopefully the resin version will be as good to.
The rats have made in a larger size and made alterations to the design. I am working on new tails, more detail to the head and ears etc. I am also working on the weighting just getting the buoyancy right for stronger hooks.
I have started work on a Chub swimbait master the actual main lures agin to be cast out of resin. Carving scales absolutely annoys the hell out of me because i am absolutely useless at it. i have found this awesome fish scale tape online and it looks great. Holographic silver and gold scales which are on a transparent backing, the backing can be stretched to suit the body of the lure.