As the Shannon was starting to drop we decided to have a crack at the Pike along the lanesborough stretch. We were meeting at 8am so that meant I would have to start my journey around 4.30 am. As I arrived Nicky had the boat in the water and ready to go. I got my gear in to the boat as quick as I could in the hope of catching one of the Shannon monsters that I hear about every year.
Nicky teaching his son Conor how to control the boat in the fast moving water of the river Shannon
As we got in to the first section of calm water just out off of the main flow of the river we put out our trolling rods as we were searching for bait fish. It took us longer than we taught to find some and as our lure past over them Conor’s rod bent over and the line started to peel off the reel. It was a small female that put up a good fight.
Conor with the first Pike of the session from the river Shannon caught on a Savage gear Foreplay Herring.
With one fish landed we decided to go back over the same run and with that nick landed another pike around the same weight.
Nicky with a nice speckled Pike that took a Savage Gear alien Eel
We gave it another few runs but sadly we did not hook any more. We then headed up to a bend in the river were I was told that Pike can hold when the river is in flood. As we arrived I spotted some bait fish jumping out of the water, with that the fly rod came into action. With the fly casted and time to sink I started to retrieve with 3 fast pulls with 2 seconds stops in between them. On the fifth retrieve I was hooked into a small Pike that was jumping out of the water, what a crack.
Fly fishing for Pike can be good fun even when you hook small ones.
We decided to try our luck dead baiting to see could we hook one of the big girls. We had no big fish that day but we still had fun with the small ones and even better the weather was good. The Shannon in my opinion is still a bit to high and coloured for the Pike to be located in numbers I hope it drops soon so I can give it another go before the other species get ready to spawn.
Conor with the last Pike of the session caught on Roach dead bait.
When un-hooking a Pike hold it firmly by the jaw this will make the Pike open it mouth and with a long forceps you should be able to remove the hooks. I would advise wearing a glove when doing this.