Friday, 9 November 2012

Start of North East Piker blog

Having spent many hours reading other anglers blogs, Ive decided that it is about time to start one of my own. This will mainly used as a personal online diary of my catches and blanks, but if the diary helps others as well even better.

I took up fishing seriously again in 2010 after a break of a few years, and for some reason pike fishing seemed to appeal to me more than ever. Previously I had mainly fished commercials (with the odd open match) or pleasure fished the local rivers. My pike fishing experience was just the odd session with spinners during the summer.

I am a currently member of the Pike Anglers Club, The Lure Anglers Society and the National Anguilla Club, these all been a valuable resource while I've been getting back into the swing of things and I would imagine I will stay a member of all 3 for the foreseeable future. Currently 99% of my fishing sessions are for pike, but I have plans to try for some decent eels should I get time during the summer. My fishing time is very limited due to both family and work commitments. I work abroad for long periods of time which means I average around 15 sessions a year if I'm lucky. When I do get the opportunity to go fishing I mainly fish a large northeastern river in pursuit of a 20lb Pike, I use most methods but mainly concentrate on deadbaits throughout the winter and lures in late autumn/early spring.

I have a Portabote which I think is excellent, but again the amount of time I get to use it is very limited, hopefully I will be able to get a few sessions afloat this winter. I have use bought myself an early Christmas present, a Angling Technics Standard bait boat with a graphical fish finder, hopefully this will help me make the most of my bank sessions and give me an edge this winter to help me bank a few more pike in the limited sessions I will get this December.

Below a few random photos from the last couple of years -

Largest pike so far 13lb 12oz  Caught on a 8 inch Replicant

Mid river low double - Lamprey
Smallest pike so far !...... Caught on a 4 inch Mann's Shad


  1. Hello Darren.

    You have to start some time, I'm following now.


    Call in and follow me if you can?


    1. Hi Ricard,

      Blog added thanks, look forward to the updates.

  2. Hi Darren, Look forward to reading this blog mate, judging by the pictures i think we fish the same "north eastern river" so hopefully bump into you some time!

  3. Hi Jim,

    I've been following your blogs for a while, good work !

    We do indeed fish the same river, send me a pm on pikers pit if you ever fancy meeting up for a session.