Thursday was my last chance to fish a river this season so I headed to a local(ish) stretch with Mick. We were both hoping for a decent pike to finish the season with, although we also took the barbel/chub gear. The first action was to my pike rod, a popped up sardine was taken, line was peeling from the spool and the fish was heading upstream. I wound down, felt the fish and struck..... nothing. The bait was taken and strangely not a scrap was left on the trace or the pop up stick. Baffled I rebaited, recast, hoping for another take.
I was using boilies on the barbel rod for the first few hours but after no interest I decided to change. A large cage feeder filled with minced beef and a piece of hair rigged steak were cast tight to the far bank willows. It didn't take too long to get some interest, but nothing worthy of a strike. A few minutes after a second cast to the same spot and the rod ripped round, an unmissable bite. A decent chub was on and after a short tussle in the increasing flow Mick netted what turned out to be a new personal best.
Not a species I target very often so it was good to increase my p.b