Our piking season runs approximately from October to March/early April each and every year. It’s a period that I think we all look forward to with massive excitement and with good reason.
We’re fortunate to have a variety of really lovely water, generally private and in some cases holding massive fish. Obviously, the star attraction of recent years was the capture of Neill Stephen’s 42.1pike at the turn of the year in 2014. Massive as this fish was, we’d seen larger in the past and caught endless very big back-ups. I’d say that in the last ten years, Fisherman’s Valley guests and I have had in excess of twenty 30 pound pike and over a hundred 20 pluses and you’ve got to remember that these startling results come from very limited fishing pressure indeed. I think it’s fair to say that in an average winter, we probably put in a maximum of fifteen to twenty days. You can work out the maths for yourself.
I like to think that novice and intermediate pike anglers are looked after just as well as the more expert. I like to think that I specialize especially in teaching unhooking techniques, such a vital part of the pike fishing scene. Fisherman’s Valley has access to several waters where ten to thirty pike per angler per day is quite possible. Waters like these build up confidence, teach new techniques and above all teach new pike anglers to be confident around their prey. I guess I’ve taken the hooks out of over ten thousand pike in the past twenty years or so, so I should be able to help!
We enjoy every single style of pike fishing there is from dead baiting to fly fishing, lure fishing to even a bit of live baiting if the day absolutely calls for it. What we do is respect the waters and the fish and you can do no more.
It would be completely unfair to pass on without mentioning perch, one of our favourite species and a species we’ve done very well with in the past. It’s probably fair to say now that Fisherman’s Valley has access to a dozen places where three and even four pound perch are very possible. I’ve lost count of the hundreds of two pound plus fish we’ve seen in the past ten years.