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A Bluey Day on the River

I’ve been meaning to revisit this particular section of river for a couple of years, ever since I winkled out a nice double during on a reconnaissance visit.

The weather forecast predicted the first warm, sunny day of the year. And although rain hung around for most of the morning, it cleared to reveal the expected sunshine.

Tactics were to use float ledgered deadbaits to search a stretch of water, with a recast to a new spot every 20 to 30 minutes. Roach and Mackerel tail starting things off.

The morning passed without incident or action.

During a visit to the Tackle Shop at Gainsbrough I allowed Ian Swannock to talk me into buying a pack of frozen Bluey’s. He also promised me a twenty three pounder but that’s another story.

Suffice it to say that, after four runless hours, a change to the new bait was ordered. And guess what happened next…

In 75 minutes the Bluey’s produced four runs. Nothing large, a couple between 7lb and 8lb and couple at around five pounds, but an instant result on a new bait.

If you are looking for a change of bait to give your piking a fresh appeal then give Blueys a try and see if they make a difference for you.

Don’t forget to let me know if you’ve tried a new bait either in the comments field at the bottom of this post or on the PikeAngler Forum.



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