Mzuri3 wrote:Congratulations on the catch of nice trout Diemai, what unusual specimen is going to turn up next?
It's great your home made lures are producing the goods, just proves how effective they are.
As for the pike, if you aren't using scent, perhaps you can give that a go, if not, try a huge rabbit fur fly in a Leech pattern? Usually something worked slowly in front of shut down fish may produce a strike.
Well, it works down south of the equator, so it's worth giving anything a go.
Worse comes to worse, you appear to be pretty handy with a slingshot
I have one or two weird pike flies somewhere , ...got them through lure trades , but never used them , ...should really pack one into my tacklebag , I guess .
And .....don't laugh , ...still being a teenage boy , I've really shot a big pike with a slingshot once , ....did not kill it , but obviously knocked it unconscious for a little while .
Me and my friend were strolling a gravel pit near a neighbor town , it was a sunny October day , ......standing on a sort of higher cliff above the water's surface we suddenly spotted two huge pike sunbathing in a shallow bay and started to shoot at them at about 20 or 25 metres distance , just to chase them up . .......but my first pebble impacted the water right above the head of one of the pike , so pretty soon it turned over and swam belly up , ...the second pike was gone immediately , off course .
We were thinking about how to quickly access that fish to pull it out , due to summer swims we were familiar to that lake , .......the bay was shallow enough to strip down our pants and boots and wade through , .......but it was October , we've already had freeze at night , thus the water was pretty cold already , just normal for that season , ......so before we could finally make up our minds whether to get ourselves wet or not , the fish recovered after a little while and slowly swam away into the deep !
Surely won't try this today anymore , it is illegal anyway , ...but country boys don't bother !
The next "unusual" species would hopefully be a salmon or seatrout , ......I've joined another fishing club back in summer , where I have access to two smaller feeder rivers of the big Elbe stream , these fish are moving into these small feeders , ....they're still rare , but one always has the chances of hooking one .
Also a silure(European catfish) is still on my "wanted" list , ....all these species are coming back into the Elbe systems , as the immense upstream water polution by the former communist part of Germany and former Tschechoslovakia has stopped for 20 years now !
I remember being a boy the river right downstream the Geesthacht dam looked like a bathtub full of foam sometimes and eel in there had large so-called cauliflower tumors growing out of their heads and bodies , ......the most bravest anglers taking a fish home for the pan would only sense an oily smell in the kitchen and the fish in the pan would swim in a strange looking liquid graced in all rainbow colors , just like a puddle of petrol on a wet tar road !
Only the toughest of species did still survive the Elbe river back then , ........but now times have changed for good , luckily !
cheers , Dieter