Castle Howard House, Nr Malton, N. Yorkshire.
|Facilities:||1 Lake, 70 Acres, Easy Access|
|Species :||Carp, Pike, Tench, Bream , Perch, Eels, Roach, Skimmers|
|Permits :||Day Ticket £4.00 per rod - 6.00am until Dusk. Close Season - 31st March until 1st June inc. No night fishing|
We descended once more onto the Castle Howard's great lake in search of old Essox.
A couple more missed runs and Stu connected with a 141/2lb pike which
Shortly after my left buzzer started to scream as another pike ran off with the bait. Striking was almost instantaneous as we didn't want to let the fish gorge the mackerel and another pike came in, this time at 101/2lbs. Shortly before it gave in though it gave a fine display of tail walking but to no avail, a quick dip of the rod tip into the water meant that it stayed on.
No sooner had I put it back in the water then my other alarm rang out and once more another pike was heading off with the mackerel. This time a 71/2lb fish. Once landed it gave us an insight into the size of the pike that this water holds, across it's flanks was a fresh bite that had a gape of at least 10 inches. Somewhere out there this pike had been on another's menu!
We had never known a morning like this, in the space of four hours we had twenty-eight takes/runs between us an seven fish:
Stu - 12 runs/takes and one more pike on the bank - 14.5lb
Me - 16 runs/takes and five pike landed - 4lb, 7.5lb, 10.5lb, 6lb, 7.5lb
The missed bites could be put down to the cautious nature of the fish or maybe smaller jacks, who knows?
Where are we going next?
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