All pike anglers will be familiar with those days where, for whatever reason, the pike are lethargic and don’t want to feed. There are any amount of theories as to why this happens: too much fresh water, too little oxygen in the water, too cold, too sunny, high, pressure, low pressure, you name it…
Such thoughts were probably far from the minds if the 15 members of the Limerick County Pike Angling Association as they headed up the country to a midlands canal venue for the latest round of their club competition. But on the journey, they couldn’t fail to notice the pools of water in every field they passed, and the ‘too much water’ theory probably crossed their minds.
But, within minutes of the off, Sam Brown was into a fish, which turned out to be a jack of circa 3.5lb, and so things looked like they might pan out well for the day. Sadly, that was not the case, and for much of the day, it looked like Sam might win all the prizes with that single fish.
But midway through the day, another angler got on the cards as Mike O’Donoghue landed a pike of just over 6lb. Unfortunately, that was it for the day, and the only other things caught were a few lures and floats snagged in anglers’ lines. So a tough day (out of) the office for the Limerick crew, but I’m sure they’ll be back on the banks before long.