The Warks Avon is still unbelieveably clear for the time of year and coupled with the gale force wind made for a difficult session at Fladbury Mill. A blank was avoided but in unusual and controversial circumstances. This 12lb Pike was landed with none of my trebles in its mouth but it did have some one else's hooks in it's stomach. The braid from the end of that trace had wrapped around my trace and this had been strong enough for me to land it, despite our lad's best attempts to knock it off! He got my trebles caught in his net and I then had to use my net to land it-farce.
So does she count or not? My theory is the Pike took my Roach dead bait, then it came loose and caught around the trace at a later date, so counts. Our lad does not agree and just thinks I am a jammy get and it should not count. Just because he blanked.
What is strange is that the very next day I landed a Pike with a treble in it's stomach and the same green braid line hanging off the end. Smaller fish and from a spot 10 miles away. Hopefully just a coincidence and nothing more sinister. Do not like catching Pike with hooks already in them!