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So it’s Summer and the Norfolk Broads are in full holiday mode with plenty of boats and holidaymakers around, this doesn’t stop the Pike feeding it just means sometimes you have to just get up that bit earlier to find some peace and quiet!

However some days the good old Pike just like to feed all day long, even in the midday heat, as the photos of Ron and Colin show below there more than happy to play the game with surface lures throughout the day.

Well done to both of you, plenty of fish between you and quite a few drops as well.

Tight lines
Allan

Had the pleasure of taking client Graham Tweed out for a mixed day recently with some fishing and some wildlife photography on the cards. Graham bought some impressive Nikon kit with him for the day and we started fairly early on our quest to find some Kingfishers. Now we all know that the Norfolk Broads abound with these lovely birds but could we find any – not on your life could we. Not really sure if it was the previous evening of thunderstorms that made these little fellas reluctant to show or not but we only caught and odd flash of them throughout the day and all from a distance.

However all was not lost when a glimpse of a Tawny Owl got Graham quickly focusing the 500mm Nikon lens on the owl who proved to be very obliging and gave us some great shots. We then turned out attentions to the stunning Marsh Harriers that again are usually not to hard to spot, however again only an odd glimpse of these birds and usually from afar. We had almost given up on this quest but the weather turned with bright sun appearing and almost at the same time we found two or three pairs of these stunning raptors, again Graham using using his expertise caught some stunning images of these fantastic birds.

All in all a great day, I even let Graham beat me at lure fishing by making sure every Pike that hit my lures fell off – Graham laughed – I moaned!

Some of Grahams images below used with his kind permission.

Great to see the Leslie brothers up here over last weekend, we spent most of the day mocking young Merv about his older brothers fish catching ability and the lack of his own and to be fair he took it well. But as we all know its not over until your back at the dock and just to prove it Merv managed to catch his new Pike personal best before we ended the trip. The fish a typical early Summer Broads Pike with a lean look to it fought like a demon and cut a fair bit of the streamer weed up so by the time we had her netted it looked like the weed-cutter had been through the river. So in the end second place  went to Russ with admittedly more Pike boated but best fish to a very happy Merv who’s pictured below with his new personal best Pike.

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Proud captor Merv Leslie with his new personal best Pike

Its been a somewhat of a stressful couple of weeks at the start of the new fishing season, plenty of fish around but mostly small ones and some of the worst weather we’ve seen up here in the Summer for a long, long time. We’ve only been lure fishing as it’s a bit to early for baits and the action has been great on shallow and surface lures, some days the Pike definitely showed us who’s the boss throwing surface lures out almost instantly – other days though they’ve engulfed them.

July tomorrow so hopefully after the next few days things might just settle down a bit and the rivers clear from the peaty tint that’s in all of them at the moment.

We still have a few odd dates left for July but not to many so if your planning on coming up in July don’t leave it to late.

Tight lines for now and a few pics from Summer in Norfolk below…lol
Allan

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Because of the somewhat horrendous weather the area has suffered lately we have decided to cancel all trips until Monday 27th June

So we are now into May and the new fishing season starts on the Norfolk Broads in only 6 weeks time on the 16th June, this years closed season seems to be flying by! Early reservations for  the new season are coming in thick and fast and as we are going to be closed from May 16th until June 1st your going to need to reserve your places pretty quickly to avoid disappointment. At the moment we only have 2 days left for June and almost half of available July dates are now taken and with us away in Norway and the office closed you might just miss out this year if you leave your booking to late.

I’ve had a look out and about in the boat recently and river levels look great with all systems running nice and clear, weed growth as expected is already getting high so this should mean some fantastic lure sport with hard fighting Summer Pike – in fact it’s looking like it might well be another cracking season on the Norfolk Broads just like the 2015/16 one.

That’s about it for this post, I’m around on 07493 027238 up until Sunday 15th May if you would like to make a reservation, the on-line reservation system from the website is live and the on-line diary is up to date at www.predator-people.co.uk and remember only a deposit is required to hold your reservation.

As were off to Norway with clients on our last Norwegian Pike Expedition the next post will not be until June so tight lines for now.

Allan

Well in a few words or so YES, YES, YES!

Recon you might just get the message now, last season was just great, it started well with some fantastic sport throughout the Summer period on lures, have to say though that the few actual bait trips we ran in this period were not that great except the one out with “Piker Pete” and Jon who managed to boat several cracking fish one after the other somehow! Lures were the business though, pitched into heavy cover or along weed edges the Pike certainly loved them, our special large blade Spinnerbaits were probably the most successful of the lures, but soft Savage lures and Spring Dawgs proved very effective as well.

With the start of the Autumn we started fishing baits a lot more but with the very mild weather continuing well into late Autumn we were still fishing lures into November as well and pretty successfully I have to say. From my point of view it was quite nice to sit down on the boat and cast bait rods out and relax a bit, must be getting to old now for endless lure days…lol

Autumn and early Winter proved very successful on nearly all of the Broadland rivers we fished, many good quality specimen Pike were being returned but the surprising thing for us was the fact that livebaits were proving very quiet, only returning an odd fish here and there. This was especially strange when you could throw a lure with good success and they would ignore a live, deadbaits however proved to be a winner without doubt especially as December came around.

And then it became Winter, or did it? – cooler, wetter but with only a hand full of frosts and a few wintery showers it didn’t feel much like it out there to us. The fish went on an early mad feeding frenzy in January, so much in the fact that for a while it was specimen sized Pike everyday, and lots of them too with many clients boating personal best fish – wow it was like the Norfolk Broads of old and a pleasure to see and be part of without any doubt. Then with the mad feed up finished it slowed down for a few weeks and then finished off with nice steady fishing right through to the last day of the season fishing with my old mate Colin.

So it was definitely a fantastic 20125/16 Pike fishing season for us and our clients on the Norfolk Broads, I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone, both old & new clients, who fished with us last season and hopefully we will see you all again in the new 2016/17 season which starts on June 16th. Just a quick note about the new season, despite us running both boats again for the new season bookings are already very heavy for both the early Summer and early Autumn periods, so if your planning on visiting us then probably an early booking might just be in order again! Don’t forget you can check current availability and book directly from our website, we only require a 50% deposit to hold your reservation, just follow the link and click on the reservations tab to make your booking www.predator-people.co.uk

Thats it for now, I’m off to Norway next month for a few weeks Pike fishing with clients, its going to be a bit sad as after 23 years guiding out there it will be our last guided trip. Norway’s given us such fantastic memories, great clients, great fish and many, many laughs, we’ve made some great friend out there as well. So yes it will be sad but although the trips will have finished I would not be to surprised if Rob and myself don’t go back for some private fishing – in fact  I know we will I just need to tell the wife…lol

Tight lines
Allan

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