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Happy New Year

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It’s been a brilliant last twelve months thanks to you guys & girls who have taken the time to fish with us during 2015, we have seen so many personal best fish, funny times and many, many memorable moments that its just been awesome. The 2015 gallery review will be up on the website late January, so have a look and see if you’ve made it this year.

Once again thank you so much for fishing with myself and Tony, we really appreciate your business as always and we hope you have a fantastic & prosperous New Year. Looking forward to seeing you all again in 2016 with some more stunning Norfolk Broads Pike.

Tight lines
Allan
Tel: 07493 027238
www.predator-people.co.uk

Twas a cold and snowy Christmas Eve night and as I lay in bed tossing and turning listening to the wind howling around the eaves of my Broadland cottage my thoughts turned to some great Pike fishing days on the Norfolk Broads and I slipped off into a restless sleep dreaming of monster Pike……

I awoke with a start in a damp wooden rowing skiff, looking somewhat confused I turned around and found I was not alone  but in the company of Squire Thorpe and his son Nicholas. To say I was surprised would be an understatement and my look of confusion seemed somewhat alarming to the Squire, Boy he said “whats the devil of the matter with you” um nothing sir I replied remembering the Squire was not know for his patience! Where are we I asked? – “where are we, have you been drinking“? no sir but I think I must have dozed off for a moment. As you probably can imagine the Squire was non to fond of this and advanced upon me menacingly, luckily young Master Nicholas intervened and said that we have kept the poor lad up for almost 24 hours fishing for Pike despite his protests to go home to his wife! :Well yes I suppose thats true grumbled the Squire, however that is what I pay him for isn’t it and thats just what he’ll do if I say so“!

Still confused I asked the kindly Master Nicholas what day it was and he said quietly well young Allan its Christmas eve of course and you have taken us to catch some superb Pike today. Father though is still upset that you seem to have favoured me somewhat more than him and this is why we are still fishing, you know how jealous he becomes of our connection whence Pike fishing. Yet again I have caught the best specimens and father is determined to keep you here until he beats me, I fear we might be here for some time, the kindly Master Nicholas laughed at this thought but quietly so his wicked father could not hear.

I stood up and said “Sir maybe we could try one last spot today as the snow is settling heavily now and we shouldn’t be out on the Broads in a wild night like this” – fine said the Squire but just make sure that I catch the biggest Pike and then we can go home.

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Evening fast approaching and the snow is settling

I set off rowing against the howling wind and driving snow towards the secret swim where the monster Pike lived! I cast 3 large Roach out and we sat back and waited, the snow eased slightly but the sky had an ominous look to it and I shivered in my thin clothing. After what seemed like an eternity one of the gazette floats slipped away, the Squire immediately seized the rod from his son and snarled “This one’s mine boy” he wound down and struck ferociously, the rod bend over almost double and the old cat gut sang in the wind, the gut ran off the old wooden centerpin reel like there was no tomorrow. “Whats going on snapped the Squire why can’t I stop this damn fish I’ve never had a problem like this before“!

 

I sat and watched the Squire struggle with the fish, I suggested a few things to help him land this obvious monster but the Squire dismissed them all saying he wasn’t listening to a servant boy when he had obviously the biggest Pike in England on his rod. The fight went on for over an hour, the Squire grew more tired by the minute, more than once the rod almost slipped from his grip but still he would have no help. Both his Son and myself tried to help but to no avail he simply pushed us roughly out of the way, snarling at us in the now heavy snow “keep off his rod and my record Pike“!

The Squire slowly gained the upper hand on the Pike, gaining line and bringing it closer and closer to the boat, get the gaff the Squire shouted and make sure you gaff him first time. By now the snow lay an inch deep in the bottom of the boat and was getting very slippery, the Squire bought the now beaten monster Pike to the side of the boat and I lent over to gaff this fantastic specimen. The Pike wasn’t finished though and with one last effort leapt out of the water and tail walked away from the boat catching the now tired Squire by surprise. The Squire held on for all his worth but the fish pulled and pulled, then to our amazement the Squire started slowly being dragged down the boat on the now slippery snow. He could do nothing, both myself and Master Nicholas tried to help but he viciously pushed us away screaming the Pike was his. With one final burst of energy the Pike changed direction and the Squire was pulled over the side of the boat into the icy water of the Broad. We held the lantern aloft but there was no sign of the Squire just a few ripples where he had gone in.

We searched for quite a while with no success, eventually having to give up and return to the staithe, the snow had stopped now and it was Christmas day morning. We returned to the hall as fast as we could, telling the Squires wife what had happened, she quickly summoned the Butler and a search was started immediately with all of the staff from the great house and the local police constable searching.

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Ghostly tale or not?

Sadly there was no sign of the Squire, occasionally though a massive monster Pike would leap out of the water in the distance, several times Master Nicholas and I saw it and we swear that it seemed to be smiling!

 

I awoke with a start, looking around I was at home, my wife was next to me in bed, I was sweating and my wife, who I had now woken, wanted to know what the matter was. Nothing I replied it was just a bad dream, however, the dream kept churning around in my mind, who was Squire Thorpe, was his son called Nicholas, and why did it seem so real. After breakfast I checked the diary to see who I as fishing with on my next trip, the name was Mr Thorpe and his son Nick – they had fished with me recently and indeed Mr Thorpe had had an amazing Norfolk Broads Pike – was it a dream then or a premonition – we’ll have to wait and see won’t we.

Milestones In Fishing?

Firstly I would just like to say a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all of our clients both old and new, it’s been great to fish with you all over the last 12 months and Tony & myself look forward to seeing you in 2016.

Now I teased in the last post about a personal Pike fishing milestone for myself, it’s been funny seeing some of your text & Facebook messages, emails etc trying to guess if I was teasing or not, some of you even expected some tale of a massive 40lb Broads Pike – I wish…lol

My very own milestone came fishing with good friend Rob one day recently, we only had 3 fish all day, Rob having two of them, the third though nudged the scales to exactly 20lb and made it my very own 200th 20lb Pike – delighted or what.

Clients admittedly have boated just under 700 Pike in excess of 20lb in our 31 years of guiding but as a personal milestone it was very special indeed.

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My very own personal 200th Pike over 20lb

Well ok its not actually to bad at the moment with daytime air temps around 9/10c but the brisk winds are tending to add a bit of chill to those figures and with 40-60mph winds forecast this weekend its definitely not going to feel tropical out there!

So with Winter now officially here its time to reflect on an Autumn’s Pike fishing up on the Norfolk Broads. Basically its been pretty good, somedays seemed to more like the old Broadland days with multiple runs, specimen fish, braces of big fish…….. Like all things though these great fishing periods have to come to an end and with the Norfolk rivers being very high for several weeks now, the Yare has been on flood alert several times as well, plus the unsettled weather patterns in mid/late November then it has made the fishing a bit more unpredictable at the moment.

But we were talking about Autumn not moaning about December weren’t we, so its been great to see so many new faces this Autumn plus obviously always good to see the regulars as well. Many of you left Norfolk with superb Pike to your name, plenty of PB’s as well and very few blanks so pretty good.

It’s the usual thing though now, we want the weather to settle down, bit colder and less windy would be ideal but it’s not in our hands so we’ll adapt to what ever mother nature throws at us as always and battle on.

To many names to mention as usual in this brief update but have to say it was nice to see old Lord Hornby luck at fishing still holding with some superb Pike in October, Mark P with a few nice fish and loosing his bet at beating me on a lure fishing challenge – that £20.00 was so nice, cheers Mark…lol Little bit of a shame that Ross didn’t manage to beat Andrews long time standing personal best Pike but you came close fella. Grahame & James having the pleasure of rain, hail, sleet and a few shotgun pellets all in a few hours of fishing in terrible weather. There’s loads more to tell plus some info on a new personal Pike record for me but that can all come in the next update, hopefully before Christmas.

As usual few images from some catches in late Autumn, more can be found on our website at www.predator-people.co.uk and don’t forget you can follow us on Facebook & Twitter – links on the bottom of our home page, oh yes and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter again details on our homepage.

Tight lines
Allan

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So Autumn’s arrived and the Norfolk Broads Pike seemed to like it, well at least until the slack tides arrived this week. It’s been great to see the regulars up as always and nice to see so many new faces as well, quite a lot of you went home with some stunning fish and even some lovely Autumnal weather as well.

The river levels are pretty good at the moment and all the river systems seem to be running pretty clear, obviously this time of year has the Autumn leaves dropping plus the dying weed making some areas painful to fish but with a bit of patience and some swearing it’s all looking good.

From the start of the season on June 16th until today we’ve seen some stunning specimen Pike and some big hauls of these stunning Norfolk fish as well, plenty of personal best fish already plus a good few twenty pound plus fish out, hopefully this will continue through now and make it a season to remember.

We still have a few vacancies left for the remainder of 2015 and you’ll all be pleased to know that the on-line diary is now back on the website – see I do listen to you lot…lol

Few pictures of clients catches below as always and I look forward to seeing some of you as the season continues.

Tight lines
Allan

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Just a quick note to say that our contact details have changed, please update your contacts etc with the details below:

Daytime Contact Number: 07493 027238

Email: allan@predator-people.co.uk

These changes take effect from 26th September 2015.

Tight lines
Allan

Autumn’s On The Way

The late Summer bank holiday has now passed and to say it was wet up on the Norfolk Broads was a little bit of an understatement, true the Saturday was great, the other two days pretty appalling with over 19mm of rain on bank holiday Monday. Add that to the other heavy rainfall days in August and in the Broadland area we’ve had around about 130mm of rain, not all bad news though as it has upped the low river levels and made the weed just that little bit easier to deal with at the moment.

So what has the Summer actually been like for Pike fishing up on the Broads, well in a nutshell Pretty Darn Good our clients have seen plenty of sport with  a fair few personal bests being returned, lures have definitely been the way forward yet again for us. The old favourites spinnerbaits, soft shads, glide baits etc returning the bulk of the fish, top water lures overall have been pretty disappointing except strangely enough the best fish of the season so far being returned on one, colours haven’t mattered that much put perseverance has without doubt been the key to having a successful time on some days!

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So what for the Autumn period?

Well boat traffic is slowly reducing and the weather at the moment is definitely taking on a cooler edge, were all hoping without doubt up here for a bit of an “indian summer” but who knows if this will happen, fingers crossed though. It’s going to take a fair bit of cold weather and probably a few frosts before the weed growth in the upper rivers starts to die back. Hopefully though with all this rain the rivers will flush themselves through and settle down bringing some clarity into the middle & lower sections and good pike fishing on those areas with it.

Were fully booked for September now and with October, November and December already looking pretty busy in our diary then don’t leave your booking to late this year or you are going to be disappointed this will be especially true if you’re looking to book two boats up.

So that’s about it for this brief round up, just one last thing and that is that due to a cancellation we have one spare space available for our Norway 2016 Pike Expedition, drop me a line if your interested in taking this slot.

Tight lines
Allan

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