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Was planning to go to a rock mark at first light this morning but as it was pretty windy I opted to get the kayak out and have a try for some Pike at Llyn Maelog.

Arrived at the lake at about 8:00 there was a bit of a chop on the water and the wind was blowing a fair bit. I have realised that I need a drogue to slow my drift down.

I was starting off at the end of the lake that the wind was blowing from so I started to drift at quite a speed down the lake. I figured that trolling a feed shallow mullet down the lake might be a way to start - nothing. I then paddled back against the wind and dropped anchor at a likely looking spot tried the feed shallow for a few casts then switched to a black spinner bait after a few chucks just as I was about to lift the lure from the water I saw a large pike head. I stuck with the spinner bait for a few more minutes and decided to try a toby lure for a bit.

I moved back up the lake stopping off at likely spots and trying various lures out trolling the feed shallow between stops. After getting back to the top of the lake I drifted back down the opposite bank and anchored up in a nice sheltered bay, put the spinnerbait back on and after a nicely aimed cast just next to some reeds everything tightened up it was fish on! After a short lived scrap I had the fish within reach of my lip gripper, after a few attempts at waiting for the mouth to open, shoving the grip towards it, missing, waiting again - I eventually got the grip and slid the fish into the kayak. A jack of about 2.5 lb. It was unhooked, photographed and returned to the water within 30 seconds and swam off strongly.





The photos both have either a strap or glove in front of the lens unfortunately. But I have now christened the kayak and had my first lure caught fish of the year so all in all a good day.
 

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nice report Fin, and great photo's. Think when I'm over in the UK next week will have to give the croc's a go. Now this is going to sound stupid, but I don't have a fish grip so how hard is it to handle pike?
 

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Good report Fin, and nice Crocs !!! They really are a good laugh, and a nice alternative from Bass at times.

Jamo - they need careful handling, as they have a gob-full of teeth, but if you go fishing with someone who knows what they are doing first time you head out, they'll show you how to hande them. You just need a bit of confidence.
 

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Cheers Simon, have a friend who fishes you crocs so will prob go out with him first.
 

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Fin... nice croc... what Yak did you get??




Jamo... When chinning a croc feel under the chin and take a firm hold of the gill cover (fingers in and thumb on the outside of the cover) making sure you don't connect with the rakers (raker rash is sore :D and not good for the fish if you damage them)... if the fish isn't in the water when unhooking it is important to support the fish on a mat/something inert... not grass/gravel etc - I like most folk hate seeing crocs being held aloft with their full weight being taken on the gill cover for the glory photo... probably teaching granny to suck eggs - apologies if I am...
 

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Fin... nice croc... what Yak did you get??




Jamo... When chinning a croc feel under the chin and take a firm hold of the gill cover (fingers in and thumb on the outside of the cover) making sure you don't connect with the rakers (raker rash is sore :D and not good for the fish if you damage them)... if the fish isn't in the water when unhooking it is important to support the fish on a mat/something inert... not grass/gravel etc - I like most folk hate seeing crocs being held aloft with their full weight being taken on the gill cover for the glory photo... probably teaching granny to suck eggs - apologies if I am...
spot on mate.no apologies needed.
 
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