What do I have to do to catch a Pike? That’s the third fruitless expedition that I have taken to the north east counties of Cavan/Monaghan, moaned Dave. “Go fishing with Peadar O’Brien, he will put you on the fish. In fact I will give him a ring now”. Five minutes later the trip was arranged for Thursday 25th March 2010. “You will have a Pike within an hour of getting in Peadars boat”. “Go way”, says Dave, “I’ll believe it when I see it”.
The chosen lake was somewhere in Co. Cavan, close to Shercock. Meeting Peadar at midday it was decided to set David up with a float drifted dead bait rig, while Peadar fished lures, and I fished a sink and draw dead bait. Baiting up with fresh Woodenbridge, Co. Wicklow, Rainbow Trout, the float was set at three metres on a six metre drop off. We did not have long to wait.
Peadar hooked into a fine fish on a spoon lure which stayed deep and was giving a good account of itself. David was captivated by the fight and did not notice his float first bob and then slide under. “Dave your float’s disappeared”. With that Dave lifted the rod up and like a veteran let line peel off the reel before leaning into the fish. That’s fishing in Ireland for you, two Pike within fifteen minutes of launching the boat. Both were netted safely, photographed, and slipped back to fight another day. Peadar’s ran eighteen pound, with a jubulant Dave happy with his first double figure Pike going ten pound plus.