The Goose Drank Wine!
A member reported last week catching an 11lbs Pike with approximately 50mtrs of braided line attached! Whilst this is an infrequent occurrence it is an event that should be avoided at all costs.
I also when reeling in today caught a wire trace with mono attached which I took home and checked the diameter with a micrometer which indicated a breaking strength of between 7 and 12lbs. I suspect it was nearer the lower figure as it broke easily when pulled! This is an unacceptable state of affairs; some people are clearly still not getting the message. St Mary’s Loch and to a lesser extent the Loch o the Lowes have very craggy bottoms leading to snagged/abraded line with the resultant loss of terminal tackle and more worryingly fish!
What can we do to minimise this?
As a club we can formulate rules to encourage anglers to use line of a sensible breaking strain and we have done so. Our rules state that for monofilament the minimum should be 20lbs. Now we are not going to argue about a few pounds below this, but anglers have to be aware that the nature of the rock in the area gives rise to sharp edges which can cause problems. So why not spool up with a heavier breaking strain to try and minimise potential damage to the Pike!
Braided line seems to be causing more problems than mono! It may be that anglers go for the lighter breaking strains thinking that it’s a heavier breaking strain than the mono they would have used. What is becoming much clearer of late is that pound for pound braided line is much less abrasion resistant than the equivalent monofilament.
Research now indicates that to equal 20lbs monofilament you need to at least double the breaking strain of the braid to increase the diameter thereby providing a greater volume of construction to be ground away by the abrading objects. The PAC now recommends 20lbs mono or 50lbs braid. Check out Power Pro braid on e bay.
My personal preference is for 30lbs fluorocarbon injected and coated monofilament this has much more abrasion resistance than braid and mono (search Yo-zurri Hybrid on e bay). Also the quality of braid may have some effect on performance, are the budget ones cheap and nasty? Write in and let us know.
What can we do to police this – well we could equip all our bailiffs with micrometers which would work for monofilament to a limited extent as diameters vary significantly for a given breaking strain. Using this method for braid is fruitless as the braid just compresses to a flat profile as the micrometer jaws clamp on to it.
The solution I feel lies in education rather than enforcement, the offending Pike anglers need to go back to basics and examine what the purpose of their angling is because if it is the enjoyment of a sustainable sport, and minimal damage to their quarry, using light mono/braid just won’t achieve that goal. So we are urging in the strongest possible terms use a breaking strain suitable to the bottom of the loch and even then go a bit higher, it won’t cut down the number of runs that you get but it will lessen needless casualties such as mentioned above.
The future of our Pike is dependent on your actions – make the right choice!However be aware if you are detected using a ridiculously low breaking strain of line you will be removed from the fishery! The modified childhood rhyme below explains the situation perfectly!
Three, six, nine
The goose drank wine
The monkey chewed tobacco on the street car line
The line broke, the Pike got choked
And they all went to heaven in a little row boat
Using inappropriate line is as good as clubbing a Pike on the head! Think about it!
Just a quick word to say Hi to Paul and Simon, they travelled up from Manchester for 24hrs of fishing in the beautiful countryside that cradles St Mary’s Loch and to escape the relentless rattle of the city (They visit us every year and have done so for the last 20years). They lost a Pike at the top of the Lowes, we hope you managed a little more sport, content as you were just to savour the scenery, the air and of course the rain! Cheers lads nice speaking with you, see you next year!
Blethering with Scott T on the bank at lunchtime he was telling me of his session last week when he encountered what he termed Glow Bugs at night in great numbers glowing all over the bank. Does anyone know what these could be? I certainly have never encountered the like in this country.
Whilst we were talking he spotted the Osprey in fact a pair of them when suddenly one dropped like a stone and there was an almighty crash as the bird hit the water near the wooden sculpture and St Mary’s Loch was 1 Trout lighter. Well it really was worth seeing; one bird had made an earlier foray around 03.30hrs but ended up fishless on that occasion!