Darren Charman thought he’d blown his chances for the day when he missed his first bite of a piking session on the River Wye.
He needn’t have worried though, because over the course of the trip he and his fishing partner landed a total of nine fish topped by this pb predator for Darren of 27lb.
It was roving tactics that proved the key to success for the Cardiff-based duo who float legered sardine deadbaits in deep marginal holes.
“The action was so hectic that we could barely keep a rod in the water for the first few hours,” said Darren. “We even had a double hook-up at one point. I was stunned as in recent weeks the norm on the river had been just one or two bites per session.”