With Pitsford Water hosting the Old Town Canoes and Kayaks Pitsford Kayak Grand Slam later this year, part of the Lowrance Grand Slam series I thought it would be good to have a practice day at the mini meet organised by fellow team member Dane.
The trip’s aim was to go after the predators that the reservoir is well known for. A 38lb pike is reputed to live there. It’s fantastic that Anglian Water, have the foresight to welcome kayak anglers on this water allowing us to show that we are responsible anglers and demonstrating what a forward thinking management they have there. After the obligatory kayak wash at the gate, payment of fees and the unavoidable addition of just a few extra shiny things from their well stocked shop it was time to kit up right next to the water.
To comply with Anglian Water’s biosecurity policy nets and drogues should be washed prior to fishing and again after, at the venue, to ensure you don’t bring or take anything away. The prevention of non native invasive species is the aim.
It wasn’t the trial I had been hoping to give the Railblaza Sandtrakz wheels but it was a chance to show then off and try them with both a stripped and loaded kayak on. I wondered if it was just my imagination that they were easier to pull even on the gravel and grass but it was confirmed by one of the Hobie team fisherman too.
I kitted the Old Town Predator 13, realised I’d left my cameras at home and paddled out under the causeway bridge, remembering to lay my rods down. With a stiff breeze across the reservoir I decided to paddle up to the Dam wall and then drift the full length back. It seems this was the plan of the only other member of the group who paddled, Simon Adams, the rest having pedals or motors. Stopping on the way to throw lures into the margins or chat with the others.