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ANGLING: Persistence pays off for Coates
12:17pm Wednesday 30th January 2013 in Sport
The latest pike fishing experiment at Farmoor Reservoir, near Eynsham, has proved as tough as ever, but two fish have been recorded in recent weeks.
Farmoor I and II trout fisheries have been open for piking from bank and boat, and two different specimens of 10lb have been captured by Peter Coates, from Eynsham (pictured right), and Oxford Mail contributor Gerald Stratford.
Both fish came from the banks of Farmoor I, which is open every day for piking until the end of next month.
There are fewer opportunities to fish Farmoor II for pike, with February 10 the closing date.
Coates used legered sardine, while Stratford’s fish took mackerel.
Some big pike have been spotted, but they are few and far between and fishing for them is a waiting game.
Stratford said: “Peter told me he had had 35 sessions at Farmoor after the pike since 1996.
“And this was his first fish, so he deserves a medal for his perseverence.”
A third pike of around 10lb was caught on a booby the same day.