The fishing started off without any interest at all in my lures from the pike but I didn't mind as I was just trying to get the hang of casting a bit of a distance without the reel tangling into a birds nest! After a while my casting eventually did improve and I was quite enjoying using the bait caster when I felt a knock on the lure, my shad came back without its tail... Well it was a start. I eventually hit into a pike and wondered how my new gear would cope but it felt good, the rod was soft enough to cope when the fish lunged for snags and the reel gave line nice and smoothly when the fish took off but they also had the power to beef the fish under control. Fish in the net and rod+reel christened!
Not long after I was into another one, this second fish was very similar to the first but it decided to do some acrobatics on the unhooking mat and made its own way back to the water before it could have its photo taken! HA!
Can't see me going back to a fixed spool bail arm reel for chucking lures, can't wait to get out again soon.