Yesterday, as is usual for me, I fished with two rods. I was just pouring myself a coffee when I heard a clatter only to see my best rod and reel disappear into the water. By the time I reached the edge I just saw the butt of the rod disappear into the depths. In despair I paced the bank hoping it would reappear but no luck.
Thoroughly hacked off I decided I had had enough and started to reel in the other rod only to feel the tug of a fish that hadn't registered on the rod tip! A bit like losing a pound and finding 10 pence I thought as I began to reel the fish in. An odd fight I thought, not a barbel that was for sure. Next thing I knew the rod tip from my first rod appeared on the surface. After a bit of a struggle I had both rods back on the bank with the lines wrapped around both rods in an horrendous mess!
I cut the line on one rod and managed to separate the rods to find that the fish was still attached to the other rod. A nice 6 pound pike.
Having both rods and reels and a 6 pound pike as a bonus, a disaster had been turned around, so I went home a happy man.
What a benefit using two rods, if I hadn't I would be looking for a new rod and reel today :)
Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.