Country diary: a pike rises into thin air

Rockland Staithe, Norfolk: The stillness of the tide, combined with perhaps an elevated temperature, explains the abundance of fish here during winter

This village staithe is about a half mile from the Yare and 20 miles, as the river flows, from the sea. The daily tide is the only movement generated in its waters, and this stillness, combined with perhaps an elevated temperature, explains the abundance of fish here during winter.

You can see the roach and perch swimming in their thousands, flakes of silver shoaling and twisting in the clouded water. It is their plenty that explains the presence of several predators, including herons, a customary arc of fishermen – and pike.

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Source: The Guardian
Country diary: a pike rises into thin air