Sunday and a nice sunny day for a paddle down the Tees from Yarm to the River Leven. Of course, I couldn't resist taking the rod and a few pike lures. This was only my third Tees launch of the year and my first with a camera. Having done quite well on the previous two trips when I left the camera at home, I was hoping for some good footage this time. I paddled all the way down to the junction of the Tees/Leven without any takes, and just as I entered the Leven, I was onto the first of the day. It was only a jack pike but it didn't half thrash around. I suddenly realised that I hadn't turned on the headcam and in doing so, I took my eye off the quarry and it managed to wrap my line around the branches of a submerged tree and I lost it. I hadn't gone more than 100 yards further into the Leven when I saw a boat with four pike anglers coming towards me. As they stopped for a chat, one of them hooked into a nice fish of around 5lb. They said that they had been trolling lures up and down the Tees all morning without any luck at all, and this was their first fish of the day. I hung around the same spot for half-an-hour or so but the pike didn't seem interested in my lures. In the meantime, the four lads took their boat up the Leven and back to the same spot where they had caught their first pike. They had just cut the engine off so that they could tell me that there was nothing else doing, when the second pike struck, a nice plump fish around the 16lb mark. A fantastic specimen in only a couple of feet of water ! I still didn't manage to land one myself, but that was probably my own fault for bringing the camera !