Fancied a day on the river last Friday but with strong winds forecast I thought I'd try the association water, west wood at Sockburn. I've not fished this for three or four years but knew which pegs I wanted to fish for shelter. I took my mate Ade along as he has never fished this stretch at all. We arrived at seven with the rain falling we set off on the hike to the pegs. The rain made the track down into the wood a little tricky under foot. I couldn't believe how difficult the walk through the wood had become not only that but all the old clear spots in the wood where once you could fish are now covered with giant hogweed. After fighting our way for an hour the path became all but impassable with hogweed (never used to take that long to reach the swims), we admitted defeat and turned to walk back to the start of the wood. We managed to find a spot that we could cut our way to the river and opened it up so we could both fish from it.Two hours after arriving we finally started to fish, the rain stopped as well, things were looking up. Because of the walk I decided it was best to travel light taking only a ledger rod. First cast no sooner had the feeder hit bottom than I had a bite. As soon as I struck I felt a decent fish kick back. Bringing the fish up into sight I could see a good perch fin up bristling it's defiance, this was a fish nudging the 3lb mark. Every cast produced an almost instant bite from mainly small chub and dace this continued all day long. As I feared on this stretch or the Tees it wasn't long before I attracted the attention of a pike. It picked up a small chub and the hook set in the scissors after a fight lasting 5 min it snapped the line at the net, it was a fish I'd estimate just over 10lb. Within half an hour Ade was in the same situation but it bit him off before we managed to get a look at it. A couple of hours later Ade was into another pike this time it stayed on tail walking around the river. Slipping the net under it I would estimate it was a fish around the 12lb mark, this was Ade's first pike and the beaming grin on his face said it all it certainly made the day worth while. At the end of our session apart from the pike we'd had 4 perch in the 2-3lb class a trout and a net full of dace and small chub. Sorry there's no pics of the days catch.