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Posted - 06 August 2012 : 10:43:48 PM
Friday saw the second of our two twelve hour all-night competitions, held as usual on Tontine Lake. This match being the Moonlighters Trophy held, as the name suggests, on or near the night of the full-moon.
It was a wonderful evening for fishing - warm, cloudy and overcast and a gentle southerly breeze. Conditions were certainly a damn site better than the previous match back in early June.
There were only five of us present - the same four as the previous match plus Terry's son-in-law Paul. The draw saw us well-spread around the lake - Chris on peg 1, Hish on 3, myself on 10, Paul on 13 and Terry on 15 - the same peg he'd won the match from three weeks ago.
I was also on the same peg, as was Chris.
I had a fair bit of floating, scummy weed straight in front - not bad enough to stop me landing any fish (I hoped) but it would mean I'd need to fish the float a bit further out than I usually prefer.
At these night matches you can use a maximum of three rods plus begin baiting up as soon as you arrive at your peg and the use of spods, marker floats etc is also permitted. My set-up was the same as usual - big method feeders on all three rods with baits to vary between pop-up boilies, plastic & real corn, various pellets and lobbies. I also set-up a waggler rod for fishing beyond the marginal weed and would normally start on this, however it was pretty dark by the 9pm start time and I wanted to get my method feeders accurately positioned before it got too gloomy as I didn't really want to spend half the night with my bait anchored in the middle of a bed of weed.
I was getting odd bleeps and knocks on all three rods from the word go - at least indicating that the method balls were being pecked at by something but certainly nothing that was worth striking at and that continued for the first couple of hours. I had one good pull on the rod with a lobbie as bait but struck into thin air - probably a small perch being responsible.
It was light enough to see by 5am so I recast two of my method feeders and commenced fishing the waggler. I was fishing about 4 feet deep in around 6 feet of water (more or less exactly the same as when I'd caught that big bream a couple of weeks earlier from the same peg) and feeding casters to try and keep the perch at bay a little. Unfortunately it didn't work and perch were all I good catch - they weren't of a bad size though - probably 8-10 to the pound and I was catching at a reasonable rate so persevered for a couple of hours.
I had a stroll round with an hour left - Paul and Terry were blanking, although Terry had lost two good sized tench - the hook pulling on each occasion. Chris was catching well on his trusty whip - including a big bream and Hish was also getting a few bits.
The bream turned out to make all the difference - weighing in at 6lb 12oz, it gave Chris a total of 9lb 10oz and his second trophy of the season. He also had perch, roach and rudd - which was more species than he managed at Dale View the week before
Hish also had a mixed bag but nothing of any great size and weighed 3lb 2oz
My collection of perch (including one decent one of 8oz or so) pulled the scales down to 5lb 10oz and second spot.
Next match is back at Ingleby Road on 19th August (8am draw) with our last visit of the year to the Tontine on 2nd September for our float-only match.