Have Corn will Travel Part 7

keith

Gandhi
Site Supporter
Joined
Sep 29, 2001
Messages
1,827
I have had a few people asking me about when I was going to start up the blog again, to be honest I have had nothing to report. I have had odd pleasure days out, catching plenty of carp at Meadowlands on the pole was the highlight pre Christmas, A Christmas match at Alders where it was struggle but great company with the lads from www.maggotdrowning.com. A few other matches where I have not put the effort in, I have drawn a few good pegs, and not done them justice. I have still enjoyed them, as the reality is I go for the craic and not to make a living out of it.

So a New Year, and a new outlook, put in a bit more effort and see where it takes me. I had booked into the regular Tuesday Open at Alders Farm. I had tied a few more hooklengths and switched a few elastics around to compensate for the lighter lines and smaller hooks. I had even brought a rod with me, unheard of.

There were only a dozen of us, but as always the match starts with the draw, Peg 19 on Pines, a good peg in winter. Mick had come out of hibernation as well, and had peg 10 in his palm. To be fair an iffy peg, they are either there or not.

Ploughing through the mud from the recent rainfall, I eventually got to the peg to be greeted with ice, what looked like a thin layer was in fact some proper ice and we needed to break it before we could even start. I broke a small channel out to 14m and this seemed to stay in place well. I could cast a maggot feeder out to the edge of the bowl but would not be able to retrieve it. Sean on the next peg had lost a feeder and I was also getting no where, hopefully the sun would come out.

I set up a couple of pole rigs, one to fish at 11m, the other at 14m on the edge of the ice pack. I had a nice depth and would fish one with a few maggots, the other with expanders feeding a pinch of micros via a toss pot.

I started off fishing the 11m micros line at dead depth with a lightly shotted rig and a 4mm Expander pellet, nothing to report for the first hour. Across the bowl in the open un-iced water Trevor Price and Gary Page were off to a flyer, Gary having 3 in 3 puts on the waggler and Trevor catching steadily.The rest were struggling, 30 minutes later, I had my first fish at 14m on a single maggot. Rob was getting a couple of fish on 23 and Sean, and Richard were getting bites long on the waggler.

Head down and trying different feeding strategies did not seem to work The ice was now melting and I decided to give it a couple of quick chucks. First cast landed on the still frozen section of ice. Undo the line clip. 😄😄😄. Go out again and reach target area and bang the tip goes round. Fish number 2 was in the net but no other bites. I could see fish porpoising out of the water , so knew the fish were in the higher levels at distance and this was reflected by those fishing the waggler shallow.

Going back to the pole it was a case of plugging away, I decided to just fish a single line at 14m but switched my 11m rig to fish it 6 inches off the deck. A few quick bites came from this tactic, which I suspected were liners, shallowing up a couple of inches at a time I connected with another 5 fish throughout the match. Sean had struggled and was frustrated, a lot of bites at distance on the waggler and a couple on the pole, Richard had stuck at it on the waggler and was being rewarded with a few late fish. Rob on 23 had fished really well, catching on the pole with Ice forming and moving all around him for most of the day. Trevor had caught very well throughout the day. Mick had struggled but he was out and about in the winter sunshine. He even came round after packing up to give me my first MK Nugget of 2020.

My weight of 36lb 6oz placed me about halfway, so not too disappointed, room to work on.

Payouts were based on sections

1st in Section Trevor Price 109.00

2nd in Section Gary Page 51.00





1st in Section Rob Rayment 90.00





2nd in Section Mick Kelly 36.00





I have pinched a few photos off Trevor from the weigh in.Thank You. I was glad to get out again and put a few fish in the net. The chance to get out with Mick and the rest of the Alders Farm midweek regulars has been enjoyable.



Keith 1

Mick 0
 

keith

Gandhi
Site Supporter
Joined
Sep 29, 2001
Messages
1,827
It has been a frustrating couple of weeks recently, preventing me from fishing, a few storms have hit our shores, along with couple of family events coinciding with Tuesday's have all put a bit of a damper on things.

Still I was up and about nice and early for this weeks match, I had loaded the car up and was ready to go by 0715. Pulling into the car park, I was one of the first, ordering my maggot from Jim Stubbings and then going into the shop to see Trevor. Gradually all the regulars started arriving, Denis, Lee, Sean, Richard, Madd, Mick and Vic along with a few I did not know. The Alders Farm Spring League starts next week so I assumed they were practising for this event. Still always nice to see some new faces.

The general consensus seemed to be, to fish Ash Lake and with a dozen of us in attendance we could all have a bit of room. A cup of tea in the cafe pre draw and I was ready. Mick had gone in first and drew peg 6. A good winter peg that has the edge of the island to chuck a feeder to. Vic had 17 where the previous week, Richard Brain had a near 100lb net of carp. My draw placed me on 19, a very good peg, both in winter and summer. Madd was on 21 so at least we could have a bit of banter. And this is where the problems started. The axle on my barrow decided to snap. Luckily, Jim and the team were on hand to get me to my peg via the mule. Without them I would still be getting the gear to the car.

Looking at the peg, I could see I light ripple going from left to right. I had a dark area within range that I could comfortable fish at 12.5m. Two rigs were set up for this. Both .4g Derek Smith Diamonds, one with a blacked out bristle. Shotting varied from a strung out pattern to a bulk and hooks were 16s and an 18 on .15 lines.

I also set up a shallow rig, just in case as occasionally fish are caught in two foot of water on this peg.

I did not set up a feeder or waggler as time ran out due to the mechanical breakdown earlier, so it was pole or bust.

I had been guilty of killing my peg at the start of matches by feeding too heavily at the start. Today I started negatively, feeding nothing and letting the double maggot drop through the layers on there own. Ten minutes later and I placed a few 4mms and micros into a cup and dropped them into the peg, the change was instant, next put in and a small skimmer, followed by a carp. Both Vic and Madd were bite-less. I decided to ping a few maggots out to 12.5m. Lifting and dropping I was able to keep a few fish interested. Bites were very hard to see today, sometimes just slight dips on the float or the float holding up. There were very few straight under bites and the majority of these were missed. I could see Mick and every now and again I would see his landing net in the air placing a fish in his keepnet. Lee Newson was catching a lot of skimmers from peg 4, Brainy was on 12 in suicide corner and was picking up a few odd fish towards the tree. Trevor was nicking the odd fish by rotating a line in front of him and a long edge swim in really shallow water. I was on around 8 carp and a few skimmers.

As the time went on I just kept plugging away on the one line, adjusting depth and shotting patterns to try to see the small dips in the ever changing light and wind conditions. Vic had a couple of fish but was struggling, Brainy's Peg was getting stronger and even Madd was getting a few fish having switched from pellet to maggot.

By the time the all out came I was still playing the best fish of the day, a nice common around 8lb and suspected I was close to going over in the net. Lee had placed 21lb of silvers in his catch of 60lb, excellent weight on the day.









Mick was next up with 31lb, not that I knew that as they had written 91 on the sheet to wind me up. Brainy's 80lb from peg 12 showed there are always fish in the area, you just need to find them. Vic had packed up and thrown back. I was next up and put 11lb of silvers and 97lb of carp for a total of 108-03.



Part of 97lb catch
Just avoided the disqualification as one more fish would have taken me over the net limit. Madd put 28lb on the scales with Trevor catching 50lb from peg 27.

I was happy with the win, but more importantly taking another MK Nugget from Mick. Its great to see him back on the bank, treatments are going well and he looks and feels well in himself. Great news and puts a lot of things into perspective.



Keith 2

Mick 0
 

Peter

'Mugger'
Staff member
Site Supporter
Joined
Sep 18, 2001
Messages
19,989
Well done Keith. :upthumb:
Good to hear a positive update on Mick. ;)
 

keith

Gandhi
Site Supporter
Joined
Sep 29, 2001
Messages
1,827
It has been a while since the last blog, this Covid-19 has taken its toll on everything we do. We have been fortunate to be able to get out and enjoy the sport we love, albeit with different rules to the norm. I had been out to a couple of fisheries, trying to avoid the masses of anglers also desperate for their fix. Toft Fishery, Meadowlands and Stockton Reservoir have all shown good form and have given up plenty of fish.

Today was my first match of the Marsh AC season, the earlier dates were cancelled due to fisheries being closed at the time. Our first chance to get out as a club was at Puddledock Farm. Again restrictions were put in place to ensure ours and everyone else's safety. We had pegs 1-30 for our 15 anglers, pegging just odd numbers meant everyone had a spare peg either side of them. I arranged to follow Mick to the fishery in separate cars, again following social distancing rules. On arrival, Dave was already in motion, collecting monies and drawing from pre-prepared pegs. Mick's luck continued drawing the end peg on the match length, whilst I had to settle for peg 11, ironically next to where I drew the last time I was there. John had arrived with his new motabilty scooter complete with trailer, to carry his gear to his peg, however, the weight was not something he had considered and it hardly moved before falling apart. Tony also had a new electric trolley from a converted wheelchair.

I had Gino and Josh to my left and Clive and Chris T to my right hand side. I have started making up a few floats over the lockdowm, certainly not of the standard of the professionals who make their own bodies. I am just gluing a few parts together for what I think I need. I planned to use these today and see how strong they are. A couple of margin floats, for both near and far banks at 12.5m, a .4 diamond for 5m line. Biggest issue I had was elastics, rarely using black or white hydro for this style of fishing. I settled on both. setting up identical rigs for across, one on white the other black. The 5m line was on green KND and black.





At the all in I started of across feeding 4mm pellets via a toss pot and fishing a 6mm hard pellet in a band. A few dips before foul hooking and pulling out of a small carp. Same thing on the next two bites. A switch to white hydro seemed to work and a 3lb carp was in the net. I was already behind the game with both Josh and Chris netting fish. Plodding away over the first hour saw odd carp come my way, but I was losing more fish than I was landing. I would either pull out at the net or lose them shipping back, I am getting a feeling of trying to rush the process and need to slow down a bit.

A move to the 5m line saw a few fish on meat, soaked in So Simple's Banions Juice. Again feeding via a toss pot seemed to be better than throwing by hand. Nicking odd fish before again suffering lost fish.





I felt that I was way behind Chris who was now fishing across to the far bank and still putting fish in the net. Josh had slowed but was still a threat, with Clive catching in the nearside margins on 8mm pellet to go with a few fish on the method. Gino was struggling, the method to the far bank was not working and he had resulted to catching a few silvers.





It was a case of head down and try to curb my enthusiasm, focusing on landing what I could, but by rotating lines I kept bites and odd fish coming throughout the day.

At the all out I felt I had done alright, a bit ring rusty and need to sort out elastics, once and for all.

The weigh in was also well done with social distancing in mind. We had a plastic plasterers bucket with a large landing net frame placed inside to keep the bucket open.





The angler would placed the fish in the bucket, step away and the weighing in person (Kyle) would perform the weigh in, calling out to the boards man ( Me). The same process worked from the other end of the match length with Josh and Tony working together as a team.



1st Chris Thomas 129-08 Section Winner

2nd Keith Ashby 72-12 Section Winner

3rd Dave Collier 61-12

4th Clive Pritchard 56-00

5th Josh Donovan 52-14

6th Mark Fox 39-08 Section Winner

7th Kyle Deane 38-08

8th Simon Watkins 38-00

9th Mick Wright 36-12

10th John Holdsworth 32-08

11th Tony Roberts 26-08

12th Jim Boase 14-00

13th Gino Exell 13-10

14th Chris Withall 11-14

15th Terry Goff 9-04



A hand sanitised MK Nugget was passed over, making it Keith 3 Mick 0 so far. Well done to Chris on winning, an ideal way to start the defence of the Marsh league. Also to Mark Fox on the far section win. A few more fish here and there would have made a big difference to the scores. Social distancing seemed to have worked within the guidelines and was good to fish a match again.
 

Peter

'Mugger'
Staff member
Site Supporter
Joined
Sep 18, 2001
Messages
19,989
Enjoyed that Keith. :upthumb:
Not too rusty obviously, 2nd overall. More a case of a bit of fine tuning needed. ;)
 

keith

Gandhi
Site Supporter
Joined
Sep 29, 2001
Messages
1,827
Getting back into the club matches after a long lay off, when quite rightly no fishing was allowed. This would be my second match back and still feeling my way back in. A section win and second place overall on the last match at Puddledock Snake Lake settled the nerves and this match is on my local fishery. I had not visited the lake before the week prior when I had a little dabble on peg 6 whilst sorting out elastics, floats and rigs etc. Peg 5 was being rebuilt during that session and I still caught well despite Pete and Pop Up efforts to distract me.

As I live locally, I did not see the rush to get there as soon as the fishery opened, much preferring to give it 30 minutes to settle down. Arriving into the car park, I managed to sneak in next to the shop and order a couple of pints of maggot, more as a back up, in case my plan of 6mm hard pellet did not work. Nets dipped and packed away it was time for the draw.

As a section winner from the previous round I only needed to fork out the princely sum of £2 to fish today, and that included pools money. We do not win big in this club. Mick as usual was already ahead of me, making sure he stood behind the F%^K O*^ line before pointing to his folded up peg number. Can you believe it Peg 30 comes out, a peg that has won so many matches recently it was unbelievable. I followed him into the queue and tell Dave any peg will do. Out comes peg 5 or 7. Peg 5 if its has been completely rebuilt or peg 7 if not.

We had pegs 1-12 and 27 to 30, so all the pegs were capable of throwing up a weight, My section was Gino on 1, Kyle on 2, Pete Morton on 3, guesting with his former club and having a sneaky practice before the MDs weekend later this month, and Mark Fox on 4. Tony Roberts was on my peg from during the week, peg 6.





I had opted to fish 6mm pellet on 2+2 line to start, using a small .4g diamond to a sixe 16 KKMB. Red hydro should tame the 3 to 4lb fish, as they tend to go all over the place. A margin rig to the left hand side in 12 inches of water for later on during the match. I also set up a small slim float.3g to a size 14 KKMB to fish top three and just off deck on the 2+2 line.



Tony tucking into a boiled egg and soldiers!!!!!

At the all in I started feeding by toss pot 4mm fishery pellets with a cap full of the "price is right" liquid. (Not sure on how much to add yet). Fishing with a banded 6mm on the hook I was soon getting indications, I was missing a few bites but after a couple of minutes I was into my first fish, around 2lb. A few more followed, lifting and dropping the pellet to get the best from it. After an hour I had 8 fish but had lost the same amount, either foul hooked or just bumping them with the red hydro. Switching to purple hydro improved things slightly but I was still foul hooking and pulling out of fish.

Hours two and three flew by, no real bagging runs, just plodding away, landing one, losing one. Constantly changing shotting, depths etc to see if I fall upon the required method on the day. Word was that Kyle, Gino and Pete were catching well on 1,2 and 3 whilst Mark and Tony were nicking a few down the edges. I thought there was nothing between Mark and I but felt I was slightly ahead of Tony, so it was heads down.

Plugging away on the 2+2 lines seemed fruitless, so I decided to go down the edge with an hour to go. I had started on maggot feeding around 30 every 30 seconds, and fishing 5 maggots on the hook. Perch, Perch and a few more Perch. Back to pellet and start feeding pellet and after a couple of minutes the float goes and purple hydro comes out of the kit and a good rate of knots. Taking me all over the place a fish around 4lb and slightly better stamp than those previously caught. A switch back to red hydro and more control was welcome. I was also not bumping or foul hooking fish. I just had to ignore the little dips on the float and strike at the more positive bites.

At the all in, I thought it was close, no one was admitting to a lot, bloody lying anglers, glad I am not like them. The only one with a real grin on his face was Kyle, he knew he had broken the 100lb mark for the first time. Well done Kyle.



Kyle with a PB weight of 126-08



Foxy with part of his 131-12

Kyle and Tony grabbed the scales and started weighing in.

1st Mick Wright 170-12 Section Winner

2nd Keith Ashby 134-04 Section Winner

3rd Mark Fox 131-12

4th Gino Exell 130-00

5th Kyle Deane 126-08

6th John Holdsworth 123-04

7th Clive Pritchard 112-12 Section Winner

8th Peter Morton 105-04

9th Tony Roberts 101-04

10th Josh Donovan 96-04

11th Chris Thomas 91-08

12th Dave Collier 72-00

13th Jim Boase 44-14

Overall the lake has fished well and fair. Mick on peg 30 was always going to take some stopping but the rest of us were only separated by a couple of fish here and there. A rare MK 1-2.Well done to Mick, Keith and Clive on winning their sections. Mick has clawed back his first MK Nugget of the year making it 3-1 to me. Next match is on Tuesday at Alders on the Costcutter match.
 

keith

Gandhi
Site Supporter
Joined
Sep 29, 2001
Messages
1,827
Being a man of leisure at present, I am fortunate to be able to go fishing a couple of times a week, fishing where I want and when. My first stop was a trip to Meadowlands Fishery near Coventry, one of the best fisheries i the country and fast becoming a favourite of mine. Vic is in the same position as I, so we quite often team up and arrange where to go next.

Arriving at the fishery we happily paid our peg fee and purchased the fishery 8mms needed for fishing the bomb and pellet waggler, which was our aim. In fairness a sneaky trip out practising for Viaduct fishery at the end of the month.

We slotted into pegs 9 and 10, Vic on 9 and me on 10. I was going to start off on the waggler, fishing 2ft deep with a 8mm fishery pellet on the hook. I also set up a pole line on top three, where I would be dripping in 3 or 4 pellets every ten minutes or so. Vic was also going to start on the waggler, switching to the bomb as the session progressed.

Pinging into a left to right breeze was fine, two pouches containing 4 in each to the desired spot, cast, twitch reel in and repeat. On the third go the float goes and fish on, did not even get to the twitch. A nice common around 5lb, Out again and within 10 minutes fish number two was on and soon in the net. My third fish shed the hook halfway back making it 2-1. Back out again and again on the cast the float goes again. 3-1 to me, happy days!!! Only been here 45 minutes and getting them going well.

Vic was also catching on the waggler before pulling out of a fish and snapping the tip off his Maver Powerlite 11ft Pellet Waggler rod (in case anyone has a spare tip section). A move to the bomb for him proved a pivotal decision. Slowly catching fish on 8mm pellets, fishing over the PW line.

After a couple of hours I dropped in on the pole line and had 4 fish in four drop ins, unfortunately losing them all. How did we fish before we had puller kits?

Back on the waggler and we were both catching well, the breeze had completely changed around now going right to left and as long as there was not too much of a bow I was still getting bites and plenty of fish.

At the all out we had both had 20 plus fish to 12lb, no monsters but all in pristine condition.



Alders Farm Ash Lake 07.07.2020


I had booked into my first open match at Alders Farm since the lockdown, I enjoy the Tuesday matches, a great bunch of lads and a good giggle. I got there nice and early to familiarise myself with the new rules and how the matches were to work.

There were plenty of people there, before me as i drove into the car park, a socially distanced queue outside the door for bait and day tickets. All seemed well and organised.

Loading the gear onto the barrow and wheeling it to the net dip before holding onto it as I descended down the hill. A cup of tea in the cafe before the draw. Peg 25 for me, not ideal for me, it is simply too shallow for the way I fish. We had 18 anglers on the match and the usual moans and groans bellowed around the draw.Plumbing up I found 2ft at 12.5m, less than a foot at 5m and less than 9inches close in to the bank.

I decided to use a couple of my new floats, one for fishing in the edge, mud line, and the other a margin pattern with most of the shotting below the float, a slim line float was being used on the 12.5m line. Bait would be 6mm pellets feeding fishery 4mms with maggot as a change bait late on.

For company on our bank we had, Stefan, Richard and Colin before going round to Trevor,Nick and Lee on the dam wall bank.

I started off alright catching and landing my first 5 fish in the first hour, no losses, before the line went a bit iffy. No bites. A look to the 12.5m line and a couple of small bites but nothing positive. Colin was catching at 5m, Richard was giving the pellet waggler a go. My fish were a good stamp, just not enough of them. In hindsight I think they were probably hanging off the feed.

A look down both sides saw me nick a couple more on maggot, but it was a struggle for us all on our bank. Stefan was getting a few down his edge towards 27 now and I suspected he would overtake me, as it proved in the end.

My 59lb 10oz getting me a thanks for coming whilst Stefan put 64lb on the scales. Dan Twine winning from peg 30 with 240lb with Nick Dean second from peg 8 and 145lb.



Toft Lake 13.07.2020


Another pleasure day out at another well looked after fishery, Toft Lakes near Rugby. I had been here before with a variety of people as it offers plenty of choice, method, bomb, pole and waggler all have there day. Personally I opt for the pole most times. The fish run to a good size, mainly mirrors with odd commons thrown in.

I got there nice and early, and settled into peg 7 in the open water, an area of the lake I had never visited before. I normally fish on both sides of the island. But I fancied a change. Vic and his son in law Paul were soon settling into the next couple of pegs for a social and a spot of fishing.

Opting to fish 2 lines today, 2 plus 2 and to the side where yet again I had very little water to play in. Setting the float to 9inches did not leave me too enthused on my choice of swim. However I had 5ft on the 2 plus 2 line so would concentrate there. Using one of my .5g diamonds I left a bit of bristle to show bites better, .19 N Guage to a size 14 B911X. Having fed a half pot of 4mms with a few 8mms and a dozen grains of corn, I was soon in play, after what I thought was drift on the float, I struck and red hydro came out nice and smooth. A good carp around 8lb to get me under way. I was just tripping bottom and there was a fair bit of tow on the water. Fish two was soon in the net, before a couple of foul hookers, no more bites followed, despite lifting and dropping an 8mm pellet. I re-fed the line via a cupping cut and this sparked an instant response with another couple of fish coming. Vic was soon into fish and suffering as I was, catch a couple in the mouth, a few foul hookers and a couple of fish being pulled out of.





It seems that this phenomena is happening at a lot of venues recently., may also be how I am feeding.

Still it was a pleasure session and trying to iron out a few kinks, We both caught plenty of fish to low doubles to keep us occupied throughout our time there. Paul was not so lucky.





Nice time out is at Alders Farm tomorrow on Pines Lake, my favourite lake. Please be kind drawbag.
 

keith

Gandhi
Site Supporter
Joined
Sep 29, 2001
Messages
1,827
A long road trip for this match, Monks Lakes near Maidstone, Kent.And of course due to Covid 19 no car sharing. This had the impact on Mick being unable to attend, he is fine but with new treatments, driving himself there, fishing and driving back it would all take its toll on his already ageing body.

Still i left in plenty of time and hopefully the speed cameras on both the M1 and M25 are faulty, leaving me pulling into the queue for Monks Lake. I sat in it for 10 minutes when A load of Marsh cars drive past and cut straight in. I soon followed suit and was parking the car a couple of minutes later.

The match lakes were packed with matches on lakes 1,3 and 4. Fish o Mania is there next week and a lot were getting in a bit of final practice. We had Lake 2 and the chat beforehand was about peg 67, Josh saying 400lb would be needed. Personally I thought 200lb would be a good weight on the day from anywhere.

We had pegs 45 to 77, one section on the front bank and the remaining two sections either side of the spit.

As I was fortunate to pick up a section win on my last match I was exempt from paying for this one, so when Dave asked which peg I wanted ( all folded and stapled) I said anyone. Gingerly he opened it up and peg 67 was held up. Happy days and I was off to my peg leaving a trail of moans behind me.

Peg 67 is at the end of the spit, it gives the angler loads of options, wag and bomb, method to the reed lines, Pole up and down in open water, two really great looking edges, one along the boards to the end of the spit, the other to some overhanging brambles. There is something for everyone. A chance encounter with venue regular Mike McMillan confirmed my plan and I was going to base my attack around both 6mm and 8mm pellet at 2 plus 2, and down both edges.





At the all in, I cupped in some 6mms on both my edges, the right hand side adding around 30 grains of corn, as a holding bait and option for change. I also started throwing 6mms to the 2+2 line, sometimes getting there sometimes not. The wind was blowing hard towards me and along the spit. At times it was difficult to hold the four sections. Still I could always come in closer. A few missed bites to start before a couple of skimmers around 10oz apiece graced the net. A solitary carp around 4lb put in an appearance but I was going nowhere. Clive behind me on 64 was getting a few fish. whilst John next door was catching skimmers and odd roach.

I felt they wanted some food but presenting a still bait was proving difficult. Going a whole float length over depth, grabbed a couple of carp around 8lb and after 90 minutes, I had around 25lb without my silvers. I re-fed with a couple of big pots of 6mms and had a look down both edges, nicking a 4lb fish from the left edge and a big low double from the right hand edge just before the brambles. Out again to the right and a smaller carp, but more importantly proper bites. It was at this time I made a conscious decision to drop my longer left margin line and start feeding 8mms on a top kit there instead. I was still feeding 6's to my right side and felt it was getting better, a few lulls but steadily it was buildinng a weight. After 4 hours I knew I had a ton, the clicker was doing its job.By chopping and changing pellet size, I was keeping odd fish coming. and although It was taking 5 or 10 minutes for a bite, nearly all were hooked cleanly in the top lip and by letting the red hydro take the strain, I was not losing as many as I have been recently.

Clive had struggled for the last 2 hours with only 2 carp to show to add to his previous 4hours exertions, word was Chris Thomas and Kyle Deane had caught well on the first pegs on the spit.



I just kept my head down and never went back out to 2+2 or the left hand margin. The fish wanted to be close to the brambles in a good 2ft of water. Nice depth and proper fish, a great combination.

Overall
1st Keith Ashby 247-04 Section Winner
2nd Chris Thomas 125-08
3rd Mark Fox 109-00 Section Winner
4th Kyle Deane 106-04 Section Winner
5th Clive Pritchard 94-12
6th John Holdsworth 71-12
7th John Drake 64-00
8th Simon Watkins 61-12
9th Chris Withall 53-04
10th Tony Roberts 52-08
11th Dave Collier 39-08
12th Gino Exell 38-12
13th Terry Goff 35-08
14th Jim Boase 31-02



Personally I had a very enjoyable day, good company, easy traffic and plenty of lumpy fish. It was hard going elsewhere and it just goes to show how the draw can dominate the events. I drew a good peg and felt I did it justice eventually. Many thanks to Mike McMillan for words of support. And as Dave said before the match I can only win when Mick is not there.
I am away for 9 days at Viaduct Fishery for our annual Yam Yam trip. Hopefully my form will continue and the tales of glory will follow. Tight lines all.
 
Top