My day started off well, I woke up, always a bonus when your getting on a bit. I took the ten minute trip to the fishery and dipped my nets at the top. With all the scares of KHV going around it is always best to be on the safe side. A couple of bags of fishery pellet and no corn for me today.
Fifteen anglers were queueing up for a good draw and with having the whole lake to ourselves we would all have a bit of room.It was also good to meet a couple of Maggotdrowning members (getting a sneaky practice in) Davered5 and Turkish 67. My home for the next five hours was to be peg 9, an OK peg but the wind was blowing down to this end of the lake so I was hopeful of catching a few. I had Richard Brain on peg 7, Matt Kearns on peg 6 and Ian Orbell on peg 12. There was no one on 10 or 11 and this would normally provide sanctuary for the carp.
I set up four rigs to cover top two plus two and the right hand margin, plus another rig to fish in front of the platform of peg 8. Although I did not expect to use it. All tied on .18 Stroft to a size 16 Drennan Carp Margin hook, I am starting to like these hooks but have suffered a few hook pulls recently. Del Smith floats in .2 and either red hydro, orange vespe or black hydro, dependant on how they were having it.
At the all in, I potted half a pot of 4mm fishery pellets to the platform and started throwing around a dozen pellets to two plus two. After a few minutes I run the landing net under a nice carp around 5lb, a couple more followed and thought today was going to be the day, however for no apparent reason I started to pull out of and foul hook fish. After an hour I had around a dozen fish but must have lost 7 or 8 along the way. Hour two saw the same thing continue despite changes to feeding, depth, shotting, fishing a bit further in/out. It did not seem to make any difference. I reckoned on having around 70lb at this stage and although was still putting fish in the net, was still losing too many for my liking. Hour three saw my original rig on the orange vespe elastic trashed so I switched to the duplicate on black hydro. Now I do not know why but the ratio of lost fish improved and I was cruising placing 50lb in the nets. It was not too last though, half way through the fourth hour the swim died, I tried coming shallow and nicked a few but it was too slow.
At this point I made the decision to move to the right hand margin. I had fed it every half hour with a small handful of pellets since the start and first put in a small carp around 4oz, not what I expected. Second put in though was his bigger brother and and his mates were ready to follow, I was getting a bite every put in, however some of those I expect were those smaller carp, which we placed back rather than crush them in the keepnets. At the all out I estimated I had 60lb in each net for a total of around 180-200lb.
1st Charlie Lancaster 243-15 Peg 15
2nd Gary Thorpe 226-04 Peg 18
3rd Keith Ashby 219-03 Peg 9
4th Terry Lancaster 214-04 Peg 22
5th Jim Stubbings 175-06 Peg 4
6th Pete Archer 164-13 Peg 14
Overall, the lake fished well, no clear runaway winner and plenty of ton plus weights. A few of the lads topped up their points towards the Matchman League Final and are now safe.My next match will be next Tuesday,