Today was the next to the last round of my Autumn-winter league at Blundells fishery in Warrington , because we had over twenty people attending i had to split the match across two waters ;
This was a predominately silver fish water and those that had practised on it the previous Sunday had caught really well with double figure nets common , we had two sections of four on here which on a twenty peg water meant that their was plenty of room for everyone .
This has a large head of carp , f1s and ide . Recent match weights had been around the 50 lb mark but with them being a rover you wouldn’t get many on it , so we would have to see how it fishes under more pressure .So as you can guess majority of the anglers wanted to be drawn on here , we had three sections and gave the anglers in the harder areas more room and tightened up the better pegs , to hopefully make it a fairer competion .
With the weather recently being a tad un-settled because we had a strong frost on Saturday and cold all day with blue sky’s , compared to today’s six degree temperature and over cast . I was certainly confused at what to expect next , never mind the fish and im sure that the fishing will improve when it settles down a bit . Because we were spread over the two waters we had an early draw so every one could get to their pegs on time , when it came to my turn their was two left in the bag and one was on Willow which a quite fancied fishing , the other was in a hard section on west canal .
Un-surprisingly my home for the day was peg 12 on the canal , as my drawing arm has let me down recently .When i got to my home for the day i was sweating my knackers off in my celcious suit . The peg its self looked ok with an empty peg to my right and my mate Branny to my left , it was 13 m to the far bank with the odd fish topping down the channel which i presumed was ide .
My rigs for today was ;
13 meter I plumbed up and found 2 ft off water , so i used a 0.2 matrix float with 0.12 garbo line – 0.10 garbo hook length with a size 20 gamma pellet hook .
12 m I plumbed up here and found 3 ft off water , so i used a malmam diamond pattern with 0.12 garbo line – 0.10 garbo hook length with a size 20 gamma pellet hook .
Top 3 and 10 m , here i found 5 ft of water and used a 4×14 malman winter wire float , with a 0.12 garbo main line and a 0.10 garbo hook length attached to a size 20 gamma pellet hook .
My bait was ;
1/2 pint red maggot
1/4 pint soaked micro
1/4 pint ground-bait
As the all in sounded i went out to 12 m where it was deeper and at the side of some over hanging reeds which hopefully some carp might be taking cover , i purposely left fishing tight across until it warmed up a bit . After feeding six maggots and a few micros every five minutes , i was also lifting-dropping my rig to try to entice a bite but thirty minutes in i was still waiting for an indication .Branny to my left had hooked and lost a carp and John further too my left had begun catching tight across , so i decided to follow suit but all that followed was another thirty minutes of in activity !!!
So that was two of my swims that wasn’t producing but fingers crossed they might do later , so i decided to try my 10 m line because this was in the deepest part of the peg and hope fully a few fish might be lurking their , but two hours in and i was still waiting for my first sign .
I had been loose feeding a few maggots on to my top three-line and i had wanted to leave it until the last hour but needs must , after about twenty minutes of letting my rig fall through the water and i finally had a bite !!! This resulted in my only fish of the day and a mighty 4oz roach found its way into the net , no more bites followed on this line so yet again another change was in order and i decided to try dobbing bread along the far bank , i hadn’t fished this way before but had read a lot about it .
I worked all along the far bank going into all the fishy looking areas , changing depths and trying every thing to entice a bite from a carp but yet again nothing materialised .Branny decided after three hours of working every inch of his peg that enough was enough and decided to pack up , so that he could catch the second half of the football and if i wasn’t running the match i would have done the same because we are both half decent anglers and only one small roach between us must have meant that no fish where present in the area .
I noticed that the odd fish was topping in the channel , so i began flicking a few maggots in this area while i rotated my swims in the vain hope of picking up a few fish but nothing came of this and if my shallow line didn’t work i was stuffed because the lad on the end peg was getting the odd fish and John had about 10 lb in the net . After fishing my shallow line for an hour and even dropping down to a size 22 hook with a 0.7 hook length still didn’t result in a bite .
With nothing happening in my peg i decided to rest my peg and have a walk to see what was happening down the bottom end of the canal , when i got their it was noticeably wider around 16 meter but it was fishing just as hard but their was the odd carp coming out and it seemed that towards the middle of the canal was the place to be .
When i got back to my peg i had a quick rotate of my swims to see if any carp had settled on my feed but as expected no more indications followed , after i called the all out i let my solitary roach go and find its friends . Me and John then started the weigh in which didn’t take to long with half of the anglers not weighing in and i was in the middle of a row of four anglers not troubling the scales .
Section A Mike Henshaw , peg 9 – 26lb 4oz
Section B Rob , peg 15 -19lb 6oz
Section C Paul , peg 18 – 7lb 2oz
When we got back to the car with the tackle , i went to help Dave with the weigh in on Willow lake and to my horror this had fished even harder with even the reliable roach and skimmers becoming non-existent .
Section D Kenny b , peg 1 – 3lb 3oz
Section E Dave Machin , peg 6 – 7lb 1oz
Well what can i say about today’s matches , they promised so much and for many delivered very little but from what i have heard from else where many waters had shut down too , so maybe its the in-consistent weather finally taking its toll on the fish . But one lousy match out of four isn’t to bad at this time of year and with one match remaining at Cunneries , i hope it fishes as well as it can do to end the Autumn-winter series .
Off to Partridge lakes on Sunday for another crack at the open and hopefully i might get out in the week to try to catch a few fish at the Cunneries fishery . Keep coming back to see how i get on .
1 kenny baxter 3lb 3oz section win
2 shaun dnw
3 Chris 1lb 12 oz section 2nd
4 Andy 1lb 5oz
5 Brian s 2lb 10 oz
6 Dave machin 7lb 1oz section win
7 Alan h 5lb 7oz section 2nd
8 Chris b 2lb 11oz
9 Mike h 26lb 4oz section win
10 John 7lb 9oz section 2nd
11 martin dnw
12 Gary dnw
13 Kenny b dnw
14 Ronnie dnw
15 Robbie 19lb 6oz section win
16 Darren c 16lb 12oz section 2nd
17 Jordan dnw
18 Paul 7lb 2oz section win
19 Aidy dnw
20 Tony 2lb 4oz section 2nd
21 Gary dnw .