13th April 2014 – Peg 71 Covey 3
With the weather taking a turn for the worse, especially the wind I decided against going to Hall Lane Fisheries because on their it was more open to the elements and I chose Partridge Lakes to fish as I thought it would fish better today given the weather conditions. On arrival to the venue I was surprised at how many people was in attendance and joined the queue at the back, when it came to my turn I pulled out peg 71 yet again I was on Covey 3! And I hoped that it was one of those on the split.
When I got to it though my heart sank because I was on the worst peg in the section which was found at the side of the bridge where it was only 9 meters wide and it looked like I was in for a tough days fishing especially with the wind blowing off my back towards the toilets, which as you will know on here the F1’s follow it. I had a couple of lines that I wanted to fish, but after plumbing up I had to scrap these because they were too close together at the depth I wanted to fish, so I settled on;
Far bank , 4×12 malmams float with a 0.12 garbo line and a 0.10 garbo hook length my hook was a size 20 gamma pellet hook .
Margin , 4×12 malmams speedy float with a 0.12 garbo line and a 0.10 garbo hook length my hook was a size 18 gamma pellet hook .
Shallow , 0.3 matrix series 3 float with 0.10 garbo line straight through to a size 20 gamma pellet hook .
Bait was an all out pellet attack
1 Pint 4mm pellets, crushed expander, micro and expanders
As the all in sounded I went across to my far bank line, tapped in a kinder pot full of micro and crushed expander then lowered my expander down among it, and to my surprise the float carried on going, with an F1 in the net before other people had finished feeding their peg! A further 10 followed in the first hour, plus the odd bumped fish too, and I was just getting excited by the prospect of a red-letter day on here when the wind got up and put paid to that idea because I could no longer present a rig on my far bank properly.
I had flicked in some 4mm pellets on to my margin either side of me, but after trying it at spells during the match it didn’t produce a single bite which was surprising, and in fact my only bite down the side was near the empty platform which produced 2 F1’s. After three hours I had 12 fish in the net and things weren’t going to plan, in fact it was turning in to a real struggle.
When the wind relented a little I took this opportunity to fish across and the fish were still present, but missed bites here became a problem. When I got my rig snagged up I took this chance to try a heavier float to see if this produced a better presentation but the wind was really playing havoc today. All the time I had been loose feeding 4mm pellets in the channel, so it was time for me to try shallow in the vain hope that I might be able to put some fish in the net, I managed to catch three big F1’s using this method but, yet again I was suffering missed bites and they were the tiniest of dinks. I tried changing depths, tapping and slapping, heavier and lighter feeding. Nothing seemed to work, and when the all out sounded I was for once glad to go home feeling really disappointed at how things had gone, especially after a good start to the match. I know it wasn’t the best of pegs and I’m not quite sure what else I could have done differently today to improve things.