15th April 2014 – Peg 56 Covey 3
After Sundays really disappointing match on here I was eager to put this behind me and try the mid-week open where they give you a lot more room, so hopefully I could prove to myself that I wasn’t doing much wrong on here and as usual for me I had come up with a plan to try to get the best from this place.
When it came to draw time I tried a new tactic and settled in at the back of the queue, but this didn’t get me the response I wanted, with a return to Covey 3 yet again! It was also in an area renowned for not throwing up nice weights, and it wasn’t long ago I was sat on peg 57 struggling but at least I knew where I was going.
On arrival at my peg I planned on fishing three main areas, and two rigs would cover these;
6 Meters shallow , 0.3 matrix series 3 with 0.12 garbo line and a 0.10 hook length , my hook was a size 20 gamma pellet hook .
Top kit margin ,4×12 malmams speedy with 0.12 garbo main line and a 0.10 garbo hook length , my hook was a size 18 gamma pellet hook .
Empty platform , same rig as above .
I tried something a bit different regarding bait today;
3 Pints of mixed maggots
1 Pint 4mm Meat
1 Pint crushed expanders
Small tub of 4mm expanders
When the all in sounded I started on my right hand margin with meat, and began flicking a dozen maggots on to my 6 meter line for later in the match, the fist hour didn’t exactly go to plan with a solitary F1 and a few missed bites on my meat line. From what I could see and hear not many other people seemed to be catching either apart from the guy on peg 54 who had the wind blowing in to his face and was catching regular on his top kit with pellet.
With this in mind I went out to my spare platform and chose to fish pellet here, I fed a kinder pot full of crushed expanders and lowered my hook bait amongst it, this produced a quick run of fish but I feel that by only feeding crushed expander resulted in me suffering a hellish run of foul hooked fish, and it left me tearing my hair out trying to figure out what was going wrong, I tried;
Altering the depths
Altering the shotting pattern
Nothing seemed to work, and as a result I spent too long on this line because it promised so much but ended up delivering so little. After 2 hours I managed to drag myself away from this line and try my 6 meter shallow line, this began producing some nice fish but unfortunately they were Ide and not the hoped for F1’s, some of the bites were extremely hard to hit and just little dinks on the float, I didn’t realise how finicky they could be.
I decided to re-try my spare platform again hoping that the rest might have done it some good, but in fact it seemed even worse because although I was now hooking fish they were either bolting off into the near by reed bed or coming off on the way in, and it was now approaching the last hour so another change was in order.
The guy on the peg to my right was still catching on his top kit, so I decided to follow suit and go on to my meat line again, but this time with maggot. I was flicking a dozen over the top of the float and it didn’t take long before I started catching fish, but by regular feeding this brought them up off the deck, so after a change of shotting pattern to on the drop I started picking up Ide,F1’s and Carp. By the end I was bagging up but my slow start cost me dearly, because in the last hour I must have caught over 20lb!
When the all out sounded I was unsure how I had got on, and I was pleasantly surprised when my net weighed 43lb, 66lb won the lake and with better time management I’m sure I could have caught that, on a brighter note there was 3x100lb+ weights, so it fished well even after the over night frost. Looking back at my match I learned a hell of a lot, and it fished totally different to the Sunday opens, I will be back on Thursday for another try, and need to work out exactly how best to target it.