September 13th , peg 23 Covey two
After last weekends eventful match at Partridge lakes where i drew on covey one and managed to lose more carp than i caught , i wondered just what today would bring ! ! ! As i began queuing up for the draw i noticed on the results board that covey five had done well recently but it wasn’t my style of fishing with it being small 8oz f1s the target species and the last two visits there hadn’t gone to well , so i hoped to give that covey a miss and for once i was in luck because out popped peg 23 on covey two but on the down side it wasn’t far away from where my mate had struggled last week plus it was at the side of a bridge and with it being only nine meters wide and to be honest i just didn’t fancy it .
It did although give me plenty of options but i am still finding it hard to get away from having a plan on how to fish it before i draw than asses my peg when i get to it and today i wanted to fish pellet across at 2ft deep plus in the margin with paste , my peg though didn’t really allow me to do it but i still had that mind-set and tried to make it work . The other rig that i set up was one at a foot deep which turned out to be my best one of the day and to be honest i only decided too because their was a few carp showing shallow and i thought the fish might come up of the deck as the day progressed .
1ft deep , Matrix series three float with 0.12 garbo direct to a size 18 lwg hook and elastic was orange matrix .
2ft deep , Matrix series three float with 0.12 garbo direct to a size 20 gamma pellet hook and elastic was orange matrix .
Margin 2ft deep , Malmam diamond float with 0.16 garbo main line with a 0.14 garbo hook length , the hook was a turbertini 808 and my elastic was yellow matrix .
My bait for the day was ;
1/2 pint soaked micro
1/2 pint soaked 4mm pellets
1 pint margin ground-bait
small tub of mixed expanders
2 pint mixed maggots
When the whistle went for the all in i shipped out to the far bank reeds , tapped in some micros and lowered my 4mm expander amongst it , despite lifting dropping nothing happened so a re-feed was in order but still no indications maybe they didn’t want pellets today and with this in mind i began flicking maggots towards the bridge to prepare my next line . Out of the blue my float dipped and f1 number one hit the net , was this a sign that the fish had arrived but no was the answer and i don’t know if it is me or the time of year but i just can’t seem to get pellets working recently .
I decided to give maggots a whirl at the side of the bridge i used the same rig but i altered my shotting pattern to an on the drop rig and decided to trickle in maggots through a big kinder pot to try to concentrate the fish in one spot , this worked a treat with a dozen fish coming in a forty minute spell and i just began thinking that it could be a red-letter day when they started to back off changing depths-feeding patterns brought me a few more fish . So with half the match remaining i began feeding my left hand margin with three cups of ground-bait and while i let it settle i tried across to the far-bank again this time with maggots but with only a few small rudd-ide to show for it .
My first drop on to my margin with paste didn’t get the response that i had hoped for , with very little in the way of line bites or indications on the float a change to a bunch of maggots brought a couple of bites and one that i did connect with was a large carp but unfortunately it popped off the hook within a few seconds so i decided on a re-feed and decided to concentrate my efforts for the time being on my only line that had produced a run of fish which was at the side of the bridge .
As their was still a few fish cruising through shallow i decided to give my 1 ft rig ago and this was a bit of a master stroke with it producing another good run of fish including a carp of around 4lb which gave me a right runaround under the bridge managing to get caught up on a loose wire hanging from it . But yet again they backed off so a change to cattying in maggots plus going further under the bridge kept the fish coming to the end of the match and the only trouble was the fact that i missed lots of bites because i just couldn’t lift into them as my top kit kept hitting the bridge so i just waited till my elastic ripped out of the pole tip . I did have a few scary moments with the odd big mirror carp taking me right under the bridge and i even landed one with a rig still attached to it but in the main my orange matrix performed really well .
When the all out sounded it called time on another eventful match and i felt that i had done ok from my peg but i am sure that it could have produced more if i had just targeted the bridge swim but i always feel that on these open matches you need two lines that will produce you fish and if my margin had produced like last week then a big weight would have been possible , it was hard to asses how well i had done because i could only see one angler in my section and a few in the other section all of which i was confident of beating .
When it came to my turn to weigh in my 46 fish went nearly 64lb for another section win but its been awhile since my last one so i am pleased with that and it seems that i do tend to come good as the weather begins to turn cooler , i am off to contest the open match on Sycamore fisheries which is on Rowans canal so lets hope that i can continue my run but unfortunately it will be my last trip to the bank until the beginning of October .