Sycamore fisheries

October 26th , peg 29

Rowans canal

Rowans canal

After not being able to get on the bank last weekend i was understandably eager to go fishing again and after my near ton on the last visit to sycamore fisheries that is where i headed , with the clocks going back over night i was sure that it would have a bearing on how it would fish and coupled with the extremely big turn out it certainly did in fact it was the largest amount of anglers to grace its banks this year with 37 in attendance . It is a venue which usually attracts lots of extra people when the club season finishes and in my opinion another canal will be needed soon because like any venue it fishes a lot better when you get some room , the fish are growing at a fast rate too which could get problematic when you are fishing side by side .

When i got to the fishery i booked on to the match and had a look at the results from weds open were only eight people fished with 50lb winning from peg 37 and it looked like the high numbered pegs on the twenties side was the place you didn’t want to be with lots of anglers not weighing in from that area , so it was with some disappointment when i pulled out ball 29 my drawing arm had let me down today but in the past two months i have framed from pegs 28 and won from 27 so i had an idea how best to fish it but conditions where a lot different today with a recent drop in temperature and gusty wind to contend with .


As there was no fish showing shallow i felt that it would also rule both far-bank and margin out too , so i just set up three rigs which were ;

3ft , malmans benny float 4×10 with 0.12 garbo line and a 0.10 hook length which had a size 20 gamma pellet hook elastic was red matrix .

4ft , malmans benny float 4×12 with 0.12 garbo line and a 0.10 hook length which had a size 20 gamma pellet hook elastic was red matrix .

channel , malmans benny float 4×14 with 0.12 garbo line and a 0.10 hook length which had a size 18 guru lwg hook elastic was red matrix .

My bait today was the usual maggot attack but surely it must be nearly pellet time so i brought a few with me just in case ;

2 pints red and white maggots

1 pint micro and ground-bait

small tub of mixed expanders


When the all in sounded i went on to my 3 meter line and began kinder potting maggots every five minutes , going from past experience on these pegs i knew it would take a while before the carp moved in but thirty minutes without an indication wasn’t what i had expected even the little crucians-tench were not in my peg . I was on the verge of changing lines but i decided to change shotting patterns first as i was adamant that they would turn up on this line because it had worked so well for me in the last couple of months , i changed to loose feeding just six maggots instead of kinder potting but a further ten minutes past before my float finally dipped and carp number one hit the net quickly followed by its bigger brother i knew it would be a struggle here as i have found out loose feeding usually brings them up of the deck but i didn’t even have a single line bite .

Strangely today there was a definite lack of fish in this area and with an hour gone i only had two carp in the net which was about the same as all those around me , it was time for my next line to see if i could find any fish they’re so i shipped out to the far-bank at 11 meters where i had earlier plumbed up to find a depth of 3ft and this time i decided to give pellets a whirl and with a 4mm expander on the hook i tapped in a few micros before lowering my rig in among it . I ┬árefed every five minutes hopping to attract some fish on to this line but thirty minutes without a sign had me scratching my head , may be they was in the deep water in the channel which i had been big kinder potting maggots every fifteen minutes at six meters since the start of the match but another half an hour with no indications and it was going to be a long day as half the match had already past with still only two fish gracing the net .


I set up another line at 11 meters towards my right hand side as this was where the odd fish had come out , this time i choose to fish maggots and after a couple of feeds every five minutes i had a slight dink on the float which resulted in another carp , quickly followed by another but no more indications followed and it looked like a pattern was emerging . Another rotation of my swims failed to produce anything other than a lost carp on the three meter line which after not playing a fish for over an hour i took it to easy with the hook pulling out at the net and as we was fast approaching the last hour i decided to concentrate all my efforts here .

I kept flicking six maggots at my float before laying my rig through it and finally i had an indication which of course i missed but it did give me some encouragement to continue , it wasn’t long before i finally had a run of carp with four coming my way in the last forty minutes and i did notice that a couple where deep hooked which was strange as i was fishing at dead depth they must have just been sitting there not moving enough to register on the float .


When the all out sounded i had a grand total of eight carp in the net for 14lb and i was one of only a couple to weigh in on my side of the canal , peg forty won the match with 75lb but after that two low twenty pound weights got the framing positions so it fished extremely hard but with only one empty peg on rowans it was understandably . The carp that i did see get caught near me where with corn or bread and no feed so it looked like the fish down this end were not in a feeding mood today and strangely no f1s turned up , well my winning run came to a crashing halt but i have put that down to my draw and you can only catch what is in front of you . I will be back for another try next weekend and i might even get on the open match at Partridge lakes on Saturday although my wife might have other ideas .