UFC Mini League, Match 2, Hall Lane – Bessie’s, 26.04.15


Weather: Sunny 9C, NW 15-20mph wind, Air Pressure 1020

7 Fished

Peg 1

This match was scheduled to be on Sixfields Fishery but on arriving we discovered it was double booked, with Whiston AC turning up as well.  After a lot of uncertainty whilst waiting for our members to turn up, Tim rang Richard from Hall Lane who informed us that Bessie’s was free and we could fish a match, so we did the decent thing and let Whiston fish Sixfields with their 11 anglers and chose not to squeeze on with them. We had a poor turnout of 11 for the Sixfields match and with 4 of them choosing not to fish the rearranged match, we were only left with 7 anglers, but we decided to fish the match anyway.

I drew a peg I was happy with, being the first peg at the end of the entrance path at Bessie’s (I…

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Old Hough fisheries , Big Max

May 24th , peg 29


As i needed to go down to Old hough fisheries to pick up my deposit for the recently cancelled festival i decided to kill two birds with one stone and see if any matches where taking place because it would be pretty pointless travelling all that way and not fishing , unfortunately there wasn’t any open matches on but after ringing round my friends i found that one of them had a clubbie on Big Max and he managed to book me on as a guest . I had never fished this water or even seen it before but i knew a few people who had fished it recently so after getting in touch i found out that it was a 32 peg water with an island about 25m away and the main species to target are carp + skimmers + f1s but there is also lots of little bits in too , also the main lines to fish would be a feeder to the island and long pole at 14m where their was a shallower bar to fish on with all this information i had time to make a plan on how best to target it .

After Saturday’s sunny weather i had heard they had caught some good weights by fishing shallow on Big Max and i quite fancied a bit of that but when i woke to find damp blustery conditions i doubted that would be a worth well tactic , on arrival at the complex after my forty minute drive i met up with the rest of the anglers on the car-park at the side of the lake and as per usual i was one of the first to arrive but it gave me the chance to have a walk around the lake. At 9 o’clock it was time for the draw and after doing my usual trick of waiting for the dodgy pegs to go before taking my chance i pulled out peg 29 which may come as no surprise to my regular readers it was only two away from were a tonne came from on the previous days open match .


On arriving at my peg it was the same as most on the lake with a good feeder chuck to the island plus a nice reed lined margin and it did look really fishy although the wind was blowing smack bang into my face but thankfully at least the drizzle had relented , obviously my tactics for todays match revolved around the information that i had received so i set up ;

Tip rod 9ft Matrix carpmaster with a 25 gram Matrix pellet feeder and my main line was 6lb which had a short six-inch hooklength with a size 18 guru LWG hook.

14m line i plumbed up to find 5ft deep and used a size 0.3 Matrix series three float with 0.14 garbo main line which had a short six-inch hook length of 0.12 garbo and attached was a size 18 hook with a micro bait band attached .

5m deck line i found this to be only six-inch deeper than my 14m line and used exactly the same rig as the above one .

Shallow rig set at 2ft deep with a size 0.3 Matrix series one float with 0.12 garbo line direct to a size 18 hook which had a micro bait band attached .


After being told of all the small fish present i decided to use a more resilient bait taking with me ;

3 pints soaked 4mm pellets

2 pints hard 6mm pellets

tin of corn

mixed tub of hard pellets for the hook

At ten o’clock i was ready to go and my plan for the match would be to start on the feeder while priming both my pole lines , i had intended to loose feed pellets on to my 14m line but with it being so windy i doubted that i would be able to fish it properly and in fact never even ventured on that swim preferring to concentrate on my top five swim which was i lot more manageable i fed this line every twenty minutes with half a cupping kit full of pellets . I cast my pellet feeder towards the island where i had earlier clipped up so that it landed 2ft away from the far-bank , i didn’t want to chuck it too close because i had heard that it was quite snaggy plus with lots of cold rain going in over night i felt the fish would be in slightly deeper water . I planned to cast every couple of minutes at first to get some bait in although my accuracy could have been a lot better , after fifteen minutes my tip shot round and i was attached to a 5lb carp which put up a spirited fight before it hit the net a further fifteen minutes past before my tip went round again with another carp of similar size coming to the bank .


Upto now i hadn’t seen many other people catch much and i was also unsure of my target weight but if they was all going to be this big they would be worth waiting for , it was noticeable that i didn’t get any liners before i had a proper pull round so i decided to re-clip up a bit further down the shelf incase they were in slightly deeper water this worked a treat as i soon began getting liners before i had a run of eight big f1s hitting the net in an hour spell before it showed signs of slowing down and to be honest i was eager to try my five meter pole line which i had primed since the match started .

My first drop resulted in a small f1 heading my way but i was getting plenty indications and a few liners to so i decided to begin cattying in pellets around my float to try to get them up in the water but after a twenty-minute spell without a bite i gave up on the idea , i began feeding heavier to keep the f1s on the deck which would make them easier to catch this worked well with a fish coming every five minutes but they were smaller than those on the feeder and i decided to increase my hook bait to an 8mm pellet which was what i had used across to the far-bank . This slowed my bite frequency at first but the f1s were twice as big and by continued feeding the peg got gradually stronger in the last two hours i added a further 21 f1s plus the odd big carp it was all going extremely well that was until i hooked something a bit bigger or was foul hooked because it shot off at a rate of knots breaking my 0.14 main line , this broke my routine and my new rig never performed the same which was strange as it was identical to the previous one .


My catch rate virtually stopped in the last twenty minutes but just before the all out i managed another big f1 and i didn’t even get chance to try my margin swim which i had fed since start this might have been a mistake as a few big lumps had been caught down the side in the last hour , after packing up i managed to catch up with the weigh in with the best weight from the first few pegs was 60lb but when we got round to the opposite side it was like a totally different lake with it being flat calm plus what felt like a couple of degrees warmer and the best weight was 83lb that stayed until they came to my peg . The first net went 48lb which i caught in the final two hours and my second net went just over 40lb this was enough for my best match catch of the year plus i also had the win which was a nice bonus although i was kicking myself for not getting the tonne as it was more than possible if i had made a few quicker decisions during the match .


I am back at Partridge lakes for the next few weeks starting with a double-header this weekend because i have my Fisho qualifier on there in June so i need to improve the results i am getting on the coveys plus i have the Pole Fishing Masters at Tunnel Barn farm soon which is my first attempt at a festival which i am obviously really looking forward too .


Wrightington fisheries , Rivi view

May 22nd , peg 27


After booking a day’s holiday off work i planned to spend it fishing and fancied going some where a bit different , i hadn’t been to Wrightington fisheries for nearly two years when i needed to get my section to win my old Balmoral AC which i managed and with it being mainly carp in it i decided to head they’re hoping that the fish would be in a feeding mood packing on weight before they start spawning . At about nine o’clock i headed off on the thirty minute journey to the venue the traffic was pretty kind considering it was rush hour and i had to travel through Wigan town center , on arrival i was really surprised at how many cars were knocking about and at first i thought that their might have been a match on but luckily there wasn’t although with over a dozen anglers already fishing all the best pegs had been taken so i had to settle on peg 27 which gave me plenty of open water to target plus i had a nice reed lined margin which had the wind blowing into it the lake looked pretty much the same as on my last visit although all the trees on the island had been chopped right back .


I set up three rigs to cover my options ;

Margin . after plumbing up at the side of the reeds i found it to be over 2ft deep and i had originally planned on using ground-bait but at this depth i felt particles would be the better option , i used a series three 0.3 matrix float with 014 garbo line and a size 14 LWG hook .

Shallow , this is normally a banker option on here especially when there has been a bit of sun on the water , i used a size 02 Drennon crystal dibber float set 2ft deep which would allow me to go shallower if required my main line was 014 garbo with a n 012 garbo hook length attached was a size 16 hook which had a bait band attached .

13m deck, i plumbed up to find nearly a top kit depth so i used a 04 series three matrix float , i started with a spread bulk shotting pattern to allow for a slower fall but later changed to a bulk and two droppers .My main line was 014 garbo which had an 012 garbo hook length and a size 16 hook with a bait band .

My bait for the day was ;

2 pints 4mm pellets

2 pints 6mm pellets

1 pint of corn


At ten o’clock i was ready to go so shipped out to 13m and deposited a cupping kit full of 4mm pellets before going over the top of it with an 8mm banded pellet , i had planned on flicking half a dozen pellets every couple of minutes to try to get them up in the water which is a method that i like doing and works well on here it didn’t take long before i had my first indication with carp number one hitting the net at around 5lb i hoped that they are all this size . By continuously pinging pellets at my float i kept the bites ticking over mainly from carp but with the odd big skimmer mixed in between and even in the cold blustery conditions there was still the odd fish topping i had also began getting some liners so i took the opportunity to pick up my shallow rig , i had a quick mirror carp then nothing apart from the odd greedy roach that took a liking to my 8mm pellet which i thought was strange because it’s normally a good method on here i put this down to the changeable weather recently so i decided to start feeding a bit heavier to keep them on the deck instead of scattering the pellets in from a height to try to get the carp up in the water i was now pouring them in trying not to make too much disturbance i hoped this would help keep them on the bottom as well .



With the wind increasing all the time blowing directly into my right hand margin i decided to put in two cups of pellets+corn on this top three-line and would top it up every twenty minutes , while i let it to settle i went back long on the deck i had altered my shotting pattern from a more on the drop staggered bulk to a more direct bulk and two droppers this got me back catching carp again but after a while the peg started fizzing as a shoal of skimmers had settled over the feed and this meant i was beginning to miss more bites than i hit so i gave the swim rest . I went on to my margin line and on my first drop with double corn on the hook my float kept on going thinking that i was too far down the near side shelf with the weight of the hook bait dragging the float under but as i dragged it up closer to the reeds my Matrix 14 yellow elastic shot out , after a spirited fight a near double figure carp hit the net which was the biggest of the day so far another slightly smaller mirror carp followed before a barbel got in on the action these had almost doubled in size since my last visit here .


After all the commotion on my margin swim it had died a little so a refeed was in order another two big pots went in and while it settled i went back on to my long line thankfully the fizzing had subsided , i decided to feed by catapult putting in three big pouches in rather than by big potting the bait in because this would spread the bait over a wider area , by working my rig in the two meter feed area i began catching the carp again although they wasn’t the same size as i had got on this line earlier they were now the smaller 3lb old carp which looked like the original stock because their mouths were ruined and i don’t know if this was down to how i was putting the feed in but it is something to think about .


My wife had turned up nearly three hours into my session to bring me some dinner so i had a ten minute break and while she was here i took the opportunity for some catch shots which i don’t get chance to when fishing on my own , with my margin swim producing the bigger fish i had a try there within five minutes my float shot under and another decent carp made its bid for freedom which made for some nice pictures even though i took my time playing it for the camera all the disturbance hadn’t put the carp off with another of similar size soon following it .


I worked out that i could get two big carp from the margin before i needed to put some more feed in then it would take at least twenty minutes before they came back so instead of just sitting there waiting i went back long to pick up a few smaller carp or skimmers , after five hours my alarm went off as even when pleasure fishing i try to fish the match hours i had managed to catch 25 carp between 3lb + 15lb but with still a bit of bait left on my side tray i decided to stay for a while longer to use it up , i decided to concentrate on my margin swim to see if i could get any more lumps and it looked like i had made the right decision as i added a further five carp including a couple of donkeys which fought like mad .


In the end i had probably caught 100lb of carp plus 20lb of skimmers+barbel and i had really enjoyed my day’s fishing even if the weather wasn’t the best , it certainly made a change from catching the usual f1s+stockies and im off to Old Hough fisheries to contest a little match on Big Max on Sunday which is another venue i haven’t fished before i wonder what that has in store for me ?

Bradshaw Hall fishery , lake 6 and 7

Sunday 17th May , peg 5 Lake 7

Bradshaws lake 7

Bradshaws lake 7

I had been invited to fish Bradshaw hall fisheries in Bolton as a guest on a friends club match and even though it is only a twenty-minute drive from my house i have never seen the place before but it was some where that i always fancied trying  so i jumped at the chance the match was to take place on lakes six and seven , on arrival at the venue i was quite surprised at how well established the venue was with lots of groups of anglers knocking about somewhere waiting to contest the open but most where clubs and this was a bit problematic for me because i only knew a couple of the anglers that i was fishing with but after texting them to find out where they was i found that they were running late so it took me awhile to find the correct group of lads .

At 930 we got the draw underway as per usual for me a hung towards the back of the queue letting all the bad pegs go first and when it came to my turn i picked out peg five on lake seven this didn’t mean much to me as i hadn’t even got round to seeing the waters yet ,after a bit of a trek i finally found where i would be fishing i was a tad disappointed when i got there because it was rather small for a sixteen peg water and it had an island which was reachable at 14m on every one of them but it had very little in the way of vegetation to be honest it looked a bit like a bomb site nothing at all like the other waters on the complex .


Before i began setting up i had a quick chat with one of my mates who had fished this water a lot in the past and he was really upbeat about my prospects saying that it was a proper mixed venue with the top three being my main line of attack and over 40lb being my target weight , so after hearing that news i was really looking forward to the match now and decided to feed quite heavy to see how i would get on as i felt that i had been a bit negative on my previous few matches getting through less than two pints of bait i think that i would struggle to catch over my target weight using just that amount of bait.

I had three main lines of attack ;

Top three which was at the bottom of the near slope at 4ft deep i used a Malman Roob float size 4×12 with 012 garbo main line which had an 010 garbo hook length and size 18 gamma pellet hook .

13m line where i had found a relatively flat spot opposite one of the many bricks along the far-bank , i used a Malman Roob float size 4×10 with 012 garbo main line which had an 012 garbo hook length and a size 18 LWG guru hook with a bait band attached .

Margin swim top 3 towards the empty peg to my right this was about 2ft deep and i used a Matrix series three float in 03 size my main line was 014 garbo to a 012 garbo hook length which had a size 16 LWG guru hook .

As i mentioned earlier i had decided to up my feeding today and brought with me ;

2 pints meat cubed in both 4mm and 6mm

2 pints soaked 4mm pellets

tin of hemp

tin of corn

tub of mixed hard pellets


After a rather confusing start with a few matches taking place at the same time we eventually got going at 1015 i potted some hemp plus meat on my top three-line in front of me and then proceeded  to lose feed cubes of meat every few minutes to try to draw some fish into the area maybe even getting them shallow , within five minutes my float dipped and a nice 2lb F1 hit the net i would be more than happy if they was all going to be of this size i had enough indications on this line to keep me interested but i just couldn’t hit any of them , the swim was fizzing away like mad and i tried all sorts of different shotting patterns to no avail before i knew it i had wasted the first forty minutes of the match .

The other anglers which were within eye shot had caught the odd fish by going across on what looked like pellet so i decided to follow suit and went on to my 3ft swim which i had earlier plumbed up to find a flat spot , i tapped out half a dozen 4mm pellets before lowering my banded pellet among it and after a couple of feeds i was into some fish at first they was F1s then some nice tench + skimmers . For the next ninety minutes i was catching a mixed bag of fish fairly regularly but for some reason it began to slow down and i needed somewhere else to go while i rested it , luckily i had potted in meat + hemp on my top kit plus one to the right of me and this produced a run of carp and barbel before i kept getting snagged up losing a few hook lengths plus a full rig .


I had no option other than to set up another swim even further to my right and cupped in some bait and while it rested i went back across to my original far-bank swim this had slowed considerably with the rest not working out how i had planned , thinking back i should have just put in another line and kept on doing that every time it showed signs of fading bad judgement on my part I’m afraid . After 30 minutes of struggling across i went on to my new margin swim and began getting a few fish but yet again i kept getting snagged up so i had to resort to fishing six-inch of the deck this seemed to solve the problem but slowed my catch rate down as i was no longer getting the barbel .

By chopping and changing between the two swims i kept picking up the odd fish until the five-hour mark which i thought would have been the end of the match and i had even forced the peg to try to extract a few extra fish , but then i found out we was fishing an extra hour but by now i had properly ruined my peg and struggled to get more than a couple of fish in the time before the all out . When the whistle finally sounded it called time on a rather puzzling but enjoyable match and i ended up catching a 48lb mixed bag of fish which only put me 4th on my lake with just 62lb needed to win and the first+last hour cost me dearly , it’s always nice after the event but if i had my time again i would have ;

1, found out how long we would be fishing before the match started .

2, should have concentrated on fishing pellet rather than trying to be clever fishing meat which they did not want

3, i should have set up a few lines across or maybe gone further up the far-bank shelf when the bites slowed down .

Well you live and learn that’s why we all go fishing to try to improve , I’m looking forward to my long weekend off work with a pleasure session planned for the Friday which is either going to be at Wrightington Rivi view which is somewhere that i don’t get to visit that often or Hall lane Bessie’s which is a snake lake style water with mainly stockies in it and then I’m off to Old Hough Big Max for a bit of feeder fishing plus long pole depending on the wind as a guest on another club match .




Partridge lakes , Pine canal

May 11th

Pine canal

Pine canal

With my working hours being increased over the next few weeks i decided to make the most of my early finish and headed off to Partridge lakes which was only a ten minute drive away , although the weather was pretty bad with strong gusty winds but at least there was no rain forecast due to the conditions i decided to fish the tip rod and as regular readers of my blog will know this is something i very rarely do even though i have recently purchased a Matrix 9ft Carp Master rod i hoped to put this through its paces on Pine canal .



This canal had only recently been re-opened after having had some recent work done where after being drained they removed the bowls on each side adding a far-side shelf making it into a long straight water similar to Spey but it was a lot wider at over twenty meters making an ideal feeder water , the fish stocking was a mixture of F1s , Carp and the odd big skimmer . With Pine being quite a trek away from the cabin with no close car-park it doesn’t get that many visitors to it which is a shame because it is really peaceful on their far away from the hustle and bustle of the Coveys .


With the strong wind blowing straight along Pine canal i settled on a peg near the top as they all looked the same , the conditions had a bearing on the tackle i had decided to use today with me using a 3/4 oz tip and a 25 gram pellet feeder i hoped this would also help with my casting accuracy because i am not the best .

Bait table

Bait table

My bait obviously revolved around pellets ;

2 pints soaked 4mm pellets

Small tub mixed hard pellets

At 3 o’clock i was ready to get started i had a couple of exploratory casts to get my distance of two foot away from the far-bank as i didn’t want to go to close because it was still rather cold and i would almost certainly end up in the vegetation if i did with my casting , it wasn’t long before i began getting little taps on the tip with a proper pull round signalling my first fish which was a nice stockie Mirror carp around the 10oz mark and a real mixture of fish came to the bank in the next hour including a nice flying skimmer of nearly 2lb which showed the signs of spawning tubercles .

Flying skimmer

Flying skimmer

Most of my bites were now drop backs and i felt that i was not seeing most of them so i decided to change to a lighter half ounce tip this made a dramatic difference with it now bouncing around on every cast , my catch rate increased as well and apart from the odd miss fire i gradually began getting the pellet feeder to land in the same place . Up to now i had used a hard 6mm pellet on the bait band which mixed in well with the feed but i decided to try a yellow bandum although i was unsure that it would work because of the size of carp that i had caught but work it did with fish after fish coming to the bank and its surprising how a subtle change can make a big difference .


In my final hour i managed a fish nearly every cast sometimes the rod was getting dragged round while i was still sinking the line , it was a shame to call an end to my short session but it looked like it might rain a had also had run out of soaked pellets plus my lovely wife had made my tea and i was starving .In the three hours i had been here i managed 58 fish which worked out at one every three minutes not a bad catch rate by anyones standard , it was just a shame that only a couple where over a pound but it will be a cracking water when they pack on the weight plus it is ideal for anyone new to the sport or wanting to try a few things out .


Gorses farm fishery

May 10th


After yesterday’s long day at the Oaks fishomania qualifier i understandably didn’t fancy getting up early to contest another match and in fact i had planned on having a family day but the kids were either busy revising or wanted to play out with their friends so me and the Mrs took the dogs out for a walk in the wood in the morning before the lure of catching a few fish reared its head well it was a Sunday after all .

With me only getting a few hours on the bank i decided to stay local and as Gorses farm was only ten minutes away that fitted the bill exactly , the last time i fished it i bagged up fishing paste before going shallow and that’s how i decided to target it again today . On arrival at the venue i noticed that the wind was surprisingly quite strong although it is a rather open to the elements , i decided to set up with the wind off my back on a part of the lake which i hadn’t been on before .


You don’t need to fish that far out on here with most of the locals using just their top kits so i set up my top four and plumbed up to find 4ft it was also easy to loose feed 4mm pellets over the top which would hopefully bring them up in the water although recent drop in temperature i wasnt that sure it would work , i put in a big pot of micros then proceeded to try to get the correct depth of my paste rig which also went towards feeding the peg hopefully attracting any passing carp . It didn’t take long before i had my first fish which was the usually 2lb mirror carp i then had a bit of a wait before my next fish but it was only the start of my session and i expected the swim to build up as the day progressed with the carp being attracted to the constant rain of pellets .


In the first hour i was catching quite well getting a fish every five minutes all your standard mirror carp it wasn’t as hectic as my last visit on here but it was an enjoyable day because i don’t do that much paste fishing these days , there was the odd fish topping but i couldn’t attract a bite fishing shallow so i didn’t persevere that long fishing shallow and instead changed it for a margin swim because my Mrs was bringing the little lad down later so it would be easier for him to fish the top kit .


In the next ninety minutes i concentrated on my paste rig to see how many that i could catch plus i wanted to try getting them in quicker which would come in useful when summer bagging it wasn’t that long before they turned up and i had a few pictures taken then little George was eager for a turn , i had fed the margin for nearly an hour to get a few fish in the swim before he had turned up so i wasnt that surprised when the float disappeared instantly which he of course missed but with a little help he hit the next one and landed a nice little mirror carp all on his own .

I should probably take him somewhere a bit harder next time although at his age it’s all about catching fish and stopping him getting bored so that he keeps enjoying it asking to keep coming fishing .


Oaks fishery , Fishomania qualifier

Cedar canal peg 69 , May 9th


This was my next to the last attempt at qualifying for Fishomania for the year and today it was at the Oaks fishery in Sessay yorkshire and i was really looking forward to this one as most of the information that i had managed to find on the internet and social media revolved around F1s+stockies on snake lakes with pellet+meat all of which i am quite good at fishing , for a change on these big matches i had a travelling companion The Big Dipper who will also be blogging the days events which i will also publish in a couple of days .

Although the venue was only 98 miles away the Sat Nav said it would take over ninety minutes to get there so an early start was required , at six o’clock i set off on my way to pick up my mate and the journey to the fishery was problematic to say the least with ;

East lancs shut due to road works

M62 motorway closed with a police incident

Temporary lights on the detour which held up traffic causing my van to overheat as we were stationary for over forty minutes .

It was nearly 8 am and we were still over an hour away from the fishery and moving really slowly through the country roads stuck behind lorries we figured that there must be plenty other anglers stuck in the traffic so we rang the Oaks to inform them off our plight and to see what they could do because it is something that i haven’t encountered before , luckily they was quite understandable about it and said they would mark our names down as on our way so we wouldn’t lose our places to a reserve  . When we finally got to the venue the draw was well underway and we joined the queue right at the back but a few others were even later than us , as it came round to my turn to draw i picked out peg 69 on Cedar canal which was one of the snake lakes that i fancied drawing on and it will come as no surprise to hear that yet again it made the hot pegs list on the twittermania news feed my third time in my last three fishomania qualifiers .


We were both starving after the early morning start so we both grabbed a bacon sandwich and had a quick chat about how best to attack our lakes in the café before making our way to our respected pegs my home for the day was your typical snake lake peg ;

14m to the far-bank which was reed lined with a bare mud line in between

Reed lined margin which was over 2ft deep and also an empty peg to my right .

I decided to keep things simple fishing it the same as i would on any snake lake found around here and the only thing i changed was my channel swim because i found that it was only 4ft deep so didn’t bother putting that in , so my fishing lines today are ;

4ft bottom both slopes

3ft deep in margin

2ft deep a foot away from the far-bank


My bait today was ;

2 pints of meat cubed in both 4mm+6mm

2 pints of fishery 4mm pellets

small tub 4mm+6mm expanders

small tub mixed hard pellets

I was ready to go just before the 11 o’clock start then we heard that it would be delayed for another thirty minutes to give those that arrived late more time to set up this didn’t go down to well with a few anglers near me because they had travelled all the way from near London and would only be getting home around midnight but it just goes to show the popularity of the competition , when the whistle finally sounded in the distance i shipped out to the bottom of the far slope with a large kinder pot full of meat plus a few pellets it took a couple of feeds before i managed my first indication which i missed and i then proceeded to bump my next two fish off things weren’t going to well with me being fishless after thirty minutes i stepped up my hook size to an 18 LWG guru i was still able to bury it into my cube of meat and this seemed to solve my missed bite problem as i went on a run of six F1s but yet again for some reason i began missing bite after bite again with only the odd fish in between , it was beginning to do my head in but i was still keeping up with those anglers around me although i felt that i needed to catch them quicker to be in with a chance for my section or better .


I had been loose feeding meat on to my top three-line since the match had started and i needed this to work or i could be left scratching around for bites , first drop my float buried elastic shot out and i was attached to a big carp but only briefly as some how it broke my 012 hook length ! ! All the disturbance killed my margin swim so i went back out to my 11m line this produced a few more F1s before the missed bites returned i was picking up the odd fish put it began getting very patchy , for the next two hours no matter where i tried i couldn’t get a run of more than two F1s or carp and thinking back i probably spent too long chopping+changing rather than concentrating on my most successful line .


In the last ninety minutes i swapped between my two swims at the bottom of both slopes and i managed to keep the fish coming for the rest of the match with the odd skimmer in between by feeding a big pot of meat+pellets every twenty minutes this seemed to slow down the missed bites , as the all out sounded it called time on a rather frustrating match i probably had enough fish in front of me for a section win but fished it all wrong with missed bites being a proper head scratcher . When the scales came round to me 27 kilos was leading the section and i only managed 20 kilos about 45lb , my mate The Big Dipper had done a lot better winning his section and finishing in the top ten on his first ever fishomania qualifier with 29 kilos , the lessons i learned today was never leave feeding fish even if you do think that the bites aren’t coming quickly enough because by feeding correctly you can soon have them lined up like i did at the end so lets hope that i can do better on my last chance at Partridge lakes my home venue kind off .