Canal pool peg 13
I decided to have one more trip to Heronbrook fishery in Staffordshire before my first fisho of the year on Weds to see if i can put a plan in place because on my other matches here in the previous weeks i have only really caught with any frequency from the margins and if i could get the same amount of fish from another line i might have a chance but at the moment it is a bit of a long shot . On arrival at the complex there was about fifty people here no doubt boosted by people wanting a sneaky practice before the mid-week big match but with majority of the lakes being free we still had plenty room , after grabbing a breakfast fry up i went for a quick look at bridge+canal pools which ran side by side to see if any of the resident f1s were giving their presence away and i was surprised to see so many fish in the far-bank reeds i just hoped that they would be more inclined on feeding this week .When i got back to the cabin i joined the queue for the draw about half way down and when it came to my turn i pulled out 13 on canal which was a half decent area but my section would be in with both pegs on the bends plus the other stick up pegs , on arrival at my home for the next few hours it was about 16m wide tight to the far-bank although i did have some stick ups which was about a meter closer to me and there seemed to be tons of fish in them so things were looking positive for a good day’s fishing .
I decided to set up a few rigs to cover my options and these were ;
Margin swim , i used an 4×12 roob float which had a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern my main line was the ever faithful 014 garbo which had a six-inch 012 garbo hook length attached my hook was a size 16 lwg .
Top four swim , i used a 4×12 speedy float which had a bulk plus two droppers shotting pattern my main line was the ever faithful 014 garbo which had a six-inch 012 garbo hook length attached my hook was a size 16 lwg .
Far-bank shallow swim , 0.1 matrix series three float for fishing one foot deep it had just two number 12 stotz spread down the 014 garbo main line and my hook length was six-inch of 012 garbo attached to it was a size 18 matrix rigger hook that had a micro bait band on it .
Far-bank shallow swim , 0.2 matrix series three float for fishing one foot deep it had just two number 12 stotz spread down the 014 garbo main line and my hook length was six-inch of 012 garbo attached to it was a size 18 matrix rigger hook that had a micro bait band on it .
Bait for the day was ;
3 pints of meat
3 pints of 4mm pellets
Half kilo of worms
Small tub mixed hard pellets
After a bit of a confusing start to the match as nobody quite knew when the all in sounded and it was up to the rumour mill to inform us , i decided to go straight out to the far-bank with my 2ft rig where i could see the fish knocking in the reeds but before i did i fired in a couple of pouches of 4mm pellets and also chucked some cubes of meat onto my top four swim , it didn’t take to long before i had my first which was an f1 over a pound and i would be happy catching these all day i managed half a dozen of these in the first hour i got into a nice routine of ;
feed ship out
hook a fish then feed again
un-hook the fish feed my meat line then ship out
But i was missing loads of bites and a change to my shallower rig didn’t really improve things so i went back to my 2ft rig , it was noticeable that i would only get a proper bite as the rig fell through the water but it was hard presenting my rig like this with all the reeds along the far-bank , with my constant feeding i expected the fish to settle down a bit so i could start hitting more indications but if anything it got worse and with the fish slurping in the reeds i had to resort to using a really shallow rig over shotted to catch anything but even that wasnt working to well . After a couple of hours the wind started blowing slightly to my right which seemed to take the fish out of the peg with indications and knocking in the reeds stopping altogether , i decided to give my meat line ago to see if anything had settled on it as i had seen a couple of bubbles coming up and i had a big f1 straight away before i was back to missing bites which has blighted me on this line for the previous few matches here , i eventually managed to connect with a couple which resulted in two hand sized f1s not exactly what i wanted to be catching so i put a full cupping kit of meat in before going back across .
The rest seemed to have done it some good as i managed to catch two big f1s on my two foot rig before bites deserted me and i needed another line to get a few bites from so i could rotate the swims , i started priming my margins one with worm the other meat+pellets and while it settled i had a look on my 4m line which produced another quick f1 before i was back missing bites so i went back across for a couple of shallow fish . I was keeping up with the anglers around me but i could do with my margin producing like it had on previous matches first look on my left hand worm line and a big f1 straight away not a bad start but then it was roach , perch ,perch so time for a re-feed before swapping sides to my right and this produced a lot better with four f1s in quick succession but when i lost a carp it killed my swim so i re-fed it , a look on my worm swim just produced more perch so i decided to spend the last hour rotating my meat swims and this produced six more f1s .
When the all out sounded yet again it called time on another frustrating match and i ended up with thirty f1s plus a couple of carp for just short of fifty pounds this was good enough to beat the anglers either side of me , but as predicted both corners had nearly a ton and the earlier numbered pegs were there was a proper ripple everyone had over a ton including a 160lb weight which won the lake , so a lot for me to think about before my fisho on weds i just hope i can draw a peg which has a ripple on it and a predict either meadow of match lake will win .