Cunneries fishery


April 23rd

Cunneries S canal

Today i decided on a return back to the cunneries fishery in Eccleston and i was toying with the idea of having another try at Partridge lakes or Hall lane for a practice on bessies before the Mosella summer league , but as we are halfway through the teams of three at cunneries i felt that i was better of there because at this time of year things are changing every day and i didn’t want to be at a disadvantage before the next round . There was 36 anglers contesting the open today which is a bit more than they expected and they had to put a few anglers on the old lake which i hadn’t fished before , it was also not scheduled to be in the teams of three so understandably i would have rather been on the S canal but would just have to see how things panned out during the draw .

With the draw being at 930 today i thought that i could have a well-earned lie in but my body clock was used to waking at the crack of sparrows so i was wide awake at 630 , so after having some breakfast i decided to save some time later and chop my worms before i set off to the venue which i don’t think had a detrimental effect on my mix so will definitely be doing that again . I arrived at the fishery with plenty time to spare after parking up and booking onto the match i had an hour to kill before the draw ,as i knew a few of the adlington angling club who were having a match on the old canal so i went round for a chat and they was all looking forward to catching some big f1s which it is renowned for , although the weather wasnt the best for catching a large weight as the temps had dropped dramatically over night due to a cold easterly wind plus clear skies and it was one of those days when you didn’t know whether to sit it out in your t-shirt or leave your jacket on because the wind was really cold when the sun went behind the clouds .

After catching up with some of the mosella lads it was time for the draw and i headed towards the back of the queue , one by one all the pegs on the old lake went and when it was my turn for a dip in the bag of doom i pulled out peg 45 which was in a decent area , but with the wind blowing towards the car park i felt that it was another case of right peg on the wrong day , although with it being a cold easterly wind maybe the f1s had decided to sit out of it so you just never know .

On arriving at my home for the next few hours i had like on most pegs a nice reed lined far bank with a mud bank directly in front which could have done with a bit of a tidy up and i reed lined margin plus an empty peg either side of me , i had decided on an all out worm approach so i didn’t need to over complicate things and just set up ;

Two foot rig for fishing top three along my left hand margin and i used a heavy 0.4 wire stemmed joof float which would help keep my rig still in this shallower water , my main line was the usual 014 garbo which had an inch spread bulk starting above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Three foot rig for fishing tight to the far bank reeds and i used a 4×12 carbon stemmed float which had a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern , so that i could have a slower fall of the hook bait which might grab the attention of any passing f1s and my main line was the usual 014 garbo which had a four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

As it was still cold at the moment i decided to also set up a four-foot rig for fishing at the bottom of my far bank slope and i used a 4×12 carbon stemmed float which had a bulk plus two dropper shotting pattern , my main line was the usual 014 garbo which had a four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

My bait for the day couldn’t have been much simpler as all i had on my side tray was ;

Small tub of worms for the hook

Tub of water to wash my hands

Three pints of worm mix which consisted off ;

half pint of chopped worms

half pint casters

one part ground-bait

two parts soil

With such a simple approach i was ready well before the all in so i took the time to asses my peg i had noticed that hardly anything had showed up in the water and there was no pimps or blows coming down the track which wasnt a good sign , when the all in sounded i started on my deeper four-foot rig then shipped out to my far bank marker and deposited a nugget of my worm mix before flicking my rig towards me so my hook bait fell up the far shelf . The lad opposite me had started catching f1s straight away by fishing tight to the far side reeds but i wanted to bide my time hoping that i could pick a few fish off on this deeper rig before following them up the slope, it took a couple of feeds before i had my first indication which resulted in a big skimmer in the net and a couple more followed over the next thirty minutes but with no f1s heading my way it left me scratching my head on what to do next although the anglers either side of me wasnt catching a great deal either so maybe there wasnt a lot of f1s in the area .

With nothing really happening on my deeper rig i decided to waste no more time and picked up my three-foot rig for tight across to the far side reeds , after tapping in some feed i laid my rig in so it fell up the slope which would give me a tight line between float + hook bait and after a couple of feeds i had my first indication which resulted in my first f1 hitting the net , over the next thirty minutes i added five more but it was noticeable that all my bites just flew under and i didn’t have any signs that there was fish in my swim so i really struggled to build this line up due to the fact that there didn’t seem to many fish up this end of the lake .

I tried setting up another line towards the right of my far bank so i could rotate between the two but this didn’t really improve things , as i could only pick up the odd f1 from each of them and with half the match gone i only had 14 fish in the net , which was slightly better than the anglers around me and at this point i decided to have a look on my margin swim although it was a bit early i did not really have much option , as i was fishing worms today it was really difficult to prime the swim up because you was not allowed to throw in balls of bait only loose feed so i had to keep stopping fishing my far bank lines so i could pot a little ball of feed in .When i dropped on this line i began getting indications straight away which was a better sign and not long after i had an f1 in the net , for the next thirty minutes i caught quite constantly i wasnt bagging by any means just ticking along nicely but all of a sudden the f1s vanished and the skimmers moved in , although they was big enough to be catching i really wanted the f1s to return so i could do a bigger weight and i decided to have a play about with the consistency of my mix + size of the piece of worm on the hook by doing this i seemed to have figured something out which brought them back again .

Up until the last thirty minutes i was catching f1s reasonably well  i must have attracted too many fish into my swim because i foul hooked and lost six on the bounce before trashing my rig , thinking about it after the match i should have probably just put another section on and started again or even tried shallow down the edge . At the all out i had forty f1s on my clicker plus half a dozen big skimmers which went just short of sixty pounds this was good enough for fourth on my two legs of the s canal and second in the section beaten by the lad opposite who had 70lb , the framing weights came from the end pegs towards the car park which had the benefit of the wind blowing that way so like on all f1 waters you definitely need to draw in the right areas to be in with a chance of doing well , all in all i have learned a great deal today as im still relatively new to the venue and worm fishing i just hope that i can draw the right end of the lake on my next visit in the teams of three .

 

 

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Preston pairs at Partridge lakes


17th April

Today i was back at Partridge lakes fishery for the Preston pairs competition and with 82 anglers attending including lots of partridge regulars  it was always going to be tough competing with them but after my match here on Saturday i was really looking forward to it , although after seeing the results from Sunday it seemed to be going back to winter tactics which after five matches on the bounce it was only to be expected as the fish decided to shut up shop and scratching around for bites more suited my style of fishing .

On arrival at the fishery we was greeted to calm , bright conditions with a cold easterly wind not great for catching f1s but it would be the same for everyone i suppose , after booking on to the match i grabbed a bacon buttie from the on site café before having a walk around covey 1-4 and there was very little in the way of fish showing . For some reason i had been given the job of doing the draw for us both and decided to join the queue early before the draw bags had their pick of the flyers , when it finally came round to my turn in the bag of doom i pulled out peg 29 on covey two for my mate and peg 83 on covey four for me so one good peg and one average peg , with the weights on the previous days match being quite low we set ourselves a target of a 130lb which should give us a top ten finish maybe even scraping into the money positions.

After dropping my mate off i drove round to my home for the next few hours and i have fished this peg a couple of times overs the years with a mixed bag of results as sometimes it can be a match winner other times i have struggled , with the light wind blowing into the corner it did look promising although i had been told that only 20lb came off it the day before so i was a bit undecided on my target weight and i choose to set up the usual rigs ;

Pellet rig at 4ft which was my best depth on my last match here i used it for fishing on the shelf across and in front of the near side reed bed to my right , i used a 4×14 roob float with an inch spread bulk starting above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length and i had the usual 014 garbo main line .

Maggot rig at 2ft for fishing tight to the over hanging reeds and i could also use it for fishing shallow , my rig was a 4×10 maggie float which had a couple of number eleven stotz spread along my 014 garbo main line and i had a six-inch 010 garbo hook length .

Channel rig which i positioned at six meters towards my right and i used a 4×12 maggie float which had a bulk plus two dropper shoting pattern spread along the 014 garbo main line , attached to it was a six-inch length of 010 garbo .

Margin rig for fishing in front of peg 84 platform and i used a 0.4 MD diamond float with an inch spread bulk starting above the six-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Bait for the day was going to be ;

2 pints red and white maggots

1 pint soaked micros

1 pint of corn

1 pint of ground-bait

Small tub of 4+6mm expanders

When the all in sounded i began by feeding half a pot of maggots plus a nugget of ground-bait onto my channel swim which i would repeat every thirty minutes and i then went across onto my four-foot pellet rig , i started off quite negatively by tapping in half a dozen micros then lowered my rig in over the top of it and it took a couple of feeds before i had my first indication , soon i had my first fish in the net but after that f1 i began missing lots of indications and a change to a 2mm expanders resulted in a couple of small stockies not what i wanted to be catching , i increased the amount that i was feeding by dumping a small kinder pot full of micros to see if i could draw in a better stamp of fish and i also changed my hook bait to a piece of corn , by doing this i managed a couple more big f1s but i was still missing lots of indications and before i knew it the first hour had past with me putting hardly anything into the net .

As i didn’t want to waste any more time catching nothing i picked up my rig for tight to the far bank cover because the couple of lads within eye shot had picked up the odd fish by doing it , i started just like before tapping in some micros then letting my rig fall slowly through it to hopefully grab the attention of any passing fish , but this failed dramatically as thirty minutes past without any success and i would normally have switched swims earlier , but i felt that i needed to be more patient so i could build the peg up although it didn’t seem to be working that well today and a change to corn skin or maggots on the hook only produced gudgeon .

I decided to set up a new swim at six meters towards the bottom of my near slope on my left hand side because this was where i caught best on my last match here and after tapping in some micros i lowered my rig over the top , a couple of feeds later my float shot under as i had foul hooked a big carp which took me on a merry dance before the hook pulled out and understandably this had caused a big disturbance in front of me , the only part of my peg unaffected was my long left hand margin in front of the spare platform i didn’t want to go on it this early in the match but as i had not fed it yet i thought it wouldn’t do any harm , after dumping in a kinder pot full of micros i lowered my rig over the top with a piece of corn on the hook and i began getting the odd indication which i kept missing , strangely a switch to expander resulted in no indications so back on with the corn and i managed a couple of quick f1s before i was back missing bites then i hooked a two ounce stockie .

With two hours of the match gone and i had only five fish in the net you could say things wasnt going to well , i noticed a few bubbles coming up from my channel swim so with nothing to lose i dropped on it and no sooner had my float settled than it dipped under which of course i missed but it did sharpen my attention , it was noticeable that i would only get a bite within thirty seconds of my hook bait hitting the deck so i was constantly laying my rig through the water ,by doing this i managed six f1s in a forty minute spell but when things went quite and i caught a couple of perch i decided to put in a big pot of maggots to hopefully get them back into my peg , while it settled i felt it was time to start feeding my spare platform and i kinder potted six pieces of corn plus a nugget of groundbait it didn’t take long before i began getting indications , this time they was proper bites and i began picking up the odd f1 + carp although after a while i had to go a bit shallower almost pushing my rig under the platform

I rotated between my channel swim and long margin putting the odd fish in the net but with forty minutes remaining i choose to concentrate on my spare platform , i also began upping the feed because the pairs match was going to be decided on joint weight and i needed some carp after my poor start to the contest , this turned out to be a major mistake as i attracted to many f1s into the peg and for the rest of the match all i could do was foul hook fish .

The all out sounded calling time on a very frustrating match and after a poor couple of hours at the start i managed to pull it back towards the end but not really quick enough to do any good , when the scales arrived my two nets went a disappointing 38lb but my mate fared a lot better from an average peg catching 77lb which gave us a joint weight of 115lb and i am unsure where this put us overall because they have disappointedly decided not to do a league table .

Well done to all the framers and section winners , i am back at the Cunneries fishery on Saturday to contest the open match because the next round of the teams of three will be starting back soon , thanks for taking the time to read my blog .

 

Partridge lakes open match


April 15th

I was back at Partridge lakes today to contest the open match and as i was attending the Preston pairs contest here on bank holiday monday , i wanted to get a heads up on how it was fishing because i had not ventured here since the winter leagues stopped about six weeks ago and it was nearly six months since i sat on covey 1-4 so i expected to be a bit off the pace today .

After getting a nice sun tan last weekend at cunneries fishery and widdows flash we was back to normal now as we had a dramatic drop in temps plus a strong easterly wind to contend with so it was back out with the thermals again , the conditions had a bearing on how i was going to tackle my match today because i had just been getting my head around worm+caster but looking at the reports on Facebook those anglers that had used it was struggling for fish so i decided on a pellet approach with maggots as a backup if i drew on a noted ide peg .

On arrival at the complex all the usual regulars were present so i had a quick chat with them while i waited for a couple of my Daiwa adlington squad members to turn up because they fancied a change of scenery from Bradshaw’s fishery all the talk was of what pegs you wanted because the wind was blowing really strong along the car park side which meant that down the splits plus a couple of other areas were relatively flat calm, before i knew it the draw had begun so i settled in the queue towards the rear and when it came round to my turn i pulled out peg twenty on covey one which was a good area plus the peg to its right had finished in the top six the previous day usually i see this is a bad sign because i have noticed on here that they don’t like getting caught from the same place two days running but fingers crossed they had not moved too far .

 

On arriving at my home for the next few hours i had a lot of room towards the left of my peg with the point of the island to fish too as well there was also a few fish topping long down my edge towards peg one so things looked promising , i decided to keep things a bit simple today just setting up ;

Three foot pellet swim for fishing against the far bank rushes and also half way up my near side slope , i used a 4×14 roob float with an inch spread bulk starting above my four-inch 012 garbo hook length and my main line was the usual 014 garbo .

Two foot pellet or corn rig for fishing tight to the near side vegetation in case the wind changed direction and i used a 0.4 joof float  with an inch spread bulk starting above my four inch 012 garbo hook length and my main line was the usual 014 garbo .

Channel line which i plumbed up to find just over five foot and i positioned this at seven meters towards the bowl too my left because i had not got a great deal of room to my right , i used a 4×14 maggie float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern my main line was the usual 014 garbo and hook length was a six 010 garbo .

My bait for the day was ;

Two pints red and white maggots

One pint of soaked micros

One pint of ground-bait

Small tub of 4+2mm expanders

When the all in sounded i began by fishing across to the far bank in front of the over hanging reeds and after tapping in a few micros i held my rig still over the top of it , it took a couple more feeds before i had any sort of indication and not long after my first f1 was in the net but over the next twenty minutes the wind switched direction slightly meaning i was struggling to control my pole , i did manage a couple more f1s in that time but it was hard work keeping my rig still and i felt it wasnt worth staying on this line any longer .

I went onto my three-foot rig and plumbed up a new line at eleven meters along the left hand margin and i started by tapping in micros again as i expected to be targeting f1s , after a few feeds i began getting indications on the float which looked like line bites so i changed to clumping in the pellets to try to get them back on the deck and this worked remarkably well because no sooner had my hook bait hit the deck then i had a proper sail away , which was no stockie f1 as yards of red elastic streamed out of my pole tip after a spirited fight a 4lb carp ended up in the net over the next hour i added a further four similar sized carp but strangely no f1s and i found it best to flick my rig out into open water then drag it up the slope which resulted in proper gazunder bites .

After a while the bites started to fade and i also noticed the fish had started topping further along my margin so i made the decision to add-on a section then plumbed up a new swim , while the disturbance of doing this died down i had a quick look on my top kit between my nets which i had thrown half a dozen maggots since the match started but i never had an indication in fifteen minutes , so i had a look on my channel swim but yet again i didn’t have any indications which i felt was a bit strange because it’s normally a viable option on here .

Thirty minutes of inactivity on my other swims had me going on to the new line along my left hand margin yet again i began by trickling in some micros which turned out to be a good move as i caught mostly f1s here but they was a very big stamp and i only had a couple of stockies all match , when bites began to tail off i fed a nugget of ground-bait which seemed to draw them back into the peg and by doing this i also picked up a couple of carp including one around 7lb , in the last forty minutes i missed quite a few bites and the f1s that i did catch were a bit deep hooked it was a sure sign that i was fishing a bit over depth which was a bit strange because i hadn’t really changed anything when fishing this swim .

As the all out sounded it called time on a rather confusing match because although i had caught a few fish i never really had them lined up at any point and had a lot of carp in my net than the usual f1s ,i was the last to weigh in on covey one with 83lb winning the lake when they arrived to me and my two nets went 77lb so only a few pounds short , i felt that i could have caught it as i lost a couple of carp by being lazy and not changing hook lengths when they had got damaged , which wouldn’t have been that big an issue if i was just catching f1s but the fish i did get were a big stamp because i only caught thirty of them during the match .

As it turned out i had managed to finish sixth in the match which was better than i had hoped for before the match started and i learned a great deal before the Preston pairs match on bank holiday Monday so lets hope i can pull out a couple of pegs which would give us a chance of catching a few fish .

Cunneries teams of three


April 8th

Today was the second round of the teams of three at Cunneries fishery near Eccleston and after last weekend where we managed to finish 5th on the day which wasnt a bad start as a new squad, we was all looking forward to another good showing and as we had all done the same as each other on the previous round we decided to keep the team the same , for a change the weather was forecast to be really nice with a dramatic rise in temperature , blue skies and hardly any breeze which would be good for a bit of sun bathing but not great for catching a big weight of f1s although everybody would be in the same boat so i just needed to alter my approach a bit .

After arriving at the complex there was cars everywhere as there was two club matches on hawk+kestrel and i meet up with the rest of the Adlington angling squad , everybody was in an upbeat mood looking forward to the contest ahead and it soon came round to draw time yet again i ended up towards the back of the queue although it didn’t stop me from pulling out a couple of half decent pegs ;

Hawk pool peg 19 Me

S canal legs 1+2 peg 26 Rob

S canal legs 3+4 peg 32 Matty

I had never been on Hawk pool before i knew that it would be a small fish race which isn’t something that i am comfortable doing but i had a job to do for the team , on arriving at my home for the next few hours i had an island at 12m it was mainly bare mud with a couple of reeds plus an overhanging tree which was only to be expected as it had only been open 18 months , it did look really promising and i was quite confident that was until i began plumbing up as both my near + far side margins were less than a foot deep and the deepest water i could find anywhere was a touch over three-foot down the track .

With all that in mind i decided to set up ;

Two foot worm rig it was half way up the far bank slope at about 11m and i used a 0.4 matrix series three float with an inch spread bulk above the four-inch 010 garbo hook length which had a size 16 guru maggot hook attached .

One foot worm rig which was used for fishing a foot away from both far+near margins and i used a 0.4 matrix series three float with an inch spread bulk above the four-inch 010 garbo hook length which had a size 16 guru maggot hook attached .

Top four maggot rig which i would loose feed by hand hoping to pick up some barbel on it and as it was quite still i used a light 4×10 maggie float with a small bulk plus a dropper shotting pattern , my main line was the usual 014 garbo and hook length was six-inch of 010 garbo that had a size twenty guru maggot hook attached .

Bait for the day and even though i had been told that it was an all pellet approach on this lake i decided to try a worm approach because i figured that with holding mixed species you would miss out on weight if you just targeted the f1s , although my worm mix for the day did include some micros + fish meal ground-bait which would help me attract the f1s into my swim and on my side tray i had ;

Two pints of maggots

Three pints of worm mix , soil+caster+worm+micro+ground-bait .

Small tub of worm for the hook

Small tub of 2+4mm expanders just incase things went pear-shaped .

When the all in sounded for the start of the match i began across to the far bank in two foot because even though it was warming up nicely we had a frost on the car in the morning and i felt the fish would be in the slightly deeper water , as it turned out for a change i was right because it didn’t take long before i was catching and in the first hour i managed twenty fish from the one line , i did alter a few things early on by reducing the size of the piece of worm on the hook as the fish were averaging about 8oz and because i was catching quite constantly i reduced the size of the kinder pot so i didn’t overfeed the swim .

 

Unsurprisingly my original line started to fade and i decided to put in a new swim towards my right as i wanted to leave the better left hand area of my peg for later in the match , yet again i was into fish almost straight away although they was mainly ide but on looking round i was doing better than most and as long as i kept putting fish in the net i was happy , after around thirty minutes i began foul hooking the odd f1 and i figured that they had backed off into the shallower water , i didn’t waste no time in replumbing up with my one foot worm rig in front of the little cover that i had along the far bank and i was back catching almost straight away , with half the match gone i had fifty fish on the clicker but i did lose the odd f1 which took me into the reeds and it was a balancing act trying to get my elastic right because i didn’t want to bump any fish off on the way in .

After the disturbance of losing a couple in the reeds i decided to drop onto my top four which i had fed with maggots since the match started i expected there to be a lot of barbel present and i had a bite as soon as my hook bait hit the deck but it wasnt the hoped for barbel but ide+f1s although they was there in numbers for about 15 minutes before they backed off , so i just rotated my two swims for the next hour and i was steadily putting fish in the net which was good fun even if they was a small stamp .

We was fast approaching the last hour and i expected to start catching really well from my left hand margin because it was an area of my peg that i had purposely ignored , i went six meters towards the empty peg and kinder potted in a ball of my worm mix this resulted in a couple of quick f1s plus a barbel but just as i felt that it was going to kick off , the all out sounded on the match behind me and all the disturbance with car doors slamming + people walking up and down put paid to my margin swim , i had no other option than to resort to going back across and after neglecting it for about thirty minutes the fish had disappeared so i decided to set up a new swim towards my right at 13m were the peg was a bit wider this produced a couple of f1s plus a small ghostie before the all out sounded on our match .

Overall i had really enjoyed my match today putting 95 fish in the net and i no doubt did quite a few things wrong on my first attempt at fishing the lake but it’s all a learning experience at the moment on here , when the scales arrived at my peg i was the last to weigh in my two nets went just over 50lb which put me forth on the lake just missing out on second by less than a pound , a couple of quite spells had cost me but i suppose that was the same for everybody as it’s always a close match on hawk and the lake winner had sixty pounds but did manage to catch some bonus fish which is always handy in these fish races .

I went down to see how the other Adlington lads had got on and our angler on the first two legs had done extremely well managing over a ton which put him second on the lake and match , our other lad on second two legs didn’t do that well but we knew that after the draw so he had to take one for the team today and it just shows how important it is to sit in the right areas when f1 fishing . As a team we ended up with 15 points for the second round running this put us 4th on the day one point behind second place so just four-ounce had cost us a money finishing position but thats team fishing for you , the other squad members had also improved a great deal from the first round managing to finish one point behind us in sixth place so everything seems to be coming together nicely.

We have a couple of weeks away from Cunneries so i will be heading back to Partridge lakes for the open match on Saturday before the Preston innovations pairs contest on the Monday so another busy weekend ahead , thanks for taking the time to read my blogs .

 

Cunneries fishery teams of three


April 1st

Cunneries S canal

A change of venue for me today which was more than needed after spending the last three months at Partridge lakes doing the various winter leagues and i was attending the teams of three match at the Cunneries fishery in Eccleston , it was also my first proper contest with the Daiwa Adlington squad and even at this early stage of my team fishing experience i expected to put up a good showing even though we had our team captain missing due to other commitments , apart from the charity match for the Golborne miners i had not fished here for 18 months so it might be difficult competing against the venue regulars but we was all really looking forward to it plus i had done a good deal of homework on the fishery which i hoped would point me in the right direction .

The weather during the week had been really nice almost spring like but as per usual come the weekend we had a drop in temperature , little in the way of a breeze and constant drizzle which wasnt ideal for catching a nice net full of f1s , I was the first of our team to arrive but i knew a few of the lads fishing today so i had a chat while i waited and after a bit the rest of the squad turned up , we had a little team talk before it was time for the captains to do the draw and after joining the queue around half way because there was a bit of a scrum at the door to the cabin i didn’t have to wait long for a dip in the bag of doom we ended up with ;

Old canal peg 4

S canal legs 3+4 peg 43

S canal legs 1+2 peg 13

The latter of them was my home for the day just your typical wind ward end peg nothing new there i suppose and i hoped that i could do it justice after my short walk to my peg i had plenty of options.

Positives 

Reed lined far bank

Corner of the island where there was a bit of a mud bank

Reed bed to my left although it was only a top kit away

Reed lined right hand margin which had a couple of cut outs so i could get in some shallower water .

Negatives

Only nine meters wide

Bit of a hill behind which will make shipping back a bit awkward

Left hand reed bed a bit closer than i would like

Bait for the day

A bit different from what i’m used too because it was getting warm enough for a worm approach to work and it something that i need to get my head around , especially getting the mix right and today i used an equal four parts of ;

chopped worm

micro

ringers green

water

I also had the usual f1 baits ;

micros

4+2mm expanders

2 pint maggots

My rigs for the day was;

Pellet rig in front of the far bank reeds were it was a touch over three-foot deep and i used a 4×12 roob float with an inch spread bulk starting above the four-inch 010 garbo hook length which had a size 18 guru pellet hook attached .

Maggot rig at the side of left hand reed bed where it was nearly three-foot and i used a 4×10 maggot float which had four number eleven stotz spread down the 014 garbo main line , my hook length was six-inch of 010 garbo which had a size 18 guru maggot hook attached.

Worm rig for fishing various parts of my peg in 2ft but i was going to start  in the corner of my right hand margin and i used a matrix series one float which was a bodied pattern with a thick bristle plus a glass stem , my main line was the usual 014 garbo and i stepped up the hook length to 012 garbo with a size 16 guru lwg hook .

I was ready well before the all in for a change and i didn’t want to start walking round with my peg being so narrow as i felt that it would disturb the fish so i just had to sit it out ,when the hooter finally sounded i began my match by fishing across with pellets in front of the reed bed and i needed to tap in a couple of feeds of micros before i had any sort of indication , strangely i was missing quite a few bites on this line so i decided to change to a 2mm expander and this sorted things out but it was only 4oz stockies that had settled on this swim which isn’t really what i wanted to be catching , when i trashed my rig as a fish came off on the way in i took the opportunity to drop onto my left hand maggot rig at the side of the reed bed where i had thrown in a dozen mags every five minutes since the match started and i hoped that a few f1s had settled there , i did manage to pick up a couple but it didn’t seem right because there was a lot of small silvers present and in the back of my mind i just knew that i was using the wrong bait .

A switch to my worm mix on my right hand margin had me catching f1s almost straight away and i finally managed a run of fish but after a while the bites tailed off maybe i had over fed the swim or just not given them enough time to settle ? I plumbed up another line to my right at six meters were there was a little cut out in between the reeds and after i plumbed up to find it was only a few inch deeper which was good as i could use the same rig , yet again i had fish almost instantly after i fed and i went on another good run but just like before things began to tail off , so before i took the last fish out of the swim i rested it and went back on my original worm swim for the next hour i rotated between the two putting the odd fish in the net including an f1 over three pounds .

But it was only when i went on to my left hand margin swim on my top kit that i really started bagging and went on a good run for over an hour , yet again the bites began to tail off and it must be down to not having enough feed content to keep the f1s interested  ? Which is something that i need to work on before the next round i also need to be a bit more patient before rotating swims as most anglers stayed on just one line all day and for the rest of the match i rotated my worm swims picking up the odd f1 from each but i couldn’t really get them to settle today .

When the all out sounded it called time on a rather frustrating match which was only to be expected after my lack of venue knowledge and a new bait to use today , i had managed to put 45 f1s in my net so i still managed to catch a few and i figured that i had around sixty pounds , as i was the first to weigh in i didn’t have long to wait to find out and my two nets went 70lb which is more than i thought this was good enough for 5th although i was only 8lb from finishing third on my two legs of the snake canal which was my target at the start of the match , strangely the middle of all the legs on the S canal had fished really well but this might be down to the quality of angler on those pegs .

The other lads had endured a similar match to me as they both finished fifth on their lakes and  we ended up with 15 points which was also good enough for 5th on the day so not too bad a start to the teams of three, hopefully when things settle down a bit with a steady team and we get to know the venue a bit better we should hopefully be able to push on from here , i am looking forward to the next round already especially after the weights which have come out from there in the matches during the week and hopefully i will get my first ton of the year before too long .