Today i was back at the cunneries fishery near eccleston for the third round of the teams of three league and after the previous weeks good match on the open plus some spring like weather at long last i was really looking forward to it ,as per usual i turned up at the venue pretty early because I’m struggling with my sleeping at the moment for some reason and it was the same last year as well which is a bit strange , but anyway after parking up i had a chat with a few of the lads while i awaited the rest of my adlington team and when they finally turned up we was all up beat looking for a good performance to keep us in the top half of the league table .
It soon came round to a dip in the bag of doom and as usual i was going to pull out the pegs unusually for me we had a less than average draw ;
Jordan was on peg 17 S canal
Matty was on 28 S canal
I was on 15 hawk pool which i had only fished once before catching plenty of fish and managing fifth on the lake but i had noticed that the area i had drawn really struggled there so i felt that i was up against it for improving on that performance , after settling in at my home for the next couple of hours i had an island about 12m away which had a mud bank with a few reeds over hanging the water although it was only six-inch deep tight to it and strangely for this lake i had a separate small island a couple of feet away from the main one , it looked really good as do most pegs on hawk and i decided to set up a couple of rigs to cover my options ;
Top four rig where i would loose feed casters by hand hoping that i would either get the ide shallow or i could have the barbel lined up on the deck and as it was only four-foot deep i used a 4×12 maggot float with a bulk + dropper shotting pattern , my main line was the usual 014 garbo which had a six-inch 012 garbo hook length attached .
Three foot pellet rig for fishing half way up the far slope and i used a 4×14 wire stemmed float which had an inch spread bulk starting above the short four inch 012 garbo hook length .
Worm rig at 1.5ft which i used for fishing near the small island and also along my right hand margin where i had some quiet water so i hoped a bigger stamp might settle later in the match , i used a wire stemmed joof float with an inch spread bulk above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .
Bait for the day was going to be ;
three pints of my usual worm mix
two pints of casters
one pint of soaked micros
small tub 4mm expanders
tub of worms for the hook
When the all in sounded i shipped out to the side of the small island where i had earlier found a flat spot and then tapped in a nugget of worm mix before lowering my rig over the top of it , i didn’t have to wait too long before i began getting indications and i had ten f1s in the net during the first thirty minutes but i then started getting lots of ide in the peg although they didn’t weigh as much as the f1s , so i went onto my channel swim which i had been loose feeding a dozen casters every five minutes since the match started and i had ten ide in a fifteen minute spell before they backed off which is exactly what they did on my first match on here , i felt that as long as i was catching a couple of ide in the time it took the angler to my left to catch an f1 i decided to stay on it because it would allow me to rest my far bank swims .
I went back across on my original worm swim and picked a couple more f1s among the ide , i was keeping up with all the anglers within eye shot but they was catching all f1s which weighed more so i re plumbed up a new swim in front of the main island and started again this got me another run of f1s for about thirty minutes before things started slowing down , with half the match gone i had forty fish on my clicker but i still felt that i wasnt catching quickly enough and i made the decision to give my pellet rig a try in three foot directly in front of me , it took a couple of feeds before i began catching a few f1s and i had another good run for the next forty minutes but i then began getting liners so i re plumbed up closer to the island in 1.5ft then started again , the f1s where soon back onto the feed and i had a bite a chuck for twenty minutes when things began to slow i rested it by going onto my channel swim were i had a good run of ide plus the odd barbel , this is how i spent the remainder of my match rotating the two swims and when the all out sounded i had well over a 120 fish on my clicker although i had caught lots of ide today so i was an unsure on just what weight i had .
As my lake was going to be the last to weigh in i managed to get all my gear packed away and i then had a chat with a few other anglers on hawk it seemed that a few lads on the more fancied pegs had struggled so i could have a chance of getting good points , when the scales finally arrived i followed them around the lake and when it came to me sixty pounds was winning then a couple of fifty pounds , my two nets went 44lb it put me a disappointing sixth on the lake and the two weights directly above me had 45lb then 47lb which i felt that if i had changed to pellets earlier i could have caught , but my reasoning behind starting with worms is the fact that you could catch different species rather than just f1s although if i was to fish it again i would stick to pellets and feed a track line with maggots for the ide so i could rotate my swims .
When i got back to the car park i met up with the other lads in the team and it seemed that we had all struggled from our poor draw as we ended up with 21 points it dropped us right down the table , we have our work cut out now to finish in the top four which was out target at the start of the competition but we have three rounds left to hopefully improve a bit .
I’m off to Hall lane tomorrow to contest the open so i can try to get to grips with bessies lake because i have not been on there in nearly two years and the summer league run by mosella starts in a few weeks .