For the second match of my triple header of matches over the bank holiday weekend was going to take place at Hall lane fishery in rufford near the bottom of parbold hill , it was going to be my first visit here in nearly two years and with the Mosella summer league starting soon i could do with getting to grips with Bessie’s lake , the weather had taken a turn for the worse over night as we had to contend with a very strong wind which is always a problem here but on the plus side at least it was still warm , when i arrived at the venue there was loads of people already knocking about because everybody was in the same boat as me trying to get a heads up before the league starts and i did notice that there was plenty of partridge lakes regulars plus nearly every member of the mosella squad so it could be a hard but enjoyable series .
After having a chat with a few of the lads it was time for the draw and when it came round to my turn in the bag of doom i pulled out peg 56 which according to a couple of people it wasnt a great area to be in but at least i didn’t have to walk because it was on the right hand side of the middle section of bessies lake , when i arrived at my home for the next few hours it was around 14m wide with a nice mud bank in between some over hanging reeds and i also had a reed lined margin on either side of me plus an empty peg towards my left , due to the conditions i felt that it was best to fish four meters maximum because i didn’t fancy struggling with the wind and risk breaking something , i decided to set up a few rigs to cover my options ;
Pellet rig for fishing in three-foot depth at an angle towards my right and i used a 4×14 roob float which was the heaviest that i had in my box it had an inch spread bulk shotting pattern starting above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .
Worm rig for fishing at the bottom of the slope towards my left and i used a 0.4 MD diamond float which i hoped would help keep my rig still in the strengthening wind , my shotting pattern was a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern and my main line was the usual 014 garbo with a six-inch 012 garbo hook length .
Margin rig for fishing tight to the reeds on my left hand side where it was two foot deep although only a top kit away but it was the shallowest water that i could find and the reeds gave my rig a bit of protection , i used a 0.4 joof float which had a spread bulk shotting pattern starting above the six-inch 012 garbo hook length .
Bait for the day was ;
2 pints of 4mm pellets
3 pints of worm mix
small tub of 4mm expanders
small tub of worms for the hook
When the all in sounded i began by tapping in a kinder pot of 4mm on my pellet swim and then went onto my worm swim , i put in a nugget of worm mix onto my left hand line and after flicking my rig out i dragged it up the slope which helped me keep the float still because although the wind was blowing from left to right the undertow was going the other way , it took about twenty minutes before i had my first indication and not long later i had a hand sized skimmer in the net in the next thirty minutes i added another five of them all of which were a similar size , i was just about to give my pellet swim a go when my float shot under and this was no skimmer as it took my elastic towards the far bank before the hook pulled it was either foul hooked or a very big carp , i then had a bite less twenty-minute spell which was unsurprising with all the disturbance of the lost fish after what seemed like an age my float dipped under again it was another carp but this time i managed to get it in the net and at nearly three pounds it was a good stamp .
After another quiet period i switched to my pellet line which i had fed with a kinder pot of 4mm every ten minutes since the match started so i expected something to be present even if they was just skimmers but strangely i never had a single indication all day on it which was probably down to bad presentation due to the strong under tow , i decided to concentrate most of my remaining time on the worm swim and it was a good decision as i managed to pick up the odd carp + skimmer during the next few hours. With ninety minutes of the match remaining i expected my margin swim to kick off but even though i had seen the odd swirl i didn’t get a single bite or liner , i figured they might not want to feed that close to me and i decided to butcher my pellet rig so i could use it further along my left hand margin in 2.5ft depth but this wasnt working for me either .
With my near lines not working for me i put in another worm line to my right which i hoped would enable me to rotate the swims so as not to put too much pressure on each of them ,i did pick up the odd fish including a small eel just before the all out and i ended up with ten carp , a dozen small skimmer plus an ide and that eel which when the scales arrived went just under thirty pounds , this was about the average for those anglers that choose to fish close in as all the framing weights fished long to the island and i had close look at how it was done because one of the maver north-west lads who was at the side of me finished third with a low sixty pounds .
I felt that i had done a fair few things wrong today including using the wrong baits as it was maggots all the way today and of course that was the reason that i went to learn what worked + what didn’t , i just hope that the wind isn’t as bad for the first match of the mosella league in a fortnight and tomorrow i will be back at cunneries for the pairs match which should be fun .