I was back at the cunneries fishery today to fish the pairs contest with my team daiwa adlington captain and as this was the third competition on the trot plus lack of sleep you can safely say that i wasnt feeling great when i woke up in the morning , but even though i didn’t really fancy it i had made plans and don’t like letting people down so i had some breakfast then headed off to the fishery . After my short drive to the venue i had perked up a little its surprising what a couple of shots of caffeine can do and after speaking to a couple of the mossella lads while i waited for the captain to show up , everybody wanted to draw down the opposite of the car park as that was where the wind had blown all weekend and some nice weights had come out from that area on the saturday team match , surprisingly i only had twenty minutes to wait before my partner turned up we had a bit of a discussion on which lake we wanted because i wouldn’t have minded another go on hawk lake but he wanted to go on it as well so i backed down and ended up on the s canal .
It soon came round to draw time i joined the queue towards the middle and when it was my turn for a dip in the bag of doom i pulled out peg 15 just your standard end peg unfortunately i was on the wrong end of the canal today but i would give it my best shot because my captain was on a decent peg on kestrel lake with the wind blowing his way and i didn’t want to let him down , when i arrived at my home for the next few hours i had an empty peg either side of me and a reed lined margin+far bank so apart from it being flat calm in front of me it looked really promising , i decided to keep things really simple today and chose to set up ;
3ft rig for my margin and far bank tight to the reeds i used a 4×10 MD maggot float with an on the drop shoting pattern which would enable me to hopefully pick up a few f1s as the rig settled , my main line was the usual 014 garbo and hook length was six-inch of 012 garbo which had a size 18 guru maggot hook attached .
4ft rig for fishing half way up both far bank + near slope i used a 4×12 MD maggot float with a bulk plus a dropper shoting pattern my main line was the usual 014 garbo and hook length was six-inch of 012 garbo which had a size 18 guru maggot hook attached .
1ft shallow rig for fishing in front of both sets of reeds because in the last few matches on here i have suffered a lot with line bites as the fish had come up of the deck , i used a 4×10 MD mini maggie float my main line was the usual 014 garbo and hook length was six-inch of 012 garbo which had a size 18 guru maggot hook attached .
I had a bit of a change with the bait today as only had three pints of white maggots on my side tray .
When the all in sounded i began on my four-foot rig because although we had bright blue skies it was still relatively cold and bearing this in mind i took it easy with the feed just tapping in a few maggots every couple of minutes , it took me about twenty minutes before i had my first fish which was a nice stamp f1 and another quickly followed then it all went a bit quiet so i set up another swim towards my left then started again this produced a couple more f1s but it just didn’t feel like i was fishing in the right depth , after looking around the lake everybody was in the same boat as me struggling to put more than two fish together from any swim but the anglers that were catching were fishing tight across to the reeds and i decided to follow suit , i was still being negative with the feed but thinking about it now that might have been the reason the f1s didnt settle anyway going back to today’s match my across lines produced the odd fish but nothing in any numbers and with half the match gone i was going nowhere fast as i only had a dozen f1s in the net .
I had fed my left hand top three margin by hand since the match started i hoped that yet again it would get me out of trouble and thankfully i was into fish straight away as i managed half a dozen in a twenty-minute spell but It soon died on me i kept on feeding it and went back onto my across swims to give it a rest but these only produced the odd indication , i needed to find a line which i could keep putting something in the net so a plumbed up at eleven meters right into my left hand corner and on this area i kinder potted in maggots , this kicked off straight away and for the rest of the match i rotated between my two margin swims catching four from each before switching so i wouldn’t empty each area of fish , i did lose a few fish on my far line as i played the fish round in front of me it was a bit frustrating because i would get them onto the top kit and began to apply a bit of pressure then the hook would pull i think this might be down to the fine wire of the guru maggot hooks these are fine for winter but a change will be needed now that i have upped my elastic for summer bagging .
When the all in sounded i had managed to have a really good last couple of hours and i had 47 f1s on the clicker i was the last angler to weigh in on my section of the s canal and i put 61lb on the scales , the lad to my right had caught less than me but weighed a couple of pounds more so it seems that the stamp of fish are a bit smaller when using maggots which is something to bear in mind before my next visit , my net of fish was good enough for me to win the section so i had done my bit and i just needed a good result from the captain if we had any chance of finishing in the money , surprisingly there was only one pair of anglers who had a maximum two points and then a couple of lads on three points but unfortunately we ended up with four points which was only good enough for a top six finish .
Hopefully i have enough time in the week to sort out my rigs and get the rest of my stuff together before next weekends double-header were i am back at cunneries for the team of three and then at widows flash for the angling times supercup against crown tackle which is a bit of a local derby match .