Today i was back at Cunneries fishery in Eccleston for round four of the teams of three and after my last match here on Monday where i won my section i was really looking forward to it especially as we at last had our best team fishing today so hopefully a good result will help push us up the table , as usual due to my lack of sleep i was one of the first to arrive and after having a chat with a few of the lads knocking about time was passing by with still no sign of most of the team , a quick phone call and i found out they was on their way after having a bit of bait trouble in the Adlington angling tackle shop or more like our captain was too busy chatting , when they finally turned up it was nearly draw time and as i was the team draw bag i joined the queue towards the rear , when it came round to my turn in the bag of doom i strangely pulled out three decent pegs ;
17 on hawk for Rob
26 on legs 3+4 of s canal for Jordan
15 on legs 1+2 of s canal for me
As i was on the same peg again from Monday and with conditions very similar blue skies , wind blowing away from the car park although we did have a drop in temperature , so i expected the fishing to be very similar and it didn’t take me too long setting up because all my rigs were still in my box ;
4ft rig for fishing half way up both slopes and i used a 4×12 MD maggot float which had a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern spread along my 014 garbo main line attached to it was a six-inch 010 garbo hook length .
3ft rig for fishing in front of the reeds across and in the margin and i used a 4×10 MD maggot float which had a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern spread along my 014 garbo main line attached to it was a six-inch 010 garbo hook length .
shallow rig for when they came up of the deck in the margin and i used a 4×10 MD mini maggot float which had a bulk of eleven stotz above my six-inch 010 garbo hook length .
Bait for the day ;
3 pints of white maggots with a hand full of reds mixed in
1 pint of soaked micros
small tub of 4mm expanders
When the all in sounded i decided on a bit of a change today to see if i could sort my early part of the match out which is usually where i struggle and i began on my 4ft rig with pellets , i had been informed that they had pumped cold water in to the s canal all week to try to keep the weights down and freshen up the water which could knock the fish off the feed, so i decided to take it easy with the bait until i knew how the f1s would respond and after tapping in a few micros i laid my rig in so that it would fall along the far slope keeping a tight line between pole + float which would help me spot any tiny indications .
After a couple of feeds i had my first f1 in the net and i managed a few more during the next half hour but it was slow going but it was the same for everyone down my end of the s canal , after a while i began getting midered by skimmers + small stockies which can be a problem when using pellets so i plumbed up a new line a meter towards my left and started again this produced a couple more f1s . I wasnt really happy with the way things were going today using pellets so i changed my 4ft lines to maggots but this didn’t produce how i would have liked , i had fed my top three swim with maggots since the match started but this produced a few indications which i couldn’t connect with and with not a lot happening i needed to keep rotating swims to pick up the odd fish .
With half the match gone i only had 12 f1s in the net which was about the same as everyone that i could see and i also heard lots of moaning going on saying how hard it was fishing today , i had been loose feeding maggots regularly on my left hand top three margin swim tight to the bank in the shallowest water that i could find and this produced a couple of quick f1s , it seemed that pellets was the bait to be using today but i didn’t have a great deal of micros made up so i had to be a bit careful on which lines i fed it and i decided to put in a new swim at 11m towards peg 14 , this got me a couple more fish but the small stockies moved in so i swapped onto my other margin swim which produced the odd f1 and it was noticable that i would catch almost straight away when changing lines before they backed off .
With the 3ft swim working close in i decided to put in a line at the same depth across towards the far bank reeds to see if it would work as good but it only produced small skimmers so i spent the rest of the match concentrating on my two margin swims and i managed to pick up the odd f1 up to the all out , strangely today i didn’t suffer with any line bites which can be a problem on here it just goes to show the lack of feeding fish down this end of the s canal .
After packing my gear away i had a quick chat with the lads near by and they had found the going hard as well but managed to catch most of their fish on pellets in three-foot , i followed the scales down the main two legs of the s canal and when they arrived at my peg there was a 60lb weight winning with a low 50lb , then two low 40lb weights and my thirty f1s went 44lb which was good enough to win the section but more importantly finish third on my two legs of the s canal .The team captain put in a good performance to win his two legs of s canal and Rob had finished 5th on his first try on hawk pool so we ended up with nine points , which was good enough for us to finish joint first on the day with DT floats but ended up second on weight and we was all extremely pleased with how things went today especially after our disaster on the previous round , i am unfortunately going to miss the penultimate round as im contesting the two hundred pegger North vs South match at Tunnel barn that weekend so i hope the rest of the squad can keep it going .
It’s the first round of the Angling times supercup tomorrow at widows flash in Spring view so lets hope we can keep the good form and put up a decent performance .