Today i was off to Hall lanes fishery in Rufford for the first round of the Mosella summer league which was taking place on Bessie’s pool and i haven’t really fished this water a great deal so i was quite looking forward to it , even after struggling on the practice match a couple of weeks ago but that gave me a few things to work out so i felt better prepared and to be honest i needed a good performance if i was going to have a chance because the quality of angler taking part was pretty high .
On arrival to the fishery i noticed that the wind was blowing strongly towards the car park which could make fishing across to the mud lines quite difficult and after booking on i had a walk around the lake , down the opposite end of the water the wind wasnt as bad and i fancied drawing between 20-40 so quite a few to go at but just because it was suitable fishing conditions on these pegs i was still new to the venue and maybe the fish wouldn’t want to be there .
When i got back to the car it was time for the draw so i joined the queue about half way and when it was my turn in the bag of doom i pulled out peg two , not where i wanted to be because i had the worst of the wind to contend with plus it didn’t fish great in this area on the practice match but on the positive side i hadn’t far to walk . As i settled in at my home for the next few hours i decided to set up a few rigs to give me plenty options because i felt i could be scratching around for most of the match ;
Margin rig in front of the reeds where it was 3ft deep i didn’t feel that the carp would come right into the edge because it rained quite heavily over night which would have cooled the water down a bit and i decided to use a 0.3 MD diamond float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern i hoped that this would help keep my bait still in the rough conditions , my main line was the usual 0.14 garbo which had a six-inch 012 garbo hook length attached to it and my elastic was preston green hollo .
Top four at the bottom of the near slope which is the swim which i caught majority of my fish on the last visit here and i used a 0.4 MD wire stemmed float for stability it had a bulk plus two droppers spread along my usual 0.14 garbo which had a six-inch 012 garbo hook length attached to it and my elastic was Preston green hollo .
Three foot rig for fishing in front of the far bank reeds and i used a 0.4 MD wire stemmed float for stability it had a bulk plus two droppers spread along my usual 0.14 garbo which had a six-inch 012 garbo hook length attached to it and my elastic was Preston green hollo .
Mud bank line where it was about a foot deep and i used a 0.4 MD wire stemmed float for stability it had a staggered bulk spread along my usual 0.14 garbo which had a six-inch 012 garbo hook length attached to it and my elastic was Preston green hollo .
Bait for the day was ;
three pints of white maggots
two pint of 4mm pellets
small tub of 4mm expanders
I began the match by fishing across in front of the reeds and after feeding a kinder pot full of maggots before laying my rig in so that it fell up the slope which would help me keep the float still in the rough conditions , after a couple of feeds i had my first indication not long after i had my first fish which was an ide over a pound and in the first hour i put two carp plus four big ide in the net , things were going reasonably well i just hoped that it would continue but i had maybe put too much feed in or the better stamp had backed off because all i could catch was small hand sized skimmers .
I noticed that the lads either side of me were picking up the odd carp on the mud lines so i decided to follow suit and after picking up a carp straight away i had to wait ages for an indication , so i decided to be a bit positive and big potted maggots on my mud line , while i waited for any signs of carp i set up a new swim across in three-foot towards my left where my empty peg was and i began trickling in maggots through a kinder pot as i didn’t want to over feed the peg like on my original line , this produced a couple more carp and ide but it wasnt hectic by any means it just seemed like there wasnt a lot of fish present in this area of the lake .
I saw a swirl on my mud line and quickly shipped across and a picked up a carp straight away but i didn’t have another sign so put in another big pot of maggots in , while it settled i went for a look on my top four swim which i had kinder potted some maggots in every twenty minutes since the match started so i hoped that a few fish had settled on it , yet again i had a quick carp before the skimmers moved in and although it was nice putting fish in the net they wasnt big enough or coming quick enough for me to do the weight needed and when i caught an eel i choose to big pot it with maggots to see if i could get the carp back .
I had a look on my margin swim where i had thrown a dozen maggots since the match started but surprisingly i never had an indication from it and for the rest of the match i rotated between all my lines but only really caught on my three-foot across swims , i should have really put in another line at this depth but that would have meant going 16m towards my left and the strengthening wind would have made it a bit awkward controlling the pole .
The all out called time on a rather frustrating match as i couldn’t get a run of fish from anywhere and you needed to just go tight across then wait for a carp to turn up in the harder areas not exactly riveting fishing , im sure that there would be a method to work out so that you could keep putting fish in the net even if they are just silvers . When the scales arrived at my peg i had thirty pounds which consisted of eight carp plus a similar amount of big silvers , this put me third in the section getting beat by the lads either side of me so not the start to the league that i wanted and im going to miss the next round due to it clashing with the tricast festival at Weston pools over the bank holiday weekend so i need to pull my finger out if i want to do any good .