With the weather still nice and sunny i decided to use my remaining bait up from yesterday’s fisho qualifier at Partridge lakes , so i set off to contest the mid-week open at Cunneries fishery near Eccleston which had fished extremely well with near two hundred pounds winning the recent matches and my main aim for the day was to break my ton duck on here .When i arrived at the fishery the sun was beaming down with a blustery swirling wind going towards the car park which could make things a bit tough , as there was only a dozen anglers here they decided to put four of us on each bank leaving out the low numbered leg of the s canal so we all had plenty of room and i expected a big winning weight today .
At the draw i managed to pull out peg 38 which was only one away from where i had won the charity match a few months ago so i was quite pleased with that , but with them doing a lot of work on the s canal cutting back vegetation from the mud banks ,the peg towards my left was absolutely covered in floating reeds and lots more of them kept blowing down from the other end because i was expecting a big weight today i decided to keep things really simple regarding tactics ;
Top kit towards my left were i had a cutout between the margin reeds and i decided to use pellets on this swim , as it was only 18 inches deep i used a 0.4 muddie float which i hoped would help keep the rig still when the f1s came into the peg , my main line was the usual 014 garbo and hook length was a six-inch length of 012 garbo .
Shallow rig at 1.5ft were i was going to feed casters at six meters by hand and i used a 0.1 mini mag float which had a small bulk of size eleven stotz above my four-inch 012 garbo hook length .
Shallow rig at 1ft and i used a pea type float which i hoped would prevent tangles , my main line was the usual 014 garbo and hook length was four-inch of 012 garbo .
Bait for the day was ;
3 pints of casters
half pint of red maggots
1 pint of micros
1 pint of crushed expander ground-bait
When the all in sounded i began on my top kit in the margin i tapped in a nugget of crushed expander then lowered my rig in over the top of it and i didn’t have to wait long before i started catching but the fish moving into the swim had disturbed a few sunken reeds and i kept getting snagged up , so i needed to plumb up a bit further away from the bank in deeper water which wasnt ideal although it did not really put the fish off because i managed to catch 15 f1s in the first hour before things began to die off .I had fed my shallow line twice by hand since the match started but it was hard work trying to keep the loose feed together and i also had to contend with some ducks attacking my feed , when i began fishing the swim i had to resort too using a catty which was far from ideal but it did help to group the casters better , although i was picking up the odd f1 it wasnt hectic and i missed quite a few indications even after changing depths regularly but it was only when i tried banding two red maggots instead of a caster that i started hitting more bites i think this might have been down to it being a bigger target bait , after a while i thought to myself why am i banding maggots because i was not getting bothered by small silvers and i was wasting too much time so i changed to just hooking them like normal which also increased my catch rate .
My next couple of hours flew by as i kept putting the f1s in my net which made a nice change because im not the greatest shallow angler as i am a bit out of practice in doing it but after a while the fish backed off so i just adding on another section and had another good run including a couple over two pounds , in the back of my mind i thought that i needed to rest the swim as the bites began getting a bit iffy and dropped back on my margin pellet line but all i could catch there was small stockies so not ideal , although when i went back on my six meter swim the rest had worked wonders as i plundered the shoal of f1s up to the final whistle .As i began packing up i couldn’t help but think that i had done a few things wrong by over complicating things on my shallow rig and i should have also gone up in the water on my right hand margin under the tree but you live and learn , as i was the first angler to weigh in my three nets went 108lb so i had managed my target for the day which was my first ton here but i was a long way off framing and probably ended up eighth because 150lb won with two 140lb finishing second+third .