After a couple of weeks break it was time for the penultimate round of the Mosella north-west summer league on Bessie’s pool at Hall lane which was situated in Rufford near the bottom of Parbold hill and after having suffered with heavy rain plus strong winds leading up to the match ,when i arrived at the fishery i was glad to find conditions a bit more suitable with a manageable breeze blowing away from the car park because as you know it can be a bit of a wind trap on here and to get the best weights you really need to be fishing across to the mud line which is 16m on some pegs .
As i was here a bit early like usual i had a chat with a couple of lads from the Mosella squad and we was all a bit unsure how it would fish with all the recent cold rain going in but because there was only 26 lads contesting the match we would all have a bit of room which should improve things , it was a bit disappointing that the field had almost halved in size since the start of the league especially as the weights coming out had been really good with two hundred pounds being needed to reach the frame on the last few rounds and it is probably down to the pay outs which needs looking at if they decide to run it again next year .
When it came round to draw time i had the first dip in the bag of doom and pulled out peg 35 which i was far from happy with because you had the windward end peg in your section plus the peg had finished last in section a couple of times in the league , as i arrived at my home for the next few hours i had one of the league leaders in my section as well so i would up against it to try to get some good points from here . My peg was a touch over 13m wide which is one of the narrowest on the lake so at least it would be an easier days fishing and like usual on here i had a mud bank about a meter wide surrounded by some over hanging reeds , the margins were pretty standard top kit of bare bank then some vegetation and i decided to set up ;
Margin towards my left where after plumbing up i found a bit of a flat area on the shelf in 18in which is a bit deeper than usual but i didn’t expect the carp to be feeding tight to the mud bank , i used a 0.4 MD margin float with 018 garbo main line and a four-inch 014 garbo hook length which had a size 16 guru lwg hook attached my elastic was size 15 Preston hollo .
Three foot rig for fishing in front of my right hand reeds and also across to the far bank , this is an area which i have struggled to catch on in previous rounds but i always set it up just in case and i used a 4×12 MD maggot float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern my main line was 016 garbo which had a six-inch 012 garbo hook length , my elastic was size 13 Preston hollo .
Mud line rig for fishing in 18 inch about a foot away from the bank and i used a 4×12 MD island float with a bulk of stotz above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length ,my elastic was size 13 Preston hollo .
Tight to the far bank in 8 inch and i used a 4×12 MD mini mag float which was on 014 garbo direct to a size 16 guru lwg hook and elastic was size 13 Preston hollo .
Bait for the day was ;
3 pints of Adlington’s finest white maggots .
2 pints of 4mm hard pellets .
1 pint of corn .
1/2 bag of ground-bait .
When the all in sounded i had a quick look onto my left hand margin to see if i could mug a carp because i had felt a few when i plumbed up earlier and after a couple of minutes my float twitched then slid under , a sharp strike resulted in a tiny gudgeon flying my way not exactly what i had planned so that went up the bank for later in the match . A switch to my across line and i kinder potted in some maggots then held my rig still over the top of it , after a couple of quick carp things got a great deal harder as i could see the fish coming into the swim with their fins breaking the surface but was struggling to get them settled in the shallow water but before i did my usual trick of potting in some ground-bait , i switched rigs to my 3ft one which was positioned halfway down the far slope in front of the over hanging reeds and i began clumping in my maggots through a large kinder pot because in this depth of water line bites could be a problem , after about ten minutes i had my first indication which resulted in a big ide hitting the net and over the next hour i managed half a dozen of them but as i feared it wasnt long after when i began getting line bites resulting in foul hooked fish .
I went back onto my mud bank catching a couple of early carp before they became spooky again and it was becoming really frustrating , i decided to pot in some ground-bait this kind of worked as i attracted plenty of fish into the swim but now i had the problem of foul hooking them and kept trashing rigs so even more frustration . I dropped onto my left hand margin where i had potted in some ground-bait and maggots for the past hour , i had seen a few signs of carp with the swim being muddied up and after an early carp i just couldn’t get another indication on it , to make things worse the ducks had emptied my mud bank of bait , i had been putting in corn+pellets onto my right hand 3ft swim and i hoped that a few fish might have settled on it but i never even had a sign , today was just getting worse + worse so with ninety minutes of the match remaining i only had 14 carp in the net plus a few ide and i was stirring at last place in the section .
With nothing left to lose i decided to up my feed so i put in two cups of maggots+ground-bait in on my margin and my mud bank swim , i picked up my eight inch rig and pushed it really tight to the far bank which i hoped would help solve the foul hooking problem , thankfully it did and my swim got stronger + stronger maybe it was the increased feed going in , or the ducks stirring up the bottom , but they had just turned up although i wasnt complaining as i managed to double my catch in the remaining time including one right on the whistle . The all out signalled the end to my worst match in a long time as i couldn’t get anything to work properly , trashing rigs + losing fish not the best of days , i ended up with 28 carp plus half a dozen ide when the scales arrived went 90lb and surprisingly this was good enough for second in section which i would have taken at the start of the contest , although i felt the peg was worth a lot more as the lad too my right won the match with 230lb so i got well and truly smashed up today but at least this gave me a default pick up , this leaves me on 11 points after removing my two droppers so if i manage a section win on the last round i might make the top ten although i never make things easy on myself after missing two matches in the league .