I decided to have a change of scenery for today’s match as i headed to Blundells fishery on the outskirts of Warrington and it is somewhere that i haven’t visited for nearly twelve months even though it is right on my doorstep , I’m not too sure why i don’t go that often as it always throws up some decent weights in the opens and you usually need nearly two hundred pound to win although they are six-hour rover style contests, that doesn’t really bother me as you can only blame yourself if you don’t catch because you have decided to pick that peg and i think it’s more down to the amount of high-class fisheries which have a good turn out for the opens within a ten-mile radius of my house . After my short twenty-minute journey i met up with a couple of the Daiwa Adlington lads who have done well on trio and after parking up we had a quick walk around the pool , there was a few pegs that looked good but i set my stall out on getting peg 39 because it is an area of the lake which i have done really well from getting over a ton on a couple of previous visits , when we got back to the cabin it was soon time to pay on and have a dip in the bag of doom which would tell you in what order you would be able to pick your peg , for the second match running i managed to pull out number 22 this put me in the top third of anglers to pick and one by one all the favoured pegs went , including most of them down the split but in the area i fancied there was no one i stubbornly stuck to my guns and choose peg 39 but was unsure if it would be the correct decision today .
On getting to my home for the next few hours i had an island about 25m away and a nice reed lined margin , with it being well renowned for being deep i decided on a close range match and just set up three rigs which were ;
3ft rig for tight to the near bank rushes and i used a 4×12 roob style float with an inch spread bulk starting above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length attached to it was a size 16 guru lwg hook .
4ft rig for my top kit plus one at an angle left+right and i used a 4×12 roob style float with a staggered bulk spread along my 014 garbo main line , which had a six-inch 012 garbo hook length attached to it with a size 18 guru lwg hook with a micro bait band .
5ft rig for fishing top three directly in front of me were there was a little ledge before it dropped off again and i used a 4×14 md maggot float with a bulk plus two 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 lwg attached to it .
Bait for the day was ;
4 pints of 4mm hard pellets
2 pints of corn
small tub of mixed hard pellets
When the all in sounded i started on the top three towards my right i flicked my rig out so that it fell along the slope and began throwing half a dozen 4mm pellets at my float every few minutes and it took awhile before i began getting indications , not long after i had my first proper bite and after a spirited fight i got it to the net before the hook pulled !!! I also lost my next four fish all of which were foul hooked it was beginning to do my head in and in the depth of water my loose feed must have brought them up off the deck but a switch to kinder potting in the pellets got them settled back on the deck and i finally began putting something in the net plus they was all a nice stamp as well , when bites began to tail off i started feeding the left hand swim incase they had backed off but it never worked for me and i had to keep plundering the one line , so i added another section of pole on then started again this produced a couple more f1s , in the first ninety minutes i had about thirty pounds in the net which i felt was a good start but after that things went downhill fast as i just couldn’t get a bite anywhere and i put this down to the fact that the wind had got stronger blowing from left to right making the fish drift down to the other end of the lake .
As i was struggling for bites i dropped on to my deeper swim and i put a small cupping kit of 4mm pellets in before lowering my rig over the top the bites here were few and far between but it was the only place i could get an indication although they was all a nice stamp , halfway through the match and things was not getting any better so i decided to get off my box and set up a winter rig ;
4×10 maggot float with four number eleven stotz spread along the main line with a six-inch 010 garbo hook length which had a size twenty guru hook attached .
I put on a small kinder pot and plumbed up a new swim in three-foot towards my right at the side of some over hanging reeds , i taped in a couple of 4mm pellets then let my rig swing in towards the bank and after a while i began getting the odd indication first from hand sized skimmers then a few f1s although they was a smaller stamp than i was catching in the deeper water but at least i was putting something in the net . With ninety minutes of the match remaining i began feeding my margin swims with pellets and corn , after leaving it to settle for twenty minutes i went on my left hand one which was situated at top three near the reeds this produced an f1 straight away before i began missing bites , i also foul hooked a carp coming back with a large-scale this understandably killed the swim so i decided to re feed it then switched sides and this got me an early carp before it died on me , in fact the last hour was a proper nightmare as i didn’t get a single indication and a six-hour match when you are struggling feels like a very very long time .
As i began packing up i was unsure whether to bother weighing in because they can take their time at Blundells but after speaking to a couple of lads in my section it seemed that it had fished hard even a few of them had tipped back with the others admitting to a mid forty pound which is what i thought i might have , while i waited i went to see how my teammates had got on they had both done a damn sight better than me so it seemed like i had picked the wrong area to be in and i wasnt surprised to hear that their pegs got stronger during the match which gave substance to my theory that the fish had drifted off with the wind .When the scales finally arrived there was a 52lb and a 48lb by net only went 40lb so i was a bit off the mark today but with the amount of fish i had foul hooked i should have beaten both of them in the first ninety minutes although that’s the way it goes sometimes ,i would like to say a big well done to the other Adlington lads who fished here today as one won his section with 80lb and the other came second overall with 155lb , i am back at Hall lane on Saturday for the Mosella summer league but might be back at Blundells on sunday depending on the weather because it does look a bit damp during the week .