25th August , peg 5
A new venue for our club today and the furthest we have had to travel this year , so hopefully we will catch well other wise i might be getting some ear ache as per usual . After returning from pegging out and finding all fifteen anglers was here early so three sections of five today , i had been expecting to get a phone call from someone saying they had got lost !!!! So with all present we did the draw a bit early and i ended up with the last peg in the bag which was number five , not a bad area to be in all accounts with an island to chuck too and plenty bank side vegetation to target latter in the match .
The target species are carp around the 3lb mark although they do go to double figures in here , skimmers and some clonking big ide and with this in mind i decided on a worm and caster attack close in at six meters and hard pellet shallow and on the deck at 14 meters like i had seen on the latest winning pegs seven dvd .
My rigs where ;
6m , when i plumbed up it was noticeable that the water was a bit lower than usual and when i found the crease of the near shelf it was about three foot deep and i set up this swim to my right out of any disturbance from my other swims . I used a 0.4 scone float with a thick bristle because i was using worm sections and as i was expecting to catch carp every thing was a bit heavier than usual , with 0.14 garbo line straight through to a size 14 hook and preston 13 hollo elastic .
14m deck , it was 4ft deep here and because i was using pellets i went for a 0.4 float with a thin bristle to show up any little dinks , i set this up a few inch over depth because it was a bit windy today . i used 0.14 garbo line to a size 0.12 garbo hook length and a size 18 hook with a micro band attached with 13 preston hollo elastic.
14m shallow , i set this at 2ft which was half depth and could go shallower if required , i used 0.14 garbo line straight through to a size 16 hook with a bait band and 13 preston hollo elastic because i only expected to catch carp on this today
My bait was ;
One pint of casters
One kilo of worms
One pint of 4mm hard tiger fish pellets
Small tub of 6mm hard tiger fish pellets for the hook
As the all in sounded i proceeded to put in two medium cupping kits of pellets at 14 meters and i intended to re feed this line every thirty minutes un till i go on it later in the match . I also feed my six meter line with a medium cupping kit of worm , caster and micro , then went over the top with a section of worm . Nothing really happened for the first twenty minutes apart from the odd small perch , so i began re feeding with a kinder pot every five minutes or after every fish which ever came first . This brought an instant response with some nice ide coming to the net mixed with the odd skimmer or roach , after forty minutes of catching well and still no carp so after bumping a nice ide at the net i decided to change my 13h to a lighter orange matrix because i didn’t want to suffer any more hook pulls from the ide .
After ninety minutes my six meter swim began to slow down , where as the guy to my right began getting the odd carp further out . So i proceeded to put another two medium pots of worm , caster and micros in and went out to try my 14 meter swim with a banded pellet on the hook . After having feed it every thirty minutes and with some bubbles coming up i expected an instant response , i did have some indications but nothing positive so i began loose feeding four mm pellets over the top with a view to drawing a few carp into my area and maybe try shallow if i saw any swirls . No more bites where forth coming so i tried shallow , but after trying all the usual tricks in a thirty minute spell i didn’t have any bites .
I went back on to my six meter line hopping that the big ide would have moved back onto it or maybe a few carp , but after making the mistake of not keeping feeding it for an hour while i was fishing long and now not even the perch was present in the swim . We was fast approaching the third hour and still i hadn’t had a carp in my net , so i decided to have a look on my pellet feeder to the island rushes and after constant re casting every five minutes i began getting a few liners before i picked up a one pound skimmer not exactly what i was looking for but a fish none the less , but un fortunately after that fish no more indications came my way in a further forty minutes .
The lad to my right was still picking up the odd carp but was now having to cast forty yards with both pellet waggler or method feeder in between the two islands to get bites , so it looked like they had followed the wind down to the far side of the lake . We was now fast approaching the last ninety minutes and i needed to put a run off fish together so i had no option but to try and re build up my six meter line for hopefully a good final hour . Slowly but surely i began getting bites first from perch and then the odd big ide returned , by altering the shotting pattern for a slower fall of the bait and lowering it down among the kinder pot of feed i managed to keep the fish coming.
It went quiet on me at one point and i thought i had maybe over done it with the amount of bait going in , but i found the reason why when i first hooked and landed a really nice looking and very hard fighting three pound ghost carp , quickly followed by a bigger mirror carp and i then pulled out of another which took the worm on the drop so may have been foul hooked but it didn’t fight like one . Un fortunately no more carp came my way but i did land a flying skimmer and a few more big ide before the all out .
Upon starting the weigh in on peg one i had totally forgot about the lad on the end peg who was also in my section and i couldn’t see what he had caught because of the tree , i was surprised when he put 32lb of carp on the scales caught on the method feeder because i heard that he wasn’t doing that well .I had become engrossed with a next peg battle against the guy to my right for the section but i could never get level with him and when he caught a carp on the whistle that was that , i weighed 31lb of mainly ide and the next peg weighed 35lb so no points for me again this week although it was another close run thing and losing the odd fish cost me again this week .
Section A , peg 4 35lb
Section B , peg 6 46lb
Section C , peg 12 39lb
My match went like this today ;
1st hour 5lb
2nd hour 10lb
3rd hour 1lb
4th hour 5lb
5th hour 10lb
A good start and finish but my middle part of the match when i fished pellet didn’t work , not sure why banded pellet isn’t working for me on the deck this season and in hind sight i should have fished paste in that part of the match because it worked well on their last year .
My main challenger for the title who i beat in last seasons winter league and no doubt wants to get me back , picked up two points today so my lead is now cut to the solitary point , but on the plus side the lowest i can finish is second which is good but i will still be trying my best for the win because chances like this don’t come around to often .
All in all it turned out to be one of our better matches this season but they are fully booked up already for next year , so i will have to see if they would like to fish it again in two years time , that’s if im still in charge by then because you never know i might decide to go some were new ,who knows whats around the corner .
What did i learn today
My strongest swim was worm and caster at six meter , heavy feeding was in order today .
For some reason hard pellet at 14m both on the deck and shallow didn’t work .
Pellet feeder to the island didn’t work either but the reeds around it wasn’t knocking a sure sign of no carp being present .
Should have tried caster shallow on my six meter line for the ide because i had a couple take the worm as it was falling .
Never leave feeding fish because its hard to get them back .
The lad who won Section A , had to keep chopping and changing to pick up the odd carp , fishing pellet waggler and method feeder in between the islands at distance and the silver fish he caught with maggot on the pole made the difference between me and him in the end .
Paste seemed to be the best bait today and the lad who won Section B , feed heavy in the last hour using a pint of micros at 13 meter and was on a carp a chuck in that time .
The lad who won Section C , had a carp on every five minutes but lost over twenty pound of carp under the lily pads and was un lucky not to have won today .
So off to Wrightington Rivi view on Sunday for the last club match of the year not my favorite venue and its all down to the last match which makes it intresting for those at the top . Keep reading to see if i can get the points needed to win the club .