Cunneries fishery , teams of three league


October 7th

Today i was back at the Cunneries fishery for the penultimate round of the Autumn teams of three and as the Daiwa adlington team was languishing in mid table we could do with a good performance to move us up the league although in all honesty it would be very hard to make up ground on the top four , during the week leading up to the contest we had some torrential down pours and it was forecast to be continuous rain today as well , this i felt would have an impact on the weights and i thought that just 60lb could be enough for good section points that was probably only thirty-five stamp f1s which should be achievable on most of the pegs on the S canal , the Old canal was also in the match today after it had been closed for over a month and on Thursdays match it had thrown up some really good weights but that was a rover when just four anglers decided to go on it today every other peg would be which would make things a bit tougher .

After my short drive to the fishery i grabbed a buttie before having a chat with a few of the other anglers in attendance and so far the rain had held off but there was quite a brisk wind blowing towards the car park , as i had decided to stand down from the Daiwa Adlington squad after the league had finished i decided to let the other team members do a bit of the work so i relegated myself from doing the drawing duties , but it didn’t really make much difference as the captain still brought back our usual end peg this time it was in the shape of 15 S canal with the wind blowing into it and it looked really good , the only trouble was i wasnt going to be sitting on it as my home for the day was 40 S canal only a couple away from the last round where i struggled to catch a great deal so i expected more of the same this time .

When i arrived to my peg which was half way along the fourth leg i had the usual reed lined margin + far bank plus a nice mud bank and an empty platform either side of me , so at least i had a bit of room and i decided to set up ;

Top kit plus one at an angle towards my left at the bottom of the near slope and i used a 4×12 Md maggie float with a staggered bulk shotting pattern spread along the bottom third of my rig starting above my six-inch 012 garbo hook length which had a size 18 guru LWG hook attached with a micro bait band .

Three foot rig for in front of the far bank reeds and five meters along my left hand margin at the far side of the weed bed , i used a 4×12 Md pellet float with an inch spread bulk shotting pattern starting above my four-inch 012 garbo hook length which had a size 18 Guru pellet hook attached to it .

Channel rig six meters towards my right + left this would allow me to try a couple of different feeding patterns and i used a 4×12 Md maggie float which had a  staggered bulk shotting pattern spread along the bottom third of my rig starting above my six-inch 012 garbo hook length which had a size 18 guru LWG hook attached .

Bait for the day was ;

3 pints of red+white maggots

2 pints of micros

2 pints of 4mm pellets

small tub of 4mm expanders

I began the match on my top three and tapped in a few 4mm pellets before flicking my rig out so that it fell up the near slope even though i kept throwing in some pellets and laying my float among it , it took an age for me to get an indication and i only managed four f1s in the first which wasnt the best of starts maybe hard pellets are on their way out now that the water has started to go a bit cooler . I switched to my across swim it took a couple of feeds of micros through a kinder pot  before i got a response and for the next hour i had a good run of fish the only trouble was they were just stockies+skimmers not what i wanted to be catching if i required some good points , despite trying all sorts of different feeding patterns and moving swims i just couldn’t get through the small stuff .

I decided to give my channel swim a try which was my best area on the last round and i fed one with a small pot of maggots the other with a kinder pot of micros , by rotating between the two i managed to pick up the odd stamp f1 but never really managed a run of fish from either it just seemed there wasnt many in the area and to be honest if i had spent the rest of the match here i would have ended up with better section points but i felt that i wasnt catching quick enough so i had a look down my long left hand margin , i clumped in some micros through a large kinder pot and lowered my rig in over the top of it and i managed three big f1s straight  away i hoped that i could put a run together but it never really got going . A switch back to my channel swim got me a few more fish and i spent the remainder of the match alternating between them both picking up f1s from each , soft pellets was by far the best bait for me today which was strange because others that i had talked to did better on maggots .

When the all out sounded i ended up with 17 f1s plus a few skimmers+stockies and this went a disappointing 35lb which although beat the anglers either side of me was only good enough for 7th in my ten peg section although if i had managed another 5lb which was possible i would have had a lot better points , on meeting up with the other lads in the team they had struggled just like me so we was all a bit down with the result and as it turned out we ended up joint fifth on the day which is a lot better than we thought because i feared we might have even been last .

Theres a few weeks break before the next round so hopefully the weather might have settled down a bit and the fishing has improved , before that im off to Partridge lakes for the first time in ages and then back to Heronbrook fishery for the second round of the winter league so a busy but enjoyable weekend ahead .

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Cunneries fishery teams of three


September 30th

Today i have been to the cunneries fishery for the teams of three where we was lying in fourth place so needed a good result if we wanted to move up the table and after being at Weston pools for the last few weeks , I was a bit rusty with my F1 fishing and to be honest i felt it would have been better for another squad member to take my place if they had attended the opens in between rounds , but anyway it was the usual team for the match and on the morning of the contest the weather didn’t look to bad with it being overcast with a light breeze but we was due to get even more rain during the day because recently it hasn’t stopped raining .

On arriving at the fishery i booked on to the match and grabbed something to eat before having a chat with a few of the other anglers and we all agreed that it could be tough going today apart from those pegs opposite end to the car-park which had the benefit of a ripple . It soon came round for the draw and yet again I dipped in the bag of doom for the team it’s not as if im a draw bag or something , i pulled out my usual end peg then a couple of poor pegs China was on peg one s canal, John was on peg fifteen hawk and I was on peg forty-four s canal .

On arriving at my home for the next few hours which was in the middle of the fourth leg of the s canal i had the usual reed lined far bank + margins and in light of the recent weather conditions i chose to set up my rigs slightly deeper than i usually do on here i set up ;

Top kit plus one which was positioned at the bottom of the near slope and i used a 4×12 roob styled float which had an inch spread bulk starting above the 010 garbo hook length , my main line was the usual 014 garbo and hook was a size twenty guru lwg which had a micro bait band attached .

Three foot rig for fishing in front of the far bank reeds and my right hand empty platform , i used a 4×12 MD maggie float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern and my main line was the usual 014 garbo which had a four-inch 010 garbo hook length attached .

I also set up a track swim at six meter to my right and left i felt that this was enough distance apart to allow me to try different feeding patterns , i used a 4×12 Md maggie float with a bulk plus two dropper shotting pattern and my main line was the usual 014 garbo which had a four-inch 010 garbo hook length attached .

Bait for the day was ;

3 pints of red and white maggots

1 pint of bagem moist feed pellets in 1mm

1 pint of bagem 4mm feed pellets

When the all in sounded i started my match on hard pellets on my top kit plus one and by throwing a couple of 4mm pellets around my float every couple of minutes i managed six f1s in the first hour before it died on me, I then swapped to my across line with maggots feeding through a small kinder pot this just produced the odd fish and despite trying a few different things it never really got going ,  I even switched it to pellets which didn’t improve things and i was scratching my head on what i should try next but at least i wasnt the only person struggling because i hadn’t seen many fish come out so far .

With the last ninety minutes of the match fast approaching I decided to spent it down the track i fed one swim with micros the other with maggots just so i could see which one if any of them worked the best , i started on my right hand maggot line and i kept laying my rig in different ways to help get me a few bites but it was proper hard going , i finally began picking up the odd fish but the only trouble was I kept losing fish on the strike and despite trying lots of different things nothing really improved it was as if the f1s were coming into the swim but backing away from the feed .

When i switched to my left hand pellet swim and for some reason i just kept missing bites so i decided to try double maggot on the hook over the top of it , this finally produced a run of fish before i was back losing fish and it was leaving me a bit frustrated .At the all out I ended up with a disappointing 34lb which was only good enough for me to win my money section but ended up 7th on the lake, I definitely had enough fish in front of me to challenge for the top three as i lost nearly fifteen f1s during the match and a low 50lb was needed to get into the frame but lack of recent venue knowledge cost me , the other lads didn’t do much better as we ended up fifth on the day and we are now ten points behind third place with just a couple of rounds left i think its going to be hard to pull the deficit back .

Anyway off to Herronbrook fishery tomorrow for the teams of four let’s hope I do better on there.

Cunneries hawk pool


10th September
Today i was back at the cunneries fishery as a guest with the Stockton heath lads and I don’t usually do club matches but as it was on Hawk pool I made an exception because it will be in both of the teams of three league’s I am doing on here , have only fished it once before so needed to try a few things out and like they say practice makes perfect .At the draw I had the last ball in the bag ending up with peg 18 which i was very happy with as it is in a good area to be in and I had a bit of room , so i fancied it for a few fish even though we have had a lot of rain in the past few days and was due a bit more during the day .
I decided to set up ;
2ft rig for margin + across and i used a 4×12 MD pellet float with a spread bulk along my 014 garbo main line starting above my four-inch 010 garbo hook length .
 4ft rig at top kit plus one with maggots and i used a 4×10 MD maggot float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern , with the usual 014 garbo main line and six-inch of 010 garbo hook length .
Bait for the day was ;
2 pints of red+white maggots
1 pint of bagem soaked micros
1 pint of bagem 4mm pellets
1 pint of bagem crushed expander ground-bait
On the all in I started at the bottom of the near slope feeding maggots through my hand and I had a great run of ide all though they was averaging six-ounce a piece , my constant loose feeding had brought them up off the deck and there was a few swirls on top , I was missing a few bites and i didn’t expect to be catching shallow today so I changed to kinder potting the maggots in which brought the fish back to the deck. In the first hour I caught about 18lb of ide plus a few barbel and It was all going really well i even picked up a couple of f1s+carp , but i was using today as a learning exercise plus I was running out of maggots so I decided to change it to pellets to try to get some more f1’s into the swim and i put in half a cupping kit full of micros+crushed expander.
While it settled I went across to the far bank and picked the spot where i had earlier plumbed up then taped in half a dozen micros before lowering my rig in over the top , i caught a couple of quick f1s before things got a bit difficult because for the next two hours i had a nightmare with liners and foul hookers, I tried setting up new swims all along the far bank and i would get a couple of early fish before it went tits up as i just couldn’t get them to settle no matter what depth I went into and I put next to nothing in the net so I went back on my near line while I had a review on what to do next .
I started by taping in some micros then lowered my rig in over the top and i soon started catching some carp+f1s but the bites were very finicky more like winter fishing when using pellets , I had to be really careful with the amount of feed i began putting in because the bottom would fizz up quite badly if I over did it and I decided to change it back to maggots because I was catching ide a lot quicker , i  set up a new swim for pellets I slightly deeper water towards my right at six meters but this time kicked it off with a nugget of crushed expander and some micros .
For the rest of the match I rotated between them both catching a few from my pellet swim and when it began fizzing up i went go onto my maggot swim which was by far the best line but i didn’t have enough bait to do it justice , at the all out I had 54lb which consisted of 22lb of ide+barbel the rest carp + f1’s which was just enough for the match win but more importantly I learned a great deal and maybe i had suffered a bit with having too much room because at times i had a lot of fish in my peg but at least i have more of an idea if i ever draw on the lake again .

cunneries fishery teams of three , round two


Saturday 9th September
I have been to cunneries fishery today for the second round of the teams of three and with the amount of rain coming down in the days leading up to the contest I expected the fishing to be quite tough especially as we was also forecast some heavy downpours during the match. After having a chat with a few of the lads it was time for the captains to queue up for a dip in the bag of doom and at the draw I pulled out peg 26 for me, peg 7 for John , peg 6 for China and for the second round running my first pick was an end peg although it was the wrong end today with the wind blowing to the car park but there is always some resident big f1s + carp in the area .
I set up three rigs to cover my options because i didn’t want to confuse myself because my peg had plenty areas to target ;
Top kit at 4ft deep towards the bottom of the near slope and i used a 4×16 malman roob float with an inch spread bulk along the 014 garbo main line starting above the 010 garbo four-inch hook length .
Margin rig a top kit both right+left in two foot which was the shallowest water that i could find and i used a 4×12 malman roob  float with an inch spread bulk along the 014 garbo main line starting above the 010 garbo four-inch hook length .
Three foot rig for fishing across to the far bank reeds and also along my left hand reed lined edge at the side of the bridge ,i used a 4×14 malman roob float with an inch spread bulk along the 014 garbo main line starting above the 010 garbo four-inch hook length .
Bait for the day was ;
Bagem 4mm pellets soaked in bagem pellet oil .
Bagem soaked 2mm pellets
Bagem crushed expander ground-bait
Small tub of bagem 4mm expanders
Small tub of mixed hard pellets .
 As usual I started on my top kit with hard pellets and i had a good first hour managing to catch 8 fish before it faded, so a switch to my margin behind me in the cut out where it was 3ft deep and i used soft pellet on the hook feeding micros through a small kinder pot which got me a couple more f1s but there did not seem to be a great deal in the area .I went across to the far bank reed’s and had a quick couple of fish before things went quiet and i didn’t have to wait long to find out why as I hooked something a bit better which took me under the bridge snapping my hook length , then all i could manage was tiny silvers it wasnt looking good .
For the next few hours I rotated my swims but struggled to catch anything which was the same as all those angler’s around me apart from the lad opposite who was picking up the odd fish from in front of each empty platform , I decided to put in another swim along my left hand margin at eleven meters where there was a cut out between the reeds and as i had nothing to lose I put in half a pot of pellets , after about thirty minutes of catching the odd silver this finally produced a carp and a big skimmer.
We soon approached the last hour and I went back onto my top kit with hard pellets this produced the odd fish till the all out sounded , signalling the end of another frustrating match as I ended up with 21 fish for 44lb and this was only good enough for 4th in my ten peg section  ,which I’m a bit disappointed with as I’m still struggling to catch mid match and need to get it sorted out .
John did well to get second from an unfancied peg and China finished 7th but I wouldn’t have wanted to be on their today because it was either carp or bust on the lake today, this left us on 13 points and fifth on the day but there was only four points separating us from the winners , lets hope for some better luck on the remaining few rounds .

Cunneries fishery


September 2nd

Today i was back at the cunneries fishery for the first round of the autumn teams of three and after doing well on my last couple of visits managing to pick up my section , I was rather up beat expecting a good showing from the Daiwa Adlington team and even though it would be really tough for us to match our 4th place from the spring teams of three because it had attracted the attention of some very good sponsored anglers this time round . On arrival to the complex i was greeted to blue skies and hardly any wind with what there was blowing away from the car park so not the ideal conditions for catching a good weight of f1s , after booking on for the match i had a chat with some familiar faces that i hadn’t seen for some time and then went for a walk around hawk because one of the team had not fished it before so i gave him my limited knowledge of the lake as i had only fished it twice . When we got back to the cabin it was nearly time for the draw to take place so i joined the queue behind the other team captains and when it was my turn for a dip in the bag of doom i pulled out an unexpected average set of pegs ;

peg one on the s canal my usual end peg although i wasnt on it today

peg nine on hawk which wasnt great although he did have a bit of room .

my home for the day was peg forty about half way along the fourth leg of the s canal it can be a reasonable area but is quite deep .

When i arrived at my peg i had quite a few of the better anglers in my ten peg section and i felt that i was fishing for 5th or 6th , i had the usual reed lined margin and far bank plus at long last i had a mud bank to target and i decided to set up ;

Top three towards my right+left in four-foot with banded pellet and i used a 4×12 MD roob styled float with a staggered bulk shotting pattern starting above my four-inch 010 garbo hook length which had a size twenty guru lwg hook attached .

Far bank in front of the reeds in three-foot and i would be using soft pellets so my float was a 4×12 MD roob styled float with a staggered bulk shotting pattern starting above my four-inch 010 garbo hook length which had a size twenty guru lwg hook attached .

Top kit towards my right in the shallowest water i could find which was 18 inch and i used a 0.4 MD diamond float which had an inch spread bulk shotting pattern starting above my four-inch 010 garbo hook length which had a size twenty guru lwg hook attached .

I did plumb up the mud line but it fell away from six-inch to three-foot like it was a cliff face so im afraid that wasnt an option today .

Bait for the day revolved around pellets ;

2 pints soaked bagem micros pellets .

2 pints hard bagem 4mm pellets , soaked in bagem pellet oil .

1 pint bagem crushed expander ground-bait .

small tub of 4mm bagem expanders .

small tub of mixed hard pellets .

When the all in sounded i began on my top three towards my left and by tapping half a dozen 4mm pellets i had a good run of f1s it looked like i might be on for a nice day but like usual on here after my first hour the swim died on me , i switched to my across line in front of the reeds tapping in some micros through a small kinder pot and after about ten minutes i managed an f1 quickly followed by another but then all i could catch were small skimmers not what i wanted , i put another line in about a meter away and started again this produced a quick burst of fish before the silvers moved in , there seemed to be a lack of fish in front of me or more likely i had not got my feeding right .

I began potting in some Bagem crushed expander on my right hand margin tight to the reeds and i hoped that a few f1s might settle on it as it was the shallowest part of my peg , while it settled i put in another swim along the far bank and for the next hour i rotated these across lines picking up the odd fish but it was really hard going . I went on my margin swim for a quick look and when my float buried straight away i thought i had cracked it but when a gudgeon came to the net i wasnt very happy , for the next couple of hours i swapped between all my lines putting next to nothing in the net and you could say things wasnt going great today .

With nothing to lose i decided to pot in some micros on my top three-line as i hoped that this might draw some skimmers into the area which could in turn get the f1s interested , after about five minutes the bottom began fizzing like mad and when it finally settled down i dropped on to it , i started picking up hand sized skimmers before a couple of bigger ones turned up and after an age of inactivity i was glad to put something in the net . Fifteen minutes passed by then i hooked a decent f1 which i somehow managed to lose under my platform in fact i lost the next three the same way which was bad angling on my part , i just hoped that they wouldn’t cost me at the end but with the calibre of people here i just knew that it would and after giving myself a stern talking too i got my act together just in time for me to put a run of f1s together before the all out sounded .

I had managed 23 f1s plus two nice skimmers but i was unsure on the weight after packing up i went to see how John had got on because the would be weighing hawk pool first he managed 5th in his ten peg just missing out by an ounce on a better place so a bit unlucky , the scales soon arrived at my peg and my two nets went 39lb this was only good enough for a disappointing seventh so yet again my middle period is costing me any chance of competing for good section points , only an extra 4lb would have put me forth so as i expected those lost fish had cost me and the team dear today , our third team member china managed fourth this left us with sixteen points and fifth on the day but with a bit of luck it could have been a bit better but at least it gives us something to build on , although it looks like we are all playing for third place as two teams ended up with a remarkable four + six points on the day .

 

Cunneries fishery


August 28th

Today i decided to contest the bank holiday open at Cunneries fishery as it would hopefully give me chance to fine tune a couple of things before the start of the teams of three next weekend , when i arrived at the complex there was already a couple of lads knocking about and it seemed that a few others had decided to do the same as me with a bit of a sneaky practice , there ended up being twenty anglers split over the four legs of the s canal which was good as it would replicate the pegging for the league . The weather was quite nice as well which was a surprise for a bank holiday and we was treated to blue skies plus a light swirling wind , which was good conditions for the angler but not great for catching lots of f1s especially with it being the third match on the trot on the s canal over the long weekend so i expected things to be quite tough going .

It was soon time for the draw and i did my usual trick of drawing near the car park  this time i was on peg ten just one away from where i sat on my last visit so at least i knew how best to fish it or rather how not to do it , after a short walk to my home for the next few hours i had ;

A reed bed either side of me and after plumbing up i found just under three-foot and as i was going to be using hard pellets , i used a 4×12 MD pellet float which had an inch spread bulk of number ten stotz , starting above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length and hook was a size 18 guru lwg .

Yet again i didn’t have a mud bank across just a reed lined far bank and as it was 2.5ft deep i used a 4×12 MD maggot float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern , my main line was the usual 014 garbo with a 010 garbo hook length attached to it .

I set up a margin rig a top kit to my right in 18 inch which was the shallowest water i could find and i used a 0.4 MD margin munter float with a bulk of number nine stotz , starting above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Shallow rig set at 18 inch for fishing either down the track or in front of the far bank reeds and i used a 4×10 MD mini mag float with a bulk of number eleven stotz starting above the four-inch 010 garbo hook length .

Bait for the day was ;

3 pints red and white maggots

3 pints 4mm pellets

2 pints of ground-bait

small tub of mixed hard pellets

When the all in sounded i began on my top three towards the edge of the left hand reed bed and after tapping in a few 4mm pellets through a medium kinder pot , i lowered my rig in over the top and held it still , it took a couple of feeds before i had my first indication and not long after wards i managed my first f1 , for the next forty minutes i had a good run of fish but i had to work hard with my feeding to keep the bites coming when i began suffering with liners i had to clump the pellets in to get them back on the deck , after a while things started to tail off so i went on to my right hand side and started again but for some reason this never really got going only producing a couple of f1s all match . With just over an hour gone i had a dozen fish in the net and it looked like i could be on for a good day especially as they was all a decent stamp , i went across to my far bank swim and fed a small kinder pot full of maggots , i laid my rig in so that it fell up the slope as this would give me a tight line between hook + float i got bites almost instantly but only from small stockies and silvers not really what i wanted to be catching , i persevered with it for half an hour but things didn’t improve so i decided to change it to a shallow line and began feeding a dozen maggots every five minutes at seven meters which was pretty easy to reach with the wind now blowing off my back , i didn’t really want to fish across as well as shallow due to the swim being so narrow as it would just split the f1s  .

I went back onto my hard pellet line and rotated between my right+left hand swims this produced a few f1s but it was very slow going although i was missing the odd bite which must have been small skimmers because there is quite a few in here , after an hour of feeding shallow i decided to give it a try even though i hadn’t seen any signs and i had an f1 almost instantly quickly followed by another but then i was plagued by small silvers . I cut down my far bank rig and replumbed up a top kit towards my left in two foot of water , i then started to feed it quite heavily with maggots just to see what would happen and while it settled i had another look shallow which didn’t produce anything other than small silvers , back on my maggot swim and my float buried straight away  but after an f1 all i could catch were small perch things wasnt going to well although nobody was catching a great deal around me either . With ninety minutes remaining i began feeding my right hand margin with ground-bait in 18 inch of water and then went on my only line which was producing the odd bite my hard pellet swim towards the left hand margin , i kept putting the odd f1 in the net but when i saw the water muddying up over my margin feed i quickly swapped rigs and this produced a fish straight away , with time running out i choose to spend the rest of the match on this swim and managed another eight f1s before the all out sounded .

I had managed thirty f1s plus a few silvers and after packing up i went to speak to a few of the other anglers it seemed that it had fished quite hard today , only a few anglers where admitting to having over thirty fish so it would all go down too who had caught the heaviest average stamp and when the scales arrived at my peg i ended up with 45lb this was good enough for sixth overall plus a section win , although with a low 50lb getting in the frame I’m a bit disappointed not to have managed that but i did try a few things out today and i am pretty happy with the plan i have in mind for the teams of three starting next saturday .

Cunneries fishery


August 11th

Cunneries S canal

Today i decided to have a return to Cunneries fishery as it would be my last chance to get there before the teams of three starts in the beginning of September and the weather leading up to today’s contest was pretty autumnal with heavy overnight rain plus a drop in temperature , on arrival to the complex i was greeted to a half empty car-park , i found out the draw was going to take place at 930 and i can’t get used to these late starts . While i had an hour to hang about i decided to have a look at the lakes and they had done quite a bit of work since my last visit , all the reeds had been cut back on the island with some also being taken out to make a mud bank and they had even-numbered some of the pegs which is always handy when you’re new to the place .

When i got back to the cabin there was a few more people knocking about and i had a chat with a couple of lads that i hadn’t seen for a while , before i knew it the draw was about to start and i decided to hang towards the back to see if this could improve my luck , when it came for my turn i pulled out eleven so no end peg for me today and i was going to be on the narrow side which wasnt the best but at least i was at the right side of the lake with the wind blowing towards the car-park , i also had a fellow Daiwa adlington angler on the next peg so it would give me a chance to compare our catch rates as i was trying something a bit different regarding feeding today .

After having a bit of a plumb around i found three-foot on my top 3 on either side near the reed beds and also the same depth a foot away from the far-bank , which made things a bit easier regarding rig selection and i decided to set up ;

Soft pellet rig and i used a 4×12 MD roob style float which had an inch spread bulk starting above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Hard  pellet rig and i used a 4×12 MD roob style float which had an inch spread bulk starting above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Shallow rig set at 18 inch and i used a 4×10 MD mini mag with 014 garbo main line which had a  four inch 012 garbo hook length .

Bait for the day

1 pint soaked micro

2 pint 2mm hard pellets

2 pint sloppy expander groundbait

3 pint white maggots just in case

small tub of 4mm expanders

When the all in sounded i began on my right hand top three-line and fed a ball of ground-bait rolled in micros through a kinder pot , then lowered my rig in over the top of it and after about ten minutes i had my first indication which resulted in an f1 hitting the net , i then put in a thumbnail sized piece of ground-bait but after that all i could get was missed indications or small skimmers . I swapped to my left hand side and yet again after a couple of quick f1s the skimmers moved in and it seemed like ground-bait was not the best way to go on here although it might still come in play on a hard day , i decided to change to loose feeding half a dozen 4mm pellets on both my near lines and try them again later in the match .

I went to my across line and tapped in a couple of pellets every few minutes then kept my rig still over the top which was a bit awkward in the increasing breeze , it took an age for me to get any signs on the float but finally after about twenty minutes i had another f1 in the net and then all i could manage was the odd skimmer so maybe it wasnt the ground-bait just that i was in a poor area . On looking round it seemed like everyone was struggling to catch and maybe the conditions had knocked them off the feed , i decided on a change of tactics reverting to a more winter like approach in i went back to expanders and just trickled in micros . I set up multiple swims in the same 3ft depth along the far-bank and rotated between them all picking up the odd fish from each , it was noticeable that the f1s didn’t seem to want any bait going in over their heads so i fed one then fished the other and with the indications being really delicate i kept hooking the fish very lightly which meant they kept popping off just as i was about to net them , i took one of my adjustment shots of which raised up the float slightly and waited for a proper indication this kind of worked because i didn’t lose any more fish but they was hooked a bit deeper than i would have liked so no doubt i wouldn’t have seen half the indications that i was getting .

Approaching the last hour i was still in touch for the section as i could see everyone in it and with it fishing hard i could keep count of what they had caught , the lad directly opposite me was my main danger as he was two f1s in front and when he started getting bites down the side i needed to try something different as my indications had almost stopped . So i replumbed up as tight to the reeds as i could get which was only six-inch shallower but i figured the fish might be hiding among them in the brightening conditions , i taped in a couple of 4mm pellets before lowering my rig in slowly over the top of it and i had an f1 straight away but after that i kept getting line bites or foul hooked fish , i gave my shallow rig a try against the reeds but this didn’t produce an indication so i altered my deck rig so it had a slow fall of the hook bait and i laid my rig in so that it fell against the slope which would give me a tight line between hook bait + float .

My change of tactics worked really well and i managed another nine f1s before the all out but i noticed that i would only get an indication just as my hook bait had touched the bottom , so i left my rig stationary for a maximum of sixty seconds before taping in a couple of 4mm pellets then laid my rig in so it fell through them and when the all out sounded it called time on a very difficult match as i only had 17 f1s on my clicker , my mate on the next peg had managed 34 f1s by fishing the standard way so my approach wasnt right on the day which would give us something to think about . When the scales arrived i needed 17lb to beat for the section and i weighed in 27lb which was a bit more than i thought , overall it fished hard with 90lb winning and 54lb getting third which i felt was possible from my peg if i had fished it the right way but i also had enough on the hook to challenge today so maybe it was just one of those days .