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 .
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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 .

Cunneries fishery


JULY 31st

Cunneries S canal

As i had the week off work and i was still waking up early i made a late decision to head to the cunneries fishery near Eccleston for the Monday open , as i do not go here a great deal and could do with the practice as i need to get to grips with the place before the teams of three starts , i had expected a nice light-hearted days fishing catching a few f1s with plenty of room but on arrival to the venue i was greeted to a jam-packed car park and it turned out that the match was nearly full with every other peg being taken . After having a chat with a few of the mosella north-west lads it was time for the draw and surprisingly i did my usual trick of pulling out an end peg this time it was 36 and im struggling to get away from the car park side of the s canal , after my short walk i arrived at my home for the next few hours strangely the wind was blowing across all four legs of the canal and a bit off my back .

I decided to set up just a couple of rigs because you need to be positive in your approach as you are catching f1s quickly if you need to compete ;

Three foot rig which i used for fishing hard pellets towards my right were there was an overhanging tree which was casting a shadow other the water and i felt there would be some f1s knocking about , i used a MD 4×12 pellet float with an inch spread bulk starting above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length which had a size twenty lwg hook attached .

Two shallow rigs in a depth of 12+18 inch i used a 4×10 MD mini mag float with a bulk of number 11 stotz above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length attached to it was a size twenty lwg hook .

Bait for the day couldn’t have been simpler ;

4 pints of hard 4mm pellets

small tub of mixed hard pellets for the hook

When the match started i began on my top three towards the right just at the side of the overhanging tree and i thought that the shade would offer some cover for the f1s in the bright sunny conditions , i dump potted in some 4mm pellets through a medium kinder pot then lowered my rig in over the top of it and i got a bite almost instantly that snapped my hook length just as i was about to net it which was my fault because i failed to change it before the match started . I then had a good run of fish and by continuously feeding after every bite i kept them coming for nearly an hour before the indications got a bit iffy , i also kept snagging up with something on the deck and the fish routing about must have disturbed something so i had a good drag around with the plummet , i managed to find a clearer patch a bit tighter to the bank in 2ft and i hoped the disturbance wouldn’t have upset the fish too much . I changed my feeding to trickling in 4mm pellets every couple of minutes to try to attract them back in the swim and after about ten minutes i was back catching well again , when i started missing indications which i felt might be line bites i changed my feeding to dumping in the pellets again to get the f1s back on the deck and that worked remarkably well , after half of the match had passed i had 40 f1s on my clicker and i put in another net because fingers crossed i could keep the run going for the remaining time especially as i was yet to go onto what i hoped would be a prolific shallow line .

I had loose feed my six meter shallow swim since the match started and i had a cluster of ducks in front of me for a while so i needed to feed a bit heavier than i would have liked , when they decided to depart from in front of me i picked up the deeper of my shallow rigs and i laid my rig in so it fell with the falling pellets , i picked up a couple of fish almost instantly and surprisingly they were bigger than in the edge but because of the bright skies + lack of ripple they were very skittish not really settling so i decided to keep feeding it for hopefully a good run at some point .I went back down the edge and added on another section to my margin then re plumbed up a new swim closer towards the right hand corner , yet again i began trickling in the pellets to try to draw some fish into the peg and i was catching nearly straight away , for the next hour i had a good run of f1s before they backed off a bit and i needed to chase them out towards the aerator it was all going really well so far .

With an hour remaining i stupidly decided to spend it fishing shallow rather than keep plucking away rotating my margin swims because i expected it to be really good at the end of the match , but just like earlier when i went on it i would pick up a couple of f1s before they backed off and i had to really work at it changing depths etc to get any indications , i knew in the back off my mind that i had made a mistake but i had committed to fishing up in the water and it was too late in the day to start changing things .

When the all out sounded i was unsure how i had got on as i couldn’t see the anglers at the other end of the s canal but i knew that t had beaten those lads around me , after packing up i caught up with the weigh in 130lb was leading then a 115lb and i knew that i hadn’t got that as i expected my 75 f1s to be around a low ton , when they arrived at my peg i put 98lb on the scales and as i thought my last hour had cost me as i only managed 9 fish for 12lb , I ended up fourth overall as peg one had 106lb which i felt i should have had but at least i picked up some money for winning the section and enjoyed myself although i did feel drained afterwards .

 

 

 

Cunneries open match


15th June

Cunneries S canal

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 .

 

Cunneries teams of three


3rd june

Cunneries S canal

Today i was back at Cunneries fishery in Eccleston for the last round of the teams of three and my Adlington angling red team was lying in fifth place with 76 points which was ten points away from the top three money positions , so that seemed out of the question but we still wanted to finish as high as possible because it was my first outing with the Daiwa Adlington squad . The weather leading up to the contest had been a bit iffy with a drop in temperature plus some strong showers and this of course had an impact on the matches taking place during the week , so bearing this in mind a figured that a low winning weight would be needed and a good draw required .

On arrival to the fishery i noticed that the wind was blowing towards the car park and the vegetation on the s canal had grown quite considerably since my last visit almost a month ago due to various other commitments , after having a chat with a few of the locals they had a similar view to me in that it would be tough going and hawk lake would be the favorite to win the match , when my other team members turned up we had a discussion on how we would attack it today and hopefully get the points required to move further up the table .

It was soon time for the draw and i managed to pull out three nice pegs they wasnt out-and-out flyers but should be able to give us good points if we fished them right , i was on peg 23 on the second leg on the s canal and i quite fancied it for a few bites even if the wind was blowing down the other end , like most of the pegs here i had some reeds along the far bank although i did have a clear patch so i could get into some shallower water and along my margin i had a reed bed on my right hand side although it looked to deep but on my left hand side i found 1.5ft a top kit away , so i decided to set up ;

3ft pellet rig for fishing in front of the far bank reeds and i used a 4×14 roob float which had an inch spread bulk starting above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

3ft maggot rig for fishing across if they didn’t want pellets and i used a 4×12 maggot float which had a bulk plus dropper spread along the 014 garbo main line , attached to it was a six-inch 012 garbo hook length .

mud bank and left hand margin rig , i used a 0.4 muddie float which would help keep the rig still if lots of fish came into the swim and i had the usual 014 garbo main line with a six-inch 012 garbo hook length .

i also set up a shallow rig incase the came up in the water across to the reeds and i used an 0.1 mini mag float which had a bulk above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Bait for the day was ;

2 pints of red and white maggots

2 pints of soaked micros

1 pint of ground-bait

small tub of 2+4mm expanders

When the all in sounded i began across to the far bank in front of the reeds towards my right and it only took a couple of feeds before i caught my first f1 , it was very slow going but by regularly tapping in a view micros plus lifting + dropping my rig i managed to entice a few fish to take my 4mm expander and in the first hour i had managed to catch half a dozen but my swim wasnt getting any stronger , it seemed like it was going to be a catch what you can day and keep setting up new swims similar to what you would do during the winter months .I plumbed up a new line on the left hand reed beds and started again yet again i had a quick couple of f1s then the hand sized skimmers moved in which wasnt a good sign , so i moved a couple of feet away and started again this is how i spent the first two hours of the match putting a dozen f1s in the net , at this point i was well up there with the anglers within eye shot and i also began loose feeding maggots towards my left hand margin , when bites began to tail off i plumbed up to see if i could find any shallower water if they had backed off and right in between the reeds were there was a bit of a bay i managed to find just over 2ft .

My new swim produced straight away although i did have a problem with them diving into the reeds when hooked and i ended up losing a few but it was the only place that i could regularly get bites , i noticed that a couple of lads where picking up the odd fish on the mud bank so i decided to follow suit i began by putting in a large kinder pot of maggots and lowered my rig in over the top of it , i managed a couple of small skimmers before foul hooking an f1 and it wasnt really working for me so i decided to big pot in some maggots to see if things improved any .While it settled i rotated my pellet swims picking up a few fish from each to be honest i was quite enjoying it and i was catching more than i usually do before my margin lines kick off , another look on the mud line didn’t produce for me so i kept plugging away on my pellet lines putting the odd f1 in the net and with two hours of the match left it was time to try my left hand margin which i had thrown a dozen maggots every five minutes in front of the reeds, so i expected there to be a few lined up i had a big f1 almost instantly which was promising and i thought that i could be on for a framing weight but my margin just died on me which was a complete shock as it had been my banker on every match i had fished on the s canal .I decided to big pot in the shallowest water i could find which was a top kit towards my left if they wanted to be in this depth and while it settled i rotated my pellet swims across , basically that is how i spent the rest of the match because both the mud bank and margin never worked for me .

When the all out sounded i had 28 f1s on the clicker so i thought that i might be on for a good weight and had caught more than those anglers around me , when the scales arrived i was one of the first to weigh in and my net went 33lb so it seemed that pellet fish wasnt as big a stamp as worm fish on the s canal . I was second best weight on my leg of the canal but the lower numbers fished a lot better which pushed me down to sixth missing out on third by just 2lb which was my worst place in the league not how i wanted the series to end , luckily the other lads in the team had fared a lot better as they finished first + third on their lakes this left us on ten points and which was good enough for us to finish second on the day , a few of the teams towards the top of the league had suffered a poor round so we hoped that we might have a chance of moving up the table and when the results had been read out we ended up in 4th place which is good for a new squad but we missed out on third by just three points .

 

So that was the end of Daiwa Adlington first attempt at team fishing and we suffered a few ups and downs including a proper stinker of a round when we had 23 points out of a possible thirty , but when we finally got to grips with the venue we ended quite well managing two team seconds and two individual seconds , so that will call time on the team events for the time being until the winter leagues begin again in november but i have enjoyed the experience and will be looking forward to continuing my time with the squad .