15th Jan , peg 24
With my job being a little quiet at the moment i took the opportunity for a short afternoon session and after last weeks good silver fish catch their was only one place that i wanted to go , so after a little detour to pick up some maggots me and John headed off to Widdows fishery .
On arrival there weren’t a soul about which wasn’t a surprise in the recent rainy weather but today it isn’t that bad with it being quite mild and only a light breeze , so we had the choice of pegs and after last weeks good show on the low numbers we decided to try the other bank and see how that side fishes , we settled on pegs 24+25 just at the side of the wooden boards .
After the recent heavy rain it was noticeable that the water level were quite high and after plumbing up i found that last weeks rig was a good 4 inch to shallow even at 13 meters where the shelf would normally be , so a new rig was called for . After plumbing up a few different areas i found that their was only a few inch difference so only one rig would be called for today .
0.3 maver float with a thin tip to show any delicate bites from the roach , main line was 0.10 garbo with a 0.07 garbo hook length and a size 20 gamma black hook .
1/2 pint red maggots
1/2 pint pinkes
Because of what i learned from last weeks visit i decided too only take maggots-pinkies and that turned out to be a mistake as you will find out later .
At 12 i was ready to get started so i shipped out to 13 meters and began catapulting in half a dozen maggots every minute , it didn’t take long before i was into some nice stamp roach and in the first hour it was all so easy with a dozen fish coming my way . After that it went a bit harder as they got a bit un-settled but with a change of shotting pattern i could keep them coming before all of a sudden it died on me and at first i thought that a carp might have scared them off .
All the first hour while i was catching well my mate was struggling on pellet he was also fishing at 13 meters the same as me , but when i stopped catching it coincided with a shoal of skimmers settling on his swim and he began eating into my lead . I set up a new line in the channel were it was slightly deeper and here i decided to feed with a kinder pot to try to keep the fish on the deck making them easier to catch but apart from a few quick fish this also died on me STRANGE .
I had flicked a few maggots to the side of some reeds on my right hand margin were it was 4 ft deep and after ten minutes my float buried and elastic shoot off , but after a few seconds the small hook pulled out and no doubt it would have been a carp which would have only broke my light hook length so i wasn’t too down heartened .
My mate John was still bagging up on the skimmers using pellet and his secret additive for his micros , so with nothing else working i reluctantly decided to follow suit and soaked some micros i also pinched a hand full of his expanders . I plumbed up a new swim at six meters which was in the middle of the channel well away from where i had fed any maggots in case they had put the fish off .
We was now into the last hour so it was now or never if i was going to try to catch my mate up , it took me a good ten minutes before the fish found my kinder pot of micros and i was finally into my first skimmer of the session and it was slow going at the start but it was starting to build up nicely and just before we called it a day at 4 pm i had the biggest fish of the session with a nice 3 lb bream .
I ended up with 32 fish mainly roach and my mate had over 40 fish nearly all skimmers which would have weighed a lot more than my catch , it seems strange that last week i couldn’t get a bite on pellet on the low numbered pegs and this week on the high numbers that’s all they wanted , it might be the in consistent weather or just that the skimmers are in certain pegs and at least i know how to tackle a winter match situation on here because their maybe one taking place next Sunday .