Blundells trio pool

25th June

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 .

2016 match fishing round up

Well another year has flown past and i have had an indifferent season yet again , i always like having a look at how my matches have been won or lost for me and how i could change things to improve my results ;


At the beginning of the year i finished off my 2015-2016 winter league at Old Hough fishery framing on the three remaining matches , which helped me finish third overall although in the back of my mind i felt that i should have won it because i missed out on a better place by ounces on a few of the contests .

In February i stood in for the last couple of rounds for Jeffs floats team of four at Horns dam fishery this was another venue that i had not seen before and it was also all silvers on a big lake so i was rather out of my comfort zone , it took me awhile to get used to things but i improved on every round with a 4th , 3rd then 2nd in section on the last round this helped to push the team from bottom of the league to finish 5th which was a mid table position .


March + April revolved around fishing the Angling times Supercup this year i was in the Stockton heath team which had a very tough draw away against multiple finalists Trafford angling , they took us to a small lake on the outskirts of Manchester called Goose green fishery there was very little in the way of information on the internet but a couple of practice sessions helped point us in the right way ,on the day of the match i was on the dam wall and i plugged away all match catching small silvers shallow ending up with 15lb for a comfortable section win the team ended up losing 4-2 but at least i kept up my record of winning my section on every round of the Supercup that i had fished .

Herronbrook fishery

Herronbrook fishery

May had me travelling down to Herronbrook for a bit of practice for the upcoming Fisho qualifier as i hadn’t seen the place before and on my first visit to the venue i managed my first ton of the season from the match lake , my other trips also went quite well averaging 70lb a visit so i was quite confident of doing ok but the fisho was all over at the draw as i drew a very poor area on canal and had my first early dart of the year .

Cunneries S canal

Cunneries S canal

June was a busy month with a visit to a new venue every week ,Cunneries s canal managed 70lb for second in section , Tunnel barn jennies pool bit of a struggle for 40lb , Oaks fisho on ash pool had 60lb but lack of venue knowledge cost me as i was sat next to the winner , Partridge fishery for the fisho and managed second in section with 70lb and last up was a trip to Weston pools were i had 60lb but fished the wrong bait on belvedere .


July + August had me staying local as i had a few weeks on Blundells trio were i managed 400lb in five visits including two tons , two trips too Partridge resulted in a couple of narrow section seconds catching over 60lb both times and finally i had my first ton at Weston pools catching 110lb shallow from Stretton pool including 40lb of crucians .


September had me travelling back to Tunnel barn for the annual North vs South match and yet again i managed second in my 12 peg section catching 80lb of f1s on pellets this helped the North win yet again , my other trip had me off to Weston pools fishery for the natural bait two-day festival this is always my highlight of the year and on the first day i drew Weir pool i was quite surprised to catch 145lb for the lake win which had me up towards the top of the leader board , the second day had me on a good peg on Stretton and after a slow start i managed another ton mainly caught in the margin this had me 5th on the lake but one more fish would have put me third , back at the cabin i ended up joint 8th for my best moment in fishing so far but it was tinged with a bit of disappointment because just 3lb would have got me 4th overall .


October and i were staying local again as i had a couple of matches at Partridge lakes managing a third overall with nearly 90lb plus two section wins , it was then time for the start of the winter league at Old Hough and my first match saw me catch 50lb of silvers for the match win which was a good start .


November and in between the Old Hough winter league i was also doing the team of four at Partridge lakes with 2+2 team but the mixture of f1 + silver fishing wasnt great for me because i struggled at Partridge managing two 4ths and a 3rd in section , at Old Hough i had a third and last in section .


December and i decided to just concentrate at Old Hough for the time being this worked really well because i framed on the remaining matches including a win on the last round , which helped me to finish 5th overall in the winter league but the last in section plus missing a couple of matches cost me in the end and it was still very tight at the top with just a few points separating those anglers .

Old hough boulders lake

Old hough boulders lake

Overall this year i have fished 51 matches on 11 different venues in the country managing to pick up money on 20 of them , but what i need to concentrate on is my last hour in contests which always seems to let me down because i have finished second in section on at least a dozen matches and i don’t think that is to bad as apart from my winter league every competition has had over thirty anglers competing plus i have managed seven tons which is my best total in a season so far .

I am going to start the year at Partridge lakes till April fishing the teams of four + individual leagues and i think that staying at the same venue for a few months will keep me in touch with the fish helping get better results , after that i will probably be either going to blundells , herronbrook or weston pools for the summer+autumn then back at Old Hough for the winter league and i have also decided not to do any big qualifiers preferring to concentrate on the festivals as i feel that they give you a better chance of a day’s fishing rather than cramming two hundred anglers onto fisheries that just can not cope .


Blundell fishery , open match trio pool

August 13th , peg nine trio pool


After last week’s disappointing match at Blundells fishery i was eager to get back and give it another try as i was still quite new to the venue ( this was just my 6th visit ) i didn’t expect to be doing that well as i figured it would take time to work things out and i had been doing ok at the start + end of the match it was just the middle part i was struggling with but i had a couple of things that i wanted to try . I arrived at the fishery just before nine o’clock which gave me time to have a quick look around the lakes and as the wind blowing away from the car-park i expected the f1s to be down that side of trio but with my luck in the draw bag recently i didn’t expect to be getting anywhere near that end of the lake , when i got back to the cabin it was time to book on then take my turn in the bag of doom and out i pulled 35 ( getting a bit better ) as it turned out i was still one of the last to choose and when it came to my go i finally had a chance to get on a low number so i settled on peg nine which is somewhere that i had wanted to fish for a while but i was just on the edge of the ripple .


After settling in at my home for the next few hours i decided to set up ;

Top three-line , i surprised to find it a good foot shallower on this side of the lake and it was a lot flatter it definitely made it easier when plumbing up giving more options to follow the fish around the swim , i used a 4×14 speedy float with a positive shotting pattern of a spread bulk above the four-inch 010 garbo hook length .

Margin line to my left under the tree tight to the bank , i used a 0.4 diamond patterned float which helped keep things stable when fish came into the peg my main line was 014 garbo that had a 014 garbo hook length and hook was a size 16 lwg which had a bait band attached .

Three foot deep rig at the side of the right hand reeds and i used a 4×12 roob style float which had a 2mm thick bristle my main line was 014 garbo and hook length 012 garbo which had a size 18 lwg hook attached .

Shallow rig set at 18 inch deep and i used a dibber style float my line was 012 garbo direct to a size 18 lwg which had a micro bait band attached .

Jigga rig set at four-foot deep this would allow me to work my rig at various depths so i could hopefully keep in contact with the fish , my main line was 014 garbo which had a 012 garbo hook length attached .

Straight lead for fishing on the bar underneath my shallow swim and i used a very light lead so it would cause minimal disturbance on the cast , i started with an 18 inch 012 garbo hook length but would change to a longer two foot one during the match to see which worked the best .

Bait for todays match was ;

3 pints 4mm pellets

1 pint micros

2 pints ground-bait

Small tub mixed hard hook pellets

When the all in sounded in the distance i began as i usually do on my top three swim and i kinder potted in a nugget of ground-bait as i hoped this would draw some fish into my swim then i held my float still over it , after a couple of feeds i started getting liners then i had my first of a multitude of foul hooked fish and i think that i can safely say that in this depth of water feeding ground-bait or micros isn’t the way to go , a change to throwing in a dozen hard 4mm pellets around my float finally had me hooking the f1s in the mouth but there wasnt that many fish in my peg i even tried fishing closer in the slightly shallower water and that didn’t really work out for me  ,after the first forty minutes i only had four fish in the net which i was a bit puzzled about because this is normally a very good line for me on my previous visits .

A change too my right hand swim in three-foot of water at the side of the reeds and i had flicked a few hard 4mm pellets there since the match started so i expected their to be a few fish present , luckily there was as i finally began putting the odd fish in the net but it was far from hectic and i didn’t really expect it to last too long so when i started catching the little skimmers i decided to try somewhere else . My next port of call was to pick up my tip rod and i started by casting about three-quarters of the way across , i fed a dozen pellets with a catty then dropped my lead in among it and i didn’t have to wait that long before my rod was nearly dragged in , by timing my casts i found that six minutes was how long i needed to leave my rig in before i had a bite so it wasnt really hectic and after getting stuck a couple of times i decided to begin fishing on the sunken bar this would also allow me to fish shallow over the top of the feed , i managed a few bigger f1s plus the odd carp by doing that but when i saw a fish swirl i decided to pick up my shallow rig .


I picked up my shallowest rig and began getting into a routine of feed then flick my rig over and i began putting the odd f1 in the net but the first one i caught was nearly five pounds , when bites began to drop off i gave my jigga a try this is something that i haven’t given much attention too in the past but reading about how some good anglers had used it recently i decided to give it a try , i started catching the odd f1 and by altering the depths i found a few fish at three-foot deep but they were only hand sized plus they wasnt there in any numbers , with the bottom bubbling away underneath my shallow line i changed to my straight lead but even though i had plenty liners signalling that there was fish present i couldn’t get any proper indications .

With just ninety minutes of the match remaining and only a dozen fish in the net it was time to see if my margin swim could produce like it had on my previous visits , i cupped in some ground-bait+micros under the tree while it settled i then went on my right hand side near the reeds and i picked up the odd f1 but it was only when i went on my top kit near the tree that i began catching consistently with some nice sized fish coming to the net , after a while things went a bit quiet so i fed another cup and swapped sides but that swim had really slowed down as i could only get the odd small skimmer+gudgeon so i decided to waste no more time on it preferring to concentrate at the side of the tree .


I began getting more and more liners , i was kicking myself of not going really tight to the bank in the shallowest water but with it not working last week and the weather conditions being the same i choose to put it slightly deeper , i had to take a shot of my float to show more bristle so i could read which was a proper indication and this helped me avoid foul hooking any fish , it wasnt long before i hooked something a bit bigger which took off towards the far bank bottoming out my size 14 solid elastic and i couldn’t get my other sections on in time before it broke me ! ! I was soon back catching f1s and i began feeding a kinder pot after every fish to keep them coming up to the all out .

As i began packing up i was still pondering on why my top three-line didn’t work today because it is normally a really good area for me on earlier matches and i had no doubt that it would cost me any chance off my section , when the scales arrived at my peg the thirty f1s+carp went 64lb which was a bit more than i expected but the weights got gradually better the further they went to the windward end of the lake a couple of tons were in my section and 150lb won the match with a low ton needed to make the top six , so yet another confusing match at trio and i just can not keep catching for a full match but I’m sure if i put the time in then i will get it right soon .

Blundells fishery , trio pool

August 6th , peg 55 trio pool

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After last weekends bit of a disappointing match at Blundells fishery I decided to have another visit to see if I could figure out what went wrong and with their being no open match at Partridge lakes due to the angling times super cup semi final  taking place their I expected a lot of those anglers to be here today, I arrived at the fishery just before nine as I expected there was a lot of different faces knocking about and I just managed to get on trio car park which isn’t really big enough on a normal match day never mind today when there was over sixty in attendance .

When I got back to the cabin I booked on the match then took my chance in the bag of doom and yet again I ended up with a high number so I would get little chance of getting a peg I fancied fishing , one by one all the better pegs had been taken when it finally came around for my turn there was two areas which took my eye 17+55 and I decided on the latter because the wind was blowing towards the car park plus I had already fished this peg before doing reasonably well on it.

On arriving at my home for the next few hours I got informed that my section would be all those on the split plus peg 49 which was in the bowl next to the bridge so I quite fancied my chances of catching a few fish today.

My rigs for the day were;

Shallow , I set two rigs up at different depths which were at 2ft+1ft and I used a 0.2 series three matrix float with a little bulk of stotz above the four inch 010 garbo hook length my elastic was NG light green .

Top three , I had a lot of trouble trying to find two flat areas at the same depth either side of me which is what I usually do on here , so I had to resort to fishing directly in front of me I found an area just over five foot and decided to use a 4×14 speedy float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern my main line was 014 garbo and hook length was 012 garbo.

Deep margin towards my left at the side of the reeds where it was nearly three foot and I used a 0.3 roob style float which had a slightly thicker bristle , main line was 014 garbo and hook length was 012 garbo which had a size 16 guru lwg hook because I wanted to give 6mm expanders a try today.

Shallow margin on my top kit to my right next to some lily pads which I thought the f1s might be sitting in due to the bright sunshine and I used a diamond bodied style float with 014 garbo main line then a 012 garbo hook length which had a size 14 guru lwg hook because I would be using corn on this line.DSC_0056 - Copy

Bait for the day was;

3 pints 4mm pellets

2 tins of corn

small tub of mixed hard hook pellets

small tub of 4+6mm expanders

When the all in sounded I began on my top three-line straight in front of me and I kinder potted in some 4mm before lowering my rig in among it , I didn’t have to wait that long before my float shot under and it is always nice to get an early fish especially after it not working for me last week, I found it best to throw pellets in rather than kinder potting because the noise of them hitting the water helped draw in the fish but I did have trouble with line bites later on because the fish wanted to be shallow in the warm sunny conditions . I  picked up five quick f1s before things got a bit trickier but by getting my timings right regarding my loose feed and hook bait hitting the deck I still kept adding a few fish, after an hour I had ten in the net which was a good start but with bites dwindling plus the fact I was picking up the odd small skimmer I felt it was time for another swim at the same depth , so after plumbing around for a bit I did manage to find a flat spot towards the right of my peg and I started again I hoped that it would produce the same as my original swim but unfortunately it never really got started as I only managed five f1s in the next hour .


I had been loose feeding 4mm pellets every five minutes on my left hand deep margin and I decided to drop on it a bit earlier than I expected but after catching a couple of quick fish I felt that I never got my feeding correct as I couldn’t keep the fish in the swim , I even tried my shallow rig over the top of it because I did get a few line bites but nothing came from it apart from missing the odd bite , I choose to plumb up a new line four meters to my left in case the fish had backed out of the peg but apart from a couple of small skimmers+gudgeon it didn’t really produce for me and I really struggled to add anything to my net in the next two hours even after rotating between all my swims.

Before I knew it we was approaching the last ninety minutes and I began feeding my shallower right hand margin while I concentrated on my left hand margin , I changed to a banded pellet instead of an expander this sorted my skimmer problem plus by spending more attention to my feeding a began catching f1s again although I had a little spell of pulling out of four fish on the trot because my elastic had started sticking but a change of top kits solved the problem but the damage was already done and as I didn’t want to unsettle the fish I kept dropping onto my corn swim but even though it was in the shallowest water I could find the fish never really wanted to be there , I did catch a few but it was noticeable that I only got proper pull unders and no line bites which showed that there wasnt many fish present I also found that using a slow sinking corn skin got me a few extra fish .

As the all out sounded I had 35 fish on the clicker I couldn’t see many other anglers especially those in my section so I was unsure how I had got on but because I was one of the last to weigh in I took my gear back to the van this gave my chance to talk to those down the split and apart from the lad on peg 51 who wasnt giving much away the others had struggled so I would just have to wait for the scales, after a bit of a wait they finally turned up there was just me and peg 51 to weigh in he went first putting 73lb on the scales I wasnt too confident of beating that weight I was right as my two nets went 58lb so that quiet mid match spell had cost me but second in my six peg section wasnt too bad.

Not too sure where I’m going at the weekend yet but it will probably be back to Blundells as im doing ok on there at the moment and I just hope that I can get an early pick for once, thanks for taking the time to read my blog.

Blundells fishery , trio pool

23rd july , peg 43 trio pool


After last weekends good match at Blundells I was eager to get back for another try to with the weather looking promising I was hoping for another good contest but as you all know good conditions for the angler do not necessarily mean that the fish will be feeding in abundance , so after packing the van me and my mate had our usual pre blundells ritual of grabbing a mcds before heading off on our short twenty-minute journey to the fishery , we was both in bullish mood after doing so well in our previous visits and thought that we had sorted a few things out to help improve on our match weights .

After parking up on the back car park we had a quick walk around and in the calm sunny conditions I was surprised that there wasnt more fish sunning themselves on trio lake because on the other canals it was black, you could almost walk across the water on pine there was so many on and this should have given me a clue on which waters would fish the best today . On getting back to the cabin we joined the queue to book on then pick a ball to find out which position we would be in to choose a peg and i surely couldn’t get any worse after drawing 55 and 56 on my previous two visits but i then pulled out ball sixty so last pick for me again an unbelievable run of drawing .

One by one all the best pegs went and when it finally came to my pick I had the choice of either 43 or 45 both of which had a very poor record as I had not seen any one even bother the scales man from that area on my previous two visits so I was up against it straight away and to make things even worse I found out that my six peg section was in with those on the split which was a lot better than mine. I decided to sit on 43 because I find it easier fishing towards my left which was into the empty space and I began setting up my usual rigs,

Shallow 2ft+3ft , I used a 02 matrix series three float which had three number eleven stotz spread down the 012 garbo main line and attached to it was a six-inch length of 010 garbo with a size 18 matrix rigger hook with a micro bait band .

Top three-line , it was only 5ft deep here so I used a lighter 4×14 speedy float with a bulk plus two dropper shotting pattern my main was the usual 014 garbo main line and attached to it was a six-inch length of 010 garbo with a size 18 matrix rigger hook with a micro bait band .

Right hand margin in front of the reeds where it was 4ft deep and I used a 4×14 diamond float it was slightly heavy for the depth of water but I wanted it to show positive indications and also with stand line bites, my main was the usual 014 garbo main line and attached to it was a six-inch length of 010 garbo with a size 18 matrix rigger hook with a micro bait band .

Left hand margin tight to the mud bank where there was a bit of grass cut bank i plumbed up to find 18 inch deep so i used a 0.4 jadz float slightly heavy for the depth of water but i wanted it to show positive indications and also withstand line bites , my main was the usual 014 garbo main line and attached to it was a six-inch length of 010 garbo with a size 18 matrix rigger hook with a micro bait band .

Bait for the day was ;

3 pints of 4mm pellets

2 tins of corn

Small tub of mixed hard pellets


When the match started I went on to my top three-line directly in front of me as i expected to get a few quick f1s+carp but after a couple of feeds i began catching small hand sized skimmers which wasnt a good sign , i persevered on this line hoping that the continued trickle of pellets would attract a better stamp and i did finally manage to catch an f1 but it was foul hooked not exactly the start i wanted . After thirty minutes i moved swims a meter to my right and started trickling the pellets in again , it only took a couple of feeds before i began catching and this time it was a species i wanted to be putting in the net it still surprises me that they will not move a couple of feet even in the summer months , i managed five f1s+carp in a thirty minute spell so it wasnt as good as on my previous visits but upon looking round everybody seemed to be struggling as well .


I had fed my six meter shallow line for about an hour so i decided to give that a try because i had seen a few fish cruising past but they was a bit spooky which was only to be expected in the warm still conditions , i hoped that my constant feeding had got a few f1s competing for the pellets but yet again all i could manage was small silvers and with bubbles coming up from underneath my loose feed i figured there wasnt many decent fish in this area . I decided to cut out the loose feed because that was the only thing that i had done differently on todays match and i felt that could be the reason my top three-line wasnt working for me , i replumbed up a new swim five meters to my left well out-of-the-way this seemed to work because i managed another four f1s+carp before they backed off and i couldn’t really go much further as i would struggle to see my float .


I gave my top three margin swim ago which was at the side of the reeds in four-foot of water and i would usually expect this to produce but how things were going for me today i was not so sure , i began throwing in some pellets around my float trying to use the noise of them hitting the water to help attract a few fish in to my peg and i did began getting indications , yet again it was the small skimmers coming to the net first but after a while the bigger target fish turned up although not in any numbers and things were not going to plan . With two hours of the match remaining i started feeding my left hand margin tight to the grass with corn and this worked well on my previous visit so fingers crossed it would again today , i rotated my swims for another thirty minutes while it settled and i managed to pick up the odd f1+carp from each of them but when i saw a swirl on my grass bank i took the opportunity to pick up my margin rig , i lowered my float slowly tight to the bank and there was fish present but they just did not want to feed because all i got was fish hitting the line then bolting off  it was really puzzling as to why this was happening .


With just an hour of the match remaining i had no other option but to go onto my top three right hand margin because this was the only area that produced the odd indication but it was only when i tangled my rig and decided to change it for one of my winter f1 rigs that i managed to begin putting some fish in the net(i cant really explain why i made that decision) But it was remarkable on how scaling down my line , hook size , pellet size etc helped me start catching again and in the last forty minutes i couldn’t get in quick enough as i added a further ten f1s+carp to my net , but i did pull out of a few fish ( small hooks and strong elastic isn’t a good combination ) because i was rushing to get them in as i wanted to start clawing my way back into contention for the section but not taking my time cost me as i missed out by an agonising two pounds and my 27 fish went 43lb with the end peg on the split taking it with 45lb .

Overall trio pool was won with just ninety pounds and eighty pounds came second then it dropped right down to sixty pounds for third so even though it didn’t fish that great it seemed to be a very fair match with lots of tight sections and i suppose you cant expect to catch a ton on every visit other wise it would just get boring , the other canals fished really well with 160lb winning 150lb second and over a ton for third each of them from different waters and after speaking to some of the regulars that it does seem to happen every once in awhile , i didn’t take a video of todays match as my last two seemed a bit similar although i plan to get out during the week and will hopefully take one then .

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog .