Hall lane , bessies pool


August 26th

Hall lane Bessies

Today was the last round of the Mosella north-west summer league at Hall lane fishery it was situated in Rufford near the bottom of Parbold hill and before the match i was lying in 11th place so would need a top two section finish if i wanted to break into the top ten , i would be really happy if i managed to do it as there was some very good anglers contesting this event plus i had missed two of the rounds due to other commitments so those would be used as my droppers but it meant all my other matches had to count which put a bit of extra pressure on myself . After only getting back from holiday late on Friday i had some rushing around to do to get my rigs and bait ready but at least i had brought the sun back home with me , as on the morning of the match i was greeted to blue skies and a light wind although as i have found out on previous visits to Hall lane the slightest breeze can turn out to be a gale when you get to the fishery as it is very open with being flat all the way to the North West coast .

As i arrived at the fishery all the usual people was in attendance plus a few lads who decided to fish it as an open to help keep the numbers up because some had decided to miss this match as they wasnt in contention for a good finishing place in the league , before the draw i had a quick look at Bessie’s pool it seemed like the wind had blown towards the car park for a couple of days as there was a lot of scum gathered in that area and on here the windward corner pegs had thrown up some huge weights on previous visits so obviously everyone wanted to draw in this area , as i got back to the cabin the queue was beginning to form for the draw and i fancied an early dip so i could have a bit more time getting ready , when it came round for my go in the bag of doom i pulled out number 14 this was situated about three-quarters of the way down the first straight with your back to Gwen’s canal  and on my arrival to my home for the next few hours i had ;

A nice mud bank cut out between the over hanging far bank reeds which was 14m away and i set up two rigs to fish this area , one in 18 inch at the side of the reeds as i felt this would offer a bit of cover from the bright sunshine and the other was the more usual 12 inch for tight to the bank , on both rigs i used a 4×12 MD diamond float with a bulk shotting pattern above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

As i began setting up i noticed that the wind had begun to switch around and was now beginning to blow between the gap in the islands straight into my margin , so i felt this could be a really good option for me although it had only really produced on the end pegs and on plumbing up my left hand side was extremely snaggy so that was out of the question , my right hand side was snag free but plumbed up like a cliff face so i couldn’t get in the depth of water i would have liked so i decided to put it in two foot were the bottom levelled off so all the feed would settle there as it rolled down the slope but i just hoped i wouldn’t suffer too many line bites and i used a 4×12 MD diamond float with a bulk shotting pattern above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

One of my mates had fished this lake a couple of days earlier doing well using hard pellets in three-foot at the side of the near reeds and when i had drawn this area in an earlier round i had caught a few carp using the same method although this close in swim had been a proper struggle all series , i decided to set up a 4×12 MD roob styled float with a staggered bulk starting above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

My bait for the day was ;

4 pints of Adlingtons finest white maggots

3 pints of Bagem 4mm carp feed pellets covered in a bit of Bagem pellet oil so they would keep their shape

1 bag of Bagem green margin ground-bait

When the all in sounded i fed half a small cupping kit of 4mm pellets on my top three-line then went across to the far bank , i kinder potted in some maggots then held my rig tight so that it fell up the slope and it took a couple of feeds before i got any indications which was a bit strange because you can usually catch a few mug fish straight away , i finally managed a couple of carp but it was very slow going and i decided to increase my feed to try to draw a few more fish into the peg this kind of worked but i was catching ide rather than the hoped for carp . After around an hour the wind turned around a little blowing from right to left this made controlling my rig a bit of a problem and i ended up losing a couple of rigs in the reeds plus i pulled out of a few carp + ide which was understandable after being a little rusty due to my bit of a break from fishing , i had a little word with myself and i began putting the odd fish in the net .

I noticed that there was some swirls right at the back of the reeds so i took the opportunity to switch rigs to my shallower mud bank one , just like before i started kinder potting in the maggots i was soon picking up the odd carp+ide and after two hours i had 7 carp and six ide in the net . After a while the swim began to get stronger+stronger which was no doubt down to the wind dragging a few down my end of the lake and i had a really good run of carp but if anything i ended up with too many fish as i suffered liner after liner , i was spending a lot of time putting nothing in the net and i then stupidly decided to pot in some ground-bait to see if that would settle them down but it had the opposite effect as i just ended up foul hooking fish after fish .

I just had to leave my across swim to settle down a bit and since the match began i had trickled in a few hard 4mm pellets on my top three-line , so i decided to have a look there and to be honest i expected a response straight away , when my float buried immediately i thought that i had cracked it but it was either a skimmer or a gudgeon which came my way not exactly what i had in mind . With two hours remaining i started feeding my margin swim with ground-bait+maggots and while it settled i went back across , thankfully it had quietened down and i began putting a few carp in the net , i didn’t want to get in the same situation as before by over feeding but i needed to put some bait in to get a bite so i decided to just catch a couple of fish then left it to rest while i went on my margin and for the next hour it all went swimmingly , but i didn’t have to wait long before something else went wrong and this time it was down to me foul hooking carp on my margin line because i couldn’t get into shallow enough water which was a bit of a pain .

At the all out i had managed thirty carp + six ide which when the scales arrived went just short of 90lb this was good enough for second in section missing out by less than twenty pounds and i just wished that i could have got my margin to work properly because the lad on the next peg managed 60lb in the last hour , overall the match was won with 180lb then two 150lb weights made the frame so yet another good match and of course there would always be a few dodgy areas on a lake so big . Overall i ended up on 13 points this i think put me in the top ten which i am made up with against the quality of angler in attendance , i would like to say well done to the top five in the league as well as all those anglers who picked up a few quid along the way plus Paul+Stu from Mosella North West for running a great league and I’m already looking forward to doing it all again next year .

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Hall lane Bessies pool , Mosella north west summer league


August 5th

After a couple of weeks break it was time for the penultimate round of the Mosella north-west summer league on Bessie’s pool at Hall lane which was situated in Rufford near the bottom of Parbold hill and after having suffered with heavy rain plus strong winds leading up to the match ,when i arrived at the fishery i was glad to find conditions a bit more suitable with a manageable breeze blowing away from the car park  because as you know it can be a bit of a wind trap on here and to get the best weights you really need to be fishing across to the mud line which is 16m on some pegs .

As i was here a bit early like usual i had a chat with a couple of lads from the Mosella squad and we was all a bit unsure how it would fish with all the recent cold rain going in but because there was only 26 lads contesting the match we would all have a bit of room which should improve things , it was a bit disappointing that the field had almost halved in size since the start of the league especially as the weights coming out had been really good with two hundred pounds being needed to reach the frame on the last few rounds and it is probably down to the pay outs which needs looking at if they decide to run it again next year .

When it came round to draw time i had the first dip in the bag of doom and pulled out peg 35 which i was far from happy with because you had the windward end peg in your section plus the peg had finished last in section a couple of times in the league , as i arrived at my home for the next few hours i had one of the league leaders in my section as well so i would up against it to try to get some good points from here . My peg was a touch over 13m wide which is one of the narrowest on the lake so at least it would be an easier days fishing and like usual on here i had a mud bank about a meter wide surrounded by some over hanging reeds , the margins were pretty standard top kit of bare bank then some vegetation and i decided to set up ;

Margin towards my left where after plumbing up i found a bit of a flat area on the shelf in 18in which is a bit deeper than usual but i didn’t expect the carp to be feeding tight to the mud bank , i used a 0.4 MD margin float with 018 garbo main line and a four-inch 014 garbo hook length which had a size 16 guru lwg hook attached my elastic was size 15 Preston hollo .

Three foot rig for fishing in front of my right hand reeds and also across to the far bank , this is an area which i have struggled to catch on in previous rounds but i always set it up just in case and i used a 4×12 MD maggot float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern my main line was 016 garbo which had a six-inch 012 garbo hook length , my elastic was size 13 Preston hollo .

Mud line rig for fishing in 18 inch about a foot away from the bank and i used a 4×12 MD island float with a bulk of stotz above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length ,my elastic was size 13 Preston hollo .

Tight to the far bank in 8 inch and i used a 4×12 MD mini mag float which was on 014 garbo direct to a size 16 guru lwg hook and elastic was size 13 Preston hollo .

Bait for the day was ;

3 pints of Adlington’s finest white maggots .

2 pints of 4mm hard pellets .

1 pint of corn .

1/2 bag of ground-bait .

When the all in sounded i had a quick look onto my left hand margin to see if i could mug a carp because i had felt a few when i plumbed up earlier and after a couple of minutes my float twitched then slid under , a sharp strike resulted in a tiny gudgeon flying my way not exactly what i had planned so that went up the bank for later in the match . A switch to my across line and i kinder potted in some maggots then held my rig still over the top of it , after a couple of quick carp things got a great deal harder as i could see the fish coming into the swim with their fins breaking the surface but was struggling to get them settled in the shallow water but before i did my usual trick of potting in some ground-bait , i switched rigs to my 3ft one which was positioned halfway down the far slope in front of the over hanging reeds and i began clumping in my maggots through a large kinder pot because in this depth of water line bites could be a problem , after about ten minutes i had my first indication which resulted in a big ide hitting the net and over the next hour i managed half a dozen of them but as i feared it wasnt long after when i began getting line bites resulting in foul hooked fish .

I went back onto my mud bank catching a couple of early carp before they became spooky again and it was becoming really frustrating , i decided to pot in some ground-bait this kind of worked as i attracted plenty of fish into the swim but now i had the problem of foul hooking them and kept trashing rigs so even more frustration . I dropped onto my left hand margin where i had potted in some ground-bait and maggots for the past hour , i had seen a few signs of carp with the swim being muddied up and after an early carp i just couldn’t get another indication on it , to make things worse the ducks had emptied my mud bank of bait , i had been putting in corn+pellets onto my right hand 3ft swim and i hoped that a few fish might have settled on it but i never even had a sign , today was just getting worse + worse so with ninety minutes of the match remaining i only had 14 carp in the net plus a few ide and i was stirring at last place in the section .

With nothing left to lose i decided to up my feed so i put in two cups of maggots+ground-bait in on my margin and my mud bank swim , i picked up my eight inch rig and pushed it really tight to the far bank which i hoped would help solve the foul hooking problem , thankfully it did and my swim got stronger + stronger maybe it was the increased feed going in , or the ducks stirring up the bottom , but they had just turned up although i wasnt complaining as i managed to double my catch in the remaining time including one right on the whistle . The all out signalled the end to my worst match in a long time as i couldn’t get anything to work properly , trashing rigs + losing fish not the best of days , i ended up with 28 carp plus half a dozen ide when the scales arrived went 90lb and surprisingly this was good enough for second in section which i would have taken at the start of the contest , although i felt the peg was worth a lot more as the lad too my right won the match with 230lb so i got well and truly smashed up today but at least this gave me a default pick up , this leaves me on 11 points after removing my two droppers so if i manage a section win on the last round i might make the top ten although i never make things easy on myself after missing two matches in the league .

 

Hooked for heroes match at Wrightington fishery


July 29th

wrightington canals

Today i was attending the hooked for heroes match at Wrightington fishery which was due to take place all over the complex and as i hadn’t been on a match here in quite some time i was really looking forward to it , i fancied a try on rivi view as it is full of big carp and you can fish the straight lead or pinging pellets which is a tactic that i don’t really do a great deal of . The weather yet again had taken a turn for the worse with a drop in temperature plus some heavy overnight rain which i felt might have a big impact on the fishing with carp being the main target species , after my short drive to the venue i was surprised to find that i was one of the first to arrive and after having a chat with the organiser it seemed that he had been let down by a few anglers so the contest was just going to take place on the two canals which was a bit disappointing , as i had not been on them before and would have to alter my approach a bit if i was going to do any good today .

At the draw my bad run in the draw bag continued as i pulled out peg 34 which was in the middle of the straight on canal two , when i got to my home for the next few hours ;

i had an island at 16m with a few over hanging reeds and a bit of a mud bank.

i was on a bit of a platform which enabled you to fish behind you .

I decided to set up a couple of rigs which i felt would give me the best chance of catching a few fish ;

Far bank rig i plumbed up in front of the reeds where it was 2.5ft deep as i felt that with all the cold water going in they wouldn’t want to be tight to the bank and i used a 4×12 MD diamond float with 014 garbo main line which had a four-inch 012 garbo hook length attached to it .

Top four rig for fishing at an angle left+right where it was over 7ft deep at the bottom of the near slope , it was a bit deeper than i would have liked but i did have the option of higher up the shelf in shallower water , i used a 0.6 MD maggot float with a bulk + 2 dropper shotting pattern my main line was the usual 014 garbo with a six-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Margin rig which was positioned towards my right hand platform in 1.5ft which was the shallowest water that i could find and i used a MD 3×12 mini diamond float which had a bulk of shot above the four-inch 014 garbo hook length .

Bait for the day was pretty simple as i only took ;

3 pints of 4mm pellets

3 pints of 6mm pellets

small tub of mixed hard pellets for the hook

3 pints groundbait

When the all in sounded i fed half a cup of 4mm pellets onto my left hand top four line and would continue to loose feed a couple of hard 6mm pellets over the top every five minutes , i then went across to the far bank found my marker then tapped in a couple of 4mm pellets before lowering my rig in over the top of it and it took nearly twenty minutes before i had my first fish which was a stockie carp about a pound , over the next forty minutes i added another four similar sized fish it was noticeable that i was missing a lot of indications and at first i thought that they might have been smaller fish but after a while it suddenly clicked that they were probably line bites , so i made the decision to plumb up tighter to the bank but the shallowest water i could find was 1.5ft and i hoped this wouldn’t be too deep . I started taping in pellets again and i didn’t have to wait long before i was back catching again but as i feared in the depth of water i began suffering with line bites , i changed my feeding to dump potting in the pellets which would hopefully get them back on the deck and this worked really well as i managed another run of fish , but just as i felt that i was getting into a good rhythm the wind started blowing stronger and i began feeling a bit rough with hot+cold sweats i was also struggling to control my rig as it kept hooking the far bank reeds so i fed a cup of ground-bait which would keep the fish in the area before going onto my top four rig .

I had fed this line since the match started so i expected a few fish to be in the vicinity and on my first drop i had the slightest dink on the float which resulted in a nice sized skimmer hitting the net , for the next hour i kept catching the odd fish it was hectic by any means just nice and steady plus i didn’t know what species i was going to catch next which made a nice change . After a while i began struggling to hit the bites and with the waves worsening i couldn’t see the little dinks on the float , so i made the decision to set up a new swim towards my right in the same depth which would give me a better option of controlling my rig and i began by putting in half a pot of 4mm pellets while it settled i had another look across to the far bank , after struggling with the wind i only added a couple of stockies but there was definitely a few fish present i just couldn’t keep my hook bait still long enough to get a proper bite . Back on to my right hand top four swim and i was back catching again but it was a bit slow at first , i stopped loose feeding the 6mm pellets due to the size of fish i was catching and began dump potting in the 4mm pellets through a kinder pot after every fish or missed bite so i could build the swim up , i also changed my shotting pattern to a staggered bulk as i wanted catch everything on the deck and by making this change i managed another good run of fish .

With ninety minutes of the match remaining i began potting in some ground-bait on my margin swim and while it settled i went back across to the far bank for another couple of stockies before the wind got to strong to present my rig properly , i dropped onto my right hand margin with a 6mm pellet on the hook and i started getting liners straight away which was a good sign , not long after my elastic shot out of my pole as something bolted out of the peg taking me under the empty platform , luckily i managed to get it back and after a spirited fight up popped a 2lb barbel which turned out to be my biggest fish of the day . With barbel being a shoal fish i hoped that i could have a good run of them but apart from a couple of tiny carp that’s the only indications i had and i would probably have been better feeding maggots rather than pellets but i didn’t have that option today , i spent the remainder of the match rotating my two top four swims picking up fish from each right to the all out sounded .

As the stamp of fish was on the small side i decided against using my clicker today so i did not have a clue on what weight i had today and when the scales arrived i was quite surprised when they went 47lb this was good enough to finish third on the day missing out on second by a few ounces and getting beat by both end pegs , lack of bonus fish and venue knowledge cost me today but it was a busy days fishing because i only managed one fish over 10oz although i would have enjoyed it more if i had felt better as i had to stop the car a few times on the way home as i felt a bit sick .

 

Weston pools fishery


July 8th

I made a bit of late decision this week as i choose to fish the Match anglers Matches qualifier at Weston pools which was due to be split over Stretton and Belvedere , with thirty anglers due to attend we would still have plenty of room and to be honest i was really looking forward to it as Weston pools is my favourite fishery i can’t really explain why as it is just lots of little things which build up to a fantastic fishing experience . I was up bright and early to meet up with another Daiwa Adlington team member then made the sixty mile trip to the venue which as usual went smoothly with it being nearly all motorway travel , on arrival i booked onto the match picked up some fishery pellets and then found out their had been a bit of a mix up with the draw time with it being an hour later than planned but at least it would give me some time to grab a buttie from the on site café before having a look at the lakes in the draw bag , the match results during the week showed that the complex had been fishing really well which was only to be expected and to be honest i quite fancied a go on Stretton pool as i had always done well on their it would also suit my all out pellet approach .

On arrival back to the cabin i had a quick chat with a few lads i had not seen in a while and before i knew it the draw was due to take place , when it came round for my turn in the bag of doom i pulled out 29 on belvedere my golden arm had well and truly deserted me for the time being i just hope it returns soon , if you don’t know the peg it was in the bay behind the tackle shop a good area if it was winter as it is a bit deeper than the other end of the lake but in today’s nice sunny conditions i reckoned it could be a bit of a struggle and to make things worse i had the lake flyer in my section so i was also up against it for qualifying for the final because all you had to do was win against your five anglers to make it to Herronbrook fishery .

When i got to my home for the next few hours it did look a bit promising as i had ;

an empty peg either side

an aerator at 11m to my left

some over hanging reeds in my left hand margin which was within throwing distance .

The only really down side apart from the depth was the fact that it wasnt that wide and with another angler almost directly opposite i could only go out about 11m otherwise we would be doing a bit of sword fighting with the poles .

I decided to set up ;

top three directly in front of me where it was four-foot deep and i used a 4×12 md maggot float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern spread down my 014 garbo main line , attached to it was six-inch of 012 garbo hook length and my hook was a size 18 lwg with a micro bait band .

top four were on plumbing up i found the crease in the bottom at five foot before it started dropping off again and i used  a 4×12 md maggot float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern spread down my 014 garbo main line ,attached to it was six-inch of 012 garbo hook length and my hook was a size 18 lwg with a micro bait band

left hand margin in between the over hanging reeds were it was three-foot deep tight to the boards and i used a diamond pattern md float with an inch spread bulk along the 014 garbo main line starting above the six-inch 012 garbo hook length .

right hand margin at the side of the empty peg it was 3.5ft deep near the front leg and i used a diamond pattern md float with an inch spread bulk along the 014 garbo main line starting above the six-inch 012 garbo hook length .

two shallow rigs at 1ft+2ft and i used a 0.2 md mini mag float because there was a lot of under tow coming from the aerator .

i also set up a 9ft carp master tip rod with a small bomb as i would only be flicking it towards the aerator just in case there might be a couple of barbel or carp lurking about .

Bait for the day was a nice simple pellet match ;

3 pints of 4mm fishery pellets but would have been better with 6mm

3 pints of 8mm fishery pellets

small tub of mixed hard pellets

When the all in sounded i began fishing on my top three directly in front of me and i was throwing a couple of 8mm pellets around my float every few minutes to try to draw some fish into my swim , this was a usually a good tactic on here but you do need to be patient and confident in your approach . It didn’t take too long before i began getting the odd indication and soon after i had my first fish which was a carp about four pounds but slowly but surely i began putting some fish in the net they was all a decent stamp to which i expected in this area of the lake , with an hour of the match gone i started getting bites which i struggled to connect with so i tried a smaller 6mm on the hook this just resulted in some hand sized crucians+stockies which wasnt a good sign . I switched rigs to my deeper one and added on another section to see if they had dropped further down the slope and this seemed to work as i caught a couple of big f1s but when the stockies moved in it was time to try somewhere different , i had been loose feeding 4mm pellets on my left hand margin in among the reeds and although it was a bit early in the match i decided to give it a try , i started on the deck and would go shallow if i got any liners but after half an hour i had not even had a bite not exactly what i had planned although i would keep feeding it as i hoped they would turn up at some point during the match .

Since the all in i had pinging some pellets at eight meters and although i hadn’t seen any fish swirling on them i decided to give my shallow rigs a go , i started on my deepest rig and kept laying my rig in through the feed but apart from a couple of stockies it was a complete waste of time which was probably due to the close proximity of the aerator making my rig tow through un naturally , so that rig went up the bank and i flicked out the straight lead on top of where i had fed but after twenty minutes my tip had not even twitched so it seemed there wasnt a great deal in front of me at the moment . For the next couple of hours i put next to nothing in the net even though i had rotated all my lines and things wasnt looking good and it’s not as if the other anglers either side of me were catching a great deal just the odd fish , we was fast approaching the last ninety minutes and in the back of my mind i had a niggling feeling that the fish were happy on the four-foot line so i put on another section and plumbed up either side of me but as it was a bit further away from me , i couldn’t get the accuracy throwing so i had to kinder pot the pellets in and it took me awhile to build the swims up but when i did i was back catching carp including some approaching the 8lb mark understandably i lost a few fish as they fight remarkably hard due to the high oxygen levels in the water .

When the all out sounded i was kicking myself for not switching earlier but at least i had managed a few fish as i had 80lb on my clicker although i doubted that it would be enough for me to challenge for the section win and after packing up i went to see how my mate had got on down the other end of belvedere , as i walked down i asked how the other anglers had got on in my section the lad on the flyer was admitting to a similar weight as he had struggled losing a lot of fish in the lily pads , the scales finally arrived at my peg my three nets went a couple of ounces short of 80lb so for a change i wasnt that far off with my clicker and i had nearly doubled the weight of the anglers either side of me which was promising but the lad on the pads managed 85lb so i had just missed out on qualifying , it seemed that the lack of barbel in the area had cost me as nearly everyone on the lake had caught at least twenty pounds of them and for some reason my banker margins never produced either plus i was kicking myself for not putting in a couple of new lines in at four-foot a bit earlier but that’s the way it goes sometimes i am sure my time will come .

Hall lane fishery


1st July

Bessies Canal

Today i was back to Hall lane fishery which was situated in Rufford near the bottom of Parbold hill for the fifth round of the Mosella summer league and after managing second overall on my last match here i was understandably looking forward to it , although the weather in the week had been pretty poor with a drop in temps plus near constant rain so i felt that it might not fish as well but how wrong was i as you will find out later . Yet again i was travelling down on my own which to be honest i prefer because its less hassle running about after people plus i know lots of anglers everywhere that i choose to fish , after my thirty minute drive i arrived at the fishery with plenty time to spare so after unpacking my gear i had a quick look at Bessie’s pool and with the wind blowing away from the car park that was where you wanted to be because even though you are targeting mainly carp they definitely follow the breeze on here , when i got back to the cabin i had time for a quick chat with a few of the mosella squad before it was time for the draw and when it came for my go in the bag of doom i pulled out number 47 which was my usual end peg , but today i didn’t really fancy my chances of catching much as it was totally flat calm in front of me and on the last round in similar conditions the two anglers up this end both packed up after two hours having hardly caught in fact the section was won with just 17lb , although to compensate the fact it was a poor area i had been given a bit of room with two empty pegs towards my right and they was able to do this as we only had 35 anglers fishing due to a few lads having a go at the Maver match this competition at Partridge lakes but as usual there was plenty big name anglers in attendance .

On arriving at my peg i had a long reed lined margin to my right and a cut out on both sides at top kit length and i also had a reed lined island with a couple of bare mud banks in between them at 16m , so bearing this in mind i decided to set up ;

Top kit towards my left where i could get tight to the bank in 12 inch as on the other side i had some over hanging reeds and you aren’t allowed to garden at Hall lane , i used a 0.4 joof float which would allow me to keep my rig still when the fish came into the swim because there are some big carp in bessies , my main was 016 garbo and i used a four-inch 014 garbo hook length which had a size 14 guru lwg hook attached so i could use four dead maggots on the hook .

Top three in front of the right hand reed bed where it was 3ft deep and i used a 4×12 maggie float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern as i would be fishing maggots here , my main line was the usual 014 garbo and hook length was six-inch of 012 garbo which had a size 18 guru lwg hook attached .

In front of the far bank reeds where it was 2ft and i used a 4×12 maggie float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern as i would be fishing maggots here , my main line was the usual 014 garbo and hook length was six-inch of 012 garbo which had a size 18 guru lwg hook attached .

I had a look tight to the mud bank in various spots but it plumbed up awful with dead reeds all along the bottom so i had to come back a foot away from the bank where i could find a flat clean area but on the down side i felt that it was a bit to deep at 18 inch , i used my usual 0.4 joof float with 014 garbo main line with four-inch of 012 garbo hook length which had a size 16 guru lwg hook attached .

Bait for the day was ;

3 pints of white maggots

3 pints of 4mm pellets

4 pints of ground-bait

small tub of 4+6mm expanders if i needed to catch some skimmers .

When the all in sounded i began across in front of the over hanging reeds because i felt that with all the cold rain going in over the last few days that the fish might have dropped further down the slope and after kinder potting in some maggots i laid my rig in then held it still over the top , it took a couple of feeds before i started getting indications and not long after i began catching hand sized skimmers , i felt that i needed to feed them off so that the carp would bully them out of the swim but i figured as i was in a poor part of the lake i didn’t want to force things so soon into the match and it took about thirty minutes of constantly kinder potting in maggots before i managed a nice f1 but they wasnt there in any numbers . My two foot swim was not really working for me so when i saw a swirl on a mud bank towards my right i took the opportunity to switch rigs but before i fished it , i fed it with a small cupping kit full of maggots and no sooner had i put it in than there was carp swirling on it which was a positive sign , in the next thirty minutes i managed four carp and i topped it up with a large kinder pot after every fish but doing this did not seem to help settle them down as they was being proper moody no doubt down to the fact it was flat calm in front of me .

I decided to start feeding ground-bait across to see if it made any difference it did attract a few fish but yet again they wouldn’t settle for me and although i was still picking up the odd carp i felt that things needed changing but i wasnt sure what , i re plumbed up a new swim at the opposite side of some overhanging reeds where i found the same depth but i could get tighter to the far bank and i started by feeding a large kinder pot of maggots , it didn’t take too long before i was catching the odd fish and it seemed like they was just moving about in pairs i tried putting in a couple of pots of maggots to try to keep them in the swim but it did not really work which might be due to the fact that there wasnt many of them in my peg .

With two hours of the match remaining i began feeding my left hand margin with ground-bait after about ten minutes there was a few tails waving at me so a quick switch of rigs before lowering my rig carefully over the top of them , it didn’t take before my float shot under with yards of elastic streaming from the pole tip and after a spirited fight i had a near double figure carp in the net but the disturbance had understandably unsettled the other carp so i re fed it with another pot , then went back across to the mud bank where i picked up a couple more fish but i was keeping a close eye on my left hand margin for any signs of fish and basically that’s how i spent the rest of my match rotating all three swims picking up carp from each .

When the all out sounded it called time on a frustrating contest as i felt that i had not got it right today even though there wasnt a lot of fish in front of me , as i was going to be one of the last to weigh in i decided to see how they had got on down the other end of the lake and as i expected there was some big weights with a couple of 200lb nets plus lots of tons , although they got gradually worse the closer they arrived to my peg and the 25 carp went 86lb which although it was more than i had expected to catch at the start i was still a bit disappointed not to break the ton plus it was only good enough for fourth in the section leaving me on 18 points after five rounds although i had missed a couple this put me about half way in the table so i need some good results in the remaining three matches if i want to move up a bit .

Hall lane fishery , Bessies pool


June 17th

Hall lane Bessies

Today was the fourth round of the summer league at Hall lane that Mosella north-west was running and after missing the last two rounds i needed a good match to move up the table because at the moment i was languishing towards the bottom of it , the weather had stayed surprisingly nice with blue skies plus a light breeze but as you all know Hall lane is notorious for being a wind trap as it is situated at the bottom of Parbold hill with it being flat all the way to the coast so i hoped that things wouldn’t change as i drove to the fishery .On arrival i was glad to see that the conditions remained the same and what ever breeze there was blowing away from the car park , as i had plenty of time to kill i had a quick chat with the Mosella lads and as usual there was a smattering of big name local anglers , when draw time came around i decided to have first dip in the bag and pulled out peg 22 which was at the end of the long stretch with your back to Gwen’s canal , a few people told me it had been poor down that end on previous rounds but today conditions were very different and i had plenty room towards my left so things looked promising .

When i arrived at my home for the next few hours i had ;

a mud line between some over hanging reeds and i used a 0.4 muddie float as when i plumbed up i managed to find 18 inch of water where on plumbing up it was quite flat , my main line was the usual 014 garbo and hook length was four-inch of 012 garbo which had a size 18 guru lwg hook .

a reed bed on either side of me the one on my left had collapsed so it gave some shelter from the sun and i used a 4×12 maggie float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern as it was just over three-foot deep , my main line was the usual 014 garbo and hook length was four-inch of 012 garbo which had a size 18 guru lwg hook plus a micro bait band .

a cut out in the reeds a top kit on either side were i could get really tight to the bank and i used a 0.4 muddie float after plumbing up i found it to be around twelve inch deep , my main line was the usual 014 garbo and hook length was four-inch of 012 garbo which had a size 18 guru lwg hook .

Bait for the day was ;

3 pints of white maggots

2 pints hard 4mm pellets

3 pints ground-bait

small tub of mixed hard pellets

When the all in sounded i began on my top three at the side of the left hand reed bed because when i plumbed up earlier i had felt a few fish so i expected a good response and after tapping in a few 4mm pellets i laid my rig in so that it fell up the near slope , i didn’t have to wait long before i had my first fish which was a carp around 3lb and i managed six similar sized ones in thirty minutes for some reason i began getting snagged up on some dead reeds , the next half hour produced another four carp but i also lost a couple due to the underwater obstruction and with about forty pounds in the net you could say it was a good start to the match . With one of the top guru anglers to my right catching well across to the mud bank i decided to follow suit as my near side swim had tailed off and no sooner had i cupped in some maggots across then there was tails waving at me , so i quickly shipped back out and caught some carp pretty constantly for an hour just by kinder potting in maggots after every fish , understandably things didn’t carry on this way and i had to replumb up closer to the reeds in twelve inches of water because the fish were swirling as soon as put some bait in , this new line produced a lot of fish as well including a few chub about 2lb and it looked like i was going to be on for a very good day .

With ninety minutes of the match remaining i began feeding my margin swim with ground-bait and it only took a matter of minutes before i had some proper munters down the edge so before i went on it i changed to a stronger elastic , i carefully lowered my rig in tight to the edge within seconds it buried after a spirited fight i had an eight pound carp in the net a few more quickly followed but i was getting a bit worried about my net limits because it was a strict fifty pounds and although i had already got three nets in i had to go searching for another but before i went i put in a couple of cups of ground-bait , luckily i managed to borrow one from a lad towards the top end of the lake and when i got back i carefully put my net in before settling in on my box thankfully the carp was still there , for the remaining forty minutes i caught quite constantly but i did pull out of a couple during the match which as you will find out they cost me .

When the all out sounded it called time on a really good match and i was really unsure how much i had caught but i knew i had well over a ton which would be my first for here , when the scales arrived at my peg the net which i used for the last forty minutes in the margin went 43lb in total i ended up with 161lb i was over the moon with that weight although i felt that the peg was worth a lot more but im not used to catching these big weights and did a some things wrong plus pulled out of a few fish at the net , after packing up i made my way to the car park and it turned out i had ended up second in the match behind a 169lb net from the opposite end peg to me so it seemed there was a few fish down my end , overall Bessie’s had fished well in places but yet again some sections had been a proper struggle and its in these areas that are going to make or break your chance of doing well in the league .

 

Widdows flash , 1st round Angling times supercup


May 6th

widdows fishery

Today i was contesting the first round of the Angling times supercup with the Adlington angling center team where we would be fishing against Crown tackle our local rivals and with over a hundred teams in the northern half of the draw i was a bit surprised to get them so soon in the competition but it is what it is , after having had a group meeting we decided to hold it at Widdows flash in Spring view near Wigan and although it wasnt a venue that any of us had much experience of we felt that it would suit majority of our anglers with it being a mix of silvers plus carp .

After having managed to get one squad practice plus a team match against Stockton heath angling group on the higher numbered pegs the lads felt that we had worked a couple of things out which would hopefully catch us 20lb of silvers from any peg plus a few carp then we could have a good chance of winning the sections required to go through to the next round , we obviously would have liked to have had a couple more sessions on the lake to tweak a few things but with two other teams also using widdows flash as there supercup venue all the weekends had been taken and in fact we had to give up a day so that crown tackle could have a practice on all the lake which was more than we had managed , as a few of our team had declined to take part in the contest for various reasons we was down to our bare bones as a new team we had not got the strength in numbers just yet so i felt we would be up against it to get through but was going to give it our best shot .

As i was running the match today i needed to be at the fishery early so it was a good job it was only ten minutes away from home and i was quite shocked to see a couple of our squad members already there when i arrived but it showed that they was eager to give a good performance , the water we was fishing on today is a donut style lake with the island between 14m+16m away and with out a breath of wind plus bright skies the fishing could be tough especially after the match the previous day were the average weights was less than twenty pounds , although the framing weights were quite good but unfortunately we wasnt going to have any anglers in that area as i had decided to put six of us on the low numbers and six on the high numbers which would give each team two end pegs .

At nine o’clock myself and the opposing team captain started the draw and i had the last peg in our home bag that put me on eleven which was right near the car park , it wasnt the best area to be in going from the limited knowledge i had of the venue because we had not practised on this side and i was also up against the end peg but on the plus side i didn’t have far to walk.On arriving at my home for the next few hours i decided to set up a few different rigs to cover my options because with it fishing hard the day before i felt it might be a scratching around match so i set up ;

Margin rig at the side of the lily pads to my right the shallowest water i could find was two foot so i used an 0.4 MD diamond float with my usual 014 garbo main line and i upped my hook length to 014 garbo as well because there is a few big carp in here .

Top four swim for fishing at the bottom of the near slope this was an area that i had caught some bonus fish on by loose feeding maggots quite heavily , i used a 0.2 MD maggot float which had a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern spread along my 014 garbo main line and attached to it was a six-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Three quarter line which is where we expected to catch majority of our weight consisting of nice stamp skimmers from here by loose feeding casters and fishing six-inch of the deck because we found that if you fished on the deck the stamp of silver was a lot smaller , as we would be fishing through the water i used a 0.2 MD maggot float which had a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern spread along my 014 garbo main line and attached to it was a four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Shallow far bank rig where i wanted to catch the odd carp and i used a 0.1 MD mini maggot float which had three number eleven shot just above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length i would be using hard pellets so it had a size twenty guru lwg with a micro bait band .

Deck far bank rig yet again i was targeting carp and i used a 0.2 MD mini maggot float which had an on the drop shotting pattern for fishing through the water , my main line was the usual 014 garbo and a four inch 012 garbo hook length i would be using hard pellets so it had a size twenty guru lwg with a micro bait band .

Bait for the day was ;

Two pints of casters

Two pints of fishery 4mm pellets

One tin of corn

Small tub of mixed hard hook pellets

When the all in sounded i began by fishing across to the far bank to try to pick up a bonus carp because there seemed to be a few cruising about it would also give me chance for me to prime my three-quarter skimmer line which i would loose feed a dozen casters through a catty every five minutes , i purposely didnt feed any pellets across until i knew how the carp would respond to any bait going in so i kept a close eye on those anglers around me to see what they was doing and the guy to my left had four carp in quick succession by dobbing bread all of them foul hooked but he wasnt the lad in my section . With no bites coming in the first twenty minutes on normal pellets i rooted around in my tub of mixed hookers and found some white 6mm , this worked a treat as i managed two carp by dobbing my rig under the over hanging reeds but i also lost a couple in a snag a meter from the far bank in between me and the lad towards my right , with those early bonus fish in the net i went onto my skimmer line expecting to catch straight away but all i could manage was a couple of small roach and by this time the lad to my right had a caught two carp as well .

I had no option other than to go back across to the island and i did manage another carp but also lost three on the snag which put me behind in the section also it limited my options when going over to the tins , with ninety minutes of the match gone all signs of carp had disappeared so i decided to ping pellets to try to draw some back but this turned out to be a big mistake as it just killed the across line . Back on to my skimmer swim but yet again it didn’t work my banker swim wasnt producing i was also behind in the section and for the next hour or so i put next to nothing in the net it looked like i was blowing out big time , i had an early look on my margin line which produced a couple of indications on corn but a change to treble maggot saw me add some big roach to my net although it wasnt exactly what i needed to be catching .

I had fed my top four with casters since the match started so i hoped that this would produce for me because i was at least three carp behind  i had an indication straight away which saw a big skimmer hitting the bank but it was a loner so i decided to cut out the loose feed and change to big potting casters , this worked well for me as i added three more decent skimmers over the course of the next ninety minutes although i could only catch one of them from each feed usually after about twenty minutes of the bait going in , for the rest of the match i rotated between the far swim plus top four this had me putting the odd stamp fish in the net and i was slowly pulling my way back into the section , but i yet again lost a few carp in the snag late on because i had to risk going towards it to get a bite .

when the all out sounded i was unsure if i had done enough but had a sinking feeling that i was a carp behind , it was soon time for me to start the weigh in  ;

Section A  21lb vs 24lb crown tackle

Section B 17lb vs 41lb crown tackle

Section C 19lb vs 16lb adlington angling

Section D 11lb vs 25lb  crown tackle

Section E  29lb vs 18lb adlington angling

Section F 14lb vs 24lb crown tackle

So unfortunately we had got beaten 4-2 but at least i had managed to keep up my one hundred percent record  in the competition by winning my section for the fifth time running but i was still to get past the second round despite fishing for three different teams , our only other section winner was from the most consistent performer in the squad on the venue and i would like to wish Crown tackle all the best in the competition .

Adlington angling center