Cunneries fishery


January 20th

I have been to the cunneries fishery today to contest the open match and with nearly forty anglers fishing it was going to be split over the three of the lake’s , obviously a good draw would be an advantage and unsurprisingly I managed to pull out yet another end peg this time peg 26 on the S canal , but after all the recent cold rain and sleet going in over the past few days it was going to be hard work so i felt that it could be a good draw on the wrong day which was just my luck recently .

On settling in at my home for the next few hours and I set up the usual rigs, dobbin, track and 4ft.

3ft maggot rig , 4×10 Md maggie float which had an on the drop shotting pattern spread along my 014 garbo hook length and attached to it was a six-inch 010 garbo hook length .

4ft maggot rig , 4×12 Md maggie float which had an on the drop shotting pattern spread along my 014 garbo hook length and attached to it was a six-inch 010 garbo hook length .

Dobbin rig , 4×12 Md rugby ball patterned float which most of my shot under the float with two size 11 stotz spread along my 014 garbo main line and attached to it was a six-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Track rig ,4×12 Md maggie float which had a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern spread along my 014 garbo hook length and attached to it was a six-inch 010 garbo hook length .

When the all in sounded i began the match by dobbin bread towards the bridge in three-foot which was six-inch of the deck and i managed one quick f1 before I somehow managed to miss four bites on the trot, i just couldn’t work out how they wanted it despite changing depths + punch sizes and im really struggling with dobbin for some reason this winter.

Golden f1

With an hour gone and after seeing a few people catching f1’s by feeding I decided to follow suit and began trickling in a few maggots on my 4ft rig directly in front of me, after a couple of feeds I had another f1 before I foul hooked one which killed the swim and the fish were very shy which was understandably as the cold rain fell ,  i set up multiple new swims in the same depth all along the far bank and had the same problem every time as i would catch an early fish then struggle with foul hookers and my match was going pear-shaped , I then went two hours without a bite despite searching all over my peg and in desperation I kinder potted some micros in then fished maggot over the top on my original 4ft swim this got me two quick f1’s before the all out sounded , calling time on another frustrating match and for some reason this year im really struggling catching f1s which i can’t really get my head around because the last few years i have had some good results at this time of year when you need to scratch around for bites .

At the weigh in my six f1’s went just short of 9lb which was only good enough for half way on my two legs of the canal and the weights got gradually better the further you went to my right towards the car park so yet again i was on a good draw on the wrong day.

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Cunneries fishery pairs match


January 6th

I went to the cunneries fishery yesterday to contest the pair’s match which i think is a really good idea and something that other venues should look at doing because it certainly breaks the monomity of matches in the winter months , my pair for the day was my old Adlington angling captain Jordan Cameron who I fished with on the last pair’s match here were we just missed out on a top three finish so understandably we was both looking forward to it , the weather during the week had been cold+wet and on arrival to the venue the water levels were quite high plus the bright conditions would make things a bit difficult today .Unsurprisingly I was in charge of picking the pegs and I put myself on end peg 38 s canal which I would normally have been happy with but just recently all the f1s had shown on the middle part of the canal , with my mate sitting on peg eight on the old canal so not a very good draw and i have not been having a great deal of luck in the draw bag recently .

On settling in at my home for the next few hours i set up my usual rigs ;

3ft maggot rig 4×10 Md slim float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern spread along my 014 garbo main line , attached to it was six-inch 010 garbo hook length .

Channel rig towards my right were it was six-inch deeper and i used a 4×12 Md slim float Md slim float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern spread along my 014 garbo main line , attached to it was six-inch 010 garbo hook length .

4ft maggot rig 4×12 Md slim float Md slim float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern spread along my 014 garbo main line , attached to it was six-inch 010 garbo hook length .

Dobbin rig 4×12 Md diamond float Md slim float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern spread along my 014 garbo main line , attached to it was six-inch 010 garbo hook length .

My bait for the day was ;

2 pints of red and white maggots

1 pint of micros

1 pint of black swim stim ground-bait

1 slice of bread .

When the all in sounded I began the match by Dobbin bread all along the far bank reeds and for the first forty minutes I was fish less but I was getting all sorts of strange indications on the float which kept me interested , but despite changing depths+punch sizes i just couldn’t get a proper indication and it seemed there was a few fish in the area but I couldn’t work out how to catch them .With other anglers around me putting the odd fish in the net by feeding so I decided to follow suit and began trickling in a few maggots through a small kinder pot , I began in four foot towards my left about a foot away from the far bank cover and I managed a little run of fish but I must have over done it with the feed because I started foul hooking the odd fish , i tried three-foot rig which didn’t produce a bite so for the next couple of hours I set up multiple new swims in four-foot picking up a few f1’s from each but I didn’t think there was much in front of me as i had to work really hard for them , after yet another quiet spell I went long towards the left hand corner and worked all along the far bank without any success which was strange because i expected there to be a few f1s sat there out of the cold easterly wind .

I kept trying my channel  swim which i had trickled in a few maggots all through the match but i never managed a bite from it so with an hour of the contest left I finally found a couple more f1’s at 13m towards the point of the island in three-foot and I felt that I might have missed a trick not searching in that area earlier because at this time of year the fish don’t come to the bait and you need to find them but fishing at this angle it made shipping back awkward , to be honest I expected the fish to be in the deeper water due to the conditions but I never had an indication over four-foot which just goes to show you can’t turn up at a match with a pre set plan in mind as you can be made to look a bit foolish .

At the all out I had managed to catch 15 f1’s which went 21lb and this put me third in the section getting proper smashed up by the pegs in the middle of the canal who both had around 50lb but it was still a good days fishing for this time of year , Jordan had also finished third agonisingly missing out on the section and lake win by just over a pound this left us on a disappointing six points for no good . Well done to my mate John Unsworth and Shaun Welsh on the win and all the other framers , both the Leigh tackle team’s did really well in the match today as well which is hopefully a good sign for future matches .

 

Cunneries fishery , teams of three league


October 7th

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bait for the day was ;

3 pints of red+white maggots

2 pints of micros

2 pints of 4mm pellets

small tub of 4mm expanders

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

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

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

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

MD floats

cunneries fishery teams of three , round two


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

Cunneries fishery


September 2nd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bait for the day revolved around pellets ;

2 pints soaked bagem micros pellets .

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

1 pint bagem crushed expander ground-bait .

small tub of 4mm bagem expanders .

small tub of mixed hard pellets .

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

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

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

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

 

Cunneries fishery


August 28th

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bait for the day was ;

3 pints red and white maggots

3 pints 4mm pellets

2 pints of ground-bait

small tub of mixed hard pellets

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

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

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

Cunneries fishery


August 11th

Cunneries S canal

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bait for the day

1 pint soaked micro

2 pint 2mm hard pellets

2 pint sloppy expander groundbait

3 pint white maggots just in case

small tub of 4mm expanders

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

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

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

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