Heronbrook fishery


October 15th

Today i have been back to heronbrook as a guest for the Stockton heath lads it was the second round of the winter league and as it would be my last match here due to another winter league commitment at Old Hough that i have contested for the last few years so i was looking forward to getting a good draw plus catching a few fish but how wrong was i and after yesterdays good result at Partridge lake I came back to earth with a bang .On arriving at the fishery i caught up with the rest of the team before grabbing a breakfast and all the talk was on how hard it might fish because the weather recently had been awful with heavy downpours plus strong winds although it was still quite warm , at the draw i was handed peg sixteen on match lake i got told it was the worst one on the lake and i already knew the lake wasnt fishing great i would have much prepared to be on match pool as at least you was guaranteed a few bites on that water .

At least i could drive round to my home for the next few hours which i knew was a good winter peg due to the fact it was at least five foot deep all over the peg but today though it was very warm for the time of year and I knew it was going to be a struggle , i decided to set up a few rings to cover my options ;

Top kit plus one at the bottom of the near slope were upon plumbing up i found five foot so i used a 4×12 joof float with a staggered bulk starting above my six-inch 012 garbo hook length which had a size 18 lwg hook with a micro bait band attached to it and my main line was the usual 016 garbo main line .

Thirteen meter swim where it was nearly a top kit deep and i used a 4×14 joof float with a bulk plus two dropper shotting pattern , my main line was 014 garbo and hook length was six-inch of 012 garbo which had a size 18 lwg hook with a micro bait band attached .

Right hand margin in 4ft a couple of feet away from the bank because it fell away quite steeply and this is where it levelled out before dropping off again , i used a 4×14 Md diamond float which had an inch spread bulk starting above my six-inch 014 garbo hook length which had a size 16 lwg hook attached .

Left hand margin in three-foot tight to the bank because the slope was a lot more angler friendly on this side and i decided to fish a negative swim with pellets here , i used a 4×12 Md pellet float which had an inch spread bulk starting above my four-inch 012 garbo hook length and attached to it was a size 16 lwg .

As i had an island around twenty meters away i set up a feeder rod with a 1/8 ounce straight lead  which had an eighteen inch hook length and my hook was a size 16 lwg .

Bait for the day was ;

2 tins of corn

3 pints of soaked 4mm pellets

2 pints of 8mm pellets

When the all in sounded i started my match at the bottom of the near slope with hard pellets i kept flicking half a dozen 4mm pellets around my float and it was unbelievably slow going , i missed a couple of indications and i altered my shooting pattern so that my hook bait fell slower this got me two quick f1’s , i felt that i had it sorted but i only had a couple of missed dips on the float in the next half hour but as no one around me was catching I didn’t panic . All the time I had been pinging a couple of 8mm pellets towards the island and this was my next line to go at with the straight lead but all I managed was the odd liner which had me scratching my head as i really felt this would get me a few fish but especially as the lad towards my right was catching f1s on the tip rod although he was using a method feeder I found out later this never works on the match lake so I wasted another hour.

I went on to my 13m swim next at the bottom of the far shelf and after kinder potting in some hard 4mm pellets a few times from a height to try to draw some fish into the swim , this kind of worked for me as I caught two quick f1’s then nothing so I was back to square one and that seemed to be how my match panned out today as i added on another section going out to 14m where it started sloping up to the island which got me a couple of fish then nothing , in the back of my mind I just knew that I should be concentrating in shallower water with it still being quite warm . After re plumbing up along my right hand margin at six meters I managed to find 2ft but the slope was too steep to fish there and I found 4ft just as it levelled out a bit before another drop off, I began by kinder potting in a few grains of corn and after a couple of feeds i caught an F1 before twenty minutes without a sign .

A switch to my pellet line got me a couple more fish and I knew that I had made the right decision to fish in shallower water it was just that i made the switch three hours too late , for the rest of the match I rotated between them both catching fish from each before resting it and I did lose a barny rubble with a hook pull after a five-minute fight on my corn swim which cost me at the end , but i must have doubled my catch in the last ninety minutes from down the edge and maybe it was just the time of day but im not too sure .When the all out sounded I had a very long wait before i put a very disappointing 30lb on the scales for last in my ten peg section although I had 31lb on one side of me, 33lb the other and 46lb won the money section so i wasnt too far away but it was still a bit gutting the team didn’t do great either so all in all a very poor day , but like they say you are only as good as your last match so hopefully i can put it behind me when i contest the first round of my winter league at Old Hough next weekend .

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 .

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 .

Blundell fishery , open match trio pool


August 13th , peg nine trio pool

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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 .

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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 .

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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 .

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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 .