Today i was back at Hall lane fishery for the sixth round of the Mosella north-west summer league and i was really looking forward to it because if you draw in the right areas there is plenty of fish to be caught with two hundred pounds winning the last couple of matches , although i had not been there since the last round and hoped it was going to fish the same but i heard that my old fishing club was on it the previous week with only 55lb winning so i was in two minds on how i was going to approach it . The couple of days leading up to the contest had been a bit iffy with a drop in temps and heavy over night rain which i expected would have an impact on the catches today , some of you might know that i have not been too well for the last couple of weeks and when i woke up on the morning i still wasnt feeling great but i decided to go as i usually feel better as the day progresses . On arrival to the venue the wind was blowing up towards the car park which was a bit unusual but at least it was only a light breeze plus it was still warm , i had a chat with a couple of the mosella lads while we waited for the draw to take place and after a bit of a delay due to some no shows , i joined the queue towards the front and when it came for my turn to have a dip in the bag of doom i pulled out peg 19 which was about as far away from the ripple as you could get and i wasnt even near the end peg so it looks like my golden arm had disappeared for the time being .
After my long walk to the other end of Bessie’s pool i arrived at my home for the next few hours and i had about a meter of bare mud bank in between some over hanging reeds , i also had some more reeds along both my margins which had been cut back at around a top kit distance and it was a more comfortable 14m as well plus there was quite a few carp knocking about in the margins so it all looked promising , with all the info gained from earlier rounds i decided to set up ;
Margin rig in 18 inch which was a bit further down the slope than usual as i felt the cold rain might have an impact and i could go tighter to the bank if i foul hooked any fish , i used a 0.4 MD margin hunter float with a bulk of number eight stotz above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .
Paste rig in front of the near bank reeds and i haven’t set this up before preferring to use hard pellets but i had heard that a few people had caught well on it here , after plumbing up i found a flat area around three-foot deep so i used a 0.4 MD paste float with an inch spread bulk starting above the six-inch 012 garbo hook length .
Across rig in 18 inch depth which was found about a foot away from the far bank and i used an 0.4 MD shallow diamond float which would help keep the rig stable , all my shot was above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length
Across rig tight to the mud bank in 12 inch and i used a 4×10 MD mini mag float with 014 garbo direct to a size 18 guru lwg hook .
Bait for the day ;
3 pints of Adlingtons finest white maggots
2 pints of soaked 4mm pellets
4 pints of ground-bait
1 pint of green swim stim paste
When the all in sounded i noticed that there was still a few carp milling about near the margin even after the nets going in so i took the opportunity to see if i could mug one and i altered my rig so that all the weights was under the float so that the hook bait would fall slowly through the water , i layed in my rig at the side of margin reeds and no sooner had it settled than my elastic shot out of the pole which resulted in a 6lb carp in the net before anyone had finished feeding there across lines , i tried my luck again and after a few liners i had a smaller carp but then i caught a skimmer so it was time to change swims . The last time i drew in this area i had caught well from in front of the near side reeds and today i decided to give paste a whirl instead of hard pellets , i kinder potted in some 4mm plus a nugget of paste and it took me a few minutes to get my rig set up correct but it all went to feeding the swim , i then had a little run of five carp although i was missing more bites than i hit which is probably down to the fact i don’t do a great deal of fishing this way and it probably wasnt a good idea using it in a match , after a while the indications became a little iffy so i decided to put in a cup of bait before switching to my across lines .
I began on my deeper of the two rigs at the side of the over hanging reeds and i kinder potted in some maggots before holding my rig still over the top of it , i didn’t have to wait too long before i had a carp in the net and in the first ninety minutes i managed to catch a dozen of them , it looked like i could be on for a decent weight but the constant maggots raining in had drawn too many fish into the swim and the far bank was an eruption of swirls which made presenting a bait almost impossible , a switch to my shallower far bank swim produced a few more but they was mainly ide which i wasnt really expecting but at over ten ounce a piece they was worth catching for the time being while a figured out how to get the carp back in the swim . I reduced the amount of maggots i was putting in and started targeting one carp at a time and after the mayhem had settled down a little i began attracting my target species , for the next ninety minutes i had a steady run of carp it was by no means hectic but i was fairly happy as nobody in my section seemed to be running away with it , with two hours of the match remaining the slight ripple in front of me disappeared plus it got a lot brighter and this had a big bearing on my swim as the fish certainly drifted out of my peg .
I decided to begin feeding my left hand margin with ground-bait and i hoped this would work as well as on my previous matches here , while it settled i had another look on my paste swim and as i had thrown a nugget of bait every five minutes i expected some carp to be settled there but strangely i couldn’t manage even a liner , i had not seen any signs on my margin but dropped on it anyway although all it produced was a couple of gudgeon not exactly what i had hoped for . I had no other option but to go back across and just hope that they turned up in the edge later , my long pole line had died a death as well so i made the decision to begin potting ground-bait tight to the mud bank this brought a few carp into the swim and you would often see them tail up in the peg before taking the bait , unfortunately my margin never kicked off as i failed to get an indication everytime i dropped on to it and i spent the rest of the match just picking off the odd fish .
When the all out sounded i had managed 34 carp plus half a dozen ide which seemed to be more than those anglers too my right but the end peg towards my left looked to have caught a few fish , luckily the scales started in my section and when they arrived at my peg i had 84lb to beat , my three nets went a couple of ounces shy of a ton and this gave me the all important section win i was pleased with from that draw this leaves me in 16th place in the league so hopefully a couple more good results might see me scrape into the top ten which i would be over the moon with against the calibre of angler taking part , as i expected the weights got even better down the windward end of the lake and there was lots of tons plus the top four all had over 180lb with 230lb winning the match so it was definitely fishing well at the moment .