Today i was back at Cunneries fishery in Eccleston for the last round of the teams of three and my Adlington angling red team was lying in fifth place with 76 points which was ten points away from the top three money positions , so that seemed out of the question but we still wanted to finish as high as possible because it was my first outing with the Daiwa Adlington squad . The weather leading up to the contest had been a bit iffy with a drop in temperature plus some strong showers and this of course had an impact on the matches taking place during the week , so bearing this in mind a figured that a low winning weight would be needed and a good draw required .
On arrival to the fishery i noticed that the wind was blowing towards the car park and the vegetation on the s canal had grown quite considerably since my last visit almost a month ago due to various other commitments , after having a chat with a few of the locals they had a similar view to me in that it would be tough going and hawk lake would be the favorite to win the match , when my other team members turned up we had a discussion on how we would attack it today and hopefully get the points required to move further up the table .
It was soon time for the draw and i managed to pull out three nice pegs they wasnt out-and-out flyers but should be able to give us good points if we fished them right , i was on peg 23 on the second leg on the s canal and i quite fancied it for a few bites even if the wind was blowing down the other end , like most of the pegs here i had some reeds along the far bank although i did have a clear patch so i could get into some shallower water and along my margin i had a reed bed on my right hand side although it looked to deep but on my left hand side i found 1.5ft a top kit away , so i decided to set up ;
3ft pellet rig for fishing in front of the far bank reeds and i used a 4×14 roob float which had an inch spread bulk starting above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .
3ft maggot rig for fishing across if they didn’t want pellets and i used a 4×12 maggot float which had a bulk plus dropper spread along the 014 garbo main line , attached to it was a six-inch 012 garbo hook length .
mud bank and left hand margin rig , i used a 0.4 muddie float which would help keep the rig still if lots of fish came into the swim and i had the usual 014 garbo main line with a six-inch 012 garbo hook length .
i also set up a shallow rig incase the came up in the water across to the reeds and i used an 0.1 mini mag float which had a bulk above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .
Bait for the day was ;
2 pints of red and white maggots
2 pints of soaked micros
1 pint of ground-bait
small tub of 2+4mm expanders
When the all in sounded i began across to the far bank in front of the reeds towards my right and it only took a couple of feeds before i caught my first f1 , it was very slow going but by regularly tapping in a view micros plus lifting + dropping my rig i managed to entice a few fish to take my 4mm expander and in the first hour i had managed to catch half a dozen but my swim wasnt getting any stronger , it seemed like it was going to be a catch what you can day and keep setting up new swims similar to what you would do during the winter months .I plumbed up a new line on the left hand reed beds and started again yet again i had a quick couple of f1s then the hand sized skimmers moved in which wasnt a good sign , so i moved a couple of feet away and started again this is how i spent the first two hours of the match putting a dozen f1s in the net , at this point i was well up there with the anglers within eye shot and i also began loose feeding maggots towards my left hand margin , when bites began to tail off i plumbed up to see if i could find any shallower water if they had backed off and right in between the reeds were there was a bit of a bay i managed to find just over 2ft .
My new swim produced straight away although i did have a problem with them diving into the reeds when hooked and i ended up losing a few but it was the only place that i could regularly get bites , i noticed that a couple of lads where picking up the odd fish on the mud bank so i decided to follow suit i began by putting in a large kinder pot of maggots and lowered my rig in over the top of it , i managed a couple of small skimmers before foul hooking an f1 and it wasnt really working for me so i decided to big pot in some maggots to see if things improved any .While it settled i rotated my pellet swims picking up a few fish from each to be honest i was quite enjoying it and i was catching more than i usually do before my margin lines kick off , another look on the mud line didn’t produce for me so i kept plugging away on my pellet lines putting the odd f1 in the net and with two hours of the match left it was time to try my left hand margin which i had thrown a dozen maggots every five minutes in front of the reeds, so i expected there to be a few lined up i had a big f1 almost instantly which was promising and i thought that i could be on for a framing weight but my margin just died on me which was a complete shock as it had been my banker on every match i had fished on the s canal .I decided to big pot in the shallowest water i could find which was a top kit towards my left if they wanted to be in this depth and while it settled i rotated my pellet swims across , basically that is how i spent the rest of the match because both the mud bank and margin never worked for me .
When the all out sounded i had 28 f1s on the clicker so i thought that i might be on for a good weight and had caught more than those anglers around me , when the scales arrived i was one of the first to weigh in and my net went 33lb so it seemed that pellet fish wasnt as big a stamp as worm fish on the s canal . I was second best weight on my leg of the canal but the lower numbers fished a lot better which pushed me down to sixth missing out on third by just 2lb which was my worst place in the league not how i wanted the series to end , luckily the other lads in the team had fared a lot better as they finished first + third on their lakes this left us on ten points and which was good enough for us to finish second on the day , a few of the teams towards the top of the league had suffered a poor round so we hoped that we might have a chance of moving up the table and when the results had been read out we ended up in 4th place which is good for a new squad but we missed out on third by just three points .
So that was the end of Daiwa Adlington first attempt at team fishing and we suffered a few ups and downs including a proper stinker of a round when we had 23 points out of a possible thirty , but when we finally got to grips with the venue we ended quite well managing two team seconds and two individual seconds , so that will call time on the team events for the time being until the winter leagues begin again in november but i have enjoyed the experience and will be looking forward to continuing my time with the squad .