Fisho mania qualifier 5th June , peg 60 back deans
Well here we are back on the fisho trail and i just hope i have a better experience doing this one because its my final chance this year , woke up early for my two hour drive to Woodlands and i made sure i put the correct street name in this time because last time i came here for the match this qualifier i got a bit lost .
Arrived at the complex at eight with plenty time to spare so went to grab a buttie and the first person i saw in the cafe was England international Des ship who seemed a really nice guy chatting to any one who wanted to speak to him , i then proceeded to have a walk to have a look at the waters i didn’t get round to seeing last time i was here and it seemed like every corner i turned their was another big name angler . On areles it looked like all the carp was in full spawning mode and it was defo not the one to be on , but hay and barely looked good as they had lots more f1s in and ghost could finally brake its duck and finally win a fisho qualifier .
When i got back to the cabin they was already beginning to queue up , so i joined it and was half way back and on looking down the line it really was a whose who of big name anglers and lots of previous fisho champs in attendance too .It was soon my turn at the draw bag and out i pulled peg 60 on back deans i thought i might have been lucky and got a corner but when i got their it turned out i was four pegs away from it more towards the center of the lake .I had Adam waklin to my left and two pegs to my right was Geoff ringer , Des ship had a corner peg and i wouldnt be surprised if he won the lake from their .
The all in was at eleven so i had plenty time to get ready and i made a conscious effort not to go over board with the rigs unlike last time at Partridge lakes .
Margin , 2ft deep and i used a middy 0.3 float with 0.12 line direct to a size 16 b911 hook . This is were i hopped to catch some big carp on half a worm and to build up my net to hopefully turn it into a winning one .
6m , 4ft deep and i used a 0.3 scone float with 0.12 line direct to a size 16 b911 hook . This is were i wanted to start the match on chopped worm and caster while my shallow line was being prepared .
14m shallow , matrix 0.2 float with 0.12 line direct to a size 18 eyed b911 with a micro band attached to enable me to fish 6mm hard pellet on the hook , this is were i expected to catch most of my carp today .
My bait for the day was ;
Fishery pellets 4mm and 6mm
1 pint of casters
half kilo of worms , which i found out i needed to wash before chopping which was a ball ache but rules are rules .
All set and ready to go , so lets see how i got on , as the air raid siren went off i mean the all in sounded , i proceeded to dump a medium pot of worm and caster at six meter and fish this out before topping up , i was also flicking half a dozen 6mm pellets out at 14m every two minutes preparing this line for later in the match . I put half a worm on the hook because my target fish was carp and reckoned a dozen of these would win the section and went over the feed at 6m , it wasn’t long before i was into my first fish which turned out to be a small perch not a good sign so i re feed with another medium pot and after four perch i finally hit into my first carp a nice 4lb mirror carp which put up a spirited fight on 13 hollo set fairly tight , in the next thirty minutes i put a run of silvers in the net before i hooked another carp and this one was giving me a proper run around , when i finally got it to the side it was a big ghostie and only just fitted in my landing net , it was definitely a two hand job lifting the net out and i would estimate it wasn’t far off 15lb.
No more bites materialized on this line but twenty pound in the first hour was some start , so i put another two big pots of worm and caster in and left it to settle before trying my shallow line , people on the other bank with the wind blowing into their faces were catching the odd carp shallow and Des ship on the end peg was also doing well fishing along the margin . After feeding my shallow line for about an hour i was expecting an immediate response but nothing not even a single resemblance of a bite , the guy to my right was fishing on the deck at 14m on expander and was also struggling to catch .
I stuck it out on my shallow line for over an hour , changing depths , feeding patterns and searching every inch to try and find some feeding carp because you could see them swimming on top but i think these were more interested in sun bathing rather than feeding . I was just going to try my 6m line when i finally had a bite and a 5lb mirror was in the net but this just gave me false hope and i spent another forty bite less minutes trying to catch another and then out of the blue i had next my bite which the hook pulled out off when i got it to the net , maybe it was because of the hill behind me as i had to brake my pole down twice and in doing so the hook hold might have loosened or maybe it was foul hooked .
After that i decided to rest my 14m line but i kept on feeding it just in case i wanted to re try it later , we was now in the fourth hour so i began feeding my margin line with worm and caster but not as finally chopped as on my 6m line because i was after some big carp down the side . I re tried my first swim and began getting indications which i couldn’t hit and i put these down to liners so i began loose feeding casters and changed shotting pattern for an on the drop rig and put a caster on the hook , this produced a couple of nice roach but not the carp i had hopped for .
The fifth and final hour soon arrived and i needed some big lumps to be with in a chance of getting my section , so down the edge i went with half a worm on the hook and it wasn’t long before i hooked and landed my first carp around the 5lb mark , which was subdued pretty easy on my 13 hollo set pingy . I then hooked something a lot bigger that unbelievably bottomed out my elastic and after a spirited fight i managed to put the net under half of a very big carp because that’s all that would fit in my net , another two handed lift got it out of the water and a 15lb carp in the bag but this was to be my final carp of the match although i did manage two big bream before the all out .
I was struggling with line bites near the end and maybe had put my margin line in too deep water at 2ft and should have gone really tight to the bank in the more shallower water , but all this big carp in the margins is some thing im new at because we don’t really have an opportunity to fish this way much around here . The all out sounded at four and i was rather disappointed how my match had unfolded ;
1st hour 18lb
2nd + 3rd hour 4lb
4th hour 2lb
5th hour 20lb
A good start and end to the match and if i had managed a few carp in the middle of it i might have had a chance in my section but as it turned out both the corners did well with around 50lb but Adam waklin on the next peg had nearly 80lb which consisted of 7 carp and 23lb of silvers , I had 5 carp , 2 bream and a few bits for 43lb but got plagued by line bites near the end some thing i hadn’t encountered before , but big carp fishing isn’t my cup of tea but it was an enjoyable experience all the same .
1st Nathen Watson 150lb ghost pool
2nd Craig o brien 147lb hay pool
3rd Ste Ringer 120lb areles lake
4th Des ship 119lb back deans
What did i learn ;
They are very cute fish at Woodlands and have seen it all before
Adam caught on maggot and Des on corn so maybe next time stay away from pellets because the carp might associate it with danger
6m line and margin was the most productive line for me today , were i didn’t feed any pellets
My margin was too deep and suffered from line bites
Well that’s both my fisho qualifiers over with for another year but i really enjoyed the experience pitting my wits against the big names on waters that are un familiar to me and with a bit of luck i could have done better but on the pegs i drew sections was my only aim . I would recommend doing them to any one but some people might be put of by the cost of it all but they are well run matches and its not often in sport where you can compete against the best sports men on a level playing field .
Good luck to all those that have managed to get to the fish final and its beginning to look like one hell of a match .