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 .

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Weston pools fishery


September 16th

I decided to have a change of venue today and headed off to Weston Pools Fishery for a bit of practice before next week’s natural bait festival which i am contesting for the third year running and i seem to be improving on every one of them so fingers crossed it will continue for me , with the recent drop in temperature and cold rain going in the lakes I expected the fishing to be quite tough as you are targeting mainly carp+barbel but I always enjoy fishing this venue and to be honest it is my favorite match water because it’s totally different from anywhere in the north-west i just wish it was a few miles closer .

On my arrival to Weston pools I booked on to the match then had a quick walk around belvedere and i noticed that the fishery staff had done a lot of work removing overhanging branches + general tidying up the banks in readiness for the upcoming festival , this was the only water that I wanted to be on as the other two lakes in the rover wasn’t going to be in next weekend and to be honest i have always struggled on this lake for some reason so i could do with the practice even if it did mean i had little chance of framing today , after taking note of a few pegs that i fancied i made my way back to the cabin stopping off on the way to talk too a few friendly faces who i hadn’t seen for quite some time and when i finally got there it was nearly draw time , I managed to pull out ball eight which meant i was mid way in the queue for a pick and one by one all the best pegs went.

When it came to my turn I decided to settle on peg 22 belvedere which although wasnt a fancied peg it did give me a bit of room and to be honest there isn’t much point sitting on a flyer because you don’t learn a great deal plus i would be very unlikely to sit on one in the festival with so many draw bags in attendance , I set up a few rigs to cover my options ;

Top kit line between your nets which is usually a banker method on here for the barbel , even though it was only a touch over three-foot deep i used a 4×16 joof float with all the bulk above my 4 inch hook length to get the bait to the deck really quickly .

Bottom of the near slope at three meters were it was around five foot deep and i used a 4×14 joof float with a staggered bulk starting above my four-inch 014 garbo hook length .

Margin rig top three towards my left in 18 inches of water at the side of some reeds which was the shallowest water i could find and i used a 0.4 MD margin munter float , my main line was 0.17 garbo and hook length 0.16 garbo which had a size 14 guru lwg hook .

Six meter rig for fishing on the deck under my shallow line and my float was a 4×12 joof float with a bulk plus two dropper shotting pattern .

Two shallow rigs set at two foot + one foot , my floats were a 4×10 MD mini mag with a small bulk above a four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Bait for the day was;

3 pints of casters

2 pints of corn and hemp

2 pints of corn

When the all in sounded I fed my top three-line with half a cupping kit full of corn+hemp mix and while it settled I had a quick look on my top kit for hopefully a quick couple of barbel but this just produced a small silver with no more bites or liners that was a waste of time but i would keep dropping on it now + again during the match , I then went on to my top three swim and had a bite almost straight away which I pulled out of, then I hooked something a bit bigger which after a spirited fight snapped my 6lb hook length after spending the last few months just catching f1’s i needed to get my head around this style of fishing were they pulled back a bit ! !

After an hour I had next to nothing in the net so I went on my shallow six meter swim which I had primed from the start feeding a dozen casters every few minutes but all this just produced was hand sized silvers so you can safely say so far it wasn’t going to well  , i did try my deck rig underneath my shallow swim but this just produced line bites and maybe i should have set up a new rig for fishing at half depth .

Two hours of the match had already passed and i had about ten pounds in the net so I re-plumbed a new swim at top four towards my right at the bottom of the slope , after feeding some corn+hemp through a large kinder pot i began getting the odd bite from decent fish and topping up every time i caught one worked remarkably well as I had a good run of carp+barbel right up to the all out , but I lost a lot of fish today and i even did a bit of squirreling lol no doubt this was due to the fact that i wasnt used to playing fish of this size which pulled back a bit .

When the all out sounded I ended up with just short of 60lb this was good enough for third on the lake + fifth overall but with just 74lb coming third in the match it was a missed opportunity for me today and i really need to start taking these chances when they present themselves , I had probably fished my worst match in a long time today but at least I had got it out-of-the-way and I learned quite a bit which is my main reason for going.

I’m looking forward to spending most of the week re doing hook lengths and making new rigs in preparation of the natural bait festival next weekend which is always my highlight of the fishing season before it turns to scratching for bites on the multiple winter leagues i am doing this year .

Cunneries hawk pool


10th September
Today i was back at the cunneries fishery as a guest with the Stockton heath lads and I don’t usually do club matches but as it was on Hawk pool I made an exception because it will be in both of the teams of three league’s I am doing on here , have only fished it once before so needed to try a few things out and like they say practice makes perfect .At the draw I had the last ball in the bag ending up with peg 18 which i was very happy with as it is in a good area to be in and I had a bit of room , so i fancied it for a few fish even though we have had a lot of rain in the past few days and was due a bit more during the day .
I decided to set up ;
2ft rig for margin + across and i used a 4×12 MD pellet float with a spread bulk along my 014 garbo main line starting above my four-inch 010 garbo hook length .
 4ft rig at top kit plus one with maggots and i used a 4×10 MD maggot float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern , with the usual 014 garbo main line and six-inch of 010 garbo hook length .
Bait for the day was ;
2 pints of red+white maggots
1 pint of bagem soaked micros
1 pint of bagem 4mm pellets
1 pint of bagem crushed expander ground-bait
On the all in I started at the bottom of the near slope feeding maggots through my hand and I had a great run of ide all though they was averaging six-ounce a piece , my constant loose feeding had brought them up off the deck and there was a few swirls on top , I was missing a few bites and i didn’t expect to be catching shallow today so I changed to kinder potting the maggots in which brought the fish back to the deck. In the first hour I caught about 18lb of ide plus a few barbel and It was all going really well i even picked up a couple of f1s+carp , but i was using today as a learning exercise plus I was running out of maggots so I decided to change it to pellets to try to get some more f1’s into the swim and i put in half a cupping kit full of micros+crushed expander.
While it settled I went across to the far bank and picked the spot where i had earlier plumbed up then taped in half a dozen micros before lowering my rig in over the top , i caught a couple of quick f1s before things got a bit difficult because for the next two hours i had a nightmare with liners and foul hookers, I tried setting up new swims all along the far bank and i would get a couple of early fish before it went tits up as i just couldn’t get them to settle no matter what depth I went into and I put next to nothing in the net so I went back on my near line while I had a review on what to do next .
I started by taping in some micros then lowered my rig in over the top and i soon started catching some carp+f1s but the bites were very finicky more like winter fishing when using pellets , I had to be really careful with the amount of feed i began putting in because the bottom would fizz up quite badly if I over did it and I decided to change it back to maggots because I was catching ide a lot quicker , i  set up a new swim for pellets I slightly deeper water towards my right at six meters but this time kicked it off with a nugget of crushed expander and some micros .
For the rest of the match I rotated between them both catching a few from my pellet swim and when it began fizzing up i went go onto my maggot swim which was by far the best line but i didn’t have enough bait to do it justice , at the all out I had 54lb which consisted of 22lb of ide+barbel the rest carp + f1’s which was just enough for the match win but more importantly I learned a great deal and maybe i had suffered a bit with having too much room because at times i had a lot of fish in my peg but at least i have more of an idea if i ever draw on the lake again .

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 .

 

Bradshaws fishery


13th August

After a bit of badgering from the rest of the Daiwa adlington squad i headed to Bradshaw’s fishery near Bolton to contest the open on lake 8+9 and as i had not fished it before i was quite looking forward to it , especially as the weather had settled down a bit with blue skies plus a slight increase in temperature . On arrival to the fishery i was one of the first there and i found out that the draw was only going to take place at 930 so yet again i had a bit of hanging about to do , i did want to have a look at the lakes in the match today as i hadn’t even seen them yet but i noticed that the gates to them was locked when i drove down to the cabin , so i decided to have a walk round the other lakes on the complex and when i got back there was a few more people knocking about including a couple of the squad members , we had a chat about how best to target things today but they wasnt giving much away .

It was nearly draw time so i joined the queue towards the rear and when it came to my turn for a go in the bag of doom i pulled out peg 14 which was on lake eight but that was a much as i knew till i got to the other car park , before i unpacked my gear i went to try to find my home for the next few hours and it was situated over one of the bridges , there was only two pegs on this little split so i had a bit of room and the far bank was about 13m away which had a couple of reed beds plus a mud bank , i also had a reed bed along my left hand margin and a lily bed a bit behind me towards my right at the side of the bridge , so i had quite a few options and it could be very easier to confuse yourself by trying to many different things especially on your first visit .

While i was putting my gear on the trolley i took the opportunity to have a chat with one of the venue superstars who kindly pointed me in the right direction and it seemed that i was in a reasonable are which was a positive sign , when i got back to my peg i had a bit of a plan in mind and decided to set up ;

Margin both left and right in two foot depth , i used a 4×12 MD diamond float with an inch spread bulk starting above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Six meter channel rig in 5ft depth for under my shallow swim , i used a 4×12 MD maggot float with a bulk plus two dropper shotting pattern .

Shallow rig in 18 inch and i used a 4×10 MD mini maggie float with a bulk of number eleven stotz above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Across rig at three-foot for in front of the far bank reeds , i used a 4×12 MD roob style float with an inch spread bulk starting above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length and i altered this for a bulk plus dropper when i changed to using maggots .

Mud line in 18 inch and i used a 4×12 MD mini maggie float which had an inch spread bulk above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length .

Bait for the day was ;

3 pints of white maggots

2 pints 4mm soaked pellets

1 pint of micros

3 pints of ground-bait

small tub 4mm expanders

When the all in sounded i began on my three foot rig across in front of a reed bed and after tapping in a nugget of ground-bait before holding my rig still over the top of it , with not much happening i had to start sprinkling in micros to try to draw some fish into the swim and it took a further ten minutes before i had my first f1 but even after my slow start i wasnt to worried because nobody around me was catching a great deal . I had another bite less ten minutes before the tiniest of indication on the float resulted in my next f1 and there just didn’t seem to be much in front of me , i had another spell of inactivity so i tried putting in another nugget of ground-bait in to try to kick-start the swim but it just brought in some gudgeon and small silvers not exactly what i had in mind . With an hour of the match passed and only two f1s in the net it was time to re plumb up another line towards my left , this time i changed to feeding half a dozen 4mm pellets every few minutes and this resulted in another quick f1 before it all went quiet yet again even the gudgeon had deserted me .

I had been loose feeding 4mm pellets every few minutes since the match started on my six meter swim so i dropped on this with my deck rig to see if the fish were in the deeper water and i would also keep an eye out for liners to signal that they might be shallow but i had not seen anything top in front of me , after what seemed like an age my float finally dipped under resulting in another f1 in the net quickly followed by two more and i hopped that i could get a run of fish but my next couple of fish were small hand sized tench . Even though i hadn’t seen any signs of movement up in the water i decided to give my shallow rig ago but as i thought i didn’t even get a bite in twenty minutes and with nearly half the match gone i was really struggling with just a handful of f1s in the net so it was time for a complete re think .

I decided to scrap the pellets and concentrate on using maggots , i began potting in ground-bait on to my mud bank and i also plumbed up a new swim towards my right in 2ft of water tight to the cover dumping maggots through a large kinder pot doing this dramatically transformed my match , as i caught an f1 straight away before the ide moved in and i changed my shotting to give a slow fall of the hook bait this worked really well as i had a run of forty ide in the next hour , although my 11 Preston hollo elastic was a bit too strong for the 10oz ide and a few either splashed on top as soon as i hooked them or came off at the net which might have disrupted the shoal because bites came to an abrupt end , i tried setting up a new swim towards my left at the side of some reeds thinking that they might have backed off but strangely that never really kicked off for me .

I noticed some movement on my mud bank so i quickly changed rigs my float had only just settled when my elastic shot off resulting in a small carp hitting the net and i then had a little run of fish all of which were a different species , bites began to tail off so rather than keep plundering the shoal i put in a cup full of ground-bait and another of maggots before going back to my original 2ft swim , this time i caught a couple of small roach so i decided to put all my shot above the hook length which would hopefully bolt the maggots through the silvers and i started picking up the odd ide before the f1s moved in , by swapping between this swim and my mud bank i ended up with a dozen more f1s+carp before the all out sounded .

As i began packing up i couldn’t help but think that i had wasted half of the match trying to get pellets to work but as I’m really new to the venue i was always going to make some mistakes and the later part of the match showed just how well it can fish , i ended up with 50 ide plus 18 f1s+carp and when the scales arrived my two nets went just under 50lb this was good enough to win the section quite comfortably as i had a dnw one side then a 16lb to my other so i was quite pleased with my effort today , overall the match was won with just over a ton and a couple of mid 80lb got into the frame so wasnt a million of miles away but the only thing is I’m not sure when i will get chance to get back as the cunneries league starts in September .

Hall lane Bessies pool , Mosella north west summer league


August 5th

After a couple of weeks break it was time for the penultimate round of the Mosella north-west summer league on Bessie’s pool at Hall lane which was situated in Rufford near the bottom of Parbold hill and after having suffered with heavy rain plus strong winds leading up to the match ,when i arrived at the fishery i was glad to find conditions a bit more suitable with a manageable breeze blowing away from the car park  because as you know it can be a bit of a wind trap on here and to get the best weights you really need to be fishing across to the mud line which is 16m on some pegs .

As i was here a bit early like usual i had a chat with a couple of lads from the Mosella squad and we was all a bit unsure how it would fish with all the recent cold rain going in but because there was only 26 lads contesting the match we would all have a bit of room which should improve things , it was a bit disappointing that the field had almost halved in size since the start of the league especially as the weights coming out had been really good with two hundred pounds being needed to reach the frame on the last few rounds and it is probably down to the pay outs which needs looking at if they decide to run it again next year .

When it came round to draw time i had the first dip in the bag of doom and pulled out peg 35 which i was far from happy with because you had the windward end peg in your section plus the peg had finished last in section a couple of times in the league , as i arrived at my home for the next few hours i had one of the league leaders in my section as well so i would up against it to try to get some good points from here . My peg was a touch over 13m wide which is one of the narrowest on the lake so at least it would be an easier days fishing and like usual on here i had a mud bank about a meter wide surrounded by some over hanging reeds , the margins were pretty standard top kit of bare bank then some vegetation and i decided to set up ;

Margin towards my left where after plumbing up i found a bit of a flat area on the shelf in 18in which is a bit deeper than usual but i didn’t expect the carp to be feeding tight to the mud bank , i used a 0.4 MD margin float with 018 garbo main line and a four-inch 014 garbo hook length which had a size 16 guru lwg hook attached my elastic was size 15 Preston hollo .

Three foot rig for fishing in front of my right hand reeds and also across to the far bank , this is an area which i have struggled to catch on in previous rounds but i always set it up just in case and i used a 4×12 MD maggot float with a bulk plus dropper shotting pattern my main line was 016 garbo which had a six-inch 012 garbo hook length , my elastic was size 13 Preston hollo .

Mud line rig for fishing in 18 inch about a foot away from the bank and i used a 4×12 MD island float with a bulk of stotz above the four-inch 012 garbo hook length ,my elastic was size 13 Preston hollo .

Tight to the far bank in 8 inch and i used a 4×12 MD mini mag float which was on 014 garbo direct to a size 16 guru lwg hook and elastic was size 13 Preston hollo .

Bait for the day was ;

3 pints of Adlington’s finest white maggots .

2 pints of 4mm hard pellets .

1 pint of corn .

1/2 bag of ground-bait .

When the all in sounded i had a quick look onto my left hand margin to see if i could mug a carp because i had felt a few when i plumbed up earlier and after a couple of minutes my float twitched then slid under , a sharp strike resulted in a tiny gudgeon flying my way not exactly what i had planned so that went up the bank for later in the match . A switch to my across line and i kinder potted in some maggots then held my rig still over the top of it , after a couple of quick carp things got a great deal harder as i could see the fish coming into the swim with their fins breaking the surface but was struggling to get them settled in the shallow water but before i did my usual trick of potting in some ground-bait , i switched rigs to my 3ft one which was positioned halfway down the far slope in front of the over hanging reeds and i began clumping in my maggots through a large kinder pot because in this depth of water line bites could be a problem , after about ten minutes i had my first indication which resulted in a big ide hitting the net and over the next hour i managed half a dozen of them but as i feared it wasnt long after when i began getting line bites resulting in foul hooked fish .

I went back onto my mud bank catching a couple of early carp before they became spooky again and it was becoming really frustrating , i decided to pot in some ground-bait this kind of worked as i attracted plenty of fish into the swim but now i had the problem of foul hooking them and kept trashing rigs so even more frustration . I dropped onto my left hand margin where i had potted in some ground-bait and maggots for the past hour , i had seen a few signs of carp with the swim being muddied up and after an early carp i just couldn’t get another indication on it , to make things worse the ducks had emptied my mud bank of bait , i had been putting in corn+pellets onto my right hand 3ft swim and i hoped that a few fish might have settled on it but i never even had a sign , today was just getting worse + worse so with ninety minutes of the match remaining i only had 14 carp in the net plus a few ide and i was stirring at last place in the section .

With nothing left to lose i decided to up my feed so i put in two cups of maggots+ground-bait in on my margin and my mud bank swim , i picked up my eight inch rig and pushed it really tight to the far bank which i hoped would help solve the foul hooking problem , thankfully it did and my swim got stronger + stronger maybe it was the increased feed going in , or the ducks stirring up the bottom , but they had just turned up although i wasnt complaining as i managed to double my catch in the remaining time including one right on the whistle . The all out signalled the end to my worst match in a long time as i couldn’t get anything to work properly , trashing rigs + losing fish not the best of days , i ended up with 28 carp plus half a dozen ide when the scales arrived went 90lb and surprisingly this was good enough for second in section which i would have taken at the start of the contest , although i felt the peg was worth a lot more as the lad too my right won the match with 230lb so i got well and truly smashed up today but at least this gave me a default pick up , this leaves me on 11 points after removing my two droppers so if i manage a section win on the last round i might make the top ten although i never make things easy on myself after missing two matches in the league .