Tunnel Barn winter league Blog 5
Sat 13 December 14
Event: Tunnel Barn Farm, Winter league round 5. Saturday 13th December 2014.
Lakes…House Pool/Extension/Club Pool/New Pool and Top Pool.
Anglers fished: 80
Anglers Name: Amer Jawad
Venue: Tunnel Barn Farm
Peg drawn: House Pool peg 33
Pole: Daiwa Air
Elastic: Preston slip double 5. Pink Hydro.
Mainline: Reflo 0.10 and 0.11
Hook lengths: Reflo Powerline 0.9 and 0.10
Hook pattern: Kamasan B911 F1 in sizes 20 and 18
Floats: MW F1 slims 4 × 10 and 4 × 12. Sensas pencil float in 4 × 14.
Bait: 3 pints of maggots, pellets and bread.
Our team draw put me back in House Pool, and back on a peg I know very well as I drew this peg only two rounds ago. House peg 33.
My set up was fairly straight forward as its a very shallow peg which means few rigs will fish many lines. With it being icy today I opted for more lines and for this I set up 7 pole rigs. One was a simple bread dobbin rig for against the far side reeds. Four pellet rigs and two maggot rigs. These rigs ranged from 4 × 10 to 4 ×14 to cover all depths and places around my swim.
We all had to break ice before the start, my peg being one that doesn’t see the sun which made me think I could have ice all match. So with this in mind I started on the far side with bread looking for an early couple of fish. After 15 minutes on this I gave it up without a sign. My next line was 5-6m in the deeper water which was still only 4ft as this is a shallow peg. After 15 minutes on the pellet I had my first fish an F1 about 2lb. This was followed with another 10 F1’s after an hour and half. The line dried up so I moved to my next line which was at 8m’s. I lowered the pellet in and within seconds I hooked a large fish, it went straight under the ice and after a tussle through the ice slalom I netted a lovely 7lb common carp. After that bonus I went on to catch a further 8 F1’s before hour three which was the start of my problems! The ice that the anglers to my left had smashed up had started to melt and build up in front of me. I pushed sheets of ice through my peg which took 10-15 minutes before I could get my rig back in place. It was the end of my bites, the commotion had moved the fish out which was worrying as I couldn’t move far with more ice built up around my swim.
The ice started to clear so I could fish out of my swim, I had decided to switch to maggot now in the hope I had a late run of fish as I knew I had a good start to hopefully consolidate. 4 large F1’s late on was all I managed and I knew I was short of what I needed.
The scales arrived and 57lb was top weight on my lake off peg 6, I put 49lb 1oz on the scales which was worth a lake prize but fell short of the main frame with 69lb winning overall of the same peg on Club Pool that won last week. Well done to the winner. On the team front we managed joint third on the day out of the 20 teams so that was pleasing as we clawed back some points lost last week. The Match Fishing Draw bags team won the day with an impressive 64 points. Well done lads.
This was one match that I will reflect on for a few days as I rued my luck with the ice today. It cost me a much better result than I had but that’s part and parcel of fishing in the winter. I was pleased to have caught what I did as this is a peg that can be very difficult once it comes cold due to its shallow depths.
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