Tunnel Barn Winter League Blog 9
Sat 07 February 15
Event: Tunnel Barn Farm winter league, round 9
Date: Saturday 7th February 2015.
20 teams of 4 (80 anglers) over 5 lakes…
House Pool/Extension Pool/New Pool/Top and Club Pools.
Anglers name: Amer Jawad
Sponsors: Sensas UK/Daiwa Sports UK.
Peg drawn: House Pool – Peg1
Pole: Daiwa Air Pole
Elastic: Pink Hydro elastic
Line: Reflo 0.10 hook lengths, 0.11 main line.
Hooks: Drennan Silverfish match size 20 and 18 for maggots. And B911 F1 for pellet.
Floats: Mick Wilkinson F1 slims in 6 ×11 – 10 × 11. And carbon slims in 4×12 and 4×14.
Bait: 2 pints of red maggots, 1 pint of pinkies, 4mm expander pellets, 2mm expander pellets and fishery micro pellets for feeding.
Amer Jawad – House Pool peg 1
Mark Pollard – Extension peg 38
Stu Palsar – New Pool peg 4
Pete Caton – Club 5
With very a very cold week and overnight temperatures I wast surprised to see all the lakes with at least an inch of ice covering. When I arrived at my peg I noticed the ice was much thinner and could be broken with my pole! I had another aerator in my peg and was told they had them turned on up until Thursday. I was worried that if the small stockie F1’s didn’t feed where I was then I was up against it as that’s about all that has been coming off this peg in recent weeks.
I broke two main channels with my pole, one straight in front against the aerator where it was the deepest part of my swim and still only a number 3 section deep! Probably the shallowest peg I have drawn on any lake at the fishery! The second channel was broke slightly to the right where there is a tree overhanging to the water. I started on pellets at 6m to the right of the channel, after 30mins I never had a bite so switched to the line on the left of the channel and slightly further out. I tapped in 3-4 micro pellets and had a 2mm expander pellet as hook bait. Another 20 minutes and still no bites! After two hours and still no bites off any lines I feared I had drawn badly again. I heard the angler opposite me behind the island hadn’t had a bite either and Paul Yates on peg 21 round the back to my left was also dry netting. I stuck with my approach as I felt it was right and had my first bite on pellet, a small stockie about 6oz’s.
I had odd bites for the next hour which were the slightest of bites on the bristle. After 3 and a half hours I had put together 22 small stockie F1’s and two better older fish. All the time I was throwing 3-4 maggots on my 5-6m line. I went onto maggots short and no bites, so tried maggot long on a line I hadn’t had a bite from which was against the aerator, again no bites from here. Back short and still nothing. It was so difficult I just knew I needed one last run of fish which would propel me a bit. As I was also up against the Club pool I felt I just hadn’t a chance. Last 20 minutes on the short line on maggots and caught 4 Gudgeon and a small perch to end a disappointing match.
The scales came round to me and I noticed peg 4 weighed 11lb, peg 33 had 8lb, Paul Yates on 21 had 7lb and my fish went just under 11lb. I beat three anglers on the club pool and a few on my lake so it wasn’t as Bad as I had feared. The weights just for better to my right where pegs 6/7 and 9 all caught 16/21 and 24lb weights. The match was won individually with only 44lb which shows how much harder it fished today.
On the plus point, our team result was very good and we managed 61 points and finished just 1 point short of winning the day. We are now only 4 points from 3rd and 17 points short of second place. So we are in with a shout of a top 3 finish which would be great as I have never fished for a team that hasn’t managed that in this league.
Reflecting on my day and match, I felt I had done as much as I could have done from without doubt the hardest part of the lake. To have got the points I did was pleasing but would always like more especially when another 1lb would have given the team 3 more points!
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