Today I’d be fishing on of the small lakes and with 8 end pegs to be shared amongst 30 anglers I was hopeful of a decent draw. Decided to draw with my right hand instead of my left…didn’t work. I stared in disbelief at Peg 96 – Lake 6. You cannot tell where the good weights will come from on these small lakes and Pool 6 is as good as any…but the far end of Pool 6 (where my peg was situated) is a total nightmare, you simply cannot compete with the anglers on pegs 86 (The Little Girl’s Peg) or those other early pegs. As you work your way down the lake the weights tend to get worse and worse. Your only hope is that it’s blowing a hooley down to that far end but I think that’s an Easterly and not a very frequent summer wind. It certainly wasn’t blowing down our end this day.
I tried my normal tactics (left the feeder rod in the garage !) but the 5m line seemed very slow. I caught a couple out there but was going nowhere. Once more I needed the margins to come to my rescue and up to a point they did. Cupping in VERY sloppy groundbait (the new Marukyu Margin Mix) with a few dead maggots mixed in, together with 3 or 4 dead reds on a size 16 hook I started to string a few fish together. I was never going to beat the other end of the lake and ended up 5th on the lake with 136 lb 4 oz but managing to beat the anglers on either side of me.
Incidentally, on Pool One the carp were spawning hard on this second day and weights were as low as anybody could remember, I think that top weight on the lake was around 70 lbs.
Big congratulations to Andy Kinder, winning his section on both days and recording the highest weight of the match with 306 lbs on day 1.