Well last seasons blogging didn’t go too well, never seemed to have the time to get it written.
Going to try harder to make sure every match I fish this year is covered, so here is the first:
Sunday 7th April 2013 Beacon View Fishery
The first Horwich Old Anglers match of the season was at Beacon View Fishery in Wigan, a fishery I had never fished before. The fishery is almost a tear shape and we fished the wide end.
I managed to find out a bit of info before hand, mainly it’s very deep, stuffed with skimmers and some big carp. Also the fish like to come shallow.
Arriving at the fishery I felt very under prepared as I had just got married and been on honeymoon so had no time to sort rigs and get my kit in order that coupled with the very cold weather I wasn’t overly confident.
I drew peg 9 which was basically an open water peg with a bit of room (as most were). I decided on fishing two pole lines at 13 metres.
First line was straight in front of me and I set up two rigs. First rig was on the deck around 9 foot and the second was a shallow rig of around 4-5 foot. This line was a catch all line and the plan was to simply use maggots firing 8-10 maggots every minute.
The second line was at about 2 o clock, again to be fished on the deck. The plan for this line was to target skimmers. I decided to feed a orange sized ball of groundbait with a few maggots pellets and grains of corn mixed in and fish the different offerings on the hook to see what the fish wanted.
For the rigs I used a 1 gram Diawa Tipo float 0.15 main and 0.12 hook length with a size 16 B911 hook. The shallow rig was the same lines and hook with a 0.5g Chianti style float
I also set up a banjo feeder and a pellet waggler rod as alternatives to enable me to rest my pole lines.
As per usual the all in I was not ready as it took me forever to get the depth on my lines and had to use two different rigs. So five minutes or so later I was finally ready. I started off my priming my groundbait line before starting on the maggot line.
I decided t start on the shallow rig as I had been told more often than not someone will catch a fish shallow straight away whilst everyone else is on the deck and it won’t start fishing for at least an hour.
After half an hour shallow without a touch I went onto the deck and another hour hour later still biteless I decided to change to my groundbait line. I topped this up with a small nugget of gb and started on a 4mm Ringers Expander. I gave this line half an hour and again no bites, I tried pellet corn and maggot with no joy. Looking around the lake and it didn’t seem anyone was catching.
I decided to go back on the maggot line which I had continued feeding every minute. Before doing so I again topped up the gb line with a small nugget. First put in on the maggot line and a line little dip on the float resulted in my first skimmer of the day, around 6-8oz. I went back out expecting a few more bites but nothing materialised.
For the next couple of hours I rotated lines and gave the feeder and waggler a chuck but nothing seemed to work.
With about an hour and half to go I finally had another bite and land two more skimmers in quick succession. However I went and wrecked the good work because the next bite I managed to drop my pole when striking and the fish came off and I couldn’t get another bite.
I went back to rotating swims and without about an hour to go I got an almighty stroke of luck. On my maggot line I was shipping back to change bait and rotate swims when all of a sudden elastic came streaming out of my pole and a fish went charging into the next peg. I was only on 11 hollow elastic and after about 15 minutes I managed to land a nearly 8lb mirror carp which had been foul hooked.
After sorting out the mess of my rig it had caused I went back on the maggot line and immediately hooked another carp. After a shorter battle I went to scoop the fish but as i did it dived under my landing net and managed to snap my line on the handle.
After that I got no more bites but was confident with my foul hooked carp I must have been close to a win as I hadn’t seen anyone else catch a carp, only a handful of skimmers.
The scales came round and I weighed 9lb 8oz which was good enough for second place. Dave Dermot won with around 15lb I think after catching a couple of carp late on.
Mixed emotions at the end because I was happy that I had snatched a frame from jaws of defeat but gutted I didn’t land the second carp as it may have made the weigh very interesting.
Over all apart from taking far too long to get ready I thought I fished OK. I made some silly mistakes which can be easily rectified with a bit of concentration. But I don’t actually know what more I could have done. On the day the fish clearly were not for feeding and a lucky carp got me a few quid.
Roll on the next match at Cunneries!