Section WIN at Woodland View, final round of the ICS Winter Pairs League
I was glad to see finally see the back of this year's Woodland View winter pairs league. Myself and partner Andy have had some bad draw throughout the rounds. So it was really good to finally draw on some fish for the last round.
I drew Back Deans 56, this peg is roughly 4 foot deep long and short. I'd planned to fish pellets long at 13 metres and maggots short for later in the match. However after shipping out to 13 metres with a cad pot of fishery 4mm's it soon became clear I wasn't going to be able to present my rig right due to a gusty wind blowing at right angles to me. So an early change of plan was needed.
I still wanted to fish pellets as the temperature was fairly
mild and I cad potted a few 4mm's in at 6 metres slightly to my right with a
4mm soft Pro Expander for hook bait. After 10 minutes I had a bite which gave
me the confidence with the soft pellet and not long after I hooked my first
fish. This turned out to be a carp around 4lb in weight, however it hadn't
taken the hook bait and was hooked in the side, nowhere near its mouth. At
least I'd got a good fish in the keepnet even though it hadn't taken the bait.
So I carried on with pellets and re cad potted in a few more fishery 4mm's. At
least I now knew there were some fish in the peg! The next 30 minutes produced
a couple of good Skimmers but no carp. I felt some carp were in the peg as I'd
caught one and also lost another foul hooker. So it was time to experiment
little. I changed from a 4mm to 6mm Pro Expander on the hook and caught a
couple of F1's and a carp in the next hour. The change has seemed to work even
though it was a bit of a waiting game. I did try corn on the hook for a period
of time but no bites were to be had. The 6mm pellet seemed to be the best
option as hook bait and a couple more carp and a few F1's and Skimmers followed
within the next hour.
3 hours into the match and I was in a good position. Looking around I felt I was doing OK against the other anglers. Not a lot was being caught apart from the end peg flyer which is always hard to beat in the winter. I began loose feeding a few pellets and the odd bit of corn into my left margin at this point for later in the match. The area where I'd being fishing was now beginning to get difficult to fish. The low winter Sun had come out and it was impossible to see my pole float. I needed to start a new line. I fed this and then tried the margin for 10 minutes with an expander pellet. Nothing showed up while I had a cup of coffee and so I went back out to the new 6 metre line still with the Pro Expander pellets, chopping in between 4 and 6mm. This new swim was slow to produce so I opened up my short maggot line at 2+2 hoping to catch there in the last hour loose feeding a pinch of maggots every five minutes. As the new pellet line wasn't producing I dropped onto the maggot line after 20 minutes. This produced a few good Skimmers but no more Carp or F1's so I had another look in the margin with corn and expander pellets. Nothing had come into the margin dispute me feeding it for several hours now so I returned to the pellet line for the last 30 minutes of the match. where I caught a few more Skimmers.
At the weigh in I thought I'd done OK. I felt I'd beaten almost all of the anglers I could see on the far bank apart from the flyer end peg which is almost impossible to beat in the winter. I couldn't see how my bank had fished so I was happy to learn that my 44lb 12oz was 3rd on the pool and top weight from my bank giving me the section win.
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