Woodland View Open WIN, 87lb 0oz Barley 19

01/01/2020

This match was spread over Hay, Barley, Front and Back Deans. I fancied Hay and Barley and when I drew end peg 19 on Barley I really fancied it for a few fish.

Open match win Woodland View, Barley 19 87lb 0oz
Open match win Woodland View, Barley 19 87lb 0oz

The plan was to start the match on the pellet feeder throwing to the far bank. I found the same depth of water on my long and short pole lines, about 4 foot of water and set up maggot and soft pellet rigs plus a margin rig. I found a good depth of water about 2 foot close in on the left margin which also had a nice flat bottom and being an end peg I fancied this to produce later in the match.

Preston ICM Pellet Feeder
Preston ICM Pellet Feeder

So I started on the pellet feeder. The set up was 6lb mainline on my trusted Daiwa TDR 2508 reel and Preston 10 foot Mini Plus rod with a 20g ICM Preston pellet feeder with a 4 inch size 18 Preston KKM-B Banded ready rig. Feed was blue fishery micro's with a 6mm blue fishery pellet as hook bait.

Preston Ready Rigs, why tie your own these days!
Preston Ready Rigs, why tie your own these days!

I threw over about 2 foot off the far bank lined up with a marker tree at about 2 o'clock and waited. I began catapulting a small pouches of maggots in at 13 metres every 5 minutes with the view of going on it after an hour or so. After 20 minutes the tip pulled round. It was a good fish and being the first one of the day I played it carefully before landing the 5lb Carp. I threw back out and caught another 3 carp in the next hour, so a good start. Then next 3 fish were small stockies so I threw around looking for more carp but know more came. It was time of a change in tactics.

I'd fed the 13 maggot line now for one and a half hours, plenty of time for the fish to gain confidence but it seemed full of tiny roach and I gave up on this line after 20 minutes hoping to hook a carp. I came in short at 6 metres with a soft 6mm pellet, sprinkling in a few 4mm fishery pellets via a cad pot. I tried this line for the next 15 minutes but no bites were coming and I began to think about the margin line where I'd been throwing a few 4mm pellets since the start of the match or to go back on the pellet feeder. I thought I would try the margin for 10 minutes and if no bites came I would be back on the feeder. So into the margin I went with single grain of corn as hook bait and I continued to loose feed the 4mm pellets plus 3 or 4 grains of corn. I was soon into a carp and this gave me the confidence to stay in the margin line longer and after about 15 minutes I caught another carp.

So now a had 6 Carp two hours into the match. I felt I didn't need to catch F1's or silvers now and I gave up feeding the long maggot line. With 3 hours left in the match I felt the margin would only just get better and I began to feed corn and pellets a little heavier. This didn't really work and I had a long spell waiting. I opened up a short maggot line now thinking I would be fishing this next and I changed the way I was feeding the margin. I decided to go back to feeding just four 4mm pellets every five minutes without any corn. I wanted to attract the fish into the margin with the sound of the pellets hitting the water but only a stand out hook bait in the water. After all this was the 30th December and I didn't want to put too much bait in and fill up the feeding fish. This worked and I soon had some carp in the margin again, I was catching the odd carp now. So I stopped feeding the short maggot line now. I didn't want to split my fish. I had decided to stay on the left margin now. I was catching some small carp now and I was just building a good weight.

With an hour left now the margin had slowed down and I wasn't getting bites. The sound of four pellets going in wasn't attracting the fish in now. I decided to adjust my feeding and began to also feed a few grains of corn with the pellets. It turned into a waiting game but I now knew I had a good weight anyway and I hoped for a big carp to move in as it was now well into the last hour. This worked I caught a good one about 5lb. Then three minutes before the all-out I hooked another good carp around 5lb. I knew this one may be the section winner and I took my time to land it. Rather than rushing it and pulling the hook.

Come the weigh in I had 78lb to beat from the other end peg in the section. I hoped those last two carp would get me over the line. They did and I weighed in 87lb to take the section. This was a good weight for the venue at this time of the year and I hoped to get into the top 3 pay out. The top weights came in off the other pools and 73lb was the top weight off Deans and Hay. I'd won the match. I great way to finish off the year.

Margin Rig - 2 foot deep, 0.3g 2mm tipped Nick Gilbert Edger pole float on 0.19mm Guru N-Gauge mainline with a small bulk of no.8 stotz's above a 6 inch size 16 0.13mm Preston GPM-B banded Ready Rig. Set up on Preston 13H hollo elastic on a puller top kit.