ECCO ROUND 8..
With Skimbob doing morris dancing classes or summat in Scarborough, a cloudy overcast drizzly day welcomed the 11 lads on this one.
The draw went smoothly enough with Terry Oldfield bagging the tripple rollover golden peg 6, his target weight was just 7lb…I had the dregs of the bag….peg 5….sandwiched between him and fellow Woodseats mafioso Mark ‘Barratt’ Holmes…..Yipes Shaggy Gulp!!
Ecco church bells signalled the 10 o’clock start….
Out went the pole cups around the dam, depositing a full menu of different baits…mine though only had the box standard chopped worm and caster with nothing else added. Within minutes much to my suprise and the ‘chopworm pros’ either side I was landing a roach of 7oz…..20mins in and ive had 4 roach for 1.1/2lb….and leading the match.
Meanwhile league leader Tel had started to get indications with the odd smaller roach landed but as of yet Barratt was still biteless………..
Hare and Tortoise syndrome..
Whilst me and Tel were both big potting bait, Barratt was after his initial feed kinder potting small regular amounts….he eventually had a bite and this wasn’t no roach…
In just 3 fish, Barratt had taken the lead in the match, it had gone a bit iffy on my line and Tel was also kinder potting now……being a novice at this lark I followed suit and gradually bites came back….but it wasn’t plain sailing…2 or 3 fish then nothing.
The three of us were going through these quiet spells but looking around the dam no-one else seemed to be catching too much. It was apparent that we were sat on some fish which chose to feed and then back off….much to my supprise after a few missed bites/indications I hooked something that shot off stretching the preston slip #5 to its limits, after a 5min tussle a 1.1/2lb carp was netted…
Not to be out done though, Barratt soon was also playing one…quickly followed by more good fish.
And so it carried on we’d catch the odd roach and Barratt would blow us away with another skimmer or good stamp roach….but then he went through a spell of nothing for a good hour. Then I had a nightmare run loosing 4 decent fish on the bounce, hook changed and back out but it was too little too late….with both him and Tel catching good fish on the whistle.
Starting with Barratts peg 4 he put 13lb 10 in sling, my net went 10lb 14 with Tel edging me out for 2nd with 11lb 3.
Going round the dam it was clear the dam wall pegs were the place to avoid drawing today. With only Donks on peg 21 getting anywhere near double figures it shows how important the draw can be on matches in the winter.
A few weeks ago the deeper dam wall pegs were the place to draw, seems now the fish are moving toward the shallows.
A big well done to Woodseats Angling supremo Mark Holmes for digging in and keeping going, its not easy when those around you are catching and you’ve not yet had a bite…Well done.
With a 7lb target, the tripple golden peg and 2nd place was grabbed with both hands by Terry Oldfield…….Milky bars are on him!!!
The Woodseats mafia absconded with nearly all the lucre….bar me bagging 3rd place and the sections going to the weighmaster Farrer and Donks. Well done all.