With the weather like it is, once again this was never going to be an easy match. The slowmovers midweek match was won with 8lb odd with the winner having around 6 fish on the feeder….well done to him for sitting it out all day for 6 bites. The air temperature that day was 11 deg….. today was slightly less..
Panto season begins..At the draw..
With two absentees, that left 10 hardy souls to do battle with todays elements..
Dick Diamond was away appearing in the pantomime.… Jack and the Beanstalk …being 6ft 8 the ex footballing center half was obviously playing the giant.
Organiser Dave was on the other side of the world in The Wizard of Oz… so I drafted in retired AT editor Keith Higgo to scribe the draw board…
All went smoothly except for Greg misplacing his car keys…. everyone helped looking in his car, his net bag and frisking his pockets and him threatening to not fish and to go home….the audience shouted “Oh no he’s isn’t”….aint got any keys… 10 min later he found them in the car, where they’d acrobatically chucked themselves down behind the front passenger seat.
The Dreg peg was once again mine, this time unlucky 13 on the dam wall, though the water was still gin clear, but having around 7ft depth I was happy…
10 o’clock bells ring out..
With worms chopped and casters mixed into the mulch, this was then mixed into 3 firm snooker balls and fed at 11m and left for half an hour or so…while I emptied it on the feeder….err no thats not quite what happened…
In the minus 2 deg the quiver tip was now suffering from hypothermia and couldn’t move..
Along side me on 12 Weighmaster Brian hadn’t had a bite, Higgo on 11 was doing ok putting small roach in his net. On 14 Skimbob had 2 micro perch and the other side him on 15 Barratt had 1 perch. Chucking the feeder up the bank and now on the pole, with an hour gone the float dipped slightly then gradually went under…the strike..the play..the ship back..the swing and the most beautiful looking gudgeon was un-hooked and admired……he looked pleased to see me aswell.
The iceman cometh..
The ice curtailed the fishing on the dam wall for awhile until the ice caps had passed through…meanwhile on the Orbison bank they were still basking in the rays.
10min later big brother gudgeon (nearly 2oz) was in my net, again a strange bite with the bristle just going down very slow. Next door skimbob had started to catch some roach but Brian still hadn’t had a bite. A few roach started to oblige in my swim, all the time being loose fed a few casters.
Terry drawing dam wall p 16 had the option of going on any peg on the church bank or stay put, to give himself some room he choose 21 on the icy church bank. He too started to catch some silvers. Meanwhile Donks on 7 had landed some better fish on worm @ 14m after snaring a few smaller samples on groundbait/pinkie shorter. Next to him also catching a few on p6 was Greg who alternated between feeder and pole.
When the light starts to fade its caster on the hook time. Sure enough first drop well past my feed the float immediately burried, a good battle ensued ending with a mint roach in the pan.
With about 10min to go I hooked a really big dog fish that bottomed the elastic and had the pole ‘arc shaped’ for what seemed an age before eventually pulling free…”oh bother” .. I shouted…Back in again for a minute…nothing. Some more worm/caster were potted in…straight over it with a single caster…bang under it went another good roach this one smaller around the 7oz mark.
First up end peg 5 …John Chiz …oh dear
On 6 Greg put 2lb 12 in the net, mostly feeder caught.
Next Donks had guestimated 2lb odd and proceeded to weigh 6lb 9.
Stevie W had 1.1/2lb…..onto the dam wall Higgo went close with 6lb 71/2oz.
Skimbob was a pound more than me with 3lb6 …..Barratt managed 2lb 12
Onto the church bank El Tel had a busy day to get 4lb 8.
In testing conditions once again…
Well done Donks and all who fished……it was hard.
- Donks 6lb 9
- Higgo 6lb 71/2
- Tel 4lb 8