1/12/19 The OId Hough Lakeside Open, Goose.

Twas cold and frosty morning and everything was white! -3C, but no wind and no rain 🤩. The drive down to Middlewich was uneventful and most drivers were being cautious due to the ice on the roads. Arrived in plenty of time and it had warmed up was only -1C at the venue. The shop and cafe was packed as it was also the start of the teams of 4 winter league, Eric Thomas (Burt Baits) was there with a team and they were a man down due to one of the team going down ill the night before. I had already booked on my open otherwise I may have stepped in for them today.
Turned out that only 6 showed for the Open and the teams of 4 had already gone to their lakes. Fished Goose on a rover, I pulled 5th pick! go figure. Chose peg 4 as it had less ice than the pegs that were left. the peg was clear of ice from the platform to 6m out, I walked over the bridge and broke the ice on the mud line opposite my peg out 3m or so. Set up 4 lines.
(1) 13m, GORTINI 4×12 round body to 0.18 main line, 0.13 hook length 16 banded hook. 1.4m.
(2) 8m, GORTINI 4×14 round body to 0.18 main line, 0.13 hook length 16 banded hook. 2.1m.
(3) left margin, GORTINI mini margin to 0.18 main line, 0.13 hook length 16 F1 pellet hook. 0.8m.
(4) right margin, GORTINI mini margin to 0.18 main line, 0.13 hook length 16 F1 pellet hook. 0.5m
At the all in I fed 8m line with BURT BAITS 50/50 F1 sweet carp and Black Betain, BURT BAITS 6 and 4mm Winter White pellet. Left margin Burt Baits 6mm Winter White pellet, Right margin Burt Baits 2mm F1 sweet carp.
Started by dobbing bread on the mud line at 13m for 30 minutes without so much as a knock. Tried double maggot and still nothing. Alternating between all my lines for 2 hours and not a show. Changed to a 20 hook on my 13m line and fished single maggot, this got me a brace of Roach, one of which I lost shipping back over the ice shelf, can’t afford to lose fish in these conditions. The day continued like this, just trying to find the odd fish. At the all out I had about 15 roach for maybe a pound, tipped back as everyone else had managed at least one F1 or Ide. Consolation was I came 6th 🙄🙄

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