Full English washed down with a nice cup of tea, booked on and sat around for the draw. The team of 4 winter league also started today and Partridge was rammed. Covey 1 through 4 for the Open, plucked out Peg 6, Covey 1. Never fished Covey 1 but was told that 6 was a so-so type of peg. My Peg was pretty sheltered and it was mirror smooth with a few ripples caused by the duck. Set up and plumbed 3 lines:
(1) 6m, 10 O’clock to 2 O’clock. No 8 solid elastic, GORTINI 4X12 yellow tip round body float, 0.13 mainline to 0.11 hook length 20 wire hook. Maggot line, 1.9m dead bottom.
(2) 9m to 11m, straight out. No 8 solid elastic, GORTINI 4×14 red tip round body float, 0.13 mainline to 0.11 hook length 16 forged hook. 4mm BURT BAITS expander soaked in BURT BAITS F1 sweet Carp additive. Feed; BURT BAITS 2mm F1 sweet Carp soaked pellet. 1.5m dead bottom.
(3) 13.5m, mud line. N0 10 solid elastic, GORTINI Mini Margin float, 0.13 mainline to 0.11 hook length 16 forged hook. 6mm BURT BAITS expander soaked in BURT BAITS F1 sweet Carp additive. Feed; BURT BAITS 2mm F1 sweet Carp. 50cm
At the all in I started dobbing warBURTons mighty white bread disks on my 13.5m line all along the mud line. Kept seeing my float go under but didn’t strike into anything so I think the Gudgeon were just being a pest and ruining my presentation. Switched to my 9/11m line and again just flashes of my float going under but nothing getting hooked. Fed my 6m line constantly with 5-6 maggots every few minutes and fed the 9/11m line with 2mm BURT BAITS 2mm F1 sweet Carp pellet. Took an hour but I finally had a fish, pesky gudgeon! The wind started to get round my side of the lake and put some ripples across the surface. First decent fish was a nice little stocky F1 at 11m on expander, had 3 more then it went dead again. Re-plumbed my mini margin for the near bank @12m, fed some 2mm pellet and within a few minutes hit into a 3-4lb common, then a few stockies. Switched to my 6m line and fed a few maggots, dropped my rig in and it took off as soon as the float had settled, played it for a good few minutes and when I got it’s head up I could see it was a good 8-9lb common, got it to the keep net safely. Had a mirror and a few more stockies and at the all out weighed in 22lb 1oz and 3rd on the lake, well chuffed with that result.