Partridge Lakes Open Covey 1-4 Sunday 8/3/2020

Cup of tea and a bacon on brown toast as a starter for the day. Already had 3 Weetabix at home. At the draw pulled Peg 20 Covey 1, island peg! Not impressed as told this peg wasn’t ‘on it’ yesterday either for the MMT qualifier. Oh well, beats shopping.
I’ve not fished this Peg before, so on advise, set 2 lines:

(1) 11 o’clock, 13m, 11-14 hollow elastic, GORTINI 4×14 yellow tip margin float, 0.13 main line to 0.11 hook length, 16 forged hook. 40cm, BURT BAITS 4mm expander soaked in BURT BAITS F1 sweet Carp additive/maggot.
(2) 9 o’clock, 13m, 11-14 hollow elastic, GORTINI 4×14 red tip margin float, 0.13 main line to 0.11 hook length, 16 forged hook, 35cm, maggot and BURT BAITS 4mm expander soaked in BURT BAITS F1 sweet Carp additive/maggot.

At the all in, fed my (2) line with 2 balls of 50/50 Burt Baits Expanda/Sweet F1 ground bait spiced with big red and 4mm Burt Baits feed pellets soaked in Burt Baits F1 pellet enhancer. Dobbing 6mm bread disks on my (1) line, my float took off and really put my elastic under pressure, played this big double, not wanting to rush it, for 5 mins odd. As it was getting near the net it nodded its head and threw the hook 😟. Re-baited the hook with another bread disk and again within 5 mins the float dipped and I struck into a 5-7lb common, yet again after playing the fish it threw the hook. Checked my rig and I was using one of the old PR456? preston hooks that I had had issues with on previous matches. Swapped this out for a SFL-B 16. The next few hours were spent trying to find some fish. I had a 1/2 dozen gudgeon, and these were taking big red, 4mm pellet and 6mm bread disks and being a total pain and 1 2lb F1. I had a period of over 2 hours without a decent bite, just mithered by gudgeon. With 90 minutes until the all out it was shit or bust, switched back to bread disks and pulled up the depth on my margins by 20cm each line. Bang! big common, 12-14lb, this bugger stayed on the SFL-B, followed by a 4lb F1 and another couple of commons.
22lb 6oz at the all out. A disappointing day as hook choice ruined the chance of a good weight.
Next week is a Saturday match on Teal pool Moathouse fisheries.



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