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Paste heaven.

Posted: June 25, 2011 in Red Neck Blog

Barston Lake Sat 28th May.

Gaz Woods had managed to get me on this match which was run by the Coventry based Carpetbaggers match group. Once again I drew in the 50’s at peg 54 and I decided to fish exactly the same way as I had fished peg 58 a couple of weeks earlier. I enjoyed a lovely days fishing on the paste to weigh 56lb 6oz for 4th place and pick up some beer tokens for my efforts. My catch included a beautiful 14lb common which tested my now standard paste set up for the venue to the limit.


Lucky me.

Posted: June 25, 2011 in Red Neck Blog

Blake Hall open Sunday 22nd May.

At last I drew a peg (27) that was sheltered from the howling wind and settled down with an all out method feeder match in mind. Well it was after around 40 minutes that my tip first moved and a 4lb mirror found its way into my net. Next cast produced a similar sized fish to the banded 8mm pellet hookbait but this time the wait was much shorter at around 5 minutes. In went the re loaded feeder again and within 30 seconds another carp was on its way to my waiting landing net. I would like to be able to report that sport continued at this level for the rest of the match but hey come on this is Bleak we are talking about and try as I may I could not get another bite. I tried a few speculative casts to different areas of the swim with no response and it was not until I cast back to the original area that I had any more signs. I then had three skimmers in consecutive casts with long waiting periods preceding the bites before the swim died for a second and final time. I then tried a few long 60 yard casts tight to the Peninsular in the hope of snaring a couple of patrolling fish but this tactic failed to produce so much as a line bite. I then noticed the angler next door on my right (peg 29) catch a small skimmer on the pole and next put in lose a foul hooked carp. I decided that I had to give the pole a try because I was getting very bored watching my motionless quiver tip. After quickly setting up my pole and feeding 6mm hard pellet with an 8mm expander I managed to coax out three more carp and a skimmer before the end of the match with a carp and the skimmer taken on my last two casts. I decided to weigh in my estimated 35lb in case I had managed to sneak a section win and was amazed after actually weighing 39lb 13oz to be told that I had won the match by a couple of pounds with the whole lake having fished poorly.

Bleak outlook.

Posted: June 25, 2011 in Red Neck Blog

Blake Hall open Sunday 15th May.

A draw on the exposed dam end of the lake saw me spend the match being buffeted by very strong winds and freezing cold rain showers. I managed to find a few fish but nowhere near enough for any beer tokens, so I packed in an hour from the end just to get out of the wind and rain.

Midweek break.

Posted: June 25, 2011 in Red Neck Blog

Blake Hall Thursday 12th May.

Off to my local which I have affectionately renamed as Bleak Hell for the midweek open on the Peninsular Lake which is the largest of the four at the complex. A healthy turn out of around 30 anglers saw me drawing peg 23 which is an end peg not usually noted for its form. However today the wind was howling down into the corner and I fancied a few fish on the pole from under a bank side bush. I also set up a method feeder rod to cast along the lake end bank to my left as an option. Well I had only packed my eight foot tip rods because my 11/13’s were left rigged for my Barston matches and this caused me great problems when I tried to cast along the bank. I could get the distance ok but my reel line was going over the bank side bush forcing me to cast into the open water where I struggled to take just a single stockie carp and a skimmer in the first two hours of the match. A re think was needed and so I decided to try the under bush pole swim earlier than I would have liked but this only produced a 3lb carp a small tench and a couple of juvenile skimmers before going completely dead. Fortunately by this time the wind had started to ease a little and I was able to cast my feeder with some degree of accuracy to the required area and I enjoyed a very good last hour and a half taking a few decent carp on my eight foot rods. I weighed 40lb 6oz which as about 30lb more than I had looked like getting and this was enough to win the section and sixth place in the match.

Barston Masters Qualifier Sat 7th May.

Once again Barston main lake was the venue and winning a place in the Barston Masters Final was the target. You only have to win a five peg section to achieve this but with the high standard of the competitors it is far from easy. It was a cool and wet morning and having drawn peg 58 I had sort of decided on a two pronged match with the pole taking over from the method feeder at around mid match. Well that plan went out of the window when Steve Ringer sat down on peg 57 as there was no way I was going to try to compete with him on the method feeder. So for me it was to be a pole match sink or swim and I set up a Redneck 0.4 paste float for my starter line at 7 metres and an AK47 0.2 for down the edge. Line for the Redneck rig was 0.17 straight through to a 14’s B911 coupled to Drennan yellow bungee hollow elastic set very slack for the skimmers on a puller kit. It is amazing just how difficult it is for a big carp to break the line when using this set up but of course it does take some time to get them in. For the margin rig I decided to fish very heavy as I did not want to lose any big bonus fish that came along. I set up the top six of my XRS 2K4 and a top kit containing 25’s bungee elastic. The rig was 0.24 powerline to a size 12’s Animal spade, serious gear for seriously big fish if they showed up. Well the match started very well for me fishing paste at 7 metres over a little groundbait to which I added a small kinder pot of 4mm pellets every other fish. After around 1.5 hours I had a mix of about 14 decent skimmers and F1’s in the net but suddenly sport came almost to a standstill and I was struggling to get a bite. I decided to re feed the groundbait hoping the fish would move back over it but it had the reverse effect and killed the swim stone dead. By now more than half the match had passed and I had only managed to add a couple more small F1’s to my tally but Steve was struggling also as was the angler to my right. I decided to add another section to my pole and try just feeding paste off the hook with no other feed whatsoever and first put in I was rewarded with a 3lb carp. Bites started to become more regular after a few more put ins and I decided to continue with the method until the end of the match. Well to my surprise I finished with 54lb odd and had accomplished my mission with a section win by a clear 20lb. Again I was agonizingly close to the main frame with 5th place from 72 anglers but went home happy.

UK Champs 1st qualifier

Posted: June 19, 2011 in Red Neck Blog

Weds 4th May, UK Champs qualifier Barston.

Here we go again I thought to myself as I again pointed my car in the direction of Barston Lakes and immediately became snared up in the local road works. What is usually an hour long journey at weekend took almost two and a quarter hours even having used the M6 Toll to avoid the inevitable congestion around junction 10. At £5-30p a go it is not surprising that this great bit of road remains almost empty whilst the M6 continues to have major problems with the sheer volume of traffic often turning it into a huge car park.
After consuming a nice Barston breakfast and a couple of cups of coffee I was in a much better frame of mind and looking forward to the challenge ahead. I drew peg 31 on the river side of the lake and decided to start on the method feeder at extreme range whilst having a closer cage feeder line plus a pole line at 13 metres. I was a little shocked when the angler to my left balled it in BIG style on the whistle but I resisted the temptation to follow suit and just fed one large pot of loose ground bait onto my own pole line. I had ten casts with a large cage feeder to kick start my short tip line then chucked my method feeder to the horizon and waited for the tip to pull round. Well an hour and several casts later I was still waiting as the only movement had been from line bites. I reasoned that maybe the fish were on my short swim and decided to try that for half an hour. This resulted in a solitary bite from a skimmer bream which prompted me to try my pole line. Well it certainly was not solid but after a period of careful feeding with a few 4mm pellets every drop the interval between bites started to decrease and I found myself starting to piece together a decent weight which was aided by the capture of a couple of 6 to 8lb carp. At the weigh in the scales went round to 58lb 6oz which proved to be enough for 5th in the match but more importantly gave me second in section which was enough to qualify for the actual UK Champs series. Strangely the section and match was won from peg 37 where I had failed so badly the previous week in the open atch.

Sun 31st April – It’s Barston again!

My love/hate relationship with Barston continued as I managed to secure a peg in this open run by Lee Taylor. I drew what I thought was well on peg 37 which is the first one after the island on the river bank. I only set up a long chuck method rod as I wanted to practice it in readiness for the forthcoming UK Champs and Barston Masters Qualifiers. For some strange reason the tip has never been kind to me at Barston and today was to be no different as it took me three hours to get a bite which saw a small skimmer hang itself on the mega sharp QM1 hook.

The angler on 36 had also up to then only had one bite for a single skimmer so I decided to pack up having saved the dry net and go see what was being caught elsewhere. I noticed on my walk that the skimmers seemed to be predominant in the high numbers with the carp showing best between around pegs 10 to 25 with the very low number pegs again fishing poorly, useful information to have for my forthcoming UK Championships qualifier on the venue