Decoy Lakes, Whittlesey, 17th February 2013
Mark had netted a small roach and a skimmer from his pole line. The wind started to get up and due to the open nature of Elm it was proving difficult to hold the pole, so I opted to switch to the method feeder which I dropped beyond the pole line. After 20 minutes the tip flew round very aggressively and another F1 was netted.
Bait for the method was a hair rigged piece of sweetcorn to act as a target bait for the fish. My micro pellets were dyed red and their was a small amount of groundbait in with the micro's as a further tempter.
Around 1pm I had netted 3 carp and 1 skimmer, one carp came off at the net and Mark was also on the method feeder matching my total. I wasn't to get another fish for the rest of the match, despite keeping my pole lines fed and trying them occasionally.
Mark's match just got better and his next fish was a lovely common carp weighing 6lb. I went to grab a picture of it for the blog after we had weighed it, but the fish flipped and Mark accidentally dropped the landing net and the fish's bid for freedom had worked...
I took a battering, Mark had around 15lb of fish on his clicker and I had 6lb. So the first point of the Mark vs Mark championship went to Mr Keightley!
It was a cold day and the wind was making it feel colder. We had heard that the match results for the day hadn't been the best. The guys opposite us only had a few carp between them so I think overall we didn't do too badly. Mark made the most of the open water to his left and managed to find a small group of fish. We enjoyed the day none-the-less.
Next major event for me is the week long SconeZone Stafford Moor Silvers with the Match Fishing Scene lads... bring it on!