MFS - Witherington Farm, 6th May 2012
Today I was pegged on the Snake Lake, outer ring, low peg numbers or cyanide straight as the lads call it.
I drew peg 14 and had WithyBagger and McPikey for neighbours on the day.
Today would be pole only, no need for rods and with 14 metres across a relatively easy day to fish the far bank. My lines were:
- Far bank
- Down the track (10 o'clock and 2 o'clock positions)
- Margin swim to peg 15
I lost a couple of good fish and decided to change my blue hydro to white hydro which helped playing the bigger fish. After 90 minutes, I estimate I had around 30lb of carp in the net. My neighbours, particularly WithyBagger were also doing well with the same tactics and McPikey was getting some good lumps out.
The line went dead for all three of us, looks like the fish had wised up and moved off to a safer area.
The snake lake was moving from left and right all day long and there was plenty of debris floating past making it difficult to ship out without snagging debris on the line.
I tried my margin line with no success and started to fish the track line's I'd been feeding. This area produced skimmers and roach only.
In the last hour of the match, I felt that Withybagger was ahead and that myself and McPikey were around equal. I managed a couple of carp late on in the match by changing tactics, feeding a little heavier on the far bank and letting it settle while getting silvers from the track line.
Disaster then hit, my far bank rig had caught in the bush and came back trashed! I plumbed up another rig and went over for the last 30 minutes of the match.
Just before the all-out, McPikey hooked a large fish and landed it, which I felt had beaten my weight.
But the best was yet to come. With the points I gained from yesterday's section 2nd, I ended up being joint 3rd overall with Gareth. Gareth took the 3rd place money as his weight was more than mine, but I was really over the moon to finish so high, particularly with the standard of anglers.
Of course, I took another pound of Animal... 3 golden nuggets in 3 days! Get in!!!!! Roll on Ireland mate.