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    Probably only from the pegs in the late thirties upwards.

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    The class showed then, with Stu fishing well out, from the low teens,not having to worry about losing fish in the "margins"!

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    Nigel Connor(ACA ,SAA) Guest

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    Graham and I did consider a "ban" on margin hauling this year as concerns had been raised as to fish welfare but felt bans and enforcing them wasn't really in the spirit of the day.Maybe next year we can simply peg up to 35 so there is more of a level playing field?

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    I will continue to come every year I can make it but it is a demoralising venue.

    Dicky and I visited a commercial place on the Friday to practice our tactics for the big day, we 'bagged-up' (if we'd used keep nets we would have anyhow) on bream and carp all day. we lost count of the number of fish we caught each within the first couple of hours we were there.

    Same tactics on Clattercote brought me nothing at all. Not even a dicsernable bite.

    I know it's a different venue, different day etc... but having proved the day before we were both fishing effectively and accurately I hoped to catch a few fish.

    I don't know what the answer is, people say it's a peggy venue but the same (talented) people win every year from different pegs each time, the fish can't just by chance be in front of Graham or Stu every time, can they?
    I believe in reintarnation - I'll come back to life as a hillbilly.

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    Nigel Connor(ACA ,SAA) Guest

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    How were you fishing Paul?I only started to catch consistently whenI started giving it a 50 yard chuck every4/5 minutes but lost my casting rythym and accuracy once the wind got stronger in the last hour and then the bites tailed away.

    I do wonder whether in a match thecarp and bream either head for the middle or for the margins where they can, leaving a big barren bit at comfortable casting range in between where most end up fishing.That said Simon Fell had 15 pound of roach close in.

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    Nigel any chance of putting the peg numbers and weights up on here?

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    Nigel Connor(ACA ,SAA) Guest

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    Jeff, is doing the write up Trev and I will let him have them.

    I felt a bit guiltytravelling home asI realised that Chris and you were not adjacent.I hope this was not a problem and Chris still enjoyed his day.

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    Chris always fishes better without me lol he is totally independant. And anyway he would just keep telling me he caught fish and I didnt lol. He always does better than me. He enjoyed it.

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    Nigel Connor(ACA ,SAA) Guest

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    Cheers Trev.He is an inspiration to us all.

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    I fished a cage feeder as I can't get on with the method feeder, not match style anyhow; I'm never confident that the groundbait is still on it by the time it hits the bottom. In my mind I don't really see the difference between the two, not after a few casts when there's a bed of bait down anyhow.

    I fished it on the quiver tip with an 8 inch hooklength, size 14 Korda Seamless hooks and a selection of baits like pellet, corn, worm etc... I was casting from peg 12 or 14 about a third of the way across, more or less. Distance wise I'm confident I was hitting the same spot, although the wind took me off course to the left a couple of times.

    After a fruitless couple of hours with no bites (that I could see over the wind tow on the line) I took the Baliff's advice and switched to a maggot feeder on my second rod. He told me earlier that a guy the week before had caught 70 odd bream using those tactics casting about as far a Kamasan Black Cap will fly.

    I started getting knocks but at that range, using mono and with the wind the bites and wind caused all the movement on the quiver tip to merge into one constant wobble.

    I switched to a spool of feeder braid instead and the difference was incredible, the bites stood out instantly from the wind interference however they were sharp, one off tugs - nothing I could strike at and certainly no slow pull rounds.

    I eventually caught one fish from under the tree immediately next to my peg but after tempting that I got no more bites from that swim either.

    I enjoyed the day, it's always a great laugh at any of the fish-ins but I went home incredibly frustrated with the actual fishing, especially knowing that essentially I'd done nothing wrong after catching so well the day before.

    The problem is that I must have done something wrong but I don't know what. I lack the experience of someone like Stu or Graham; I'm sure they would have sat there and known exactly what to do to find the fish.
    I believe in reintarnation - I'll come back to life as a hillbilly.

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