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  1. #8861
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Very early start this morning, set off for Cambridge at 6:30 for an 8:30 draw.
    My third visit to this day ticket venue for a silvers only league match.
    Happy with my draw on a spit with plenty of scope I set up 2 pole lines and a 10' bomb rod.



    After a very cold night and barely 4degrees at 10am when we started I wasn't expecting to bag up. Cupped in one small ball of Fishmeal GB on my 13m line which was 9' deep and one ball of dark roach on my 6m line which was 6' deep.
    Started on a 1/2 oz bomb with double maggot out into the gap between the islands, lots of pulls and tweaks but couldn't connect with them until a 8oz roach hung itself and was safely landed.
    Once wet my hands started numbing so I decided to try the pole in the vain hope of warming them up with some action. Gently lowered the 13m rig in with red maggot pinkie cocktail and after a few seconds the float lifted then buried, I lifted in and a decent fish was taking my elastic (4 hydro) for an airing before falling off. Rebaited and dropped in again and a positive bite sunk the bristle, fish on again, more elastic ripping out, I was hoping it wasn't a carp when it finally surfaced.
    It wasn't, it was a big perch which put up a spirited tussle, especially when it spotted my landing net. Once landed and secure in my keepnet I felt slightly warmer, but only slightly..
    The following 4 hours were pretty uneventfull bar getting smacked up by a big lump which I didn't get to see. Small roach and perch mainly, a solitary skimmer on the bomb and zilch on the 6m line..
    Had 4lb dead on the scales, (the perch weighed 2:4) and came a surprising 5th considering the formidable opposition..
    12lb romped it with 7lb second.
    15 fished..

    Last edited by peter crabtree; 04-12-2017 at 10:31.

  2. #8862

    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Well done Simon

    It was an hard day I finished up with 4lb 11

    Did you catch on your rod and line with your centre pin

  3. #8863
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Nice perch Simon! Out of idle curiosity why are perch silver fish when they are not silver?

  4. #8864

    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikench View Post
    Nice perch Simon! Out of idle curiosity why are perch silver fish when they are not silver?
    Tench are not silver in colour but count in a silvers only match.

    Silvers only matches normally excludes: Carp, F1's, Cat's, Pike

  5. #8865
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    The tench I catch are silver! They are called Abyssinian tench but can be easily confused with bream!

  6. #8866
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    I blanked.

  7. #8867
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Quote Originally Posted by Another Dave View Post
    I blanked.
    It has been hard lately.

  8. #8868
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Nice to get out though, i feel better for the exercise.

  9. #8869
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Never mind Dave ! I find it reassuring that others blank like me! I blame the fish!

  10. #8870
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    Default Re: How did you get on?

    Had a nice lay in this morning and once up the mild day meant one thing.
    Fishing. Car packed by 10:30 I was off downtown to action a plan I've been thinking about for a few days. There's a stretch of river Colne which I rarely fish because it's usually difficult and a short while ago large trees were felled and one fell in the river. I noticed the other day it had been pulled out and how nice it now looked for a long trotting session.





    The flow was fairly sluggish and the depth was around 4', the surface was mottled with dark and white patches of light so I picked an old Daiwa 0:80g bolo float with a fairly thick bristle...a bulk of 4 no6 shot then 8's 10's and an 11 dropper attached shirt button stylee to a 20 B911 to 0:09. Rod today was my 15' ultralite..




    During the first hour I located the snags and hooked out a few small branches, but with no bites I started to wonder if I might be flogging a dead horse. Single red maggot, caster or double pinkie all failed to find a mouth until I found a stray white maggot in amongst the Reds. Trotted that down and bosh, a proper tug and I was in. The way it was fighting I imagined it was a chub but once it finally showed it was a flipping spotty thing!



    I rested the swim for a while and kept up pinging 6 or so loose maggots, once I resumed fishing I was inundated with bites, perch, roach and unusually some pretty little rudd...





    I'd been expecting to catch some dace but they were conspicuous by their absence today.
    Around 3:30 the light began to fail and I couldn't see my float properly so I called it a day.


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