Peter Baker

Can’t win them all

***Can’t win them all***

Last night I entered a two hour match, what a long two hours it was.
I will first explain the situation of the lake as its very different.
Normally when fishing for F1’s which a shoal feeders, you catch a few then they start backing away so you have to follow them to stay on them. Here it’s not like that. You catch one then nothing.
You really have to work for the bites here, you constantly have to be on your feet and make the right change at the right time. The right approach to the wind direction. I have seen the impact of the weather to what colour bait you use. Struggle to catch? Maggot is always good for a bite….. Not here.

Sounds crazy right?

I personally have found a 50/50 mix of Sonubaits supercrush green and 50:50 Method and Paste Green the perfect groundbait for my approach here. Not only does it mix well but it’s packed with micro pellets.
This is all loaded into a Korum Dura method feeder to a 4 inch Korum hook hair with bait bands in a size 14.
6mm Sonubaits band’um pina colada wafters in white and yellow is very trust worthy and find the the balance of a 6mm to a size 14 perfect.

Quick cast to the island and not a knock so baited up the margin (which being and over hanging tree is the perfect holding spot).
Not long after I baited up the margin there was a small patch of pin prick sized bubbles.
A small underarm cast and shortly after nearly losing my rod from the most violent bite, I had my first F1. Small but was very much welcome.
Now this is the bit which I explained earlier.

Straight back in and nothing, but the bubbles were still there, they were still in the swim.
When it’s calm I find white baits do the trick and when there is a ripple yellow baits.
But after waiting far too long a change from white to yellow instantly produced the next fish with 30 minutes to go.
Two fish in an hour and a half sounds bad but here it’s not. You can fish all day and blank on maggot.
I desperately needed more fish and with 15 minutes to go I got a very twitchy bite.
Fish on.
Then every angler nightmare, a hook pull right at the net. Maybe I should of waited for the bite to develop more.
Well that was it for that match, I know I could of chased silvers but it’s just not enough to get on the leader board.
First place had one carp at over 6lbs but fair play, he is a fantastic angler and had a stunning absolutely pristine dark scaley mirror.
Unfortunately it wasn’t enough for second place but still happy with 3rd place.
Every time is a learning curve but still very much enjoyed every minute of it.

Peter Baker

Back to the Match scene.

After a very long break from match fishing, I decided to give it another go.

I found out that there was a match on a local lake, I just couldn’t resist the urge to give the match scene a go again.

Arriving at 8am to see a busy car park full of keen matchmen ready to hit the lake. I will admit it was rather intimidating at first.

Luckily enough I drew a decent peg which provided shelter from the strong winds on the back of an island.

The Approach

With the match only being 4 hours long, I didn’t depend on the shallow margins to produce. After a few casts with just a small lead I found a small gravel patch just of a tree on the island.

With it being a short match I didn’t want to introduce much loose feed, instead I wanted to fish for a bite at a time.

The method feeder ticked every box for this approach. Armed with a Korum 45g Dura method feeder loaded with a 50/50 mix of Sonubaits Supercrush green and 50:50 Method and Paste Green as my groundbait.

All in

From the start I knew it was going to be tough but not long in the tip wrapped round and a small F1 was in the net. Not long after that I had another F1 in the net.

Looking around I could only see the odd small silver being caught. I knew I had to keep pushing and sit it out for the bigger bonus fish rather than catch smaller stuff.

One more F1 graced the net, and this one being the bigger of the three.

All went quiet, no matter what I did I couldn’t buy a bite. Then I noticed a decent sized ghostie cruising just past where I was. I had to jump on the opportunity of seeing what could be a complete game changer of a fish. I changed over to a zig and it wasn’t long until I had the ghostie on the end of the line. It was fighting like a demon and then all of a sudden it went slack. Unfortunately I lost that fish and then continued to struggle for the rest of the match.

I pushed through right until I heard “all out”.

Weigh in

I hate this bit. The waiting around while you pack away, not knowing how everyone did.

Did I do enough?

The scales turned around to 8lb 2oz. I didn’t know what to think until I was told the biggest weightso far was 3lb.

Then it was confirmed, I had come first.

Over the moon to say the least, may of even ignited the flame again to get back on the match circuit.

Anyway, after a hard days fishing I’m going to unwind and erm……

Yes, I’m going back out fishing.