Round 3. Drew peg 72, aka Bewdley Pier and had to fancy it as I had taken 28 Lbs off it last time! To be honest, when I got there it was obvious that the 1m or so of extra water was probably about 12″ too much for the peg, and there was no obvious crease line or slack to work off. But I set to my task anyway, a 6 x No.4 WS stick, a 4 x No.4 Lignum stick, a 1.5g DH11 at 6m to hand, a 0.75g DH11 at 4m to hand, and a 4g WS 5m to hand anbd a 4g WS Avon on the Conni in case I wanted/needed to bump a meat pellet through the swim.
I also mixed up 5 pints of GB and added 5 pints of freshly collected molehill, and laced it with 1 Pt of Hemp and 1.5 Pts of Caster. and kicked off with a ball of this and loose fed maggot over, fishing off my rod end. It was a full half an hour before I had my first bite, missed this but hit the next one and was winding in a decent Dace until it pulled off. Doh!! I went back in fully expecting to start catching but with no response, so I switched to the lighter stick rig and finally, 45 minutes in, I started to pick up (mainly) small Dace. The bext 45 minutes produced about 15 fish so it wwas hard work, and to be honest it never got any better. The closest I could catch was just about on the limits of whip range, so I did try the rig without success. And a lot of my early fish came right down the swim, past the tree. Playing around with the feed didn’t have much effect in moving them up, so I decided to try to make the best of what I had, in part working on the basis that if the silvers didn’t dominate I could well hook a Barbel or two (I didn’t!!).
The swim never really took off and I eeventually scratched my way to 5-2-8, which was a poorish result on a day when the river fished quite well, and knocked me back something like 11 places!! Top weight was 25 Lbs off 63, 2 Barbel, 13 Lbs of Roach, another 30 Lbs lost, some to Pike, Simply Lovely. GM, 84 and 98 also picked up, and the Cottages featured well in the frame, taking 4 slots including a fine 18 Lbs by CB off peg 44. So must try harder and hopefully this is my probable worst result.
And talking of Pike, my peg had one that was easily 20 Lbs!!!! Total phsyco, I had follows on my maggots when I was retrieving, 3 fish taken, umpteen failed strikes. Perhaps it’s not that surprising that my fish wouldn’t settle properly!