Leighton drew 14 with Tony Newman on 15 and Bob Hammond was on 17, Steve Parker had 27 and Bruce had the big bend (28), Moses managed to find himself on 126a and another one of my pounds was in danger. It took me two trips to get my gear to my peg but it did look nice although the river was painfully low and clear, despite a fair bit of rain in the week. I set up a 0.75 gram Drennan Carbo and also a 1 gram bodied float, both had size 18 B611's and 0.12mm hooklengths. Expecting small fish, my elastics were blue and pink Daiwa hydro's. Bait was the usual maggots, casters and hemp.
I had a deeper hole on the far side just past some weed (see photo) and intended to use the heavier rig there with the lighter float for running down in the flow. 10:30 arrived and I baited up with a single caster and started inching the float down the swim using just four sections of pole, just as the float passed some underwater reeds on my left, the float shot away but I missed it! Next put in I had a small 4oz chublet and then next chuck another. I was feeding in the flow and also across in the hole for later. On the fourth run through I've hooked what felt like a better chublet and as I was shipping back it got under some weed half way across and I had to pull for a break which wasn't ideal.
|I was catching quite a few chublets|
No more bites and I was back swapping between the flow and the hole and getting odd fish but it was now very slow. It was pretty warm and I had to take my jacket off and couldn't believe I was sat in a t-shirt in October! Justin Charles turned up behind me and said Bob and Tony were struggling but Leighton had been catching well but it had died off when the sun came out. I had another dace while he was there but he kept on saying I should fish in the hole, so to shut him up, I swapped rigs and went across, a roach and a dace in as many chucks earned me a 'Told you so' before he left me to it.
I carried on getting odd fish but bites were now very few and far between and with an hour to go I thought I might have 5lb or so which I didn't think would be any good today. I added a section and went tight to the far bank brambles and had a couple of chublets but it was slow going. Then in the last half an hour, the sun wasn't so bright and I started getting bites again and added another half a dozen fish to finish with 39 (1 trout, around 10 roach, 5 or 6 dace and the rest chublets) and I thought I might have about 6lb or so.
I took half my kit back to the car and met Bob who had the scales, he said he'd struggled for a few ounces although he did lose a good chub first chuck I asked how the rest had got on and he said Leighton had 5lb 6oz and Tony had 2lb 1oz and I hoped I had enough to beat them. I pulled the net out and plonked them on the scales and Bob called out 7lb 13oz which was fairly pleasing but I didn't think it would be enough to frame today.
|An enjoyable day with plenty of bites|
|Moses won again (and took another nugget off me)|
1 - Moses Holbrook (Ilminster) - 10lb 10oz
2 - Neil Dring (Ilminster) - 10lb 8oz
3 - Dave Gudgeon (Ilminster) - 8lb
A - Jamie Rich (Against Men and Fish) - 7lb 13oz
B - Robin Cox (Ilminster) - 6lb 6oz
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