I was busy on Wednesday and couldn’t make the White Acres mid week match, by Sunday I was chomping at
Round Two – White Acres
Round two of the White Acres Individual League saw 46 turn up for the silver fish only round. It was to be held on the Match Lake, Trelawney, Jennies and Sycamore. If I had a preference it would have been the latter two lakes followed by Trelawney. My reason was simple, the league is run on accumulative points gained from position the angler finishes in the whole match, so the winner today would receive 46 points and last place would receive 1 point. Out of all the lakes at White Acres, I suspect that the Match Lake is fished the most throughout the year, it is now just recovering from all the pressure from the holiday season, no doubt within a month it will be the place to draw and will be fishing brilliantly. Trelawney is also fished extensively throughout the year but it has just received a stocking of around a 1000 F1’s so it was expected to fish well. Jennies tends to fish very well all year round as does Sycamore. So, I put my hand in the bag and came out with peg 13 Match Lake, typical! Oh well mustn’t grumble, I had fishery boss Clint Elliot for company on the next peg so I was going to have a battle on my hands. As I put my box down on the platform I looked behind me and saw a tree that was shaped like the perfect pole roller, all I had to do was put my box in the right position to use it. Amazingly, I don’t ever remember seeing it before but wouldn’t it be great if every peg had one!
Do you ever get those days when things seem like they are going in slow motion? Plus those forgetful days when your top kits or some other vital piece of kit you need are left at home? I do, but today I definitely found that I am not alone on this score! I left my silver top kits behind as did Andy Dare, Clint left a couple of packets of hooks that he needed in doors and Brian Noble forgot his nets, what’s more we were all within five pegs of each other. Fortunately for me, Andy called International rescue and 20 minutes later they turned up in the form of Mrs Dare, she was accompanied by a big tube of his top kits, what’s more Andy kindly lent me one, thanks mate I really appreciated that! Time was also whizzing along, and I just didn’t seem to be getting anywhere, it was a real rush to be ready on time.
When Clint called the all in I was still not quite ready, I had only managed to put four rigs up, they were a deep rig to fish at 13m, a deck rig to fish in slightly shallower water at 5m an edge rig and a shallow rig, I really do not know where that 90 minutes went since the draw. When I was finally ready I cupped in 3 balls of groundbait containing chopped worms and caster at 5m and 4 balls at 13m. Threw some casters down the edge and started at 5m with double maggot, I had an 8 ounce Skimmer immediately which made me think it was going to be one of those red letter days. Three Roach followed before it suddenly went hard! I changed baits but could not get another bite. Clint only had a couple of small Roach but Mark Venton to his right was catching steadily. It was time for a look on the long pole line. The same thing happened, a few quick fish followed by nothing! It was really strange. Swopping around baits seemed to get the odd fish but finding a pattern was difficult. The fish seemed to want dome bait but would not settle on it for long, I found it was one of those days to keep the feed going in and catch what you could when they were there.
The edge just didn’t work I managed one Perch and lost a good one, I was fishing down to my left but I was having problems with tree roots catching the line, it was a shame as it was a good depth, but I could not catch anything moving away from the bank, This line never took off and I disappointingly I could not get any bites fishing to my right either.
I had started pinging casters over my 13m line and gave that a go, I could catch but they were very small Roach, I fished it for awhile and had around 2 – 3lb but it was hard work. I really wish I had fished a closer line around 9 metres; I feel I would have caught there and it would have been a lot easier, I really don’t know why I didn’t change! Whilst fishing shallow I kept cupping a ball of groundbait in hoping to attract some Skimmers into the peg. Going back on the deck I managed to find a few good skimmers that were nudging the pound mark but could not get them regular. From my peg I had quite a good view of most of the anglers and with the exception of Simon Poynter who was on peg 18, Mark Venton on peg 15 and Pete Thomas on peg 20 I could not see anyone else really catching well. That really gave me the encouragement to stick with what I was doing and keep feeding my keepnet!
Going into the last hour I managed some more fish from the 13m line, maggot seem to be the best bait on the hook. I just could not catch on caster on the deep rig despite feeding plenty in my groundbait; a worm segment did take a few fish. I had look on my closer lines but just could not get any bites. As the light started to fade I had a run of Skimmers and Hybrids around the 8oz -12 oz mark which finished my match of nicely. I was last to weigh and was really pleased to find my 25lb 6oz was enough to win the section and surprisingly 5th overall so some vital points were gained in the league.
Simon Poynter fished a good match to win the match outright with 33lb from Pete Thomas who had around 32lb for second. I have not yet received the full results but I do know Roger Baker was top weight on Jennies form the higher numbers with 25lb level and Sycamore was won with around 23lb Trelawney chipped in with a couple of 20 pound weights as well. The weights from all the lakes may have been lower than we all thought, but once again we had a fair match and I think a lot of anglers left that day thinking they had a chance.
The last week of November sees 60 anglers fish the Winter festival at White Acres. It is primarily a silver fish festival but F1 carp are allowed. It is one of the most enjoyable festivals in my book and I really look forward to it every year. I will post my report in a couple of week’s time; in the meantime keep those strings tight!