It only seems like five minutes ago since we entered our first winter league back in 2016, I say we I actually mean team Colmic Soar.
2017 see’s us a lot more settled and with some new team members we’re hungry for results.
So having spent the last twelve months learning more about fishing the pole on rivers, canals and commercials. I’m a lot more confident in the whole aspect of pole fishing. After filling in for a team member on the Frazley canal teams of four in September and doing quite well in my section now is the real test on the river ‘Soar winter league against some of the best in the country’.
As with the rest of the team I’ve put in weeks of prep making and fine tuning rigs to cover a wide range of water conditions. As well as tying plenty of hooks in a range of sizes and patterns to suit a range of baits and possible fish sizes. All my kit was checked and double checked making sure rods reels my pole and nets etc were all in good working order.
The morning of October 1st soon came round and after a down pour of rain a few days before the river should be in good form all though the much wanted colour never came and the river was still gin clear. With all ten team members booked in we had a fairly good draw and it was off to our respective pegs and sections.
I had drawn p7 on Mountsorrels Waterside section. An end peg known as the boat swim, due to a large house boat moored there. As the draw was actually at the Waterside Id not far to go to get to my peg which was great, no loading of the barrow and humping kit across fields.
There was a boat moored up against the house boat which I could reach with 11 mtr. Great a long line across to the boat plus a line at round 10 mtr and one at 5 mtr line to hand. I couldn’t really see a bomb line and there wasn’t really any need to set up a waggler line as I could reach what I needed with the pole.
With a plan of fishing groundbait caster and hemp at 11mtr’s I would see what the boat traffic was like on the 10 mtr line as this line would be on the edge of the boat track. My 5 mtr line would be a mixture of maggot caster and worm as there was a clump of streamer weed just down the peg, fingers crossed it would hold a few bonus perch. There was only 1/2 hour left to set up when the people that owned the boat across from me suddenly up’d sticks and headed off for the day. Hmmm ok that’s changed things a little, with all the disturbance I’d leave this line alone for at least an hour for it to settle before adding any bait.
The all in was called at 11am, my first line would be on my 5 mtr line. Cupping a mix of bronze maggot and hemp I fished over this using a 0.75 Colmic Dudda float with strung out no’10 slot shot. Inching the rig through it wasn’t long before the first fish was in the net, a huge bleak!. This line started to come a live with some good fish coming to the net. Swoping between red and bronze maggot I put together a good run of perch the one bonus fish I was after, a try on the caster brought a good sized skimmer and things slowed off a little. With the big perch about may be the fish had backed off a little time to rest this line but not before a cup of bronze maggots was carefully cupped in the swim.
A 1 gr Colmic Liri was my rig of choice running the float though with a caster on the hook I pick off a few roach but nothing really worth the effort.
A quick check back on at 5 mtr and I was back in to perch straight away, there must be some big un’s in here somewhere. So a change of bait and hook was in order, off came a size 18 and on went a Hayabusa 157 size 14 wide gape hook prefect for a lobby tail. Using the same float I added on an extra float length of depth and out the rig went. ‘Bang fish on’ first monster perch!
I managed to but a few of this big perch in the net before loosing one in the weed! With time getting on and about 1 hour to go I knew Id put a good weight of fish together so thought a quick experiment was an idea. With about 1/2 a kilo of groundbait in the bucket I balled my 10mtr line, this being a tactic that can bring instant results or completely kill your swim so use with caution. First run through resulted in a small roach, a few more followed but as with the 11mtr line nothing to really shout about. Back to the 5 mtr line and a small perch with only a few minutes to go a frantic re-bait of the hook and back out but nothing before time was called.
Knowing Id got a few good anglers in my section with Rob Perkins in p5 and Nathan Hughes a bit further up river, it could be a tight one. I will have to wait for the scales to come. Being p7 I was the first to be weighed in with 5kilo 150g wow nice! then to my surprise the next few pegs where all around 2kilo. ‘Might of got this one in the bag’ only to be pipped to a section win by 5kilo 350g, dam it ill beat you next time Ross!
As a team we did really well with a section win for team member John Lock at Kegworth, an impressive 6 kilo bag. The rest of the team did their bit and backed up our weights with some amazing results. With a total of 41 points we finished 4th over all, roll on round two!.