Sorry for the late report. On Sunday 17th of August we began the Autumn Series at Spring Pool Fishery, Whitley. The day itself breaks down as normal, beginning with the match draw for our beginners to advanced anglers, we have anglers from aged 7 taking part in this match. The draw is where each anglers picks a number at random which is where they will fish for the day. The favoured pegs are peg 1, 4, 6, & 10.
Following the match we have two sessions of our Academy, this is our beginners sessions. We provide all the equipment, bait and coaches to ensure that the sessions are busy, enjoyable and informative. We catch a range of fish mainly small roach and rudd however, we also get carp and bream show up.
The match begins at 11am when the ‘All in’ is called and the anglers are permitted to feed their swims and begin fishing. Many feed a maggot line at 4m to temp the small roach who are mainly up in the water and plentiful. Some anglers have a margin swim or island to fish to which is where the bigger fish reside. After speaking with Chris Liam Robinson who was fishing his first match on peg 14 decided to fish in two places. He fished straight out in front of him for roach and then another space (swim) out to his right where there was island. He managed to temp a small carp around 2lb later in the match while catching small fish throughout the day.
Yestyn Sephton was fishing on peg 8, normally an unfancied peg at the bottom of the lake however, with the wind in his face his worm and dead maggot approach was resulting in regular bites from bigger fish such as skimmers and tench giving him a 10lb 07oz weight enough for the win.
Ben Fowler drew peg 1, a noted small fish peg however, having a large tree removed earlier in the year meant that it regularly holds carp which can be caught down the edge in later part of the match. As normal Ben caught well on maggot a 5m and toward the island but it wasn’t until he came down the edge that carp took his bait and he netted two 3lbers. His total weight was 8lb 7oz and good enough for second.
Spring Series winner Sarah Taylor was placed on the fancied peg 6 or “Sarah’s peg” after she caught 17lb of skimmers back on 2013, she fished the same approach of pellets at 11m where the lake is at its deepest. She was getting lots of bites however, they were difficult to turn into fish in the net. Her 7lb 06oz of skimmers and one carp was enough for third.
The next match and Academy sessions will take place back at Spring Pool Fishery on Sunday 31st of August at 10am. Places are available so please contact Chris Finneran on 07525360804 should you want to give it a go!