This week us Jubilee Nomads were split around different matches spreading the Nomad name at matches at Tunnel Barn Farm, Hillview and Hawford Bridge
Robin Ballard was the star man at Hillviews Saturday open with 18 anglers spread over the Moorhen and Heron pools Robin drew on peg 23 on the Heron pool where he caught 72lb which was 2nd overall in the match and he took section money plus pounds from Phil and Andy. Fresh from picking up a section win on Thursday at Manor Farm Leisure, Phil fished the Friday Flyer open up at Tunnel Barn Farm on House pool. After a heavy frost the fishing was hard but Phil’s 18lb 4oz was enough to also finish in 2nd place. Phil followed that up by catching a tonne on Sunday and finishing joint 1st with Andy who also caught 100lb at a Bears match on the Broomhill pool at Hawford Bridge. So Phil and Andy shared the Nomad Super Pool. Robin also fished well coming 3rd with 41lb 8oz giving the Nomads the top 3 places. Mark was fishing just on the Sunday, fishing an Evesham Jubilee A.S match on the 3rd and 4th Canals at Hillview. Mark flew the Nomad flag and won the match with 53lb 2oz. well done Mark. So a good weekend for the Jubilee Nomads 2 wins, 2 seconds and top 3 at Hawford Bridge. Well done Lads
Having to use up the last few days holiday from work before the end of the year meant I took a trip up to Tunnel Barn Farm for their Friday Flyer open this week held on the House poolWinter had really set in, being the last week in November so I planned a maggot approach with soft expander pellets as back up over a few micro’s. I drew well (for a change) House 6 which has reachable islands to the left and right at about 14 metres and luckily I’d pleasure fished this peg several weeks ago and had a good day catching all the time. Today was a lot colder but I still expected a few bites.
I planned to fish two long pole lines towards each island but 13 metres in the deeper water at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock and two short lines for later in the match. I started at 2 o’clock with a 4mm Sonubaits Pro Expander over cad potted fishery mirco’s first. I had 4 foot of water here and set up a 0.3g Nick Gilbert XT Wire Jordan pole float on 0.15mm Guru N-Gauge mainline with a bulk of no.9 stotz with a size 20 Guru F1 pellet 0.11mm Ready rig as hook length. This produced nil bites in the first half of the match so I very soon made the change to maggots!
As I now expected a tough match and I hadn’t seen anybody catch anything, it was all maggots for me now. My maggot rig was an 0.3g Nick Gilbert XT Finesse Carbon HD pole float. This has a 1.2m tip for sensitively with a tapered shotting pattern of no.10 and no.11 shot above a size 20, 0.11mm F1 Pellet Guru Ready Rig. Why tie your own? Set up on a Short stop kit with 4-8 F1 Orange Hydro
I switched to the 10 o’clock line and cad potted in just 6 red maggots. I waited around 10 minutes for my first bite which was only a small Roach. So I cad potted in another 6 red maggots and waited again for a response. 10 minutes later, another tiny Roach but this was then followed by the small F1 which I pulled out of at the net! This was really annoying as it was looking like it was going to be a low winning weight match. But loosing this F1 gave me the confidence to cad pot in another 6 red maggots, hoping for another F1. I began catching small Perch but then I finally caught an F1. So in went some more red maggots via the cad pot but I couldn’t catch any more F1’s just tiny Roach and Perch. So at least the feed maggots where getting eaten by something. I needed to do something different now nothing was really happening for me but at least it wasn’t just me, everybody else was struggling.
So I picked up the catapult and began to feed very small pouches of maggots over a wider area every 5 minutes and began rotating between my long and short lines so my pole wasn’t over their heads in one area for too long. After 30 minutes I had a purple patch short to my left and began catching some small F1’s before this died on me after 40 minutes.
Going into the last hour now and looking around at the other anglers, not a lot was being caught I felt I was on for framing with what I had already caught. This last hour really just saw me picking off the odd fish on my long and short maggot lines. I did try soft 4mm expanders again over a cad pot of micro but had no results. It was definitely a maggot day.
There are some very good anglers that fish this venue regularly and going into this last hour one of these anglers made a change from what he was doing and began to dob bread and he came from nowhere in the match to catching a few F1’s during this last hour to win the match with 27lb. I was happy though as my 18lb was enough to frame coming in 2nd place.
This week being Nomads some of us fished the Garbolino Clubman qualifier at Tunnel Barn Farm, opens at Hillview on the Saturday and Sunday and a Brookfields AC match at Lower Park Fishery on the Abbey pool
Friday saw some of the Nomads in action at Tunnel Barn Farm fishing the Garbolino clubman of the year qualifier where Robin Ballard was top Nomad picking up a cash section win from Top pool with 60lb.
Hillview’s Saturday open saw Robin Ballard and Phil Seedhouse fishing where they both caught fish with Robin notching up his 2nd tonne in as many weeks with 101lb 8oz off the Moorhen pool while Phil caught 87lb 8oz off canal 3 to finish 2nd on section.
Sunday saw the Nomads split between venue’s with 3 going to Hillview’s open and 3 going to a Brookfields AC match at Lower Park on the Abbey pool. Phil Seedhouse won the match at Lower Park with 61lb to fly the Nomad flag this week while at Hillview with 32 anglers fishing a cross the 4 canals the fishing proved tough but the Nomads still caught some fish between them with Andy Mitchell being top Nomad on canal 3 with 65lb
This week six Jubilee Nomads travelled up to Tunnel Barn Farm for their Sunday Open, with a good turnout of 36 anglers spread over House and Canal pools.
Phil, Robin, Stu and Mark draw on House pool, while Andy and Doug found Canal pool home for the day. House pool produced the better weights as expected with Phil main framing in the match coming 5th overall and picked up a section win with 88lb 6oz and also the Nomad pound coins. Robin also found a few fish weighing in a creditable 78lb.
This week I travelled up to Tunnel Farm Barn for their Sunday open. With a good turnout of 36 anglers the match was spread over two pools, House and Canal
I really wanted to draw on House pool which luckily I did, drawing House 25 up at the top end of the pool. This didn’t really mean anything to me as I’m not a regular but talking to a local on the next peg he told me this area was probably only good enough for 80lb and if it fished hard we may be in with a chance of framing. The peg looked good though with plenty of options.
I set up rigs for across to the island and the margins plus mid water rigs for pellets and maggots. I decided to start on maggots on my top 2+2 line first and began catching F1’s straight away with the odd Skimmer, feeding plenty of maggots and groundbait slop. This continued for a couple of hours before the bites began to slow down. So at this point I began feeding a few 4mm hard pellets into the left hand margin and after 20 minutes I tried it. I caught an F1 here straight away with a 6mm expander pellet but I had problems with scum on the water surface. It was difficult to present my rig through it. I tried to clear this scum out with my cupping kit but this only worked for a few minutes before the scum would float back in. So I switched to the right hand margin which looked a little better with the surface scum but there were lots of twigs and leaves on the bottom. In the end I had to come a little away from the bank away from the scum but I found a little clear area to fish in. I caught some more F1’s here but my catch rate had slowed down with the 6mm soft expanders.
A change was needed, luckily I’d prepared some 6mm cubes of meat the night before, as an alternative bait. I’d heard some people were starting to catch on it the week before. So I tried this next kindering in a few loose offerings in with some 4mm pellets. I began to get bites but I was also bumping a few fish off and had to change to a lighter elastic, once I’d done this I didn’t bump any more off and the F1’s I was catching seemed to be a better stamp of fish.
For the rest of the match I pretty much stayed on this line catching F1’s well. I found they didn’t want much bait though and I just kindering in a few cubes every 10 minutes. This worked better than feeding on every put in. There were longer times waiting for a bite when I fed.
I continued to feed the maggot short line throughout this period in the margins, dropping on it several times to rest the margin line. I still caught well but the F1’s where a bit smaller here and I also caught the odd Skimmer. So this line became my secondary line when resting the margin.
That’s story of my match. There was no need to fish long to the island as I caught all my fish short or from the margins. At the start of the match I was told I would need 80lb to frame and this proved to be correct. I finished the match in 5th place with 88lb 6oz out of 36 anglers and picked up a section win.
Maggot Rig – top2x2 line – 0.3g Nick Gilbert XT Finesse HD carbon pole float on 0.15mm Guru N-Gauge mainline with strung out tapered shooting with above size 18 (0.11mm) Guru F1 Pellet ready rig. set up on 6-8 F1 orange Hydro thought a Garbolino Short stop kit.
Margin Rig – 0.3g Nick Gilbert Edger pole float on 0.17mm Guru N-Gauge mainline with 4 no.8 short above size 18 (0.13mm) Guru LWG Ready rig, set up on White Hydro though a standard power kit.
As my week off work drew to a close I fished my 7th match on the trott and visited Tunnel Barn Farm for their Friday Flyer held on Jenny’s pool.
On arrival at peg 6 I saw F1’s and carp up on the far self against the island at 13 metres so I planned to start there but to prime up my short topkit+1 line with pellets. Shallow and Margin rigs were also set up if the topkit line didn’t produce, but my plan was to catch short all day if I could, so not wasting time shipping out to 13 metres, As this was going to be a fish race!
So I started over to the island and had a great start catching some good sized F1’s and small carp on 6mm hard pellets, while feeding 4mm’s but I knew I needed to catch short. So after 45 minutes fishing long I came in short were I’d also been feeding 4mm pellets.
After a slow start short I began to catch some nice F1’s and a few Skimmers and I began building a good weight. Looking around at the other anglers, they were fishing shallow but I felt I was catching better on my short line so I stayed on this line for the next few hours. I was feeding 4mm hard pellets with a 6mm on the hook but I found that feeding a few 6mm’s also helped to draw in some bigger F1’s.
Going to the 4th hour my catch rate was slowing down and I had to move around the peg on the topkit line to keep the fish coming. I decided to look shallow next and caught a good sized F1 but dispite slapped away for 20 minutes no more F1’s wanted a shallow pellet. So it was a quick look in the margins next but I could only catch small F1’s here. So I returned to the Topkit+1 line and starting catching some better sized F1’s
At the end of the match I weighed in 97lb 10oz which was enough for 3rd place in the match and the best weight from my side of the pool. The match was actually won on the other bank with 248lb with 2nd weighing 174lb So I was a long way off the pace. I’d fished hard pellets all match but these two big weights had fished with maggots. I’m guessing they had fed several pints of maggots to catch those weights. There wasn’t really enough people fishing the match to justify feeding several pints of maggots due to the cost. But if you want to win at all cost that’s up you.
Top kit F1 Rig – 0.4g Nick Gilbert NG XT Jordan pole float set on 0.15mm Guru N-Gauge mainline with strung out no. 9 and no. 10 shot above a 6 inch 0.13mm hook length with a size 18 SLWG banded hook. Set up on black Hydro.