I drew peg 6 which is just to the right of the end of the island on the sunny side of the lake.
I started by feeding some corn and meat at 5m and tried there for a while whilst feeding some 6mm pellets out to the open water where I intended to try the straight lead.
Nothing after 20 minutes on the 5m line so picked up the rod and chucked the lead with a pellet as bait, this caught me a couple of carp fairly quick but then no bites for a while. I tried a couple different baits but still no bites.
Back to the 5m line but only one small carp caught then no bites again.
I had also fed corn to my left margin at the start and by hand whilst fishing the other lines so I had a try there for a short time but nothing happening there either.
After 4 hours of the match I had only managed to pick up the odd fish on the lead plus that 1 small carp at 5m for a total of 6 fish.
In the last hour there was some action to be had in the margin and with 40 minutes to go I was up to a dozen fish, in that last 40 minutes I doubled my catch with a good run of carp, all on corn.
I knew Stan and Alan T (opposite me) had been catching well and I presumed Allan B had done well from peg 13 so if that was all correct then the best I could hope for was 4th. This is exactly how it turned out but Brian was only 2lb behind me.
Match report and full results can be found HERE