We had 10 anglers for this match and I was hoping to be handed as low a peg number as possible for 2 reasons, a short walk and I believed the best chance of finding one or two of the big Perch this stretch is known for.
I was drawn peg 3 which was a good start. I set up a maggot feeder rod and pole lines at 11m, 5m and to my right in the margin.The margin would be to target the Perch.
I cupped in 6 balls of groundbait with pinkies and hemp in at 11m and 2 of the same at 5m. I would start feeding the Perch swim half way through the match with chopped worms and maggots.
Starting on the feeder, it was very awkward casting due to the overhead trees but I managed to fish just past half way across with a sideways cast. I caught some Bleak, a few Roach, a gudgeon and a small chublet on this during the coarse of the day. The pole lines were hard hard work due to the amount of Bleak around taking the bait on the drop even with 2 gram down the line.
With 2 hours to go I dropped in on the Perch swim and had a run of 7 small Perch in as many casts but then could not get a bite so refed and went back on the feeder.
Just over 30 minutes from the end of the match I hooked something more substantial on the feeder but it made a mad dash into some fallen branches near my feet and transfered the hook.
I knew I needed a big Perch to do any good at this stage so I went in on the margin swim with a Lob Worm on the hook, after 10 minutes the float shot under and I was into my quarry, soon a Perch of over a pound (perhaps near 1.5) was in the net. I went straight back in hoping his big brother was waiting for me but no more bites.
I weighed in 3lb 12oz and as it had been a hard day for all this was enough for 2nd in the match, beaten by Rich on peg one with 4lb 6oz of Roach and Bleak. So, the lost fish had cost me winning but the one I caught propelled me from nowhere to 2nd.