Well it was back to Gold Valley for a cheeky Friday cost cutter today – with 17 of us squeezed onto the causeway bank of Middle Lake things were always going to be tight but I wasn’t best pleased to find myself in the middle of a run of pegs that read 72, 73, 74, 75 and 76!!!
|Gold Valley, Middle Lake, peg 74|
Such pegging (when compared to (say) every other peg or peg two, miss one) means that there are effectively less fish to draw upon, but it also means that the actions of those around you can have a negative impact on your own peg. This is especially true of F1s – they really don’t like a lot of banging about, nets being thrown full length into the lake and big pots of bait going in!!!
|No bites = no coffee left!|
Unfortunately on the day I didn’t factor in the tight pegging and given the recent weather I thought it was going to fish really well, with 60-80lb needed to do well - how wrong I was! Personally I could only muster 7 fish that went a level 10lb, a pretty decent return as those around me weighed 10-8-0 (67), 7-0-0 (68), 10-0-0 (70), 2-0-0 (72), 13-4-0 (which included a 5lb carp in the final 5 minutes) (73), 8-14-0 (75), 6-14-0 (76) and 9-0-0 (78), though the weights improved towards either end with Bagger doing really well to come second overall with 33lb from end peg 84 and Adrian Harris winning from peg 64 with 33-14-0.