Match report for the Soldiers AC and LEVAS club match at Hacketts
This latest joint match on the Main lake at Hacketts attracted a turnout of 24 anglers. All anglers had a welcoming helping hand with their tackle as the fishery owner used a trailer to ferry the tackle to the far side bank pegs.
The recent sunshine and showers weather was forecast for match day, fortunately the day turned out to be very warm with sunshine and cloudy conditions. The showers did come later when most anglers were probably at home by then. The moderate wind mostly rippled the water in the low number pegs, and was quite changeable in direction at times. This maybe why the low numbers pegs out-fished the high numbers, which had very little wind on the water.
Hacketts lakes are at Adbolton land, Holme PierrePont near Nottingham, and comprises of two lakes. The lakes of over 10 years old and well stocked with good sized carp. The main lake has also a good head of skimmer bream, which generally are around the 1-2lbs size.
Weights of bream in excess of 50lbs have won the Wednesday silvers only open matches.
On matches where all fish count you really have to go for the carp to stand any chance of winning. In the winter matches the bream do feature more in the weights, with two or three bonus carp, or less, clenching it.
The top angler on the day was club regular Paul Marriott with a excellent weight of 94-10-0 from peg 37. Paul started on the method feeder for a slow start with only a couple of carp and some bream in the first hour.
A change to the pellet waggler proved to be the killing method, catching mostly decent sized 4-9lbs carp. The warm weather and the wind had brought the carp up in the water which at times were visible.
Just round the corner from Paul on peg 35 was Nigel Brialsford who fished a good match taking second with 79-8-0 of mostly carp, and some skimmer bream. Nigel fished the method feeder throughout the match casting some 60-70 yards and landing close to a reed bed on the far side. Although Nigel didn’t catch in the first hour, once the fish had settled he had a steady stream of fish heading to the landing net.
Steve Hoult made good use of a end peg 31 to take the third place with 71-4-0 of carp. I’am not to sure if Steve started on the feeder, but all his catch was taken on the pellet waggler.
The fourth place was taken by ‘yours truely’ with 60-13-0 from peg 36, all on the pellet waggler. Paul Skinner took fifth with 59-2-0 of carp and bream from peg 44, using the method on a short chuck. The sixth place went to Brian Leafe who fished the pole for 51-13-0 of carp on corn on peg 41.
I did manage to finish in fourth place, but basically got ‘banjoed’ by the the anglers on either side of me!. I only had a couple casts with the method feeder at the start and noticed some carp moving up in the water. A change to the pellet waggler proved me right by catching a carp more or less straight away.
I did actually get in front of the anglers either side of me at the start of the match. Unfortunately that lead melted away during the course of rest of the match. My peg 36 was right on a point which give me the option of fishing slightly to my right casting in to open water. The theory being I would have this area of water to myself.
Obviously it worked to some degree, but later in the match when struggling for bites. I actually ended up fishing straight in front of me and started catching again. When things like that happen you always wonder if you got it wrong!
Many thanks to John Adamson for sharing his Photos displayed in this match report.
Next Weeks Match
It’s LEVAS’s annual outing next week on the Bridge Pool at Blythe near Solihull. Please contact Dave Kent to book in.