Match report for Makins Lake 2 LEVAS and Soldiers and Sailors AC joint club match
The ever popular Makins fishery at Wolvey nr. Nuneaton Warwickshire hosted this latest club match on Lake 2. Furthermore it was agreed at the draw that this match would be a one off 6 hour match.
Having the option to fish a hour longer would hopefully see some good weights recorded.
However the day’s fishing did turn out to be be a very slow start for most anglers, with some anglers only managing the odd fish!. Fortunately some angler’s did manage some better weights with fish caught late into the match.
Makins fishery on any lake seems to start with a few early fish if you are lucky, followed by a lengthy quite spell. The carp tend to start moving around more, and are more inclined to feed very late in the match. The open matches on this venue are normally fished with a later start, and finishing later, this may be encouraging a habit for the carp to feed later.
The participating anglers arrived at their allocated pegs on Lake 2 on the complex on a dry cloudy morning. The previous nights temperature had been forecast low with a possibility of a ground frost. This may have been a reason for the fish to be slow to start feeding. It was a bit cool and damp and generally dry with some sunny spells, apart from a short shower when weighing in. The light wind blowing towards the high number was cool at times.
This venue is vary well known nationally and more information can be found on their website
The Soldiers and Sailors match secretary Paul Marriott took the opposition apart with a excellent weight of 92-4-0 from peg A18. This peg probably benefited from the light wind blowing into this bank, and the adjacent reeds in the margins. Paul was quickly in carp using the method feeder, a change to the pole later kept the fishing coming to the net.
By alternating the pole out in front of him, and in the margins Paul manged to keep in contact with the feeding carp. Feeding and using corn and pellet baits helped to catch more than enough for a clear convincing win.
Regular Makins match organiser and LEVAS press secretary John Adamson took the second place with 51-0-0 from B19. After a slow start producing only a couple of carp in the first hour a change to the pole only produced three small skimmers. John used his passed experience to stick with the feeder for the rest of the match, confident the carp would feed later in the day. His persistence paid off, and in the last hour and half bites were coming nearly every cast.
Brian Leafe took the third place with six carp and some perch that weighed 43-10-0 from peg A13. Brian who is not generally a fan of the feeder / bomb approach persevered with the long pole for quite a slow start. Fishing the pole out in front didn’t really produce till a change to fishing the margins. By using maggots as feed and hookbaits in the margins accounted for the bulk of his weight.
A large carp around fifteen pounds helped ‘yours truely’ to fill the fourth place from peg A7. I caught four carp, one on corn at 8m (foul hooked!), one in the margin on worm. Returning back to the 8m line on paste took the last two carp. The first paste fish was the fifteen pounder which helped to boost my weigh to 41-4-0. Janet Skinner filled fifth place with 39-12-0 from A20, sixth place went to Dave Kent with 35-0-0 from B13
Next Weeks Match
The next match is on the 1st.October on the Penninsular on the Blakehall fishery nr. Cheadle, Saffordshire.