Lakeview Canal and Lagoon
The participating members of both the Soldiers and Sailors AC and LEVAS braved the cold winter weather and lined the banks of the Canal and Lagoon to fish this latest joint club match.
The weather has now turned decidedly cold, even after a frost free night prior to match day. Cold north winds (12-15 mph) certainly put a chill in the air, but it did remain dry and fairly comfortable to fish in with the right clothing on.
This popular fishery is situated near Melton Mowbray in the Vale of Belvoir and has a total of 9 match lakes on the complex. In addition there is a excellent cafe and on site and a bait bar provides for most angler needs. One of the fishery rules is that you must use the fishery pellets which are available from the bait bar. The Canal (30 pegs) and Lagoon (30 pegs) didn’t fish as well as expected, recent match weights have declined, possibly with the changing weather conditions as we run into the winter period.
The fishery advised that the Serpent hadn’t been fishing well which had been originally booked with the Canal. The Serpent lake was then cancelled and changed to the Lagoon which supposedly would fish better!. On the day the Canal produced the top five weights, and the Lagoon had a very low top weight with a number of dnw’s. The Canal is a long oval shaped lake and it is well known to produce the best weights on pegs 1-15, and peg 17 just on the other side. The top five weights came from pegs in between 3 to 13.
Having a draw on the favoured side of the Canal peg 13 Steve Wilcock managed to keep ahead of the adjacent competition by landing around 15 carp. A added bonus of a 5lb carp with his F1’s helped to boost his weight. On this canal the average size only run between 1-3lbs. Apparently some of the pegs on and around peg 13 have some deeper water than the rest of the lake, maybe this is the reason they tend to hold more fish than the other side, especially during the colder months.
Fishing down the track Steve caught his first two fish on soft pellet. A change to a 6mm banded pellet fished at mid depth in where Steve caught the rest of his fish. The 28-8-0 recorded by the scales man was more then enough to secure Steve a clear win.
Paul Marriott continues his good form by taking the second place from Canal peg 3 with a F1 carp catch. Paul didn’t catch any carp on the far side, or down the track, only some small skimmers.
It was only when he fished his primed margin swim near the platform of peg 2 that his match immediately started to improve. The first put in on worm hook bait produced on instant bite in the form of a F1. By sticking to this margin on worm and maggot baits Paul managed to winkle out a few more F1’s. His total weight of 16-0-0 was just enough for the second place.
Paul Skinner was only one small carp behind to take the third place with 15-8-0 from Canal peg 9. Red maggots ‘one of Paul’s favorite baits’ was the successful tactic fished exclusively down the track. This enabled him to pick off the F1’s throughout the course of the match.
Malc Munn also fished maggot down the track on Canal Peg 9 for 14-14-0 for the fourth place. Les Smedley took the fifth place with 14-2-0 from Canal peg 5. Only four F1’s for 8-8-0 from Lagoon peg 15 put Steve Hoult in the final sixth place.
Next Weeks Match
Next week match is a Soldiers and Sailors AC match at Brailsford on the Heron Lake