Birch House Heron Pool match report
Match report for the latest Soldiers and Sailors AC club match at Birch House Lakes on the Heron Pool. The frosty morning didn’t put too many anglers off as we had a good turnout of 19 anglers braving the cold weather conditions.
The recent spell of frosted mornings continues with a dry top daytime temperature of around 7 degrees centigrade. There was no wind and mainly cloudy with occasional sunny spells. It didn’t really feel that cold on this sheltered fishery.
Birch House Lakes consists of seven mature lakes first developed as a leisure fishery in the early 1990’s. This popular fishery has been used regularly for club matches, and is also situated in a very pleasant rural environment. The Heron pool hold 28 pegs and is stocked predominately with carp ranging from 1lb to well into double figures. Perch, roach, skimmer bream, gudgeon can also be caught, but generally not in any quantity. Anglers baits now catch the well known resident signal crayfish in all of the lakes.
Regular Club match angler Brian Leafe took the winners place with a 18-6-0 net of carp from peg 20. Brian’s catch consisted of four carp, all caught on the pole at approx 11 metres. It took 30-40 mins before the first fish was netted by feeding red maggots with treble red maggots on the hook. This carp was fairly quickly followed by another carp, then Brian had to endure a long lean spell.
Persevering throughout the match on this pole line paid off as the carp returned in the last hour, and another two carp ended up in the net.
Paul Marriott continues to frame most weeks at the moment and took the second place with a 17-7-0 carp catch. Having drawn on peg 16 the first half of the match the tactic was the feeder/bomb attack. I’m not actually sure how many fish he had on this method.
Later in the match Paul concentrarted with the pole on the edge of the dying lily pads and managed to hook and land a 6-7lb carp in the drying minutes. This certainly boosted is weight to catapult him in to the second place.
Rob Pembridge drawn on peg 12 had a couple of carp fairly early on using feeder/bomb tactics. When this line finally died a change to the waggler and feeding casters and using maggot hookbaits tempted another 2-3 carp to push his weight to a level 17-0-0, enough for the third placing.
Bill Peach took fourth with 16-4-0 from peg 25, and Keith White took fifth with 12-0-0 from peg 19. The final sixth place went to Paul Skinner with 11-0-0 from peg 27.
I struggle again, managed to lose my first two carp when bites were at a premium. A very poor hook hold was probably the reason as they didn’t feel foul hooked. The winner was next peg to me catching on the pole so I thought that was the way to go. I had no joy catching a carp using pellet and corn baits, a change too double red maggot did produce more bites. Unfortunately they were mostly small skimmers apart from my one and only carp, taken on a double maggot.
I was then thinking feeding red maggots and a small amount of corn would be the way to go!. I kept trying corn with no luck with the carp, only the odd small skimmer. In the end I only finished up catching skimmers on double red maggot, leaving me well short of a decent weight.
Next Weeks Match
Soldiers and Sailors AC are back at Birch House lakes next week for their fur and feather match on the kingfisher.