Final Round of the Spring BAG-UP 2018 fished at Rycroft on the Donington Lake
The Donington lake at Rycroft hosted the Final round of this year’s Spring BAG-UP with 24 anglers in six teams completing to be the top team. The ‘Donno’ fished really well, and the recent new carp stockies featured in quite a few of the weights, and also seemed to have energized the existing stocks with many big carp feeding and being caught.
From the previous Wednesday onward the temperatures have been well above normal for this time of the year. The warmth and mild winds have certainly got the fish moving, and in a feeding mood. The morning started mild and sunny with a brisk breeze, which certainly helps the fish to feed more confidently. The afternoon still stopped mild, but with some warm light rain showers which soon cleared up.
The Donington lake lake holds 31 pegs, is well stocked, especially with the recent influx of new stock carp in the 12 ounces to pound and half fish range. The pegs and banks are also very well maintained and the margins have been clean out recently. The original stocking of carp go from 5lbs to over double figures. Most of the match weights are usually made up of carp, many double figures and over!. Obviously the recent stockies have added a new dimension of what to fish for, plus the skimmers and bream can boost weights.
Round 1 seen ‘yours truely’ on peg 5 which I managed to win from. The penultimate round 3 also saw me on peg 5 again, which I also managed to win!. Round 5 seen me on ‘Donno’ peg 10 which I didn’t think the winning weight would come from that area, But it did, and I added another Spring League win!. Happy, Happy days.
On reflection I think the fish had followed wind and moved away from the first car park area of the lake down, and round the corner towards the opposite end. The top three weights came from pegs 8-18.
After feeding the short 6m pole line, I starting the match with a hybrid feeder with micros and dead reds. This only produced a carp and a stockie, and three skimmers in the first 40 minutes. Dave Lewis on adjacent peg 11 had started to regularly catch stockies, and also a decent carp or two on the long pole. This prompted me to change to my short pole and immediately started started to catch skimmers on a soft pellet. I increased the feed and went on a 6mm expander to try and target the stockies, and any other carp. This did work for a while and I had a decent run of stockies.
Then that quite period!
A brief change to the banded pellet didn’t seem to improve my catch rate so I returned back to the soft pellet. When that line eventually dried up around mid match the feeder went back out. It didn’t take too long for the tip to go round with a decent carp around 7lbs. The tip wouldn’t go round again so it was back to the short pole line for the odd fish, it was slow going.
I had been feeding the pellet waggler line, also the 13m pole line with 6mm pellets while on the feeder. When I changed to the 13m pole line up in the water it didn’t really work, only a few slimmers and bit bites.
The turning point!
After a brief spell back on the short pole line I went back on the shallow rig. I had noticed Rob Pembridge had been catching well shallow on peg 8. It was at that point when the float was giving lots of indications. I then started to slowly catch some of the original decent sized carp, probably 7-8lb fish.
Obviously it was a bit of a waiting game for one to be attracted by the noise of the pellets. The 6mm pellets were fed regularly over the pole tip. Missed bites from skimmers and roach were a bit of a nuisance, but it was worth putting up with because when I got a carp on, it was a proper one. When Mark Brookes arrived with the scales I had a fish short of the ‘ton’, and weighed 98-1-0 for the win.
Rob Pembridge on peg 8 clenched the second place with another excellent near ‘ton’ weight, a level 94-0-0 of carp. In the early part of the match I could see Rob seemed to have quite a slow start. He was probably struggling to put a run of fish together.
Later on Rob found the carp up in the water, and started to catch on the banded pellet using the long pole. He also seemed to be getting one every put in. Among the stockies Rob was getting some big fish as well!. If it wasn’t for lost fish, Rob said he lost 11 fish for what ever reason, he would have easily won the match by a country mile!.
The third weight of 82-8-0 for Richard Turgoose came from peg 17 near the end corner of the lake. This area does have some good margins with reeds etc, and all of the fish, mostly stockies were caught short. Richard used the short pole, short probably only top 4 in the margin. The corn and banded pellet hookbaits tempted the carp that had followed the wind in to the margins.
John Adamson on peg 2 took fourth place with a level 64-0-0, all on the pole and banded pellet. Peg 26 produced 63-13-0 for Paul Skinner and the fifth place. The final sixth place was filled by Steve Hoult with 61-13-0 from peg 5.
|Tm D||1||Paul Kerry||9-13-0||2|
|Tm C||2||John Adamson||64-0-0||6|
|Tm A||3||Les Overmass||5-12-0||1|
|Tm F||4||Neil Stevenson||24-0-0||3|
|Tm E||5||Steve Hoult||61-13-0||5|
|Tm B||6||Mick Lager||30-9-0||4|
|Tm D||7||Andy Edwards||32-5-0||2|
|Tm C||8||Rob Pembridge||94-0-0||5|
|Tm A||9||Janet Skinner||17-1-0||1|
|Tm F||10||Dave Cotterill||98-1-0||6|
|Tm E||11||Dave Lewis||38-1-0||3|
|Tm B||12||Paul Richardson||45-0-0||4|
|Tm D||15||Alan Welch||12-6-0||1|
|Tm C||16||Malc Munn||32-13-0||3|
|Tm A||17||Richard Turgoose||82-8-0||6|
|Tm F||18||Nigel Brailsford||57-10-0||5|
|Tm E||19||Steve Talbot||15-12-0||2|
|Tm B||21||Glynn Williams||51-9-0||4|
|Tm D||25||Steve Willcock||39-13-0||5|
|Tm C||26||Paul Skinner||63-13-0||6|
|Tm A||27||Ivan Carrier||0-0-3||1|
|Tm F||29||Dave Kent||35-12-0||4|
|Tm E||30||Keith White||27-5-0||2|
|Tm B||31||Paul Marriott||27-14-0||3|