Match report for LEVAS’s Mansfield cup match held on Grange Pond
Grange Pond has recently has had a substantial stocking program supplementing the existing resident carp population. Work has also been completed on a perimeter fence to safeguard fish stocks during period of high flood water. It is also hoped that the fence will also keep Otters out.
The new carp seemed to have now settled in well with some good weights recorded, especially in the recent evening matches. The water is naturally really clear, but the water does now shows some colour indicating that the carp are moving about and feeding.
However it would be unfair to compare this LEVAS club water with heavily stocked commercials where fish are in most pegs. Even with a colour in the water the carp seemed to be more confident in the areas where the wind managed to ripple the surface of the water.
More hot and dry weather, most grass lawns now show no greenery, but have turned to a straw colour. Clear skies, around 27C and with a moderate breeze that just managed to catch less than half of the pond. Not perfect but the breeze certainly helped on the pegs that were effected.
Building on some consistent form and last weeks second placing Rob Pembridge took the winners purse with a good weight of carp from peg 5. Although Rob’s first carp was caught on the pole it was soon became clear that fishing up in the water with pellet waggler was the way to go. In fact three of the top four weight were all taken using the pellet waggler approach.
Rob seemed to have caught fish consistently for most of the match, only slowing up during the latter part of the day. At the scales his 41-6-0 net of carp was enough for a clear win on the day.
Only two pegs away Paul Wheelden employed the same pellet waggler tactic to catch carp in the warm water upper layers. Making good use of peg 3 Paul’s 37-12-0 weight of carp was just enough to claim the second placing.
One angler to break the pellet waggler theme was ‘yours truely’ using the long pole on noted peg 26. I think the predominately facing wind certainly helped to bring the carp slightly closer in to feed. I still had to fish at 14.5 using just 18 inches of line and a banded pellet, ‘slapping and tapping’ to catch the first carp. The other five carp were caught at 16m in between spells of trying the pellet waggler to fish further out.
The pellet waggler never put anything in my net for me, only a near miss!. I lost a good sized carp which could have been foul hooked that snagged me up on the island. At the weigh in my 37-4-0 net of six carp just put me in front of the fourth weight by a mere four ounces!
Steve Hoult continues his good form with a level 37-0-0 of pellet waggler caught carp form peg 4 for fourth place. Les Smedley took fifth place with 26-0-0 from peg 14. Les also had the best weight on that side of the pond where there was some dnw’s. The final sixth place went to Mick Lager with 20-10-0 from peg 23.
Many Thanks to John Adamson for providing the images on this post.
Next Weeks Match
The next match is on the 29th.July, LEVAS’s annual on Lake 2 at Makins.
(apologies for any any miss-spelt names for some anglers I don’t personally know)