- Peg 9
- Weight 85lb 12oz
- Match win (11 people fished)
- Caught on method at 25 meters
The set up was:
- Dawia Spectron 11 foot quiver (1oz tip)
- 14 Gama eyed pellet
- 6mm banded coarse pellet (F1 Mosella bands)
The first hour saw me have 3 carp (10lb) and I had missed a handful of bites, which was fading away from me. Gosh, I need to do something, otherwise I am going to add another "blow out" to add to my long list. I felt the pellet waggler wouldn't work yet, as there wasn't enough fish and also it was too cold. Therefore, got off my box and quickly put my feeder rod together from the Drennan rod sleeve. Awesome, took about a minute, time well saved, would recommend to get some if you already don't have any.
I lobed the feeder 25 meters which was loaded with 4mm coarse pellet. Now normally wouldn't use pellets as they are very filling, but I felt there was lack of F1's in my peg, and the fish that I have caught were all carp. Therefore, I was going to feed them, if I was catching F1's I would use groundbait as it is less food content. Now this method, on the "method", was reasonably slow and one thing that I have learnt over the years is to be patient. So I was lucky enough to get the rod got dragged in for the next couple of hours. I caught steady, not crazy, but steady. All the fish were carp between 3lb to 6lb, which is a good size. Think, I only need 20 5lbers and I have my magic ton! So, I don't need many fish to build a weight, as I was so surprised with my weight of 85lb at the end of the match. What made it worse was my shocking spilt of fish as I had 27lb in one net and 58lb in another (sorry Dave).
4mm pellet was soaked in water, now this is important, as they need to be molded around the feeder almost in their original form. So you need to add enough water to achieve this, which will take a "trial and error" approach and will depend on your batch of pellet. Skretting coarse pellet does vary, I find the dustie grey colour seems to be best. Ensure you don't squeeze the pellet too hard around the method feeder, another wise you have paste around it, which isn't normally any good.