The second leg of the AWOL winter League was on Sunday the 24th of November. It was cold and breezy but it is what it is. These days i dont look at the forecast before i fish a comp , i just turn up and choose tactics that suit the day. The fishery
had fished hard in practice for most and i knew we were in for a bit of a grueler.
Three rods are now allowed to be set up for the AWOL League, something i agree with as fishing these waters can be very technical and each peg can be so different
than the last. Sometimes i would love to have 5 rods
I set up the bung on a floater on one rod, the washing line with a midge tip on another and a DI-3 on the third rod to pull lures. I wont go into details on what flies and leaders i set up as
you will soon realise why.
My first peg was peg10, i didnt know where that was, so i started walking round the shallow end of the lake. I forgot my measure and had to go back for it, i was a little pushed for time to get to the peg. To my delight my
first peg was my favourite peg in the complex, a peg i have done very well on before. Unfortunately i had not got the right line set up for the peg. So i tackled down the DI-3 rod and took out the DI-5 SWEEP. To the sweep i attached a 7 foot leader, 3ft to
a pink fab ( tied with fnf jelly fritz) and 4 foot to the point fly which was a Gold Arse Cat Booby. The whistle went to start the match as i was setting the rod up, but i did not mind. It is very important to set up your rod correctly and tie all you knots right, rechecking them before you start. A single fish can
make all the difference on these fisheries , especially when you are fishing a 5 round league. If there is a placing point draw at the end of the competition , the angler with the most fish points, ie the most fish, is deemed the winner.
From experience i knew that the fish would reside about 45 degrees to the left of the peg and about 25 yards out. The fish seem to run a ledge from the shallow to the deep and they are normally found there in numbers.
Each peg is 40 mins long and
i was already 7 mins late. I cast the DI-5 and began the retrieve, half way back i had not got a touch, so i ripped in the line and cast a little more to the right. I let the line settle on the bottom and began the retrieve, i got a knock, i had found
the spot, then another, a quick fast figure of eight then i left the booby rise slowly, the line went tight and i was connected into my first fish.
I always take my time on these fisheries, as you do not know what the rest of the day or pegs will
be like. Soon enough the fish was in the net. Alan lawless came and measured my fish.
On my next cast i again got the knock, knock and i was solid in a fish, it took the cat on the point again. It seemed the fish were exactly where the were last year
and the year before. On the next cast i missed the area due to the wind and quickly brought the flies back, i did get a good pull but i dropped the fish on the way in, as it seemed to get stuck in a snag.
The next cast was spot on, i let the line settle
for a whole minute before i began the retrieve. the line felt heavier than normal as i began the retrieve, shortly afterwards i got a solid take. The fish rocketed out of the water to my right, but my line was going left. The main line was caught under a rock
about 5ft out. I brought the fish in slowly , but i could not budge the main line from the rock. After what seemed like an age the line pinged free and the fish was quickly in the net. On the next cast i hooked and landed my fourth and final fish of the session.
A very good start to the day.