Thursday, 15 November 2012

STAINFORTH & KEADBY CANAL

STAINFORTH & KEADBY CANAL

OVERVIEW:
The Stainforth and Keadby canal is a wide deep canal around 30 meters wide and the average depth is around 10 feet. Main species are roach, bream, roach/bream hybrids, perch, tench, eels, rudd and pike. There are odd carp into double figures, and a scattering of dace and small chub.



THE MATCH:
Have you ever had one of those days where nothing goes right?, well this was certainly one of those days!
After drawing peg 185 today, i was quite optimistic about catching a few fish; at the draw people had said it would be quite hard fishing, "how right they were!"

After parking near to the bridge, and a decent walk I arrived at my peg - It was a few pegs from the marina mouth, so a pretty good area. My approach was to fish 14.5m in front of me, and another line at 8m; as the depth was pretty uniform I could use the same rig for both lines.

The next line was just past the marginal weed that runs all the way along the stretch of the canal. I also set up a small maggot feeder, with a plan to fish across near to the boats on the far side.

On the all in I cupped in 2 balls of ground bait onto the 14.5m line, and the 8m line, along with a few pinkies & maggots (this had worked really well in previous years)

I spent some long periods on this line, and never had a single bite! I plumbed up a 14.5m line at a 10 o'clock angle, and only fed a few maggots & pinkies; my thinking was that the ground bait had put the fish off on the other lines - But I never had a single bite after that either, so I decided to give the maggot feeder a try, after 2 mins I finally had my first bite, and a small skimmer was in the net; well that was the only bite I had on that!

The only line I had left was the marginal line, which I had been feeding really sparingly by hand with maggots at one side, and casters at the other.  I never had a bite on caster, but on trying the maggot side, I finally had a second bite.... and missed the bloody thing, "gutted"
I kept trying the other lines, some I fed, some I never - I never had another bite on either!
It was one of the most fustrating days I think I have ever had!

The match was won with a measly 4lb, like I said, just one of those days!
 Fingers crossed it will be better next time round :(