Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Stainforth and Keadby Canal Match

A couple of weeks ago I got the offer to join the Army lads on their next match on the stainy and Keadby Canal. Seen as though I love fishing the Canal, it took me all of 2 seconds to make my mind up;
what would be more interesting was the fact that we could use bloodworm and joker. This is something I have never really done before, so I was looking forward to the challenge.

Match day arrived and I was really looking forward to another cracking day on the Stainy.
After a cracking breakfast at the Delves Cafe it was time for the draw. I drew out peg 161, which I was highly delighted with, as I had drawn the same peg a few weeks ago. I had a cracking days fishing then, and was hoping for the same again today. The only thing that could put a bit of a dampener on things could be the weather as it is meant to be pants today, with strong winds and showers predicted. I think everybody was relieved when we arrived at the canal to discover the wind right off our backs and it wasn't as bad as predicted "yet!"

After a short walk, I arrived at my peg, fortunately for me 161 is the shortest walk from where we park the cars . As I was getting my gear into place I saw a large pike break the surface close to the far bank.; in my eyes, where there are pike, there are plenty of fish. Well hopefully any way.

My battle plan
I decided on a three pronged attack for today's match, firstly a bloodworm line at 7 - 8 meters. I am expecting to catch small fish on this line, so the quicker I can catch them the better. The short distance certainly will help with that. The second line I plan to fish is at 13 meters. I am hoping to target the slightly bigger fish on this line, so I am going to use maggots and casters. The third line is again going to be fished at a short distance, but at a 2 o'clock angle. I am going to feed hemp and casters by hand on this line, with the hope of catching decent roach near to the end of the match. I had some good fish doing this last time on this peg.

Rigs:
Bloodworm Rig

  • Pole - Browning Z12
  • Elastic - Browning Cenex solid No4
  • Main line - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook length - 0.10 Browning Cenex
  • Hook - Kamasan B511 size 20
  • Float - Scotthorne 1  0.5gram
  • Shotting - An olivette bulk with 2 droppers


Hemp and Caster Rig

  • Pole - Browning Z12
  • Elastic - Pink Browning Cenex Reflex
  • Main line - 0.12 Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook length - 0.10 Browning Cenex
  • Hook - Kamasan B520 size 20
  • Float - Scotthorne 1 0.5gram
  • Shotting - An olivette bulk with 2 droppers


13 Meter Rig

  • Pole - Browning Z12
  • Elastic - Pink Browning Cenex Reflex
  • Main line - Browning Hybrid Power
  • Hook length - 0.10 Browning Cenex
  • Hook - Kamasan B511 size 20
  • Float - Tubertini Serie Pro 1 gram
  • Shotting - An olivette bulk with 2 droppers


The Session
I start the match by cupping in 4 balls of groundbait packed with joker on the short line, and 4 balls packed with Joker and dead red maggots and casters on the long line. I make sure the groundbait balls are tightly packed, as on plumbing up I noticed a fair bit of tow on the water from left to right. I decide to start on the long line with a live maggot, hoping to tempt a better fish quickly.

 Its takes around 15 minutes to get the first bite, which coincides with the tow stopping. A pristine roach is soon landed and in the net. I continue on this line for a further 15 minutes, but the bites are few and far between. I switch to the short line with a bloodworm on the hook; this gives me the instant response I am looking for, as the float doesn't even have time to settle before it buries. As expected the fish isn't big, but its another fish in the net.



The bloodworm is working a treat as I am now getting a bite every drop in, but the fish are small. In a bid to try and tempt a bigger fish I try the long line again. I am not disappointed as a chunky Roach is soon in the net. I am soon back on the bloodworm line as bites are too sporadic on the long line.

The first drop back in on the bloodworm line offers a nice surprise, a decent Skimmer, which is a welcome sight. To my amazement the next 2 drop ins also produce 2 decent sized Skimmers. I decide to top up the swim with a joker packed ball of ground bait, hoping to keep the Skimmers in the swim. Unfortunately this doesn't happen, but it triggers off  plenty of small Roach with the odd small Perch thrown in.

I try the caster and hemp line; which I have been feeding by hand for the last hour, but this doesn't produce a thing, which is disappointing as this line worked really well in the last match.
I spend the rest of the match on the bloodworm line, catching small Roach and Perch. No more Skimmers show, much to my disappointment .
The scales arrive and I weigh in 4 kilos 100 grams Approximately 9 lbs. This is not enough to get me in the frame, but I have had a lovely days fishing yet again on the Stainy.