It really made a pleasant change to motor down to Bridgwater with the prospect of a fine sunny day ahead, not something we've had too much of recently. The Sedges Autumn League is a 6 match series, two on the Canal Lake, two each on Tile and Brick Lakes. It was the turn of the Canal Lake this time which does not contain large carp but rather a mixture of smaller species including chub and barbel.
Lordy drew peg 44 next to owner Jamie Cook on 45. He fished at 13m with the Drennan Acolyte Carp pole, a Drennan crystal dibber and 0.13 line to a size 16 Drennan carp feeder hook to nylon. Caster and worm were the preferred bait. A small skimmer bream right at the start was followed about 40 minutes later by an eel of about 1lb. It took another 40 minutes before Lordy hooked his first carp of the day, only to see it escape when his landing net became detached from the handle! Jamie in the meantime had not had a bite!
Eventually the peg became more productive but it remained hard work to keep the fish there. Lordy ended up with 6 carp, 2 barbel several skimmer bream, a perch and an eel for a total of 22lb. This gave him second place on the day with John Fuidge from Thornbury winning it with 23lb 5oz. Both him and Lordy won their league sections.
The next match is on Sunday 13th September on Brick Lake which should produce larger weights and involve an altogether different style of fishing. We shall see!
Oh, and if you're thinking the M5 would be clear now that the holidays are over, think again. It took two and a half hours to get home!!