A shift of venue was the order of the day for the next phase of the South West Super League, we were on to the River Huntspill, it was to be pegged from Gold Corner upto the railway bridge.
The practice matches had fished ok, the odd good weight with lots of scratching around in most sections.
I had been drawn on peg 270, so had the northbound carriageway of the M5 for company all day.
This stretch of Withy Grove was famous for bream in years gone bye. I knew some pegs would have bream in them but everywhere could have been difficult.
I set up with a feeder rod long, a feeder rod half way and a pole line at 11m.
I mixed up my favourite mix of Sensas Lake and CrazyBait Gold 50/50 with chopped worm and squat.
On the whistle I fed 6 feeders full then popped on a hooklength and went over my bait. Within 15mins I had a decent skimmer in the net, I thought I was sat on a few fish.......I wasn't!!
After a few recasts I landed a 1lb+ eel and decided to look on my shorter feeder line, which produced nothing at all!!!
I looked over my pole line and first put-in had a tiny perch, as the day wore on I could see Adam Palmer and Andy Pritchard regularly catching further downstream of me. I couldn't buy a bite from any of my lines until 5mins from the end when a bootlace eel paid me a visit on my long line.
I ended up with nicely sunburnt arms and 3lb for my troubles which was good enough for 3 points in my section and helped the team to an overall victory on the day, given the lack of anglers visiting the river and the extremely hot temperatures we couldn't. have been more pleased as a team.
Sean Partridge caught bream and skimmers for 21lb 4oz which won his section and put him 4th overall, so I nice day for him, other team member faired equally well, the supremo of the
team Sam Johnson was 3rd in his section, Gary Cross won his section, Chris hook was 3rd in his section and Dom Sullivan also won his section! Ian Hudson and Don Sutherland also chipped in with valuable points to get us to our winning number of 52!
Roll on next Sunday!!!
Results on the day:
1st. Adam Palmer (Daiwa Gordon League) 41-1-0, bream and skimmers,
groundbait feeder, worm and maggot, peg 264
2nd. Darren Gilman (Maver Bathampton)
3rd. Andy Pritchard (Wilts Angling) 22-11-0
4th. Sean Partridge (Maver Cadbury
5th. Dave Micklewright (Daiwa Gordon League) 19-8-0
6th. Mike Owens
(Sensas Thyers) 16-13-0
1st. Maver Cadbury Angling 52
2nd. Daiwa Gordon League
3rd. Sensas Thyers 45; Lobbys 43
4th. Preston Innovations Thatchers 42
1st. Daiwa Gordon League 142
2nd. Sensas Thyers 137
3rd. Maver Cadbury
4th. Lobbys 130.5
5th. Preston Innovations Thatchers 127
6th. Cardiff Nomads