Hi to all, we fished the Malcolm Barker Lake with the Weds club. It was a very hot day shirt sleeves from the start and plenty of sun cream. I drew peg 7 not a bad area but very weedy as I soon found out. The top 3 pegs went to good anglers so I was in it for the pleasure. Started off with two lines both at 10 meters : 1 at 11 o'clock; and the other by the side of the weed at 2 o'clock. I cupped in red maggot and groundbait on one line and corn and micro pellet on the other as these were going to be my hook bait for tench.
Didn't bring a waggler rod with me - my mistake there was carp patrolling everywhere. I started pulling the odd roach - very small and the bites were were very slight - then about 11 ish had my first tench. As I suspected straight in the weed and lost it - the air was blue to say the least. This was stupid fishing light elastic with so many obstacles down there so changed up to a 12 elastic. Got another tench on and this time I was able to coach him out. It was about 4 lb then nothing till about 1 hour to the finish I got another one on my 11 o'clock line. Again about 4lb. Then with 15 mins to go had a third for a 1 lb. I was pleased with my catch but couldn't see anybody on the favoured pegs so had no idea how I had done compared to them. I ended up with 9lbs 5oz for first place 2 wins in a row. It's the last match in our season next Weds hoping for a good draw
First place Phil Whitmill with 9lbs 4oz, 2nd Peter Green with 5lbs 6oz, 3rd Jeff Pearson with 2lbs 8 oz and 4th Tony Parker with 2lbs 1 oz.
It was nice to be back on the Barker Lake after a long shut down. Yesterday we added a good friend and fishing buddy to our roll he will be missed but not forgotten.