Nick Owen at Alvechurch Fisheries

Published 13 May 2019

Yesterday was the 1st match this year for club 20 and Alvechurch Fishery was the venue. What a cracking, well looked after fishery, it is as well. We were on Canal pool and as I had never been here before I didn't have a clue on baits methods or stamp of fish. So at the draw bag peg 6 stuck to my hand when i arrived at my peg it was half way down the left hand straight very much the same as any other peg on the straights but with the end pegs being on the corners and a very good angler in club 20 chairman Paul Douglas drawing one of them we was always up against it.

So at the all in I knew I needed a flying start so thinking a little outside the box and predicting everyone would go straight out to the island which is about 14m away I started in my left hand margin, with my kinder pot full of well soaked micros and a juicy piece of corn on the hook I dropped in as accurately as I could setting my trap...Within 5 minutes the float shot under and my elastic ripped out but after turning the fish pulled the calmly back in. I went repeating the process..5 minutes later bang same thing again...but the hook pulled again... So staying positive I changed the way I hooked the corn and went in again...after 10 minutes nothing.. So I fed again and straight away I was into and landed a nice 4lb mirror.. Brilliant I thought if it stays like this and I rotate my swims I could be in with a chance but this wasn't to be the case for some reason I really struggled to hold fish in 1 swim for any period of time.

After 2.5 hours I only had 25lb in. The net a mixture of 2 carp, barbel and ide...after seeing Paul start to catch well shallow on caster I thought I need to set my stall out and concentrate on 2 swims so I ditched my swim against the island as this wasn't really producing and a pellet shallow line down the track and I concentrated on my margin and top kit line both fed with really wet micros margin with corn and top kit with expander pellet. Top kit line produced a few more barbel and 1 carp..but the margin line was still a bit shy... so in. The last hour and needing a few carp to stand a chance of framing I decided to up the feed so 2 handfuls of micros followed by my rig...this seemed to be the way forward as I landed 5 carp and 3 barbel in the last hour which put me in with a chance of being in the money. With 47lb on my clicker I knew I had under estimated a little. With the scales on there way round Paul had weighed in 1st and he put 70 odd lb on the scales which I knew wouldn't be threatened certainly not by me... I put 54lb10oz on the scales which snook me 2nd which I was happily surprised about. All in all a good day but there is quite a bit I will do different on my return... As always with club 20 the presentation of the big fish Nemo to the person who finishes with the lowest weight and can only be won by an angler once in the year goes to Bud on the left of the picture (who cant play golf either) lastly a massive well done to the youngest member of club 20 Zain for smashing his match PB with 28lb 2oz keep it up mate 🏻