I set up a 14ft float rod with .5g pole float to 3.2lb bottom and single white maggot and listened to the football in peace and quiet whilst not wearing a single item of thermal underwear. Bliss.
I caught Roach from the off and weighed them in (from my landing net) every every half hour. I didn't bring a keep net as I wasn't sure if they were allowed however the owner said he would have preferred that to his fish having even a short stay in my landing net.
In addition to roach I caught skimmers, hybrids, perch and rudd - all of which were excluded from the weigh-in's.
I had to 'sew-up' three holes in my landing net as not only were some fish escaping but others got stuck.
I ended up with 6lbs 11ozs of roach. Enough for a point in this years competition.
This gudgeon was the first I've caught in ages. I love gudgeon.
The roach were picking the maggots up off the bottom. I was laying on about three inches.
The rain came in about five o'clock and it was noticeable how the bites dropped off whilst it fell. I was fishing in three feet of water and so I presume the fish didn't take kindly to the assault on their lateral lines. Once it had passed by six o'clock things returned to a bite a chuck.
The weigh-in weights were: 1lb 3oz, 1lb 4oz, 1lb 6oz, (then the rain came) 13oz, 13oz, (then it stopped) 1lb 4oz.
Here's the scores on the doors tonight: