Really looking forward to this, as some nice skimmers reside in Spring lake and it's the deepest lake at Viaduct, so was hopeful of a few. Not so hopeful when peg 12 stuck to my drawing hand, but maybe they will have moved round. Next to Andy Power on 11 and Steve Kedge on 16, so some quaility to test myself against.
I set up a waggler and several pole rigs, a double bulk - but I haven't had much success with that for a long time now - a rig to try and catch perch down to the pallet and rushes of 13.
Groundbait in at the start, 14m and a shorter line with just caster. Starting off on the caster line, there were roach to be caught, but too small, too slow and too far out. A switch to the waggler was the same, as was the GB line. The sun was the worst I have ever fished in for visibility, the ripple was making any colour of size of float impossible to see. I could see Andy's float and after I asked what he was using, a Preston peacock wih a hi viz insert, he kindly gave me one to try.
The edge seemed devoid of perch and the peg devoid of skimmers, as I could only catch roach on every line. Andy did have some shade from the island and caught a few skimmers on corn and waggler, but we were well off the pace of the top spots st the end which came from further up the lake. The fish just don't want to be the river end of the lakes at the moment.
That man Des winning from Middle lake.
1: Des Shipp 25.13 peg 32
2: Chris Davis 22.08 peg 3
3: Vince Brown 22.01 peg 4
3: Matt Parsons 22.01 peg 10