The river soar winter league started and myself and recruit to Midlands angling supplies John Kilby took time to study and observe several sections of the days competition. We started at the Navigation section on the pub side and later visited the 1860 length .
First angler to show was Kev Hales of Maver on peg 9 on his own with 60 yards to the next man and 500 yards to the pub ……superb end peg however its only 13m wide so frequency of boat traffic might tell .
Rob in a 'finding clear area' exercise in peg 8
Robs rod delivered from his van via Phil ….anything to help the days events
Our man Dave Mawby on peg 1 surveying the field of thirsty cows , the peg is the watering hole for them . Note how muddy the peg is due to the constant use by the cows breaking down the bank . Platform and good boots are essential here.
Joe Roberts on first peg 1 about 16m wide he was fishing about 11m holding back and running thro on a 0.5gr float fishing light. Finished 2nd with 6100gr
Next peg was Stan Piecha of the Bennets team who at first told me to step back from 8metres away and did not realise i was bank running for the team . (Think we have a communication issue in the team) Had he really forgot me from all those days at Burton on Trent many years ago plus the one day next to each other on the 3rd Soar masters ? Need new glasses Stan .
Stan was catching steady on the punch , maybe a roller next time mate ?
Editor of one of Englands leading periodicals was showing the way with this Perch caught at 14m to the far side.
Kev was catching steady and later realised 2nd place in section with 4.610gr
SUTTON BONNINGTON PEGS 43 TO 51
Vince Callaghan of Bennets ( MAS ) Worming heavy to get that elusive Big-Bonus.
SUTTON BONNINGTON PEGS 1 to 8 , 10
SUTTON BONNINGTON section 43-51 , weighing in time , Bennets are the days scale men
Dave Petch with a few nice specimens
Winning weight from the 'grinder' by 50 gr on Dave with 3750gr.
TODAYS OBSERVATIONS ON 'NAVIGATION' PUB AND 1860 SECTIONS.
PUB: Well spaced out pegs on the pub section but this is entirely due to the availability of gaps in the bank side vegetation . One large weight on a known Bream peg and the rest have yet to be discovered properly but they faired better than some on Sutton Bonnington for instance .
Think this section will get better and better as winter sets in
I reckon you could have had another section in the field up to the foot bridge which must have been a killer to get across however once there on pegs 8 and 9 it threw up a 5 and 6LB weight . We counted 13 spare peg positions so it could be possible to get 2 sections down there ?
Would these pegs produce when it gets really cold ?
NAVIGATION - PUB SIDE
Parking is next to the pub however you are best suited to drive about 300 yards down the road towards the A6 on on a first left bend there is ample parking for several cars. walk up the road about 50 yards and go thro the gate into the field where 7 of the 9 pegs are. (pegs 2 to 8).
Peg 1 - About 25m wide , about 7-9 deep at 13m , pole and feeder tactics .
Bank is poor and good boots and platform are needed as you sit in the cow watering hole.
Peg 2 - is about 75 yards from peg 2 on the fence , very wide about 30m . Depths about 8ft other parts a little deeper.
Pegs 3,4,5,6 - About the same as peg 2 and platform good boots are required.
Peg 7 - is very weedy at 6-10 metres .
Peg 8 - Wide , weedy close in and at 4-10metres , deep far side on bend .
Peg 9 - Is about 60 yards over the weir footbridge from peg 8 and has a 50 yard stretch to its self. Very narrow , possible to reach far side with 11-13metres.
NAVIGATION - 1860 SIDE
Parking is provided thro' the gate on opposite side to the pub . Parking only allowed down to the 1860 bridge.
Peg 1 , 2 - Approx. 15-17m wide , good pace in the water , depths about 5-7'
Peg 3 Just after the 1860 bridge , wider at about 20 metres - 6 ' deep good bank for box
Pegs 4,5,6,7 - Approx.15-20m wide , variable depths 5-7' . Platforms ,good boots required
Pegs 8,9 - about 120 yards past peg 7 over the footbridge , could be very difficult with a trolley , try and travel light. Banks narrow (canal style) but good for boxes . 14-16m wide and about 6-9 deep.
SUTTON BONNINGTON PEGS 1-8,10
Good area but really could do with the pegs going every other one to . Would suggest 1 , 3 , 5 , 7, 10 ,12 ,14 , 16 ,18 as to give everyone a slightly better chance to draw on fish instead of leaving a known peg 50 yards on its own with all the soar after that free of anglers until you get to peg 43
Average depth is about 7-8 some a little shallower and some up to 9ft . When water is on a far side feeder works well as proven in the Soar masters qualifier with some 8-11 kilos weights in that section.
SUTTON BONNINGTON PEGS 43 TO 51
definitely spread the pegs out but keep the rushes pegs in as 49 , 50 . 51 and add 52. Then spread the pegs towards the low numbers , say 47 , 45 , 43 , 41 ,39
Next time i hope to cover the other Sutton Bonnington section and also onto all the other sections . The day was long as we started at 09:30 and was at the weigh in at Sutton at 16:00 PM