Great stalwart of Leicestershire angling is Rod Bream , who fished on numerous occasions with my club the Greenhill AC back in the 70/80's
I drew Peg 67 and to my left was the mighty Joff.
My peg and a target area for Bream ?
To my right is Ross
My station for the day
Todays Sunday lunch for the silvers.
What a day ! ......weather was awful and the wind was downstream and gusty and presentation was at a premium. Yes the first Soar masters proved to be a a real struggle for the majority as the weather played its part on a already clear water river .
I drew peg 67 which is about 7 pegs in to the right of Soar lane unfortunately i had overhanging branch so my scope for casting was diminished and the only chance of firing out the feeder required a 4 metres to the left cast , not deterred i set up 3 pole rigs
At 11m a Desque 2 gram to SENSAS Super Competition 0.14 and a 14's SENSAS 3410
also a Desque 1.5 gram to SENSAS 0.14 and a 14's 3410 hook ........ both for the Tench / Perch .
For finer fishing on the seed / maggot i chose a 1.0 gr Maurizio Schiepatti on 0.12/0.08 SENSAS Super competition line with a 3410 Sensas 18 and 20 later.
Next to me was Joff Woodgett and a £1 bet was on the table for the winner.
Start , and the wind came harder so undeterred i dropped 3 bait dropper missions with chop and caster at 11 m and then placed 5 casts on the feeder with SENSAS 3000 Feeder mix with chop / dead maggot and caster. I had 3 sharp bites in the first 5 minutes at 11m then had a small see-through Perch. The worm was bigger than its head ! Then the bites tailed of and i was soon on the feeder for 30 minutes and nothing !
Back onto the lighter rig and i took 3 see-through Perch and Roach , dire ! Joff took a small hybrid on the feeder and that was the highliite of the first 2 hours as the rest of the day was scratching my head thinking where the next fish will come from ? I carries on with hope of a bonus and that came just as the wind was gusting , i struck on a bite and it was a good firm fish but as i raised my pole the wind hit me and the line went slack as the fish was off after a few seconds . Returning the line found bream slime on the hook length , dam , the best chance i had !
My peg was full of lily pads to 4 metres out so a short whip was not good in this wind so i plumbed for a 6 m whip with a low under hand cast as i was limited with branches above. I took several see through bleak , roach and 2 bottle tops. So with an hour to go i found a spot just after the pads at 7 m and held it steady over a layer of chopped worm ...........nothing !
End of match and Martin Jacques has took our section with 2-1 next weight was Rod Bream with 1-8 , there was 1-7 , 1-3 , 0-12 , 0-10 , 0.4 ........pretty awful. Next section to our right had Brian Hull winning with 8lb plus and Adam Nurse with just over 6lb.
Onto top section Mr.'Loughborough' , Brian Hull took the section with two excellent Tench.
The miserly weights continued on our section.
SENSAS RIVER SOAR MASTERS -N0.2 12TH jULY..............................
Last of the rowers before commencement
The match was tough however the conditions determine how best to adapt and score with fish entering the next , whatever the size !
To my right was Mr.Cahill who ground baited hard at start of match and caught plenty of see-throughs and eyes but took a bonus plus Perch back up closer for a section win of 7-2.