Early carp and barbel builds good lead on Blundell's Fishery

Predicting the form of fisheries after a thaw can always be a risky business and Lee Addy pinned a lot of faith in his choice for this rover, not knowing how it would perform, as it had been out of action for a good few weeks thanks to the ice over Christmas and New Year.

However, knowledge of the venue went a long way to helping his decision, knowing peg 51 on the Ash Pool is a decent winter area, and his hunch was proved right as the Drennan NW man plundered a winning 32-4-0 from it to pick up a tidy £100 for his troubles.

“The peg hadn’t been fished for a long time with the ice so I was taking a bit of a chance as you always do on a rover,” Lee explained. “I kicked off on the waggler and bomb, feeding nothing and casting to different parts of the peg looking for indications and trying to find the fish.

“I actually caught two 3lb carp in the first 20 minutes on single maggot and after an hour I’d got four carp and a small barbel.

“After that it was out on the pole at 16m fishing to the shallow bar that this peg has and by feeding to my bites and potting in red maggots as and when needed, I finished with 18 ide to 1lb 8oz on single red maggot and lost a few as well. Ide are not the best fish for staying on the hook!”