Silver Success – Jamie Rich

For my latest match I headed to Summerhayes Fisheries in Bridgwater and the match was on Longs lake which holds a good head of carp along with skimmers, tench, crucians and roach. I like to fish for the silvers and was a bit disappointed when I drew peg 39, which is a very carpy corner, my mood improved a bit when the owner said he’d had the top silvers weight in the previous match with 11lb 13oz from peg 38 so at least there were a few in the area.

I set up a 10 x 11 MW F1 Slim for three lines at 10 metres and a 5 metre line and a 0.3 gram NG Mini Gimp for fishing top two plus one to my right. On the side tray I had 4mm Bait-Tech Xpands for the hook and for feed I had 2mm Carp and Coarse Pellets that I’d soaked the night before using water with a healthy glug of Liquid Plum added. I also mixed up a little groundbait to feed on the left hand ten metre line.

On the whistle I cupped in micros on the inside, five metres and at ten metres straight out and to the right and then two balls of groundbait on the left hand line before starting on the inside. I gave it ten minutes but with no indications I soon picked up the other rig and went out on the middle ten metre line. I had to wait a little while for my first bite here and then of course missed it, next chuck I had a 3oz skimbob to get me off the mark and then hooked a better fish which I knew wasn’t a carp and slipped the net under a nice tench around the pound mark.

The next bite resulted in lots of elastic coming out and I thought I’d hooked my first carp but it turned out to be a decent skimmer foul hooked in the wing, no more indications so I switched to the right hand line and had two good skimmers in quick succession followed by a small one and then one of 8oz or so and as the first hour drew to a close, I already had 4.5lb of silvers in the net.

I had another little skimbob at the start of the second hour but then nothing for ten minutes so I tried the groundbait line for the first time but the float just sat there, I kept trying the other two longer lines but the only indication I had resulted in a foul hooked carp which wasn’t on long. I’d been dripping in a few micros on the five metre line every time I shipped out and wanted to leave it as long as possible before fishing it but I had to do something so cupped in some more feed on the three longer lines before trying the shorter line for the first time.

It took a while to get a bite but when the float sailed away a small skimmer wasn’t the result I was hoping for, another followed and I was just thinking I was going nowhere fast with fish of this stamp when the next bite saw me hook a good fish which turned out to be a gorgeous golden tench around the pound mark. My next two fish were skimmers about 8oz apiece followed by a few more blades and a couple of small roach but bites were fading and it looked like it was going to be a case of nicking a couple of fish before moving swims.

I was just about to rest the line when the float disappeared from view and I hooked a fish which I knew was either another tench or a crucian, sure enough a nice little crucian popped up and then the hook pulled out! I then hooked a fish which I thought was a good skimmer but then it woke up and turned into a carp so it was definitely time to try the other lines again.

The top two plus one line was still a waste of time so it was back out to the middle ten metre line and it was slow going but I had a few more small skimbobs and out of the blue had another around 12oz before having to switch lines again. On the right hand line I hooked a flying skimmer and it was a good fish, probably 1.5lb and things got even better when I had it’s twin next put in. I thought I probably had 9-10lb of silvers and there was still an hour and a half of the match left.

I had another go over the groundbait but never had a bite there so came back to five metres and started getting some small roach and skimmers but it wasn’t the grandstand finish I’d hoped for, I did bump what felt like a better fish but I also had three carp in the last period of the match. I ended up with 27 skimmers and those tench plus around a dozen roach and those four carp.

I packed up and went to watch the weigh in, there were some decent weights of carp with 86lb 8oz leading the way but the top silvers weight was 6lb 15oz and I hoped I had a little more than that. I was last to weigh and was slightly off with my estimate as my weight was called at 13lb 12oz, I didn’t see any point in weighing my carp and back at the results my first silvers win of the year was confirmed, what a lovely days fishing!

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