It was a beautiful sunny day with the sun overhead so it was going to be hot and the fishing difficult.
After breakfast I drew High Pool and peg 9, now believe it or not despite me becoming a regular at Woodlands in the last 9 months I was yet to fish high pool.
On getting to my peg the chap to my left on 7 wasnt very optamistic about our chances and said it wasn't the best of areas at the moment. There was plenty of sih about however put they were cruisers and didnt look like they were feeding in the Sun.
The rigs I set up on the day were the edge rig which I plumbed up to the platform to my left, a shallow rig, the normal 2+2 and a pellet waggler.
I started on the pellet wag, but didnt have a propper bite, I lost 2 fish that were fould hooked so didnt spend a lot of time messing around on this as it was pretty evident that it wasn't going to bear fruit.
I went on the shallow rig then on the pole and did a bit of mugging, which did work and although it wasnt fast and furous a few fish were ending up hooked correctly and in the net.
The 2+2 line didnt really work either as this only resulted in a few skimmers, so I decided to carry on shallow and then fish the edge line on the last hour.
This was definitley the right attack as with most of the lake quiet I was slowley getting some fish. The last hour I fished corn down the edge and added a few more Carp to my shallow fish for what I thought was a respectible contribution to the match.
I ended up 2nd in the match with 58lb, the match being won with 85lb on the opposite bank. I was pleased with that as dont think there were really enough chances to get nearer to the 85lb on a boiling hot day with a scorching sun overhead.
1st C Vallender (Gloucester) High 35 85lb 0oz
2nd I Swanson (Browning) High 9 58lb-0oz
3rd I Wheeldon (Gloucester) High 17 52lb-02
4th A Kent (Gloucester) High 14 49lb 08oz