The Beukers canal was the venue for our second match. Here we fished on the opposite bank to where matches are usually fished due to the strong North Easterly wind.
I've fished the Beukers canal before, and there is a good head of fish present.
I checked the depth with my Deeper Sonar - this gives the guys a heads-up on how long their rigs need to be, e.g. top 3, top 4, etc. In the sonar image above, you can see a lot of small fish in yellow. The water was 11°C.
With top 3's needed for me (my top 3 is 4.5 m long) I set up three pole kits for the day. I also have the licence for 3 rods even though I only use one top kit at a time. Stupid rule.
I set up 3 pole rigs, a 4x16 Chianti, a 1.25 g Preston Inter Carbon and a 1.5 g Preston Power. The Inter Carbon had a tapered string of 5 number 10 stotz to a size 18 N20 hook. The Power was bulk down with two number 9 droppers to a size 16 N20 hook.
As it turned out, I caught 95% of my fish on the Inter Carbon rig today. The fish wanted a slow fall in the last 30-40 cm of water.
I topped up regularly with a ball of groundbait full of bait - most importantly chopped-worm, but also casters and dead pinkies/maggots.
I had a better size of Skimmers in my catch which I am sure is because I put much more chopped worm in my groundbait than the others did - it's a theory anyway.
With a win today, I went to the top of the leaderboard just 2 lb 8 oz ahead of Roger.