I have had awful wind problems this weekend, and for once it had nothing to do with a Jalfrezi on Friday night!
On Saturday I found myself on the windiest bank at Little John Lakes near Ollerton. I managed a few ide short before they backed off, followed by a brief run of carp on the tip and then bites stopped all together - I spent the rest of the day flitting between the two lines and putting the odd fish in my net, and managed a couple of lumps down the edge, but I wasn't catching anywhere near quickly enough to do any damage.
Meanwhile, Matt Godfrey on the other bank was catching a fish a chuck, fishing 17.5 metres shallow, and taking great pleasure in telling me how cold the back of his ears were!
The venue fished really well, and my 52lb ended up about 10th out of 23. I needed 80lb to frame, which I maybe could have caught had I stuck on the method feeder longer. Matt blitzed the match with 116lb, an awesome performance on the day.
I hoped I had exhausted my bad luck going into Sunday, but I somehow managed to draw with the wind in my face at a funny angle yet again. It was even worse than on Saturday, and I thought it too risky to even get the pole out of the bag. I fished short and long with the method feeder and ended up with the same weight as the day before- 52lb.
This put me fifth on Sunday, and given the conditions, I don’t think there is a lot else I could have done. We have our annual work DHP Cup on Wednesday at The Glebe near Leicester. I’m hoping the weather will be a bit kinder to me then, as I have so many side bets on the go I really can’t afford to blow out!