Festival Win for Pemb - Pemb Wrighting

New Guru recruit, Pemb Wrighting, reveals the tactics that helped him secure a big win in a two-day festival at Gold Valley.

“Thirty-one keen anglers lined up for the two-day Gold Valley silver fish festival at the weekend. It’s a venue I’ve done a few sessions on recently and one I always go to when the temperature drops. On the first day I drew peg 16. It’s normally a good area for bream and carp, which unfortunately don’t count. Whilst setting up, I saw ten carp top all round the swim and I knew this would cause problems through the day with them being around. I fed a pole line at 14.5m and a free-running feeder set-up, to keep my options and not put all my eggs in one basket.
It tuned out that the pole line was slow and the feeder was the winning method. I was catching skimmers in bursts of twos and threes, which was until the carp came in and upset the peg for a while. I ended the first day with 16lb 8oz, enough to win my section. The overall event was being decided on weight, and with the winner having 21lb; I was still in the race for the second day.

Day two came and everyone had their idea of where they wanted to be. I drew peg 28, which was an end peg, but with only 3lb coming off it the day before, I feared the worst. I stuck to the same tactics as the first day, and had a similar start on the feeder. Just when I felt that I had the skimmers feeding nicely, a carp would come along and spoil the fun. Halfway through the match, the carp seemed to move on and I didn’t receive another bite. That allowed me to line the skimmers up for much longer spells and the action came thick and fast.

I ended up with 29lb 6oz, which was enough to win the second day. Andy Ryan, who had won the first day, had caught well again so it was going to be tight for the overall placing. I had luck on my side this time, winning the festival by around a pound. I had a skimmer last cast, so it looks like it was meant to be.”