Ringer Secures Weekend Double - Steve Ringer

Well, it was a great weekend for me, starting off on Saturday with the open on the Engine Pool at Earlswood. I drew peg 76, which is in a good area and to cut a long story short I opted for an all-out pellet waggler attack, setting two rods up to fish at different depths. This proved a wise decision, as I managed to land 19 carp for 224lb 5oz and a win. Interestingly, I caught most fish at 4ft deep even though a lot of my bites came on the drop. Several times I switched to 2ft and really struggled for a bite as a result.

Sunday saw me heading off to my favourite venue in the form of Ferry meadows near Peterborough and the regular Sunday open. At the draw bag I pulled out peg 66 on Gunwade, which I have to be honest and say I didn’t really fancy, as it’s right by the river mouth, which as I’m sure you can imagine after all the rain we have had was hammering in. Anyway, I needn’t have worried as after a biteless opening hour I went on to put 13 bream, plus a few skimmers, in the net for a match-winning 96lb 14oz. In terms of approach, most of my bream fell for two bits of hair-rigged worm fished on a size 14 Guru MWG barbed. Hair rigging worms is something I do a lot for bream, as it means the chances of the worm doubling over the hook point are largely eliminated. To hair-rig worms I simply tie a Speed Stop in the place of the normal hair loop and push this inside and through the worm where the stop then holds it in place. It can be a bit fiddly at first but once you get the hang of it, it’s extremely effective, as my result shows.