Winter League Winner - Mark Griffiths

After a productive summer’s fishing and some big bags of fish it’s that time of year again when the winter leagues all start to take place. My winter league campaign is at the popular Northants fishery Castle Ashby. Eight teams of 10 fish this league so it is a very high-profile competition in my area.
Sunday October the 6th was the first round of the league and after a few practice sessions our new-look team felt confident. When I say ‘new-look’ team I mean in the way of sponsorship. This year our team has Guru sponsorship, thanks to Andy Pell sorting a deal with Adam Rooney and all the lads at Guru. All the team received a very generous goody bag full of tackle and some clothing and the team now look like a serious outfit.
After a few team photos and a good old chinwag, it was time for the all-important draw, which we left in the safe hands of team captain Pelly. The draw put me in K section on the Brickyards Lakes better section. Much to my delight I drew peg 11, which is the end peg on the road side. It’s also a flier and a very good peg in the match, let alone the section.
The peg is very good for stockie carp and the odd bigger sample too. So the attack was to be simple…

1) Method to the far bank.
2) Chopped worm at 16m on the pole.
3) Left margin at 16m on the pole.

My method set up was a 24g X-Safe Method, connected to Guru 6lb Drag-line cast to the far bank. I managed five stockie carp on this in the first hour and a half on corn tucked in to a 50/50 mix of groundbait and micro pellets.
On my chopped worm line I fished a 4x12 Mick Wilkinson Steady, connected to 0.15mm N-Gauge, tied to a Kamasan B611 size 16 to 0.10mm. I managed one stockie carp and a few roach and perch. My left-hand margin line was fished down to a bush at 16m and the peg is a snag pit so the following gear was required: A Mick Wilkinson Margin float connected to 0.19mm N-Gauge, straight through to a size 16 Guru X-Strong Carp Spade. I fished corn and maggot over pellet and casters. On this line I managed nine stockie carp and two bigger carp that would have gone 17lb between them.
At the end of the Match I was pleased with my performance and I weighed a total of 41lb 5oz. I won my lake and section and ended up 3rd overall. However, 44lb 4oz won the match and 41lb 14oz was second. I was a little gutted to just miss the chance of a win but 3rd in an 80 pegger is a good result for round one… roll on round two!