As I wait for my membership to the Northern branch of the Two Flask Club to come through, today of all days was one were 'two flasks' certainly would have been handy on a rock hard Carr Mill Dam. Having suffered the indignity of a blank on my last visit to the dam without a single bite, I was i'll admit a little apprehensive of pulling out something at the draw that I really didn't want today. Finally I was happy pulling out 148 on the wall were I'd took a few fish a couple
of weeks ago for 5th with 10lb odd. With our visiting black plague cruising all over and real chilly breeze cutting through us, we all we new from the off if was going to be a tough one with the flask's as always, at the ready. Opting for 50m Line and a throw away to my left at 40, my mix with caster, a bit of worm and a few dead red's was introduced with four feeder full's from the off. Noticing Ste Ward two to my right into a good fish but losing it gave us some hope of some nibbles but we soon settled to accept it was going to be tough after all. On the hour I took my first fish on maggot following that with two more in the next. Losing a fish after a few turns always plays havoc with ones head on days like this, especially a good one, but hey ho there's no point crying over it and worst it could have been a spilt flask! With no one believed to be catching on the sunnies with only one fish reported by two o'clock, I hadn't heard much on the wall and I was hopeful of doing ok with 7 skimmers with an hour to go. Jamie Cook next to me kept me on my toes putting 4 in the net and was always in it as well. With one more small skimmer in the last hour I new it was not to be as the walkers then informed us that Mark Tallon was catching bream in the trees to 2lb.
Now typically in 'Joe's world', getting much too familiar this feeling, I was asking myself again 'was I even going to even get a section? As the scales arrived with just 8 fish for 7lb, my weight was second on the wall to Mark Tallon's 11.10.0 on 158. Speaking to Paul McCarthy at two o'clock who had been biteless on the sunnies peg 89, a call on the all out confirmed he'd actually taken two small bream and five skimmers in the last 90 minutes weighing in 9.12.0. Overall if was an enjoyable day in great company. Jamie jogging on the spot to keep warm and usual the usual banter along a few bites Kept the mind off work anyway and as a bonus Jamie's 4.10.0 got in the frame in four with my 7lb getting in at third place. Macca took the creditable second with his 9.12.0 and winning Again was mark Tallons 11.10.0. Well done to him! Rivington tomorrow and I've still not got my second flask do I'm hoping I don't need it!