I decided to fish 2 lines with one at 7m and the other at 9m and this one put me to within a foot of the far bank reeds. Both rigs used Drennan Pinkie floats with the 7m line 4ft deep I used a 4x12 with a small bulk and 2 droppers and the 9m line was about 2ft deep and I used a 4x8 with 3 No 12 shot spread out. To both rigs I attached size 22 Mustard wide gape match hooks for fishing either Squatts or Pinkies. I also set up a stronger 3rd rig to fish over the 7m line for any bonus fish that may turn up over the groundbait as a Tench or Bream could not be ruled out.
I started by cupping in 2 balls of groundbait containing a few Squats, Pinkies and a few Casters at 7m and cupped in 1/2 a cup of groundbait soup at 9m.
Graham sitting above me had decided to start on Punch and also set his main line at bout 7m with another rig for a section further across, he cupped in liquidised bread at 7m and flicked a few grains of Hemp at the far line.
It was a good 20 minutes before we got our first bite with me missing mine and Graham catching a small Roach. I soon got a few fish coming to double Squat with Graham struggling for bites, on about an hour I had had about 15 small fish and then it became apparent why Graham hadn't been getting bites as he hooked a small Bream of a couple of pounds. This was followed a few minutes later by another of about 3 1/2lb so with this I cupped in another ball of grounbait just in case they moved downstream towards me. I gave it 15 minutes and with Graham starting to catch small fish again I thought I would have a look and see if they had moved down to me and slipped a small red worm and a caster onto the stronger rig. Well ten minutes passed without a sniff so I put a couple of Red maggots on and gave it a few more minute unfortunately without success.
Any way I carried on at 7m for the next couple of hours catching a few then nothing for a while and loose feeding Squatts with the overspray dripping onto the 9m line until it tailed off to nothing. Looking at Graham he was experiencing a similar pattern although he did keep trying his far line and then dropping back to the nearer line.
I finished the last hour at 9m and although the fish where only small I did manage to up the catch rate and keep myself interested. I ended the session with 54 small Roach and Skimmers for about 1 1/2lb and Graham had a similar number of small fish plus his 2 bonus Bream which gave him about 6 1/2lb, the angler below me had struggled and caught less fish than me for about 1lb.