Monday, 15 January 2018

Sunday 14th January - Bristol Commercial House League, Final Round, Kennet and Avon Canal Bath to Claverton

I think I speak on behalf of all the anglers that took part in this League when I say a massive thanks to Mike and Nicola Goodhind, Vince Lunn and all those who pegged out in order to make this League happen. Your time and effort before, during and after the match does not go unnoticed and it is very much appreciated. Thanks must also go to the Crown Pub in Keynsham for their hospitality, they have been brilliant.

So onto the final round........
Our bloodworm and joker for the previous weeks match was ordered through Tim Ford and Ian Pauly but after the match we were not aware if anyone locally was putting in an order for anyone who wanted it as Tim was not fishing the final round. I suggested we try putting an order through ''Taffy'' at the Bolton Angling Centre. The Team left it to me and on the Monday I spoke to ''Taffy'' who gave me a good price including a courier fee, he scrapes his own bloodworm. Order was placed and it duly arrived Friday morning in tip top condition and we will certainly use him again.

One Team member change this week due to Sam being on call. Team as follows:
Chris Hook
Ivan Currie
Jack Jones
Leigh Wakefield
Lewis Walker
Steve Hutchinson

I was up at 06:00 as I had to sort the team bait out plus unbox and load a Maver order which I picked up from Cadbury Angling for Leigh.
Arriving at the Crown in plenty of time I sat with the Sensas Nomads guys until the rest of the team arrived. Young star Andrew Cranston had pegged out the day before and there were a couple of different sections in compared to the previous week. A guide to the pegging was provided so well done to him.

The two changes were a section at Darlington Wharf and two out towards Claverton. Most agreed about Darlington (B Sect) but as the canal is not fished much out towards Claverton (E & F Sect) there was mixed views.
Leigh and I had a short practice session during the week (3 hours) at Meadow Farm and it was hard, I had around 2lb and Leigh 1lb but we tried a couple of different things and were able to discount an approach we thought would give us a few more fish.

Draw done and I found myself on C4 one peg away from the same as I had last week but the other side of a bridge, Leigh was also in the same section (B) he had and on the other side of the bridge.
Chris was at Darlington, Lewis (D), Steve (E) and Jack (F).
Fishing today was 10:30 - 15:30 due to the long drives and walk out at Claverton.

I got to my peg in plenty of time and it was just at the end of a mooring station. There was one boat moored up towards my peg on my left and not enough room for another so happy days I thought. It was all natural bank to my right. Next to me was Sensas Nomads angler Paul Rigby, above him was Vince Lunn (Mosella Bathampton) and above him a Thatchers Angler who came in from the opposite end and I couldn't really see him. I knew this section had fished rock hard the previous week with a couple of anglers ending up walking the bank!

No real features in the peg but a nice reed bed across. 3 rigs today, 0.4grm pencil float for down the track left and right, 0.9 fluro hook length to a tubertini 18 bulk shotted with two number 10 droppers, 0.4 grm choppy for the bottom of the far shelf left and right again bulk shotted with two droppers to 0.9 fluro and a drennan 22. Another far shelf rig by way of a 0.3 grm float shirt button style to 0.9 fluro and a drennan 20. This latter rig to be used when the canal was still and after drip feeding joker.
I did plumb up the near shelf but it was full of rubbish and very clear so discounted that.
I planned to fish bread down the track to my right, pinkie or worm over choppy and caster down the track to my left, bloodworm over joker left and right bottom of far shelf and leave the bottom of the far shelf alone at 12:00 until later in the match.

When the guy in the boat next to me opened his door just before the match started a cloud of strong smelling wacky baccy came drifting over me which would have been more than enough to fail a drugs test at the end of the match!!
He also told me he would be moving off (away from me later on).

I shouted the ''all in'' and fed two pot of bread and then proceed to put one pot of feed on my other three chosen lines.
Starting off on the bread line with a 6mm punch I had a sail away bite straight away and missed it. next put in a small blade roach was swung in. Over the next 20 minutes I caught around 4 small fish but it wasn't doing it for me. I did give it another 10 minutes but nothing. 
Paul above me was clearly struggling as I hadn't seen him catch. 
Rather than put on a bloodworm I went across to my left with a fluro pinkie and it was not long before I had a dumpy roach. Sticking with the pinkie I had a few more as well as a 10oz hybrid. The bites stopped on this line so I topped up with a little joker and went on to my far right hand line with double bloodworm. I added a few more roach and a perch before the bites tailed off so topped up again.
At 1.5 hours in I was happy the way things were going.
I tried a piece of bread punch on my lighter far bank rig to my left and the float sailed away and another roach came to hand (dobbing for roach). I did have one more on this method and approach.
A look now and then over the chopped worm and caster line down the track did produce a couple of small perch but it was ages until you got a bite and I felt it wasn't worth the wait. 
Nicola Goodhind came walking past and said quite a few were struggling but some were admitting to 2lb ish. 

The boat beside me went off nice and gently and did not cause me any problems. I kept nicking the odd fish across left and right until the second boat went through and the bits slowed. It also began to get a lot colder. I potted in a very small amount of joker across directly opposite me for the first time and went over it straight away with a small piece of dendra tail. This was on my light rig and it had just settled when the float sailed away and a dumpy roach was netted. 
Vince came walking past me with all his gear on the trolley, he had had enough, only 2 small fish and the Thatchers angler was in a similar position.

The last hour produced the odd small fish, I did try the bread again late but nothing. 

I had the board and Paul had the scales but we didn't need to weigh in the anglers above us, Vince had gone early and the Thatchers guy went off without saying anything.

Paul weighed 13oz, my net went 2lb 7oz 8drms.

my catch today, sorry bit blurred for some reason

I was happy with that weight from a hard area. The other side of the bridge did fish better with Nigel Wyatt weighing 3lb 110z to win B Div Section and Martin Barrett with 5lb odd to win A Div Section.

'C' Section A & B Div board

I was happy with my 3 points from 4.

Darren and Martin caught a lot of fish short i believe.

Back at the pub it was soon apparent we had done well again as a team.
Chris and Lewis won their sections and Steve had 7lb plus for joint 3rd on the day overall.

Team sheet as follows.......

Section weights today were (some by default) .........

          A Div                    B Div
  A     4lb 11oz                5lb 14oz
  B     7lb 9oz                  4lb 15oz (Chris)
  C     5lb 0oz 8drm         3lb 11oz
  D     6lb 4oz                  2lb 6oz (Lewis)
  E     6lb                         5lb 12oz
  F     2lb 12oz                 7lb 9oz

Top 3 on the day
1st    Paul Purchase 13lb 1oz 270 roach and a couple of skimmers on the bread E Sect
2nd   Nicky Johns 9lb 13oz
3rd joint Steve Hutchinson and Steve Skelton 7lb 13oz

Teams on the day

          A Div                                         B Div
1st     Mosella Bathampton A              Maver Cadbury Angling
2nd    P I Thatchers B                          M & N Electrical 
3rd     Mosella Bathampton B             Sensas Nomads
4th     D W Builders                             Stand and Deliver Promotions
5th     P I Thatchers A

Final League positions

          A Div                                          B Div
1st     P I Thatchers B                           Maver Cadbury Angling (A Div next year)
2nd    Mosella Bathampton A              M & N Electrical
3rd     Mosella Bathampton B              Sensas Nomads
4th     P I Thatchers A                          Stand and Deliver Promotions
5th     DW Builders (B Div next year)

Knock out winner
Martin Barrett

Individual winner on weight
Martin Barrett

Biggest fish of the series
7lb 6oz bream

Well thats it A Div next year for us, we have a more stable team now so lets hope we do well. In this series of matches we won our Div 5 times and came 2nd on the other.

As a team our next event will be the Gloucester Canal Spring League.

Not sure were my next match is....Tone?

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Sunday 7th January - Bristol Commercial House League Round 5 Kennet and Avon Canal, Bath to Bathampton.

As I sorted the van out at 06:40 the temperature was 1 degree, there was only a light frost on the windscreen but there was a cutting breeze. I was soon on my way to the Crown Inn at Keysham for a big breakfast which would keep me fuelled up for the day ahead. I got to the pub around 07:20 and there was quite a few anglers already there tucking in.

Team today was ......
Chris Hook (capt)
Sam Johnson
Jack Jones
Leigh Wakefield
Steve Hutchinson

This would be our first match as a Team since mid November, we were leading the league in B Division having had 3 wins and a second and have usually done OK on the canal. Bloodworm and joker was ordered via Tim Ford and being brought to the draw by Ian Pauley. Ian was running late due to a slow puncture so the draw was put back 15 minutes and fishing 10:15 - 15:15.
Chris done the draw and came back with peg 5. I found myself in C section which was at Meadow Farm downstream of Bathampton Village. I had been out there last winter and did not do any good, but it was colder then believe it or not. Still with a match pack of blood worm and joker (thank you Tim and Ian) I headed off full of optimism.

After 10 miles or so I was parked up and soon heading down the hill with the trolley and my peg was right of the bridge at the end. C4 was just downstream of the bridge, a noted good peg and mine was about 4 boat moorings past it. Below me was Nicky Goodhind on C6 who helps run the league with hubby Mike.
As I was setting up Nicky came up and asked if I could take a tree branch out of her margin as she had no boots. I obliged and while I was there set her box up a bit lower to the water to get her off the towpath.
I just needed to set up two rigs today, a 0.4 gram pencil float for down the track where is was about 4' deep with an 18 to 0.09 for initially fishing punch over liquidised bread.  Across it was about 3' deep at the bottom of the slope going up to the shelf. A 0.3 gram choppy float was spot on for this with a 20 to 0.10. The same rig and depth was also OK for my nearside bottom of the shelf.

On the ''all in'' I cupped in two balls of bread and fed to lines across with joker, a few casters and a bit of chopped worm were put in by the boat to my right.
Starting of on a piece of 7mm punch in the hope of a skimmer picking it up soon became a nightmare as the sun came round and blinded me. I could not see the float at all. Pulling the peak on the cap right down and squinting I did pick up a bite about 15 mins in and after feeding another pot of bread. It was a very small roach but happy days blank avoided. I think I saw Nicky swing on in as well. The wind got up and with the sun against there ripple I had to give up on that line for the moment.

Double blood worm fished across to my left brought an instant bite and it was a small perch. A few more followed but it was hard to present the bait due to the wind and the skim on the surface. Fishing a few inched over depth just caught leaves and weed.  I persevered and kept putting the odd fish in the net, nothing big but very welcome. 
I am not familiar with fishing blood worm and joker so was feeling my way through the day feeding a little as a top up in damp leam. The bites dried up on my far left hand line and as the sun had gone around I was able to see the float when I went across directly in front of me. A few decent roach soon came and then a boat went through which seemed to disperse them. Another little ball of joker and a look on my nearside line, nothing after 15 minutes.
A look on my far left hand line produced a good bite and I bumped the fish, it felt like a tidy perch. 

Not sure what time it was but team mate Leigh rang me, he had not had a bite nor the angler next to him. He was in Richardson's turning bay with a lot of water to go at.
Other than giving him the phone number for the Samaritans I simply said,,,, pick two lines which are comfortable for you and stick at it.

Rich Lacey came walking down from the other side of the bridge and reported they were all struggling. He carried on walking down the section and when he came back up said the guys below me were also finding it hard. This gave me a bit more hope and focus.

I had a real good spell catching roach and perch on both the far lines, single or double bloodworm but it was a pain breaking the pole down 3 times to avoid all the walkers and cyclists behind me. 

Rich came walking along for another warm up and not much had changed so I thought I was doing well compared to the others although Rich said Mike Withey on C4 was admitting to 3lb ish.

15:15 came around quick and I packed up as well as helping Nicky get her box out of the water. The scales came my way and the best was Mike on C4 who had tried the bread again late snaring a skimmer in the process, he had 5lb plus. I knew I didn't have that but was pleased with the 3lb 5oz.

My catch

I followed the scales down to Kevin Blotz who was also in my B Div Section. Kev weighed 12oz so I had 3 points from 4 and second in the A and B Div Section overall.

As I was pushing the gear back up heart attack hill team mate Sam came down to give me a hand (care in the community) and I tell you it was very welcome. Sam had won his Section with ..... 4ozs !

Back at the pub our results started to come in. 
Chris, 3 points from 4
Sam, 4 points from 4
Jack, 4 points from 4
Leigh, 2 points from 4 (he did catch...1oz)
Steve, 1 point from 4
Me, 3 points from 4

17 points in total from 24

Section weights as follows (except D as it was too noisy)

               A Div          B Div
A            3lb 3oz        5lb 8oz
B            6lb 8oz        0lb 4oz 8drm (Sam £40)
C            1lb 8oz        5lb 4oz
D            ?                  ?
E             3lb 5oz        2lb 9oz (Jack £40)
F             0lb 14oz      2lb 0oz 8drm

Top 4 on the day.....(paying top 4)

1st     Craig Pinker 7lb 6oz
2nd    Mike Withey 5lb 5oz   ...... so I got £40 Section payout by default
3rd     Nicky Johns 4lb 14oz
4th     Steve Long 4lb 6oz

Teams on the day

A Div

1st        Mosella Bathampton B
2nd      Mosella Bathampton A
3rd       DW Builders
4th       P I Thatchers B
5th       P I Thatchers A

B Div

1st       Sensas Nomads
2nd      Maver Cadbury Angling
3rd      M & N Electrical
4th      Stand and Deliver

Teams after 5 Rounds

A Div

1st       P I Thatchers B
2nd      Mosella Bathampton A
3rd       P I Thatchers A
4th       Mosella Bathampton B
5th       D W Builders

B Div

1st       Maver Cadbury Angling
2nd      Stand and Deliver
3rd       Sensas Nomads
4th      M & N Electrical

So another good performance on a tough venue and I must have been in the top 10.

Final round of the league is next week, back on the canal.

Will be fishing the Acorn Lake Tuesday Open next.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Tuesday 2nd January - Acorn Fisheries Open, Paddock Lake

After I retired 21 months ago i intended to fish the Tuesday Opens at this fishery for a bit of banter and company but only fished one of them up until now. I am not a ''Commercial Angler'' but due to my Club having a few matches on the venue recently and I did quite well decided to attend this first one after Christmas and New Year was done and dusted.

The matches are run by veteran Bristol match angler Ray Bazely and Mike Chapman on behalf of the fishery. No need to book, just turn up with the draw at 08:45 and fish 10:00 - 15:00.
Only 8 attended today and they all know the fishery very well as they fish it sometimes twice a week.

Entry fee is only £12 all in (peg fee included) so its a knock up more than a match although 20 odd attend when the weather is better.

The fishing has been very up and down despite the milder weather.

There had been 45 mph winds during the night and rain was also forecast but the rain was due to go off from around 10:30 but not the wind.

Pegs were put in to try and give us as much shelter as possible. Into the bag and I pull out ping pong ball 27 which is right down the bottom of the lake. The nearest anglers to me were Eddie Wynne on 11 and Mike Chapman on 31.

Billy no mates on 27

The rigs that I had for my Clubs Christmas and Pairs match were still OK.
Bread dobber for halfway down the far shelf left hand side were it was around 3 foot. Bottom of the shelf right hand side at around 4 foot, middle down the track to my right (same rig) and right hand margin 2.5 foot.
As I was plumbing up across to my right I hit a carp which tore off with my plumet so must have got caught in its fins. Well at least there was a fish around.

On the all in I started off on my dobbing rig and fed nothing anywhere else to see how it went.
Not a sign of a bite or a fish in the area I had targeted and I moved the rig up and down along a 6 foot piece of bank and altered the depth. I decided to feed a few micros with dead pinkies over were I had hit the carp while plumbing up and persevered with the bread another 10 minutes or so. I had a good view up the lake and couldn't see anything being caught yet.
Bored with the bread I brought it in and went over where I had fed the micros and pinkie. I suppose it had only been in 5 minutes when the float dipped and it was carp on. Not a bit fish but at around 3lb it was welcome. I then put some bait in down the track and right hand margin before going back over to try and nick another fish. I feed just a few micros every 5 minutes via the pole pot with a dead fluro maggot on the hook and was rewarded with another carp 20 minutes later a bit better at just over 5lbs.

I decided to rest this line now and had a look down the right hand margin.....nothing, looked down the track.....nothing.

Going back over on my dobbing line but at full depth with a fluro maggot on and the shot still spaced out as the last shot registered the float gently sailed away and carp number 3 was on. it seemed quite angry but I knew the 0.13 hook length and the 16  PR434 would handle it. A good scrap and it was safely netted.

We were about 1 hour 30 minutes in when Ray came walking around. When he asked how many I had and I told him he said I was ''pissing it'', he had one f1 and everyone else was struggling, it was rock hard.

Personally I don't mind it when its like this as its a great leveller.

Well the wind direction changed and it got stronger meaning I could not present across so had to settle for the right hand margin and down the track line. I only added 9 oz of sprats the rest of the match.

Fortunately my 3 early carp were still enough for the win on the day.

Out of 8 anglers only 6 carp were caught.

Result as follows:

1st    Ivan Currie Maver Cadbury Angling 12lb 5oz
2nd   Eddie Wynne Over 55's 6lb
3rd    Mike Owens Sensas 88 5lb 3oz

Sunday 7th Jan see's me on the Kennent and Avon Canal in Bath for the 5th Round of the Sensas Bristol Commercial House League.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Saturday 30th December - Clevedon FWAC Blind Pairs, Paddock Lake Acorn Fishery, Kingston Seymour

So it was on to the last match of the year and one I always look forward to .... my Clubs ''blind pairs'' match. In years gone by it used to be held on Boxing Day but recently its been held on the first weekend after Christmas usually Sunday but as the first Sunday was New Years Eve Adie scheduled it for the Saturday. Not sure if this affected the numbers but only 10 attended.

Draw was 08:30 at the Fishery and Adie was able to put pegs in which were less affected by the strong winds although they did reduce during the day from an initial 45 mph.

We had to draw our pegs first and I was well pleased with 34, a bridge peg which usually produces. Then we had to dip into another tin and draw out a peg with a number on it. Two No.1's, two No. 2's up to 5. So both anglers who drew the same number would form a pair.
I was teamed up with all round nice guy Mike Pickering who drew peg 21, another bridge peg. Well pleased with that.

My peg 34 and sheltered from the wind.

On the other side of my bridge was Matt Roden on 35 who was paired up with Mark Walsh who more or less lives on the venue.....and does very well.
Three rigs today, one for dobbing bread along the middle of the bridge with the option to also fish full depth if required against the bridge or down the track in front of me, bottom of the far shelf full depth or shallower with bread and finally a right hand margin rig for the end of the bridge.

We were fishing 10:00 - 15:00 and on the all in I started on the bread 6'' off the bottom in the middle of the bridge, I fed nothing anywhere else to see how it went. 
Lifting the 6mm punched bread up and down slowly after a few minutes produced no indications at all until 20 minutes in when the float shot under and I missed the bite. The tow was taking me away from the bridge so not ideal. I think Matt also missed a few small bites and we both concluded it was going to be hard. A short spell went by and this time when the float shot under I connected with a 8oz carp. I persevered with the bread along the bridge at different depths but no bites whatsoever. Matt was now on the maggot or pinkie and had the odd blade silver fish.

Going across to the bottom of the far shelf 6'' off the bottom with bread produced nothing. Looking around I had not seen anyone catch a carp.
I fed my right hand margin with a few micro's for later and also fed some micro's and dead pinkies at the bottom of the far shelf and went over it with a dead red at full depth. Roach and a few small skimmers came on this line now and then but there were long periods of inactivity. 
It was the same all around the lake. We couldn't understand it as it had been mild for a couple of days.

It was around 13:30 when I saw Mark Walsh on peg 2 latch into a carp, he seemed to play it for ages and i thought it was foul hooked, but no it was a lump. Shortly afterwards next to Mark on peg 4 Mike Owens was also into one. 
Five minutes passed and blow me I had one but only about 3lbs at most. Mark and Mike went on to put a few more in the net before the all out. 

I just added a few more silvers from all lines, Matt did not have a single carp neither did 5 other anglers.

At the weigh in it was tight between Mark and Mike with Mark weighing 23lb 7oz and Mike 23lb 12oz so it would be tight as neither of their partners had carp.

It was tight but Mike Owens and Mark Bromsgrove ended victorious....


1st Mike Owens (left) and Mark Bromsgrove 27lb 12oz


2nd Mark Walsh (left) and Matt Roden  25lb 15oz

Here are a couple more pics and the weigh sheet......

Lee Williams


I plan to give it another go next Tuesday on the Open Match.

In the meantime happy new year all.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Thursday 28th December - Roy Carter Memorial, Gloucester Canal, Hempstead

I booked into this match ages ago which was being run by Steve Long and Dave Clapton. I only knew Roy (who passed away a few years ago) through the Super League Matches as ended up being pegged next to him on quite a number of occasions. I enjoyed his sense of humour and his love of the sport. A true gent.
The draw was at 08:00 at the Widden Rugby Club in Gloucester with breakfast from 07:00.
Steve did his best to get a decent turnout and at one stage he had around 40 but on the day 27 actually fished. Some were probably put off by the weather but I was determined to attend.

When I got in the van at around 06:20 the temperature gauge indicated it was -3 and as I travelled through the estate the roads were sparking like a night sky full of stars due to the frost. Once I got on the main road it was fine and had been treated with salt.  The M5 was also fine but as I came off at junction 12 there appeared to be a lot more snow about. I pulled into the Rugby Club car park and it was like an ice skating rink but I stayed upright. As I entered the Club I could see some familiar faces from the Gloucester based teams, Diawa Gorden League and Sensas Lobby's who I fish alongside in the Gloucester Canal Spring League and the SW Super League. There were also a few hardened Gloucester Canal anglers that help teams out now and then. Breakfast obtained I sat with Phil Bendall and his dad for company and then Alan Jones picking their brains on the venues current form.

Due to the no shows Steve had to change things around a bit to make it as fair as possible and called the draw at 08:30 with fishing 10:00 - 15:00. Not sure how I ended up near the back of the que but I did. Not to worry I pulled out peg 52 with the scales and section board. This was the end peg and according to Alan Jones worth a few fish on the pole to my right short. I followed Dave Clapton to the parking area as I was unsure how to get there from the Rugby Club.

I parked up tight to brambles and my slightly larger belly due to all the Christmas food and drink caught a few of the thorns. I was soon loaded up and slowly shuffling down the icy lane towards the canal and a short walk to peg 52 under the swing bridge.
Steve Long came walking along and also put me right where to fish.

Very simple set up today.....
20 grm cage feeder across to the tins and a 2 grm float to fish at 2 o'clock where it was top 5 deep at 9 metres.
I had some of the new F1 Worm ground bait, liquidised bread, bread, dead pinkie, maggot, caster and worm.

All set up on Peg 52 upstream of the swing bridge just where the canal starts to narrow.

On the next peg I had Sensas Lobby's Jon Tocknell who had set up the same as me (I think all the anglers in the section did the same).

It was a bright sunny day as you can see from the photo's and comfortable enough temperature wise due to no wind.
I was just about ready when the ''all in'' was shouted and I cupped in 3 medium sized balls on the pole line with a few dead pinkies and casters.
Starting off with the liquidised bread and punch on the tip I had a little knock on my 4th cast put nothing positive. I stuck with the bread for the first 45 minutes without success. I wasn't feeling it with the bread so filed the feeder with neat ground bait and put on a dead red and a pinkie on the hook. I had a proper bite but did not connect on the strike and the bait was missing from the hook when I reeled in....bugger.
I put a few small offerings in the feeder but did not have another touch, it was now 90 mins into the match.
I had a look on the pole line with double dead fluro pinkie on the hook and after 10 mins or so the float dipped but did not totally submerge  but I struck anyway and was pleased to see the hollow 5 -8 elastic come out with a small bream on the end. I love fishing the pole in deep water. It was carefully played and was landed without any problem and around 1lb 8oz.
Most of the anglers I could see kept looking up and down to see if anyone was catching and bites seemed to be a premium. Jon shouted down to me asking what I had. He said he had 2 bream (didn't see him catch them) and an angler a couple up from him had 1.
I kept plugging away on the two lines during the remainder of the match. No sign of any more on the pole line but I was getting little twitches now and again on the tip. I did hit a few of them but nothing materialised.
At 14:25 I had a proper slow pull around (more like it) and was soon playing a proper bream. I landed  it just as another angler who had packed up walked by. Just the job on a slow day and though I was still in it.
I had one more twitch with 5 mins to go but nothing on the other end and bait was in tact.
Dave Micklewright who was not fishing walked down and said the angler in the middle of the old bend had around 12lb.
That was it so I packed up and headed up to weigh in.

The first peg in the section (47) did not weigh and then it was Andy Richings on 48. Andy had fished the tip all day 30 metres out for a few decent bream and smaller samples for 12lb 7oz.

Andy with his catch

Jon immediately above me managed a 3rd bream 5 mins from the end and done well to weigh 7lb 13oz.

My 2 fish went 5lb 5oz

A hard day, but we knew it would be

This is how my section looked

Back at the Rugby Club I bought a few raffle tickets for the sponsored prizes.

There was a peg draw for a bucket of ground bait and Andy Jayne won that.

Steve paid out the Section Winners first and I got mine by double default (£30).

Overall (paying top 3)
1st     Andy Richings Sensas Lobbys 12lb 7oz
2nd    Jon Tocknell Sensas Lobbys 7lb 13oz
3rd    Phil Bendall Diawa Gordon League 6lb 6oz

Andy with the Roy Carter Memorial Cup

I ended up 4th so pleased with that.

£204 was raised for the Stroke Association so well done to all.

Next up for me is my Clubs Blind Pairs Match on Saturday.30th Dec .....on a Commercial (oh dear, best start watching You Tube again).

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Sunday 17th December - Clevedon Club Christmas Match, Acorn Fisheries - Paddock Lake

HO HO HO and a merry Christmas all.

This was my first match since the 12th November as I have been on holiday in Devon, the Caribbean and in Norther Ireland seeing family before Christmas.

Due to the match being held on a ''Commercial'' I had to replace elastic in my power top 2's as well as tie rigs and hook lengths. A visit to Cadbury Angling soon had me with all I needed for the ''dark side''. The gear will also come into play for our Clubs ''Blind Pairs match'' on the 30th December at the same fishery.

I had been following the match results on the lake and saw that a few carp had been caught ''dobbing'' bread. I have never done this before so spent a few hours watching how its done on You Tube. There were a few different approaches to this method but it was useful to watch.

The draw and breakfast was at the Bridge Inn half a mile from the fishery and I belief 31 were booked in but 29 turned up. We opened the match up to non members as long as they were happy to pay the addition £5 and quite a few did. A large breakfast was ordered and it was not worth waiting for, ended up leaving half of it. I sat with Mark Walsh to more or less lives at the fishery and does very well, so was able to pick his brains a bit as he fished a match on it the previous day.

Match Secretary Adie Baker was well organised and the draw began just after 09:00 with rising 10:30 - 15:30 then back to the Bridge Inn for the results and prize giving plus the raffle.
As far as the cash pay-outs were concerned there were 5 section pay outs, each £50 and then the top 3 would receive Meat Hampers, everyone else would receive a prize in the form of Christmas Fare (mainly alcohol lol).
I was about a third the way down in the disorderly due to the draw bucket but well happy when I opened up my peg card to reveal peg 6. I have had this peg a few times and done well of it. You can fish to the bridge and a couple of features in the corners.

Map of Paddock Lake, peg 6 bottom left hand corner

Next to me on peg 7 was Somerset Bagger Paul Purchase who like me prefers natural venues so we were both a bit out of touch with this carp fishing lark. To my right on the other side of the bridge, peg 40 was UK Carp Champion and England Carp Team member Mark Bartlett whose family also own the fishery. 
Maver Cadbury Angling Team mate Glenn Calvert wo won the match the previous day with 57lb (from peg 40 dobbing bread) came around to me and put me right on a couple of things concerning the peg as 37lb had come off it the previous day.....dobbing bread! Glenn was on peg 14 and Scott Smallwood who also fishes for us occasionally was on bridge peg 34.

The air was very still and there was a small amount of cat on our corner of the lake but soon went by the time we were due to start. Mark on the other side of the bridge did spend a bit of time clearing ice from his peg. I set up 3 rigs, one to fish bread against the middle part of the bridge, I had to put a dolly butt extension on so it was about 14 metres across. While I was plumbing up I could feel a fish rubbing up against the line. One for the middle at 11 metres and one for my right had margin. Micro's, dead maggot and eat pinkie plus the bread was in the bait tray.
I was ready when the ''all in'' was shouted but decided to go for a pee in the on site toilet as I was directly in front of the house.
On my return I pole potted in a few samples on my middle and margin lines before going across with a double 7mm punch of bread against the middle of the bridge and starting off 6 inches of the bottom. I hadn't shipped out properly when Paul next to me on 7 could be seen playing a fish straight away.  I had the rig bulk shotted with 3 no. 8 at this point and one number 10 dropper.  As soon as it settled the float sailed away and it was also carp on for me. The no. 11 hollow was just right and a 3lb fish was soon safely in the net, happy days. I looked around as far as I could see and didn't see any other early fish being caught. Mark on 40 was fishing right across into the corner of the bridge his side and I saw him bump a few early fish. I think about 30 mins went by before I had my second bite and I believe it was foul hooked as it came off half way across and didn't feel right. Another bite followed and I missed it, more of a liner.  I shallowed up a couple of inches and started to slowly lift and drag the bait towards the right hand side of the bridge and this brought me a few fish within a 20 min spell.  The angler on 39 had a couple of fish down the track and also missed a few bites (not surprised as I could see his elastic hanging out the end of the pole). Mark also had a few in the middle of the bridge, he was feeding and I wasn't.
I altered the shooting on my rig spacing them out to allow a slow fall and this worked better giving me more fish. I really couldn't see much being caught and by 2 pm thought I was in with a shout as I had 9 carp with the best part of the day to come. I had a look on my other lines briefly but not a sign so didn't waste any more time on them and went back on the bread across. I added another 6 fish before 15:30 some of them were 8lb ish and I had one just before the all out. 
I estimated I had around 60lb, 11 carp in one net and 4 in the other.
Paul on 7 had 3 carp and I think Mark had around 4 or 5.
While packing up Mark came around and said you must have about 30lb, I said no, 60lb plus. He said he kept missing bites as he was watching
Keith May who was on island peg 1 came across to his van behind me with his gear and many you got ...15... (how did he know that?), he said there had been a few fish caught on the island. I couldn't tell as my big furry hat that I wore during the match blanked my view to the island out.

3 of the 4 island pegs that were in did fish ok and my peg was in with them for the section money, it was tight but I did manage the section with 71lb 4oz, peg 1 had 60lb and peg 2 had 66lb.

part of my catch 

It also turned out I had won the match overall.

Scott down on bridge peg 34 also had a good day with 42lb plus but also lost 15 carp!!!!

Scott with his catch in his small landing net 

5 Section payouts of £50

A - Ivan Currie 71lb 4oz (Maver Cadbury Angling)
B - Tony Rixon 23lb (Mosella)
C - Darren North 39lb 8oz (PSV)
D - Glenn Calvert 14lb (Maver Cadbury Angling)
E - Scott Smallwood 42lb 10oz (Maver Cadbury Angling)

Top 3 receiving meat hampers

1st    Ivan Currie 71lb 4oz (Maver Cadbury Angling)
2nd  Adie Baker 66lb 15oz (Clevedon)
3rd   Keith May 60lb 10oz (Over 55's)

a good day and kept the wife happy

Given that there was a match on the previous day it did fish well. The weight sheets are copied below but quality not good.

Next match for me is the Roy Carter Memorial on the Glos Canal 28th December then Pairs Match on 30th.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Sunday 12th November - Bill Milton Memorial (aka Poppy Match) Bristol Avon, Newbridge to Jack Whites

This is the biggest match of the year on the Bristol Avon with all proceeds going to the British Legion formerly run by the late Bill Milton and now organised by Ray Bazeley assisted by Paul Benson.
The draw was at the new Frys Club on the old Chocolate Factory site at Keynsham which is now all housing due to Kraft (plastic cheese makers) buying then closing the Factory and moving the operation to Eastern Europe leaving a lot of local people unemployed.
I believe there were 86 booked in and it was nice to see some of the more well known local senior anglers attending this match rather than fish the Commercials.
From our Team there was only Sam, Jack and myself fishing this match.

Old friend and Secretary of the Bristol and West of England Anglers Federation as well as the local British Legion Angling Club read the citation at 08:00 with the formal silence.

The draw then got under way with registered disabled anglers drawing the allocated disabled pegs first then it was the rest of us. Sam was near the front and Jack and I were not far from the end.
The river was supposed to be spot on after the rain in the week but it was colder.
Newbridge would be the favoured area to draw due to the pace and colour of the water so a big weight was expected.

I drew 76 which was permanent peg 88 up the Crane so was not looking forward to the walk. Jack drew 81 which was in the bay above the High Wall. We had know idea where Sam drew as he was off like a shot.
It was only as short drive to the parking area near Keynsham Angling Centre and I was soon unloading the van along with a number of unhappy faces.
I decided to lighten up as it was a fair walk over two fences so the trolley would have to be broken down. Fair play though at each fence everyone helped each other pass the gear over the fences.
Matt Challenger was a few pegs above me and I think he should enter the Worlds Strongest Man Competition next year as I have never lifted a rod bag and holdall that has been so heavy. 

Finally got to my peg and it didn't look that good, it was way down a steep bank with a couple of foot holds dug out and was extremely slippery. Rich Lacey who was also above me took a look and advised me to sit up on the bank a bit.
I did get down it the water and it was just above my wellies (yes got a wet foot again).
I set the rigger platform up and although it too a long time it was more comfortable.

Given the time, fishing was 10:00 - 15:00, I only had time to set up a Feeder Rod. To be honest due to the tree above me and being in a bit of a bird cage that was the only option. 
I had plenty of worm and caster plus some maggot and a couple of tubs of lobbys. There was a tinge of colour in the water, not too much and it was quite pacey across by the boats.
I decided on a line just on the edge of the main flow and a 30 gram feeder held there nicely. the business end had a size 14 drennan feeder hook to 0.15.
After a couple of chuck with a lobby head on the hook the tip rattled and a 5 oz perch was swung to blank avoided.
I missed a bite next cast. Out again and another bite, hit it right this time and it felt a little better and netted a 10oz skimmer. Exactly the same next cast and another small skimmer. 
After about 90 minutes Rich came down for a walk, I don't think he had caught at this point but he said Matt had chucked the feeder out and continued to set up his pole when he looked up the tip had gone around and he had a bream!!!
After another hour or so Rob Jones who was below me came up for a walk. He said he hadn't had a bite! He walked on up and when he returned he informed me Rich had a bream but Matt had now caught a carp around 6lbs...ffs....
I plugged away but was not getting any bites from when I had the last small skimmer.
About 14:00 I heard a smash in the nearside left margin and there was an otter sitting over the branches of a tree lying in the water. I went for the camera but it went back in the water, swam over the top of my keep net and disappeared.
That was my match over, 4 bites in the first hour then nothing.
Matt came down with the scales, he had weighed 11lb 8oz, he also had only a couple of bites but a couple of them resulted in quality fish as well as that rare carp.

Matt with his carp which went 7lb plus

Rich had went early and not weighed. my three fish went 1lb 6oz, the angler above me weighed 11oz and Rob below me DNW. My 5 peg section  was won with 2 lb plus so was worth sticking to the end just in case.

Back at the Club it soon became obvious that Newbridge had fished well with all the big weights coming from there.

1st   Kev Boltz 59lb 1oz
2nd  Craig Pinkett 37lb 10oz

Craig with one of his bream

3rd  Andy Curry 32lb 5oz
4th  Tim Ford 23lb
5th  Andrew Cranston 21lb 7oz

Young Andrew with his catch, he can't go wrong at the moment

6th  Martin Barrett 20lb 14oz
7th  Dean (the bream) Harvey 19lb 12oz (3 bream)
8th  Neil Taylor 18lb 8oz

My good friend and travelling partner for Ireland Steve Vernon was not far off the money with 3 bream for 17lb plus, well done mate (draw bag).

In the raffle I won a Sensas Polo Shirt, is this a sign?????

Sam and Jack also done rubbish but it was all about the draw today.

£1700 plus raised for the British Legion.

I went down on the River Tone in Taunton on the Tuesday following and had a nice day fishing the stick float for a 10lb plus mixed bag plus 2 pike one of which took double red maggot in 2 foot of water.


Thats it for me Match wise until the 17th December (Clevedon Club Xmas Match) as I have a few weekends away and a holiday coming up.