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Sunday, 18 March 2018

Landsend league final round

Off to Landsend again today, I got to say the roads were ok despite the media doing it's best along with some keyboard warriors trying to put me off, it wasn't happening, !!!.
The worst snow was up by lulsgate airport, as you would expect, but even there I wouldn't say it was dangerous, but it was down to individual choice as to whether you wanted to drive in it or not, I do know for a couple of people who live at the bottom of a hill, so they would obviously struggle. Still the poo!s were paid for this one so no issues with the payout, less people to beat lol. As it turned out 11 never made it, that worked out as 4 missing on speci and lake three, and three missing from match lake, Stu Barnett already had the league sown up , so I was hoping he wouldn't be able to make it from Wales as I had him in the final of the k/o, but he managed to battle his way through the monstrous drifts and blizzard to get there.
Breakfast was di,s normal 4.95, and just the job for today, so into the draw tin for the match lake and out comes 22, not a peg of choice, I would have chosen 1 or 11 with 13 a next best choice, but it wasn't to be, I had  joe McMahon on 20 and Steve seagar over on my peg of choice no1.
Rigs today, a pellet rig for banded 6mm over to the point of the island at 16mtrs, and a couple of caster rigs, a .3g drennan as5 for the bottom of the island shelf at 14 mtrs, and a .4g as5 for 6mtrs. Quite  a heavy float for that line,  but with the wind blowing in and across from the right I wanted a bit of stability to the rig.
At the start I fed some caster on two short lines, one at 10 o,clock  angle and one straight out, some casters across to the island , and some 4mm hard pellets to the point and some off to the left at 14 mtrs, again at 10 o,clock angle.
I started short on maggot and missed a bite straight away, Joe had a roach. I put a caster on and was soon catching small roach, with not a lot being caught I stuck with them, Joe had an f1, but he was struggling for proper bites and was being troubled by proper plippy roach, I went across to the point swim on the island in banded 6mm, and lost a fouled carp, shortly after I had an 8oz skimmer, then an f1, so it was beginning to look up, the island point swim gave me two more f1,s , one on pellet and the other on maggot. I was doing ok for silvers on the lake until Gary o,Shea on peg 18 began catching some good silvers fishing long to his left and across into the gap between the island's, I needed to come at least third on my lake to hang onto second place in the league, but with Steve seager now catching odd carp in his right hand margin, and Gary was sneaking an odd one out aswell, I looked in trouble, also Jason Radford up on 13 also started to catch some in his right hand margin towards the end.
I was also leading the silvers league wise, so I concentrated mainly on the two 6mtr lines, and I had a good last 90 minutes, landing several good skimmers and a very unseasonal tench, considering the weather I didn't feel to cold to be honest, even though the temperature never got above zero all day, my landing net was freezing to my keepnet  between fish, and at the end of the match was frozen solid, and all the snow that had settled on my kit had turned to ice, but I would still much rather be outside,
Our lake was won by Gary on 18 with 57lb followed by Mr seager on 1 with 46lb the Jason Radford on 13 with 28lb , my silvers went a surprising 27lb to win the silvers lakewise  ensuring I won the league silvers,
Stu Barnett had a brilliant league and just to top it off, he was top weight today with 106lb off peg 51 on lake three, so well done to him, and obviously he crushed me in the k/o, in the end I dropped down to 5th in the overalls , one out of the money, but I won the silvers beating league organiser Ken rayner by one point I think, weigh sheets below, and I'm glad to report we all got home safely.
Well done Ken for running the league , a thankless job to be sure, as most organisers will agree with, also thanks to Andy  seery for sponsoring the league with a good selection of his Gonuts products which everyone appreciated.
And di and olive for doing the breakfasts , really good and piping hot everytime.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Rolfy,s rip off Thursday open

Back to huntstrete and withy pool again for this match, and after a mild spell I thought it may be a bit better than last time.
Judith didn't come with me today , but we did have breakfast together at the Toby inn in whitchurch, and it was nice today, so a 4.25 .
So after that it was off to the lake, only 18 fishing today , must have been a few missing in action.
I couldn't draw 54 again today as it had been left out, so after the people who need short walks had there pegs, I dived in and out comes disc 57, still around the Back of the island, but is a peg that has been very consistent for quality silvers, and as it was mild I thought a few carp may be mooching around the end of  the island from the channel, I set up 2 .4g as4 floats to fish at 7 mtrs in the deep water and the other at 8mtrs which was just up the island shelf, also a .6g as4 for 13 mtrs to my right for caster and maggot over groundbait.
And a .3g binny to fish banded pellet at 13 mtrs to the edge of the island.
To begin I fed all lines and began on maggot over the 13 mtr groundbait line, I had bites straight away from small roach and one 6oz skimmer, but the groundbait seemed to be attracting nuisance plippy roach. So I came into the 7mtr caster line, and started to catch quality roach, which was very nice, I also had a 3lb bream on this line, I had a reasonable 2hours on this line before it started to slow, so I went further into the 8mtr line , again with caster, and the nice roach kept coming along with some nice hybrids and some perch, although the sport slowed on this line, I could still get odd fish but I had to constantly move the bait around to induce a bite, I did get a carp of about 5lb off this line and lost one aswell,
I kept trying the pellet line at 13mtrs by the island , but it wasn't till about 30 minutes from the end when I've had a carp on banded 8mm pellet over hard 6,s, then 15minutes later I had another, so by the end I had a good day with over 20lb of silver,s and three carp for about 20lb, and as far as I could tell no one else had anything like that,
In the end my three carp went 20.13 and my silvers went a satisfying 27.1 for first on the day,
I must say it was a good peg to draw today, plenty of shelter from the wind and no tricky light making seeing the float a bit difficult, unlike a few of the others.
All the weigh sheet below.

Last day barbel attempt

Well I havnt bone this for many a year, the last day of the river season and I find myself on the banks of a river, along with Judith and my middle child james, both of whole are really enjoying there fishing and doing really well, I never realised how competitive Judith is, she has a species and size list going between her and me, and it makes for fairly bad reading, it only counts when we are out together, and she is beating me on species by more than a few , and on size in several of those aswell, but Fairplay cos as I've said before, I'm really enjoying the fact she comes along now , whether it's in a supportive capacity to help spot my bites lol, or actually fishing. And as always a big thanks to our daughter Lauren who does the dog sitting duties so we can get out together, x.
Back To Today and after a stop off at the premier inn in gloucester, and after the last couple of Times here which was very nice we were very dissapointed , it was now help yourself and only worthy of a 3.
Left there full, but not happy, 30minutes later, and we were driving up the banks of the river Wye,  at amanstone fishery, run by stan, and at 15 quid , not to bad a price , especially when you consider Judith and James were 12 quid each to fish at shearwater.
With the river several feet up, but dropping I thought it may be ok , and as there were several barbel caught the day before, so we went about 2\3 the way up the first field and found a nice long piece of low bank where all three of us could fish comfortably,
Tactics today were fairly simple , 60/70 grm  cafe feeders with a halibut based groundbait mix, and a various selection of hookbaits, pellets in various sizes , meat , sausage maggots , so hopefully something to entice a fish or two,
 And it started off ok with James having a chub of about 3lb very soon after starting.
But it turned out to be a massive false dawn ,as apart from a couple of missed bites on a maggot feeder by me , which I think we're small fish as there was very little bait damage, it wasn't till late in the afternoon when Jamie struck again , into what was obviously a barbel by the way it was fighting, after a nice fight  our only barbel of the day was netted , and pulled the scales down to a nice weight of 8.5. So well done to him, only two fish and both to him, his best chub to date and his first wild barbel, but we will be back , already making plans for next year as Judith seems to have the barbel bug, and there aren't much better oofr more beautiful places to spend a day than in the wye valley.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Landsend league rnd 5

Due to the snow and general bad weather last weekend, we had a bit of a clash this weekend, unfortunately Steve at viaduct had no choice but to use this Sunday to re -schedule the last  round of there teams of 5 winter league, so there were several spaces needed filling for both matches, Ken managed to fill Landsend, and I think Steve nearly managed to fill viaduct, so I think it worked out ok in the end.
As I was doing well at Landsend, and really badly at viaduct it was a no brainer for me, luckily Andy gard stepped in for me at viaduct so Landsend it was then. Judith came along again today so at least I was going to get a good peg with her golden arm in attendance !!!!!.
After a really nice breakfast at the cafe at the fishery, which Judith scored 4.9, it would have been a 5, but no hash brown LOL.
So after our breakfast it was into the draw, as I was on the speci lake, any of the corners would do for me 25/32/33/40 or failing that  31or 34, I needn't have worried as Judith pulled me out 32, a good corner and the swim I had a few hours in on Thursday afternoon, so pre baited then ha ha. For company I had birthday boy Mike West on 31 who was standing in for Tom mangnal, and opposite was travelling partner Jason Radford on 33 and Alan oram on 34 who I had in the k/o. Rigs today were simple , a.3g as5 for caster at 6 mtrs,  a .2 binny  for maggot at half depth along the right hand end bank and a .25 pc slim for pellet on the deck along the bank and a .3 binny for hard pellet on the deck straight out at 16 mtrs.
On the whistle I fed some caster on the short line and fired some 4,s straight out at 16 mtrs, then I went down the right hand end bank with treble white maggot on an 18 hook, the first hour was ok as I put 3 carp in the net to 9lb, 2 were hooked in the wing and one in the mouth, still they all count, and the sun was out , lovely.
After that it went a bit pear shaped with foulers being a problem, I shallowed up to about 18 inches but had no indications at all, about 2 foot seemed to be optimum depth, which was about half depth, I had a few more but lost several foulers, Alan over on 34 was suffering the same, losing several aswell, it just seemed that the majority of the carp were just swimming about with no interest in food,
I tried the caster line and had a few nice roach up to 10 oz but it  wasn't good enough to stick with, especially as Bob gullick on 28  targeting the silvers and was catching small roach quite well.
So back out along the end bank, and I did pick off a few more, I was getting odd indications which stopped me from feeding anything along there, in fact I didn't feed anything there till about 2 1/2 hours to go, when I fed some hard 4,s . A look on the in front pellet line gave me few skimmers, mainly small but I did get a 2lb one, back down the edge on banded 6mm where I picked a few more carp off, and towards the end I had a couple off the 16 mtr line out in front, along with a few more small skimmers, I ended up with 11 carp and hopefully 10 lb of si!vers,
My 11 carp went 76 lb and my silvers just over 10, so a lake win and second in the silvers on the lake, as expected Bob was top silvers weight on the lake with 23lb exactly,
Well done matey, below is me with a few of my fish, I think I am still second in the league behind stu Barnet, but hopefully still winning the silvers dropping my worst result.
Weigh sheets below, it still fished quite hard, even though it was pleasantly warm today, the water is still cold so I think it will be a few weeks yet until this and most venues start to fish well.

After the match we were entertained by Mike West doing his seaman stains (that's for those amongst us that remember captain pugwash) impression to get his topkit back from where he had left it tethered to an island bush, I'm glad he never capsized as the water was to cold to mount any sort of rescue.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Sunday knock up

With the viaduct winter league final match cancelled this week due to the weather,  more importantly the access road being blocked with snow, if it hadn't been for that I'm sure we would have been fishing, with the help of some ice breakers.
Anyway , I sorted a hasty sweep at Landsend fishery and ended up with 11 like minded souls who just wanted to get out after going a bit snow stir crazy.
First though it was a breakfast, today I went to mario,s in stockwood , meeting up with Ron hardiman and Lee waller, also Judith came for the breakfast as she said it was a good one , it was passable but only a 4, I will try it again even Judith said it wasn't as good as normal.
Well off to the fishery, and pulling in it was obviously still covered with a lid, but Mike assured us it was only soft and shouldn't take to much breaking.
Got the draw underway and had the last ticket, peg 11 for me then, very nice to.
Certainly a peg with plenty of form, first job out with the breaker, 10 minutes  and I had cleared a channel towards the island to 13mtrs, I would have gone a bit further but I had a couple of people waiting to use it, Ron hardiman and Andy cranston, Andy did have a breaker but got was a tad light and he was having difficulty getting it through the surface film never mind the ice, he reckons he's a builder, maybe , all I can say is those Lego bricks must be really heavy now, any way my peg was done , and Gary o,Shea took pity on Andy and did his aswell.

A nice channel and the pile of ice, I enjoy ice breaking , and love ice fishing and Landsend is always fairly fair, as you can expect bites in every peg.
Only set up two rigs today, a .3g as5 to fish off the deck with maggots, and a .4g as5, for on the deck, only bait today was maggot, double on a 20 guru f1 pellet book on .12 senses feeling line . On the whistle after feeding a couple of lines at 11 and 13 mtrs I started short at 7 mtrs trying for a mug perch or roach, but to good so after about 15 minutes I went out on the 11 mtr line, and missed a bite first drop,
2nd drop no mistake and carp one in the net, you got to love the colours of these clear water winter fish.
Sport was never fast and furious which is about right for ice fishing, with the water temp probably about 4c they were never going to be crawling  up the line, but I had an enjoyable day, ending up with 6 carp, two roach and an f1 for 39.4,

which was just about top on the day, 2nd went to russ peck on 22 who had top silvers weight on the day with 24.6 of skimmers and two carp giving him 37.10 in total.

Adrian Clark was third off peg 24 with 36.10, so one fish between first and third,
Also Gary o,Shea had a nice day on the silvers with off peg 3 with 23lb, if roach and skimmers.
Not to bad a day really considering we had to break our way in, weigh sheet below.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Rolfy,s rip off

Back on withy pool at huntstrete again this week, but not before a stop in the Toby inn in whitchurch village for the help yourself brekkie, 4.25 and very nice too, ten minutes from pub to lake, so nicely timed for the 8.45 draw. Twenty fishing again today, so a good turnout for a none to easy venue at the moment. Early into the draw bag , hoping for a draw at the car park end of the lake as there are a lot of small fish at this end, but no such luck, peg 54 again, one bite last time, but there was a slight bit of colour in the lake so maybe it might be better This time I had no one to my right, and match organised , rolfy, to my left on 56, why he put that in I will never know, oh yes I do, Mike Jones talked him into it, serves him right then, I probably wouldn't have even walked to it lol.
My peg looks lovely with two islands to fish to, and it certainly has a reputation of being a good carp swim, so I set up a lead rod to fish along the rope that stretches between the island at 20 odd mtrs, to be honest the rope this end of the channel could be done away with, but leave the one at the other end in place, a silvers rig for 13 mtrs just in case, then a couple of pole rigs to fish at 16 mtrs to the right hand island, one to dob bread off the deck , then another to fish various baits on the deck in the same area, and it was a nice depth with about 4 ft of water, then a .6g as5 to fish slightly to the left and to the right where it was about 8inches shallower, after feeding some groundbait on the 13 mtr pole lines I began on the dobbing rig at 16mtrs, but 30 minutes later with only a small roach showing a bit of interest, which I shook off, I tried the groundbait lines, but nothing to show there either, starting to look like a bit of de ja vue, Rolfy was yet to catch, but Jeff Francis on 57 was getting some silvers, so at least that peg was fishing to form. I then spent the next hour ,(I think cos I lose all track of time on this brain numbing method), for nowt, so after a try on the deep rig by the island for nothing, it was back on the silvers line, and bugger me if I didn't miss a bite, it must have been the shock, then I had a run of small roach, and I began to enjoy myself, then out of the blue I had two skimmers in two drops, one about a pound, and another over 2lb, then it went quiet, with only very occasional bites , all this action came from the right hand side, I only had one missed bite from the left, very strange, I don't think the fish want to be that side, and poor old rolfy only had one lonely small perch.
So back out on the lead, and the top actually went round and I had a carp safely in the net, but at 5lb it is probably the smallest carp in the lake, no more bites , so back on the pole, I had a couple more plippy,s then I hook a decent carp, which I play for a while before the hooklenth breaks, it felt like a good fish too, so back on the tip for the last 45 minutes, and with 15 minutes to go I hook another carp which again feels like a good fish as it took a lot of pressure to keep it out of the snags in the channel, it's all good with everything under control , when the hook pulls as I'm thinking of looking for the landing net, I thought that may cost me , certainly not winning as Mike Jones had three big carp, but definitely a placing fish, I thought I may get another, but apart from a liner just before the end that was my match over and done with , my carp as I thought was 5lb on the nose and my silvers went 5.4.
As it turned out Mike Jones won with 27lb , Glyn sage was second with 15lb ish and Ray bazeley third with 13lb odd, and Mike nicholls won the silvers with 12lb of waggler caught roach and small skimmers, weigh sheets below, but before that just to let people know, Charlie Barnes,s funeral is to be held at the mendip crematorium on Thursday 8th March at midday.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Round 4 viaduct winter league

Before saying anything about the fishing , I got to say a big about Charlie Barnes, who sadly passed away early on Saturday morning,
I first met him back in the mid 80,s, when he was trying to get Avon Angling to have some of its bait from Avon Bait company, and to be honest we hit it off quite quickly, he loved the wind ups and could also dish them out, I also found him to be generous and thoughtful, although he didn't suffer fools and I have seen him have some massive blow ups with various people over the years, but it was normally resolved and normality was resumed shortly later.
All I know is that we have lost a legend and a good person,
RIP Charlie and mine and Judiths,s thoughts are with Sue , Natalie and the rest of the family.

Back to the fishing today and it was my turn on spring lake , the two mane pegs to miss are 6 & 9, with 7/8/13/15 being the preferred swims as they are holding the carp at the mo, but with only 3or 4 fish needed it was boring but normally doable, anyway Clint comes back and hands me peg 9, cheers matey !!!!!!.

I'm not q to bore anyone with the details , but I had 2 decent hybrids on the corn and wag, and some roach short on the caster, then some small skimmers on the long pole on maggot over groundbait, as expected the corners were the place to be with each of them having 3 or 4 fish each to take the top spots in the section, I ended up with 10.8 which was only good enough for 4 points, I needed some better skims to boost me up the section, but even those didn't travel far from there normal haunts ,ie opposite the island either side of the lake, at least I beat Tom downing on peg 6, that was the only quid I won, again it was a case of standing in the carp park and throwing pound coins at everyone who walked by.
We had a bit of trauma at the end , as Steve"jacko"Jackson got off his box and collapsed, he was out of it for a while, but recovered enough after about 45 minutes to walk to the ambulance, which was a good sign,
So that was my day, not the best of weekends to be sure, weigh sheets below.
And pics of the top two and silvers winner, Ben broxon, Ron hardiman and luke sorokin, well done.