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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sunday open , landsend fishery

20 booked in today so mike let us use match and speci lake, I let Tom mangnall pull me a peg and he gave me 40 which is the disabled peg in the corner of the speci, it's not been to good here of late , but fish have fins so you never know, it's got a bit of form as a good margin peg fishing to the right so a rig was put up to fish pellet against the bank that way, a meat rig for 5 mtrs just for a change lol, and three pellet rigs , one for 17 mtrs towards the island on the deck, one for against the right hand end bank and a shallow rig for the island and the right hand end bank. For company I had chris fox opposite on 25 and Paul elmes on 38, so there was going to be no shortage of swearing.
At the start I fed the end bank and towards the island with 6mm hard pellets and put some down to the left with a pot and just in case I fed a handfull to the right by the inlet pipe which has well and truly stopped running, with the lakes down by at least a foot the need for some serious rain is long overdue. And I fed some meat at 5 mtrs. Starting over towards the island on the deck I soon had some indications , shortly followed by a couple of lost foulers, I noticed a fish out in open water and swung my depth rig out in front of it and it followed the pellet down and took it, that was a signal to up my feed , which worked a I had several fish on the shallow rig, but it's hard work at 17 mtrs , I think I had 8 fish on it before the sun got on the water and the pole started to put them off, the lake sounded as though it was fishing well, as far as the anglers I could see, both Chris and Paul were doing ok aswell,  also it sounded like fabio on 32 was catching well too, halfway through and a switch to the right hand edge saw me take a few more , but you need to be quick as the fish do there best to get into the mesh cage on the end bank , it's a case of lifting into the fish and chucking the pole back in one movement to get maximum pressure on, trouble is you tend to pull out of a few as the pressure is to great, the margins gave me one fish and the meat line three, I think I ended with 21 carp and a few silvers for about 130 to 140lb by my reckoning , I actually ended up with 144.2 for top on the lake but still behind the winner on the day in the shape of Craig Edmunds who was on peg 17 on the match lake with 202.14 , all caught on his favoured meat bait at 5 mtrs
2nd was me with 144.2
3rd Tim Clark on 15 with 129.14
4th Chris fox on 25 with 123lb
5th Paul elmes on 38 with 114.13
6th steve Seager on 33 with 110.5
Nick Collins with 29.5 of roach and skimmers on peg 34
Weds I,m off to viaduct for an open on cambell, should be ok

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Weds open , summerhayes fishery

Turned up for the draw with fabio today , to find 21 fishing, we still had a couple of our colonial friend in attendance in the shape of  of lee wherret and Giles cochrane , what no peanut, it transpires he has developed an RSI in his right wrist, he reckons from over use of the landing net , but I think we all know the real reason.
We were all on longs today so it was a case of every other peg, into the draw tin and out comes 21, right down in the windy corner of the lake, for company I had the Bridgwater marathon champion steve kedge on 23 and fabio on my right on 19. Pete had topped the lake up with a foot of fresh water , and it seemed to have a bit of a brown bloom on the water, Giles won off  my peg a few weeks ago, catching a lot of his fish on caster over to the island, I won't be doing that cos I ain't got none, also he had a few on dead maggot to his left , now I got that , so I set up a rig for down there, a rig for corn over micro at 6 mtrs was put together, and the last rig was a pellet rig for on the deck against the island , which was now 2 foot deep thanks to the extra water, by now the bane of canal lakes started with the wind really getting up and being at the point of the island at the end of the lake, the wind couldn't make its mind up as to which side of the island it wanted to blow down, at the start I began on corn over micro whilst trying to feed some 4,s over to the island which was just short of 14 mtrs, my normal pellet Catty couldn't do it due the wind so I had to use my strongest one to get them there. On the short pole line I had three bites in the first three put ins, missed the first , then had a skimmer followed by a small carp and with a bit of fizz going on I expected to get a few more , but the fizz stopped and so did any indications, I did get a couple more skimmers from there during the match and a couple more small carp but it was proving hard, the maggot margin lines were fruitless, I had one bite down there and missed that but it looked like a liner or small fish bite, most of the rest of the matchwas spent trying to feed and fish against the far bank, but was difficult to get sensible presentation, and there didn't seem as though there were to many fish in the area as both fabio and steve kedge were struggling, by the end I had a few skims and about 10 small carp which pulled the scales down to just over 23lb, fabio chucked back and kedgy had 24 lb ish, so I had to hand fabios quid straight over to him, I didn't stay for the results as fabsy and me were in need of some comfort eating so we were probably in the services before the weigh in was done , closely followed by mr cochrane, as far as I know Alvin jones on peg 37 looked to have won with over 60lb so well done to him,
Sunday it's off to landsend for an open, so if anyone wants to fish just ring me at the shop on 01179517250 to book in, it's a 9.30 draw

Monday, 22 September 2014

Ivy house Sunday open

Firstly a message from steve long at viaduct fishery, the silvers league starts in two weeks and there are still some people haven't paid there entry and confirmed they are fishing, so please give the fishery a ring on 01458274022 to confirm you are fishing, be quick as there are reserves waiting to fish.
Back to ivy house and with 28 eventually booking in, it was another good turnout. After a decent breakfast it was into the draw tin and out comes 37 which s n the backside of the island just as it starts to widen, with empty pegs on the far bank to my right I decided to fish at about a 1 o,clock angle at 6 and 14 mtrs , so I set up a silvers rig to use at 6 mtrs over groundbait and at 14 mtrs I opted for a pellet attack, and with the small carp not showing to well I decided on an 8mm pellet attack as big fish have been the mainstay of the matches lately, I also set up a rig for dead maggot down my right hand margin as 38 wasn't in, 39 was filled by my travelling partner Ron hardiman, at the start I cupped in some 8,s at 14 mtrs , 6 balls of g bait at 6 mtrs with caster in for some hoped for skimmers, and a few dead mags into my right hand margin, I started at 14 mtrs with an 8mm banded pellet, 5 mins in and I had my first bite, a 6oz skimmer, opposite, I think it's steve chandler had a decent carp at the same time but that was it as far as early doors went at our portion of the lake, I haven't really got anything to talk about as apart from small roach over the g bait at 6mtrs, it was rock hard, out of desperation I put in a big pot of dead maggots and 6 mm pellet at 14 mtrs, and it did get a bit of a response , I had a carp lost a couple of foulers and had a few better skimmers , but it was always going to be to little to late, my meagre catch of one carp ans silvers went 16.1, most of the action was going on around the corner to my left in the 20,s and low 30,s, leading the way and coming out with a comfortable win was steve Waters from Oxford on peg 31 with 115..8. Catching the bulk of his weight on dead maggot down to empty peg 30
2nd, on 23 was Paul baker on 23 with 77.4
3rd was Martin lenaghan on recently restocked peg 21 with 67.7
4th,Jamie Compton on 27 with 53.5
5th Chris cotterell on 29 with 46.10
6th glen d on 34 with, 44.2
Joe Thompson on peg 5 with 20.8.
Off back to summerhayes on weds then next Sunday I,m running an open at landsend fishery on match and speci lake, 9.30 draw and fish 10.45-4.45. Ring me at the shop on 01179517250 to book in

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Short pole series , final round

Back to chiton trinity for the final match in this series, I hoped woodland lake fishes better than it did last week, 24 of us fish this league, and it's proved quite popular, so I will be running it again next year, the lake is booked so I will put the dates up on here before the end of the week
I let misha draw for me and she handed me peg 10. A good peg so no complaints from me, for company I had Dave Evans on my right, on the peg that won last week, and Leon Hubbard on my left, who was on my peg last week and really struggled , I hoped history didn't repeat itself this week as I really needed a top 2 in section to keep me in with a chance of staying in the end of if series prize money.
I set up a pellet rig for 6 mtrs at 11o,clock angle , a meat rig for 5 mtrs at 1o,clock angle and a pellet rig for the right hand margin, the  left hand side was a non starter as it was to overgrown.
I started the match on the longer pellet line , and just cupped 6,s in trying to keep the fish on the deck in the 8 foot deep water , several people caught straight away, so it looked as though it may be better than last week, nope false dawn. At the end of the first hour I had one skimmer in the bag, Dave to my right had a few and Leon had caught as well , my peg never switched on really, there was plenty of fizzing in most peoples pegs including mine but the float refused to go under, I had to wait till the last 90 mins to catch , when I had a couple shallow , one on the deck on pellet and 2 more on the meat line plus a few skimmers from both lines, by the end it was clear that I was going to be well down in the section, so ending the league on a low, never mind , there's always next week,
1st on the day went to Shaun Townsend on peg 23 which was the end peg on the car park bank at the right hand end, he ended up with 12 carp catching some shallow some deep and a few down the edge for 72.11
2nd glen bailey on 26 with 59.1
3rd dick bull on 24 with 58.12
4th Dave Evans on 9 with 51.3
5th bela bakos on 31 with 50.6
6th tom mangnall  on 17 with 50.2
Silvers went to joe McMahon on 32 with 19.3 of  thrashed out whitebait
Paul Elmes 23 points
Chris fox 20 points , 308.2lb
Shaun Townsend 20 points 290.1 lb
Glen Bailey 19 points
Craig Edmunds 18 points 263.5 lb
Dave Evans 18 points  178.1

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Summerhayes weds open

Back to this nice fishery again this week, but it's a proper pegged match today , so not in charge of my own destiny today , which I prefer especially as I don't know to much about the venue.
Into the draw tin and out comes peg three on sellicks , a flyer peg behind the hut, and more importantly I missed the pegs on Lilly pool. For company I had the old stager Gary butler on 1 and Gabriel skarba on 4, and with them both looking to fish for silvers I would have the far bank carp to myself, I set up a meat rig for 5 mtrs, then the rest were pellet rigs, one for the left hand margin , one for on the on the deck against the far bank and a shallow rig for against the far side , the same rig would do for the right hand margin as it was very shallow, the far bank has a spit of bank sticking out giving me two sides of it to fish, the right hand side was only 12 mtrs away whereas the left hand side went back to 14.5 mtrs,
At the start I fed all lines and began on the deeper rig against the far bank, to say it was slow would be an understatement, after the first hour all I had was one carp and that came from my right hand margin, the second hour wasn't much better but I did manage three more carp from the far side and a skimmer off the meat line, which apart from a small carp later in the match those were the only two bites I had on meat. Also the left hand margin never seemed to get going, I did have one bite down there , but was royally seen off in a snag under the pallet of 4, also gabe spent a fair bit of time fishing the other side of the pallet for nothing either, I don't think to many fish were caught in the margin anywhere today, which is unusual on this lake. I had decided to feed the far bank quite aggressively with 6 mm hard pellet , and fish banded 8mm on the hook, it took till the last thre hours to start working, but the fish turned up it was enjoyable last half, I think I ended up with about 35 carp and the lonely skimmer, I didn't have to wait long for the scales as I was second to weigh in after Gary on peg 1 who had 14lb of skimmers which was good enough to give him second in the silvers and as 23 people were fishing today it meant he was going to get a pickup, Charlie Barnes on peg 3 on Lilly won the silvers with 15lb of skimmers, both of them caught on worm and caster .
My nets went 92.15 which was good enough for first on the day
2nd was andy hembrow on sellicks 8 with 77lb
3rd peanut on Lilly 2 with 76lb
4th mark leahay on sellicks 15 with 72.11
5th Martin addicott on Lilly 14 with 71.6
Another good match on what is sure to become more and more popular venue , as it's not a venue where it is   Possible to predict winning pegs, although some pegs do have a lot of history , the owners always make you welcome and the complimentary crisps and chocolate after the match are a nice touch.
Off to chilton trinity on Sunday for the last round of the short pole series, I do have one space available, so if anyone fancys it ring me at the shop to book in on 01179517250

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Chilton trinity, woodland lake , Sunday open

21 booked in for this one today,  a nice number on this lake, and since it brush with khv it has been fishing really well so I was looking forward to this one , fabio pulled out two tickets so I took one and ended up with peg 6 which is he first peg up on the far bank from the left hand end, it's a peg I've always fancied in the summer as it's a nice peg with good margins , so I set up a margin rig for down the right only as the left hand side has got a sunken tree in it, two deep rigs for in front, one at 5 mtrs for meat and one for 14 mtrs on hard pellet, with lots of fish moving n the surface I set up a shallow rig aswell, I would love to report we all had a good day , but the lake fished harder than I have ever known on a summers day, no real reason as to why, perhaps it was the building high pressure, the bright sunshine coupled with no wind or at may have been the full moon last night, but it was hard with no one catching, I lost more than I caught , and as a whole there were probably more fish lost than caught , I ended up with 6  carp and one tench for 27.7.
1st on the day was dick bull on 9 with 69lb. Of meat caught fish at 6 mtrs
2nd rich heatley on 14 with 38.8
3rd lee wherret on 3 with 38.1
4th Adrian jeffery on 2 with 37.12
5th me with 27.7
6th mark Walsh on 7 with 27.4
Gordon cannings on 24 with 14.1 of meat caught skimmers, just beating the gimp into second place off the next peg(23) who had 13.5 of whitebait

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Summerhayes weds open

On the first Wednesday of the month Pete runs this match as a rover I,m not to keen on rovers as it tends to favour the locals with lots of knowledge on the venue, I had a quick walk around the the lakes as you can fish any of the lakes, the only stipulation is that you leave at least one peg empty between you and the next angler, there were 25 booked in so that's exceptional for a midweeker recently, firstly you draw a number to sort out the draw sequence, an early number is always an advantage , so when I pulled out 23 I was a little bit upset , when it was my turn most of the main form pegs had gone , so I plumped for 23 on Lilly pool, it's a nice corner peg with a nice Lilly bed at 11 mtrs and a lot of cover in my left hand margin, there were lots of reeds to my right but they were to high and thick to be a sensible option. I fished a match at the venue last year and Aaron britnell drew it and had a reasonable weight of it , catching up the left hand margin on pellet, so I set up a depth pellet rig for out to the Lilly's, a shallow rig also primarily by the Lilly bed, and a couple of margin rigs, one for corn into the reeds at 5mtrs with corn as this bait has been doing well here recently, and a pellet rig for 12 mtrs along the edge just past the reeds, at the start I fed all my lines and began out by the Lillys, I should have known better !!!!! , an hour and 15 minutes later and with only one roach in the net things weren't really going to plan, I lost several tug of war contest with carp and Lilly's , both shallow and deep , stuart barnett on peg two at the other end of the lake was catching steadily, also adie bishop opposite on 11 was having a few on paste out by his Lilly pads but wasn't catching fast enough. I went down on my corn line and had two quick fish, and apart from another one a bit later in the match that was my only three bites in that spot, there were odd fish mooching through the reeds but it didn't seem overly populated,
I had been feeding with a catty on my 12 mtr line and several fish were at times slurping up the bank, I spent a lot of time trying to catch these, and I did get a few , but as is normal in these situations, the fish are a bit pole shy, I could get a quick one then they would disappear, only to turn up again once the pole is removed, I think I got it wrong today as in the last 24 mins I came off the bank a bit and had 4or 5 better fish, perhaps I should have done it earlier, I ended up with a dissapointing16 carp and a lonely roach, which was going to be no good whatsoever, I actually weighed just over 48lb 2 nd on the pond but way off the pace, the match was won by Giles cochrane on peg 20 on longs with 76lb
2nd steve kedge on 12 sellicks with 71lb
3rd I think was Dom Sullivan on 3 sellicks with 67lb
4th Ron hardiman on 18 longs 65lb
5th stuart barnet , 2 on Lilly with 61lb

Off to chilton on woodland on Sunday, still got a couple of spaces so ring me at the shop to book in if your interested