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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Shiplate Thursday costcutter

Went with Jason Radford today to this popular fishery, the breakfast wagon was open today and very nice to especially as they have invested in a toaster ,(4.69)
Quality products and very hot.
Got into the draw tin about halfway through and pulled out peg 10 again, twice on the trot now, and not where ideally wanted to be, I fancied an open water peg as I felt the carp would be mooching about in the sunshine,
I got to my peg and the options were pretty much the same as last time, meat down each side margin , a caster rig for 4 mtrs , a rig for worm or maggot over groundbait at 13mtrs, and lastly a pellet rig to fish banded 8mm pellet over hard 6,s.
On the all in I fed three balls of worm and caster laces groundbait at 13mtrs, some casters at 4 mtrs, a bit of meat down each side and began firing some 6,s to the island,
Starting On the short caster line I expected a bite form a small fish quite quickly, but it was nearly 15 minutes for my first bite, but it was a bear two pound skimmer, and a few more smaller samples followed, just as I was thinking I was in for a good silvers day, the bites stopped, so I went out over the groundbait line , only to find small roach had settled over it, I did get a few handsize skimmers but it was hard, probably due to the lack of wind and ripple and bright sunshine , but I'm it moaning as it's been a long cold wet winter.
I came back on the short line and had a few more skimmers before the bites stopped again,
I had a quick look against the island, but never had a sign, and it's hard work holding 18 mtrs when nothing is happening, tried the margins but again nothing there. So most of the time for now was spent on the 13 mtr line, catching roach , perch and odd skimmers, then about two hours from the end , the island line sprang into life, for 90 minutes it was enjoyable and I began to think I may sneak into the frame, but as quick as they came they then disappeared , but during that spell I landed 9 but had a problem with foulers, which I think contributed to them backing off.
Still using the mosella micro mesh rubber landing net, a good strong net ideal when using hair rigs As the banded pellets don't get pinged off like they do with the bigger meshed nets
As far as I could see gary (ned)flinders looked to have won as he thought he had 160lb, but the word was that titch on peg 1 had 28 carp which should be more.
But Gary didn't need to worry as he had 164lb and titch only had 140lb, mainly due to the fact he had put 82 lb in one  net, oops, so that net was disqualified, never mind, he took it well, no choice really, it's not like I've never done it, LOL.
My fish went 76 lb for no good today, my silvers went 16.12 and my carp a shade under 60.
Silver,s went to inform Mike laird on  peg 15 with 43lb. All in all it fished well, the yellow ball in the sky certainly seems to be waking them up, I hope it continues.
Weigh sheets below.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Landsend open

Back to a favourite venue of mine today for this match, Landsend fishery on lakes 2 & 3, so got to the fishery in plenty of time for one of di,s lovely breakfasts, 4.8 as normal, only me and Jason today as Judith was laid up with man flu, which is far worse than your everyday lady flu, but also she wanted to watch the f1 grand prix, which is ok as long as the German don't win, luckily he was taken out and only finished 8th.
24 fishing today so 12 on each lake , so plenty of room really, I didn't mind where I drew to be honest, and I wasn't to upset to find myself on peg 15, company wise I had ron hardiman on 13 and Roger crago on 16.
Good to see the lakes full up , in fact they are at the highest levels I have seen them for years, also Mike has been doing a bit of bankside clearance which can only be good allowing more wind and oxygen into the water.
Several rigs for today, a margin for the right, another for the left which looked very sexy, but I felt it was a bit deep as I couldn't get in right enough, but it did look good.
A meat rig for 2+2 in front and a rig for pellet to the island, so all rigs assembled in plenty of time, still a bit untidy but I do try LOL.
Just a word about elastic lube, I can't understand why some people don't use it, I speak to a few people either in the shop and on the bank who swear by lake water, but it doesn't do the same , I like the mosella topkit glide competition lube, it certainly outlasts the other water based  ones  during the day.
At the start I fed the far side and margins with with pellets , then began on the short meat line, as it normally possible to get a couple of mug fish early on, I  decided to give it an hour, whilst still feeding the pellet lines, and by the end of the hour I had two carp and a big skimmer to show for my efforts,
So after an hour it was time to go across with a banded 8mm pellet, and I had a good couple of hours , adding several more carp to the tally, I thought I was going to be on for a really good weight, but the far side faded , which thinking about shouldn't have been a suprise, although the water looked to have a nice colour, but it was deceptively clear, I tried the  margins , the right hand side was a snag pit, so nothing from there, the left hand side produced one carp and two lost, as I thought it was a bit to deep for my liking, so I spent the rest of the match swapping between the island and the meat line picking off odd fish, with the biggest hooked just before the all out , and at about 13lb a welcome late fish.
It was difficult to see how the lake had fished as being left  handed I had my back to the majority of the lake, I could hear plenty of splashing , though, so I thought I had been beaten by a few, but as it turned out of was only russ peck on peg 5 who had beaten me on this lake and with him having 120lb plus he was the winner on the day then it was Martin rayet who was second on 41 then it was me with 104, not to bad really as I admitted to 80lb ish . I seem to be able to estimate other people's weights better than my own.
Anyone interested I will be running another one here on Sunday 29th april, book in with me or give Mike a ring to book in, 9.30 draw, fish 11 to 5.
Today's weigh sheets below.




Thursday, 12 April 2018

Thursday over 55,s, huntstrete bridge poool

After a nice breakfast at the Toby inn carvery in whitchurch I was on my way to the fishery, only 19 fishing today, which meant a bit of room so no complaints.
The same as last time I did the recording which meant I had the option to get into the draw bag before the rest, out comes 28, nice peg , a reasonable area for skimmers , with the option of an island to go at aswell, even if it was nearly 17 mtrs away.
Only two rigs to begin with today, a .6g for the skimmers and a .25 Corby slim for a little way off the island in about 3 foot of water to fish hard pellet.
We were all hoping for a good day as the club has stocked a reasonable number of f1,s, which has been feeding well for the anglers recently, today we had to stop after three hours to weigh in any carp caught , then start again for another three hours. For company I the affable Jeff Francis on peg 29 and southwest match fishing legend Mike Jones on 26.
At the start I cupped in some groundbait on two lines, one with caster and the other with some chopped worm, both lines were at 13 mtrs, the caster line at 11 o'clock angle and the worm one at 1. And started firing 4 mm hard pellets towards the island , one just off the end of the island and the other to the right down the side of the island,
I started off with maggot for skimmers over the groundbait lines , it was a bit slow for me but Jeff was getting some sensible skimmers, a switch to a piece of work worked and I was soon having some skimmers aswell, along with one of the lakes new f1,s.
An hour in and a few skimmers in the net I decided to go over to the island, and I was soon catching the f1,s along with occasional small carp, towards the end of the three hours Mike hooked a lump on the whip, which eventually turned out to be nearly 18lb .
The three hours of the first half were soon up and when the scales for to me I put 31lb of mainly f1,s in the pan to go into an early lead.

We started the second half, and as expected it was a bit slow, I could get odd skimmers over the groundbait lines, but it was to slow, so most of the rest of the match was spent over towards  the island, using banded 6mm over catapulted 4,s, during the break I made up another rig, this one was to fish a bit tighter to the island as I felt the fish wanted to be in the shallower water, even if it was a bit clear, I had  less fish in the second half, but I had more proper small carp along with a couple of late better fish up to 8lb, although I had less fish the carp went 36lb and along with 13lb of skimmers I ended up with a bit over 80lb for first on the day, Mike nicholls was 2nd with 57lb which included a carp of over 18lb, although some of the weights looked good, there were still some difficult areas , but as the water temp improves I thing it will get better, and I think the rain the day before knocked some of the colour out, which never helps, weigh sheet below.



Sunday, 8 April 2018

Viaduct open, Campbell lake

With a 9.30 draw we had time for a Toby inn breakfast I whitchurch before we drove down, so me Judith and Jason enjoyed a tasty start, Judith scored it a 4.6 as the eggs , sausages and coffee were very nice. And the rest was very tasty aswell.
Got to the fishery with 15 minutes to spare, so time for a coffee and a chat with some of the regulars, it was good to see Paul Blake back on the scene, he's been missing in action for a couple of year's LOL.
Judith Got into the draw tin second behind Jason Radford and handed me 113, a good peg but probably 4 to 5 mtrs behind the pegs either side, so in the absence of a lead rod in the bag , it was a waggler attack in the main today, so I set up a 4g middy clear wag to fish at depth, and two pole rigs, one for the left hand margin , which usually holds a fish or two, and another for hard pellet at 14 mtrs on front, normally it pays to set up a short meat line any where on this lake but it hasn't worked so far this year so I never bothered, and later on I started to regret it !!!.
For company I had Adrian bishop on 112 and Chris Davis on 114, most wanted 112 today as Dan squire won the fisho qualifier off it yesterday with 190+ , and we were expecting it to be ok today as it sometimes switches  them on when a bit of bait has gone in before.
At the start I fed some 8,s out on the wag line, and some 6,s on the 14 mtr line and down the edge.
I went straight out on the wag and soon had my first fish, a nice common approaching double figures, and a short while later another smaller sample followed.
But this time it was a nice colourful mirror.
This early success was a bit of a false dawn, the match became a struggle , not just for me , but everyone was finding it hard to get a proper bite, there were plenty of fish moving about , but they certainly weren't interested in getting there heads down, I did try the pole at 14 mtrs but only lost a couple of small skimmers, also the margin may have been ok, I had a carp down there with about 2 hours to go, then next put in I lost one around a drainage pipe, I had to pull for a break , but my elastic snapped where I was pulling it around my keepnet, so the rest of the match was spent on the wag, I did keep shallowing up to try and tempt some cruisers, and I did get one at range, I also had one close, about ten minutes after Judith asked me if I had ever hooked one when I dropped the float in the edge while I fed with the catty, damn  near lost the rod, it never happened again though.
It was a case of plugging away , feeding casting twitching feeding, wind in , repeat the process, busy fishing , lots of the bites coming after the twitch, something that can't be done in the tip.
I must say I have been using the drennan acolyte 12 ft carp waggler rods now for over a year, and it one of the nicest rods I have ever used, plenty of power when needed , but enough action to stop hook pulls when you have a fish under the tip.
I did lose a few foulers today but with the fish swimming round as they were I half expected that, but I was putting enough fish into the net to keep me in contention, going into the last 90minutes Chris to my right began catching short on meat, kicking myself now, I should have done it, and with Gary o,Shea on peg 110 catching as well as anyone I may be slipping back, towards the end I began getting  more indications and landed a couple of late ones, then 7 minutes from the end I lost a fouled under my feet and the wag shot up the tree above me, so the end was spent on the pole for nothing added,
The scales arrived on gary,s peg and he ended up with 138lb, I thought I had 130 so it may be close, and it was as I just beat him with 140lb, which was also enough to win on the day, so that was good , meaning I have qualified for the all winners final in october.
Paul faiers won the silvers on peg 110 with 49lb of mainly skimmers which is a good days fishing by any standards, so well done matey.
So it was a much harder day than most expected, but for was ok as everyone had a day's action, and the carp seem to be spreading out a bit now, with fish moving about in front of all of us, weigh sheet below.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Shiplate Thursday costcutter

I drive straight to the fishery today as Mark Jones had his breakfast wagon on site doing rolls, sarnies or even a plated breakfast so I thought it would be rude not to give it a go, and I'm glad I did as it was very nice, all done with quality ingredients, only thing missing was toast, but you got a buttered roll, 3 sausages, 2 bacon, 2 eggs, 2 hash Brown's aswell as beans, mushrooms and black pudding, and a coffee, all for 6 quid, a 4.64 on the rixon scale, so well done Mark and his able assistant, Donna kebab.
Got into the draw about halfway through and peg 10 stuck to my mit, it's at the top end of the lake on the far side behind the island, more of a carp peg than silvers, but as it's quite shallow compared to the majority of the lake I wasn't really feeling it, but it looks nice.
So I set up rigs today for carp and silvers, a margin rig for meat each side , but no bites on that, a bit to shallow with the cold water temp,
A rig for pellet at 16 mtrs at the bottom of the island shelf, another for pellet  at 17.5mtrs on top of the island shelf, oooo that could be painful. And a couple of silver,s rigs, a.4g double bulked rig and a more conventionally shotted .3g aswell.
For company I had Masterchef mark on 9a, and venue expert ticth Williams on 11.
To begin with I cupped in some groundbait at 13mtrs with a smidge of chopped worm and caster in it, loose fed some casters at 2+2 and fired some 6,s to the island , oh yes and I began wasting some meat down the edge.
I started with a caster on the short line and had a 1lb skimmers first out in, then had to wait 10 minutes for another bite , and that was a 4oz skimmer, followed by a couple more before it died, all that was in the lighter rig, so I went out to 13mtrs with the double bulked rig, and had a couple more skimmers there including a 1 1\2 fish, it never really got going for the silvers, maybe it was to shallow , or it may have been the wind and trip going together, which always makes presentation more difficult, but by switching between the two lines I kept odd bites and fish coming, as I said the margins were no good, as was the island lines, that was until about an hour from the end I saw a couple of splashes out by the island, so it was out  to 17.5 mtrs and I had a bite, and duly netted a nine pound mirror, and that was the only bite a had from a carp, titch  to my left had 4 carp and a tench down his edge by a busy in the water, and Mark got caught by a couple on the lead out by the island, luckily my silvers went 16.9 which was enough for r to get second in the silvers by double default lol, you got to love a default enve!ope,well done to save wride for a good silvers weight of 34.12 from peg 5, and well done to Roy  ede on peg one with the top weight on the day with39.12. weigh sheet below, and to be honest it fished hard today, we desperately need some warm weather.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Todber manor silver,s final

Travelled on my own today, stopped off at cannards for breakfast, it was ok, a nice 4 on the rixon scale.
Had a quick drive around the lakes when I got there, gary(elf on the shelf)o,Shea was up on hillview mixing his groundbait, a quick chat with him and he reckoned that homeground would be the place to be today, with its good population of bream and skimmers along with plenty of good roach. There were some good silvers anglers in attendance, and some missing aswell, including Steve kedge who is always a threat in these sort of venues, I asked Mr Collins as to why he hadn't turned up and he reliably informed me that on Easter Sunday his wife makes him dress up as an Easter bunny and go and hide in the garden, then she has to go and find him, I found it hard to believe but Nick was adamant this was how it pans out ever easter, and Dave roper seemed to agree LOL.
Any way John candy soon had the draw underway, in I go and out comes 61 hillview, not a peg of choice and in the match yesterday the anglers here including locals such as Ben dukes and Mark Harper struggled to catch carp and silvers were almost non existent, but they do move and change daily , so you never know, I was in good company with an old friend in the shape of Steve Hutchinson, we've know each other for nearly 35 years but our paths don't cross to often these days, but I get the impression the dark side of commercials is calling to him.
I only set up three rigs today, a .6g pc bodied double bulked to fish worn and groundbait at 11 mtrs,  a .4g drennan as5 for caster over groundbait at 7mtrs, and a .4g as5 to fish on my topkit to hand with caster .
On the whistle I cupped in some worm infested groundbait at 11mtrs, some of the same but caster infused  at 7mtrs, and began feeding some caster on the topkit line.
I started at 7mtrs and had a couple of small fish but nothing to right home about, so I tried a worm head on the long line, but again just small fish and an f1, so an hour in nearly and I got the topkit rig out, and I had an enjoyable near 2 hours fishing catching quality roach , all in single caster, lovely fishing, and looking round it appeared this lake at least was not fishing well at all, but after a couple of hours this line died, I then had about 90 minutes when I could hardly get a bite any where , even on single maggot, then towards the end of the match I had a few skimmers on the worm line, then 15 minutes from the end I had a 6lb plus bream, a proper bonus fish, I began thinking I may sneak in, but the scales would tell the tale, I was last to weigh in in the whole match, and Mike nicholls was winning with 33.14 from homeground  lake with a mixture of skimmers and quality roach on wagglered caster.

 I thought I may have  about 25lb and was surprised when the scalesman called out 33.2, so second on the day and 12oz has cost me 650 quid as it's basically a winner take all match, so well done mike, probably the only person on the match to fish the waggler nearly all through.
The weigh sheets below will show that the fishery had a bit of an off day for silvers, this crappy weather isn't really helping to be sure, but it's going to warm up a bit this week, hopefully the weather men will be right about this.




Friday, 30 March 2018

One word, uncomfortable !

Only a short blog today, no pics the weather was to bad, and it was difficult for most, with odd carp making up the top weights,
But that seems to be how withy pool at huntstrete is at the mo, but no doubt that will change with the onset of spring, but I'm beginning to think we will go straight back to autumn at the end of april.
Still the day started well with a nice breakfast at the Toby inn carvery in whitchurch, 4.3.
Got to the lake and there were 19 of us over 55,s fishing, which is not to far off about as many as you would like to see on here, a couple more though would be ok.
Not quite first into the draw bag first as that is for anglers requiring a short walk, Harry Muir was hoping not to draw 74 as it's the end peg in the narrows, and he struggled off it last match. Guess what ha ha ha
As I was recording names of meant I could get into the draw before the rest, method in my madness there, out comes 59, a peg that has a lot of historical form, as have all the pegs on this back bank, but history hasn't really been repeating itself recently.
For Company I was between league organiser Chris Rolf on 60 and one of my early match fishing peers James (jimmy) norris on 58, and with Chris ollis on 57 it was a bit of a who's who from yester year.
Rigs today , a .5 drennan as5 for caster at 5mtrs. Another of the same pattern to fish caster at 13 mtrs to my right at 13 mtrs again just over caster, but as it was about 7 foot deep here it was a .8 version , a bit heavier than I would normally have used but with the wind and rain blowing in slightly from the left, but mainly straight in, it afforded me a bit of stability, the last rig was again another drennan pattern , which was bodied but with a wire stem to fish caster over groundbait at 13 mtrs,
On the whistle I cupped in some caster at at 5mtrs, some at 8mtrs slightly to my right, and some more at 13 mtrs on the same angle, about 1.30 on the clock dial, then some groundbait at 13 mtrs.
Starting at 5mtrs I missed a bite first drop, then had a 3oz roach, next put in an 8 oz version, next I lost a fouled carp, and I never had another bite on this line, so 30 mins in and I dropped the wire stem rig into the 7 mtr line, and caught straight away, nice roach 3 to 6 oz fish , aswell as a skimmer of over 2lb, I had an enjoyable 90 minutes , not flying but enjoyable, especially as those around me couldn't get a bite, but it never lasted and the rest of the match was fairly quiet, the groundbait line only produced a small roach and a couple of tiny skimmers, the only other person I could see catching  anything was John Smith opposite who was getting some skimmers, but that died for him at about the same time as my fish stopped , I did get a nice perch and a 2lb plus hybrid off the 8 mtr line later in the match, but that was it, as far as the match was going I seemed to have done ok, only being beaten probably by  people with carp, of those Harry (moaner) Muir seemed to have done the best as he had 2 , certainly moaned them on matey LOL.
The scales got to me quite quickly as not to many were weighing, and those who did never had a lot, my fish went 13.2 which I was pleased with as conditions were horrible with a chilly wind and freezing cold rain battering us on this bank for most of the match, Harry won on the day with his two carp for 27lb, as normal the weigh sheets are below.



Sunday, 25 March 2018

Sunday open, Chilton trinity

Back to woodlands lake today, again it's another venue I haven't been to since last summer, we had a nice breakfast at lillypool, and got to the fishery in plenty of time, normal warm welcome from Tom, misha and little lily, only 14 fishing today, which is more than they have had lately, so still plenty of room for everyone, I normally let misha or lily draw for me, but they had to leave before draw time as they were off to pick dad John up from hospital after an op, I'm sure everyone who knows him will be wishing him a speedy recovery.
So Judith muscled (lol) her way to the draw tin with instructions to get peg 2 if poss, it wasn't to be, but 14 will do nicely, especially as 15 wasn't in, I set up three rigs, a silvers rig for 5mtrs, a hard pellet rig for 14mtrs, and a margin rig to fish pellet in front of 15 where there was a nice flat spot of about 3 1/2 foot deep .
At the start I cupped in two balls of groundbait at 5mtrs, some hard 4,s at 14 and some 6,s in front of 15.
I started on the short line and soon had a few plippy roach in the net.
I stuck with it for a while , but the fish weren't getting any bigger, even caster on the hook didn't improve matters, and it wasn't long before Steve seager who was the lucky one to draw 2 was getting  his first carp.
I decided to switch to the long pole line on banded 6mm ,

it certainly wasn't going to plan with carp being noticeable by there absence, I did get a couple of pound plus skimmers and a handful of 4oz ones, but it was very hard. There were odd carp being caught, except for Steve on peg 2 who was getting a bit of action, I'm not going to waste to much time writing about very little, a few people did catch carp shallow on the wag, but they weren't feeding fish, it seemed it was occasional cruisers , and if your hookbait fell   past there nose , you would get a bite, I did set up a wag with about 2 hours to go, but I think I missed the boat today, and I never had a bite, I really did expect a few carp down my left hand side but it just didn't happen till the last 30 mins when the float went under twice , two foulers and both on and off very quickly, I did spend a fair bit of time fishing with just my topkit with maggot  and caster over small balls of groundbait, catching small skimmers and roach, and it was the same depth there as at 14mtrs, I'm glad I did as I ended up weighing in 10!b of silver which was enough to take the silvers pool on the day, just beating kev Perry by 7oz. There were a few carp about as Mark broomsgrove to my right had 5, plus a few silvers to come second with 35!b behind Steve seager on 2 who had over 70!b, weigh sheet below,
Thursday this week  I'm at the over 55,s at huntstrete, then next Sunday it's back down to Todber manor for the silvers all winners final .Looking forward to that

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Thursday costcutter, shiplate farm

It's been a while since I've been here, to long if I'm honest as it's a lovely venue with lots of options, and you are always met with a warm welcome from owners Steve and Carol.
I got to the fishery with time to spare , even after stopping at lillypool cafe for a 4.5 breakfast, just a quick heads up for anyone thinking of going there for breakfast on Sunday morning, the cafe isn't opening till 8am so another option for this week is called for.
Draw time came , and I delved into the bucket hoping for a draw on the far  bank as the bigger skimmers tend to frequent that side, or one or fifteen which are the flyer carp pegs. But no out comes peg 3 , a peg I have never fished before, it's a nice peg with an end of an island to fish to, if the carp decided to have a go, but I didn't think that was likely as the water was freezing.
I had good marker on the Far bank in the shape of the hls angling clubs silvers demon, Bolton George, so hopefully that would help me guage how the lakes silvers population were responding.
One of the best things about here is that you are never short of a bit of room in the swim, which is very handy when you as untidy as me.
I set up a wag to fish pellet towards the end of the island, 8mm over 8mm, but apart from a possible indication I never had a sign during the match, and I probably wasted nearly an hour on it, so no more about that then.
The only other kit I set up were two pole rigs , a .6g drennan as1 and a .4g drennan as4 , both with a guru size 20 f1 maggot hook on .10.
At the start I cupped in 4 balls of groundbait at 13mtrs with a few casters and micros in it, then started at 5 mtrs on caster, but 15 minutes in and not a bite, I went out on the heavier rig to 13mtrs, and I began getting bites straight away, small skimmers and smaller roach, but looking round, not a lot seemed to be happening, so I just got my head down and kept at it, the skimmers were mainly small  but I did get one of a pound and another of 1 1/2 lb during the match, but most were 4 to 6oz, just had to keep dropping an odd ball of groundbait in when the bites slowed,I kept trying the short line and did get two perch and a few roach, but  it  never warranted staying in it for to long as the bites were to far apart,  I've had a busy match , mainly down to the average size of the fish, it was obvious by the end that the overall monies would be going elswhere
Tom light was first to weigh on peg 15 and after putting 114.10 on the board that was first place sorted, and by the time the scales for to me there was already 3 weights over 20lb of silvers, being lead by Mike nicholls on peg 5 with 24.4 , I thought I may have 15/16lb but was more than surprised when Steve called out 24.12 , beating Mike by a few ounces to win the silvers on the day, I did feel a bit embarrassed to be so far out in my estimation, but it didn't last long, especially after Mike called me a rude name LOL.
Looking forward to going back again in a fortnight, hopefully it will warm up a bit by then and the carp will spread out a bit, but there is obviously a huge head  of silver,s in the lake and there is a chance of a day's fishing on most pegs. Weigh sheets below.
This weekend misha is running a match on woodland lake at Chilton trinity, so as it's also been a while since I've been there, I've booked in , looking forward to catching up with tom and mish, and the forecast don't look to bad.

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.