Monday, 17 July 2017

The Return"

Sorry but a lot has gone on over the last few weeks some not so good but more of that in a bit, I did make a half hearted attempt back on the bank starting at Shiplate Farm main lake a few weekends ago, I say half hearted, When loading the gear in the motor I just didn't seem that keen still, I managed to draw my normal haunt of peg 6, Decided I was just going to target silvers with expanders or corn with ground-bait as that's all I had with me", As soon as the whistle went it all went tits up" My Cupping kit somehow snapped shipping the first ball out which caused it to sink" I made a bodge job of trying to fix my spare cup on with a piece of stick? Nope" The same bloody thing happened with the next ball! Well that was the icing on the cake really, I scraped together around 8lb of silvers but with two hours to go sitting in a sun trap on the hottest weekend of the year not putting much in the net I had enough & the kit was soon back collecting spiders again!"

I returned to the bank last weekend & to be honest I was really looking forward to it' Simply because it was an Open on the River Huntspill so a welcome break from the commercial scene. I've always enjoyed the challenge of either trying to catch bream usually on the feeder or targeting eel's on the pole, I always opt to fish for eels as I've never really seen massive weights of small fish from the pole lines & usually those who put a net of small fish together have to fish it for a long duration therefore missing out fishing for the bigger skimmers/bream on the tip & some of the eels are big' so soon add weight to the net. 

It was a good turn-out with 65 Anglers fishing the first open on the river since this time last year" I ended up drawing peg 100 below Woolavington bridge, Last year I drew this section on the last super league & peg 99 was the form peg framing in the first two matches, I had to contend with peg 101 also being the end peg of the match at are end but was keen to get going'. I had around a dozen chucks with the feeder full of bait before attaching the hook-length but it was a very slow start, We new are pegs hadn't been fished yet this year so the fish have to get used to seeing some of are baits" with my peg set back slightly I could only see the guys either side of me & the tip of the rod from peg 98 who had a few early bream in the first 30mins" I spent most of the match on the tip the pole line was slow with just one 6oz perch to show for it after a couple of attempts, I struggled to catch eels here last year for some reason & am convinced the don't like some areas. It was hard work but I plugged away for just under 12lb of skimmers with a couple pushing 2lb late in the day but did lose one slightly bigger when chatting to an old team made from my Thatcher's days who reminded me I had hair then" The section was won with 20lb but the pegs either side of me they finished with 3lb & 4lb so felt I had learnt a bit & fished a good match for a change" Lol, Stretch" Won the match from the end peg at Puriton with 31lb & 16lb made the frame so I wasn't far away.

I was back again this weekend firstly an attempt to fish a match on acorn fishery but planned to just fish worm an casters I had baby sat from last weekend, I thought I was onto a winner when I drew the peg I fancied, Peg 9, A nice short reach at 12mts, Perfect as well as plenty or margin, I cocked it right up! and struggled to put 37lb on the scales, Saying that peg 5 had 38lb peg 6 53lb & peg 11 similar to myself, Most of the fish seemed to be on the straight or up the far end which makes a change, It didn't help as I chose to fish around 6inches off the far bank due to the foliage, Big mistake as the fish were rooting against the shallower mud line which I should have gone & trimmed before we started to get tight to it. Lesson learnt".

Back to the Huntspill to fill in for the Maver Team for the latest round of the Super League, In all the years I have never had the privilege off an end peg in any league match but was happy when captain Chris Hook handed me peg 60, end peg at the top of woolavington this time which turned out to be a bloody long walk" The unfortunate part is it fished hard in the practice last week compared to other areas but some bait had now gone in so kept an open mind, Chris had been fortunate to draw peg 98 which won the section I was in last week but Ivan Currie had an even better result with an end peg one above where the match was won last week' so things looked hopeful for them? It was a fair old chuck to the far bank which I new I couldn't reach so opted to fish as far as I could comfortably cast which was around 25mts from the far side, I felt for the best result most of the better fish would come from this line to do well in the section so would be on it for most of the day? I did set up two pole rigs to fish at 13mts, One on the deck for Eel's & one to fish off the deck for roach ect, I had to be positive today so spodded out twenty feeder full's with a mix of chopped worm, Squatts & dead red maggots to get a carpet of bait down encase a shoal of fish approached from my right to try & hold them their? That's the theory anyway".

It took me 15mins before I feed some maggots on the pole line & started the day with dead red maggot on the hook, In the first 20mins I managed a tiny roach & a 2oz perch so it wasn't hectic' I was switching baits to try & get a response and after 45mins of the match gone I had a decent fish on, I got it over some weed it kited for & just as I went to get it to the net the feeder bounced & the hook flew out" Bye Bye 3lb Bream!". Marvellous.. At least I didn't lose it over the feed so kept my hopes up of a few more even though I wanted to cry" I kept hoping & did manage a couple of small 6oz skimmers among the tiny perch' & did manage a fish pushing 2lb & one close to a 1lb but after 2hrs decided to give it another quick five chucks with some feed before having a look on the pole line I had been feeding from the start, I was going to try the lighter rig to see what was in the swim but went straight on the deck to try & snare some eel's, Starting with maggot on the hook it took a matter of seconds to get a bite, Eel number one around 7oz, Then another & another" both of similar size, next put-in I had to weight a bit longer but had a slightly bigger fish around 12oz, A short wait again saw me add another around a 1lb then 5mins later one over a 1lb' this couldn't last surely? I gave it another 10mins but no more so was back on the feeder.

I spent the rest of the match giving it 30mins at a time on the feeder before having a quick look on the pole, oddly I never had another eel on the pole only some small perch & rudd, Thankfully I did manage to land a bream close to 3lb & some more 1lb plus fish later in the day & thought I had ended with around 14lb? Nigel Evans was admitting to 20lb but went on to win the section with 24lb of bream, skimmers & roach, The lobby's chap to my left weighed 17lb odd before I also finished with 17lb odd but lost out to him for second in the section by ounces costing me £50 along the way but again I had a really enjoyable days fishing, I couldn't see a soul all day let alone here anything so just got my head down working away for bites. Back at the results Chris (Gappy) Parr of the Sensas 88 mob did well to win the day next to Chris off peg 97 with 57lb of bream al on the feeder, Chris did ok though to finish 2nd in the section with 20lb & Ivan came back with an even better result winning his section with 31lb & finishing 2nd on the day, 19lb was 6th on the day so again not far away & the bream defiantly was costy' Really enjoyed the day again & looking forward to filling in again for them next week.

Back to the not so good news, My Lovely Wife Yvonne has been suffering with loss in her fingers so had an MRI Scan which has revealed she has a form of MS which wasn't good news, It looks like she has to go for an opp on her shoulder blades sometime soon after a visit with the specialist but that's about as much as we know at the moment, Doing this blog does take up some time & after a days fishing & I'm sure their will be some jobs I have to help with for her on my return home' I will do my best to update any matches I may be fishing asap but hope you can understand Yvonne will always be more important at the end of the day.                        

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Just to update things I chose to have a weekend or two away from fishing as I needed a break, Un-fortunately it has been somewhat extended' Due to some idiot I was put in a situation where it became a case of having to defend myself as I wasn't going to get one first" Not ashamed to say it landed quite sweetly seeing as I'm getting on a bit now but just my luck I smashed my hand in the process, The result was the Local A+E a few hours later due to swelling. Nice & simple to patch up I thought but not in my case, It resulted me going under the knife in the Theatre of the New' Southmead Hospital last Friday which didn't turn out to be to severe with no tendon damage but still needed a good flush out & stitching back together! Hopefully his dental bill expensive but they do say don't pick on the little one's". Well that's me off the bank for at least a couple of weeks until its all healed but that's life, So until then Tight Lines until I'm back on the bank.    

Monday, 15 May 2017

Sedges Fishery (Top-Kit) League. Round 1, Tile Lake. (Sunday)

Well back for another crack at this top-kit league with three rounds of twenty anglers & the top ten from two sets of qualifiers making the final to be held on the same lake on the August bank holiday, The day started with a lovely breakfast at the wooden spoon in Weston which now opens at 7am on a Sunday with fellow competitor's John page & his Travelling partner Simon Ryall who haven't fished it before, Last year I did make the final coming 2nd on the day so a nice pick-up & was keen to try & make it again, The wind was in the same direction as the day before but not quite as strong but again I fancied the far bank with the wind off their backs. I was quite late in the draw queue so had one of the last numbers & I could of cried, I Only went & picked the same peg as yesterday, 32!" FFS..... No I didn't fancy it, Again..

Fish have fins as they say so lets just hope they were still munching on my left overs from yesterday!" Owe well not a lot to set up then', I say this is a top kit only match but you can use a short number 4 section as long as the length of the pole you using does not exceed 3mts". I had two rigs, 4x14 & 4x14 Rubes set up on 0.17-0.15 & a 16 & 14 PR438 hooks, & a 0.3g rig on the same line to fish down the edge 2ft deep towards the tree overhanging the water,
between myself & are foreign counterpart Ziggy Slowiski on end peg 31 which I fancied to win the section with the wind blowing right in, & on my left I Had team mate Bobby Gullick on peg 33, Now its not my rules but he was guesting today as he's fishing the other set of qualifier's, His points wouldn't count but personally I don't agree with it as you still get a picture of what to do when it comes to his rounds'?? Not that he needs it as he's won it the last two years! Yesterday I put all my faith in meat & although this would be my main attack I also had some pellets on the tray including some 6mm expanders.

I started the match down towards the tree in the shallower water which was probably a mistake as after 10mins Bobby was already playing a decent fish caught straight in-front of him on the deck which turned out to be over 13lb & added one slightly bigger in the next hour' I couldn't get any indications on the meat so after an hour fed a few hard 6mms off to my left, I gave it a try after 15mins before trying a 6mm expander over the top, I had a bite straight away but the 4oz skimmer was a bit much for my elastic' & came straight off, Ziggy had a decent tench & had started to hook a few carp but judging by the foreign language it wasn't all going well". After nearly 3hrs of sitting like a gnome & just one 8oz skimmer on the meat I was losing the will to live so time to stretch my little legs , I walked down to Pagey' on peg 35 who was also struggling having just two small roach & a tiny skimmer, Back at my peg I continued on the meat, I had just looked at the time, & my float shot under which I promptly missed but at least it was a sign, at 1.30pm I had my first carp around 5lb soon followed by another slightly smaller, 10mins later I hooked a beast but not in the mouth & we parted company before I landed a 7lb fish in the fin' I had to wait for bites but at least I was getting signs of fish, At one point the heavens opened & I had only gone & left my coat in the van but because I was getting indications I had to stick it out with just my sweater which proved worth while as I netted two more but again they weren't decent fish but at least I was catching. Not for long, The rain stopped & so did bites" the last part of the match again was a struggle, I was hoping for some late fish down the edge but never had an indication here all day, I managed one more fish around 7lb but lost two more foul hookers, One just moments before the whistle around 15lb" Ziggy had finally sorted his swim out & went on to finish 3rd on the day with 80lb odd, And Bobby's good start added to the fish he had through the day saw him finish with 70lb odd, My fish went 44lb which was just over halfway so not a bad result after my dire start, Winner on the day was Weston's Matt Culpin from end peg 40 with 110lb catching on 6mm expander over hard pellets in the open water & a few fish down the edge on meat so well done to him, You can see his report on his blog, Culpins Calamities.

 Winner Matt.

I can't say I'm really enjoying my fishing at the moment, I took last weekend off hoping for a change of fortune but it wasn't to be, This match fishing lark doesn't come cheap with entry fee's ect ect, It gets a bit much sometimes so planning to take another weekend away from it next week so sorry for shortage of blogs at the moment. On a more positive note after a chat with a few people I'm thinking of running a six match series next season on Saturdays, Six different venues with a maximum pole length of 5 sections?, This will probably take some arranging so please mention to me if you may be interested as it will probably be limited to around 20ish anglers. Owe' & how spooky is this' I decided on the way home the wife & myself would have an Hungry Horse meal at are local, I couldn't believe it when they asked for are table number & it turned out to be 32..!" At least this one had a horseshoe under it..'

Full Results -

1st Matt Culpin (Culpins Calamites) peg 40, 110lb 1oz.

2nd Neil Fuidge (The Sedges) peg 28,  89lb 14oz.

3rd Ziggy Slowinski (The Sedges) peg 31, 81lb 13oz.

4th Bob Gullick (Mosella UK), peg 33, 79lb 7oz.

5th Jess Jordan (Summerhayes) peg 25, 72lb 14oz.

6th Rich Coles (The Sedges) peg 37, 64lb 10oz. 

Sedges Fishery (Guru Series Tile Lake). Round 4.

Back again for this fourth round of this five round league, Not in contention for an overall frame place despite finishing in the top 6 in the first three rounds but have so far enjoyed the matches so was looking forward to the day. I had a wander around before the match & their seemed to be a few carp chasing the silvers spawn in the margins of the far bank swims which would have the wind off their backs today which was due to increase as the day progressed so was hoping for a draw on this bank for a change. Into the draw & I found myself on peg 32 on the split bank between brick lake,
The higher number pegs further along tend to dominate & with the peg only producing 20lb in the last round I wasn't to hopeful, I set up the waggler to try & fish towards the island but if the wind got any worse I would have a job presenting it so set up a small cage feeder to fish the same distance. Tomorrow is the start of the topkit only league so I decided this would be my only pole swim today to hopefully give me a hindsight as what to expect so set up a 4x14 float on 0.17-0.15 & a 16 B911 hook.

I started the day fishing the pellet wagg towards the island feeding shorter feeding a few 8mm's & began to feed a few 6mm's just over halfway across, I did have an early 4lb carp after ten minutes but only when I got the float tight to the island,
Already the wind had picked up as was making things difficult, King of the swingers' Mark Leader who was guesting today on my left had a better size fish on the method early but things were already not looking good with fish being caught further down on are side. I would like to say things got better but they didn't for me" . I switched to the small cage feeder to the island & did hook two more, both which snagged me within seconds snapping my hooklength like cotton". I managed one more on the wagg & Finally got a couple of bites on the topkit on meat, The first turned out to be a 16lb 8oz carp which seemed to take forever to net as it was hooked just outside the mouth so couldn't get its gob up which wasn't helped with this topkit not having a puller kit! but at least I landed it' The only other bite was from a 1lb skimmer & that was the end of my day. Mark had a couple more on the method & did get a monster eel & a few late carp on his longer meat line & was admitting to 40lb & peg 31 in the corner was admitting to 50lb so I didn't trouble the scales again today"  Tiverton's Martin Heard took the top weight on the day with 146lb from peg 39 Followed by two weights of 114lb, Fishery owner Jamie Rich finisher 2nd by 1oz' which now see's him on four section wins & as the day panned out it now means he cant be caught for the overall title, Back again in a couple of weeks for the final round so hopefully I can have a better day as this is getting hard to take at the moment'.


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Summerhayes Fishery (Weds Rover).

I booked in not knowing how many were in but a bit disappointing with only 5 of us present including team mate Gabo who booked in at the last minute, Perhaps with everyone favouring costcutter' matches perhaps the £21 entry puts them off? Still here now so plenty of choice where to fish" I ended up with third choice & after Mark Hannon went for one I was hoping for on longs  I ended up going on Lily Pool all on my tod" with the wind off my back I planned a simple day fishing short as I new with some resent weights over 150lb on the other ponds I would have to catch from the off, Gabo opted for a peg with the wind blowing in to the small island on peg 13 Sellicks & the other two went on longs. I simple rig to fish meat at 6mts & off to my left at the same distance & a rig to fish at 5mts to the point on my left down the inside edge & back towards the pallet on my right.

I wont bore you with hooks line Ect as at the moment I seem to be ill fated or have I just became crap overnight"? No funny comments please because I could get my Mo-Jo back & batter you off the next peg! wishful thinking? My day went a bit like this, Started on the meat at 6mts, 20mins, Not a sniff, Off to my left the same distance where I had fed a decent amount of 6mms at the start, One foul hooker which came off, down to the right hand inside point on the hour mark, Nothing, Down to the pallet on corn, Still nothing...

I rotated lines for two hours before I finally caught, A 1/2oz rudd! finally I caught a 2lb carp by feeding 6mm hard pellet & using 8mm on the hook to avoid the blips playing pin-ball with my banded 6mm" , Before the halfway point Gabo was off for more nets as he was already close to his limits on the first two" Chose the right peg today then didn't I.. I did start to get the odd carp between 2-4lb but had to wait to long for bites, So with a couple of hours to go dumped nearly the entire contents of my bait tray down the edge" & took a wander over to see how Gabo was catching for a while. I gave it another go on my return & had a couple more but called it a day with just under an hour to go tipping back a mere 40lb. I went to see Gabo again who was still catching the odd carp & admitting to 60 odd carp & a few small tench so I guessed he had over 200lb & their were two weights over 100lb on longs, I didn't stay for the weigh-in but it turned out Gabo did win the day but had the added bonus of beating the lakes & venue record with 240lb odd so well done Mate. He fished well for it being positive as he does" Lol , Bill Hopping ended up with 160lb odd with Mark having 120lb plus.

Good weights for the few of us fishing but I certainly chose the wrong lake today to try & compete, I know some fish from this lake have been moved, A few more than they thought I'm hoping as I managed to skilfully avoid the lakes entire contents for most of the day despite being here on my own! I would of probably been best to pick a swim with the wind blowing in on the opposite bank but who knows hey" Its only fishin!.          

Monday, 1 May 2017

Shiplate Farm (Squical pool) Sunday.

Only a little knock-up again but with loads of small carp & goldfish' in this lake we were all hoping for plenty of bites, I let Carol draw for me again today & wasn't to disappointed when she handed me peg 14 which I've drawn twice in the three times I've been on here winning all previous knock-ups so was hopeful of catching well again. The only difference today is I had John Hawkins opposite me on peg 11 so we would be sharing the island so to speak. I had a dire day, I started cad-potting a few 4mms fishing hard 6mms or 4mm expander on the hook off the island in the deeper water & caught a couple of small fish but already I was having to wait for bites which wasn't a good sign as the pegs in the lower numbers were already catching one a chuck' I spend the day scratching around for between 12-14lb which was probably last on the pond, Kurt Pinkett won the day with 54lb odd from peg 1 & Julian Pinkett next to me on the other side of the small island finished 2nd with 30lb odd but he didn't have a peg in opposite him which would of helped. John Hawkins ended up catching a few when he put some G/Bait in which I didn't take today but to be honest I don't think you can get it to wrong if your on a few but today wasn't to be for me Lol.

Shiplate Farm (Main Lake) Monday.

Back Again for another go on the main lake, Myself & John Page decided we would have the last two tickets in the bag & swap with each other, Big Mistake" Peg 9a in the bottom end of the lake which is very shallow & not produced lately & Kurt only managed 4lb here last Sunday so I wasn't to hopeful, I drew John peg 4 which can be ok & I would have much preferred it to mine but hey ho",

I chose to ignore the rods today as I new John didn't catch here on them last week & the waters very shallow over to the island so set up two rigs to fish for carp off the tree to my left at 13mts one in the shallow water tight in & one for the deeper water just over 2ft off the end of the tree. Apart from this I would fish for silvers in the open water & settled for a couple of lines at 9mts in 4ft of water because if I went any further out it got even shallower". I started the day off the tree hoping for an early carp but nothing, so started dump-potting hemp & Small amounts of corn off the end of the tree. I went over the G/bait & Chopped worm line to my right at 9mts & caught a 1lb skimmer but bumped one the next put-in which cocked this line right up as I only caught small skimmers over it for the rest of the day & some chunky roach, I fed micros at 9mts infront of me but never had a bite over it" I managed one carp off the end of the tree, All 12oz of it & managed another skimmer over a 1lb but that was it, With just under an hour to go the skies started to blacken right over & rumbles of thunder made the decision for me to call it a day, It hadn't been an enjoyable weekend as I was hoping but that's the way it goes so I tipped back around 6lb of silvers & just managed to get the kit in the van before we had a downpour, I finished the day off with a quick pint where john met me afterwards, He struggled for a few bits & a couple of carp so not much better but the day was won be Pete Sivell from the famous peg 1" with over 100lb & the silvers was won by Julian Pinkett on peg 6 with 20lb odd.

Weekends like this make you want to pack it all in but I'm sure by next week I'le        be just as keen to go again".

Monday, 24 April 2017

Shiplate Farm Main Lake (Shiplate v Clevedon A.A).

Back on the main lake today guesting for the Shiplate v Clevedon A.A friendly they have been holding home & away for the last couple of years & with the score standing at Four - Nil in Shiplates Favour so keen to keep the winning going in the teams run." Ten of us from each side would be spread around the lake on alternant pegs, After a wander around & a brew before hand it was nice to see a few old faces, Dave Smart of the old Thyer's Team & Steve Warren who has recently returned to fishing, I even snapped this bunch of fish following the pollen from peg 2'.
 It looked like being a nice day again with little breeze & I was going to ask Carol to do my draw again but being busy with the board I had a dip myself, I shouldn't of done as peg 8 was stuck in my mit' Not the best of pegs but the day was on total team weights so I didn't even bother to try for silvers as I didn't think I would compete for a weight from here so carp all the way for me today, hopefully!.

Having drawn here before I new the peg held a nice margin to my left & a bush in the water on my top-kit to my left which I hoped would produce a few fish,
 As well as an island chuck but it was really shallow tight over as the geese were stood up in some parts".
As soon as I was setting my box up I noticed a decent fish swirl down my left margin so spend the next hour assembling my kit as quiet as possible, Simple again today a shallow swinging rig for mugging any swimming around further out on the long pole two rigs to fish a shallow & on the deck down the edge but didn't plum this as I didn't want to disturd any fish' & a rig to fish on the deck at 9mts over micro's in 4ft of water as a get out of jail line'.

I cupped a decent amount on this line & went straight down the left margin with a rig set 18inches deep to start with with meat on the hook but didn't feed anything, I gave it 5mins & nothing happened so set the rig around 2ft & switched to banded hard 8mm pellet cad potting just a couple of the same over the top, a few minutes later & I hooked a lump only for the hook to pull as it swam out! B*****K's, I fed the same again & gave it ten minutes but nothing happened, Before the start Steve (Peanut) Howell had wandered around & pointed out a bunch of carp feeding on the surface in Mike Owens peg 7 around half-way across, They were feeding on some sort of pollen & by now they were heading my way & within reach at 16mts' I couldn't resist it so out went the swinging rig with banded 8mm, Wallop' He's on & 8lb soon in the net". I probably shouldn't have dobbed straight on them as they had disappeared but at least I had one in the net.

back down the edge & after a bit of lifting & dropping I was in again, It was a decent fish which soon came in around 12lb so 20lb in the first 45mins was a good start, The problem was all signs of fish down the edge had long gone, I gave it another 20mins but all I added was a skimmer & a crucian around a 1lb each, I had been pinging the odd pellet towards the aerator to my left at 16mts so had another go on the long line rig, I hooked one straight away but again it came off but I checked the hook & it was blunt so my fault' I couldn't get another bite here after as the fish what were present seemed very cagey, I had been feeding the odd 8mm pellet on the top-kit line to the bush & gave it a go after a couple of hours, I did have a fish around 4lb quite quickly but never had another sign here all day, The next few hours were a real struggle, The sun was out but I was totally in the shade as were my margin lines & I'm sure this made a difference to catching more from them as the water still isn't at it warmest yet, I managed a couple more skimmers down the left margin & managed 1 carp on the shallow wagg around 4lb to the island but did miss two bites, The shallow rig near the aerator didn't produce & I even assembled a paste rig to fish on the deck over the top which didn't produce a bite & nor did the 9mt line. A bit disappointing after the good start but I don't know what else I could of done to catch more carp today, At one point I looked at the flat calm swim for any signs of fish but they had all disappeared by the look of it!" It turned out I didn't do to bad finishing with 33lb as peg 9 didn't catch & Kurt Pinkett only managed 4lb odd from 9a so not a lot in are bit then'. Back at the results & Rich Hawkins on 14a had a great day finishing with 141lb on the paste ahead of Golly Jones who took 62lb from peg 1. As far as the winning team went well its now 5 - 0 as we nearly doubled Clevedon's weight with 400lb odd thanks mainly to Rich being on the Shiplate side' but a good bit of fun & banter before & after makes for a good day.

Full Results -

1st Rich Hawkins (Shiplate) peg 14a, 141lb 8oz.

2nd Gordon Jones (Shiplate) peg 1, 62lb 6oz.

3rd Dave Smart (Clevedon) peg 15, 50lb.

4th Andy France (Shiplate) peg 3, 45lb 12oz.

5th John Page (Clevedon) peg 5, 42lb 12oz.

6th Mike Owens (Clevedon) peg 7, 36lb 10oz.

Silvers - 1st Andy Deverant (Clevedon) peg 14, 12lb 6oz.  


Sunday, 23 April 2017

Sedges Fishery Guru League (Round 3) Saturday.

Out with the wife after yesterdays match so time to catch up on the last two days, Back to the tile lake of this five match series, Not doing to well in the overall standings but still decent monies on offer to the daily winners so all to play for, Greeted with another nice day ahead weather wise, & close to the front of the draw I found myself on peg 39,
Happy with this as theirs been a few fish caught here in the first couple of rounds so fancied it for a few, End peg 40 has been the hot peg so hoping Mike West wouldn't give me neck ache all day'
The rest of my section consisted of team mate Bobby Gullit on 38,
Jamie (Top of the moaners') Parkhouse on 37 with Comic's Ken Raynor on peg 36 to complete are mini section, The wind wasn't really in are favour pushing at us from the other side of the lake but I still fancied catching a few over to the far island on the bomb or shallow waggler, Paul Holmwood drew this on the first round when I was on 38 & suffered with snagging on the bomb so I decided to chuck right up the side of the island hoping any fish I hooked I could steer over it?
Apart from the rods all I assembled was a rig to fish shallow on the long pole for banded pellet & a meat rig at 5mt in close to 5ft of water were I set up a 4x14 chanti on 0.17-0.16 & a 16 PR478 Hook.

On the all-in I fed around 30 pieces of meat at 5mts as wanted to try & force it a bit on this line & just a couple of cubes off to my left at the same distance & started the day on a small cage feeder with pellets in to the island with paste wrapped around the pellet, I was the first to catch in are section but it wasn't an expected carp just a 1lb plus skimmer, I gave it nearly an hour whilst feeding hard 8mms over the top, Mike Had caught one carp but nobody else had in my section so decided to switch to the wagg with banded 8mm, I soon had a fish around 3lb expecting another straight away but the a bit wise to this' The next one I hooked put me in the snag" but I did eventually have another of 5lb Which I got right up over the snag by standing up as soon as it was hooked but getting a bite was proving hard work, Approaching the third hour I had had one more but wanted to try the pole line encase any better fish were around but 15mins later & no early signs I decided to give the conker' another try, I did hook a fish but it was after I fed & I think it was a fouler snapping my hooklength, Mike had added another fish but Bobby had just a skimmer & a decent eel but he managed to let it slip back" & Jamie & Ken appeared to be struggling, I had been pinging a few 6mm at 14mts but after the others had tried these lines without fish I was back  on the wagg.

It wasn't hectic & was proving hard work to feed & fish the distance with the wind not in are favour & my knuckles were getting well & truly wrapped" but it seemed I was the only one getting the odd carp in the section so stuck at it, With a couple of hours to go I seemed to be stuck on 30lb for ages before I had a better fish out of the blue pushing 8lb which helped to keep ahead of the section, I had kept dump potting meat on the 5mt line at regular intervals as well as feeding the other line lightly so gave them another go & at this stage nobody had caught on it but again it didn't happen.

With around an hour to go mike had netted a couple more carp but had lost a few, Bobby had borrowed a waggler rod off Jamie & caught one carp straight away then nothing & Jamie & ken were still struggling, It was hard work to get any indications on the wagg but I had caught a few late fish on it last match, Bobby was putting his faith in the meat on the short pole & it paid off with a fish nearly 18lb followed by another over 13lb minutes later" I did manage a three late fish to add another 11lb or so on the wagg in the last 30mins but bobby had managed to net a couple more 8lb plus fish so I new on the all-out it would be close between us for the section, When the scales arrived 116lb was winning the match with a 115lb weight on are bank further up the lake, Bobby had estimated on having 55-60lb but I didn't quite think I had that as some of my fish were small, He ended up with 68lb odd to my 61lb so just a decent fish in it for the section but fair play to him for having the faith in the meat line to produce, Well done mate, I fed mine to heavy from the off hence no fish of it but I just wanted to try it positively, lesson learnt Lol, I enjoyed the day & had to work hard to get the odd fish but it paid off in the end as Bobby ended up 3rd on the day meaning I picked up the section pools of £35. Winner on the day again was fishery owner Jamie Cook not on peg 40 this time but opposite on the other end peg 21" This man can draw! with 116lb on his favourite method & pellet wagg.

Back again in a few weeks for the fourth round, Out of it in the overall standings but still winning to fish for on the day which proves worthwhile. Forgot to mention the duck with her chicks, All nineteen of them" that must of been a job sitting on that lot!

Full results -

1st Jamie Cook (The Sedges) peg 21, 115lb 14oz.

2nd Mark Bellringer (The Sedges) peg 35, 114lb 2oz.

3rd Bob Gullit (Mosella UK) peg 38, 69lb 4oz.

4th Lee ( The Sedges) peg 26, 65lb 5oz.

5th Dom Sullivan (Mosella UK) peg 39, 61lb 1oz.

6th Tom Magnul (Mosella UK) peg 29, 55lb 13oz.

Silvers -

1st Vic Bush (Mosella UK) peg 34, 17lb 11oz.


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Maver S4 Z-Frame Double Cross Draw Seatbox For Sale.

After Purchasing a New Seatbox a few weeks ago I've been meaning to advertise my Maver Box.
This box has been well looked after & is in very good condition & the only reason I wanted to change is I found it just a tad to high to fish the long pole properly which is hardly surprising with my dumpy legs".

I took the time to make separations in the two cross draws to stop things moving around & the box comes with a decent sized unit under the lid,

It comes with another unit which fits into the frame above the seat box ideal for winder trays ect, as well as room for over twenty winders under the seat,

The only slight issues is the paint chip off the frame on the front you can see in the 3rd pic and the bottom part of the frame you can see here where it's been rubbing on my trolley', These boxes are still selling at the moment for £545.00 but I'm wiling to take £300, Its a box at the high end of the market which I was reluctant to change but needs must. you can contact me on 07967243456.

Shiplate Farm (Main Lake). Sunday.

Bit late with this one as I'm up at 3.30am for work most days at the moment & was shattered after yesterday (Not By Bagging") Lol, No fry-up this morning but I did make sure I ate this week' A sell out again with 20 fishing but conditions looked favourable with a slight wind blowing into the near bank, I've not seen much of this lake for a while after drawing peg 1 on my last four visits" Or should I say The Lovely Wife or Owner Carol have drawn it for me so with the wife working today it was down to Carol to do the honours again'.

It wasn't to be peg 1 this time around but peg 13a on the far bank just off the end of one of the islands but was a long chuck" Happy with the draw & a couple of weeks ago Andy France had a few here & caught some big fish down the edge so was hoping for a bit of the same? With the conditions near perfect on are side I fancied to catch a few on the long pole shallow failing this on the deck with paste" yep Paste! Don't do this often these days' so had a shallow rig for banded pellet & the rig for the deck with a size 12 hook' both to be used around 14mts, A decent rig' for down the edge in 2ft of water at 5mts between myself & Roy Ede on peg 13 but it was a bit tight sharing it' I also assembled the bomb rod & pellet wagg but decided to start the day fishing a small cage feeder with pellet & Conker on the hook (Paste moulded around pellet). I fed a good helping of 6mm pellet at 14mts then chucked the conker in the open water at around 30mts whilst pinging 6mms with the catty on the long pole line & feeding just the odd hard 8mm down my edge, I left the first cast in around 15mins without any liners so chucked slightly further towards the end of the island, Ten minutes later I had a slow pull round which kept going' I soon had a 5lb fish in the net but it came attached to some carpers' set up with a braid hooklength & a lead I would use to hold a keepnet down" What made it worse it wrapped around my small feeder & hook trashing it completely! Ho Hum another day spent tackling up hey"?? I was soon back out but nothing followed so had a quick look on the pellet wagg as a few fish seemed to be near the surface.

This didn't work' as soon as I pinged a few 8mms out the fish were gone" but I had confidence the shallow pole would be ready to plunder as I had been feeding it for an hour or so, Starting with a 6mm hair rigged hard pellet I expected indications straight away but it didn't happen I continued to ping a few & kept the slapping up" but my only sign was a 1lb skimmer'. I thought they just might be on the deck so out with paste on the hook & a bite in seconds saw another 1lb plus skimmer followed by another & another" before I started to see signs of carp nearer the surface, Back on the shallow rig I finally managed one near 7lb but that was it! What was even more frustrating was Kurt Pinkett on peg 14 had taken a couple shallow the same distance but had not fed a thing' I remember being on this swim last year & Russ peck caught shallow on peg 14 but on peg 14a Andy France & myself caught next to nothing" I went further out & to the right where I hadn't fed but still couldn't tempt any, Back on the deck I had a couple more skimmers before things went dead completely, I had a look down the edge after the first 90mins but decided to be positive after no early signs & dump potted bigger amounts of feed down the inside, With an hour to go I saw signs of fish & dropped in with a decent piece of paste, Gone!.

I just couldn't catch a carp" Roy next to me had a carp in the first ten minutes then spent the rest of the day struggling but Kurt had managed a few more late in the day, I did prick one late in the match shallow but that was it I just couldn't get a bite on any method. When the scales got to Kurt 37lb was winning before he finished with 55lb which was good on the day so well done to him, I ended with just two carp & 8lb of skimmers, Roy didn't weight & apart from John Hawkins on peg 12 who won the day with 74lb odd catching down to a tree with hard 8mm he had between himself & Glyn Wickham on peg 11 who chose to fish for silvers & won this with 31lb odd most of us struggled for fish today.

In hindsight I would of been better off fishing the wagg on the deck for silvers today as 15lb was 2nd but hindsight's a wonder thing, I just couldn't get my head around Kurt not feeding but had fish appear on & off through the match in numbers. Well done to those who managed a few & I'm back here next Sunday guesting for Shiplate V Clevedon A.A so hoping for a few next time around.

Full Results -

1st John Hawkins (Wormheads) peg 12, 74lb 14oz.

2nd Kurt Pinkett (Wormheads) peg 14, 55lb 2oz.

3rd Pete Sivell (Frys) peg 8, 40lb 5oz.

4th Alan Healey (Frys) peg 15, 36lb 13oz.

5th  Glyn Wickham (Summerhayes) peg 11, 31lb 9oz.

6th Rich Hawkins (Wormheads) peg 1, 26lb.

Silvers - 1st Glyn Wickham 31lb 9oz.


Sunday, 16 April 2017

Avalon Fishery (Teams of Four) Final Round.

I was filling in again today although I'm not quite sure for whom" Lewis Jones offered to pick me up which was handy after a few bevey's yesterday, We stopped off for breakfast in burham which thankfully was ok today, We arrived in plenty of time & I soon got to draw, Peg 6 which thankfully meant the wind which was due to increase was off are backs but just so happened to be the peg I had in the last round I filled in" I caught a few on the bomb & bread that day didn't even had any this time around putting my faith in a total pellet approach, First up I had the bomb rod & waggler rod assembled although I would put most of my faith in the shallow waggler across to the island at 30mts or so. Apart from this I set up a 4x12 F1 pellet float up on 0.15-0.13 & a size 16 F1 pellet hook to fish on the deck in nearly 7ft of water at 14mts & a shallow slapping rig' to fish the same distance off to my right.

For company I had Fishery Owner & Mosella Boss Vic Bush on peg 7 but he was going to concentrate on targeting the lakes silvers, On the all-in I fed three balls of G/Bait at 14mts to my left with micro's & 4mm's added & just fed a few hard 6mms the same distance to my right, Starting on the pellet wagg which I had clipped up before the start to land as close to the island as possible so no issues here then..

Like F**K" First chuck & I Was in the branches of an overhanging tree off the island I hadn't taken into account" & yep I lost the lot! Ok then Ile just chuck the bomb to the island whilst I Re-assemble the wagg, I Hadn't clipped this up before hand as usually I'm not a bad shot, The problem was I had forgot my sun glasses & as I cast it caught me right in the eyes, I was waiting for the plop' but it didn't happen as I had only chucked straight into the island' & yet again Lost the lot..!" Not a bad start to the day then....

I managed to set them both back up quite quickly & was soon back on the wagg, I missed a couple of early indications but it was a slow start, I did manage a carp but by now we were an hour into the match' Vic had netted a few decent skimmers on the long pole but I hadn't seen much being caught, I had a ook over the G/bait with 4mm expander on the hook & did manage two skimmers around 7oz a piece but had to wait for the bites so was soon back on the wagg, I would like to say it was a hectic day but it wasn't, I tried the bomb over to the island a couple of times without so much as a liner, the 14mt line with G/bait didn't produce, I kept pinging a few hard 6mm's to my right which I tried a few times, On the first put-in I pricked' a decent fish but apart from one more bite here later in the day I never took a fish off it, I ended the day with five carp, all taken on the wagg with 8mm pellet as tight to the island as I could get, I did miss a few bites most of which came as soon as the float hit the water & I did lose two but they could of been foul hookers, When the scales arrived 31lb was winning my section, I weighed 29lb odd before Vic managed 32lb of silvers & one carp for 40lb. Back at the results & Luke Pester from corner peg 24 won the day with 116lb ahead of Tom Magnal with 98lb, Vic went on to win the silvers so by default I picked up 2nd place in the section worth £25 so a bonus their' The league was won by the Fu Fighter team so well done to them picking up £300 between then which included the individual winner being Luke Pester so a big well done to him, Sorry again for no pic's as I remembered the camera but not the Sim card & it wouldn't allow me add photos" Off to Shiplate Farm tomorrow on the main lake for there sold out match & I couldn't possibly be on peg 1 for the fifth time in a row.. Could I ??. 

Full Results -

1st Luke Pester (Fu Fighters) peg 24, 116lb.

2nd Tom Magnal (Mosella UK) peg 27, 98lb.

3rd Paul Warton (Thyers) peg 48, 68lb.

Silvers -  1st Vic Bush (Mosella UK) peg 7, 32lb.

Overall Teams

1st Fu Fighters

2nd The Sedges

3rd Thyers.            

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Acorn Fishery Friday Open. (Paddock Lake).

I was looking forward to this as well as the long bank holiday weekend, For the first of three matches over the Easter period I was off to Acorn for this open which had sold out but with a couple of no shows their was still 27 of us fishing, I prefer it when their are more than normal fishing as the weights although lower tend to be closer with the fish not having as much room to back off, I estimated between 60-80lb would win with closer back up weights so we would see?.

Into the draw & I found myself on peg 12 which was in the end corner & I only had to reverse the van round the bend, Ideal' happy with this draw as I had plenty of room across & down my right edge with the next guy being on peg 10,
when I arrived it was obvious their were some fish swirling across on the far bank but unfortunately their were around the point of the island towards the next guy but hopefully I would be able to draw a few fish around my side.

Two rigs for fishing across at 14mts tight to the far bank both being 0.1g floats on 0.15-0.13, One with a hair rig band for hard pellet & one for soft pellet, A rig to fish in 3ft of water down the edge at 10mts being a 4x12 chanti on the same line with a size 16 new guru hook, A rig to fish on my top two plus two again down my right edge in slightly shallower water & finally a swinging' rig to fish shallow anywhere.

I started the day potting some 6mm's in one area further along on far bank to my left & started the day on the point of the island in just over 12inches of water with 4mm expander feeding some hard 4mms over the top with the catty, This didn't work' I started to get signs of fish in the swim but they weren't keen on the pellets raining on them' I did try even shallower tight to the bank but just one foul hooker which I did get in was all I could temp at this stage, I had a try on the other far line with banded 6mm which caught me a fish, A 8oz goldfish". what carp were present didn't seem keen to settle at this stage, I managed another off the point cad potting some hard 4mms with a 6mm expander on the hook but after a couple of hours only had a couple of fish.

I had been pinging the odd 6mm down to the tree overhanging the lake at 13mts & at 10mts in the open water, The wind had turned slightly blowing at me from peg 10 & I saw a fish roll on the 10mt line so went in with banded pellet on the swinger rig set around a 1ft deep, Straight under! a fish of 5lb was netted & I thought this was going to be it but no more off this line' I went further & closer to the tree & again had another fish straight away then nothing, It seemed to be as soon as you had a fish they just moved off not really interested at this stage.

I couldn't see much being caught although the chap I didn't know on island peg 5 seemed to be doing well & Glen Calvert on peg 9 had netted a few, Time soon disappeared & before I knew it we only had a couple of hours left, I know from experience the carp on this lake can switch on going into the last couple hour so decided to start dump potting bait tight to the far bank in the hope of getting a few in the swim grubbing around,
After 30mins of trying the inside lines & the swinging rig again with success I started to see fish tight over where I had fed.

I went in with 6mm expander in around 10inches of water & it shot under" I had another as soon as I went back in then nothing so fed another larger amount & left it, I managed another on the other further line along the bank cad potting some 6mms & eventually started to get the odd indication of fish down the edge on the short line. I spend the last 60mins pinching the odd fish over towards the point & managed a couple down the edge again on 6mm expander over hard 6mms, It seemed a few other caught a few late fish but I didn't know how the rest of the lake had fished? I estimated to have between 45-50lb but we would see?.

Only one set of scales today & all the kit was back in the van before they even started so I went around to the early pegs to see the start of the weigh-in Starting with Brian (Anteater) Slipper on peg 1 who finished with 51lb odd before the chap on peg 5 who had been catching well all day, Un-fortunately their was a strict 70lb net limited & he was slightly over with 74lb so this net didn't count & he finished with 26lb odd, He would of easily had enough to win the day & I did feel for him as he doesn't normally fish matches but we all have to follow the rules. Back to the weigh-in & their were a couple of 40b weights before Glen Calvert on peg 9 took the lead with 64lb odd, The guy on peg 10 weighed 48lb with some better fish down his edge before I finished with 55lb odd, A couple more 40lb weights before Kev Hewitt pushed Glen close with 62lb from peg 34 next to the bridge. It was a tight match as expected come the end, With glen winning the day but I was fortunate to pick up 3rd overall collecting £60, an Easter Egg' & a small Trophy" The top silvers went to Mark Bartlett from peg 19 with 9lb odd. A good day all round & well done to Rob Fogg & Mark Bartlett for running it.

Full Results - 

1st Glen Calvert, (Sensas Thyers) peg 9, 64lb 10oz.

2nd Kev Hewitt (Acorn) peg 34, 62lb 15oz.

3rd Dom Sullivan (Mosella UK) peg 12, 55lb.

4th Brian Slipper (Sensas Thyers) peg 1, 51lb 9oz.

5th Jamie Amier (Acorn) peg 10, 47lb 14oz.

6th Mark Bartlett (Matrix) peg 19, 46lb 7oz.

Silvers - 1st Mark Bartlett peg 19, 9lb 5oz.


Sunday, 9 April 2017

Shiplate Farm Fishery (Main Lake).

The short trip back to Shiplate for their latest open match which was a sell out capped at eighteen, The lovely wife Yvonne made as some breakfast today before accompanying me to the Fishery for the draw, She has been a dab hand of late so put her forward to do the honours again today, She was close to the front & I don't know who was more shocked when I opened peg 1' Four matches on the trot now I've been fortunate enough to end up here & after winning the last three from it so no reason why I wouldn't have a few today?,
Quite simple as far as setting up went, A rig to fish shallow on the pole, A rig to fish just over the edge of the bank in 3ft of water where I caught a few last match
& a pellet waggler & bomb rod to fish into the bay area, Whilst we were setting up I noticed a load of fish further across towards John Dursley on peg 15 the top of the lake which were following the breeze but to far across for me to cast to without approaching John's swim.

I began the day cupping in some corn & 6mm pellet down the edge & started on the waggler down into the bay set at dead depth which wasn't much more than 3ft, I missed a bite on hard 8mm pellet then had a small skimmer & a small Tench but no Carp, I had been feeding 6mm's at 14mts in the open water so after 45mins gave this a try, I did miss a couple of bites which I put down to small fish then foul hooked & lost a carp but that was it. over an hour gone I decided to have a chuck on the bomb with a wafter on the hook on the same line I was trying the wagg, I had a drop back which I missed but next chuck finally I had a carp around 5lb, Nothing followed so after another 15min went back shallow on the long pole.

I had a fish around 6lb but just as it seemed I would begin to catch shallow the wind did a complete U-turn & now the wind was straight at me making it nearly impossible to keep slapping the rig without the line going around the end of the pole" Arrrr! After a couple of hours  I decided to have a look down the edge starting with banded 8mm pellet, After a minute or so I spooked a decent fish when lifting the rig slightly, & it seemed they were off the deck here as well, I tried shallow but couldn't get that to work, So decided to start dump potting some 6 & 8mm pellets in to try & get some fish to feed on the deck, I had another on the bomb further out & missed a bite on the shallow wagg but as soon as you fed near some fish they would disappear' I struggled for the next couple of hours, Shallow on the long pole was now a No No' I did take a couple of fish by reeling the bomb back onto my edge line which nearly ripped the rod in being only around 15ft away" I could see Steve Peanut Howell catching shallow on the opposite bank & Andy |France appeared to be having a few next to him but I hadn't seen john have many ooposite me on end peg 15, The last couple of hours were a bit better as I managed a few more on the bomb including a lovely white & orange mirror around 3lb & finally got a few fish to get their heads down on the inside pole line catching on hard 8mm pellet, By the all-out I though I might have 50-60lb but things had been harder than I expected, When the wind turned are way it went a lot colder which I think pushed a few fish down but it was a bit of a strange day trying to get them to have a go.

Back at the results & Russ Pecker kept up his resent good form winning the day with 101lb off peg 4 catching the bulk of his weight shallow on the long pole so well done again, Resident Peanut Howelly came second from peg 13 with 92lb & Andy France finished with 71lb to pinch 3rd place in the money just edging me out with 68lb, On the silvers front Alvin Jones paying his first visit to the venue took 27lb of small skimmers from peg 2, Quite & enjoyable weekends fishing In the tropical weather we've had over the weekend & I made sure my knee's were well & truly covered today as their still glowing"

Full results -

1st Russ Pecker (Thatchers Tackle) peg 4, 101lb 13oz.

2nd Steve Howell (Shiplate Farm) peg 14, 92lb 1oz.

3rd Andy France (Cadbury Angling) peg 13A, 71lb 13oz.

4th Dom Sullivan (Mosella UK) peg 1, 68lb 6oz.

5th Lee Philips (Un-known) peg 11, 46lb 2oz.

6th Kurtis Pinkett (Wormheads) peg 12,45lb 6oz.

Silvers -

1st Alvin Jones (County Gardens) peg 2, 27lb 12oz.

2nd Ron Stark (Weston) peg 13, 17lb 8oz.  


Saturday, 8 April 2017

 Sedges Fishery (Guru Series) Round 2, Tile Lake.

Back for the second round of this twenty peg series of six matches with the worst result dropped, I didn't have the best of starts even though I was sixth on the day I had three of the top anglers in the main frame in my section so was hoping for a better second round' I stopped off for a bacon sarnie on route & arrived in plenty of time, I had a wander around before the start & it appeared their were a few fish present in a few areas with plenty of bubbles' Close to the front of the draw I ended up on peg 30 which was the top end of the lake in the far corner between the canal lake, Being a corner peg I had no island chuck today but Dave White had won the section in first round fishing the long pole to the end bank & with the wind blowing at us I did fancy catching a few their.

I had a rig to fish close to the stick-ups in 3ft or so of water on 0.17-0.15 & an 16 PR478 Hook, Had a rig to fish meat in the deep water on my top-kit plus two sections & apart from this I had a rig set up to fish shallow with banded pellet, The normal straight lead & a pellet waggler. I had Tom Magnal next to me on peg 29 who did have an island chuck & I new he would also fish the method off his peg. I started by feeding a good amount of hard 4mm's at 13mts to the end bank & a few hard 6mm's at 16mts, By the time I had done this Dave Romaine opposite me of peg 31 was already playing a carp on the shallow wag chucking towards the rope in the middle of the lake, The first problem I had as I couldn't chuck as far this side of it as the breeze was coming across into are bank, I had a tree overhanging at around 30mts so started here hoping for some early fish. Nope" I did miss four bites' but before I new it an hour had passed & I was yet to catch, Tom had a couple of fish on the wagg to the island but had switched to the method & had netted a couple more, Dave opposite had netted a few but I just couldn't get it to happen.

It was time to try the pole down to the end bank, I went in at 16mts with banded 8mm pellet, Nothing.. onto the 13mt line, One skimmer just over a 1lb, not what I was hoping, I had been feeding meat lightly on the short pole line & decided to have a look, Well that was until I realised the meat I had been feeding was floating' I got it out the freezer yesterday being lazy but now I couldn't use it" Whoops. I had another go on the wagg where I had been pinging 8mms but couldn't get a bite, With nearly two hours gone things weren't looking good, I decided to try the bomb over the wagg line with a 6mm wafter on the hook, I just happened to look away after 5mins as the rod flew round but it was to late & snapped my 7lb hook-length" Next chuck I had to wait ten minutes but it went again this time I netted a near 10lb fish, At Last". I had a smaller 3lb fish before it went quite, A look on the pole again only produced another skimmer so I decided to try the wagg again I thought I had sussed it & they had turned up after catching two on the trot but then couldn't get a bite.

Dave had switched to fishing the pole & was sacking catching shallow but I tried & failed with this aswell' I was struggling to get anything & with just a couple of hours to go Had nearly given up hope before I started to get the odd indication on the pellet wagg again, I managed the odd fish but going into the last hour I had a run of five fish in as many casts before they disappeared again, I tried the bomb back over the same line but nothing & another try on the long pole down the end bank gave me a skimmer over 2lb which came off'.

The last 20mins were hard as I missed just one bite, I had Tom down as are section winner for close to a 100lb &, Mark Wynn was first to weigh & finished with 85lb odd, Dave white had 41lb, Dave Cocaine didn't weight, Tom finished with 98lb & Surprisingly I ended up with 77lb odd so wasn't far away come the end after all, I'm sure I would off nicked a few more if I could of cast a bit further towards the rope but was really surprized I didn't catch to the end bank on the pole, There was a bit of an algae bloom down my edge for most of the day so don't know if this had made a difference? Back at the results & Dave had emptied it breaking the lake record with 311lb odd" A back braking days fishing so fair play mate & well done, The weights dropped off from this though as fishery owner Jamie Cook was second on the day with 102lb from end peg 40, The same draw he had in the first round" Jammy Git Lol, Another mistake I made today was to fish in my shorts for the first time this year, Because of the breeze I hadn't noticed just how hot it was, Trust me my now glowing knee caps tell the story!

Forgot the camera today so unfortunately couldn't get a pick of Dave or of my swim ect,

Full Results -

 1st Dave Romine (Frenzee) peg 31, 311lb 15oz.

2nd Jamie Cook (Sedges) peg 40, 102lb 7oz.

3rd Tom Magnel (Mosella UK) peg 29, 98lb 11oz.

4th Martin Bellringer (Sedges) peg 33, 96lb 10oz.

5th Mark Wynne (Colmic) peg 26, 85lb 2oz.

6th Dom Sullivan (Mosella UK) peg 30, 77lb 7oz.

Silvers -

 1st Bob Gullick (Mosella UK) peg 25, 10lb 8oz. 




Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Shiplate Farm (Hawthorns Lake) Sunday.

Staying local again today, I arrived in plenty of time as had to drop the wife to work so both skipped breakfast as she gets hers there, It looked like being a pleasant day with the sun already showing & no wind to contend with, I decided to let Carol draw for me again today as she's been a demon hand for me of late but wrote a peg I fancied drawing on my palm but didn't let anyone see, Into the draw & Peanut' Howell got her to grab one at the last minute she had two stuck together so handed him one an me the other, I opened mine to find my usual home here peg 3" & Peanut had peg 9, What did I have wrote on my hand? Yep peg 9..... Unreal!.

I'm not a lover off this draw as I just don't seem to catch much from it unless the water has warmed right up & the last couple of times have resorted to silvers to pick up some coin, I was actually close by on peg 4 last time & managed 2nd with 56lb odd fishing hard pellet or maggot on the hook over hard 6mm's fed with the catty to the far bank so opted for the same approach, Two rigs to fish on the deck & shallow tight over & a rig for the deeper water but I couldn't seem to find a flat spot anywhere as it sloped off quite quick so opted to find something close to 3ft or so. I knew the edges were deep so had a couple of rigs set to fish between a 1ft-3ft as with it being warm expected the fish to be up in the warmer layers.

Russ Pecker had drawn end peg 1 & their looked to be a few present when I walked a few swims before the draw so fancied he would do well, & peanut of course after getting my chosen haunt.."

I started the day tight over with maggot on the hook feeding around twenty 6mms with the catty, I hooked a fish after five minutes but it was in the ass & we parted company' I switched to hard pellet after a couple of roach but already things didn't seem right, I started a new line further along the bank cutting down on the feed, I had one fish before hooking another fouler so nothing to it fish shallower' Nope no joy their, I had noticed Russ had started to get a few slapping a shallow rig so gave this a go but if anything it made things worse, I had been feeding the odd bit of meat down my edges & notice a fish swirl, Straight in with the rig set a 1ft deep I had a 6lb fish straight away but nothing followed, I was sharing my other inside & didn't see fish here so back across where I had continued to feed, One fish then nothing again, I didn't really have the room to try slapping different parts of the swim which by now Russ was doing really well on & it appeared myself & a few above me were struggling, I kept trying different baits ect across but nothing was happening, The deeper rig did produce a couple of 6oz skimmers but I was going nowhere, In four hours of trying it decided to give up with the carp as Russ was bagging so decided to chance trying to catch some silvers although I knew a couple of guys had been fishing for them from the off, I fed ball of micros on the 3ft deep line & A ball of fishmeal groundbait I made up in my large cup quite damp before cupping it in another line at the same distance to the right of me, & dumped a large pot of micros at 6mts in 6ft of water before getting a rig out to fish over it, I went straight in & had a 1lb skimmer then couldn't but a bite, I managed a few more 6-8oz skimmers on the longer lines & a couple of carp" all on 4mm expanders, I lost a fish just over a 1lb right at the depth but expected their to be better weights on the day estimating I had around 6lb come the end, I did have a couple of dobs down the edge with the shallow rig as I continued to feed it & couldn't resist the swirls now & again but landed two & lost two but wasn't going to catch up with Russ who had kept them coming all day. When the scales arrived Peanut was winning the carp with 69lb' & the best silvers weigh was 9lb I wasn't going to match that but did end up with 6lb odd but their was an 8lb weight so missed the coin again today, My fault really as I tried to tempt carp for two long which didn't seem to be here in numbers to begin with, Choosing to give myself just two hours on the silvers wasn't enough as I'm sure I would of caught more, A big well done to Russ, Their was a few fish their but you still have to catch them & I watched him fish a tidy match to finish with 143lb odd to cap a good weekend with a second yesterday,
Winner Russ Peck.
The silvers was won by Roy Ede with 9lb.

It turned out to be a warm day & I made a big mistake by only having a flask all day & skipping food so wont be doing that again as felt really de-hydrated come the end so was soon home for some grub"

Full Results -

1st Russ Pecker (Thatchers Tackle) peg 1, 143lb 10oz.

2nd Steve (Peanut) Howell (Shiplate Farm) Peg 9!", 69lb.

3rd Andy France (Cadbury Angling) peg 52lb.

4th Julian Pinkett (Wormheads) peg 5, 46lb 10oz.

5th Roy Ede (Shiplate Farm) peg 6 29lb.

6th Dom Sullivan (Mosella UK) peg 3, 28lb 14oz.

Silvers -

1st Roy Ede, 9lb 4oz.

2nd John Bradford, peg 10.


Landsend Fishery Saturday Open (Match Lake).

After having the laptop re-booted hopefully I can get through these blogs without it crashing on me" Saturday saw me take another trip to Landsend fishery, I don't get a chance to go here often but after last weeks match fancied giving it another try, I didn't fancy a full fry-up when I arrived but did manage half of a bacon sarnie' Only 11 of us but at least we would be spread out? Into the draw & out comes peg 22, Arriving at my peg I had Venue expert Rod Wotton on peg 24 in the corner which was my home last week so the pallet between us I would leave to him & planned to fish to peg 21, That was until turned up on it! I wasn't expecting the three of us to be within the four pegs seeing their was only the 11 of us but nowt we could do now.. At least I had the island to concentrate on so set up two rigs, One tight over in 18'inches of water & another slightly off the bank in the deeper water,
I had a rig to fish my top-kit plus two sections in the open water & did have a rig set up to fish towards the pallet between Rod & Myself but kept my side of it a couple of feet.

 You can see Rod Smiling".

 I decided to start short on meat just feeding a few over the top, After 5mins I had a positive bite & thought the fish was foul hooked but when I got it in it wasn't but did go at least 8lb" Good Start! I gave it another 20mins but with just two small roach it was time to try across where I had been feeding a few 6mm's with the catty, I foul hooked two on the trot so went even shallower but that didn't work & after 20mins the fish seemed to have disappeared" I tried further along the bank to my left & off the point but it wasn't happening, Rod had a couple of early carp off the end back & had started to catch the odd silver over his micro's but I hadn't set out for them' I tried off the bank in the deeper water & managed a couple of F1's but that didn't last, It was a hard day for me, I had the odd carp but I just couldn't get them to feed across, I managed some late silvers & a couple of carp short on the meat late but on new fed lines but Matt Tommes on peg 19 had been picking off fish all day & had over 100lb, When the scales got to Matt Russ Pecker was leading the way with 97lb but Matt took the spoils with 114lb so well done to Him, I ended the day with a total of 48lb which wasn't going to get me any coin today but a weight of 64lb made the frame so a few more would of done, I did lose a couple but most were foul hooked I think but then I thought the first fish was" Lol, I expected to much to day before I started & I think my feeding across was a bit to much from the off but this end has been harder than the other end on recent results so who knows, Rod did well making the choice to have a silvers line which perhaps I should of done but I would have a hard job as I didn't take any" As he took 25lb of mainly skimmers as well as 40lb of carp. At least the rain held off & we were out of the wind'
Winner Matt Tommes.

Full Results -

1st Matt Tommes  (Matt Tommes Roofing) Peg 19, 114lb 3oz.

2nd Russ Pecker (Thatchers Tackle) peg 11, 97lb 9oz.

3rd Dereck Beard (The Sedges) peg 17, 73lb 10oz.

Silvers -

Rod Wotton (Clevedon A.A) peg 24, 25lb. 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Saturday, Guru Series, Sedges Fishery Tile Lake.

Down to the edges fishery for my seventh day on the trot' This was the first round of this guru backed series with five rounds over tile lake held every other week with the best 4/5 matches to count, With the entry full at 20 anglers their was all to play for & some good prizes as well as decent payouts for the top anglers come the end, I have only ever fished this lake once properly as I cant really count last years top-kit only series to give me a full picture but was looking forward to it, One thing I did notice is the pegs at the near end of the lake seemed consistent backing onto brick lake in the higher numbers. Into the draw & I pulled out peg 38 so happy with this for the first round & was looking forward to the day, The only issue we had in are five peg section was the fact Fishery Owner Jamie Cook had draw the end peg 40 which is good & already had fish crashing with the wind blowing down are end so he looked to be the favourite?

I set up two different bomb rods to fish to the island, one with a bait spike & the other with a pellet band both on hair rigs, A waggler to fish out towards the island but the wind would put pay to how far we could go to start with,
A 4x14 rig to fish at 14mts on the deck in 8ft of water, A shallow rig to fish over the top & finally a 0.1g to fish at 9mts which was just on the edge of the near shelf at around the same depth, I started the day feeding a few hard 6mms at 14mts & cupped in few cubes of meat at 9mts. Starting on the bomb & bread towards the island I dropped around 6ft off to start with not to disturb any fish closer to the island, Paul Holmwood next me started on the feeder I think? but Jamie & James Cooper on the other side of me both started on the method feeder (I Don't Do That Lol")   As expected Jamie went off like a train catching from the start but no early signs for the three of us
, Mike west on the end of are section was first to catch a carp out of us on the pole but finally I had a bite & my first carp pushing 10lb, Two more followed in the first hour but chucking in a few different spots which was good as I had around 24lb at this stage & Paul & James were yet to catch, That was until Paul went on the waggler on the deck towards the middle of the lake & started to put a few fish in the net, James had come off the feeder & was chucking his elasticated bomb set-up shorter of the island & started to get the odd fish, (Well I tell a lie as the first thing he netted was a DUCK"!)

OOoooo Ducky"
 I had a quick look on the long pole but only took two small skimmers, Back on the bomb I began to feed the odd hard 8mm & pellet switched to fishing 8mm pellet on the hook, Within seconds I had a decent fish on but thought it was a foul-hooker to start with but it turned out to be a big fish & in the gob' Anything over 15lb has to be weighed & returned & oddly enough it weighed 15lb Exactly' Back at it & I had a couple of smaller fish in the next hour but Paul had now over took me & Jamie was still baggin"
I decided to follow suit & try the wagg as Paul was doing well on it, Well lets say I tried' I had a tree right behind me & every time I attempted to cast a rig set 8ft out it was in it..! I did have a couple of chucks by stepping off my peg, casting, then getting back on it but sod that after a couple of attempts as it was all wrong". I tried the shorter meat line & the long pole shallow but nothing on these, All I could really do was chuck the bomb around searching for the odd fish. I was getting the odd one but not as many Paul, Going into the last hour Jamie started to catch well on his bomb set-up but Paul & myself were struggling to add anymore, Swapping between baits didn't get me anymore but I did manage a fish around 8mt on the meat line followed by a skimmer, Before I knew it the match was over, I had Jamie down as the section winner, James second & Paul third, James was first to weigh & took some decent fish later in the match to finish with 132lb odd, I ended the day with 74lb, Paul 94lb & Jamie did win the section & the match with 136lb so it was close but well done to him (What is it with fishery owners winning their own matches" Lol), Fortunate for me they were the top three on the day as other parts of the lake had fished a lot harder so I ended up picking up the section monies of £35' Lack of knowledge on this lake didn't help today, Nor the tree! But looking forward to the next round & Ile be sure to have some extra baits on my try next time as I picked up on a few things after". Well that's the end of my run of 9 days on the trot & picking up in the last eight of them not a bad week by any standards".

Full results -

1st Jamie Cook (The Sedges) peg 40, 136lb 14oz.

2nd James Cooper (Guru) peg 39, 132lb 1oz. 

3rd Paul Holmwood (The Sedges) peg 39, 95lb 2oz.

4th Dave White (Bait-Tech Viaduct) peg 30, 74lb 14oz. 

5th Dom Sullivan (Mosella UK) peg 38, 74lb 4oz.

6th Martin Heard (Tiverton) peg 33, 54lb 13oz.  

Summerhayes Fishery Friday (Silvers Only)

Well i dont know how many of you noticed but I spent 4hrs on the lap-top after work yesterday to update the blogs from last week then going onto Sunday match but like a prat (Probably due to fishing Nine days on the trot") I only when & repeated last Weds & Thurs Blogs!!" My Misses saw the funny side of it but I wasn't impressed as I fell into bed nearing 11pm" So lets try again. On Friday I returned to Summerhayes to fish the Friday open silvers only match, Not much of a turn out again but the chance to qualify for a final match later in the year to any winners & the added bonus of the golden peg in to whoever drew it, The match was run on a rover format the same as weds open & I only when & drew ping pong ball No.4 again but an added bonus, It was todays bonus peg!" Being on a roll from the last three days wins I was well up for it'. I had to make the decision as where to go though & thought sod it so went for peg 10 again, It was lucky for me weds so was hoping for the same slice of luck? One thing I didn't really take into account was the cold north-easterly wind which was running right through the peg when I arrived but we would see as I caught a few silvers here weds when targeting the carp.

Simple today as once you come off the far bank its fairly uniform so made a rig up to fish tight to the bank in 3ft of water as this is an area I could a few skimmers, A rig to fish at the bottom of the far slope in 4ft of water & would use the same rig to fish at 6mts & 10mts to the left.

I started the day feeding a few micros tight to the far bank, Two Balls of G/bait with micro's & dead red maggot added at the bottom of the far shelf, One ball with pinkie's added at 10mts & fed a few maggots by hand at 6mts. I started at 10mts with double pinkee, I had four fish in the first 15mins for around 6oz's! I could already see owner Pete had netted a few fish on the pegs infront the carpark so soon went on the other lines, Nothing over the bottom shelf rig & just one small skimmer across to the bank before carp No.1 was hooked & netted'. For some reason I just couldn't get bites on anything, I new Pete's swim was free from the wind & was already thinking this could be making the difference? After an hour or so their was a commotion behind me & I turned to see polish import Ziggy Slowinski stripping off & taking a dip" I was straight off the box with the camera but the poxy thing was playing up again so didn't quite capture tho moment but it gave me a giggle' I asked John Barker would was around the point from me how he was doing & he admitted to 4lb already" I was struggling to make anything work, Two hours gone & I had around 2lb of bits" so time for a change, I feed a new line at 12mts infront me & fed a ball of chopped worm on it with a few dead reds added & a ball of micro pellets off to my right at 10mts.

After 20mins of trying the original lines it was time to try the worm line first, With a small piece on the hook I had a 1lb plus skimmer then bumped one & couldn't get another bite'. I re-fed a small amount which looking back I wish I hadn't as I couldn't catch over it after, I was thinking of calling it a day when I had a 2lb crucian at the bottom off the far shelf on expander pellet but that turned out to be a flash in the pan, We were over half way through by now & I had Pete down as the easy winner today as every time I had looked up early in the match he appeared to be catching, I kept working around the lines & did start to catch the odd skimmer to 6oz tight to the far bank but would also draw the attention of the carp" Come the end of the day I thought I had between 6-8lb but hadn't really counted as I was concentrating on trying to catch something". Went the scales arrived the top weight was Jeff Sparks with 10lb 5oz, Ziggy weighed 4lb odd & John finished with 6lb odd, I was surprized when my fish went 10lb 11oz but with just Pete left weighing in today I thought the writing was on the wall, When he got his net out it would be closer than we though but it was a bit more as he won the day with 11lb 14oz, Now the ironic thing was tea boy aide was behind him with two minutes to go & told Pete to hurry up & get what he thought was a carp in as he had two minutes left, Was it a carp? Was it F**k" he had only tried to rip the head off a small Tench & netted it! We weighed it after & only small at 1lb 9oz but it was enough for him to knick the win & stop me off the bonus peg which was worth another £59 on the day" We did have a good giggle about it after & I still had the bonus of picking up another £34. A hard day for all of us & even Pete said after he stopped catching once the wind came around the point but it was all close come the end.

Full Results -

 1st Boss Pete" (Summerhayes) peg 38, 11lb 14oz.

2nd Dom Sullivan (Mosella UK) peg 10, 10lb 11oz.

3rd Jeff Sparks (Summerhayes) peg 20, 10lb 5oz.