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Sunday, 12 August 2018

Short pole rnd 3 Todber

Breakfast in cannards today , and nice it was ,4.25. Got to the fishery in plenty of time, Steve and me got the draw underway on time, and I let Freddy wojtyla draw.For me, and he handed me 59, happy with that, company wise I had Chris Davis to my left on 58, and the aged scribe  Mike "silverfox" nicholls on 60.
Three rigs today, a depth rig for topset and two, another for the same place but on the drop and off the deck, and a margin rig at topset length to my.left by a reed.clump.
At the start I began on the topset and two length feeding hard 6,s with a banded 8 on the hook, I began feeding some dynamite flavoured 4mm pellets.down the edge, only.cos I was given them to try,.I won't be trying them again as they had carp repellent on them, no fish over them in the margins whereas Chris was having tails up straight away in his edge, Mike was catching from the off on his favourite paste attack, by the end of the first hour I had less than 10lb in the net and was getting battered all round, (chip shop sausage), the fish didn't seem to want to eat.those  pellets in the margin and on the 5mtr line the carp wanted.to come up, but even on the half depth rig I couldn't get a sensible bite, so a rethink, got.off the  box and soaked some micros and 4,s to feed in the edge, and began feeding 8,s up the shelf at.topset and one, which was a bit better, also fish began to appear in the margin over over the normal skretting pellets, as it's a fish race on this lake it was going to be a struggle to claw back the early lead of the anglers.either side, I was catching well enough towards the end but the early bad spell was going to my downfall, I was beaten by Mike with 197lb and Chris the other side with 180lb, I ended with 150lb, still a good days.fishing , hence the following picture lol.
The weigh sheets below to to show what and incredible fishery this is, top on the day was joe McMahon on peg 42 with 268lb, beating venue expert Bob gullick in peg 50 with 240lb and then Martin rayet on 45 with 221lb . Silvers.went to Ryan shipp on 37  26lb of mainly skimmers.on meat and corn, second in silvers.went to Freddy wojtyla on 41 with 16lb , so.well.done.fred.
Out of the 27 fishing on the lake which means there is only one empty peg 20 anglers had over 100lb, the weighing in is always hard so many thanks to those who did it.


Thursday, 9 August 2018

Shiplate Thursday costcutter

Picked Chris fox up nice and early, leaving us plenty of time for a breakfast.at.lillypool, and very nice it was too.
Got to the fishery with about 15 minutes to spare, so well timed .
Fancied pegs 1/2/3 or 15, well that never happened , but wasn't to upset to see peg11 looking back at me , it's a peg on the far bank with an end of an island and a nice bush to my left, which normally holds a few fish, but it's a bit of a tackle graveyard.
It was a chuck of about 30 mtrs to the island so I set up a middy fatboy (no jokes plz)waggler to fish out there, most anglers.tend to chuck a lead of method to the point, but I don't do that, my choice but I just don't enjoy it, and as the wind wasn't to bad on our side, I was confident of getting the wag to work especially as it was only about 18 inches deep, a long way off the island, I set up a .3g rig for down to the tree, on .22 mainline with a 16 b960 on .20, so pretty meaty stuff, but necessary when using tightened down solid 16 mosella ozone elastic, proper stuff. And I think solids have more stopping powers than hollows,
Other rigs were two to fish at 14 mtrs, one on the deck and the other a shallow rig.
On the whistle I cupped in some pellets at 14 mtrs and down by the bush, then went out on the wag, second chuck and I've had one, and at nearly.ten pounds it was.a.good start. And to be honest I did spend most of the match on  the wag, I did get one on the pole at 14 mtrs but only the one, also I had three from down by the bush, but they were the smallest fish of the day.
If I'm honest I have had a disappointing day, although I have ended up with 155lb which is a good days fishing in any match , I should have done a lot better, I've lost to many, mainly down to line malfunctions,  due to me not replacing my.line in the last 18 months, school boy error by me, well done to titch Williams who managed to get caught by 195lb fishing the method to the corner of the island on peg 3, and second spot went to Mike (silverfox) nicholls having 156lb from peg one, but he had also lost more than he cares to, with fish swimming around the corner of his peg into no man's land.
Well done to ron stark who won the silvers.from peg 14b with just shy of 30lb.
It was a nice day spent by a nice fishery, if not a bit torrid , there's always  sunday, round three of the short pole series which is at Todber manor on hillview lake, should be good.
Today's weigh sheet below.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Sunday Stafford moor open

Bit of a drive today, but travelled with Dean malin, so by the time we had finished putting the world to rights again we were soon there, even after a stop at Taunton services for breakfast, which was ok, 3.99 on the rixster scale.
Only 18 fishing so we were all on woodpecker, which I liked aas I havnt.fished it.For a while, but then again I ain't been there much in recent years, I wish it was a bit closer as it's a good two hour drive each way.
Got into the draw bag towards the end and pulled out peg 11, which before it was repegged  was peg 20, a nice peg with a shallow ledge at 15 mtrs which comes out from the island which was over 30 mtrs away.
It also has a good margin to the right , which I was reliably informed was where I would possibly catch a lot of fish from, I must say it did look good.
For company I had Andy Dare to my right on corner peg 10 and Zac Newton to my left on 12, also I had travelling partner Dean Malik opposite on the far corner peg 9, I fully expected Andy and Dean to do well as the wind was blowing into the bank, and there were plenty of fish showing along the end bank.
I set a.rig to fish on the shelf, a shallow rig for swinging as the fishery has a ban on slapping, one for the right hand margin, and a lead.to drop into the pole line.
At the start I began feeding , but looked across and Dean had already booked one on his shallow rig , just using his topkit, I went out into the long line , and it took me a few minutes.to get a bite, carp one was soon netted, followed.shortly by another, but I was already behind Dean and andy, Dean was catching on the pole, while Andy had begun on the tip up along the end bank.
At the end of the first hour I was only on 3 carp, and having problems with carassio  which weigh 6/8 oz, also I had a few foulers, the match was a bit frustrating for me, I couldn't really catch shallow, I had three carp on it, and they were probably the three smallest carp I had, I was even catching the carassio shallow, but using 8mm hard pellet meant I was missing most, I should have fished 12mm hard pellet on the hook, as there would have been no chance of these nuisance fish getting it into there mouths, and the margin showed no signs of life till about the last 45 minutes, when I had a few but it was to little to late,
Andy was.first.to weigh and had 172lb, I ended up with 122lb which probably included 15lb of the small things.
As the scales.went round Andy was winning all the way until they got to Dean who  had caught 39 carp so probably had 200lb or there abouts, when they had finished weighing him he ended up with 215lb for a nice win, which was good as he has a bit of time off from fishing this year, BUT HE,S BACK, lol.
With a sink
Weigh  sheet below, it fished  and it was another hot day say in the sun, shouldn't moan as we will soon be scraping the windscreen in the mornings.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Over 55,s huntstrete bridge pool

After the normal decent breakfast at the Toby inn carvery in whitchurch, I drive the 12 minutes to the fishery, only 19 fishing today, so the numbers are down a few, holidays etc I think.
Nice to see Ray bazeley in attendance, handing.over some of his pension into the pools, cheers raymondo.


Got into the draw bag early, and out comes disc 28, a nice island peg,  its again 17mtrs, but at least it wasn't to windy.
For company I had Paul haines to my left and Pete greenslade to my right, so at least some good comany.to talk to, I chose a couple of spots to target on the island, one was a bit of a mud bank which stuck out a bit from the island.
That was a tad.over 16mtrs, the other spot was the end of the island which was a full 17.5 mtrs, so hard work.
One rig would do for both these spots, but I also set up a rig for just down the island shelf, and a rig for shallow against the island.
I began on the slightly deeper rig down the shelf, I was soon getting f1,s and small carp in banded 8mm over loosefed 6,s, feeding both spots with a catty, I spent the first three hours fishing towards the mud bank, catching both on the shallow rig and the rig for fishing on the deck by the mud, we have to stop at the halfway Mark to weigh all carp in, and putting over 63lb on the scales I had a nice lead as I think 17lb was second at this stage. The second session started, and it was more difficult by the mud so I spent most of the last couple of hours fishing the end of the island, again just pellet, I lost a few fish as there is a shallow bar on the end of the island which the fish go over, so a few hooks went , and toward.s the end my elastic snapped, on closer inspection, it.was definitely chaffed, but I had done enough, as my.second half weight was 54lb  giving me.a total of over 118lb, Paul barnfield was 2nd with 62lb from peg 20, and Harry Muir on peg 7 was third with 54lb, and steve.Dawson on peg 8 won the silvers.again with 25lb. Well done.
As normal weigh sheets below, there were certainly more fish caught in the second half of the match.



Monday, 30 July 2018

Stafford moor fishomanic weekend

Travelled down on Friday with judith for this well attended Weekender, the object is to fish on the Saturday and come top3 in section to qualify for the Sunday final, 60 anglers , 20 on each lake, tanner's, woodpecker and oak.
First things first was a quick look around the fishery as there was a practice match on, and to be fair it was fishing really well, ended up on woodpecker chatting to Chris davis who was having one of his legendary mares, losing over 20 carp, not to mention rigs hooks and snapped elastic, but he did have a couple of new jokes.
Steve Shaw won the match on about peg 18 on tanner's with 260lb.
Stayed at the chez moi guest house in beaford which is about 10 minutes from the fishery, lovely place and a top notch breakfast, have it a straight 5 last time, and after a good night's sleep it had the same this time. Lovely.
Got to the fishery a out 20 minutes after the rolling 8am draw, into the bag and out comes 16 on oak, not to disappointing as it's a nice lake with a good head of carp up to 5lb, the peg was just over halfway up the far side, my section was the 4 pegs to my left going to the end of the lake, and opposite form Dan white on 5 going back up to peg 1 and with some good anglers in the section it was going to be tough to qualify, especially with the wind blowing straight at us, whilst the anglers opposite had it off there backs, coupled with occasional rain showers it was always going to be uncomfortable.
To cut a long story short , it was hard going with presentation being all but impossible to achieve, and with fan opposite on 5 and Sam Powell on 4 both catching really well on paste that was the top 3 sorted , third place was the only option, first three hours was ok with most people catching some, but at the halfway point the lake switched off, I only had 5 fish in that period, with some not having any, so I pleased to clinch that third spot with 67lb, behind Dan with over 140 and Sam with 120+, so into the final for the first time. Weigh sheets below.


Back to the b and  b where we met up with Brian shanks and Ron hardiman, who we had a good evening in the local for a nice burger followed by a cheeseboard, up a bit later this morning and got to the fishery ten minutes before draw time, and found myself at the back of the draw queue, and had to watch as most of the flyers came out at the near end of tanner's, Nikki miller on 20, and the irrepressible trig Edmunds on 1, that's done and used then, when I got there in I go with only.a couple of discs left in the bag, out comrs peg 9, oh well always next year, I did wander down to see trig and took a picture of the winner and his peg before the start.
Not much more to say really, I had a totally crap day ending up with 6carp for thirty two pounds and plum last in the match, one to forget, Steve ford to my right had 110lb but had a torrid day losing at least 40 lb and breaking several pole bits, to my left Sam Powell had 5 early fish on the conker and few more buying the day plus a lot of silvers to end up with 71lb, but as expected the other end was the place to be, with up and coming trig winning the grand with 193lb, it was a bit of a forgone conclusion really, he isn't blowing many, if any pegs recently , well done matey.
Well Judith and me.were.Soon beating a hasty retreat with a stop at burger king for a bit of comfort eating lol.
Must say it is as always a well run event with the coombes family doing a brilliant job. And the work is ongoing  all the time so I can only see the fishery going from strength to strength, well done  keep it up as it's a gem of a fishery. The only down side of the weekend was Paul  tidball having his van broken into on the morning and having all his rods and pole stolen, luckily the site  cctv seems to have caught the car on camera, so hopefully a good outcome.
Judith spent a  large part of the weekend sat in the van , watching the grand prix, only one picture of her, on the first day just before the Brolly blew away.



Thursday, 26 July 2018

Mr and Mrs at huntstrete

Had my brother in laws funeral today so no match , some things are more important.
But we thought we may be able to snatch an evening at huntstrete as it's only 15 minutes up the road. We got to the lakes late afternoon and had a quick reccy, I fancied withy in the narrows around the island on the right hand bank, but unfortunately someone was already  there, so a swift retreat back to bridge and a short trolley push round to peg 24, only. 11 mtrs to the island, but we only intended to go about 8.5 mtrs as the island shelf comes out a long way and we would be fishing in a little over 2 foot of water, only.set up a .2g rig for banded 8mm over.loose fed 6,s,
Soon set up so had a go and landed a 4lb mirror straight away, so I got off the box and let Judith carry on, and she did, landing some nice carp and plenty of f1,s, plus the inevitable skimmers, also some nice roach up.to nearly a.pound.


I did manage to get an odd go on the box, and had a few.nice fish, these fish are certainly.nice looking healthy fish, but I only got to have short spells, as Judith was enjoying it to much.
Again I had to throw the bait away to make her pack up, the one last fish kept going on, in the end she managed.to share a nice double figure common right at the end, a very nice fish aswell.
 it was definitely fishing on the cheap, as we probably had 90lb of fish on about 2  quids worth of pellets,
This weekend we off down to Devon for Stafford moors fishomaniac weekender, should be good and the weather looks to be a bit cooler, so it should be more comfortable, also we are staying at a guest house which does the best breakfast ever, I have it a straight 5 on the rixster scale , me and Judith are hoping it's the same again this year.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Float only league rnd 4

Shiplate farm for this one, all lakes including the squircle, but first things first, breakfast, back to lillypool again today, and I wasn't disappointed either, so I will give it a 4.75, it was very good.
Got to the fishery in plenty of time, good to see steve has done a really good job on the fishery, trimming most of the bushes and trees back so all parts of the swims were fishable.
Got the draw underway on time, and I let John white draw for me as we always have a "friendly" quid, he had drawn 9 on the squircle,  and then he handed me 15 on west pool, the longest walk on the fishery, and probably the longest walk we have on any of our fisheries we use, 58 on Landsend is probably further, but it's always that bit easier walking to a good peg. Got to my peg with and hour to get ready, plenty of time. It's the end peg on the lake so for company I had Mark  "podge" Jefferies on 13, and I had to look at the back of Lee Williams on peg 15 on the main lake.
Rigs today were all pellets affairs, one for each side margins, to the right it was ten inches deep, and to the left it was 18 inches deep, a rig for the bottom of the nearside shelf slightly to the right, a rig to fish the end bank to my left, a rig for tight to the far side on the deck and a shallow stalking rig,
At the start I began on the deck rig slightly to  my right, whilst feeding all other lines, I had a skimmer quite quickly, then I saw a.tail pattern to my right in the shallow water, so dropped the margin rig in and soon had a 4 pounder attached to the end, that was the last action I had from either margin, I could see off fish moving in and out of each margin, but they didn't want.to stop and feed, also each far side on the deck swims.only produced a couple of squeekers, I spent 90% of the match with the shallow stalking rig, either lifting and dropping against the far bank or.trying to mug a cruiser as it went through, I used a .2g  drennan inline dibber for the first time today, and it was good, so will be getting some more for sure, there were plenty of fish about But they weren't to keen on giving  themselves up, by the end of the match I had clicked over.100lb , but I tend to over.click a bit, so I thought I had about 85, catching half against the far side and the rest mugged, mainly.small fish between a pound and 3 but with a couple of better fish to 9lb,all the better fish fell to the mugging approach., As far.as.I could tell I had won my.section and possibly The lake, I was last.to weigh in on the lake,.and.Mark jones.was.winning the section with 76lb, on peg 10 and Tom mangnal, on 7 was top on the lake with 89lb, my two nets went 110lb so that was ok then, the section win I needed to keep me in with any.sort.of shout.

The lakes.fished really.well with 14 weights over.100lb, and Gabe skarba on peg 2 on the main lake.running out an easy winner with 216lb, catching mainly against the island on banded pellet well done matey. Lee(I may have 100lb ) Williams on 15 main lake.was.second with 177lb, and Shaun Townsend on 13 Hawthorn had 156lb.
Lee also had the top silvers.weight with 31lb of skimmers, all on meat whilst fishing short for carp, nice.
As normal the weigh sheets are below, apart from West pool sheet, as I forgot to get a pic., Must say that was probably the hottest conditions I have fished in this year, been in the sun all day with no breeze, stifling don't really do it justice, it was.over 30c , Dave white had to leave early on 12 suffering heatstroke, it was bordering on painful, I drank 2 1/2 litres of water.during the match, and had to take some Nurofen with an hour to go as my.head was starting to bang.