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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Landsend winter league, rnd 1

33 booked in for this series, which is ok, 11 on a lake then. After a di special in the cafe it was draw time, Ken rayner was doing the honours again this year and it can be a bit of a thankless task, so fair play to him, he still has his brief case of dreams though.

I let Judith draw for me again today as she did ok last time , so into the bucket and out comes 55, its the end peg on lake 3, not the best as the other end of the lake is normally best, and any of the pegs on the far side up to about halfway up the lake, but normally ok for a few, but rarely a match or section winning peg.
As expected ice breakers were called for, especially on our lake as every peg had a lid on it, but it wasn't to thick, so 10 minutes of lead ball slinging soon had it broken up , and then another 5 minutes clearing the ice out, it was going to be tough but I do enjoy ice fishing and thus is about the best fishery about for bites in these conditions.
Two rigs today, both .2g as6  floats with size 20 middy 8313 hooks one on .12 and the other with .14.
Three lines today, 11 and 14 mtrs out slightly to the right on the edge of the ice, and the other line was over to the left at 14 mtrs towards the end bank, all lines to fish maggot with a few micros.
At the start I fed all lines with smidge of bait and began on the 11 mtr line

, I was surprised to get a bite first put in, but it wasn't unexpected, I missed it, so back out with a single maggot and I soon had a few small roach and perch, then 30 mins in I had a 3lb carp, dead handy,

Then it was back to the small fish, then that dried up aswell, so I went out to the 14 mtr line , small fish again then another carp came my way, this was better than I expected to be honest. After that carp on the long line bites all but stopped apart from a 1lb skimmer, the last couple of hours were spent mainly against the end bank where I hooked 5 more carp but lost two of them in an old weed bed to my left at about 8 mtrs which cost me a place in the section, Tom mangnal on peg 41 won the section with 43.2, and Adrian Clark on 51 also had 5 carp ,but of a larger stamp which went 24.14, but it was a good day as I've spent it with Judith who was in charge of photos again, the only problem She had was that we were about as far from the loo as you could get, about halfway through the call for the wee room got to much, but she thought it was to far to walk to , so it was off into the bushes for her, when I had enforced toilet stop a couple of weeks ago on the way to todber and managed to sting a bum cheek I had no sympathy from anyone including her , so you can imagine how much sympathy she got from me when the same thing got her LOL.
1st on the day was Gary o,Shea on 62 with 81.2, catching mainly on maggot long down to his left.
2nd Tom mangnal on 41 with 43.2
3rd Russ peck on 27 with 41.10
4th Joe McMahon on 70 with 41.4
5th Lewis Jones on 33 with 34.11
6th kev molten on 66 and Pete Ashton on peg  with 29.7
Top silver's went to Paul elmes on 68 with 15.4.
Off to acorn on Tuesday then the last round of the silver's league at viaduct

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Avalon silver's league, last match

As I worked Tuesday this week I was given Saturday off instead, so I decided to fish this last match as a stand in to help out , so in was fishing for Nigel Sanders today, he had little, well, no chance of framing in the series, his only chance of a pickup was by ending up above Pete neate, winning there 20 quid side bet, and with Nigel having a near 6lb lead and with today looking to be hard as its been very cold this week, he should be safe !!.
I travelled down with Chris Fox again today , so I was treated to one of carolines lovely brekkies,
Got it the fishery and it was good to see 20 fishing, so not to bad for a Saturday, into the draw early and out comes peg 5, a good summer carp peg but a bit iffy for silver's, and with the wind blowing left to right and in at me presentation was always going to be tricky, as the tow would be going in the same direction, for company I was next to Ken rayner who needed a good day to improve on his 4 place standing going into this match.
 Today was going to be a really simple approach, one rig only, a .8g drennan as6, its a slim float but I've always found it ok in difficult conditions, the business end had an 18 middy 6313 on .10 sensas feeling line.
At the start I fed two lines at 13 mtrs with a couple of balls on each and a line straight out at 9mtrs, it was as hard as I expected with odd small fish, roach and skimmers , but I did get two better skimmers about halfway through, and I lost one at the net aswell, looking around as at as I could see, I was doing as well or better than most, so I just kept plugging away on the three lines, but no more skimmers came my way, apart from a few 2oz samples, I was first to weigh in and was happy with my 10.4, which ended up third on the day, rich Coles on 34 won with just shy of 16lb and Pete neate on 19 had 13 lb, it fished as hard as expected, but everyone had some bites and fish so it was ok.
Off to Landsend fishery tomorrow for the first of the winter league matches, although there can be some bad pegs this time of year, it still ranks as one of my favourite venues, let's hope I'm still saying that tomorrow night , LOL.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Viaduct silver's league, penultimate round

Only me and Judith travelling down today as Pete notton is still a sick note, after a nice brekkie in shipham it was off to the fishery.
Early as normal into the draw, but due to my drawing arm seemingly fallen off I decided to let Judith draw for me, luckily Mike Nicholls had already drawn 132 so that was one peg of doom gone then, I wasn't to upset when Judith pulled 102 out of the tin, its on Cary and there has been a bit of an explosion of small skimmers  on this lake and this seems to have been a good area for them with the chance of the odd big one thrown in,
3 rigs today , a couple of 4x12 rigs , one bulked and the other spread shot , and a .4g double bulked .
At the start I cupped in balls of groundbait at 11 and 14 mtrs with virtually no feed in it , then began at 5mtrs with the spread shot rig trying to catch some roach, it was a bit slow, so after 20 mins it was out to 11 mtrs, and I was soon catching small skimmers with the best bait being single maggot, most of the match was spent at 11 mtrs withy he odd look out to 14 mtrs, it was a busy day shipping in and out so at least it kept me warm.
The banter was ok aswell as I had mat tomes and Steve Jackson behind me on lodge , either side I had Mark leahay to my left and dick bull to my right, and with the rest of my section consisting of Fabio on 105, trev senior on 99 and the ever consistent Gary o,Shea on 98, so quite a hard section to be fair. I did my give my official photographer to much stick as I was in a bit of a precarious position
As in said I have spent most of the day at 11 mtrs with an odd sorte out to 14 , plenty of bites all day but no quality, my biggest fish may have just scraped 12oz, Nick bull managed a few better skimmers including  3lb bream which he had to reverse into the net, but I don't mind as I've had my fair share of those over the years. I did have one torrid bit about 5 mins from the end when my top 4 fell off shipping back with a small skimmer on from 14 mtrs, I managed to get it back to about 4 mtrs from the bank before it sank, so not to worry Steve normally gets sections back out, so it was off the box , a new no4 section put on and back out with the spare 4x12 rig, I managed another 4 oz skimmer as the all out was called, and that fish was crucial , duck bull won the section with 14.14, I was second in the section with 13.4 beating Gary o,Shea by 1oz, ha ha .
First on the day went to Sam (Tom) Powell on 59 with 19.4, that's his second match win of the series so well done to him.
2nd Glen Calvert on 115 with 16.12
3rd des shipp on 68 with 15.13
4th stu white on 86 with 15.3
5th dick bull on 100 with 14.14
6th paddy on 77 with 14.13
A good tight match really so a few bonus fish for anyone in the top 10 could have made all the difference, now looking forward to next Sunday and the first round of the Landsend fishery winter league , ably run by Ken rayner, for those fishing di will be cooking her normal tasty breakfast at the fishery, it should be good as the recent heavy rains have filled the lakes up, there may still be a space or two left, so contact Ken rayner to check.
I did manage to get my top 4 out at the end with a clever little gadget called a frangler, its a mosella invention where you get a little blade designed to cut line and rigs from overhanging branches and reeds, also you get a hook both of which screw into your cupping kit, so I screwed the hook in and managed to retrieve it on the first attempt, definitely a must have small item.

Friday, 25 November 2016

A short lrf session

Been down to Cornwall this week with Judith, and she expressed an interest in trying some lrf, which basically is fishing with really light rods with imitations , namely soft plastics mounted on a jig head, trying to target all sorts of small to moderate size fish, in and around rocks, entities and piers, usually with the emphasis on variety as far as competition goes. Unfortunately the weather was against us from the off with cold easterlies making virtually all the rock and pier venues unfishable, we finally found a bit of shelter in the outer harbour wall at mevagissey, but fishing back into the harbour was still the only option. We bought a pasty (well it is Cornwall) to share, and wandered up to the steps towards the end, I sorted Judith,s rod out while she was munching her half, after she had picked a pukey green rubber worm to go on the jig head, by the time she had finished her half of pasty, her rod was ready to go, I handed it to her and started to have a munch, I was on my second bite and looked up to see her rod hooped over and an angry fish dragging a bit of braid off the reel, she soon had an angry wrasse on the surface of about 1 1/4, it certainly put a bit of a bend in the light hto rod, to say she was pleased was an understatement, and I hadn't even got my rod together yet !!!!!.
I dropped it back , and was quite hopeful of getting a few, but it wasn't to be, we stuck for over an hour but we never had another touch, gutted, I walked back off the pier a broken man!!!

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Todber manor pairs series, rnd 3

Three in th a van today as Chris Fox joined me and Ken rayner as his van has an intermittent fault, so after loading up it was off to cannards well for breakfast, and in the absence of the miserable old git who used to do the food and seemed to enjoy upsetting his staff the food was nice and the ambience 100 per cent better, we got to the fishery with about 10 mins to spare so just right.
I was in c section today and as long as I drew above 53 I didn't mind , as 52 and 53 are down in the end of a bay and last match the pegs were last and last but one in the section, and with the chilly breeze blowing down there I thought it may be hard again, so into the draw tin and out comes peg 53, not what I wanted , but you never can tell, as the little buggers do have fins and sometimes move about, for company I was next to venue expert Nick merry who was also moaning a bit, but not to much as he had three empty pegs to his left, so at least he had a lot to draw from, my peg was nearly against the end bank so I was going to rely on a few (hopefully) sneaking past Nick.
I set up 2 rigs, one for banded pellet at 13 mtrs to my right slightly , just at the bottom of the end bank shelf, and another for 6 mtrs in front for maggot over micros and the same rig would do for corn again at 13 mtrs out to the left, and of course I had to put together the obligatory method feeder.
After feeding the pole lines I fished the method feeder for 35 mins but with only a 4oz ghostie to show for my efforts I was soon reaching for the pole, I started on the short line with maggot, and lost a good fish straight away, but it felt fouled, then it was plippy roach, but they were going to do me no good so I all but binned that line, the remainder of the match was spent mainly on the pellet line at 13 mtrs, with an odd look over the corn line, but banded 6mm over 4,s seemed the best, the corn line fish were a bit smaller, with the small tench being a bit of a nuisance, I even had a gudgeon on corn !!!!!. Both Nick and myself caught well for most of the match, no quality just plenty of small carp, with nothing over 1lb, my swim began to fade about 45 mins from the end whereas Nick had a good spell burning that time. So I thought he had beaten me, and he did as he weighed 48lb to my 41, neither of us expected to do any good as the anglers over on the road bank which is in the same section, were catching bigger fish, but surprisingly we were second and third in the section with just Fred Roberts beating us with 60 odd pounds so well done to him, as seems normal the top weight came off ash lake with n white catching 90.12 from peg 67. Alan oram got second spot from hillview 45 with 76.8, weigh sheets below, there plenty of fish caught all round the lakes showing what a good venue this is.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Tuesday costcutter acorn fishery

Back to Kingston Seymour again for this match popular Tuesday fixture, after a breakfast at the bridge inn at Hatton it was off to the venue, a little disappointing with a low turnout of only 12, must be the onset of winter,
Nearly last into the ping pong bag and out comes ball 5, a nice peg which I won off last time I drew it about a month ago, but we have had some cold weather since then, so it would be harder today, even though the last couple of days had been unseasonably warm, there were plenty of fish making so we were hoping for a decent day, at least no one was moaning, oh I forgot about des shipp on 38 who hadn't seen a fish move, I did try explain that they would be most probably be feeding on the bottom, but he wasn't convinced.
Not to many rigs today, a pellet rig for across on the island shelf, a maggot rig for left and right margins and another rig to fish a couple of spots in the deep water at 6 and 11 mtrs.
I fed all lines at the start with the necessary baits, but began across on banded 6mm pellet, I had a quick fish , and I expected a few more as there were some fish moving around on the shelf, I was getting a few liners so it kept my interest going, I had the odd fish and with no one really catching I stuck with it, but it got harder instead of easier , the rest of the match was spent chasing round the peg for odd bites, a few down each side .one on the 11 mtr maggot line and some late just down the far shelf on the trusty maggot (triple), I thought I would have nearly 65lb , Mike Owens on 1 had about the same as me , but des behind us on 38 was admitting to 55 lb but even without being able to keep an eye on him I reckoned he had closer to 80lb, and as the weights below show I wasn't to fat out with my estimations.
Dave wride won the sildver's with a net of fairground prizes , all various shades of orange, well done ed wynne for catching 5lb of proper silver fish.
Des with part of his 55lb lol.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Viaduct silver's league rnd 4

Proper short blog this one , best part of the day was breakfast. Not the best part of the day was a drawing peg 132 on Campbell, nice corner peg for carp but a silver's no hoper peg at the mo, my bay went a bit like this, first 30 mins at 6 mtrs and 1 roach to show for it, out to 14 mtrs for a brief flurry of small roach, a look down to my right under the branches of a willow produced only a couple of small roach and some carp, back out to 14 mtrs and a few more small roach and a couple more carp, the wag gave a couple of roach (plippy) , I did get 2 better skimmers in 2 chucks on the wag for about 1 1/2 lb but that was my day done , I weighed 4lb for last but one in section, which is about Parr for the course from the peg really, at least I won a quid off ziggy slowinski on the next peg, as far as the carp went I landed 6 and lost 7, its amazing how hard you can pull on ,10 line and a middy 6313 hook, I didn't wait for the results as I had had enough by the end, off to acorn on Tuesday and todber manor next Sunday, hopefully a bit more action than I had today with the right species lol.