Wednesday, 9 June 2021
Judith and me have been in dorset this week, staying in a small beach hut thingy overlooking chesil beach at west bexington. Very nice and clean with everthing you woukd need ,even down to a some fishing kit in the cupboard, rod reel feathers etc.
Friday, 4 June 2021
Been a bit pushed for time lately, with judith breaking her arm i dont seem to get much spare time after the cleaning, cooking washing etc, how judith managed to do it all and work full time is beyond me, so last weekend by way of a treat she accompanied me.to Shiplate for an open spread over the two canals, Judith did the social distancing draw and pulled out peg 9 on west pool for me, i had steve.seager to my right and lee Gregory to my left, 14 mtrs wide so not to uncomfortable,.there were some fish cruising about but to quickly as they were looking to spawn, but they never did on this lake, wheras on Hawthorn and the main lake they were having a bit of a pop, i set up a.rig for.mugging, only managed one on that, a margin rig, i had fish coming in but only had one there, steve.seager.had a few fishing back towards me to the empty peg between us, ut i couldnt see it due to vegetation, only one on the short meat line, plenty of fish on the far side, but i struggled to get one in the mouth, started feeding very carefully, foulers, upped the feed ,foulers, changed.from pellet to maggot, foulers, stopped feeding, nothing lol. I'm definitely putting that one down to bad angling, even judith was sat in her chair behind me taking the p%@s, i ended up with 6/7 carp for 30lb, the only reason i wasnt last on the lake was because mike hill packed up and left before the end. weigh sheets below, i walked back through the Carpark throwing pound coins up in the air for all to catch, at least that was how it felt 😂😯😂😂😂😂😂😂. Mat culpin was topweight on the day with 180lb off peg 10 on hawthorn, shallow on caster only feeding abojt 5 pints, alex murray(he's back)was second on the day from west pool 12 with just over 100lb.
Thursday, 27 May 2021
Firstly back to the sedges for the first round of the float onky league, 40 fishing again this year, and i had a bit of a waiting list, so good to know its still popular, this series has been going for over 30years, run originally by nigel milkins back in the day, assisted by steve Evans, i took over well over 20 years ago, still being assisted by steve. Who has made the league run a lot smoother than had i been doing it alone, last year it never happened due to c19 so hopefully we can complete it this year. todays weather was forecast to be horrendous, and it never disappointed, severe gales coupled with heavy rain, TORRID. Ryan jordan did a good job in drawing me a peg with a bit of shelter, 23 on tile. I did feel for the anglers at the other end of the lake (ye right lol), the weather made it difficult to say the least, but some good weights were had , i ended up with 80lb, a few on the shallow wag, a couple on the deck on pellet at 13 mtrs, and a few late.fish on meat over the short line. No pictures as it was to wet and horrible, weigh sheets below and a big well done to john andres on winning the first match from peg 40 with over 160lb.
Thursday, 20 May 2021
A good turnout of 26 at this popular somerset venue, tospdays match was on tile with the overflow onto brick lake, jamie and denise got the draw underway and pulled out peg 37 for me, not to displeased as.i won off 38 last week on the shallow wag, it was a nice day, today.was.different, a.string howling wind blowing into out bank and from the right, so wind and trip together, totally ruining any chance of the wag, not that i could have fed far enough out in these conditions, i had decided to fish solely for carp today as ots the first of the float only league matches on sunday, and carp are needed for good section points, so pellets and meat it is then, so a margin rig and a 5 mtr.rig for meat, and a deep pellet rig for 13 mtrs as long as the wind allowed, after feeding all lines i started.at 5 mtrs on meat, but no bites, the wind was relentless, trying to pish the rig through, no bites there, i tried it a few times during the match and had one bite which was a skimmer towards the end of the match, in the first 2 1/2 hours i had 3 eels, for 5/6lb, so good ones, i did have some skimmers on banded pellet on the 13 mtr line, and one small carp, but presentation was crap, i did foul a few carp but with the wind pushing everything through i wasn't to suprised, i had two bites in the margin, landed one 9lb carp and got snapped by a bigger fish as i never shipped on, error. Top weight on the day was.taken by liam rowland on 26 with 145lb on the method to the island, top silvers went to wally adcock on peg 10 with 24lb, luckily my accidental silvers went just over 21lb, ouncing out jess jordan, lol, weigh sheet below, monday im running a match at acorn, short pole match, so topset and three max, and on sunday 30th I'm running another on the canals at shiplate, so get in touch to book in on iether.
Wednesday, 12 May 2021
Down to bridgwater to the sedges , the match was on brick lake with an overflow onto tile, 23 fishing so the overflow was needed, denise and jamie did the draw and pulled out peg 38 for me when it was my turn, on tile so happy with that, for company i had chris ware to my left on 39, and behind me on 4 brick was the irrepressible thomas thick. I fancied a day silvers fishing, so i set up a .6g float for worm or maggot over groundbait with worm and caster in it, a short meat rig as the skimmers sometimes come to this line, aswell as carp in the latter stages of the match, a pellet rig for on the deck at 14 mtrs, and lastly a pellet wag to go towards the island at about 35/40 mtrs.
Tuesday, 11 May 2021
Trying to run fortnightly matches here on a monday, so the next one is on the 24th of the month, as a trial im making it a short pole match which will be topset and three, ( just for you george sumsion, 😀), should be ok and easier on the joints, after that im not sure as mat culpin begins his monday evening matches so i will se who books in for thise before i decide what to do, The forecast wasn't to good, a gusty wind with a bit of drizzle, WRONG, gale force winds and heavy showers and a bit of sun, only 13 fishing so pegged it with a bit of room far all. I did a social distancing draw, mark broomsgrove drew mine and gave me 38, happy days the wind was from the southwest so it was from the right and off the same shoulder, so the far bank was an option, so a pellet rig for that, another pellet rig for down the middle, another for up to empty 37, and a short maggot rig, topset and one, company wise i had frys angling club silvers ace , ray Cooper on 36, and Leighton Palmer on bridge peg 40, so a banter day was assured.
Sunday, 9 May 2021
Off to John candy,s prolific todber manor for the first round, i only have 24 fishing this series, so today we were on ash and homeground, fancied a draw on homeground as generally in these short pole matches it tends to be the more consistent, aaron britnell drew for me and handed me 80 on homeground, happy with that, for company i had kev winstone on peg 79 and vince shipp on 81 in the corner, so a bit of banter was guaranteed,