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Monday, 3 August 2015

Float only league , penultimate round

Off to the sedges for this one and with 40 fishing(well 39 as someone forgot!!!!!). So both big lakes being used , tile and brick, I don't normally mind where I draw on these lakes but a corner would be nice, I nearly got my wish , I let kev molten draw for me and he handed me 12, one off the corner , that was going to be occupied by a Liverpudlian escapee in the shape of mike walker. On the other side I was in for a quite day (not ) as Clint wojtyla was my other neighbour , After watching a fine display of float levering on Thursday I set up a depth wag, but in this league it's a 12 inch max over depth and nothing more than one no8 shot to be on the bottom. Other rigs were a margin meat rig , no bites on that , a depth meat rig for 6 mtrs , never tried as there was a total lack of bubbles there , then it was two pellet rigs for 14 mtrs , one deep and one shallow.
At the start I fed all lines and began on the wag at 25 mtrs, I had a bite first chuck and lost a fouler , that was the only action at that distance, Clint managed a few on the proper shallow wag , but the fish on this lake can some days be very wise to this tactic, whereas on tile lake with its islands the fish seem happier to feed with the refuge afforded by the islands.
The rest of my match was spent at 14 mtrs both shallow and deep, getting odd fish with the shallow rig being the most successful , I tried not to look to my right to much as mike was catching steadily on banded pellet down his end bank margin so that was the section and probably the match sorted for him, so damage limitation was called for with a section second just about needed to keep me in the hunt for league overall monies , it was a case of just plugging away on the long line picking off odd fish , towards the end it all went a bit pear shaped where I couldn't get a bite shallow and all I could connect with on the deck were foulers, I did get one right on the whistle shallow to end on 17 carp , one tench and two skimmers for somewhere just over 100lb, but as expected I was mile behind mike, but I thought I had beaten Clint aswell as vic bush and Leon Hubbard in the section ,
1st as expected went to mike walker who said after the match he had 190lb on the clicker and fair play or him he weighed 187.4, with all his fish bar one on the wag early came for his end bank swim.
2nd opposite mike on 10 was nick chedzoy with 146.11
3rd and behind nick on peg 31 on tile lake was Gary oshea with 133.1
4th Chris Davis on 34 with 119.11
5th t rixon  114.9 peg 12
6th Tim ford on 40 with 88.3
Silvers
Vic bush on 14 with 33.5 of skimmers on his favoured chopped worm and caster with a bit of groundbait
2nd in silvers went to the old warrior mike nicholls on 19 with 30.6 catching skimmers late on.
Matches this week are Avalon on Thursday , it's an any method match but with a blanket ban on all floating and buoyant baits real or artificial including bread.
Sunday it's off to chilton trinity for the last round of the short pole series, I do have at least 2 spaces for that one , then I am running one at landsend on the 16 so to book in for any of these give me a ring or txt on 07974807941 to book in of ring me at veals on 01179260790, apart from Thursday when I,m not in the shop.
A special mention for Clayton Hudson who today won his section making it his first pickup in 12 months, good to see you got your mojo back, but I must say you are probably the worst drawer in have ever seen.














Friday, 31 July 2015

Thursday costcutter , sedges brick lake

A bit of a practice this one for the float only league on Sunday, it was quite popular with 19 fishing.
Not feeling to well , this morning so here are the results
1st glen bailey on peg 11 with 122.6 , all caught on paste against the end bank
2nd steve Jackson on 6 with 93 lb , mostly reversed into the net on the deep wag and pellet
3rd Tom mangnall on peg 1 with 83.4 on pellet along his end bank margin
4th Gary flinders on peg 15 with 62.9 , all on the wag , a couple shallow and the rest deep
5th dave bacon on 18 with 58.1 again mainly on the wag
6th me on peg 7 with 53.2 all on the pole and pellet at 14 mtrs
Silvers went to Alan oram on peg19 with 21.4 of skimmers with a couple of big eels on worm at 8 mtrs.
Normally on this lake it's possible to catch well at 5 mtrs on primarily meat at this time of year but as far as I could see no one managed it today , I fed it all match but never had so much as a glimmer on that line , the long pole pellet line had plenty of fizz going on but foulers  were a bit of a problem, I think paste may have been the way to go as the match progressed as both ray bass and Leon Hubbard to my left began catching towards the end, but it will probably change on Sunday and all the fish will be caught short,
Next Thursday we are back at Avalon for the costcutter, but ALL buoyant baits including bread are banned from now on in the matches I run.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Sunday open , ivy house lakes

Back to try and beat my demons after last weeks debacle, 3lb 8oz for 39th out of 40, it was never going to be as bad again. I went up with Chris fox this week, and after one of Karens finest large brekkie  sat the fishery it was draw time, into the tin and out comes a ball with peg 10 on it , it's along the right hand side next to the new causeway onto the island ,opposite I had Clayton Hudson on peg 11 which Chris Davis won last weeks match on with 317lb, hopefully some carp would still be in the area, I had a quick word with andy as I fancied fishing for the skimmers today , and he told me he wasn't to sure as to how good the peg would be as no one had seriously attacked the bream here ,but I had gone armed with worm , caster and groundbait , so I assembled a .6g rig to fish at 11 mtrs with worm over groundbait and caster with some chopped worm in. I set up a pellet rig to fish near the mud on the causeway, two rigs for 14 mtrs at 11 and 2 o'clock angles, I left some extra line on the shallow water pellet rig so as I could use it down the left hand margin, where I was going to feed and fish 8mm hard pellet.
At the start I cupped in 3 big balls of g bait loaded with worm and caster and fed my pellet lines with cupped pellet on the two 14 mtr lines and by catty along the mud on the causeway, and plopped a few 8,s down to my left by hand, I went out over the groundbait with half a worm on and was soon netting a good skimmer/bream, and what followed was a really enjoyable day , catching big skimmers on worm or double caster , occasionally topping up with a good size ball of groundbait, the carp lines never kicked in at all except for the margin line where I hooked two in the last hour, getting broken by the first when it went through some underwater snag at my feet , but I landed the second one , a welcome 12 lb fish , but after that it seemed the dreaded peckers were knocking the pellet about, Clayton opposite struggled till near the end when a few carp moved into his end bank swim but it was always going to be to little to late, the other side of the spit was occupied by Clint wojtyla who had been picking the odd carp off from his side of the causeway, I reckoned he had done enough to win , but my estimate of 60lb of skimmers was abit off as my nets actually went 81.2 of skimmers and the lone carp was12.12 for a 93.14 total and first in both overall and silvers and being able to win both on these matches kg made for a double bubble pickup
2nd was Clint on peg 37 with 89lb
3rd dick on 15 with 81.7
4th Shaun Townsend on 14 with 77.9
5th Chris fox on 1 with 66.2
6th nick gale on12 with 63.14,
The lakes certainly seem to have more than there fair share of quality skimmers plus plenty of carp so it seems to be a case of take your pick and fish for whatever takes you fancy, and it's a venue where it's impossible to predict where the winner is going to come from, always a bonus, plus the brekkies is really good and the after match cakes and coffee is always gratefully received.
Next match this Thursday is a float only affair down at the sedges on brick lake , it's already 50 percent booked so don't leave it to long to book in if you want to fish so if you wan to book in ring me or txt me on 07974807941 or ring me in veals on 01179260790 to book in











Friday, 24 July 2015

Avalon Thursday costcutter

Nothing to much to report about again on this one again , only 12 of us turned up today so we were only on the one bank, pegs 1 to 23, heather bush drew for me and handed me peg 3 , the same peg as last time I was on this bank, for company I had mike west on peg 1 and terry Orr on 5. With this not being the best carp peg on offer today you would have thought I would have learned by now and I would probably have better been targeting the bream and skimmers , but no out comes the carp rigs, pellet wag as that was the most productive last time I was here, deep and shallow pole for for pellet at 14 mtrs and a paste rig, to cut a long story shortish, I couldn't get any where to work properly and when I did get a carp it was a squeaker, I only had a bream on the paste and only a handful on the wag, I ended up with 12 small carp for 32lb and a few bream for 13lb for a total of 45lb and the only money I had was the three quid side bet with Tim Clark.
1st on the day went to rob dowden on peg 20 with 161.11 on popped up bread
2nd Adrian jeffery on 16 with 99.13
3rd terry Orr on 5 with 67.4
4th Gary flinders on 13 with 66.6
5th steve Seager on 22 with 48.13
6th ray white on 11 with 45.13
Silvers
John fuidge with 35.10 of skimmers at 6 mtrs on a variety of baits on peg 7
Back to this popped up bread business, my jury is out on this one at the mo as I don't see how you can possibly see if the bait is on the surface or just under it, also missed bites result in bread floating around in the peg encouraging fish onto the surface, also there is a bit of an issue with some makes of pellets being a bit buoyant, as I witnessed in this match, when you get fish slurping off the top in only one peg you got to wonder , but the angler in question did stop feeding them when I pointed it out to him, my next match at Avalon may well be a float only or I,m toying with the idea of having a short pole match as there did seem to be plenty of fish on the inside line .
Next Thursday I,m running a float only match at the sedges on brick lake , it's a bit of a practice for the following Sundays float only league on brick and tile, so ring or txt me on 07974807941 or ring me in veals on 01179260790 to book in












Monday, 20 July 2015

Float only , rnd 4 , ivy house lakes

Well first of all I got to say , good or BAD, you got to right about about , even if it ain't going to be much . The day started well with one of Karens finest breakfasts, then I let Tim ford draw for and he didn't disappoint , giving me peg 2 just outside the cafe , a nice short awl fan peg with plenty of options , a nice margin and good long pole line, so after Tuesday,s costcutter when I caught well enough on pellet long , shallow and deep and some fish on paste over groundbait down the edge, so today's attack was based around the same methods, nothing could go wrong , could it !!!!. As expected it started fairly slowly with only odd carp and skimmers putting in an appearance, dick bull on the end bank on 20 had a couple of early carp, as did Chris Davis on 11 , but apart from those two most were struggling, I had my first fish at 11.30, (30 mins in), a 2lb skimmer fairly hooked in the Gil plate , and from there on , possibly my worst ever days fishing ensued, I had to wait till 4.30 to land another fish and that was a slightly smaller skimmer, I did lose 5 fouled carp along the way, but I couldn't buy a bite , no fizzing or any signs , I did hook a carp with 30 seconds to go and it seemed fairly hooked as it was coming in nicely but dropped off halfway in , no one laughed MUCH, by this stage all I could do was chuckle, at least I saw some fish as I did the weigh in with andy Lloyd.
I admitted to having 3 1/2 lb and I was spot on with my estimate, perhaps I should have switched to catching silvers as there seems to at least 20lb available in many of the swims on this lake. But I was after a section win to keep the momentum going in this league , well that never went to plan did it lol. Overall today it was a close match apart from the winner in the shape of Chris Davis on peg 11 who caught from start to finish ending with 317.11, catching on pellet against the mud on the new causeway bank.
2nd bela bakos n 39 with 81.14
3rd dick bull on 20 with 67,11
4th steve tucker on the canal peg 10 with 61.4 which included the top silvers weight with 45.12 of skimmers, nice to see as the canal had been fishing hard of late .
5th Craig Edmunds on 4 with 55.14, and winning the section means he is now on top of the league, just can't keep him down at the moment
6th andy Lloyd on 5 with 53.13
2 nd in the silvers went to 63 year old lean Hubbard on 17 with 40.1 of skimmers,
With two matches left in the series I obviously can't afford another blow out, but fishing a a funny game so lots can happen in two matches.
Next Sunday I,m off to ivy again to try and change things round a bit, but would I do much different , I don't think so, perhaps I should have fed a skimmer line , but I will never know, also I should have fed my way in carefully but I was a bit to positive , but that's just me , never have been a careful feeder in the summer,










Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Tuesday costcutter , ivy house lakes

A bit of a practice for the weekends float only league plus I could sort the pegging for the weekend , especially as andy had turned the main lake into two lakes with 20 on the first one I front of the cafe and 24 on the far one,
Before I say how it went there are some rules need clarifying, bait limits are 8pints of pellets max, plus you can have 8 pints of maggots and caster combined or solely, 2 kilos of groundbait, no limits on worms, 8 tins of corn,, but NO meat of any description, net limits are 70lb , between 70 and 80 you get 70, over 80 and you get nothing.no fishing further than halfway across the lake and you are only allowed to go to the next empty pallet and not beyond, those with an end bank will see a wooden marker post which denotes the limits of the peg. No float rigs to be fished shallower than 12 inches , wag or pole ,also after the match please don't throw any spare bait into the lake please put it the bins provided.
The cafe will be open from 7.30 being run by the more than capable karen, ably assisted by her trusty manservant Manuel Lloyd.
Time for the draw and I was early into the tin and out comes peg 6 which is old peg 14 from years ago, a nice draw and with an empty peg each side as did most people on this lake, for company I had Vince shipp on 8 and the ample figure of Pete neate on 4.
I intended to keep it simple today so it was a pellet rig for hard pellet at 14 mtrs and a shallow rig for the same line, a paste rig for the margin to my left about a mtr off a bush in 2 foot of water , in by the bush it was less than a foot deep. So I decided not to fish there as it would be contravening fishery rules, and a pellet rig to fish up to empty peg 7 , but apart from a 2lb skimmer that was no good whatsoever even though I tried it on several occasions, I started on the deep pellet rig and soon had 2 decent skimmers in the net, then I lost a carp which came adrift as I got to my topkit, fouled possibly but it didn't feel like it. After cupping the initial feed in I started feeding with a catty as there have been fish caught in matches recently shallow, but for now I was getting odd bites on the deck, but no liners so I stuck with the deep rig for about half of the match before going shallow as I had a couple of carp on the drop, so I tried the shallow rig , it wasn't easy but I did manage 4 fish to go with the few I already had on the deck, at the halfway mark I began feeding groundbait to my left but never had any signs till about 90 mins to go, when I saw a faint tail patten so it was in with the paste rig, I lost my first two , definitely fouled but I managed 5 fish on that rig with the biggest being about 15lb the last one being landed after the whistle , and I must admit to being unsure as to whether to put it in my bigger fish net, I forgot that rule , fish under 5lb in a separate net, but most of my fish looked over 5lb , I should have put it in the smaller fish net as it wouldn't be in there for long , I thought I had 90lb ish but leek Payne on 18 looked to have it in the bag , and he did with 137.2 catching on 8mm banded pellet over 6,s mainly to the empty pallet to his right, it is old peg 46 on the causeway bank,
I had more than I thought with 113.3, and as I thought I should have put that last fish in he other net as I had 77lb in the net , that was close , another 3 lb and I would have lost the lot
3rd was Manuel Lloyd with 98.8 off peg 42 which was about old peg 35
4th Chris fox with 71;11 peg 21 , old peg 6
5th baggy with 66.2
6th oggie with 59.14
Silvers
Craig Edmunds with 47.15 of skimmers on chopped worm and caster fed with a bit of groundbait off peg 31,
2nd in silvers was baggy on peg 16 with 44.2 of paste caught skimmers













Monday, 13 July 2015

Short pole series round 3

Back to chilton trinity again today to see the ever expanding misha herring who s extend ting her first child in November (I think).
A full house again today with 28 fishing, I am now in with no chance of framing in the league so I was hoping for a good draw and try and recoup some money in the daily pools, so I let misha draw for me again , as I did last match and I ended up in 18 which isn't favourable , it's on the top bank and the deepest part of the lake, even the margins are deep with no flat spots, so what peg does she draw me ,19 , that's the last time she draws of me, it's been one of the worst pegs in the series, plus it's obviously next to 18 so it has the same problems with the depths out and in, for company I had the gimp on 20 and Jason Radford on 18, with pb Rayner on 14, Martin (treent) lenaghan on 15 , mike west on 17 so that was some fish that were going to be fed in that area then, and danger man grain Edmunds on form peg 22, so that should be the section gone then, and to make matters worse I could see the whole lake and see who was catching.
Rigs today were a margin one for each side as it was different depths , a shallow stalker just incase but I wasn't to confident in that as I had white water in front making spotting cruisers impossible to spot, and a deep rig for 6 mtrs.
At the start I cupped in some 6,s on the long line and cupped in some 8,s into each margin it fish as tight as could into the reeds.
Starting on the deep line I soon had a 2lb skimmer on 8mm banded pellet shortly followes a slightly smaller one, and that was my lot for the first 90 mins, then I had a big f1 from the margin,but I was going nowhere and or wasn't looking as though it was going to improve anytime soon.
Trig had mugged a couple by now and both ken and Martin had a couple aswell, but the 4 of us on this top bank were really struggling , even the gimp had only had a couple of roach by this time fishing caster!!!.
Out if desperation I cupped in a really big pot of caster on the long line and started feeding heavier in the margins, I now had fizzing on the long line and some liners and I lost a couple of foulers then had a good on in the mouth also I had a few from the margins and another on the long line, so going into the last hour I was probably winning the section, then Craig began to catch on meat in his magin, also ken was beginning to get some action over his marginal groundbait line.
Trig soon overtook me but at was a bit nip and tuck with ken, I did hook a fish with 5 mins to go in the long line , and it was in the mouth, I played it carefully as I new it would be crucial, but as it went down the inside line where I new there were some snags , the hook length parted, bugger.
And it was crucial as trig ended up second in the match meaning ken won the section with 44lb to my 41lb .
1st on the day went to mike nicholls on 31 with 15 carp for 110.2. All on his topkit and paste rig from his left hand margin, FairPlay to him he is also winning the league with three section wins , it really seems to be water which suites his styles admirably .
2nd Craig Edmunds 59.8 on peg 22
3rd glen bailey on peg 4 with 52.15
4th Paul elmes on 3 with 52.13
5th Gordon canning on 7 with 52.4
6th rod wootten on 2 with 46.10
Silvers
Vic bush standing in for Clint wojtyla on peg 30 with 23.9 of skimmers on worm and caster with a bit of groundbait