Thursday, 14 January 2021
Decided to pay Huntstrete another visit today, especially as its exactly 5 miles door to door. I normally stick to bridge pool, as most of the matches are fished on here, but i fancied a change today so drove on down to withy pool, i could see that peg 54 was empty so i loaded the trolly up in the rain and wandered down to the peg, its a nice peg to fish as there is an island in front at only 11 mtrs, and its the shallowest peg on the lake, only 5 ft, generally you only need to fish 7mtrs, which is just past the deepest part of the swim. Just by kindering a few casters in it hasnt in the past taken to long to start catching, but today was different, took ages to get a bite, then after catching a fish, the next one would take ages to get, i tried going a bit further across into slightly shallower water, but the results were the same , only odd fish.
Monday, 11 January 2021
Just for a change today i decided to have a little go in keynsham park on the little river chew, normally good for some dace with the occasional surprise, its thrown up a few barbel this year with the biggest about 5lb, but most in the 2 to 3lb bracket, also there have been some decent perch , chub roach and trout to be had, plus there a some rogue carp which sometimes turn up. I parked right by the footbridge in the carpark , went over the bridhe and dropped into the second fishable spot below the bridge, i could have fished right behind the van but the far side gave me more room to ship the pole back. only set up one rig, a .4g drennan bodied float, as?. Plumbed up , and was shocked to find 7 ft of water down the middle, shallowing up to 4ft at 11mtrs, i did change the float to a .6g same (?)pattern, i decided to just past middle in about 5 1/2 ft of water. Running through it soon became apparent that there were lots of snags, mainly branches, of which i had several pieces, so i had to fish about 12 inches off the deck to avoid the subterranean stickups, not ideal but no choice, I expected to catch some dace quite quickly, but the onky bites i could get were from minnows, they would even mange to get a caster down there necks.
Sunday, 10 January 2021
Firstly went to shiplate with chris fox for an open on the main lake, i had peg 12 drawn for me today, but with a cold and strong north easterly blowing in and across, i new any sort of float fishing was always going to be difficult, and so it proved, i set up a skimmer rig to fish 8 and 13 mtrs, ut it was impossible to stop it going through hard with the wind, i had a few small fish, roach and blade skimmers, but it was never going to happen on that, a waggler for meat at about 25mtrs, again it was like fishing a.river, so no good, so just over an hour in i was off my box setting up a lead rod, i had two carp for about 20lb in two chucks, then apart from a lost small carp or good skimmer, that was my lot, didnt even bother to weigh, so deemed a blank, well done john page on 13a who won on the day with 115lb, meat on the lead was the main bait for him.
Friday, 1 January 2021
This has turned into a bit of an annual event, where philtone boss(now) niel mercer gets 21 of hus friends together to have a bit of a xmas laugh with a teams of 7 format, the teams.are.drawn behind closed doors beforehand , but looking at the teams there definitely was no foul play LOL 😂😂😂😂, listed below.
Tuesday, 29 December 2020
A bit of a belated xmas match, but surprising as there have been lots of rearranged events due to covid, i had a breakfast roll booked at the fishery, and very nice to, a 4.75, which is a good score for a takeaway, (well done rachael), mike got the draw underway and pulled me out anothwr corner in the shape of peg40, which is the opposite corner to last week, and not as good as i fulky expected the main shoal of fish to be at the other end, that was occupied by adrian clark on 33 and alan oram on 32, probably no mistakes on those pegs today then. And definitely a case of dejavue as i had dave(beany) westcott opposite me again. I only.set up two rigs, one for bread dobbing along the end bank and the other one for meat at the bottom of the shelf,and out towards the island at 14 mtrs.with the lales full to overflowing i expected to have to contend with some underwater foliage.
Thursday, 24 December 2020
Sunday was the first round of Landsend fishery individual winter league, only 20 booked in, but with several matches being rearranged bue to lock down and tier restrictions it was always going to happen, damn you covid, anyway mike did the social distancing draw and pulled out peg 32 for me, certainly one of the better pegs at the fishery, its a corner peg on the speci lake so there is a long right hand margin to go at, an ideal left handers swim 😁.
Thursday, 17 December 2020
Before i report on the fishing , a sad announcement, we lost another local star this week, unfortunately lance tucker who was an angling legend in the southwest, died suddenly at the start of the week, thoughts and condolences to the family from judith and me, he will certainly missed.And he won his last match which was the clevedon xmas match on the river kenn with a 7lb bream.