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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

weds landsend open

Another disappointing turnout today for a wednesday, only 8 turned up, the next eeds open is going to be a costcutter with only 16 quid pools, we will see if that bomt attract a few more, but I, m not convinced,
I had the last ticket today and ended up with peg 24 , the corner peg, although we had 16c temps forecast for today I never had the benefit of it as I was in the shade all day with the wind coming from behind, I had to sit with my fleece on all day whereas the anglers opposite were in short sleeves,
I set up meat rigs for doen the edge,  and one for 5 and 13 mtrs as it was the same depth, a pellet rig for 14 mtrs up the edge tight in against the bank in 2 feet of water, a stalker rig as there were a few about sunbathing plus they seemed to have a bit of a taste for cherry blossom, which was blowing onto the surface,
also the stalker would double up as a shallow rig against the edge,
at the start I began on meat at 13 mtrs and hooked a 10lb fish which I played for a while as it was my first fish, probably gave it to much respect as I t fell off as I was going to net it, I stayed on the 13 mtr line and had 3 carp and 2 perch in the first hour but it wasnt hectic, the surface fish were staying out of range mainly,  but occasionally ome came into range and I did get a few during the match,  but I had more fishing along the end bank, , looking around no one apart from tom thick on peg 6 was catching well , on whatever he chose to do, pellet dapping, meat at 5 mtrs and pellet over to the island, at the end tom had 34 carp and double figures of silvers so he was going to be a clear winner,  I had 21 carp and a few skimmers which normally goes 100lb so hopefully it would be enough for second.
tom came out an easy winner with 195.6
I was second with 109.8
3rd gordon Cannings on 16 with 84.4
4th ron hardiman on 11 with 72.8
5th mike west on 19 had 64.1
silvers went to the gimp on peg 21 with 24.4 which was 5 skimmers and lots of small perch
I am running an open here on monday , so if you want to fish ring me at the shop to book in or ring mike at the fishery on 07977545882

Sunday, 13 April 2014

sunday open landsend fishery

The trusty blue van has had a bit of a wobbler,  I hope its something trivial, its a bit noisy, sounds like a bearing or somethimg similar,  so its off to tha van doctors for it,
luckily judith never had a dog show today so I had the use of her van, so after loading mine and pete nottons gear into the back and it was off to lillypool cafe fo another nice brekkie, then off to the fishery, 25 had booked in for this one so moke let us use match and  number 3 lake (johns). Pete pulled 2 tickets out of the hat so I took one and opened it to reveal 46, not the best but fish got fins and do move about, but it never stopped me moaning to myself on the walk to the lake. With joe mcmahon on 41, trigger on 42 , tom mangnal on 70 and old draw bag himself paul elmes on 68, historically these 4 pegs are the best on the lake, but I wasnt to bitter, 4 good anglers on the best pegs, but every day is different.
I set up 4 rigs, 2 meat rigs , one for the margin and one for 5 mtrs and 2 pellet rigs, one for stalking as there were a few fish about cruising , and a depth rig for over against the island, at the start I began on the 5 mtr meat line and gave it 30 mins but never had a bite on it , so I went stalking and managed 10 fish doing that in the next couple of hours,  then they seemed to dissappear,  so apart from one fish on meat from the margin I had 10 more from off the island some on the deck and some on the shallow rig pushed against the island on banded 8mm pellet over loose fed 6, s, I ended the match with 21 carp and 3 f1, s for over 100lb,  trig seemed to have won the lake as he probably had 24 carp and several f1, s with a lot of his fish falling to meat fished short in the last couple of hour's,  trig ended uo weighing 137.14 , but it wasnt enough to win as the inform dan white on peg 1 had 147.1 on mainly meat fished in several parts of his peg
2nd was trig on 42
3rd was me with 117.12 on peg 46
4th gary o, shea on 15 with 113.14
5th martin mcmahon on 13 with 112.12
6th dabe roper on 19 with 90.4
silvers went to the reborn silver ace , rod Wootten on peg 22 with 34.6, of skimmers and f1.s on soft pellet

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

ivy house Wednesday open

Got to the fishery with pete notton to find only 9 people fishing, the costcutter tje day before had 17 booked in, viaduct is suffering the same quiet Wednesdays,  whereas the Thursday coscutter has got at least 25 fishing, I am going to have to think about opening Wednesdays and going fishing thursdays just to get a decent size match lol, but at least the breakfast up at ivy cooked by the more than capable karen was more than sufficient and very tasty using local produce, even the sausages seemed to have real meat in them, lol, it was good to mr shipp in attendance, bringing his son dan along and young cody who is a bitterwell lake regular for a bit of a pleasure session on the small lake, nice to see a couple of younsters showing an interest in match fishing , as the sport is really struggling for new blood, and hats off to the lads at bitterwell who are doing there best for the kids by running regular junior matches.
back to the draw and out comes peg 46, a very consistent peg which frames regularly,  I am not goimg to spend to much time talking about the match as its only a knockup,  only 2 rigs put up a hard pellet rig to fish at 5,9 and 14 mtrs with banded 6mm over loosefed 4, s and a I was goimg to put groindbait bown each side in the margins and fish corn over it, at the start I cupped in some 4, s on tje 3 pellet lines and pit a few pots of groindbait down each side, I gave the 5 mtr line 40 mins , but only had one bite and one stockie carp, so it was out to the 9mtr line where I had 12 more before that line dried up, so the rest of the match was spent at 14 mtrs and down the margins,  I had an interestimg match ending up with 30 plus stockie carp, ome 3 1/2 old common and 4 skimmers, I did lose 2 probable double figure carp, ome on tje 14 mtr line , it fell off as I was thinking about netting it, then another one which I hooked doen the edge, which felt and looked bigger, but it all came in to easily as again I came down to the topset easily , then after having a quick look at me , decided to head out into the middle of the lake and broke me, bugger again, but it never cost me as des won with 90lb off peg 33, he couldnt catch any stockies but he mabe up for it with some good fish down the edge, including a couple of the biggest f1, s I have ever seen, with one of them going nearly 8lb, not nad for a strain of fish that wasnt meant to go over 4lb, oh yes and he also won the silveds with 20lb of skimmers, I was second and a lomg way behind with 46lb, but it was enjoyable and I will probably back in a couple of weeks time , hopefully there , may be a few more in attendance,
off to landsend on sunday for an open, so give me a ring at the shop to book in on 01179517250 , or phone mike at the fishery on 07977545882

Sunday, 6 April 2014

emerald pool fishery

This was always going to be a popular match,  in fact I had to refuse a few people, so in the end I had 26 fishing,  split between ruby and sapphire pools, I didnt really mind where I drew as this is a well stocked venue so a days sport was guaranteed from any peg, I waited till last but one to draw and pulled out peg 8 which was a corner peg on sapphire (ithink) , well its the right hand lake at the back.
I had the gimp to my right and bob the bread price round the corner to my left, I only set up 3 rigs today, a depth pellet rig to fish over to the island, and the same rig would do for 5 mtrs in fromt , a shallow rig and a down the edge meat rig to my left, I mixed uo some groundbait to dump down the margin as it was nice and shallow,  aboit 18 inches deep. With the gimp only using his topset for roach,  I had the end of the island all to myself,  as did paul elmes the other side of john, I would like to say tje match was a bit of a struggle,  really having to work for bites, but as far as I could see, nearly everyone had bites all the way through, it became a bit of a fish race, in my peg the carp liked the groundbait down the edge as I soon had tail patterns showing on the surface, there were also lots of fish on the island, but there are lots of dead reeds, so it was a bit hard to get in tight enough, I did hook the main snag , intentionally,  but couldnt get it out, I just lost my hook,  I did get a few fish from the island but not being able to get close enough was really hampering my attempts to catch, even shallow fishing wss snaggy, the margin finally got the better of me , I couldnt resist it any longer, so the rest of my mstch was spent between meat in the margin, and pellet at 5 mtrs, I did have a run 8f fish shallow at 5 mtrs, but they didnt stay shallow for to long,  I did have some on the deck on 8mm pellet but most of my weight  came from the left hand margin on 8mm meat, I always felt I was several fish behind paul elmes on 6, and tom mangnal on 3 was catch8ng well,  behind us on ruby leon huddard was catching well as was tim ford and trigger edmunds,  it was impossible to say who had won by the end as the fish are on tje small side with a 4lb fish being a good one. In the end it was paul elmes on 6 who won with 153.14,  catching mainly shallow in various places around the end of the island on banded pellet
2nd tom mangnal on peg 3 with 133.9
3rd me , on peg 8 with 126.5
4th leon hubbard on 26 with 111.5
5th tim ford on 19 with 106.9
6th craig edmunds on 15 with 95.14
silvers
clint wojtyla on peg 24 with 29.6 of roach and rudd on caster fished short
off to landsend next sunday so if you are interested,  ring me at the shop on 0117 9517250 to book in
today's match saw 1,753lb of fish brought to the scales,  giving an average weight of over 67lb an angler,  good by any standards.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

landsend weds open

A better turnout today with 15 booked , so we were on the match lake only, which is a good amount fo a midweeker on this lake, martin lenaghan pulled out 2 tickets and handed me one, which turned out to be peg 7, its a good peg , where the far bank pellet line tends to get better and better as the match goes on, as you seem to draw fish around from the gap in the island on 6.
only 3 rigs today , a .3g for meat down the middle,  a .2 again for meat over against a newly emerging reed bed opposite on the island , and a .1g for banded pellet against the island, I had dave Blakemore on 6 and mike west on 9, at the start I cupped in some meat and some by the weedbed, then began firing a few 6, s to the island,  the first hour was very slow with one ide , one skimmer and a lost carp, opposite on 19 gordon Cannings had begun well catching at 5 mtrs on meat, and I could just see shane turner on 15 getting a few against the island, and tom mangnal up on 11 seemed to be snaring a few, my match never got going with the carp not venturing past peg 6 and up to me, I did fet a few against the island plus one in meat over by the reeds and 2 at 5 mtrs, I ended the match with 8 smallish carp for 41lb and 2 skimmers,  2 f1, s, 2 skimmers and an ide for another 10lb for a 51lb total, which was no good today, gordon over on 19 caught odd fish right through the match ending up with 19 carp for 101.12
2nd tom mangnal on 11 had 76.15
3rd kieth turner on 13 had 60.13
4th shane(son of kieth)turner on 16 with 55.6
5th me with 51.4
6th ron hardiman on peg 1 with 45.9
silvers went to andy hembrow on peg 3 with 22.5 of mainly skimmers on soft pellet

Sunday, 30 March 2014

sunday open, chilton trinity, woodland

21 fishing today which is a nice number on this lake, as always we were greeted by misha, with a smile and a cup of tea/coffee, always a nice touch. It was good to see a couple of the regulars back and fishing today in the shape of mike west and tom mangnal, they have spent recent months fishing a winter league on a venue I cant mention as I, m banned lol,
I let misha draw for me and she handed me peg 10, which is halfway up the far bank, normally a good area, for company I had gordon canning on 9 and martin rayat on 11.
I set up a margin meat rig,  a couple of hard pellet rigs,eone for on the deck and a shallow one, both for 13 mtrs, and a meat rig for 5 mtrs.
At the start I began on the depth rig with a banded 8mm and fired 6, s over the top, I also fed some meat down the edge and at 5mtrs,
I had a couple of small indications which I put down to liners, as this lake is 8 foot deep the carp tend to come up when on most other venues they are hugging the bottom, so it was out with the shallow rig,  by now martin mcmahon opposite was playing a shallow hooked carp, but all I could manage was 2 x 8oz roach, so back on the deck, but it took a while to get a bite, when I did it was a 5lb carp, we all expected a good day as the temps were due to reach 20c, but I think the water is still to cold for it to switch on just yet, the match never really got going for moast , but there were odd fish being caught all round the lake, my match was hard, I ended up with 7 carp, 3 down the edge on meat, one at 5mtrs also on meat and 3 on hard pellet on the deck at 13 mtrs.  Which included a 14lb fish , oh and one 12oz skimmer, at the end it looked to be between 3 people, paul elmes on 3, mike nicholls on 17 and tom (eye ball paul) mangnal on 29, toms peg especially got stronger towards the end so he looked to be favourite,  and that is how it ended with tom coming out on top with 73.8, tom caught mainly on hard pellet on the deck or just off, but he did have a couple shallow aswell
2nd paul elmes with 69.8
3rd mike nicholls with 65.4
4th leon hubbard on peg 6 with 58.12
5th me with 51.2
6th craig edmunds on 24 with 46.9
silvers went to martin rayat next to me with 18.14 of skimmers on soft pellet.
off to landsend on weds so ring me at the shop if you fancy it
01179517250

Thursday, 27 March 2014

weds open baitech viaduct

After travelling down with andy curry and picking tom thick up on the way, it was down to the A1 cafe on the castle cary road out of shepton, and it was a very nice breakfast aswell, nearly as good as lillypool.
We got to the fishery and we were a bit disappointed to find only 7 booked in, so with all of cambell to use we would have plenty of room, into the draw tin and out comes 125, the only peg with and angler next door,  luckily for me it was the gimp on 124, so at least his casters would keep the ronnies out of my peg, on peg 127 was young geraint powell from pontypridd,  who is a very competent angler, although there arent to many youngster coming through in oir game now the ones that are here are very good.
I was a bit lasy today and only put two rigs up,  one 4x12 for gard pellet on the deck or on the drop at 14 mtrs,  and another for the meat line at 5 mtrs, at tge start I fed some meat on the short line, then shipped out to 14 mtrs with banded 8mm, feeding 6, s with a catty over the top, I had a carp after a few minutes, as did geraint, but he was feeding 8, s. There isnt to much to talk about as there werent enough anglers on the bank, enough to say that geraint kept catching steadily all through , but I was a bit nip and tuck, tom over on 112 had a slow start but from the halfway he really began to give geraint a run for his money, my peg seemed to have some decent silvers in it as I was getting some good skimmers and tench, towards the end most people were catching on the short meat line, and geraint wss getting one a bung down his edge on meat over groundbait, keeping his nose in front of tom, by the end I had 26 carp and my silvers, but it was never going to be enough,  and so it proved with geraint winning with 248.4
tom moaned himself into second spot with 222.1
3rd was me with 196.10,  but I did win the silvers with 38.5 so at least I got my pools money back
4th paul greenwood 170.13
5th andy curry 122lb
6th john dewberry 104.15