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Sunday, 2 August 2020

Thursday and sunday

Firstly back to huntstrete on Thursday for the fortnightly coffin dodgers match, I was hoping for a peg away from the roadside , and I got my wish as Dave Gillard pulled me out peg 18, I like the peg but due to numbers peg 17 was in, and I always feel a bit cut off in this bay, but still plenty of options , a bush to my left, and a long margin to my right going into the corner of the lake, I've had a bit of a non event day to be fair, started in front of the bush in 7 foot of water on hard 6,s over 4,s, I had a few roach ,skimmers and small tench but it soon dried up, so I came down the left hand side to the bush, had a 5lb carp and lost a couple , so down the right and had some f1,s and a couple of small carp, I also lost a few around the "fish refuge", basically it's a horrible snag which the carp take great delight in going around when hooked , there is also one in peg 19, I don't really see as they serve any purpose apart from potentially damaging fish and losing anglers tackle in, it was a hot day and I was suffering a bit by the end, to hit for me, Mike nicholls fished his paste approach, which he does well and won easily on a difficult day with 56lb, second went to Paul barnfield on peg one with 38lb.Top silvers.weight was dave(diddlybonk) haines on peg 28 with 29lb, caster on his topkit, as he does, well done, weigh sheets below.

Today it was down to Landsend fishery for a float only match from my cancelled league, forty spread over three lakes, I let kev winstone draw for me , he gave me 58, lovely, my favourite peg on lake three, then promptly drew 46 for himself, not so good it has to be said, poor old kev he is having a bit of a hard time lately, struggling to catch, but I think I know why, he dropped his glasses in the car park after the match, and I got to say I don't think his eyesight is good enough to see out of these.
My swim looked good as normal, 

the water levels are well down meaning I only had 2 foot at the deepest part of the swim, and that was up to my right at 14 mtrs by the banker part of the swim which is by a large weedbed, so I set up to fish on the deck out by the island and with alright adjustment would do for up by the weedbed, a margin rig, a meat rig, and a mugger, as there were a few fish about , opposite I had Ryan Jordan on 55, so I could keep an eye on the quid side bet, again I've had another day which doesn't take to much explaining, no bites on the meat line, none in the margin, one bite at depth from the island, one bite up by the weedbed, all my other fish came on the mugger rig, but it wasn't easy , enough fish about to have a good weight but the fish had other ideas, it was a day for persevering, covered loads of fish but only odd fish had a go, I managed to annoy enough the win the lake with 88lb, but that was only worth a section win as the other lakes had bigger.weights, Paul elmes on peg 11 won with 140lb+, then Anton page on 3 was second with 133+, followed by Vince shipp on peg 31 , also with over 130lb, so it fished ok, with no one running away with it, and chatting to Gary Anderson and his fishery boss there are.plenty of plans in the pipeline to improve the fishery, obviously these things aren't going to happen overnight , so be a bit patient as improvement,s are on the way, weigh sheets below.



Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Triple catch up

Three matches to report, a few fish caught but not to much to report, last Thursday and it was the Flanders ripoff at Shiplate farm, we drew our own pegs from the table and I opened up peg 10, happy, it's a full 18mtrs to the island but it has a tree at 16 mtrs to fish under and a really good right hand margin

, it was a bit harder than I thought it would be , I caught from the off under the tree but skimmers were an issue , especially when I was trying to catch carp, I did get a few more more skimmers and one carp short , and some swinging a rig into the island , the margin never came good till the last 45 minutes when some fish showed up, to little to late, ending up with 126lb for nothing in the main frame but I did sneak a bit of silvers money with my accidental skimmers., Organiser end was top on the day off 14b , well done.
Sunday and down to trinity waters on woodland lake, it can be a tough one to sort under match conditions, and today was no different, draw from the bingo balls today and I rolled out 22 for myself, another tough day with struggling home with 60+ pounds for a section win by double default, I was resounding beaten to my left by big ry  Jordan who had over 100lb so I handed the quid over, but it has been a long time coming for him, he was second behind Ryan shipp on peg 2 who made no mistakes with 124lb, all on work and caster shallow, well done 
Top silvers weight went to mark broomsgrove with 25lb, and Mark cook had a nice eel of 3.8 , he don't like them very much, Martin McMahon tried to steal it to jelly for his supper but it went back safely.




And today Tuesday Chris fox and me travelled.up to Barston to fish the women's England team fundraiser, but of a disappointing turnout with less than 40 fishing, Julie Abbott did the draw did the draw and handed me peg 52, a nice peg for carp and silvers,.lots.of form for shallow fishing for carp and big f1,s, 

well it never panned out that way, the wind was to strong, 14 mtrs was all but impossible, I was getting spun round on my box, even 13 was.painful, most of the day was.spent at 5 mtrs, where I had a few skimme and one big f1, ending up with over 17lb for second in the section, this end of the lake is usually the place to be, but not today, the winner came.from the other end, the angler next to me on my left had 105lb on the straight lead and pellet, but he was 4 pegs away , but I should have followed suit, I think I would have had a few, never mind .

Went down the river again with Judith on Monday evening trying for another elusive lower Avon barbel, no whiskers but Judith did manage a nice bream , although she can't stand the slime she was fairly happy with it as it's her biggest  bream to date, even if it is upside down, πŸ˜‚
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Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Shiplate farm, float only match

This was going to be a date for the float only league but as we all know due to the man made pandemic most leagues this summer were cancelled, I've got my dates in for next year for the leagues but no doubt some fool will let another virus loose or the one we have will rest it's head again, only time will tell,
Back to today I ended up with 43 fishing but the venue is more than large enough to accommodate these numbers as the pegging for the best part is well spaced. The canals are a bit tighter but I made sure everyone had an empty peg on one side of them.
Draw.underway and I let Ryan Jordan draw for me as I always have a quid with him, oh and what a suprise, he pulls me out peg 8 on the squircle, not complaining as I was going to catch plenty as it's full of smallish carp, never going to win the match today so a section win was my only hope.
I enjoy this type of fishing, up on the mud on the far side, but the level was down about 8inches, so only 6inches deep against the bank, but I know the fish will still be in there, for company I had Clayton Hudson to my left on 6 and Paul elmes to my right on peg 10, so as I said plenty of room for all today, it was going to be a hard section to win as the other anglers were all good .
Not to much to say tbh the match went as expected, I began feeding a couple of areas on the far side but started down the .middle, I had a few , but the far bank activity soon had me going across, and that was where I spent most of the match, catching spasmodically , enjoyable but never going to be quick enough to to bother Martin rayet on peg 13 by the water pump who had a good steady day to end up with just over 120lb , and a new lake best , so well done to him, as a whole the lakes fished really well Russ peck made no mistake on peg 1 on the main lake to win with 260+ which is a new best for him, well done.
The siver.weights were good again today with George Woodward on 14b having 82lb of skimmers , with lots of weights between 20 and 30lb, weigh sheets below show how well it fished , and it's a really nice place to fish well looked after and quiet, well not so quiet today as some fool down the road allowed a motocross rally to go ahead shame really, as it sounded a load of chainsaws going. I ended up with 82lb for second on the lake, and a quid off Ryan Jordan, serves him right for drawing me the peg LOL.



Friday, 17 July 2020

Hunstrete coffin dodgers and disabled

Back on bridge pool again today after a short drive from home after a bacon butty stop at a local greasy spoon, sarney was good but the takeaway tea was pants, even worse than the ones colin makes at the shop πŸ˜†.
Anyway got to the lake in plenty of time, and Dave Gillard soon had the social distancing draw underway, when my name.was.called there were still a few.pegs I would have liked, but Dave pulled out peg 8 for me again, that's two matches in the trot, and I had peg 7 the match before that, so not moving to far at the mo. 
I had John fry to my left and Wayne storry to my right, and Barney directly opposite.
The peg looks nice, with an island at about 25mtrs, and up until this year had been a good skimmer peg but for some reason it's gone off the boil this year, last match on here I struggled with conventional silvers baits on the pole so all I set up was a deep and shallow rig for hard pellet, 6,s over 4,s, and a margin rig for pellet to my left to the empty pallet, and a waggler to fish to the island which was the best method last time, again for hard pellet, so a nice simple bait tray, 4,s and 6,s to feed and a few 8,s for the band .
At the start I fed some 4,s on the long pole line, which was only 13 mtrs, any longer and shipping in and out becomes a pain as the peg is only 2 mtrs from the track leading to the other lakes , so it entails breaking down every two sections, anyway after feeding that I picked up the wag rod and began on that, oh and I nearly forgot , Barney opposite was going to fish the wag aswell but snapped his rod after a few practice casts before the start, just when I thought I was going to get the island to myself, rod dufferty next to him came to his rescue and lent him a rod, 
I had bites from the start, but f1,s on the waggler are a tricky opponent, with lots of missed bites, I would get a few bites, then nothing as they backed off into the brambles, so I needed to rest it, try the pole ,maybe catch a skimmer or two then go back out on the waggler to repeat the catch and rest process. The whole lake seemed to be very hard , as far as I could tell Barney was doing the best, on the pole for the biggest part as he really struggled to get a bite on the waggler, by the end I thought Barney had won , but not being able to see the pegs behind the islands it was hard to know what else had happened.
But it turned out Barney did win with 43lb , and I came in second with a bit under 38lb, I had 9lb of skimmers, and the rest was f1,s, so ok really, but for some reason the lake switched right off, pleasure fishing on this lake can be really good, but stick a match on it and it just turns off, lots of people have a theory, I just think it's the onslaught of bait and tackle going in at  the same time upsets the fish , they don't like it.
Weigh sheets below as normal.


Monday, 13 July 2020

John dursley thursday open, shiplate main lake

Only 13 booked in for this, then we had a couple of no shows, so down to 11, plenty of room for all then, John did the social distancing draw and pulled out peg 6 for me, a good silvers swim, plus carp are always going to put in an appearance at some stage.

 I decided to go primarily for silvers, so I set up a .3g pencil with an 18 b960 on .16 for banded 6mm hard pellet over hard 4,s, two lines one at topset and two and the other at 13 mtrs, it was the same.depth, a meat rig for the margins and a shallow mugging rig just incase, tried for a couple but they didn't play ball, so that rig was out to one side, the margin meat rig never happened, I had one eel and a carp to my left and a skimmer to my right. I spent most of the match fishing the short line, and I've had a lovely day catching skimmers on the hard pellet, plus a few rogue carp, I thought I had about 45lb of carp, but never had a clue as to how many skimmers I had in my two silvers nets, when the scales got to me Jamie Cooke was top on 15 with 150lb, and ade bishop on 10 had 69lb of silvers, my silvers went 86lb and my few.carp helped me.to 129lb, a great days fishing, at a lovely venue.
The match was won by Andy fry on peg 2 with 216lb, well done matey, beating Steve Jackson on peg 1 into second place with his 183lb, weigh sheet below.

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Landsend open

Struggling to find a match for this weekend so I decided to run one myself, a quick call to Landsend and managed.to get the match lake, only going to have 15 fishing but ended up with twenty, so the fishery allowed me.to use 58 to 70 on lake three, thanks for that.
I did the draw with the bingo ball machine and ball 24 popped out for me, happy with that peg, especially as it had top weight the day before, it's a nice peg with a long end bank margin to fish along, it always holds fish.
I had Chris fox to my left and Glen Calvert opposite on peg one. I set up a meat rig for topset and two, a mugger rig and a couple of pellet rigs for along the bank, one at 13 mtrs and another at 14 mtrs where it was about 12 inches deeper than the 13 mtr line, 
I called the all in, and began on the short pole meat line, I stuck here for the first hour and was rewarded with two carp and a hybrid, not much but no one else was doing particularly well so I was my to worried, I had been firing some pellets along the bank the whole time, or at.least when I remembered,😏, there were a few.fish cruising about, but they just weren't interested, but luckily I was getting some fish along the end bank, I had been feeding 6,s , and was fishing an 8 in the band, by now most people I could see were catching a.few, but I thought I was just ahead of most , after about 3 1/2 hours I managed a few muggers, but just as quickly as the fish switched on for this method, they stopped, so it was back down the bank. I had only fished the 13 mtr but up till now, it for the last hour I switched to 14 mtrs, a good move as I had several more carp from here.
I reckoned on having 120lb, but hoped for a bit more, by the time.The scales.Got to me Clayton Hudson on 19 was top with 119lb, but I was ok as my nets went 140lb , too weight on the lake but beaten into second place by Dan Russell on peg 58 with 148lb, only his second match so well done matey. Weigh sheets below.

I did have a.sausage and bacon roll delivered to my peg, and it was.very nice aswell.
Off to Shiplate again tomorrow for another John dursley rip off, looking forward to it.

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Shiplate thursday open

Gary flinders is running there matches on behalf of the fishery, so 15 turned up today which means plenty of room with the generous pegging on this lake, Gary started.The draw and when he got to my name on the list he pulled out peg 11 for me, a lovely peg with several options, an island in front which lends itself to a nice waggler chuck, a nice left hand margin down to a bush, and a long pole line which is normally good for skimmers aswell as carp.
So rigs done for shallow and deep on the long pole, a margin meat rig and a 4mtr meat rig, lastly a small loaded middy fatboy waggler for the end of the island.
On the whistle I started.On the long pole , and after.15 minutes I had three carp in the net, as did Gary flinders on 10, then I began to struggle , skimmers were feeding well as I was catching a few.On 8mm hard pellet, Gary was.getting a.lot of skimmers aswell as.more.carp, and I never managed.to catch him up, he pulled steadily.away for the duration, I had a few on the wag , and very nearly had a nasty accident, booking fish on the wag you tend to have to pull hard to stop the fish going around the island, in one fish I had the acolyte carp waggler rod bent to the Mac when I pulled out, and I could see the float narrowing back at straight towards my face, I just managed to duck a bit and the float but me on the tip of the head, good job I had a hat on as I think it would have drawn blood, I did end up with bump, but it did make me chuckle, any.way to not waste any time with this report, I cant.really complain as I've had 134 lb which is still a good days fishing, but I was well Off the pace as Gary won with 240lb, followed by Anton page on 15 (again), with 207, then Gary (thumbprint) Bowden on 3 with 128lb followed by me, too silvers went to Dave wride  7 with over 45lb of skimmers on his secret soft pelletsπŸ˜‚. Weigh sheet below as normal.