Tuesday 5 September 2023
As a lot of you will be aware, i had my van stolen back in mid july, with over £4000 worth of tackle in the back, i got up on that sunday morning , looked out of the window at ehere the vsn was left the night before, outside my house, hmmm, empty space. But i still went out and had a quick reccy up and down the road just incase i did leave it somewhere else , but i new i hadnt, f%&+#@£ torrid, after being in the tackle trade for 46 years i have seen many people whise tackle had been stolen, a few had just given up fishing after, especially those with no insurance, and to be fair it does feel as though you have recieved a proper kick in the nuts, but onwards and upwards as they say , and i did have cover for goods away from the home, as word got out i began to get calls and messages.from friends and acquaintances from over the years, some of which i hadnt heard from in probably 15years, all offering kit etc, i even haf the loan of a van from a good friend to use until i had managed.to get another, so withun the the week i had been sorted out by good friends with enough kit to get out agsin, luckily all poles and rods were not in the van , as i said some i see regularly, and some i hadnt seen for years, i was truly humbled by people's generosity, and it went a long way to restoring my faith in human nature after the scummy lowlifes who stole from me, I'm not going to name anyone who helped me but you know who you are, i will be eternally grateful, and be in your debt, but not in a bad way, in the words of freddie mercury, i thank you all. as for the insurance, they only paid me out for less than 50% of what i claimed, so it will take me a bit longer to get my kit baxk too where it was before. As for fishing, its been ok, won a few, framed.in a few , come second overall in the Landsend silvers league, and 4th in the float only, A few pics below of various venues, and the float only final league placing. Mike silverfox nicholls has managed to find a commode attachment for his aging boss box, amazing what ypu can find on ebay
Friday 7 July 2023
To be honest its really getting difficult to do these blogs , although i still really enjoy my matches, i also enjoy other branches of the sport, match fishing is a bit same old same old now, the open matches are now struggling for numbers, while the club scene is fairly bouyant, also individual leagues are generally well supported, so i may just begin posting in the dreaded face book, even though the place is full of some very strange people. So here's a brief for now. And heres a picture of a white admiral butterfly sat next to me at huntstrete sunbathing, nit rare but not often seen, well at least by me.
Sunday 25 June 2023
It was Huntstrete on Thursday for the over 55,s and walking wounded, back on bridge pool again, and with 19 fishing we may get a better idea as to how its going. As always organised by dave gillard, when it was my turn to draw i pulled out 28, lovely peg, end of an jsland even if it is 16/17 mtrs.to reach it, had hughie(eggo)evans on my right and haydn withers on my left, one rig for 11 mtrs on the deck, another for 16mtrs towards the island, and a shallow rig in case the f1,s came shallow, only bait on the side tray was 4mm hard pellet for feeding, all via a catty, and some hard 6,s for hook bait. Started at 11mtrs on the deck, had a couple of f1,s, but it wasnt busy, tried shallow over the line and had 2 f1,s quickly but i never had another one, so back on the deck for 2 decent skimmers, but bites were hard to come by on that line, so the remainder of the match was spent towards the island, catching on the deck in about 3 foot of water, f1,s were quite obliging, i did manage.to mug a 10lb fish on the shallow rig, also i had 2 proper carp on the deck towarss the island, ended up with 3 carp for 23lb and the rest was f1,s plus the 2 skimmers for a 66lb total for top on the day, 2nd was mike nicholls on 21 with 49lb, top silver weight went to shay gilman on peg one with 37lb, a nice net of skimmers mainly, as a whole the lake fished ok, the road bank was the hardest , but its been like for a while for some reason,
Monday 19 June 2023
Been a bit lax lately, sorry. So here.we.go with 4 outings. last Thursday and shiplate main lake for the costcutter, nice brekkie cooked by mark, obviously donna has trained him . Well into the draw bag and out pops disc 9, not a bad peg as generally you have plenty of room as i did today, its like yoir own little lake to be fair, with an island to chuck at, a long left hand margin which is usually a banker for a few, got to the oeg and there were a few, not lots,cruisers, ut hard to spot as the light wasnt quite right, so a few rigs put up, a mugger, a depth pellet rig for 14 mtrs, a short meat rig and a rig for.the left hand margin again to fish meat, so ive had 5 muggers, all nice fish.
Friday 9 June 2023
Last Thursday week and i went to acorn fishery for the first of the evenung matches, good attendance, 23 ,zoe got the draw underway , into the bag and out comes. 38, not my first choice of pegs, or 2nd 3rd 4th and on, company was jason (the grinning assassin) on 40 and kev perry on 37, decided on my normal pellet attack, short and the margins, big mustake there, it turned out to be a paste affair(had none with me)limped home with less than 30lb, kev had 112lb and jason about 70,so chip shop sausaged all round, i think paul faiers may have won from peg9,again on paste as all the framers used as far as im aware. but not sure as i cant find the reult anywhere, and no pics the reason for thus will become apparent last monday and out boat fishing from watchet in the bristol channel on the lorna doone, skippered by tom, fishing was a bit testing with the bristol channel doggies making life a bit hard, with them taking all baits , well nearly all, dropping hard backs down accounted for some hounds with dean malin and judith both having double figure fish, i did manage a dlond of about 12lb thay was my best fish, now the reason for no pics, i took a picture of a nice thorny judith had, went to put my phone back in the pocket of my bib and brace, missed it, slid down hit my foot and shot out of the scupper, oh well s#%@ happens, we had a bit of excitement whule at anchor off minehead, mike on teddy boy charters anchored up a couple of hundred mtrs away, and told tom over the radio he may have to call the lifeboat out as he had a customer on board who was sea sick and in a very bad way, anyone whi has been seasick properly will know how miserable it is, and in the channel there is no chance of getting back in early as the harbours dry out, so the lifedoat was launched off minehad gasworks beach and they came out and took him off mike boat, thung is with seasickness is that as soon as he was back on terra firma he was probabaly off to the chip shop , when i first started boat fishing i was sick, so even now i still take a pill, and have never had a problem since.💅😹😴 Managed.to get some pics from tom the skipper.
Wednesday 31 May 2023
Laat weds and i ran a silvers matxh at Landsend fishery, 13 booked in on lale 2 so plenty of bites, Rachel as normal cooked a lovely breakfast, had last but one in the draw and ended up on peg 12, corner peg, loads of options, as ive said these will be brief, loads of carp about, and they would prove to be a pain, but it was the same for everyone, but i have had plenty of bites from the required species, tench, crucians, f 1,s roach and skimmers, all taken on either 6mm meat or banded 6mm hard pellet over loose fed 4mm, rotating around several lines, from topkit in the margins out to 9 mtrs max, finished with 37.11, narrowly beating the the ings who had 37.9, followed by nick collins with over 36lb, plenty of fish caught.
Monday 22 May 2023
Thursday and Shiplate for the costcutter, 21 fishing, john forgot about a couple, so 15 on the main lake for the costcutter, and 6 of us elected to fish on hawthorn, winner take all, but not before one of marks lovely breakfast,s, into the draw tub and peg 1 comes out for me, happy enough, i had chef mark on peg 3 as my neighbour, no silvers payout, so a simple carp day it is then. Unfortunately the carp decided to do the nuptials, and they were goung mad along the far bank, mainly in the red willow roots, but they were tearing up the reeds aswell, its been a testing day, if you went within a mtr of the far bank it would result in a fouler, although i did manage a few.small male carp from there, i did get 6/7 fish mugging the odd individual loner swimming through, i think they must have been gender neutral and wanted no part in the far bank shenanigans, i had one short on meat, then luckily my left hand margin came to life towards. The end , which was good, apart from my one meat fish all the rest fell to banded 8mm over loosefed 6,s, i won the canal with 108lb.john be won the main lake with 101lb from peg 12 and pete zimniak won the silvers with 30lb from peg 7.