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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Viaduct winter league round 4

Just a quick get well soon to mike nicholls who was taken into hospital with newmoanial the other night , he will soon be out no doubt.
Back to today and into the draw tin and out comes draw sequence 13 which gave us Clint on 125, Clayton on 94 me on 62 , Ron on 46 and Tim on 15. ,some good and bad in that lot, mine was definitely a bad one , and with the wind blowing in and across and some heavy rain forecast for later it was never going to be pleasant. For company I had don Sutherland on 61 and Adrian jeffery on the monk peg 64. So the pound bet was. Struck with don, but I never asked ade as his peg was to good !!!
I set up a wag to fish corn mid lake, a caster rig for over groundbait at 13 mtrs which was as far as I dared to go with the forecast , a meat rig for 2 o,clock angle at 13 mtrs  and a meat rig to go to empty pallet 63, at the start I fed all lines then started on the wag and corn, I had two bites in the first 30 mins endeping up with 2 hybrids for about a pound in the net, the wag was never going to work as the wind was pushing it through to much even with lots f line on the deck so I binned that after 40 mins, out on the caster and small skimmers were pretty obliging but they were small 2 to 4oz mainly, I tried the meat line but only had a perch there , I did try it several times during the match but no good, the 13 mtr caster line was the best, I did manage a couple of better skimmers of about a pound but the rest were mainly small, I had been feeding meat down the edge all match and I did give it a couple of goes but only had one roach, until I grace it one last go for the last 15 mins and lo and behold the float buried and a ax pounder was safely in the net with five mins to go, and then the end was called. My silvers went just over 9lb and the carp just over 6 for 15 1/2 lb for 11 points in the section, our lake was won by steve long on 73 with 107lb followed by dan squires on 66 with 70 odd pounds, the match was won by andy power with a couple more pounds than steve. Off to huntstrete this Thursday for the veals silvers league then back down to viaduct next Sunday for the last winter league, my turn on match lake , let's hope for a decent draw as I havnt really had a good peg in this series so far,

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Landsend league round 4

Back to a random draw again today to determine sections for the following rounds, I was near the front of the queue again today, and with mark poppleton appearing to wave the white flag on. The series the. Normal banter was missing,
Into the draw bucket and out comes 34 which is definitely a good draw on the. Speci lake, for company I had Kieran guppy on 33 to my left and Tom cruises body double Pete nurse on 36, today I was going to keep it mainly simple , just pellets ,4,s to feed and a banded 6 in the band on the trusty b960 hook on ,16 line, two rigs one for 15 mtrs to my left towards the end of the island down the shelf and the same rig same distance to my right using a 4x12 float. The other rig was a 4x10 float for against the island in 2 foot of water, the weather was supposed to kick up a bit later with strong southerly winds and a dose of heavy rain, and it didn't disappoint , we had rain for near enough the whole duration of the match, and it was straight into my face, the island did afford me a bit of shelter to fish in but poor Kieran had it straight in with no protection, it wasn't to long before the cold got into him and I could see the end of His pole trembling , due to him shivering.
Back to my swim and after talking to Adrian Clark who had fished a little while ago and had done well by not feeding a thing and just lifting and dropping a pellet under the bush on the far side, due to the water level being up there was no chance of fishing under the bush so I decided to fish my pellet along the island bank in front and along to the left, I find feeding nothing really hard to do so I fed the two deep lines only left and right but fed nothing where I was going to bounce the pellet around to cut a long story short I never picked up the deep rig and just fished up the island shelf for the whole match, I ended up with 27 carp into double figures , I only had three nets with me so when I had put 9 in each. Net I decided to pack up and that was about 25 mins from the end, but as far as I could see I had won the lake and more importantly the section so that keeps me in contention in the league, I stopped at 9 in a  net as there is an 80lb weight limitat this fishery and I thought I may be close to it, and I wasn't to far out as I ended up with 213.1 which is a good day whatever time of year, which was well enough for first on. The lake and overall on the day,
2nd went to Paul elmes on 15 with 110 lb
3rd nick chedzoy on 19 with 96.9
4th steve Seager peg 11 with 92.10
5th ken Rayner on 31 with 91.9
6th Gary oshea on 13 with 67.5
Top silver weight went to Russ peck on 42 with 10.10

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Veals silvers league round 3

Back to huntstrete again for this one again, 27 of us on bridge pool, I didn't really mind to much where I drew , but I would like to avoid 25/23&22 as they are all set back in bays , ok if it's a carp match but with it being a silvers only affair they are best avoided.
Into the draw bag and out comes 25 ,shit. For company on 24 I had bristols finest top set thrasher dave Haines and on 26 was bristol legend bob "the bread" price, neither angler is renowned for there long pole fishing so I decided to fish two lines , one at 5 mtrs and one at 14 which was beyond the anglers each side as far as pole fishing goes, but bob did have his favoured lead rod assembled , at the start I cupped in one ball at 5 mtrs with a few casters in and three balls at 14 mtrs with some soaked micros and no casters, I felt I may have overdone the caster last time as small roach were a real problem, starting at 5 mtrs I had a small roach first drop and that was it I couldn't get a bite there, so it was out on the long line, by now ray bazeley and dave wride on the carpark bank were catching skimmers and bream and ray had caught a 6lb tench as his first fish, so I had to try and catch bream to do any good, dave on my right was catching plippy roach but I didn't see any point in doing that , and when Paul barnfield round on 21 had a couple of bream it confirmed what I had to do, but it never happened, the small roach that proved a real nuisance last time were noticeable by there absence, I had to sit and watch ray on the end bank catching, and judging by the bank side banter dave wride was still catching, I ended up with 4.12 which was made up mainly by 10 small skimmers, dave to my right had fished hard for the whole match to put the same weight as me on the scales of roach fry, bob on my left had 10oz, I didn't wait for the results as it had rained all day and I had just about had enough !!!!!!. Dave wride won with 46lb and I think ray next to him was 2nd with 29lb I don't know what was next as I was driving out of the carpark and they were still weighing, but mike nicholls will post the weigh sheets on his blog.
Off  to landsend Sunday for match number 4 in the winter league and it's a random draw again for this one , fingers crossed for a good draw then, and next Thursday it's back down to emerald , so anyone fancying it ring me in veals on 01179260790 to book in

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Day on the chew

I had a spare morning so I thought it would be nice to go and try and catch a grayling , as the last one I had was when I was 14 and that was on the river chew at woollard, so today I was back on the same river but a bit further down at Compton dando where bathampton have the rights to two fields on the right hand bank upstream, as with woollard I hadn't fished this stretch since I was at school and apart from being very overgrown it was pretty much the same . This was proper travel light fishing, a rod a reel with 3lb line on a few shot and a couple of 3AA loafers plus some 18 hooks on ,14 line , half a pint of red maggots and a landing net.
I walked to the top of the second field planning to fish my way back to the bridge in any swim I could poke a 12 foot rod into, something shorter would have been better but I don't posses one , the river was a nice colour with a proper flow so I was hopeful , but after fishing my way through half the field I was getting a bit despondent, all I could catch was minnows and a few minnow sized micro trout, next swim was about 100 mtrs above a footbridge just round a bend , so I repeated what I had done previously , so I just sat on the bank flicking a few maggots into the flow, after 5 mins I dropped the float in , it went about 6 feet and buried, like it had done fifty times before, I expected another snag or a minnow , but this kicked back, and I was soon looking at a nice little grayling in the net of about 10oz, job done . Next run through I had another of about the same size but further down the swim, these cousins of the trout certainly are pretty fish and fight surprisingly well for there size. I stuck witht he swim for another 20 mins and had a dace of about 4oz and a 8oz brownie, I fished a few swims back to the bridge but had no more grayling, in fact I had very little of anything apart from a nice dace that may have gone 8oz, well it was bigger than 6oz !!!.
Apart from the top of the second field I couldn't even catch minnows, it seemed as though the river just switched off, but I wasn't complaining as I succeeded in catching what I wanted ,and it was nice to run a float down a nice bit of flow, something I haven't done in a long time, I may try it again before the river season shuts.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Viaduct winter league round 3

It was my turn on scary lake today and all I had to do do was really avoid avoid the peg of death which is 82 in the corner , it can produce a few fish at times but it isn't consistent as you are cut off with no where to go.
So into the draw tin and out comes 13 draw , which put Clayton on 116, ME ON 82, (aaaaagh), Ron on 53, Tim on 25 and Clint on 8, so some good pegs but nothing but piss taking for me.
I took a steady push to my peg as I wasn't in to much of a hurry, I had fishery owner steve long on 85 and Chris fox on 86, neither of which were to accommodating when I enquired as to whether I could share there swims. So I never set up a lead rod today, the wag rod was put up to fish corn at about 30 mtrs, and caster a bit shorter at 20 mtrs, and a couple of pole rigs to fish caster each side , down to the monk to my right and down under a tree to my left.
At the start I cupped some casters each. Side then chucked the wag out. Most people started on the tip , but there wasn't to much early action going on, it was 50 minutes before I connected with a fish, after missing a couple "bites" and it turned out to be a 15 lb mirror, hooked fair and square in the pectoral fin, nice ! They all count, so that set me up for the day really, I spent most of the match fishing corn on the wag, I had three skimmers before I connected with another carp, but this one turned out to be hooked in the mouth, but getting it into the net this one was probably closer to 20lb, that was the last of. The carp action for me , I did get a few perch under the tree to my left and another late skimmer on the wag, but it was a hard day on our lake, not to many carp , five was about the best and that was steve denmead on 78, the scales got to steve and he had just over 60lb, when they got to me I had 9.5 of silvers and my 2 carp went 34lb, proper ones , which surprisingly was enough for second on the lake, Steve on 85 had 41,15 and chris had 41,4.
I didn't wait for the results but I'm. Sure mIke nicholls will have the weigh sheets on his blog. The match was won on 132 with about 115 lb caught mainly down his right hand margin.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Thursday , veals open , emerald pools fishery

13 fished today so we had ten on ruby and 3 on sapphire, I didn't mind where I drew but I fancied one of the pegs on sapphire to win, into the bag and out comes peg 3, which was the second peg up on the far side of ruby with the left hand side of the second island in front of me at 13 mtrs, for company I. Had somersets tidiest angler , Gary cross on my left and the gimp on my right .
I set up three rigs , one for caster at three mtrs and a couple of banded pellet rigs for out by the island in about a metre of water and 13 mtrs to my left in in about 5 feet of water, at the start I fed both pellet lines with 4,s then began on the caster line at 3 mtrs , after 15 mins I had had a few decent roach and one carp, and lost another which pinged my rig up into the overhanging branches above my head , much to the amusement of Scott puddy opposite, who was getting odd carp on his 13 mtr line. 45 mins in and not really going anywhere on the caster line I decided to bin it and concentrate on the two pellet lines, Scott by now was a bit in front of most people on the lake , so I had a little bit of catching up to do, and mike nicholls up in the corner was thrashing about catching roach so that looked to be silvers taken care of . I started in the deeper open water swim and was soon catching small carp on banded 6mm , kindering some 4,s over the top, all the time firing some 4,s towards the island swim, I was now keeping pace with Scott so it was all to play for, unfortunately I couldn't see what was going on on sapphire. I stayed in the deep water for over an hour , then swapped to the island swim and never really looked back, I switched to potting a few 4,s over the float and had a very good last half of the match catching small carp between 6oz and 3 lb. steadily pulling ahead of Scott who was the main threat on this lake, most people seemed to be catching well towards the end, even Gary to my left was now catching carp, as was the gimp to my left , by the end I thought I had about 70 small carp for what I hoped would be at least 70lb , but I hoped for a bit more.
I started the weigh in and began on sapphire , with glen bailey on peg 11 which was two pegs out of wiggets corner , he had 54 carp and with the average size being bigger on this lake I expected him to have 100lb , and he wasn't to far off as he had 99.9 for first on the day , catching from a couple of spots against the island in front of him on soft pellet
I was second with 88.6
3rd Scott puddy 69.13
4th Adrian jeffery 66lb
5th mike jones 64.10
6th Norman hugget 47.5
Mike richolls, 19 lb
A very. Good match considering it was frozen at the start of the week, we have got another one here in a fortnight so if you are interested txt me on my mobile or ring me at veals on 01179260790 to book in.
Don't forget the veals sale starts this Saturday on the 14 th and goes on all week, plenty of super bargains to be had .

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Landsend individual league , round 3

I was up on lake three today and after another frosty night I fully expected to have some ice to break. Speaking to mike duckett the owner when I got there , he reckoned it wouldn't be to bad , with a lot of it being only cat ice, I wouldn't like to see the size of the cats down as lake three was 10mm thick. Into the draw tin and peg 62 stuck to my hand, I would have preferred to draw one of the corners as they have been the most consistent , but 62 may be ok as it was second on the lake last round,
The ice was quite difficult to deal with, not to hard to crack but it left big pieces which needed to be broken onto smaller pieces to net out, by the time I had broken it and cleared it to the island at 14 mtrs and cleared down my left hand margin to a sunken bush I only had 25 mins to tackle up,  just about managed it in time , but it was only two rigs, both 4x12 pencils , one for 13 mtrs in front foot maggot over soaked micros and 4,s and the other for banded 6mm hard pellet pellet over loose fed 4,s down the left to the bush, out in front I had cut a wide channel probably 12 foot wide, I fed each side of it with a few micros and a couple of dead maggots. And fed some 4, s down the left side towards the bush with a catty. I needed a section win today to stand any chance of any league money , but with trig Edmunds on fancied peg 58 and Adrian jeffery who has been catching well recently on end peg 70 it looked to be a hard task, also with Dan white  on 66 , Russ peck on 68 and mr draw bag himself  Adrian Clark next door on 61.
It took 15 mins to get my first bite on the right hand side of my channel and that was a carp of about 3 1/2 lb. I switched to the left hand side after re feeding the right and had a 6oz skimmer, so fed a bit more there and went to the right and had another skimmer then another carp from that side , so I fed it again and went to the left but didn't get a bite so it was into the right side again and had an f1 then another carp, and that was the end of any bites to the right, the rest of the match was a case of feeding a bit and waiting for a bite , the left hand of the channel was good for me as was the margin , by the end I had 15 carp, 9 from n front on maggot and 6 down the edge on banded 6mm pellet for what I thought would be between 65 and 70lb, the only threat on the lake was from ade jeffery on 70 who was admitting to 14 carp but they tend to be smaller on that end peg  , and that turned out to be the case with my fish going 66.14 with ade,s fish going 45.7.
First on the day was nick chedzoy on 31 on the speci lake with 83.9. Again on hard pellet over towards the island
2nd ian brownsell on 33 with 68.7
3rd me 66.14
4th ade Jeffrey on 70 with 45.7
5th steve Seager on 11 with 28.8
6th John Bradford on 41 with 24.14
I had steve Seager in the  k/o today so he,s gone then lol.
This Thursday it's back down to emerald again, there are a few spaces left so again ring me at veals on 01179260790 to book in or ring or txt me on my mobile ,
Don't forget the veals super sale starts next Saturday on valentines day , plenty of bargains !!!!!!!