only 12 of us today so loads of room, good to see pauline quirks weight loss guru in the carpark in the shape of leyton palmer. just for a change i had the last peg in the hat so i ended up on peg 7, its a peg which seems to get stronger in the last half of the match , especcially when peg 6 isnt in as the fish tend to come round the end of the island to the feed, just a pellet attack today as the meat seems to have lost some of its attractivness, so all rigs were on .18 with a 16 b960 for banded pellet, i set up a shallow stalking rig, a margin rig which never produced a bite and a couple of rigs for up and down the far shelf and one for pellet at 5 mtrs, i started at 5 mtrs with a banded 6 over hard 4,s ,but after an hour all in had was 3x f1,s , a skimmer and 2 roach and with no fizzing it didnt look good for that line, the next hour was spent chasing shadows with the dapping rig but i never got a bite on it so that was that then. over with the down the shelf rig in about 3 foot of water this produced 2 carp and a couple of lost foulers , as i had been feeding 8mm pellets over straight in front and on the angle at 10 o,clock since the start i was seeing tails and swirls in both swims so that was the rest of the match sorted then. by swapping and feeding the 2 area,s i kept fish going into the net right to the end , finishing with about 20 fish for what i thought (with the help of my new counter)85lb ish, tom thick was first to weigh on peg 1 , and he was admitting to 13 small carp, obviously being from shepton mallet he had to stop counting when he ran out of fingers ,cos he had 20 for a weight of 70lb 1 oz ,but it was only good enough for second as mine weighed 90lb 3 oz, this fish counter is working out ok
3rd was clint wojtyla with 66.9 on peg 17
4th leyton palmer 61.4 peg 3 (team any peg . com)
5th pete sivell 60.8 peg 21
6th mike nicholls 41.8 which was all silvers on peg 11 using his favourite soft pellet approach at short mtrs
Well that's been a strange year, after being behind the counter of Avon angling for 32 years, the landlord finally got his way and got us out, but ever cloud has a silver lining and I managed to get a job at veals fishing tackle in bristol, I started at veals when I was 17 , left there when I was 22 for avon angling now I,m back at veals as I approach my 55th birthday, full circle then.
Hopefully I will see lots of my friends and customers coming through the doors , although there aren't any stools or seats for the real oldies who used to come in for a warm.
As far as my fishing goes , I will be working Wednesday,s so it's the cost cutters and coffin dodgers for me then, at least I stand the chance of picking up a tenner and a lucky bag.
I will still be actively running weekend matches as well as my float only league and short pole series, I will also be running some weekend opens so keep an eye on here for dates.
I hope you all keep going and enjoy it as much as I still do.
Also I couldn't do what I do without the support and understanding of judith the best wife ever