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Thursday, 31 May 2012

landsend weds open

firstly i have got to say the shipham breakfast is lovely so its good to see it has reopened as its a good stop off cafe for nearly all venues to the south, and as long as it keeps being good the new owners should do well, time will tell.
with 15 fishing we just stayed on the match lake, with the fish still spawning until tues morning it could be a testing day as the carp seemed to be happy to be laying back on the surface having a fag and a coffee to recover,
i let des shipp draw for me and he pulled out 2 tickets and i took the wrong one as i opened up and number 13 was looking at me, whilst des opened up peg 5 , bugger i chose the wrong one. and with tom thick pulling 19 i thought the writing was going to be on the wall again, best hope for the rest of us was 3rd place.
back to my peg and arriving at the swim there were plenty of carp on the surface sunning them selves, so i set up the normal mugging rig with an 18 b960 on .16. a 4x10 rig for fishing on the top of the shelf up the left hand margin in 2ft of water on .16 with a 16 b960, and a 4x12 for meat in the right hand margin, for company i had joe thompson opposite on 11 and the old granny fleecer himself ken rayner(fishinken)on 15.
at the start it was straight out on the mugger and i hooked one first attempt, which is normal, but after landing it most of the other shadows had dissapeared, i did stick with it for the first hour and did get another 3 but going in to the 2nd hour it became clear that it wasnt going to happen on this method today, so it was into the left hand margin and over to the island on banded 8mm, the left hand margin is full of snags with branches and brambles littering the bottom , but if you go 16.5 mtrs up the bank to just past a wooden post sticking out of the water the bottom is quite clean so you can fish properly, also its the same distance to the island so a hard day was in the offing. what made it more difficult was that you couldnt feed up the left as there is a tree at 8mtrs which has some sticking out which stops the flight of the pellets so everything had to be cupped to that spot which is hard work at that distance, the island was easier as the catty did the work, so the next 3 hours were spent swapping between the island and the left hand margin catching the odd carp but they were on the small side, my biggest fish were the two i had straight away on the mugger rig. i did try and catch short up the left hand side as there is a spot at 8mtr , i did manage 2 small ones from there but then got beaten up bably in more underwater snags so i binned that line, the meat line gave me 6 fish towards the end but again i lost 2 fish with rigs in a snag , if the fish swam out it was ok but if they skooted along the bank the snag got me, i will be taking the old stinger basher with stronger elastic in the future.
being up in the corner its hard to see whats going on ,i could see a bit of splashing from toms peg but that was the only real action i could see, ken had a few and joe opposite had begun to catch late on meat in his margin, but i never had a clue as to how the other bank had fished.
luckily mike duckett and tom thick had started the weigh in so i was just a scales spectator today which was nice, no one had much in the first couple of pegs but des was admitting to having a really nice!!!!!!!!! day on the silvers and he wasnt wrong as he put 75.8 of silvers on the scales and 49lb of carp for 124.8 and first on the day, he caught all his fish on single caster fished to the far bank between 6 and 12 inches deep and feeding with a catty was much better than cupping, he is certainly a hard man to beat on any method and venue he turns up to.
spare a thought for our own silvers ace john(the gimp)bradford on peg 6 who had sit and watch it and he only had one bite on caster, but i did warn him that des would steal all his fish off him
2nd tom thick 106.2 peg 19
3rd tony rixon 86.8 peg 13
4th ken(the savings stealer)rayner 59.7 peg 15
5th chris davis 58.15 peg 24
6th ed wynne 49.13 peg 3
silvers des shipp 75.8 peg 5 catching chub, ide,perch,rudd,skimmers,tench well everything really lol, the man is a bit of a fenomenom really. i know that word begins with a ph but the word i really wanted to use also begins with an f but i cant put it on here cos my mum reads it

Monday, 28 May 2012

chilton trinity , wildmarsh lake

it was good to see shipham cafe open again and i must say it was a very good breakafast, so it is definately near the top of the breakkie stops for now,
getting to the fishery it was apparent that the fish had just finished spawning so we were going to be in for a dour day. trig edmunds drew for me and handed me peg 30 which is the same peg as last time, its a right flier for skimmers and last time i had 2 carp and a tench down the edge to give me second spot, being out on a spit you have a lot of water to play with but getting to the peg it looked decidedly fishless, with most of the carp around the corner to my right from peg 25 round to about peg 7,
i set up rigs for hard and soft pellet at 14 and for 3 spots as its the same depth , a meat rig for the margin and a caster rig for close and a pellet wag just in case, oh yes and a paste rig as the bigger skimmers aswell as the carp seem to like it, for company i had steve seager on 29 and he had much the same rig wise set up.
at the start i fed all lines and went out on the pellet wag just in case i could get an early mug fish, but as there were hardly any showing in this part of the lake i wasnt holding my breath, and i wasnt dissapointed after 15 biteless minutes that was up the bank, i did try it again at odd times when i could see a cruiser but they werent interested, the pole line wasnt much better as in the next hour i had 2 small skimmers on hard pellet over softened 4,s, there just didnt seem to be any fish there as there was no fizzing which you normally get on this venue, even when we fished it back in march it was bubbleing. halfway through i went down the edge and had a couple of liners before i hooked a 10lb skinny common so perhaps things were looking up, but no i had to wait until 15 mins from the end for another bite down there and i missed what i would say was an unmissable bite, and with it fishing hard i thought that would be my only chance of picking up a bit of coinage, by now steve seager had sloped off home as all he could muster were a few eels and small roach on caster, my caster line gave me one bite and that was from an 8oz eel, and that was my lot really, i could get bites on the long pole line on hard and soft pellet and corn but when i did connect it was just a small roach on the end, i weighed 12.2 which was not going to be any good today.
1st went to andy hemdrow on peg 9 with 6 carp for 33lb, all taken fishing meat down to empty peg 8
2nd adrian jeffery 32.13 peg 21
3rd mike west 32.6 peg 11
4th paul elmes 24.8 peg 63
5th craig edmunds 15.4 peg 14
6th dave roper 14.4 peg 67
glen calvert 11.4 on peg 57, lots of plippy roach and rudd on caster in the edge on his topset
i think it was just down to the rigors of spawning as to why it didnt fish also what fish were feeding had loads of spawn to munch on which obviously tastes much better than anything we had to offer.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

acorn fishery , avon angling wednesday open

24 booked in today so bev let me spread us all round paddock lake, so everyone had at least an empty peg on one side. i let roger andoniou draw for me and i should have known better as he handed me peg 18 which does throw up the occasional carp weight but it is really turning into a good silvers area, oh yes and roger drew a bridge for himself!!!!
for company i had leyton palmer on my right and dave blakemore on my left, after dropping ray bazeley off on peg 31 which isnt to good i drove round to my swim and pulled up 5 yards from my peg as this is one fishery where you can park right by your swim, luxury.
looking round it soon became clear as tom thick was on peg 5 and des shipp was setting up on 6, two of the best pegs on the venue, so i had to target silvers or if i wanted to try and get some overall monies the best i could possibly hope for was third, and that was going to be hard as there were some good anglers sat on good pegs apart from tom and des.
if i was going to catch silvers i wanted to catch them close so i set up a 4x16 rig for 4mtrs with an 18 6313 on .12. i set up a margin rig but never had a bite on that so that wont be mentioned again, then two rigs to fish banded pellet to the far side, both on .16 with a 18 b960 on, one was a dibber to fish shallow and the other was a 4x8 for pellet on the deck.
starting on the caster close i soon started catching roach and skimmers on single caster
whilst feeding 4mm pellet over with a catty, leyton went straight across and had 3 quick carp, and everytime i looked at tom thick he seemed to be playing a carp and i,m sure it wasnt the same one, also des was catching well as was scott puddy on 36,
and as far as the silvers went nigel bartlett on 15 was always looking like a winner even with leyton barracking him nearly non stop, after just 90 mins my silvers line died and i hadnt fed another line so that was the end of my silvers ,i did try putting some casters at 6 mtrs but never had a bite on that either, so the rest of the match was spent fishing the far side, starting on the deck over i soon had a couple of carp but it was i bit hard but i kept the feed going in and with no one really around me feeding enough to the far side my peg got stronger towards the end and come the last hour i had switched to the shallow rig, which in hindsight (that bloody word again)i should have done a lot earlier, and i couldnt get my rig in quick enough, by the end i thought i may have about 90lb but as expected it was going to out of tom and des for first and second but with tim ford, scott puddy and mat tomes all catching even a minor placing was looking in doubt, but as it turned out a bit of luck came my way,
1st on the day was tom thick with 195.15 , a new venue record on peg 5 fishing soft pellet to the far side
2nd des shipp 172lb peg 6
3rd scott puddy 124.11 peg 36
4th mat tomes 110,11 peg 9
5th tony rixon 94.1 peg 18
6th tim ford 81lb peg 34 thanks matey for exceeding the net net limit so i snuck in last in the money. tim did actually weigh 97lb but he was 16.8 over in his net, but he wasnt the only one as des was 3lb over in one net and we didnt even begin to weigh chris davis,s one net as it was miles over.
silvers went to nigel bartlett on 15 with 46.2, mainly on caster, he did feed a worm and a pellet line but the caster swim produced most of his skimmers and roach.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

float only open viaduct fishery

we used cary and lodge today and with 35 booked in it looked as if it was going to be a good match. and we werent dissapointed, good to see tim ford back out on the bank after his hospital cock ups, into the draw tin and out comes 53 which is the corner peg on lodge on the carpark bank, a good peg with a corner to fish into with an overhanging tree between you and the angler around the corner on 73, i was hoping for a silver fish angler to turn up on the peg but no, trig edmunds aka craig bomber ebmunds after the previous nights bare knuckle bust up rolls up to the peg, so that would work against us as we would be targetting the same shoal that lives under the tree and against the far bank, i set up a meat rig for against the tree, a pellet rig for up the side of the free , a meat rig for each side down the edge and a pellet rig for 17 mtrs to reeds at the end of the lake.
ther meat rig was a waste of time to the tree as was the pellet line up the side of the tree so no more about them then, so 90 mins in and it was time to go to the 17mtr line as there was some movement over there, then the start of a torrid match began with every fish i hooked kiting along the bank and going through the dozens of branches that were on the bottom, with the fish iether breaking the line or depositing my hook into the branch, all this happening much to the amusement of trig who was by now catching becent carp down his margin on meat, i did get 3 carp down the edge to my right and 1 to my left and 7 from the 17 mtr line but my fish seemed to be smaller than everyone elses as my 11 carp went 68.9 and trigs went 110.12 and dave white on 56 had his best carp to date with a lovely common which went 20.11 on meat down the edge, but none of us did any good as cary fished its head off with des(i think i got flu)shipp on 97 taking 275.2 on the shallow wag and 8mm pellet
2nd went to des,s new travelling partner chris davis with 178lb on 85
3rd tom mangnal 170.4 on 96
4th dan white 160.2 peg 94
5th tom thick 153.14 peg 86
6th clayton hudson 121.1 peg 64
john bradford on 90 with 29.3 of mainly tench on his top 5
2nd tim ford 28.7
all in all i had a stresssful time but at least the next person who draws 53 shouldnt have to much trouble with branches as most of them are now on the bank.
this weds we are back at acorn and on sunday its back to wildmarsh lake at chilton trinity so ring me at the shop to book in for either on 01179517250

Thursday, 17 May 2012

weds open landsend fishery

with 19 booked in we used the match lake and the carpark bank of speci, after the way it fished at the weekend a draw on the match lake was preferred, but mat tomes handed me peg 36 which is halfway down the lake, for company i had occasional wednesday angler mike nicholls on 35 and and the brean gypsy roger andoniou on 38.
when i have been on this peg before i have normally managed to catch carp tight to the island on pellet but of late it hasnt really happened for the anglers drawing it, with it showing more as a silvers peg with lots of chub over by the bushes, so what do i do, ignore the chub and set up the pellet rig for over with a 16 b960 on .18, a soft pellet rig for 11mtrs on .14 with a 18 8313 and a meat rig for the margin on .18 with a xedion 14 hook.
at the start i cupped in softened micro,s at 11 mtrs at 1 and 11 o,clock angles fired some 6mm to the far bank, began feeding meat in the margin and just in case the silvers went i started feeding caster close in on the topset range, and started plopping meat into the margin.
onto the soft pellet line at the start, and after 10 mins both mike and i hadnt had a bite, very worrying, then i had a roach then a skimmer then i hooked a big carp which i lost under the bushes in front of mike against the island, which mike probably had a bit of a chuckle at, but sport certainly wasnt electric, after an hour and with a couple more skimmers and roach in the net, i came in on the topset with caster, first fish was a 2lb skimmer then a 8oz hybrid which i dropped off trying to swing then a near 10lb carp took a liking to the single caster, then that was the end to my caster fishing close in as i never had another bite there. back out on the soft pellet and a couple of small skimmers and smaller roach(to small to breed probably)so i went over on the pellet but i wasnt expecting to much as you normally get carp slurping up the bank but with no signs i didnt expect to much, and i was right , all i could catch were chub of varying sizes, the chub seem to spawn very well in this lake as you catch fish from a few inches up to over 3lb, i dont think there are to many lakes in the country where the chub actually spawn, it probably has something to do with the ammount of cover on the island and the aerater send a very strong flow down the side of the island,but the carp didnt want to play ball for me today, i dont think there were to many in this area of the lake as adrian jeffery on 33 and ed wynne on 31 were catching , also as the match went on des shipp on 40 was splashing around a bit , i did end up with 5 carp plus an 11lb grass carp and 16lb of silvers for 59.15 for nothing today.
1st went to ed wynne with 112.4 mainly caught on pellet over to the island on 31
2nd adrian jeffery on 33 with 93.13
3rd des shipp on 40 91.15
4th chris davis on 22 87.8
5th andy curry on 1 , 85lb
6th tom thick on 19, 79.4
tom thick with 25.12 on peg 19 on soft pellet at 13 mtrs

Monday, 14 May 2012

sunday open landsend fishery

32 fishing today and only the two main lakes to use as mardons club were on johns lake (no 3)so not to many many gaps on match lake and none at all on speci, so it would be interesting to see how it would go, a quick look at the lakes revealed the brown goldfish(f1,s)were spawning well and you could here the carp sucking at the spawn, the carp sometimes prefer this tasty morsel to pellets making them harder to catch, and these old wary fish are hard enough on some days to fool,
fabio drew for me and gave me peg 15 (nice), for company i had trig edmunds on 13 and roger crago on 16. i set up a shallow rig for against the far bank and for stalking, a rig for on the deck against the island both on .16 with a 16 b960 hook, a 4x12 on .14 with an 18 hook for hard pellet on the deck and a 4x12 on .16 with a 16 xedion hook for meat down the edgeto my left, there is a bush in the water to my right but its a bit of a tackle graveyard, so i left that for roger .
at the start and with trig telling me during the week that my time is over and he was going to batter me i did think he may be right as he mugged one first put in towards the corner of the island, but i hooked one before he had netted his , and that was how the first couple of hours went with niether of us really getting ahead, and with about 10 carp apiece after that time the shallow fish dissapeared so it was over to the far bank but it was hard to get a bait to the bottom as the lake needs a bit of a clear out with twigs and brambles under the water, but the fish were there which is very frustrating, trig by now was fishing up his left hand end bank and catching but the fish were of a slightly smaller size, and luckily he spent a fair bit of time up in the tree,s which was slowing him down, several tries on the deep pellet rig didnt produce a single bite, and there was no fizzing at all so the fish certainly werent feeding on the deck, the meat line to my left produced 5 carp , so by the end i had 23 carp plus a few silvers, and with trig admitting to 100lb i said i thought i had about 70, but new it was a bit more, but it does wind trig up a bit.
walking back round to start the weigh in it was obviou anton page was clear favourite to win as he was admitting to 150lb and with the speci lake fishing hard he would win ,
and he did with 188.8 off peg 22, taking all his fish shallow towards the end of the island on pellet
2nd and NEXT PEG to the winner on 21 was tom mangnal with 112.15
3rd tony rixon 112.3 peg 15
4th craig edmunds 107.4 peg 13 (still got much to learn)
5th adrian clark 88.12 peg 31
6th jason radford 85.2 peg 1
jerry pocock 28.4 peg 9

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

vaduct pole only cambell and cary

firstly i got to say woody,s cafe at the fishery is tops with quality food and a fast and efficient service providing woody stays out of the way and lets his daughter get on with it(lol),
we had 30 booked in today which was good , i dont know whether it was the fact it was pole only or it was only 20 quid instead of the 25 norm , time will tell.
into the draw and out comes peg 85 on cary, a good draw with plenty of room and clayton hudson managed 140lb off it at the weekend in the float only, when i got to my peg i found myself next to dan white on 86 so the pound bet was struck and i started to set up, dan was cutting meat up as this was going to be his main line of attack, i decided to stick with the pellets as meat didnt seem to go to well at the weekend, i set up various rigs to fish 8mm pellets at 14 mtrs in front and down the edge as well as shallow and a rig for 6mm over 4,s at 6mtrs for skimmers, to be fair i,ve had a right torrid with lots of lost foulers(16 i think)the pellet was getting them into the swim and they were obviously eating well but it was proving hard to present the bait in a way the fish felt happy to take it, i did manage 5 from the margin and 4 out in front plus some skimmers but i wasnt going to do any good with what i had in the net, even the pound with dan was in jeapordy, lucky i had laid the bet off with fabio who was on 102 and weighed 85lb, dan weighed 100.04 to my 99.8, so he had my pound. the match was won by craig edmunds on 128 with 183.13 all taken on the deck at 16mtrs on 8mm hard pellet
2nd martin lenaghan 162.4 peg 123
3rd leyton palmer 151.2 peg 116
4th jim baines 145.3 peg 119
5th mike west 149.12 peg 130
6th des shipp 131.15 peg 105
paul greenwood 52.8 peg 126
ed wynne 47.1 peg 125

Monday, 7 May 2012

float only league round 1 viaduct fishery

must say sorry for being late with the blog, i am suffering a bad case of man flu and i havnt really felt like doing anything till now (6.15 monday).
40 anglers were booked in for the series, and all turned up which is good, i was using cambell and cary with 20 on each so sensible pegging ,
i let craig edmunds draw for me so he pulls out 2 tickets stuck together, and i dont think i shuffled the tickets to well as i ended up on 109 which is right down in the narrow corner of cary , whilst trig had 110 which is the corner peg (flier)on cambell.
for company i had bela bakos on 74 which is the first peg up the left hand bank but we have a big willow tree overhanging between us so we wouldnt affect each other, also with bela being in the advanced stages of the flu ours wasnt going to be a quiet part of the lake as bela had a cough that sounded like a dog barking and i was sneezing and coughing
and we were both moaning a lot.
my corner peg seems to be a swim which gives you a few early fish but dries up as the fish move out of the corner so its a case of making the most of the first couple of hours.
due to the strong winds of late there were a lot of willow branches up along the left hand bank making it impossible to fish tight to the bank which is one of the main catching areas, all i could do was fish up to the branches which was about a metre off the bank in 3 foot of water, so i set up a couple of 4x12 rigs on .18 , one for by the branches and one for out by the willow tree where it was about 6 inches deeper, both had 16 b960 hooks on for banded pellet, i set up a 4x12 rig for meat straight out at 16 mtrs with a 14 xedion hook on .16 and also a margin rig for meat up to my right with the same hook and line,
at the start i cupped some 8mm pellets by the marginal branches and by the willow and cupped some meat out to the relevant places in front and out to the right,
going in by the willow tree i had a bite first put in and lost a fish(fouled i think) second drop another bite and an 8lb carp was safely netted even though there were lots of branches on the bottom which the fish seemed to be able to find ever way it turned, so ,so far things were going to plan but that soon changed as i had no more bites for about 30 mins then when i did hook another carp it totally branched me on the inside transferring my hook into a twig, steve did come and apologise for not clearing the branches out but he had been to busy to get round to it.
the swim didnt really fish as i expected as i caught odd carp from both pellet lines during the whole match instead of the early burst i had been expecting, i hooked 12 carp in all landing 7 , also the meat lines were a non starter with not even a bite on it, i did put some 4mm hard pellets at 16 mtrs and had a run of skimmers on 6mm hard pellet,also lost a carp there aswell, in the end i weighd 73lb for second in section so that was ok from the peg really,
1st on the day went to tom mangnal with 159.12 on peg 98 , i think he only had 15 fish all taken on the wag ,some deep and some shallow all on pellet
2nd shaun townsend 153.13 peg 123
3rd tony page 152.15 peg 125
4th clayton hudson 146.13 peg 85
5th gary etheridge 126.8 peg 116
6th ed wynne 116.13 peg 135
nigel bartlett 73.14 off peg 80 of skimmers, big hybrids, perch and tench on chopped worm and caster

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

viaduct wednesday open

24 booked in for today so steve used all of cambell and part of cary, the started badly with a breafkast at the junction cafe near castle cary, and i got to say it was rubbish, so we wont be going there again.
back to the draw and i manage to pull 125 for myself, for company i had tom thick on 126 and charlie barnes on 123, at least with charlie to my left it left the carp at our end all to me (hopefully)as he is now a silvers ace !!!!!!!!!!!.
i set up a shallow wag rig just in case , a 4x12 for 14 mtrs with a 16 b960 ,
a 4x14 for 5 mtrs with pellet and the same hook as above, a 4x12 for pellet down the edge and a shallow rig in case they came up, all rigs to fish hard pellet, at the start i cupped in some 6,s at 14 mtrs , some 4,s down the edge and at 5 mtrs and began firing some 8,s on the wag line, beginning at 5 mtrs with a hard 6 in the band i soon had a couple of skimmers then hooked a carp, which came in really easy until it reached the pallet and went straight under it behind the front legs and out the other side, as i was using soft elastic i could see it going down the margin on the other side of the pallet , so i knelt down grabbed the elastic and let go of the topset which shot under the pallet where i grabbed it and landed the fish which was a 10lb er,mint.
by now andy lloyd on 127 was catching fish on the shallow wag, but i stuck with the 5mtr line and had some good skimmers plus a few tench and carp, but with the 14 mtr line fizzing i left the short line and went out on an 8mm hard pellet, first fish was a 3lb bream, then nothing ,even though the bubblies were still coming up i couldnt get a bite, with the sun out now there were a few cruisers about so i went out on the shallow rig and managed 3 carp by stalking, i was feeding the 14 mtr line with 6,s but couldnt get a bite shallow in the feed, by now fabio on 118 was catching shallow on the pole but i think that was down to the ripple they had on there side, i did give the pellet wag a go but only managed 2 bites and 1 fish so that was a bit of a waste of time for me , andy lloyd was still catching on the wag, oh i havnt mentioned tom thick yet and i know his grandad, ray thick reads this so just for you ray, THE BOY DONE SHIT, lol.i dont think a week away with bob gullick has helped, obviously tom took to much note of what bob told him.
by switching between the 5 and 14 mtr line i kept odd carp and skimmers going into the net so i ended up with 16 carp and a nice few silvers for well over 100lb, i had andy lloyd down as the winner but i hadnt banked on tony page on 96 cary catching he ended up with 167.12 of carp and 24.9 of silvers for 192.5 total and first on the day, he caught on most methods, shallow on the pole and wag aswell as on the deck on the pole all on hard pellet
2nd andy lloyd 169.15 peg 127
3rd alan oram 169.11 peg 132
4th tony rixon 153.10 peg 125
5th phil harding 121.4 peg 118
6th kev newman 121lb peg 90
silvers went to in form jim baines on 102 with 75.9 of skimmers on meat at 3 mtrs down the edge
next wednesday i,m running a pole only on cambell and cary, so iether book in with me at the shop or at the fishery cost will be 20 quid