Monday, 7 January 2019

Landsend Winter league round 3

With the weather reported as in the freezing category it was a nice surprize that the weather people had it completely wrong. That makes a change lol. I was on match lake today and after last weeks disaster I was hoping to draw at the far end of the lake for a change. Something I havent done forever. I seem to be rooted to the closer end of the lake for the last year. But not a chance. peg 1 again. this peg seems to be feast or famine lately. And as I had already used my dropper points in the first match and only a third in section in the second, nothing worse than top 2 would do to stay in the league. Well, that didnt happen. I struggled for a dozen bites all day. I wont bore you with details but I only had 6 carp on meat in open water, and two other bites on soft pellet all day. No bites up or down the shelves along the end bank or island or down the righ hand margin  on any bait. I only beat three anglers on our lake so my league was over. Tony Rixon won our lake with 90 odd pound from peg 19 fishing meat between the islands and Gary Oshea second with 73lb I think from peg 5 fishing between the islands sharing the shoal with Tony.  I didnt get into hear the results so I got no idea how the other lakes did but you can read a bit more detail on Tony`s blog.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Landsend winterleague round 2

After a disastrous start in the first round when I drew a good peg and bombed out I was desperate to draw well again as a second bomb out would end my league. So after the breakfast was scoffed down I went into the draw late and pulled out peg 32 on Speci Lake. The dream draw for that lake, so I was well pleased. Just had to do my bit now and fish well. Got to the peg and found the wind howling down into my corner. That was gonna be a problem as you need to fish against the end bank to catch the resident shoal of carp. By the end of the match I had to clear it 3 times as I couldnt drop a rig through it. And after tackling up my worst fear was realised as it was nearly impossible to fish tight in as the wind just blasted my pole into the bank. And even when the wind died a bit it was almost impossible to keep the rig still.Plus I had the added bonus of all the crap from the trees drifting into the bank. At the start I went for a look long on the feeder rod right out by the aerator to see if there were any carp in the deeper water, but only a couple of tiny knocks from whitebait. So it was onto the silvers line that I had fed with micros and fished soft pellet over the top. It was slow to say the least and after an hour and one decent skimmer and a couple of pairs of eyes I risked the pole along the end bank. Well blow me doen as soon as i dropped in it sailed away before it settled, and an 8 pounder was netted. Happy days. back out and nothing else happened apart from a possible couple of liners. I persisted with it as I was sure there were fish there, and nobody seamed to be catching, but nothing happened for ages. so I switched around on all lines for not much else apart from a few bits. Then i decided to up the feed considerably as did Mike Duckett next to me, as feeding carefully was doing nothing. And it had the desired effect. with 90 minutes to go I started hooking big fish but getting them in was a problem. I think most were foul hooked and only 3 out of 9 reached the net. But they were all decent fish. At the end I was hoping Id managed to do OK in the section as I hadn`t heard of that much coming out. Mike next to me had a decent last half hour with three netted after struggling for a few silvers all day. Bob Gullick and Tony Rixon never saw a carp all day and went for silvers so I knew I had them beaten. I heard Nick Duckett had five carp and I could see Adrian Clark had beaten me with around 7 carp landed and a grass carp about two foot long. Nicks five carp went 60-01 for another section win. Adrian weighed 56-03 for second, and my four carp and silvers got me third with 37-08. It fished hard today with the wind being a problem. Im sure if I could have fished the end bank properly I would have had alot more, because when I could drop a rig in nicely I had bites. Ah well, C`est la vie. Top dog on the day was Steve "leaf Blower" Seager with 67-00 from peg 1. Full results below.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Landsend winter league

I was looking forward to this as I had a very good series last year, so it was on the road nice and early to get a breakfast and into the draw early. I pulled out peg 42 on lake three. I was more than happy with as its been good for a while and I won the lake in the opening match last year from it. Well things weren't so good this time. To keep it short it was crap. With an hour to go all I had was 6 bits that was my silvers weight for 1-12. Then I managed to get one carp down the edge after dumping a pint of maggots in, that took my total to 9-10 for last but one in the section. All I did most of the day was watch Bob Gullick catch steadily from the start next to me. Strange thing was we were fishing exactly the same for a large part of the match and I couldn't buy a bite. That's fishing for you. Well that's my dropped point out of the way. 5 section wins required now.


Saturday, 17 November 2018

Landsend Saturday open 17/11/18

Back to Landsend Fishery for the last bit of practice before the winter league starts next week. I was a bit late getting there but a call to Mike had me in the pot and when I got there I was told I had the last ticket in the bucket. I had peg 8. A peg I`d never fished before but after being told it was quite a bit deeper than the pegs either side I was quit happy about it, Pegs 7 and 9 are notoriously shallow and not what you`d want when the water is so clear. For company today I had Beanie to my left on 5, Rod |Wootten on 11, Russ Peck opposite on 17, Leon Hubbard on 15, and I could hear Laughing Mark Walsh on 13. So sarcasm and banter was going to be at an all time high today. 4 rigs were assembled. A .15 slim to fish just out from the island in about 15 inches of water on banded pellet in two spots. A .4 Slim to fish corn with no feed  at the bottom of the far shelf. I watch Russ do this a couple of weeks ago and it worked great for him that day. A .3 SS margin to fish to the pallets both sides of me, but I never had a touch on either side so wont mention that again. And a .3 Slim to fish 2+1 on maggot over micros in case the carp didn`t play ball. I was late starting so I fed the lines sparingly while I finished getting ready. Out on the corn line to start with and after 10 minutes I had a fish of about 5lb in the net. 10 minutes later and no more bites I picked up the pellet rig and dropped it in. First drop and I was into another carp. It was a good move as in the next hour or so I put 5 more in the net for about 35lb. a good start so I hoped It would keep going. It slowed a bit but by half way I had 10 in the net and as the rest of the lake was fishing hard I was in front at that point. Rod had started getting some decent skimmers but was struggling with the mass of leaves that were down that end of the lake. As was Mark opposite him. Russ had a couple of carp and the same of F1`s, and Leon had a couple of carp I think, but hes not gobby like the rest of us and doesn`t say too much. My peg went a bit quiet so I gave the silvers a try but the only thing I could get was tiny perch and roach and I had about 20 in 30 minutes for probably just over a pound. Bugger that when Rod is getting 2lb skimmers. That`s the difference in fishing maggot and soft pellet. So it was back across to the island and I started picking off the odd carp, with a few lumps chucked in.The last hour really picked up and I had 7 or 8 for about 50lb before the all out was called. My guesstimates are pretty crap lately and I thought I had about 150lb. but was surprised when it only went 122-01. Told you my guessing was crap. But It was enough for a clear win today. First for a while. Plus I finally won a quid off of Russ, something I hadn`t done for a while as he`s been on a brilliant run of 6 wins in a row. Mike Duckett got second with 61-08 from form peg 1, and third was Adrian Clark on 24 with 58-14. Top silvers as was expected was Rod with 20-02 of good skimmers and a few decent roach. Full results below.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Double blog. Landsend and Windmill

Two in one today. Saturday I went down to Landsend. Haven`t been there for a month, due to other commitments, and I was going to be late to the draw today so a call to Mike was made and i would have the last peg in the bucket. Got there 20 minutes late and was told I had peg 3. Not too happy with it. as its the wrong side of the lake and peg 1 is where you`d want to be on that side. But Russ Peck had that so the quid was on. Wont go into much detail as bugger all happened for me. One carp foul hooked after ten minutes and one other bite three hours later for a single perch. And as I dont believe in flogging a dead horse I left at 2 o`clock and went home to watch football. Russ was catching wherever he wanted so the match was his for the sixth in a row, Go Russ you super star. Don`t know any other placings as interest was at zero.

Windmill on Sunday and the forecast was for a miserable day. And yep it was. Constant misle all day. As Peter Kay would say, " that rain the soaks you through". drew peg 18, which was the golden peg, so pressure on again. Whenever I draw the golden peg it guarantees ill have a shite day, and today was no exception. It was two hours to my first bite on my silvers line, and it was the only bite I had there. Then a bit after I started catching small carp at 11 meters on corn. And I mean small. I had 16 by the end of the match for 34-02. Every body had at least a couple of lumps. So i`ve no idea why I was stuck with the nursery fish. No bites in the margin and only one bite and one fish from my shorter meat line. Overall a crap day. Winner today was Bob 'Bread Head' Price from peg 22 with 77-9 taken on corn. Must have forgotten his bread. Results below.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Windmill Sunday open 27/10/18

Not been for a few weeks as myself and the lovely other half went away last weekend in the caravan and the week before we were busy, so I was gagging to get out on the bank and drown a few pellets. So I decided to go to Windmill fishery as its close and not much else around open wise. The weather forecast was for bright chilly weather.with a stiff breeze. The day didn`t start too well as I got to the old Severn bride and it was shut, so I had to back towards Newport and turn around and go across the second crossing adding about 20 minutes to the journey. So I got there late, but Dave Haines had put me in the pools and drew for me. Everybody apart from Dave had gone to their pegs when I got there. So I was directed to peg 24, which meant I had a nice short walk. The good thing about this peg is in the deepest part of the lake and with the temps being pretty low this was probably a good thing. the bad thing was I had a really cold wind blowing straight in my face  and it never stopped all day. It was bloody freezing. And to top it off I was in the shade most of the day so the sun we did have never got a chance to warm me up. I set up with the intentions of fishing mainly for silver for a change today but I did set up for carp as well. A .3 edge rig. a .75 slim to fish pellet in 8 feet at a 10 oclock angle at 10 metres. And a bomb rod to give my hands a chance to warm up in my pocket when needed. The silvers rig was a .75 slim fished at either 2+2 or 10 meters. The good thing is the lake bottom is totally flat here so easy set ups. I had got my hands wet so at the start they were already freezing so I went out on the bomb for half an hour, but apart from a few liners nothing graced my nets. I then spent 90 minutes on the silvers lines but it was a dead loss and all I had was 3 roach. At the end of that time I tail hooked an 8lb carp on the longer line,and on 4 elastic and a size 20 to .10 it was hard going but after 10 minutes I got it in the net. that was followed next drop in with a 6oz perch. but that was it for those lines, so it was back on the bomb for 15 minutes to warm the hands up. No indications on that line so it was out on the pellet line to my left. After 10 minutes of no indications I lifted to move the float and I accidentlly hooked into a carp. Fouler number 2. But this one had the better of me and slipped the hook. so back on the same line and after a while I started to get indications. Very small dips on the float. then a proper bite and carp two was netted. again my hands got wet so I dropped the bomb on that line and it ripped around straight away. I now had three in the net for about 25lb. by the end of the forth hour I had 6 in the net and they were all big fish, and lost four. But that was it for my day and the last 90 minutes were biteless. I was guessing at around 50lb at the end and was very close as I just topped the 52lb mark for third on the day.  First on the day was John Smith on sheltered peg 11 with 92-06. second was John Osborne on peg 14 with 56-12. I was glad to get back in the car at the end to warm up. the wind was relentless and I was chilled to the bone. Couldn`t wait to get home for a hot meal tonight. Weigh sheet below.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Mathern Mill occasional saturday open

I was gonna go to Landsend today but the weather forecast was for a horrible day, so I decided to stay closer to home and after an invite from Craig Challingsworth I decided the 5 minute drive to Marthern was far enough for today. The day started badly. Went to get my gear from the storage, where I keep it, and found my nets were at home so my 5 minute drive turned into 45 by the time I'd sorted myself out. 10 fishing today so everybody had empty pegs left or right or both. Second into the draw and I pull out peg 9. I've been fishing this place for 6 years and never had this peg before as it's only been used in matches for a short while now. For company I had Andy Gard on 7, who took the wrong turn for Acorn and ended up here 😂. It was carp only for me today as I had drawn the golden peg, so the pressure was on. Four rigs were set up. Two margin rigs, as there was a foot difference either side. A .3 Slim to fish 2+1. And a .5 to fish the full 8.5 meters of my margin pole on pellet. Plus a bomb rod as this can produce plenty from open water on the right day. Fed all lines and started on the bomb pinging 8mm's. 30 minutes in and not a touch. But I'd seen a couple of scalely horses in my left margin so it was into there for a go. After 5 minutes I hit one and the first carp was netted, all of 15lb. They are big in this place. But that was it for a while. There was plenty there, but they were skillfully avoiding the hook bait and clearing up all the loose feed. I had a problem after an hour. With the wind in my face and the non stop rain, I had now lost dexterity in my hands. I was struggling to put pellets or corn on the hook, and I couldn't grip my pole with my right hand. They didn't feel cold but we're swollen from the non stop soaking. So things were hard. And to be honest I couldn't wait for the end already. I was proving to be hard with the fish being cleaver in their feeding and after 3 hours I only had 3 that went around 35lb. Andy though, was catching very well on the silvers and was putting a good weight together. The second half of the match improved a lot and I started to catch a few. Even the sun tried to pop through when the rain eventually stopped. And feeling in my hands nearly returned  to normal. Theft margin was the only place I could get a bite with all other lines void of fish. Even though the size of fish got smaller I managed to put 15 in the net, all but two on pellet, for 132-9 for 4th on the day. So the golden peg lived on. The match was won by Zac Williams on peg 20 with 200-9, caught half at 14.5 meters and half down his margin. Second was Craig Challingsworth on peg 14B (?) With 148-8. And third Norm Sterry  with 147-7 from peg 5. Overall it fished well but it was a miserable day with crappy weather. Full results below.