Monday, 4 December 2017
Stu Barnett, 34-15, peg 22
Nick Ducket, 25-04, peg 4
Pete Nurse, 22-06, peg 24 (His second home)
Silvers, Ken Raynor, 6-08, peg 1
Russ Peck, 69-12, peg 32
Steve Sewell, 31-09, peg 36
Adrian Jeffrey, 22-14, peg 40
Silvers Tony Rixon, 21-00 (all roach)
Rod Wootton, 53-00, peg 58
Lee Williams, 15-05, peg 51
Martin Rayet, 9-00, peg 68
Silvers Gary Oshea, 5-12, peg 70
Sunday, 19 November 2017
I've not done a blog for a few weeks, not because I've had a bad run, but just because I've been a bit slack. The last five matches I've framed 4 times. All third places. So I need to pick my ideas up a bit. Back to Landsend for the weekly open and the day couldn't have started worse. Five minutes from the venue and my car went into safe mode and it was a crawl for the last couple of miles. That's probably a £400 repair as it's the desiel particulate filter again. Bugger!!!!.A very nice fried breakfast was consumed and a dip into the draw bucket and peg 11 pops out. All the matches I've fished here and it's the first time I've seen it. It's been consistent lately so maybe my run of thirds would come to an end. There's a deep hole that's close to 2 feet deeper than the rest of the peg at 16 meters so that was gonna be my main target. Also along the end bank. But with a heavy covering of leaves it could be a frustrating day. A margin rig was set up as well for the platform 10. Fed all lines at the start and went to the end bank. It took 5 attempts to get the rig through the leaves but after it settled for a few second the float dipped and carp number one was netted. But that was it. No more bites there. So out to the deep hole but like everybody else at that time I sat watching a motionless float. It was bloody hard. After an hour I thought I saw a swirl through the leaves by the island so I got my shallow rig and dropped it in and carp number two hit the net. Fifteen minutes later number three. But it was another hour till my next bite and a list carp from the hole. Then my day got worse. As it it a hard peg to fish because you have to break down twice because of the brambles behind I heard a little crack. A quick check and I found an inch crack in the joint of my number 7 section. So the long pole fishing was finished for the day. So I got the bomb rod out to drop in in the hole. I did get one out and lost one but bites were very few and far between today.not much happened and everybody except Mike Ducket struggled. I managed a skimmer and one carp from close to platform ten but that was it for me. As expected Mike won it from peg one catching along the end bank with around 14 carp for 77-2. Rod Wooton was second from peg 21 with 45-5. I managed 26-9 for yet another third place. I might not be good but I'm bloody consistent lol.
Tuesday, 10 October 2017
1st Stu Barnett 121-4
2nd Dave Wride 99-1
3rdRay Bazeley 88-4
Eddie Wynne 12-4
Saturday, 7 October 2017
!st Steve Seagar 121-11from peg 11. Mainley catching along the end bank and tight in the corner. And he didn`t whinge all day. Theres a first.
2nd Mike ducket 88-8. He caught switching from tigh acroos by the reeds and close in by platform 8 from peg. he also had the top silvers wieght with 7-12.
3rd was the ever consistant Tony Rixon with 79-15 catching tigh over to the island and in his left margin from peg 19.
first in the silver by default was Mr Bean himself dave Wesson from peg 18 with two big skimmer and a few bits for 6-10
Friday, 6 October 2017
Thursday, 21 September 2017
Back at Mathern today for the second time in a week as its only 7 minute drive for me, and I was hoping to do better than Saturdays disaster. I got a bad habit of drawing the top end of the lake when to do any good you need to be at the other end or half way down the road banks. It been about two years and dozen matches since I've been at the good end so its time to change this crapy habit. Got to the draw and found out peg 22 was in. WTF!!!. Good pegs empty at the other end including Saturdays winner. We asked him to change it and take it out but he wouldn't, even though the weekend matches were abysmal that end and only one fish of of that peg Saturday. And with a very good angler on it that says something. Oh well, into the draw and yep, 22 in my hand. Should have just left and gone home. Not much to say exempt after a pull round and small carp first chuck on the bomb, that was my last bite. After 4 hours of absolutely no fish activity near me I gave up and went home. No point in sitting there. No idea what will win it but with 2 hours to go , Norm Sterry at the other end of the lake, was putting his sixth net in. Just about says it all. If that end of the lake keeps getting put in when there are great pegs left empty at the other end I won't be going back there much longer.
Sunday, 17 September 2017
Sunday, 16 April 2017
Even then i had to use a foam padded spray bar to hold the pole still enough to stop the float being ripped around. Well that did the trick as i had a good run of quality fish for the rest of the match on meat. Also had about 6 to my left margin late. At the end i was hoping I had 130lb. Well I was close with my nets taking the scales round to 139-11 to win the lake. Tony Rixon, was second on our lake with 116-13 And Joe McMahon third with 81-10. It fished realy well, with some good weights. Leon Hubbard and Sean Townsend were going fish for fish on pegs 15 and 18, with Sean piping Leon by 143-14 to 141-13. Weigh sheets below. I gotta say since my return from my first stay in Australia I've been reaquainted with many old friends and made some fantastic new friends in the fishing community. I will miss this so much and would like to thank you all for making match fishing such a pleasure. The banter is unbeatable. Loved every minute of it. Farewell my friends and who knows I could be back to take your money again. Nothing is written in stone as far as the future goes.
Friday, 14 April 2017
Sunday, 9 April 2017
A good turnout today, 27, so we were on match and 3. A lush breakfast as always followed by me pulling out peg 65 on lake three. A nice peg with a reed bed to the right which i don't mind fishing amongst. At the start I tried the slapper but was frustrated by a few cruisers just turning away. After 20 minutes it was over on the shallow island rig but it wasn't happening. An F1 and a roach was all i got so it was another try on the slapper. Waste of time. The 2+2 line didn't give me anything. One small carp on the island rig was all i had out there so it was a try by the reed bed. Lots of movement in the reeds but it was slow. Think it was the lake nursery with a couple of puppies. Then i mugged a decent fish on meat in the reeds to get me going. I then fed a line smack in the middle of them and fished 8mm meat.
Had a run of good carp, landing 9. Had a few go deeper into the reeds but by keeping my margin pole high over them and putting alot of pressure on the rig can be dragged out without snagging up too much. Then they started bolting deep into the reeds and i lost 4 in a row. That stuffed things up. It went quite for ages. I had one from the left side against some reeds before a few more small samples just before the end to the right. I managed 77-5 which got me default section money. Happy days. And the first bit of sunburn for the year today.Tony Rixon won today with 185lb ish from peg 6 on Match. Think he should donate a quid to me for drawing it for him. Full results on his blog for today.
Still not had alot of experience here but i did know that my draw, peg 129, was a decent draw. Started on the bomb with 8mm pellet out by the airiator and had 6 in the first 45 minutes. But it slowed a bit after that and the next 45 only produced a couple more. Steve Shaw opposite was catching well on the wag shallow so I chucked mine out but struggled for quite a while. But i got it sussed. I had to feed cast right on top and hope one grabbed it on the drop. One it had gone to my set depth i got nothing. Steve was catching casting out and letting it sit there feeding over the top. But i couldn't get that to work. But i did have a very nice day catching some decent fish. Got broke off a couple of times but some hefty lumps. The last hour i came in on the 2+2 meat line. I had tried it easier and had a few tench. But now the carp had moved in and i put about 80lb in the net in that last hour. Would have been more but i spooked them for 15 minutes when i put a other net in. At the end i was guessing on just over 200lb. Very good guess as I had 199-05. That got me 4th on the day. Steve won it easily with 300-12. Paul Greenwood next to me on 131 had a storming finish putting around 120lb in the net in the last hour, beating me by 2lb. Overall it fished it's nuts off. A nice day for nearly everybody today with 18 ton+ weights from 35 anglers.
1st Steve" bomber" Shaw, 300-12, peg 114.
2nd Ziggy, 249-10, peg 119.
3rd Paul Greenwood, 201-6, peg 131
4th Stu Barnett 199-5, peg 129
This is gonna be a short one as I've been a bit slack doing blogs and got three to do. Drew peg 13 which i was quite happy about. Set up three rigs. Far side shallow for pellet. A rig for 2+2 to fish 6's over 4's. And a meat rig to fish to empty pallet 12. Well it was a slow start. Tried the far side for an hour but only had one and was getting pestered by deformed roach. Don't know where they got them from but they are all bloated and miss shaped. Gabe on 15 had a great start and was surfing ahead fishing soft pellet over gbait tight across. After trying my other lines with no success i changed to maggot over gbait across but still nothing. With 90 minutes to go i was really struggling but i saw some movement under pallet 12 and had a reasonable finish taking around 8 fish. Gabe had struggled second half but three late fish was enough for a comfortable win. His total with a few silvers was 81-7 thanks to that flying start. Mine went 50-6 got 4th. Not too bad after a pretty bad first few hours. Sorry if i got the results a bit wrong but the photo of the sheet was crap
1st Gabe Scarba 81-7, peg 15
2nd M Hannam 74-7, peg 40
3rd Nikki Miller 52-0, peg 21
4 Stu Barnett 50-6, peg 13
Sunday, 2 April 2017
Thursday, 30 March 2017
Sunday, 19 March 2017
Back down to Somerset today to fish this lovely venue. Had a good brekkie at Landsend on the way down before arriving in plenty of time. Into the draw and out comes 23. Corner peg , bottom left hand bank. Got to the peg and found a really stuff breeze, but it was coming across my right shoulder. Not too much to say as I struggled today. The gusty winds was playing havoc. I trashed 4 rigs along the end bank, and even had my elastic stuck in the tree twice as the wind put my pole into the bank several times. Couldn't catch any decent silvers so concentrated on a 16m line next to a hay bale in the water as this was the only ace I could get bites. I tried several places along the bank but there was lots of rubbish pushing around in the tow and the submerged reeds made it very difficult to get a rig through. The 16m line was clear of reeds so I stuck to it. Had 6 carp and a good tench, but lost 7. Torettes flying freely again today. Gotta admit I think I stuffed up by not fishing a silvers line enough today as when I did I only caught blippy roach on maggot or caster, when most caught on pellet, and concentrating too much on the carp. But I don't know alot about this venue and I've only fished it in good summer weather. At the end I had 29-5, which wasn't a good weight today. Ah well it's a learning game this angling lark. Weight sheet below.
Saturday, 18 March 2017
2nd Leon Hubbard, peg 13, 74-08
3rd Rich Loveren, peg 20, 68-12
Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Sunday, 12 March 2017
My turn on Special today and a draw at the top end would have been nice. But I pull out 39. It looked all right when I got there and the water was nicely coloured up. For company I had the legend that is Tony Rixon on my right on corner peg 40. Rod Wooten opposite on 25, and Leon Hubbard on 37. Couldn't see anybody else, but I'm sure we would hear how things were going. The weather was nice and I actually got down to just a tee shirt today for while. 4 rigs today. A Shalla slim to fish 16m to the island on pellet
A .4 slim to fish at the bottom of the far shelf on pellet. Another .4 slim to fish meat at 9 and 5 meters and a .3 margin diamond to fish meat down the shelf to my left. The peg is bit of a nightmare to fish long as the dense brambles make it impossible to ship back without breaking down twice. That was to bite me in The ass later. At the start I went across with an 8 mm pellet and fired a few 6's across. Wasn't long before I was getting liners and spoking fish. After about 15 minute's I hooked one but after a short fight the hook pulled. Tony was having trouble loosing several fish in the caged hay bales. Torettes flying around making myself and Rod giggle. It took a while but I managed to get one in the net. A decent double but it was hard work breaking the pole down at my 11m section to pull the pole back with a large carp putting pressure on the pole. I got another in about half hour later after a couple of lost foulers. Rod and Tony were going at it with decent F1's but Tony was still having problems with the wire cage as the fish are in there before you have chance to pull them clear. I came in on my meat line and this is where my day started to go tits up. I managed to crack my number 7 see section with my elbow on a strike. Bugger!!!!. Borrowed a bit of tape from Tony and carried on. Fingers crossed. Then disaster. I went over to the island and hooked another good fish. It took about a minute before I pulled the fish around to ship back. The fish was right under the tip so I tried to take the pole apart at the 6/7 joint. As I just started to pull it apart the fish bolted inwards and to the right. I was now stuck with the joint half apart. Couldn't ship out and couldn't go back as the pole was wedged in the bank under the brambles. The fish kept going right. Then the sickening crack as the end of the 7 section folded. That released the pressure and I managed to get it apart and land the fish. But the end of the section was crushed about 20mm down. That was now two lots of damage on that section. As I wasn't prepared to risk it I stopped fishing across. I tried the bomb over there but they wouldn't look at it even though I managed to tuck it right under the bank a few times. The next three hours was a waste of time with just a hybrid and a decent roach on meat. So I sat and watched Tony do what he does best and start catching regularly and avoiding the hay bales. I did manage two more carp. One from Tony's margin lol, and one on the meat line. But my day was ruined by my damaged pole. I might have competed with Tony if I could have fished the pole over all day as I was getting good fish and at the time I damaged it I think I was well ahead of him. Ah well, suck it up Stuey. I followed the scales round and Trigger had won the lake on corner peg ( flyer again ) 33 with 179-4. My 5 carp went 39-3 and the silvers took it to 40-4. Tony had a good second half and put 109-1 on the scales for the section win. All in all not a good day for my. First time for a while I've drawn a peg I might have got a good weight from and I blow it through no fault of my own. As they say, Ce la vie. Weigh sheets below
Saturday, 11 March 2017
Sunday, 5 March 2017
After a nightmare game at BCFC yesterday I was glad to get away from all that crap with a day on the bank. So Windmill it was. Got to the carpark and there were only 4 of us that turned up. This fishery has a reputation of being a bit windy at times so I expect the weather forecast put alot off. But!! As it was a bit nasty and such a low number two decided not to bother and left. Soft cocks lol. So after a chat with Brian Shanks and the fishery guys we decided to fish the carp lake as it has places that were a bit sheltered. Plus they wanted to know exactly what was there to catch. I didn't mind. These guys are doing a great job and working bloody hard to turn this fishery around from the shambles it was. The carp lake will soon be the new match lake and there is alot of work going on getting pegs dug out and ready for the coming summer. Brian and myself headed off to the bay at the top end of they lake where the wind was off our back. Not long after Martin McMahon turned up and sat down with the gale force winds battering him in the face. Hard as nails he is lol. After being told there are alot of small carp I decided on a groundbait and maggot approach. Not sure what Martin did. Brian only had meat and 4mm pellet so that was his approach. I set two rigs up. One to fish 2+2 in 3 1/2 feet over maggot. And another to fish at 9m with maggot over groundbait. Funnily it was 6 inches shallower at the longer length. Brian caught short on pellet before I had put a rig on. A small carp around a pound. Nice start. I caught after about 15 minute's short. But even trying several times it was the only bite I had there. So it was out on the longer line. I had a bit of success taking 4 fish to around 3lb on that line. Martin was struggling with the horrific wind bless him lol. Brian carried catching steadily. I struggled for any bites for a while. Brian stopped catching so went to around 11m and started again on meat over pellet. So not to be outdone I did the same. Potting in 4mm pellet. It wasn't long before I picked up a couple but bites were a long time coming. Then the wind change direction a bit and presentation in front was really suffering. So I turned 45 degrees to my left and fed 4mm again. Good move. I could sort of hold the float still and i started catching. But it was a bit of a struggle landing them. When ya got a silvers rig on to catch pasty size carp and then you start hooking fish up to near 20lb, then it got a little difficult lol. The biggest I landed went 15-8. I had another double but lost 3 more huge things including one I had at the net before it broke me that I guessed at near 20lb. It was quite a bit bigger than the one I had in the net. At the end the fishery guys brought scales over and mine went just over 50lb. I was pretty happy as conditions for most of the day were terrible. Brian lost his fish and struggled for the last 2 hours but had over 20lb of small carp. Martin had one good double and a few pasties. Give him his due, he worked really hard in that wind to catch. So the conclusion is there are loads of carp to catch. How you go about it could be tricky when your catching small stuff and a huge lump comes along. Tackle choice could be Interesting. Next Sunday's match is gonna be on that lake so if you fancy a few fish it could be worth a go. I'm at Landsend so can't make it. But the fishery is now in good hands and I recon it's gonna be a great venue when they have finished with it.
Sunday, 26 February 2017
Not done a blog for a couple of weeks as I've caught bugger all to talk about. Didn't fish yesterday so was looking forward to it. Only 7 today, but by the new fishery rules it meant the golden peg was in. Into the draw and out comes 22. Wasn't too displeased as that side of the island had a bit of recent form. Even though it was from peg 25 winning the last two matches. I had the end peg today so only Dave Haines next to me on 24. Strangely, even though he was next to the form peg, he never went across all day and just fished his top two for silvers, even though there was no silvers pool. Ah well, it left the far side for me to exploit. 4 rigs and a bomb rod set up. A .1 Shalla slim to fish 16 meters to the island straight in front on pellet. The bomb rod would take care of searching the island in other spots. But the pellet rig never got used as at the all in the wind picked up alot and made it impossible to go that far. A meat rig to fish at 10 meters. A silvers rig incase it was hard. And a margin rig to fish corn to my left in a big gap in the vegetation that plagues this place. At the start I fed my lines and went over to the island with 8mm pellet, waiting for the wind to drop. But it never all day. After half an hour and no indications I came in on the silvers line. I had a few but they were tiny roach. So after a while I went back over casting around. Another half hour before the tip went round, and it was a good skimmer around 2lb. Not what I wanted but no one else was catching so it was a welcome addition to the net. I tried the meat line after two hours but it was impossible to hold the float still so that didn't last long. Back over and I managed two carp in two chucks for about 14lb. So I was now well ahead of anybody else. Dave was catching regularly but it was mainly whitebait. I came back on my silvers line and there were quite alot there but they were mainly very small. And even at two plus two line it was very hard to present the bait still in the hard wind. So I decided to concentrate on the bomb and just hoped to pick up a couple more. But it didn't happen. With an hour to go I came into my margin line. In 20 minutes I landed three small carp. And I mean small. They probably went just over 3lb between them. A quick re-feed and back over to the island to try my luck and I finally got a few pull rounds landing 4 in the last half hour. At the end I was guessing on around 35lb. My silvers went over two and my carp took it to 37lb something for the win. I didn't get the result sheet photo and I'm not too sure who got second as I wanted to get away for the rugby. But second was around 7lb. Sorry it's a bit vague. It really did fish hard and I consider myself a bit lucky to find a few that wanted to feed. Remember I said the golden peg was in, well I had it , so a nice little bonus pick up. Happy days
Saturday, 11 February 2017
Didn't do a blog on last weeks Winter league at Landsend cos I forgot. Not much to say anyway. I drew 25 on special, and spent the day loosing nearly everything I hooked. Didn't help when the only place I could get a bite was amongst the snags along the end bank and I'd basically lost them before I could do anything. Ended up landing just two carp and a a couple of silvers for 10lb and last but one in the section. That's my series over.
Back to today and it was bloody hard. It was clear after one hour that the top two would come from 11 and 13 as usual. If ya don't draw at that end of the lake you ain't got a chance. I had my first fish from peg 3 after over 3 hours and basically just scratched around for the very odd bite. Had one small carp and seven roach. With fifteen minutes to go it was clear I wouldn't come anywhere and not catch anything else as long as I had a hole in my ass. So I packed up early. The few I had probably went just over 3lb. Didn't wait for the results. And with the rugby and football on I made a quick getaway. .
Sunday, 29 January 2017
!st. Allan Oram, 29-12, peg 19
2nd Eric Foreacre, 25-00, peg 21
3rd Rich Lovery, 21-04, peg 40
Sunday, 22 January 2017
Saturday, 14 January 2017
The weather forecast for this weekend was supposed to be terrible but was nowhere near as cold as expected when I left home. Got to the lakes nice and early only to find the cafe was close today. Bloody great. No food on me and only a bottle of water. I pulled out peg 15 which I thought was a half tidy draw. I won't bore you with any details as it fished terrible. 6 bites all day for one big skimmer and one carp. Also lost a foul hooked carp, but that was all for me. Packed up with 15 to go as I couldn't see any point t in sitting there to the end. Didn't get the results, but im guessing Beanie won as he was the only person catching. Was gonna go to Windmill tomorrow but think I'll give it a miss. Fed up of sitting In the cold scratching around for a couple of bites.
Sunday, 8 January 2017
After a horrendous run lately I was heading out with no confidence at all. After another of Di's excellent breakfast I was last but one to draw. I managed to pick 58 on the top lake (number 3 lake) which everybody said is a good draw. Well if someone could stuff it up it's me lately. . For company I had Steve Seager to my left on 60 and Adrian Jeffrey across the other side of the island on 53, so banter would be good, mainly aimed at Steve. Only two rigs required today. It was almost one rig covers all as there was only 4 inches difference all over the peg. A .1 Shalla slim to fish tight to the island in 2 1/2 feet with banded 6 mm pellet. And a .2 slim to fish everywhere else. Settled on a caster line and meat line at 7 metres at angles from straight in front. Plus a meat line to the right margin at 10 metres and corn line in the left margin. That never produced a bite so no more on the corn line. At the start I went across to the island. It wasn't long before my first fish was in the net. Only small at 2 1/2 lb but it was a decent start. That was quickly followed by a 5 pounder ten minutes later. Happy days. Adrian had already started to catch across to the island and Steve was bringing out every excuse as to why he wasn't catching. Nothing unusual there then. But for me that was it for ages. I stayed long for 40 minutes but just one more missed bite was all I had. I came short on the caster line and hit a good skimmer first drop in but lost it. 15 minute's and no more action. So it was on the meat line. Good skimmer first drop, then nothing for ages. Hmmm not going to plan. So after about 2 hours it was on the margin meat line. I had a couple there but they were pastie size. After 2 1/12 hours I had about 11lb. Not happy!!. Adrian was still catching regularly. Steve had a couple and proceeded to give detailed explanations about every move he made. Still nothing new there lol. Kevin opposite had overtaken me with two good carp and a few silvers but had lost two or three which slowed his catch rate. Second half I decided that I'd try and force the issue and upped the feed quite a bit. That had the desired effect. But it wasn't hectic as it was a fish or missed bite then change rigs or lines and let the fish return. The island was by far the most productive. At the end I had 13 carp and one skimmer for what I thought was 45 - 50lb. As I thought Adrian had top weight on our lake and the match with 88lb I think. He caught tight to the island and the only bait that went in his peg was on his hook. , Three white maggots. He never feed once all day. Tight arse!!!!. In fact he was unhappy that he occasionaly had to change his hook bait. I didn't get a photo of the sheet so I'm going by memory. I'll amend it if I'm too far out. Kevin Molten opposite ended up with 42lb for third over all. I was close with my guess with 47lb which got me second. Fourth on the day was match organiser Tony Rixon with 38lb from peg 15 on Match lake. He also had top silvers with 16lb.