Monday, 21 October 2019

Sunday 20/09/2019 - Viaduct Silvers League - Round Two - Campbell, Carey and Lodge Lakes

Back with Bela today so first stop Lilliputt cafe for his large + extras. Martin Ryett and Gordon Cannings joined us with their large breakfasts. All of them beat me eating my small one.

Arrived at the fishery early so the usual chats. Into the draw coffee tin and out comes peg 103 Carey. I had this peg recently in Tony's float only and had 26 lb of Silvers so was happy with this one. For company I had Welshman Richard Ahearn. When he arrived at his peg he was nearly in tears as Wales was being beaten by a 14 man French side. He soon cheered up once Wales scored in the dying minutes to win by one point.


There was a nasty skimming wind blowing at me from 2 o'clock, forcing me to put my jacket on. I set up three rigs one for the Ronnie's, one 4x10 for down under the tree on the left for Perch and hopefully late big Skimmers and a 4x12 Winter Titan to fish at 10 meters. I fed the Ronnie line with GB laced with casters, the long Skimmer line with GB laced with DR's and started to loose feed casters under the tree. I started OK on the Ronnie rig catching small Skimmers, Ronnie's and the odd small Perch, however, the wind was a bloody nuisance. I topped up the Ronnie line and tried the long line with double DR's and had a small Ronnie then a Carp. So fed again and went back on the Ronnie rig with single caster and hooked a big Perch which after a short tussle came off - bugger. Richard was now catching small Skimmers regularly at 14.5 metres - certainty out gunning me on the distance. Thinking Perch I went under the tree with double caster and had a 1 lb Perch first try only to lose two more decent ones. I kept trying the Skimmer line picking up the odd small Skimmer which I thought wasn't as productive as the Ronnie's. So I filled in the long line and left it too settle. Back on the Ronnie rig and was at least putting the ounces regularly in the net. Out on the long line and I hooked a Carp. Back under the tree and another Carp - so only the three this match. I had a Banana walk and pegs 102, 100 and 99 were catching well with the rest of the section also rans.

I weighed 12 lb 3 oz for last but one in the section with those lost Perch costing me two more points. On hindsight I wish I had tried a small GB feeder - now in the learning bank.


The match was won by Richard Ahearn (pictured right with his catch) with 33 lb 15 oz from peg 102. Richard had two lines going both at 14.5 metres - one with GB and caster and the other GB and Maggot. Richards swim got better and better as the match progressed with the size of Skimmers increasing. Maggot was the most productive for him.Well done matey.

Richards 16 metre section fell in the Lake. Luckily he had the learned Nick Chedzoy behind him and retrieved it using a Tulip pole roost connected to his landing net handle (pictured right). Nick got it first attempt. I have one of these in the garage which I will now start carrying. Richard was very impressed.

The match fished better than I thought, although a bit patchy.

Result:

1. Richard Ahearn 33-15-0 peg 102
2. Sam Powell 32-04-0 peg 90
3. Paul Elms 27-12-0 peg 68
4. Gary O'Shea 27-09-0 peg 129
5. Martin Tizard 26-10-0 peg 61
6. Tony Rixon 26-09-0 peg 70

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Friday, 18 October 2019

Thursday 17/10/2019 - Bathampton AA - Over 55's and Short Walks - Main Lake

With Dave Gillard still in hospital it was left to Tony and me to run today's match on the main lake. Tony and I pegged the match - Well Tony pegged it whilst I watched! There was plenty of signs of fish all being chased by Pike!

Jeff Grant had bought a new Bib and Brace - I suppose it must be difficult to buy clothes for a cuboid. Jeff also thought he had bought new boots the same as Cliff's (Pictured right and last picture from my current camera), thinking they were black. Apparently Purple is the new Black.

Based on the previous match results all fourteen fishing knew they weren't going to bag-up. This Lake is over 100 years old so considered natural. So a change back to pre-commercial times.

Into the draw bag and out comes peg 16, which was next to the peg I had last time. So applied the learning from last match and decided to fish the pole at 10 metres for 15 minutes to see if the small fish were going to oblige with Pinkie and GB. If this failed I would fish the remainder of the match on the GB feeder. The peg was narrow and a bit of a parrots cage so was forced to fish a 10 foot Daiwa feeder rod a bit stiff for Skimmer fishing.

Well after 15 minutes without any encouraging indications I spent the rest of the day on the feeder. The lake was particularly clear and flat calm and the Pike on a feeding spree. The upshot was I could catch a couple of Skimmers then had to wait an hour for the next pair. I put this down to the Pike scattering the fish. I was playing a 8 oz Skimmer and just as I was getting the landing net a huge Pike came up and snaffled it including the hook length - I estimated it at 20 lb +. I decided to feed the GB as dry as possible to create some cloud on the drop. This worked for about half hour until again I struck at a bite and felt a bump and the end of another hook length - Pike?

I weighed 8 lb 12 oz for first overall. We transferred about 50 lb of Silvers into Bridge Pool, about half that of last match.

Whilst packing up I accidentally loose fed my camera into the Lake using a pole sock! So have to use my phone camera for awhile which I don't like doing.

The ever growing suspects back to the pub and although the fishing wasn't that good most said they enjoyed it and found it different and nostalgic taking us back to the 80's.

Finally thanks to Bathampton AA  for a no peg fee match, weighing in and transferring the fish.

Result:

1. Mike Nicholls 8-12-0 peg 16
2. John Smith 5-03-0 peg 2
3. Paul Clayton 4-09-0 peg 19
4. Ray Bazeley 4-04-0 peg 6

Weigh Sheet:

Monday, 14 October 2019

Sunday 14/10/2019 - Windmill Open - Match Lake

Steady 10 minute drive in the rain to the fishery. First to arrive and early enough to meet up with Brads friend Mark Keet who has a Harris Hawk (pictured right). The Hawk is being used to keep Cormorants away and is apparently very effective, which must be a plus. Nonetheless, a beautiful looking Bird of Prey.

Because of the rain I didn't bother with a walk. Fourteen fishing would have been more had a van not broken down on the way from Swindon. 

I couldn't draw peg 14 as it's currently under water due to all the rain. It was nice to see the water levels right up. Peg 7 drawn as golden peg. With inform peg 8 not in peg 7 and 9 might be the place to draw, so a chance of gold. Last but one onto the draw bag and out comes peg 12. Happy with this because it's a peg I haven't drawn. I have drawn the old peg 11 a few times. Not an area for Silvers at the moment, that said the Silvers have already done there winter disappearing act, hopefully a trick to avoid being eaten by Cormorants. Peg 12 is the longest walk but can be driven to but with the fields sodden I walked.

The nearest company was Junior on peg 10 and Dave Haines on 15. The wind was perfect for the umbrella which could be put up high and what there was, was off my back, making it also perfect for the Ronnie rig. So I set that up and a paste rig for the LH margin top-set only. Simple.


I treated the margin with a pot of wetted micro and the Ronnie rig with GB laced with plenty of DR's. Started on the Ronnie rig with double DR's and immediately started to get indications which I was striking at but not connecting. I knew from this it was Carp so waited for the positive bite which resulted in three quick Common Carp to 4 lb. The Ronnie rig wasn't right for these Carp so set up a 4x14 Winter Titan to fish over the same line at top-set plus two. I had five more in the first hour. The Lake went very still and the bites fell away. So I had a look down the margin with the paste but no indications. The wind then switched 180 degrees into me. Tried the maggot line which I had been topping up and had a couple more and my Silver a 3 lb Skimmer, but it had slowed, so decided to concentrate on the margin with paste for the rest of the match. I started to catch the odd carp but it wasn't manic. The wind gradually increased making the presentation very difficult in fact it was blowing the rig up the margin into the bank. I was surprised I only foul hooked two Carp, One came off the other I spent an age landing it. The fourth hour turned up trumps catching ten very quick Carp to 8 lb. Subsequently I had a bad hour adding the occasional. In the last hour the wind subsided a bit and had two 10 lb Commons. I guess these were in the peg for sometime putting off the smaller Carp - who knows?


I weighed 133 lb 15 oz for second overall. If he winner had put one more Carp in his last net I would have won!!!

The match was won by Ian Barker ( pictured upper right) with 154 lb 7 oz from peg 16. Ian caught on the method fished to the island with banded worm. Ian also loose fed pellet over the top. His last net weighed 78 lb so was 8 lb over the net limit!

The Silvers was won by Dave Britton (pictured right with the match winner) with 4 lb 13 oz from peg 18. Dave caught on double DR's over micro DR's mix. He was going to throw back, lucky he didn't - ALWAYS WEIGH IN I say.

It was back to the Bells with the usual suspects. Nice pint here.

Result:

1. Ian Barker 154-7-0 peg 16
2. Mike Nicholls 133-15-0 peg 12
3. Dave Willmott 127-12-0 peg 9 (nearest you can get to inform empty peg 8)

Silvers:

1. Dave Britton 4-13-0 peg 18

Weigh Sheet:


Friday, 11 October 2019

Thursday 10/1-/2019 - Bathampton AA - Over 55's and Short Walks

With Geoff "Working" so no fry up. Arrived in time for a walk around. I must say the Lake looked dour with the only signs was of a few small Roach topping in pegs 17, 18,19 and 20. The far end pegs appeared to be devoid of fish. We were all taken aback when Orris arrived early in fact a whole 10 minutes.

I was fancying peg 17 today but as it happened I couldn't draw it because it was left out.

Nineteen fishing and no Tony Rixon who is still suffering from Brambleitus. In to the draw bag and out comes peg 30 AGAIN! Third time on the trot. I really wasn't looking forward to fishing it today because the water down this end of the Lake was much clearer than the other end and pegs 31 and 32 were in so not an end peg either. I felt for Barny and Jeff who had drawn these pegs as I didn't expect for them to catch much with the same expectation for myself. I wasn't far wrong.

I set up the usual paste rig to fish down the LH side and a 4x16 Winter Titan to fish at top-set plus two out in front over GB and maggot and top-set plus three to fish at 2 o'clock with 4 mm expander over micro. I fed all the lines and started on double DR's over the GB. I was soon rightly worried when the float just sat there for 15 minutes without a sign. I then had a 1 oz Skimmer. Another 15 minutes later a 3 lb Skimmer then one 12 oz before the line completely died - apparently. I tried the pellet line without any signs. It certainly was fishing hard. I kept trying the GB line but no encouragement from the float to stay on it. I tried the margin with the paste but I felt it wasn't going to happen not even the nibblers were in residence. So desperation set in and the waggler was erected. Decided to fish LR's over loose fed same. Had a couple of small Perch. I was expecting to catch some Ronnies but didn't have a sign of them. I did have a 12 oz Hybrid and another Skimmer. I then hooked a right lump which broke me in peg 29! The last fish on the waggler before sitting the rest of the match on the paste was an 8 oz F1. It took awhile before I caught a Carp of about 9 lb I then lost one that was clearly lightly hooked. I sat there for the last hour in hope of a couple more but as half expected it didn't happen. On hindsight I should have fished for some more Silvers as 8 lb got in the money! Hindsight is wonderful.

My Silvers weighed 6 lb and my Carp 10 lb 14 oz for a nowhere total of 16 lb 14 oz. As I expected pegs 31 and 32 which had good anglers on them DNW'd.

The match was won by John Cliff Smith (pictured below with the Silvers winners) with 57 lb 5 oz from Peg 10. John was helped by pegs 9 and 11 not being pegged catching on the Method over to the Bramble free island with pellet and later down his RH margin with corn over corn.

The Silvers was won by Steve Tanner with 20 lb 14 oz from peg 15 with Ken Morgan just behind him with 20 lb on peg 14. Ken was wrongly persuade to put back a 1 lb Skimmer because he hooked it whilst the all out whistle was in his mouth!! Both pictured below.


The drive to the pub was horrendous a farmer had left tons of mud on all the roads around Compton Dando. On the way I went in a sideways slide. Everyone's car was absolutely caked. Everyone driving behind me on the way home from the pub had to use there wipers as the mud was being flung off - my car pictured right.

Result:

1. John Smith 57-05-0 peg 10
2. Steve Dawson 35-14-0 peg 4
3. Pete Greenslade 31-08-0 peg 21

Silvers:

1. Steve Tanner 20-14-0 peg 15
2. Ken Morgan 20-0-0 peg 14
3. Chris Ollis 8-02-0 peg 28

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Monday, 7 October 2019

Sunday 06/10/2019 - Viaduct Silvers League - Round One - Campbell, Carey and Lodge Lakes

I was looking forward to the start of the Viaduct Silvers League and was hoping for once to get off to a good start.

With Bela off to Stafford Moor for the Autumn Festival I got  lift from Joe McMahon. Bela and I have learnt our lesson about discussing pegs. We particularly don't discuss pegs we don't want. However, I fell into a trap when asked by Joe what peg I would like "peg 78" I say, then elaborated by saying I didn't want Campbell - Oh no!!

First stop Shipham for breakfast Joe eats as much a Bela but at half speed. It was OK needs some tinned tomatoes.

Arrived in plenty of time but didn't walk around as I didn't have to I just wanted to be out of the horrendous wind blowing across the Lakes.

Late into the draw bag and out comes peg 116 on Campbell - bugger the last peg I would have chosen. Carp peg plus the horrendous wind blowing in at me 1t 11 o'clock. For company I had Martin Rayet on pier peg 115 and Nick Chedzoy on peg 118. We couldn't communicate much due to the wind but could hear everyone on the far bank! And who turns up on my wanted peg - Joe McMahon - Umm.

I optimistically set up the Ronnie rig, a 4x14 Titan which would do for any line I wanted to fish. Due to the wind I also set up a typical Skimmer GB feeder.

I fed a line at top set plus four with two balls of GB laced with caster and one ball laced also with caster on the Ronnie Line. I started on the Ronnie line and didn't have any indications, but kept hooking branches tied together in a ball by fishing line. So out on double caster on the long line and again nothing not even a Ronnie. I was struggling whilst Martin had a good start catching decent skimmer on pellet. So I took off a section and fed some GB laced with micro and pumped some 4mm expanders. So meanwhile I had a cast on the feeder and hooked a small Ronnie which fell off. Next cast a decent bite lead to landing a 5 lb Carp. The expander's had now cooked so tried them and had a run of 4 oz Skimmers before I started to hook Carp after Carp losing two rigs and one elastic - bugger. I set up a 4 x12 Winter to fish in the margin at half a top set and caught some decent Ronnie's before I hooked more Carp landing the famous  "No Tail" now weighing about 14 lb. So two hours to go I walked the section and other than Martin everyone appeared to be struggling. I decided to switch to double maggot over the pellet line over GB laced with DR's to catch anything I could. Blimey didn't this switch the Carp on one after the other but did catch a 4 lb Bream and one about 1 lb in between tying new hook lengths. 

I weighed 12 lb 10 oz for fourth in section definitely not the start I wanted. I hooked 21 Cap and was on my last 0.1 hook length by the end. It's was definitely the case of either trying to avoid Carp and catching little or take it on the chin with the Carp and catch the odd better Skimmer. Most anglers facing the wind at my end of the Lake struggled.

The match was one by the affable Nick Ewers (pictured upper right) with 35 lb 3 oz from Carey peg 105. Nick initially caught at  5 metres then in his margin later all over GB and DR's.

Runner up was Fred Roberts (pictured right) with 30 lb 14 oz from Carey peg 80. Fred caught on soft pellet over micro.


Third was Joe McMahon on my peg (pictured right) with 29 lb 10 oz next to Fred on Carey peg 78. Joe caught on Caster and GB either long or down to the edge of the RH tree.

Considering the weather conditions it fished well for Silvers - and for some Carp!!

We stopped in the garage on the way home and Joe came back with a box of cakes, crisps, a sugar drink and coffee. Of course I nagged him all the way home about his unhealthy eating. Joe is a Artic driver so must be eating Yorkie bars those "Not for Girls". That said Joe is a credit to his parents, kind and helpful to everyone.


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Friday, 4 October 2019

Thursday 03/10/2019 - Bathampton AA - Over 55's and Short Walks - Main Lake

Getting my bait bag ready I found this monster European Hornet, I think (pictured right) - cripes. With Silvers only matches coming up it was time to retire my Drennan 25 elastic in favour of the Silver Drennan 4 - 6 which I like especially when fitted to the Drennan  double top two (Pictured lower right).

With Dave Gillard still in hospital undergoing more test I was left to run the match - so used my management skills and delegated the manual work to Tony Rixon leaving the admin to me. Geoff and I had another great breakfast in Hungry Horace's. By the time I got to the fishery Tony had pegged it out with twenty swims. Sixteen fishing so a couple extra pegs.

Bathampton had kindly waived the peg fee as we were to transfer the boily nibblers over to Bridge Pool where they would be more than welcome.

Very few of us didn't know which would be the best pegs so last into the draw bag and out comes peg 17 on the road bank behind the net dip. For close company I had Chris Ollis which was about 10 feet apart. However, we had plenty of water in front of us, so wasn't sharing. I had a gap in the trees behind me and the bitter cold wind was blowing directly onto my back. Good for the whip but not my health. I soon had a couple of more layers on - Autumn always seems to come suddenly over one night. There were no signs of fish which lowered my expectation of decent weights.

I set up the Ronnie rig, a 4 metre whip, a 4 x 14 Winter Titan all to fish in 5 foot of water and to Geoff Francis amusement a conventional GB feeder set-up. Chris had been pleasure fishing along this bank catching plenty and was going to be positive with GB and half his back garden mix of mud. I decided to fish away from Chris into the white water to my left.

I started loose feeding casters on the short Ronnie rig with single caster  - no signs of fish so switched to my 4 metre whip again with caster - no signs of fish. Umm what's happened to all the small fish - overnight cold snap I'm thinking. So onto the Titan at 10 metres over GB and maggot and after 30 minutes I had a 1 lb Skimmer followed by another which I pulled out of. I did have a couple of Ronnie's and a Rudd. Three hours had quickly gone with no further indications so had a stroll to warm up. It was clear that I was in the wrong area as the pegs in the high 20's were regularly catching the Skimmers with 15 lb probably winning it. So never give up I went back and decided to fish the last 2 1/2 hours on the feeder. I used a small Drennan feeder filled with GB and maggot and triple DR's on the hook. I was in a bit of a Parrot cage and found casting accurately difficult which was going to prove important. I was starting to fall asleep when the tip twitched a 1 lb Skimmer. This improved my concentration which lead to another seven small Skimmers. I even started to cast well and enjoy it.

I finished with 9 lb 10 oz which I was pleased with from my peg, putting me in the money in fifth place.

The match was won by No Brambles Rixon (pictured upper right) with 27 lb 12 oz from the inform area. Tony caught on ... see his blog for details.

Runner up was Jeff Grant (pictured right with his catch) with 18 lb 3 oz pegged next to the winner. Unfortunately I left asking Jeff how he caught until we were in the pub. Jeff was explaining how he caught a couple of Skimmers on the pole and switched to the waggler catching some small fish before his eyes glazed over and started to talk about fishing trips to Ireland some years ago!!

Although the fishing was poor, most probably due to the sudden change in weather conditions heavy rains and a cold snap I found it interesting. This Lake is old and well established and can be considered a natural venue. Another match on here in two weeks time. Now we know the best Silvers pegs we can peg it accordingly and hopefully transfer more fish.

My next match is the first in the Viaduct Silvers League - hoping for a decent start for once.

Weight Transferred to Bridge Pool:

95 lb 1 oz

Result: (Not permanent pegs)

1. Tony Rixon 27-12-0 peg 12 (Perm Peg 25)
2. Jeff Grant 18-03-0 peg 11
3. Gary Bowden 12-15-0 peg 15
4. Paul Haines 11-13-0 peg 14
5. Mike Nicholls 9-10-0 peg 17
6. Pate Turner 6-0-0 peg 8
7. Dave Poole 5-04-0 peg 13

Monday, 30 September 2019

Sunday 29/09/2019 - Winmill Open - Match Lake

Weather forecast wasn't good for this match with rain on and off all day with the winds picking up second half. But glad I went as it's very rare to be as bad as predicted.

Arrived early to heavy rain so no walkies today. Brad introduced us to his new lethal weapon Mia (named after the character in Pulp Fiction - pictured right - Brads on the right) an American Bulldog. Brad wanted a guard dog to help dissuade poachers and thieves. Apparently Mia hates men a rescue dog abused by his previous male owner. Good luck to any Poachers hope you can run 100 metres in 5 seconds otherwise it's hospital time. It was suggested that he wear a muzzle during matches, however, Brad said he would have difficulty in talking!!

I don't like drawing the same pegs however, I wanted to draw peg 1 again only because I had some unfinished business. Last but one into the draw bag and out comes disc 24. Happy with this one as I would have shelter from the wind and rain and holds plenty of Silvers and Carp - if you can catch them. This peg is the deepest on the Lake at 10 foot. The usual plan to fish the first half of the match for Silvers and the second for Carp. As the wind wasn't too bad I set up the Ronnie rig set to 5 foot up the shelf and a 0.3 gram paste float to fish the margins. The RH side was cear of Sedges the LH however, was dense with them. So took the easy option going for the RH. I started by feeding the margin with micro then the Ronnie line with GB laced with LR's. With single LR on the hook started to catch small Skimmers to 4 oz until I hooked my first Carp which broke me. Re-fed and tried the paste - no indications. So back on the Ronnie rig and similarly after a few more Skimmers I hooked another Carp which eventually I landed. And that was the pattern catch a few Skimmers then a Carp. I did hook one Carp which initially I thought was a big Skimmer as it was coming up in the water only to see a flying 10 lb Mirror crash down on my rig - bye-bye to that one then. I kept trying the margin and started to worry I should have fished maggott instead of paste as I couldn't get any indications. The wind had now picked up making presentation difficult on the Ronnie rig so I made the decision to switch to the dangerous side on the Left with paste and started to catch some decent Carp. There was some foul hooking as the bites were really strange to determine today as to which ones were in the mouth and those not. I did lose one of the small Carp in the sedges complete with rig so changed from the Middy bungee blue to the Drennan 25 elastic, not for the faint hearted. I did lose some more Carp due to pulling too hard. I think on the whole I managed to spend equal time fishing for Carp and Silvers although not consecutively.

My Silvers weighed 12 lb 2 oz for second in the Silvers and my 18 Carp 96 lb for third in the match total of 108 lb 2 oz. Happy with this. They say there are no fish at this end - wrong we just can't catch them.

The match was won by Ryan Shipp (pictured right with the Silvers winner) with 225 lb 5 oz from unfancied peg 8. Ryan initially caught at 14.5 metres then came in close down his peg at 5 metres to catch some better Carp on 6 mm banded pellet over 6 mm feed. Great weight on the day and stopped Dave Willmott from winning the Golden peg.
The Silvers was won once again by match organiser Dave Haines with 14 lb 6 oz from peg 14. Dave fish caster and maggot over a small amount of GB and loose fed caster.
Result:

1. Ryan Shipp 225-05-0 peg 8
2. Dave Willmott 154-03-0 peg 16 Golden Peg
3. Mike Nicholls 108-02-0 peg 24

Silvers:

1. Dave Haines 14-06-0 peg 14
2. Mike Nicholls 12-02-0 peg 24

Weigh Sheet: