Monday, 3 May 2021
Friday, 30 April 2021
John squeezed twenty of us in today, about the maximum number without repegging the venue. Second to have my peg pulled which saw me on peg 6. Happy enough with this as it is a good Silvers peg. However, the main shoal of Skimmers still seem to be sitting in the thirteens.
Peg 6 is an ideal peg if you want to keep out of the sun, I didn't as the wind was bitter which was veering in to me on occasion so found it necessary to put on an extra coat. I could see Rod Wootton opposite sat in his tee shirt!!
Set up the usual 4x13 MR red top to fish top-set plus two barrels out in front with GB and DR's. Also a 4x14 Winter Titan - black top to fish top-set plus three barrels at 1 0'clock for Skimmers over Chopped worm and Casters later as a fall back but wont feed it until necessity calls. I had some paste left from Tuesday so thought it prudent to set a 0.3 gram paste float to fish near full depth on my top-set - I wasn't holding my breath with this one as the fish still reluctant to come into the margins at the moment. First mistake of two today not setting up the Ronnie rig!
All set up so having heard Tony Rixon was on peg 2 which is one his favourite types of pegs - fishing to the mud banks. So took the camera down and did a short video - below - he's a natural. I recently fished peg 3 and Tony was more optimistic than I would have been that he would catch Carp. See his blog to see if it went to plan.
Copy paste the link below into Google/or other search engines (MicroSoft stopping me adding the video at moment)
The Silvers was won my Kevin Winstone (pictured right with the match winner) from fancied peg 13A with 32lb. Kev caught on maggot fished over GB. Well done Fella.
1.Gary Flinders 106-08-0 peg 5
2. Tony Thick 76-06-0 peg 9A
3. Norman Huggett 59-10-0 peg Zero
1. Kevin Winstone 32-0-0 peg 13A
2. Paul Fiaers 24-08-0 peg 8
Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Another try at Acorn to avoid a Bridge peg. I had a walk around and there appeared to be plenty of fish showing from 36 round to 12, with the top end looking quiet.
I couldn't believe it when Mike Chapman pulled me another bridge peg. Four consecutive bridge pegs now since lockdown ended! This time peg 40 which I think is one of the better bridge pegs. For company I had Landsender Dave Wescott on peg 38 who had plenty of room with peg 36 not drawn due to no shows. Mike had two of them today, how easy is it to text that your not coming so Mike can adjust the pegging and not be hanging around at the draw.
I had plenty of time before the all in so set up far too many rigs and for the first time my roost was half full with four top-sets. However, I was to only to catch on one which was a my current favourite a 4x13 MR. This rig was fished up to the bridge halfway along to try for the resident Tench AGAIN! Luckily I have at last found some by regularly feeding two chopped worm with DR's also chopped with twenty or so casters on top. I kept a few decent Tench to 5 lb coming steady throughout the match catching on either triple DR's or worm heads. It is usual to foul hook Tench, but managed four today, landing two in the tail (eventually). I had no Carp issues landing one F1 and a Carrasio.
The match was won by Bob Smith (pictured with the Silvers winner) with 83lb 7oz from peg 12. Bob caught over to the mud bank in 20 inches of water with banded 6mm pellet over hard 4's. Bob later came down the shelf to 3 foot with 6 mm expander to keep some decent Carp coming. Still nothing from margins around the venue it wont be long - hopefully!
Monday, 26 April 2021
Firstly, paid the pools to John Hawkins the Fishery Manager (pictured right), who I must say is doing a great job, but needs to keep his weigh scales glass cleaner.
Went for my usual walk with Glenn Bailey along Hawthorne's the Canal we all wanted to draw due to Westpool still suffering from an influx of fresh water. The pegs 1 to 6 looked favourite as it was catching some wind off the Mendips.
I was delighted when John pulled me peg 9 Hawthorne's, however, Glenn was faced with peg 1 Westpool - will it fish? For company I found Chris Fox (brother Blogger) on peg 10 and Steve Seager on peg 7, both good company. But will take my swear box for Foxy next time.
Against common belief there are lots of Silvers in both Canals, however, they are hard to catch due to the head of disruptive Carp. My peg was flat calm with plenty of Carp visible on the surface. I decided to fish four hours for the Silvers and the last two for Carp in the margins. However, plumbing up the margins both sides were almost vertical from the bank edge to the bottom so couldn't find any shallow water except within my platform cut back area, so wasn't optimistic.
Fed two balls of GB and with single DR on a 18 - 808 went out and was soon playing a fit Carp followed by another. It settled and I had a nice run of Skimmers from 4oz to 2 lb, really enjoying it. Refed which was followed by another two accidental Carp, they seem to like the GB falling through then a few more Skimmers would follow. As expected the Skimmers gradually petered out over the four hours. With nine accidental Carp in the sack I tried the margin as it's easy to add 100 lb an hour on this venue if they are having it. The weren't only adding one small Carp on the paste.
Hawthorne's and the match was won by the affable Matt Culpin (pictured with his catch) with 191lb 1oz from peg 3. Matt caught down the track using banded caster over copious amounts of caster loose feed.
Tom Thick (pictured below with the Hawthorner's - me between to big boy's) won Westpool with 85lb 2oz from peg 13. looks like the Canal is improving - needs some warm rain me thinks.
Friday, 23 April 2021
Dave Gillard announced that we would have to weigh in both Silvers and Carp at 1 pm and return them to restart again at 1:30 pm. This was followed by a lot of groaning and grunting. No one was happy about this, with a lot of disquiet and talk of finding a new venue to host these matches.
Dave did the draw and put me on peg 16, happy enough with this, but can be a bit hit and miss for the Silvers also prepared for some pole fencing with Mike Taylor on peg 15 (pictured above with Cliff on peg 24).
I thought a plan was needed - Decided to fish for Silvers first half over two lines one at 10 metres down the track to my left with a 4x16 Winter Titan which would be switched to a virgin line PM same distance down to the right into the open water. And in front at top set plus one with a 4x14 MR which would be abandoned PM in favour of fishing long over to the island which was currently bathed it sunshine which PM would have some shade for a while hopefully for the F1's and a lump or two.
Fed the long left line with GB and DP's and the same short in front. Fed a pot micro over to the island. Started down the long line and soon had a bite which came off. For some unknown reason I lost another three, however, they were tiny fish. I had a feeling they were foul hooked? It wasn't happening on this line so switched to the short line where I had been loose feeding Pinkie and had a few Skimmers and F1's and the occasional snag.
The first half resulted in 5lb 8oz of Silvers and 4lb 8oz of F1's - 10lb. The section midway was tight with just a few pounds between us in the section.
Second half I think we all knew we could all but right off catching any more Skimmers/Silvers due to the tip back. I did feed the long right side and started to loose feed LR's over to the island. I tried for some more Silvers and lost a decent Skimmer landing one about 4oz. I noticed that both Chris Ollis and John Smith were also losing Silvers. All abandoned except the island where I fished out the rest of the match with double semi-conscious maggot hook bait. I had a run of eight F1's losing two, one in Bramblegate, another fouled. I then hooked a decent Carp which unfortunately I lost trying to avoid Mikes pole. As soon as the sun came back on the water the F1's dried up to be replaced by Rudd, I did add a couple of small Tench.
The match was won by newbie Andy Gard (pictured right with the Silvers winner) with 38lb 7oz of F1's from fancied peg18. Andy fish down to his right using either expander hook bait or hard pellet over micro. Andy found the hard banded best.
The Silvers was won by Paul Barnfield (pictured with the match winner) with a very poor weight of 13lb 2oz from peg 11. Paul caught mostly on maggot over maggot and GB adding a couple of bigger Skimmers on worm.
1. Steve Jefferies 15-04-0 peg 7
Silvers: Hughie Evans 6-14-0 peg 5
1. Paul Barnfield 27-13-0 peg 11
Silvers: Dave Wride 8-10-0 peg 14
1. Andy Gard 38-07-0 peg 18
Silvers: John Smith 7-13-0 peg 24
1. Kevin Winstone 31-12-0 Peg 33
Silvers: Dave Haines 11-0-0 peg 30
Wednesday, 21 April 2021
Bob Feltham (aka MD) came round and presented with my membership to the RJS club with the team hat - nice long peak. Must say MD makes a good impression of a lubricated zip!
I had a walk around before the draw and reckoned pegs 1 to 5, 6 to 10 and pegs at the far end where there were plenty of Carp on show on pegs 27 to 30. With the conditions the fish are following the wind irrespective how light it is.
What can I say three matches since lockdown and three bridges with Mike today drawing me peg 33 and once again becalmed by the other side of the bridge (the above picture shows how flat the water was).
I set up all sorts and the upshot being, after 4 hours I had a couple of pound of Silvers and one Carp. I could see signs of Carp very shallow just up by the bridge and thought two or three times about shallowing up a rig to fish around - but didn't bother - could have been a mistake.
Monday, 19 April 2021
My turn on Taylors Pool and was looking forward to fishing the waggler for the Silvers and small Carp with maggot, which would have been the way to go with the conditions. However, I pulled peg 18, which is in the top corner and Cormorant roped off, so no chance of fishing my preference. The regulars told me the fish are mainly at the other end in peg 24/25. So decided to have a Silvers line with Pinkie and GB and a Carp line with expander over micro. So just the two rigs - a 4x14 to fishing top-set plus three barrels in 7 foot and a 4x13 MR to fish top-set plus 2 barrels set to 3 foot down to the left.
Fed the inside line with Micro and a few expanders and the Silvers line with one hard ball of GB laced with Pinkie. Started on single DR and had a Rudd on the drop first put in followed by a small Carp and some hand size Skimmers. After refeeding the line I tried the expander and had one small Carp. At this time it looked as if at least three anglers were doing well on Carp. So my thinking to coin was to focus on the Silvers. So made the decision to convert the inside line to GB and Pinkie anticipating catching some Ronnie's. This to prove to be a mistake - should have kept with the expander, etc... I kept swapping between the two lines adding only one small Carp from the inside line, not one Silver! The longer line was by far the most productive. I did experiment with the feed - loose GB, loose Pinkie, hard balls with Loose Pinkie etc... the Loose was best I think.
My lake was won by Lynol (pictured right with the Silvers winner) with a spectacular weight on the day of 33lb 6oz from peg 25. Lynol caught 33 Small on 4 mm hard pellet over tight to the opposite island. Feeding hard 6 mm. Well done matey, nice to watch
1. Lynol 33-06-0 peg 25
2. Simon 14-08-0 peg 24
3. Mike 11-13-0 peg 18
1. Mike 5-07-0 peg 18
1. Steve 46-01p0 peg 3
2. Martin 33-13-0 peg 2
3. Mark 29-02-0 peg 1
1. Ricky 2-02-0 peg 4