Friday, 3 July 2020

Thursday 02/07/2020 - Bathampton AA - Over 55's and Short Walks - Bridge Pool

The rolling draw changed to a "When Olly arrives". The change was made so that we need only put in the number of pegs for the 23 fishing today. I had a walk around the pool and with the wind blowing into the car park end and has been doing so for a week I was hoping to be drawn this end. I noticed some Carp feeding on pegs 30,29 and 28, but fancied pegs 17,18, 19, 21, 24 and 27.

The Corona virus has certainly taken it's toll on hair styles (Good Golly Miss Molly - The Silver haired Little Richard -  pictured right).

More wind and rain expected.

I was called peg 4 - Umm not where I chose, cant wait to draw my own peg. At least I could park behind my peg. Again next to Wayne but swapping pegs. The other side was The Mumbles mumbler Pete Turner.

Although I had an island about 14 metres away which I could get close enough to catch, but due to the wind and having to ship across the very busy road I decided not to bother.

I set up one 0.3 shotted paste float for the LH margin where I was forced to fish by the nasty right to left wind. A 4x16 to fish top-set plus two barrels out in front and my new short Ronnie rig. I ran out of my PB 14 so asked on FB for suggestions where I could buy some and a new found friend Andy Wootton came to the rescue with those shown in the picture right. I must say they are spot on for Silver fishing, extremely sensitive. I'm still to catch a Carp on it to test their durability.

I started on the long line with worm hook bait over GB and caster feed. I had a couple decent Skimmers and with fizzing/blowing I was expecting a good day. However, all I got was micro Perch nipping at the worm. I switched to double caster and found the same. Back on the worm and just pestered by Perch. I now regretted feeding casters and wished I fish expander's. So refed but this time with micro and went on the Ronnie rig with single caster and caught some Ronnie's three small Tench and more bloody Perch. However, my banker was to catch some big Carp later in the match so switched between the Ronnie rig and Long line however the long line produced nothing more even though it was still fizzing. I persevered until half way with the Ronnie rig picking off the odd fish loosing a decent foul hooked Skimmer in the process. Subsequently I started to feed the same margin with micro and some maggots. In anticipation I went in with the paste which just sat there until the float popped up. I kept switching between the Ronnie rig which did catch me one F1 and the paste over the same line with the paste proving to be a complete waste of time.

My F1 weighed 1 lb 2 oz and my Silvers 11 lb 14 oz for a nowhere total of 13 lb. Another 1 lb of Silvers would have got me some coin. The last three matches have all been this close for coin. On hind sight today I should have not buggered my swim fishing paste. For some reason the large Carp didn't really feed on most pegs today.

The match was won by Paul Haines (pictured upper right with his catch) with 76 b 14 oz from peg 14. Paul caught on the method over to the opposite island with banded pellet in wetted micro feed. Paul mainly caught F1's with the odd stock Carp.

The Silvers was won by Ken Morgan (pictured right with the match winner whom I actually caught smiling) with 20 lb 4 oz from peg 15. Ken caught on worm over worm and caster fed in GB.


1. Paul Haines 76-14-0 peg 14
2. Dave Gillard 38-15-0 peg 28
3. Paul Barnfield 38-08-0 peg 17
4. Tony Rixon 36-12-0 peg 8


1. Ken Morgan 20-04-0 peg 14
2. Hughie Evans 20-0-0 peg 29
3. Paul Barnfield 15-12-0 peg 17
4. Chris Ollis 15-0-0 peg 32

Weigh Sheets:

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Tuesday 30/06/2020 - Acorn Cost Cutter - Paddocks

I'm beginning to feel like a regular at this venue. Arrived in plenty of time as is the "new normal". The weather is very changeable at the moment and expected some showers and low temperatures for the time of year. I had my usual walk around and fancied peg 11 which as happened wasn't pegged.

Pay the dues and Mike Chapman drew me peg 19. No emotion as all the pegs on this venue have their day. I had matey Two Pots Bailey turn up on next peg 18, so great company.

I set up one 0.3 gram shotted paste rig and three Silver rigs - Short and long Ronnie rig and a 4 x12 to fish top-set plus one barrel. I'm beginning to wonder why I bother to take pole rollers!

I started by cupping a ball of Skimmer GB in at top-set plus one, choosing to start on the short Ronnie rig using single LR over loose fed LR's. I had a run of 4 oz Carp and a couple of decent Skimmers with one better one flying off. The Roach were conspicuous by their absence. It went quite except for the micro Perch, so switched to the long Ronnie rig and had a couple of Skimmers and a couple of Ronnie's and a Tench, but not one of the specimen ones coming out. By now Two Pots had a couple of small Carp but as with everyone else was struggling to catch Carp. I had a go over the GB which had now stopped fizzing and had another Skimmer and another 4 oz Carp. I switched to worm on the hook and hooked one of the big Tench - at last - but no - it came off at the net. Bugger. As the fishing was slow all round I stayed with the Silvers picking off the odd few ounces, and as hindsight now tells me far too long. I ask Two Pots how long we had left and told me 1 hour 45 minutes so switched to the margin with paste which I fished over micro and loose fed hard fours. I soon seen a Carp doing their crafty sneak along close to the bank then moving down the margin slope to feed, of course the first thing they touch is the rig line producing liners causing the fish then to bow wave out of the peg or bloody fouling. These fish were between 7 and 10 lb. So after a spell of foul hooking and messing about with my depth by only small amounts I started to get some in the mouth. I did hook a double figure fish - unfairly I add which went mental ending up under Two Pots platform I went down and to save my embarrassment pulled for the break, so 10 lb less in the net due to bad angling and an apology to my neighbour. At least I landed more than I lost today landing 10 decent sized Carp. As time progressed I hooked more in the mouth and felt by the end I would really start to bag. Been there before.

My Silvers weigh in at 15 lb 2 oz and my ten Carp 57 lb 7 oz for a seventh overall total of 72 lb 9 oz. On refection I should have started for the Carp half hour earlier. Nice tight match with sensible weights.

The match was won by Kurtis Pinkett (pictured upper right) with 90 lb 1 oz from peg 12. Kurtis initially caught shallow down to the tree on banded pellet. Half time he switched to his RH margin fishing maggot over GB and maggot feed.

The Silvers (Greens) was won by Mark Walsh (pictured right pointing to the middle stanchion where he fished) with 50 lb 7 oz of Tench. Mark fish paste over micro.


1. Kurtis Pinkett 90-01-0 peg 12
2. Jon Taylor 86-09-0 peg 10
3. John Mills 83-06-0 peg 37
4. Keith Ray 82-15-0 peg 9
5. John Hawkins 82-02-0 peg 1
6. Eddie Wynne 73-03-0 peg 33


1. Mark Walsh 50-07-0 peg 40
2. Andy Gard 23-13-0 peg 27
3. Chris Ollis 19-0-0 peg 5

Weigh Sheets:

Monday, 29 June 2020

Sunday 28/06/2020 - Tony Rixon's Short Pole - Todber Manor - Hillview

Yobs tearing down monuments and damaging public property and the police standing back and watching, whilst on the way to Todber at 07:00 on a Sunday morning a motorbike policeman can hide behind bushes with a speed camera. Makes my blood boil. Fair play perfectly positioned where a 60 mph drops to a 30 mph.

This was to be one of Tony's float only's but because all 28 pegs were in he sensibly changed it to a short pole - top set plus three.

Again a Corona draw but with a slight difference as can be seen in Tony's office (looks like he's had a tidy up) - the use of a tombola machine. Personally I can't wait to get back to drawing my own peg. First to have the roll and lady of fate gave me peg 40. Arrived at the peg followed by two Shipp's. Ryan was one side of me on peg 41 and Dad Vince on peg 39 so great company - no moaning from these two.

Ryan came and had a chat and said he had been told the Skimmers had mostly died and the way to winning the Silvers would be Roach. Good news for me. Ryan told a few anglers this.

So just top sets to day for me - two paste rigs one for out in front and one for down the RH edge. Two Ronnie rigs - One top and bottom and a small waggler to try and battle the nasty left to right wind. I put four keep nets in and relised I had left two others I planned to take in case at home.

I started on the waggler just off bottom with single caster over loose feed and found I had attracted a hundreds of 1/2 oz Ronnie's. The waggler wasn't right as the caster was getting ragged on the drop. So on to the top and bottom and had a few Ronnie's and micro Perch. I was missing lots of bites and continually changing the damaged caster. Meanwhile the Shipp's were bagging on small Carp. After 30 minutes I reckon I had 2 lb of Silvers. I then had a small Carp. My next decision was a hindsight bad-un as I switched to the paste for Carp. As I did this I noticed Ryan had switched to full length fishing shallow with casters and had a Skimmer first put in!!! My first 22 put-ins produced 22 small Carp and one net filled with about 60 lb. We then had the first of a couple of storms with high gusting winds and horizontal hail and rain - putting the weather back to pre-lock-down conditions. I had been potting micro and loose feeding hard 4's over the top which brought the fish up in the water producing lots of liners and the need to keep re-baiting. The wind was making things very difficult so changed to the Big H Bullet paste float fished round to the right, down wind using the keep nets as a wind shield. Again the feed was potted micro. This worked well resulting in catching much bigger Carp. I had now filled three nets to 60 lb so for the first time ever I emptied my Silvers back and continued adding Carp. I had a beautiful white Ghost Carp and later a Black Carp and out of recognition of current affairs I put them in the same keep net. Nearing the end of the match panic ensued as I was running out of paste and keep nets, with an estimated 60 lb in each - hopefully. Also my ageing hands were finding it hard to hold the top set - please call all out I had enough. Couldn't do this sort of fishing on a regular basis.

My four nets weighed 245 lb 8 oz for 6th overall. However, with 6 lb picking up in the Silvers I should have stayed with them - lesson learnt - but unlikely. Ryan won the Silvers with the only 38 lb in the Lake! In his defence I don;'t think he went long with the caster solely to catch Skimmers as Ryan likes fishing this way for Carp and I think he looked surprised to catch them. Due to the wind Ryan had to feed by catty

The match was won by Neil Mercer (pictured right) with 335 lb 6 oz from peg 50. Neil caught on 6 mm banded pellet over 6 mm loose feed. He fed about 4 pints. Well done matey.

How can someone DNW on this venue?


1. Neil Mercer 335-06-0 peg 50
2. Martin Rayett 321 06-0 peg 45
3. Paul Elmes 298-06-0 peg 48
4. Bob Gullick 292-15-0 peg 60
5. Joe McMahon 270-07-0 peg 36
6. Mike Nicholls 245-08-0 peg 40
7. P. RICK 243-13-0 peg 54


1. Ryan Shipp 38-04-0 peg 41
2. Gary Bowden 6-08-0 peg 35
3. Freddie Wojtyla 6-05-0 peg 37
Weigh Sheet: Sheet names were added by Mrs Rixon.

Friday, 26 June 2020

Thursday 25/06/2020 - Windmill Fishery - Cost Cutter - Match Lake

First match here since the lock down. Ken Morgan announced that he will be not running these matches in the near future due to him looking to move house. A shame really as Ken runs a good match. No one has yet come forward to run them, so today might be the last one for awhile.

The payouts are equal Silvers and overall.

24 booked in including Bob Warren twice! We also had 2 no shows - probably because of the really hot weather 30 degrees plus today. So 21 fishing. I had a walk around the lake and with no wind it was flat calm with no signs of fish - it was going to be a hard match. As there is no aeration I suspected that the oxygen levels would be low.

Plenty of pegs I would like so the ones I wouldn't - pegs 4 to 9, 15 to 18 and 23. First to have my peg called - peg 4 it would be then. Didn't fancy it for Carp on the pole so my focus would be Silvers and planned to fish for them all day. I had plenty of time to set up and found five rigs in the roost but only used one all day - the short Ronnie rig.

So with the umbrella set up to keep the sun off me and with a slight wind in my face it all felt comfortable. So a simple match with live red maggot feed and hook bait. I fed one line out in front with GB and loose fed over the top I found could only catch on the drop, not getting a bite once it settled over the GB - so no more of that fed then, instead concentrating up in the water. I had a good hour catching small Ronnie's and Rudd. I had to swap around the peg to keep them coming but two hours in these fish switched off. I reckon I had 10 lb by then. Even though I had landed one Carp and lost two foul hookers I fought off the  temptation to try the paste, deciding as planned to stay with the Silvers. After a dull hour the Ronnie's returned along with some better Skimmers. I lost another Carp landing two towards the end. I really enjoyed the fishing today - persistence winning over.

My Silvers weighed 21 lb for the Silvers win and my three Carp weighed 14 lb 8 oz for a total of 35 lb 8 oz for 6th overall!

The match was won by John " Cliff" Smith (pictured below) with 103 lb 4 oz from fancied peg 14 (peg 13 is abandoned to not fished). John caught a few Carp long on 6 mm banded pellet but had problems with foul hookers. Finding it hard work in the heat switched to his RH margin fishing paste or corn down to the end of the Sedges. Well done matey.


1. John Smith 103-04-0 peg 14
2. Gary Bowden 57-04-0 peg 18
3. Tom Baker 55-08-0 peg 21
4. Glenn Bailey 48-12-0 peg 20


1. Mike Nicholls 21-0-0 peg 4
2. Dave Haines 19-08-0 peg 10
3. Ken Morgan 11-08-0 peg 23
4. Bill Ferris 9-0-0 peg 1

Weigh Sheet:

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Tuesday 23/06/2020 - Acorn Cost Cutter - Paddocks

Currently cramming in three matches a week and with the hot weather I'm finding it hard going. Another visit to Acorn. I Had a walk around and notice loads of fish around pegs 27 and 28 so these would be my pegs of choice today - pictured right.

As is the "New Normal" everyone arrives early and left kicking heels for an hour waiting for the all in. I like it but miss the gatherings at the draw and the banter.

Mike Chapman called me peg 4 - The second time in four matches. I know its a decent peg but was a tad disappointed as I do like to fish different pegs - this would also apply if it won every match. Anyway I soon cheered up when Junior arrived on peg 5.

I set up two Ronnie rigs a long and short, two paste rigs one for down the shelf - where I caught last time on this peg and a Big H Bullit for tight against the bank where I still had 18 inches of water, the other rig was a 4x12 to fish top-set plus one section - this one only had a trial run out.

I have been fishing maggot for the Silvers here but had some casters left over from the weekend including some donated by matey Glenn Calvert so thought I would initially use these for the Silvers. However, I was a tad concerned that the sound of the loose feed might attract the Carp. So with single on the hook over loose feed, and yes first fish a 6 lb Common Carp. Soon followed by another of 2 lb. With these now cleared out I started to catch some decent Ronnie's and small Skimmers. The pesky small Perch didn't seem to like the caster which was a bonus. After an hour the Silvers slowed so went out on the long Ronnie rig with loose fed LR's over single LR and had a couple of Silvers but the wind was awkward so abandoned this.

In the meantime Junior was putting into practice the teach in held by Tony Rixon the day before at Hunstrete in the art of stalking. I must say he did very well at it, but a long way to go to compete with the masters finesse.

Back on the short Ronnie rig, switching to LR's this resulted in foul hooking Carp, in fact I foul hooked seven Carp in quick succession before I gave it up. Time to have a go on the paste down the shelf I had a couple but was foul hooking as many as I was catching, so thought I would take one of the dimensions out of the equation by fishing the Bullit tight again the bank. Stranger things - I would feed and the peg would colour up and I would either catch a Carp or foul hook one. I tried all sorts of feeding but found if I stopped feeding I wouldn't have so much as an indication! I believe these fish are educated such that they only come to the initial feed in numbers hence foul hooking and once one is hooked legally or not they all back off somewhere which cannot be that far away because in a matter of seconds after feeding they are back. The upshot was I was foul hooking as many as I was catching with the Carp always being ahead until I managed to get it back to 14 all and was hoping to take the lead. Alas not we ended up 15 - 17 to the Carp, one of them an 8 lb fish I lost was in the mouth. Driving home I came up with somethings to try next time - if there is a next time, so really wanted to re-fish the match.

My Silvers weighed 13 lb 4 oz and my 14 Carp 64 lb 13 oz for a total of 78 lb 1 oz for 8th overall. The caster was a mistake but worth getting it out of the system. I think my fishing was a bit  clumsy today.

The match was won by the affable Lee Waller (pictured upper right) with 100 lb 13 oz from peg 28 (as I predicted). Lee caught initially on pellet long then switched to paste late on in his margins. Well done Matey and didn't go for a swim.

The Silvers was won Mike Chapman (pictured right) with 27 lb 1 oz from peg 7. Mike caught short on mainly maggot which included some of the big Tench which remain elusive to me!

Next matches:
Thursday: Windmill Cost Cutter - Contact Ken Morgan (Also Chris Ollis running a match at Farleigh Woods
Sunday: Todber - Tony Rixon's Short Pole


1. Lee Waller 100-13-0 peg 28
2. Keith Ray 100-10-0 peg 18
3. Gary Bowden 95-01-0 peg 5
4. Paul Lasson 91-12-0 peg 15
5. Eddy Wynne 86-03-0 peg 10
6. Bob Smith 85-15-0 peg 13


1. Mike Chapman 27-01-0 peg 7
2. Ant Page 23-01-0 peg 22

Weigh Sheets:

Monday, 22 June 2020

Sunday 21/06/2020 - Tony Rixon - Float Only - Avalon Match Lake

This was to be the first of Tony Rixon's float only league but due to the Covid was changed this year to opens. Hence it was nice to fish a match with nearly every peg in with 46 fishing and 48 pegs available. Also nice was to see Mark Cook a returnee today whom I last saw on the ferry returning form Denmark. It sounds as if we will see more of him - hope so.

Paid the pools and Vic Bush drew me peg 41. Told it was an open water peg and should be good for Silvers - good news. For company I had Martin Lenaghan who is more likely these days to be catching Carp over 30 lb but hidden by a tree. On the other side Glenn Calvert a good all round angler. With all the pegs in the bank looked like pole alley - picture right.

Looking at the weather forecast it was likely to be windy and from my experience pole fishing can be difficult once the tow starts so in preparation made up a 2 gram and 4 gram rigs. Luckily I was able to easily get a way with a 4x16. The short Ronnie rig was set up and a margin paste rig attached to the Drennan 25 elastic - no prisoners today - my margin was nearly 5 foot deep! So just the three rigs. I nearly set up a normal waggler to fish for Silvers but the wind put me off.

In case the wind did get up I decided to fish the 4x16 at top-set plus two barrels to fish worm over GB laced with caster and a bit of chopped worm - "the messy business" which on the "all in" I fed three balls of at the start. I left this to start on the Ronnie rig with single caster over loose fed same. Thankfully this worked and started to catch Ronnie's to 3 oz and Golden Rudd. I Hooked a Carp which I lost in the overhanging branches of the tree. So decided to give this a rest and tried the long line with worm and didn't have any indications. So a change of plan I switch to feeding micro, caster and worm leaving off the GB. Whilst this settled I went back on the Ronnie, keeping an eye on the long line for any signs. Kept the Silvers coming until I hooked another Carp which I lost in the tree roots. Decided to clear out any Carp with the paste rig and had two Carp before I spied some blow over the long line so out again and this time I had two decent Skimmers. Fed again and on to the Ronnie rig and a few more Silvers, it slowed again so on the paste and another two Carp owiked out. Back out on the long line and two more Skimmers. By following this cycle I finished with six decent Skimmers and six Carp. I'm embarrassed to say I got platformed by a big Hybrid!! With an hour to go I had to make the decision whether to stay with the Silvers or go all out for the Carp. Glenn suggest he would stay with the Silvers which I did.

Along came the scales which looked like a mobile Guillotine (pictured above right) designed and manufactured by Vic Bush - very effective - ("that's the way to do it").

My Silvers (pictured right) weighed 29 lb 9 oz comprising 20 lb of Skimmers and 10 lb of Ronnie's for a Silvers win. My six Carp weighed 25 lb 9 oz for a 7th overall 55 lb 2 oz. Hindsight tells me I should have switched to Carp as I was clearly ahead on the Silvers - but you can never be sure.

The Match was won by the venue paste expert Glenn Bailey aka Two Pots (pictured below with his catch and the Silvers winner) with 88 lb 9 oz from peg 36. Glenn caught six Carp on the first hour on paste, five more in the middle four hours on the waggler and five more on the paste at 13 metres. He explained how he landed a 12 lb Carp on 12 inches of top-set which was the only bit remaining after being smashed against the platform.


1. Glenn Bailey 88-09-0 peg 36
2. Neil Mercer 75-10-0 peg 5
3. Martyn McMahon 76-02-0 peg 23
4. Russ Peck 68-05-0 peg 29


1. Mike Nicholls 29-09-0 peg 41
2. John Dursley 18-09-0 peg 18
3. Paul Faiers 16-09-0 peg 22

Weigh Sheets:

Friday, 19 June 2020

Thursday 18/06/2020 - Bathampton AA - Hunstrete - Over 55's and Short Walks - Bridge Pool

I was certainty glad I had a policy change last year, re use of umbrella's whilst fishing! It rained all daylight hours today - relentless, persistent, and heavy. I felt for Ray Bazeley today his first day out since lock down and with no umbrella and leaking waterproofs got soaked through. But credit to him he sat it out and weighed in - some didn't - fair play.

Arrived at the fishery early which seems to be the thing to do with rolling draws. I was told all 34 pegs was in as the organiser didn't have a clue on how many would turn up and with a rolling draw to prevent "Gatherings" wouldn't be able to count the attendees and select the best pegs for the number.

I missed the usual pre-draw chats with the lads today, but at lest we are back fishing these matches.

I was hoping for a any peg from 17 through to 27 (but not 23). I was allocated peg 3. Reasonably happy with this as it has plenty of Silver form. However, the bonus was I could park behind my peg so was able to leave some kit in the dry. So with little to no wind I was able to erect the Drennan umbrella up high so I was able stand up under it.

So with all the gear in the dry I set up a long and short Ronnie rigs - the long one didn't get used, a 4x16 to fish for Skimmers at top-set plus two barrels and a 0.3 paste float to fish the RH margin.

After an hours wait for the all in at 10 o'clock I started by feeding the Skimmer line with wetted micro and started on a 4 mm expander and was soon getting indications and had a 1 lb Skimmer. Next put in I foul hooked a Carp, it went quiet so re-fed this time with GB laced with micro and had a run of Skimmers before I hooked and landed a 3 lb Carp. The line faded, so had a go on the short Ronnie rig with single LR over loose feeding the same and had a run of Ronnie's and micro Perch and hooked and landed another 3 lb Carp followed by an F1. As it looked like the Carp were going to feed made the decision to drop the Silvers and switch to margin paste. I potted some hard 4's and feed a few over the top primarily to draw the Carp's attention to the feed. The upshot was I landed seven decent Carp with one I must mention out of respect was a near 20 lb Common Carp which I played for at least 15 minutes - it nearly beat me into submission, a beautiful fish and worth coming just to catch it.

My Silvers weighed 12 lb 4 oz and my Carp 62 lb 6 oz for a total of 74 lb 10 oz which got me second in the match. However, with only 19 lb winning the Silvers and with four hours left of the match when I switched to the Carp I think if I stuck with Silvers I could have got very close to this weight if not more. The peg is certainly capable of winning the Silvers today.

The match was won by Junior (pictured right with the Silvers winner - Christmas coming) with 90 lb from peg 24. Gary caught a few F1's on the method, catching most of his weight comprising small Carp on the pole tucked in close to the end on the island with banded pellet, catching regularly throughout the match.

The Silvers was won by Hughie Evans with 19 lb 12 oz from peg 14. As the weigh sheets tells Hughie made no mistake having two good empty pegs to his left and  five empty pegs to his right! Sods law when 34 pegs are in the draw and only 22 fishing. Hughie caught on worm over GB laced with caster and chopped worm.

I thoroughly enjoyed it today, but a visit to the pub after would have been the icing on the cake, even it meant sitting outside in the rain - perhaps next match


1. Gary Bowden 90-0-0 peg 24
2. Mike Nicholls 74-10-0 peg 31
3. Harry Muir 64-01-0 peg 8


1. Hughie Evans 19-12-0 peg 14
2. Rod Dufferty 18-08-0 peg 25
3. Ken Morgan 16-0-0 peg 32
3. Pete Turner 16-0-0 peg 28

Weigh Sheets: