Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Charlie as you might expect planned for 21 anglers but ended up with 24! This necessitated using four pegs on the North Pool. Having walked round I fancied pegs 12 (if 13 wasn’t in), 15, 17, 18, 21, 22, 25 and 26 on the match lake. I drew peg 17 and was well pleased with this. Phil came round and said that 40lb of Skimmers had come off the peg in the week. Umm, lovely jubbly!! Because of this I decided to put in some GB 50/50 Gros Gardons/Gimps Gold. I set up my usual paste margin rig and a maggot margin rig. I started on a 4x12 Jolly at 7 metres with single red maggot and quickly landed a Fantail Crucian. I then had a 1lb Carp – then it went tits up, foul hooking the next four fish. Looking round everyone was struggling to catch Silvers – and anything else. With Nicky Collins struggling on peg 21 and Charlie peg 18 for Silvers. On the half hour mark I made a difficult decision – to go out and out for Carp in the margin – far too early really. The next half hour I spent getting the margin sorted as there are lots of tree roots in the margin. I then had a couple of decent Carp on the paste over 4mm pellet. However, I was still foul hooking a few. I changed to feeding micro pellet and after a few more Carp, still foul hooking a few. I now had a choice - feed caster or maggot. Triggers Barber told me he had caught on maggot in his last match in the peg. So maggot it was. This changed things altogether, with Carp moving straight on to the paste (I did try fishing maggot but because the hook was exposed it was prone to catch the tree roots and foul hooking). I had a good run to the end of the match landing 14 Carp for a total of 58lb 8oz. This put me top on the match lake. However, Gary Bedford weighed 75lb 10oz on North Pool. This put me second overall and a pick up of £85.
It wasn’t a day to win both the Silvers and Carp – so a choice had to be made.
Gary Bedford (pictured right) won the match from peg 12 on North Pool fishing 6 and 8mm pellet at the four extremities of his peg – margin to margin.
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
The match was won by Marks Broomsgrove (pictured right with the Silvers record holder) with a new lake record of 172lb 10oz from peg 54. Mark fish at full depth with corn, feeding about three small tins of corn mixed with some 4mm pellet.
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Sunday, 13 September 2009
On my walk round the Match Lake I bumped in to Ray Sims and Bob Blackmore fishing South Pool. Ray was fishing Hemp and Tares and Bob trying to get to grips with pellet fishing (only because it’s cheaper than caster). Bob missed three bites whilst I was there. It was nice to see them both on the bank – I have fished in teams with both of these guys over the years and both were hard to beat in their day.
Phil no sign of the Gardener, the rumour is that he's having it off with “Lady Chatterley” (Tom Thick is too young to understand this). As Tim Pallant said taking out the weed bed around pegs 25 and 26 will be the equivalent of restocking, as the fish will have no where to hide.
I drew peg 21 (it’s either this peg or peg 22 I draw these days). I was happy with it until I got to the swim – the sun was blinding and mixed with the varying colours from the surrounding trees etc... It was impossible to see the float, even with my Polaroid’s on! So once again I was forced to fish where I could see my float. I set up a 4x12 Colmic Jolly with a 16 Tubertini 808 hook; this hook is suitable for soft pellet, caster and maggot. I also set up a paste rig. I started by kinder potting in some caster and micro pellet mix and fish 4mm Halibait pellet over the top. This resulted in one 2lb Carp and three Crucians and one Gold fish. My swim slowed, so I switched to caster on the hook but still fed through the kinder pot regularly with caster and micro. I then had a good run of Ronnie’s and Crucian’s and one small Tench. With an hour to go I reckoned I was lying third in the Silvers so decision time. I still had a section place to go for and perhaps an overall placing. So switched to the paste and landed another eight Carp for 30lb 6oz of Carp and 14lb 8oz of Silvers for fourth in the Silvers and second overall with a combined weight of 44lb 14oz and a picked up £40.
The match was won by Tom Thick (pictured right) from peg 18 with 52lb 12oz. Tom caught on maggot fished over a ground bait mix of Gros Gardon and Gimps Gold.
The Silvers was won by John Bradford from peg 15 with 24lb 14oz. John caught a mix of Crucians, Roach and Skimmers on caster and double Pinkie.
I must mention the Silvers runner up Charlie Barnes who weighed 24lb 12oz – 2oz behind John. Well with the crap scales used today (see comments below) I think is would have been fairer to have given the result as a dead heat for first.
Colin Golding’s car broke down so three sets of scales were in his car and with one set of scales in John Bennett’s garage – so no scales for the match! So the Gimp had to borrow a set from a pleasure angler and a large Senses bucket. I was second to weigh and the Gimp was deducting 1lb 6oz for every weigh to allow for the bucket (which would only hold one 5lb Carp without it jumping out). It wasn’t until he got to the next swim that he realised that the scales could be adjusted – Duh - Gump!!