Saturday, 10 October 2009

Thursday 08/10/2009 - Bathampton AA Over 55's - Bridge Pool

What a difference a day makes - today flat calm and bright sunshine greeted us today. At least I won't have the wind in my face today. With the weather being so good we had a turn out of 24 anglers.

True to his word Terry Bruton brought along some of his paste for me. But unknown to me Terry had read my Blog and had put a gallon of water with it!!

I don't mind which peg I draw at Huntstrete, so long that it's not one of the disable design. Well I drew peg 11 which is one of these pegs and I would also have to contend with the sun in my face. I also think these pegs have been ruined now that parking is allowed in the Withy Pool car park, it seems that any size of vehicle can now drive behind these pegs. Any way I have never really done any good of this peg (moan). I decided to start just down the shelf at 5 metres for the Skimmers. I fished red maggot over micro and had one tiny Ronnie to show for it. I switched to soft 4mm pellet and had two small Skimmers, but it was far too slow. I changed on to the Ronnie and caster rig and started to catch more regularly, but the swim kept dying on me, which I wrongly thought was Pike trouble - I didn't read my swim correctly for the second time in two days. I could keep a few Ronnie's coming by fishing away from the feed. The upshot was that I kept after the Silvers far far too long, not adhering to my usual plan of 3 hours Silvers/Carp. With three quarters of an hour to good I went on the paste in the margin and had a foul hooked Carp first put. I quickly tied on a new hook and was in to another straight away. I was really lucky because as I netted it the hook came untied (don't rush tying hooks and make sure that any fish slime is cleaned off!). I retied the hook (properly this time) and first put in hooked another Carp which pulled free at the net. I had another foul hooker then with five minutes to go the phone rang - Brenda wanted me home to take one of my Granddaughters up the BRI, as I was talking to her the float went under and I played a twelve ponder until just after the whistle. I had to quickly pack up and shoot off, luckily the scales were on my peg and my two Carp weighed 19lb 2oz of Carp and 7lb of Ronnie's for a total weight of 26lb 20z. This put me 5th overall needing only one more fish to win the match. Another lost opportunity this week to pick up some coin. As usual after fishing for six hours on the platform I could hardly walk after the match with cramp in both my legs - you just can't move them around on these platforms whilst fishing.

The match was won by John Bradford (pictured right) with 32lb 4oz from peg 28. John caught four Carp three on corn and one a a whole Dendrabena. John told be after that this is the first match he has won for ten years!! However, don't get feeling too sorry for him as John picks up coin regularly fishing for the Silvers Pool.

The Silvers was won by Rich Coles from peg 31 with 18lb of Skimmers. Rich fished CW&C at 8 metres. I did predict Rich would win from this peg as the peg is sheltered from the sun from the hill behind, so doesn't see the sun this time of year all day. I noticed whilst us on the opposite bank were in short sleeves and sweltering Rich and his neighbouring anglers had their coats on and hoods up.

Full Result:

1. John Bradford 32-04-0 peg 28
2. Mike Jones 31-11-0 peg 8
3. Bob Feltham 28-04-0 peg 13
4. Bob Price 27-09-0 peg 30
5. Mike Nicholls 26-02-0 peg 11
6. Pete Phillips 22-05-0 peg 23

Top Silvers:

1. Rich Coles 18-04-0 peg 32
2. Chris Snow 10-15-0 peg 10
3. Bill Ferris 10-02-0 peg 24

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