Monday, 11 November 2019

Sunday 10/11/2019 - Hillview Open - Moorhen, Heron and Canal Three.

When Joe McMahon offered me a lift to Hillview, I thought yes why not haven't been there for a long while plus the stupid weight season is over. Martin Rayet was supposed to come but chose to work.

Today was the first opportunity try out my new acquisition - a heated body warmer. However, as it turned out with it adding an extra layer it was hot enough with no need to turn it on. Perhaps next week. 

Met up with a few friends I haven't seen for a while. Nice to see Keith Hill in the kitchen taking the usual piss. With it now winter I was surprised to see Terry King there. This man is the epitome of top-kit fishing, worth a watch if you get the chance I have and had a few right bashing from him - always a pleasure. Bob Black also now fishing here regularly. Went up to Moorhen Lake where a crowd had gathered to watch a Cormorant feeding. Apparently it had injured its wing and couldn't fly and was hopping between all the Lakes and Canals. For me and a couple others it was to prove to partly spoil the day.

I was disappointed to hear that both  Lakes were in, however, with 30 fishing the Third Canal would be brought into action which I was hoping to draw. Out come Kingey with a smile on his face  with peg 74. Last but two into the woolly hat and out comes peg 6 Moorhen causeway which was to prove crowded. I forgot how close the pegs are, peg 5 was about 15 foot but peg 7 was empty but I would have to un-ship every two sections and couldn't be arsed with that.

The weather was set fine with bright spells and with little to no wind I set up the waggler to fish up and down with LR's. Chose main attack at top-set plus one in 5 foot of water with 4 mm expander's over micro. The only other rig was a 4x10 to fish out from the margin in 3 foot of margin water for later with LR's.

Started on the expander and could see there were fish straight on to the kindered micro missing a first liner then I had my first F1. It then all went tits up as I started his foul hook fish it was obvious the fish were only interested in eating falling bait. So after getting right cheesed off of foul hookers I had a go on the waggler and found it similar but found it I left the feeding I could pick off the occasional Silver fish. I did have one decent Carp on it. The penny dropped dump potting was the order of the day so picked up the marginal rig and heavy fed LR's then fished it out which sort of worked catching a 10 lb Mirror and a few smaller ones, but no F1's I started to enjoy it when the Cormorant arrived in my peg. It came into where I was fishing and although I hadn't caught any Silvers there was suddenly loads trying to get out of the Lake! I was surprised I didn't hook it, if anyone could it would be Trigger - and he did but came off. It came it twice to my margin killing it for about 45 minutes each time - partly spoiled the day for me.

My few Carp weighed 46 lb 8 oz. However, the peg was worth twice this even with the Cormorant issues. You really need to be in touch with a fishery to understand the feeding patterns - unfortunately I found out too late today and I'm sure the Sea Bird will have moved on by now. I need to get up there more often because I do enjoy it in the winter months. It looks as if the only baits needed here at the moment is LR's and Micro - simples - just need to work out the feeding.

The match was won by Terry King (pictured right) with 154 lb from Canal peg 74. Terry caught on what else - his top-kit. Terry fished both sides just out from the edge in the deeper water fishing LR's over LR's. Terry fed about 1 1/2 pints throughout. Certainly the King of top-kit fishing.

Results show that the Canal section was the place to be today.


1. Terry King 154-0-0 peg 74
2. Craig Edmonds 145-0-0 peg 18
3. Carl Midford 136-0-0 peg 70
4. Huggy 124-0-0 peg 80
5. Matty 117-0-0 peg 25
6. Bob Black 110-0-0 peg 72

Weigh Sheets:

Friday, 8 November 2019

Thursday 07/11/2019 - Bathampton AA - Over 55's and Short Walks - Bridge Pool

Had a walk around the Lake with Tony Rixon and was hoping to fish any peg other than 29,30 or 31 where I have spent the last 4 matches. However, my choice would have been 24.

Last but one into the draw bag and oh noooo peg 29! For company I had Chris Ollis on peg 28 and two pegs away organiser Ken Morgan on peg 31. The water was extremely clear due to a lot of rain water working with the Siltex. Peg 29 is facing open water and with the wind once again hacking into me at 11 o'clock I decided to set up a small GB feeder. Two other rigs - a 4x16 to fish at 10 metres and a 0.3 gram (taking more than this more like 0.5 gram) to fish down the inside margin at top-set plus one with maggot for Carp later in the match. 

I had Just set up ready to start when there was two very loud bangs which made me jump out of my skin. Apparently Bathampton AA has installed some sort of Bird scarer working on a timer. It regularly fired throughout the match. I wouldn't have been surprised if there had been a cardiac arrest by one of the Dodgers!

Started on the long line with 4 mm expander over a smidgen of micro and had a bite first put in which was missed. In again and found the culprit to be a small F1. I followed this with a 6 oz Skimmer then a Ronnie - that was. So tried double maggot and started to catch Ronnie's and small Perch. I was fishing far too long to build a weight with these small fish. So I had a cast with the feeder with dry GB and double DR's which got ragged both times I cast it by Ronnie's. So Ronnie's it would be then, so set up the Ronnie rig and fished it with single DR over GB and started to catch slightly better Ronnie's and Perch with the odd small Skimmer. At least they were staying on the hook. I did have three better Skimmers and a 12 oz Perch and another F1. The peg seemed to fade and soon found out why when I hooked 7 lb Common Carp which I finally wore down to net it. I refed the line and tried the Carp rig with triple maggot and soon was playing another decent Carp I had played it for a good few minutes before I pulled out of it. Refed with DR's and went back on the Ronnie rig adding a few more Ronnie's when I hooked another Carp which again I played to a stand still before being able to net it. Refed and tried the Carp line again and was again soon playing another decent Carp and "Déjà Vu" another lost Carp. Refed the Carp line and back on the Ronnie rig and had a few more Ronnies but it was really slow then hooked yet another Carp which broke the line above the float - bugger. I was convinced they were all hooked in the mouth but now not that sure. Spent the last few minute over the Carp line. By the end I was really cold mainly due to the icy wind - winter is now with us.

My Silvers weighed 10 lb 14 oz for joint first in the Silvers with Paul Clayton on peg 8 and my Carp weighed 17 lb 8 oz for third overall weight of 28 lb 6 oz. So both payouts covered.

The match was won by John Smith (pictured right celebrating his win with a pint) with 48 lb 10 oz from his favourite peg 10. John caught late on from his RH margin using initially corn then switched to four maggots.


1. John Smith 48-10-0 peg 10
2. Tony Rixon 37-01-0 peg 26
3. Mike Nicholls 28-06-0 peg 29


1. Mike Nicholls 10-14-0 peg 29
1. Paul Clayton 10-14-0 peg 8
3. Steve Dawson 10-05-0 peg 14

Weigh Sheets:

Monday, 4 November 2019

Sunday - 03/11/2019 - Viaduct Silvers League - Round Three - Campbell, Carey and Lodge Lakes

Bela was out on the lash last night so sensibly didn't drive and went with neighbour Ron Hardiman. I had another lift from Yorkie. During our discussions it was clear he didn't know there was a general election looming - non voter then. We stopped at Lillypool cafe for breakfast and rained all the way but stopped on our arrival at the fishery in plenty of time for the earlier 09:00 draw.

I was told to mention I pushed in the queue - OK John - bloody pensioners. In to the draw Coffee tin and out comes the right Lake but the wrong peg - 97 Carey is where I was once again face the wind. I walked to the peg with Gabe who thought he was next to me on peg 98 and was already moaning about the draw being the wrong end of the section. His face soon turned to delight when Steve Long told him he was actually on peg 86 - read the ticket upside down - and off he ran. I got my ticket out and wondered if I could blag peg 79! Great company at this end of the section filled with Thursday regulars. Peg 98 was actually occupied by Martin Tizard. Martin had drawn my peg on the Thursday weighing 16 lb of small Ronnies all caught short and catching very little long. The other side on peg 96 was Kev Newman who was in the next section - I have to say he fished a tidy match catching on single caster long on the pole. Behind me was the affable Paul Faiers who was on Lodge peg of doom 66 could add another 6 to this one. The trouble we these pegs they are very close that to fish further than 10 metres would mean unshipping, which I'm not keen on - so 10 metres max it would be. Paul had a similar problem and halfway through I suddenly started to hit something casting the Ronnie rig - losing the caster. I had a look up only to hit my head on Paul's Butt ...section - lol.

The 10 metre line was to be fished with a heavier float than normal a 4x14 and with the float going with the wind I put 6 inches on the bottom. I had a chat with Paul and help make my mind up to fish the GB feeder - to Nick Ewers amusement.  The only other rig was my banker Ronnie rig. I thought about setting up the waggler too but due to the nasty wind didn't bother and which I was to regret as the wind dropped off mid-match. 

I fed the long line with three balls of GB laced right up with DR's and Pinkies. Whilst this settled I stated on the Ronnie rig with single caster over hand fed caster and started to catch 1 - 2 oz Ronnies regularly. The wind was being a right nuisance but the Ronnies didn't seem to worry about the poor presentation. However, I found it difficult keeping them feeding - I don't know why they seem to shy away from too much feed. In between I kept trying the long line which didn't produce much but was getting plenty of indications from Motherless Minnows. I had a few chucks on the Feeder whilst I had a cuppa with various baits which produced one Ronnie. Paul thought I didn't give it enough time - probably right. I stayed the rest of the match on the Ronnie rig catching one decent Perch that actually stayed on this time and in the last 10 minutes some small Skimmers arrived. Suddenly I didn't want the match to end - Umm just started to rain - bugger.

The upshot was I weighed 11 lb 14 oz for last but one in the section - about right. I have a theory about pegs 98 and 97 - During the spring and summer the newish aerator on the spit creates a strong flow across the lake into these pegs which the Silver fish love making these pegs great pegs during this time. Of course there is a tendency for this flow to disperse the silt making a deeper channel and once the aerator is switched off the fish tend to move onto shallower water such as pegs in the 100's.

The match was won by Paul Elmes (pictured right) with 31 lb 4 oz from Lodge peg 70. Paul caught quality Skimmers on the waggler using corn hook bait over loose fed corn. Paul fed just the one tin through. Well done matey.


1. Paul Elmes 31-04-0 peg 70
2. Martin Rayet 27-04-0 peg 112
3. Gabe 27-01-0 peg 86 - Umm
4. Gordon Cannings 25-10-0 peg 77
4. Richard Ahern 25-10-0 peg 81
6. Leon Hubbard 23-15-0 peg 61

Weigh Sheets:

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Saturday 26/10/2019 - Viaduct All Silver Winners Final - Campbell, Carey and Spring

Looking forward to today's match however, it did mean missing my Granddaughters 13th Birthday, I wasn't popular. Bela and I stopped in Lilypool for breakfast but had a short wait until 08:00 for them to open! Joined by Martin Rayet and The Yorkie Bar Kid who both were off to Avalon Silvers League.

The weather forecast was for high winds and persistent rain all day, which proved the case.

Second into the draw Coffee tin and out comes peg 20 on Spring. I must admit I was surprised it was in. Plenty of comments in this regard, however, you never know - keep positive. The only chance of coin from this peg would be a section win, but that was extremely unlikely unless I could catch Ronnies on caster all match. For company I had Steve Rolfe who reminded me that we always struggle when next to each other - both accusing the other of being the jinx.

I automatically set up a waggler which sat in the rain all day as I was unable to decide where to fish it - down the leg - Carp! or out in front which any distance was cut off by peg 24. My banker was the Ronnie rig and a 4x12 Winter Titan to fish at top-set plus four barrels out in front.

I fed the long line with GB laced with DR's and fingers crossed I could catch on the caster and Ronnie rig with single caster. After 15 minutes and one micro Roach the writing was on the wall - the Ronnies weren't feeding - expecting last in section. I switched to the long line with double DR and landed a 12 lb Common Carp first put in (one of four). I then started to catch micro Roach and tiny Skimmers on this line with some falling off so switch the Ronnie line to a short GB and DR's line catching the same small fish but more finding the net. I decided to feed the long line heavily with GB and persevered with the small Ronnies until it settled, it wasn't long before I was over it because the Motherless arrived. I did have three better Skimmers over this line but it was short lived and soon back to the micro Ronnies. 

I weighed 11 lb 6 z for last in what proved to be a very close section. I'm not sure what else I could have done. I thought about the feeder which would have been a short chuck or sit on the corn and waggler all day which may have resulted in nothing. Still I enjoyed it especially when I heard Bela had got in the main frame. - Well done matey.

The match was won by Des Shipp (pictured) from the peg 102 that won the Silver League the week before with 50 lb 12 oz. Des caught at 13 metres using DR's on the hook over GB laced with DR's.

The best part of the day was stopping in Winstones on the way back for sit down fish and chips - very nice washed down with a couple of glasses of red.


1. Des Shipp 50-12-0 peg 102
2. Stu White 44-13-0 peg 130
3. Gabe Skarba 37-02-0 peg 11
4. Pete Ziemniak 32-03-0 peg 96
5. Bela Bakos 28-08-0 peg 77
6. Craig Edmonds 29-01-0 peg 105

Weigh Sheets:

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Thursday 24/10/2019 - Bathampton AA - Over 55's and Short Walks - Bridge Pool

Great to have Dave Gillard back among the Dodgers (pictured right), and two stone lighter - I'm guessing  not for long. Geoff and I arrived in plenty of time for our walk around the Lake. I have to say it's the clearest I have ever seen it, I put it down to the amount of Siltex that gets put in every year. Geoff said he didn't fancy any of the pegs. I fancied pegs 17, 21 or 24. I came back from the walk with my fishing mind now in winter mode.

Last into the draw bag and one away from peg 24 which went to organiser Ken Morgan, peg 31 was left for me!! So three times on 30 now peg 31 - the Silver fishing has not been good all year down this end, however, I did have two empty pegs below me which can only be positive.

I set up a Ronnie rig but due to the clarity of the water close in I didn't really expect this to work and did only account for a 1 oz Perch. The other rig was a 4x16 Winter Titan which I chose to fish at 10 metres out in front. I have found some more hard 4's which I can soak to a reasonable hookable standard so choose to fish these over a smidgen of micro. The upshot was I caught 4 oz Skimmers steady for half the match, after which I switched to LR's over GB - all on the same line. First try I had a 2 lb Carp, but it kept the odd small Skimmers coming until the end. I did foul hook a few better ones which wanted to sit above the feed and would only take a moving bait. I did have some of the Skimmers we transferred from the Main Lake which was good to see they are already settled and feeding.

My single Carp weighed in at 2 lb 1 oz and my Silvers catch weighed 14 lb or second in the Silvers happy with this especially from this peg. i might have got it nearly right today.

The match was one by Tony Rixon (pictured right with the Silvers winner) who has decided to return to the Brambles now the Pensioners paste is unlikely to be working with 36 lb 6 oz from peg 19. Tony caught on ....see his blog for the finite details.

The Silvers was won by Ken Morgan (pictured right with his catch) with 16 lb 14 oz from peg 24. Ken caught on worm over chopped worm and caster.

John Smith aka Cliff was setting up his waggler which on first cast came off and caused a lot of amusement whilst being blown around various pegs. That was until Tony Rixon landed it and broke it to pieces and handed it back to Cliff - pictured right not happy.


1. Tony Rixon 36-05-0 peg 19
2. Harry Muir 35-10-0 peg 11
3. Steve Dawson 34-09-0 peg 27
4. John Fry 33-11-0 peg 10


1. Ken Morgan 16-13-0 peg 24
2. Mike Nicholls 14-0-0 peg 31
3. Paul Barnfield 11-06-0 peg 21
4. Hughie Evans 9-09-0 peg 8

Weigh Sheets:

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.


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

Weigh Sheets:

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.


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.


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)


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.


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


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

Weigh Sheets:

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.

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


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

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