Thursday, 29 August 2019

Thursday 29/08/2019 - Bathampton AA - Over 55's and Short Walks - Bridge - Pool

Teammate Ray Sims passed away yesterday. All those that were there will always remember Ray winning three opens on Fry's section of the Bristol Avon in three consecutive matches from the same peg 4 in the bay. Good payouts back than. RIP matey.

Travelled with Geoff today which meant no porridge, but a full English at Hungry Horace's. Yummy.

Arrived in enough time to place the scales on the appropriate pegs and have a walk around. Not much sign of Carp at either end to be fair, but certainly less at the far end as per normal. I fancied peg 24 - again. Geoff didn't fancy any peg!

Last in to the draw bag and put came peg 28. Not one of my favourite, but plenty of worse pegs were in the bag. I told Geoff which peg I was on and he asked where it was - next to 28 I said - my peg he said! The other side was Chris Orris and Geoff was to spend the day sword fencing with Cliff on peg 26. I still say we should leave this peg out and put 25 in, the angler would naturally fish towards 26.

The usual plan fish for Silvers for the first half and Carp the second. So a 0.3 gram paste rig that would suit both margins and the Ronnie, with the intention to set up a rig to fish longer if necessary. I fed both margin with micro but started on the Ronnie rig with single DR over GB laced with DR's. I started to catch 2-3 oz Skimmers and Hybrids - nice to see - with the odd better Skimmer. I fished this for three hours and reckon I had 10 lb before I ventured into the RH margin and ad a 8 lb Carp first try - here we go another bag up section on Carp - wrong. I fished it for three hours both sides feeding all sorts trying to encourage the Carp alas it was all wasted only having one liner. I should have stayed on the Silver  - easy for me to say now!!

My Silvers weighed 11 lb and my one Carp 8 lb 8 oz for a total of 19 lb 8 oz. A few more Silvers and one more Carp would have got some coin - so which was right?

Geoff was fishing the waggler shallow and on two occasions whilst casting tapped Cliff's hat with the banded pellet. Geoff in the final minutes hooked the tree and pulled for a break only for his float to fly back and the shot went right through the his number 5 section. Geoff got his shot back but couldn't find his float! Lucky Cliff methinks, could have easily been a Guy Manton event. Both pictured upper right debating the issue.

The match was won by Enigma (pictured right with the Silvers winner) with 49 lb from peg 20 Steve caught over to the island fishing meat over micro/meat.

The Silvers was won by Steve Tanner (pictured right with his catch) with 29 lb 4 oz of Skimmers from peg 11. Steve caught on worm over chopped worm/micro fed in GB.


1. Steve Dawson 49-0-0 peg 20
2. Tony Rixon 39-07-0 peg 17
3. Martyn McMahon 38-08-0 peg 24


1. Steve Tanner 29-04-0 peg 11
2. Paul Barnfield 17-06-0 peg 14
3. Chris Ollis 15-09-0 peg 29

Weigh Sheets:

Monday, 26 August 2019

Sunday 25/08/2019 - Tony Rixon's Float Only - Final Round Six - Viaduct - Campbell Carey

Travelled with Bela today and due to Canards Well being closed for two months diverted to Shipham. The cafe was very quiet when we arrived and was rammed when we left with a group of banger racers arriving.

I was probably the only one that wanted to draw Carey to fish for Silvers. Late into the draw coffee tin and out comes peg 103. Not unhappy with this one as it's a good winter Silvers peg. However, with Ryan Shipp on 99 it would be a struggle to beat him. The Skimmers appear to have taken up residence in the flow from the spit aerator.  For company on peg 102 was "Chuckles" Chedzoy and peg 105 Phil Hardwicke whom I couldn't see behind the tree on the left. I thought the sections ran numerically and due to this I thought a section win would be difficult and thought all the framers would come from Campbell, so Silvers it would be then. Having found out after the match my section was across the lake, so section possible!!!

Now committed to Silvers set up the Ronnie rig and a 4x14 Winter Titan. I also set up a paste rig to fish under the tree to the left, but wasn't that enthused as it was  nearly 4 foot deep. I started on the Ronnie rig with single caster over GB laced with caster and caught  all the Silvers species. It was nice to see plenty of 3 - 4 oz Hybrids showing. I couldn't work out the feeding. Initial loose feeding caster over he top of the GB produced some better Ronnie's, but wouldn't stay down coming instead right to the surface. My feeding of the GB wasn't right either. I would feed and loose the fish for a while. Half way through I fed a long line at top-set plus four. It wasn't long before the Carp moved over it. I waited on the Ronnie rig until the Carp disappeared and had a 3 lb Skimmer on this long line. My mistake was to re feed on this line as it brought the Carp straight back, this cost me a couple of hook lengths. I learnt a lot about today's feeding patterns, which no doubt will be different next time. I had been feeding hard fours down under the tree and spotted a swirl and couldn't help myself so dropped the paste in and first try landed a 15 lb Mirror next put in a 10 lb Common. Then I thought to myself what are you doing still an hour to go on the Silvers?? Fishing these two Carp out was a big mistake as playing them completely buggered the Silver fishing. I limped to the end of the match. I think there was enough Carp about for me to have focused on them today, but did enjoy the Silvers fishing - plenty of bites without the frustration of foul hooking which was prevalent today. 

My two Carp weighed 25 lb 2 oz and my Silvers 26 lb 1 oz which was 2 lb short of a Silvers pick-up. My feeding and going off piste for Carp costing me.

Chuckles was having a torrid day breaking various section of his "best before" pole but did land a 3 lb Eel and a 21 lb 6 oz Carp - pictured upper right.

The match was won by matey Glenn Bailey (pictured right with the Silvers winner) with 181 lb 8 oz from Carey peg 85 (my favourite Silvers peg!). Glen caught on you know what - paste.

The Silvers was won by Tony Thick with 38 lb 12 oz from peg 95. Tony caught on corn over corn.

Next door to Tony was the other Tony on peg 94. Tony was having a torrid time and decided it might be because Mrs was sky lining him so they agreed to camouflage her (pictured right). Not unreasonable you think, but making her wear it around the car park after the match may have been taking it too far. 

The league was won by Neil Mercer averaging 200 lb over five countable matches. The Trig Neil's mentor was runner up, so no more help for Neil then. Oh hang on The Trig will want to keep his job!!

Thanks again to Tony Rixon and Steve Evans for running the league - faultless.

Weigh Sheets:


Friday, 16 August 2019

Thursday 15/08/2019 - Bathampton AA - Over 55's and Short Walks - Bridge Pool

After yesterday's downpour it was welcome to have a dry day forecast, but unfortunately it would be windy. This venue doesn't respond too well to high winds especially the Silvers. I had a walk around the Lake with Tony Rixon, we discussed most of the pegs which was all positive as long as an island was involved closer than 17.5 metres! Due to the Westley wind I fancied peg 24.

Twenty one fishing today. Last but one in the draw bag and was happy with peg 21 looking back at me. The peg would have some shelter from the wind but would be in the shade all day so would be chilly. I could only see three others - Pete Greenslade P18, Ken Morgan P19 and Paul Haines P24 and hear one other!

The peg has an island 13 metres away so just reachable for me, but with the wind factor didn't fancy it so assembled the Ronnie rig to fish into the wind at 11 o'clock for the Silvers a 0.5 gram paste float to fish top-set plus two and a 0.3 gram MH paste float for the both margins.

I fed all the three paste lines with wetted micro as a kick starter. I hear some anglers bemoan micro as " the fish become preoccupied with micro" well isn't that what you want, fish in the swim being occupied. I only do the one initial feed with micro which can remain in the peg for hours even though being fed on. I then fed a ball of GB laced with DR's and with a single DR on the Ronnie rig started to catch some small Skimmers, Perch and Ronnie's. It was going OK keeping me interested and active. It then went quiet and just as I had a visit from Jim Norris the float buried and found myself attached to a 5 lb Common which luckily got landed. Reason for the swim going quiet my thinking. Jim moved on so did I, switching to the deep paste rig, there was some signs of fish but thought they were F1's and it was. I had two which ended any fizz. Another look on the Ronnie rig which I had been re feeding and had another Carp, smaller this time. So with the wind abating I got the full set of tubes out and using the margin paste rig went over to the island. The steepness of the margin wasn't really suitable for paste but had a quick two F1's then started to miss bites. I was soon tired of shipping 13 metres in and out so packed it all away except one section. I spent the rest of the match fishing in both margins loose feeding hard 4's by hand - wind permitting. The RH side was a bit risky as I was fishing in the reeds where I lost my first Carp which judging by its acceleration was most likely an F1. It wasn't long before I was catching decent Carp from both sides. The ratio being about 50/50 with the LH side being best early (and safest) and the RH side best later I did lose one rig in the reeds due to being a bit slow in getting the top-set under the water.

My Silvers weighed 6 lb 11 oz and my Carp 91 lb 14 oz for a match winning total of 98 lb 9 oz.

The Silvers was won by Pau Barnfield (pictured right with the match winner) with 17 lb 14 oz from peg 26. Paul caught on the feeder and the pole using worm hookbait over micro and worm feed.

For a few matches now there Has been a good few DNW's especially along the road bank pegs 11 to 3. This is a bit worrying as they have been really good pegs for the Skimmers. Hopefully things will improve in the winter. The club may want to consider restocking Silvers.

Back to the pub with the usual suspects one of the best parts of the day.


1. Mike Nicholls 98-09-0 peg 21
2. John "Bridesmaid" Smith 53-0-0 peg 28 (3 times in a row)
3. Steve Dawson 37-03-0 peg 16


1. Paul Barnfield  17-14-0 peg 26
2. Dave Haines 12-15-0 peg 7
3. Chris Ollis 11-08-0 peg 27

Weigh Sheets:

Monday, 12 August 2019

Sunday 11/08/2019 - Tony Rixon's Short Pole League - Final Round - Todber Manor - Hillview Lake

I was a bit jaded this morning luckily I had a ride with Glenn Bailey aka Two Pots. A steady traffic free ride down got us there in plenty of time for the usual chats and piss takes, there was also a surprise arrival of Bela who had managed to fish as stand in.

I don't think it really matters where you draw as you are going to catch a minimum of a 100 lb of Carp averaging 2 lb 8 oz - a days fishing! So into the draw box and out comes peg 60. Happy with this peg as I fished it in this match last year and got in the main frame with a near 200 lb. That said I drew peg 59 in the Float Only and had 132 lb but had severe trouble with foul hookers, which was subject to plenty of analysing. For company I had Dave Evans on end peg 61 and Glenn Bailey on 59!! Bela was also in our section. The venue can be wind affected but with a stiff wind affecting most of the pegs I thought this wouldn't be such an issue.

I had the baits for the Silvers but decided to focus on the Carp so only two rigs a MH 0.3 gram paste float set to the depth at top-set plus one and with 4 inches taken off fitted the depth on the top-set. I set up a margin paste float, but didn't expect to catch many on it.

So started on the top-set +1 potting in a big pot of micro in hope that this will keep the fish down longer. Out on the paste and was soon playing the "do or die" little common Carp. I kept them coming regularly by adding 5 or so wetted 4's in with the paste. However, there was a savage tow on against the wind plus the fish were small averaging 2 lb so thought I needed to fish quicker so after an hour I switch to the top-set out in front. Still caught some small ones but added the odd better fish. I change the feeding by hand with hard 4's and got the regularity right with help from the Silvers. I would catch a few Carp then the Silvers would start nibbling the paste so would start carefully loose feeding until I had Carp liners then stop - repeat. This really reduced the amount of foulers.

The margins on this fishery are very shallow to non-existent, which Glenn fishes 3 inches deep! I thought I would experiment with the margin by hand feeding a mix of maggot/micro and caster - particle baits. Within seconds there were big Carp over it. What I found interesting was there appeared to be a lead Carp about 8 lb which had its head against the bank strongly swishing its fins, totally uncatchable as were the ones behind it. I supposed that due to the feed being in such shallow water the Carp couldn't upend enough to feed properly so they were trying to wash the feed into deeper water. After feeding it took less than 5 minutes for them to disappear out of sight. I did drop the margin paste rig in for a minute but didn't want the issue of foul hooking these big fish. Rig retired.

Not long afterwards I started to catch some bigger Carp on the top-set +1 which I'm sure were earlier in the margin. All food for thought.

I finished with 232 lb 4 oz for a section win and 5th overall. So happy with this. However, well done to Bela who gave me a close run with 221 lb!

I had to assist the weigh in but by time I got to the next section my fingers had locked up with cramp and couldn't hold the weigh board. I think this was due to holding the top-set for so long playing fish. I would find it physically difficult to catch more than 300 lb at the moment until the average fish weight increases.

The match was won by Meathead Martin Rayet (pictured right with the Silvers winner) with 288 lb 11 oz from peg 39. Martin caught initially on top-set plus one then switched to his top-set fishing 7mm meat over loose fed 7mm meat. Martin also won the knockout and third overall in the league. Well done mayet a good pickup.

The Silvers once again was won by Ryan Shipp with 42 lb 13 oz from peg 45. Ryan caught on worm over loose fed maggot/caster, mostly fed by catty but due to the wind had to occasionally pot it. All the fish were caught on the deck. Ryan also came last in the money fourth overall.

Tony not unusually won the league. I came joint one out of the league money with Glenn Bailey, shame he didn't have the peg to win his section today. He might have bought the beers instead of me! Thats fishing.

Thanks to Tony (pictured top) and Steve Evans for the work they put into the two leagues they run, Where would we be without them.


League Overall:

Weigh Sheet:

Saturday 10/08/2019 - Windmill Fishery - South Gloucestershire Show - Silvers Only - Match Lake

I've got mine, have you got yours? Well done Tom Scholey for organising it. Looking forward to it, but won't be chasing around the county to qualify.

The weather today was forecast to be horrendous with winds up to 55 mph. The Windmill Match Lake is notorious for its wind multiplication factor, so I checked with Dave Haines who confirmed the match would be still on. Wasn't sure I wanted to be there, but hate letting people down so off I went. Dave had a good few cry off so with only ten us there we had a debate on whether to fish or not. John Fuidge said the wind would stop with no rain - how wrong he was!! However, we decided to fish. I think what swung it was the decent payout.

Seen my first Cormorant this season. A bit early but might have been due to the awful weather. Heard that Paul Isaacs is to take over Bitterwell fishery, but don't know when.

Dave spread us out around the lake leaving out the bottom wind facing pegs. I was desperate to draw either pegs 24 or 25 which had the wind off the back. In to the draw bag (what's happened to the wooden draw box?) and out came peg 4. Not happy with this as it's not good for Silvers, but can throw up decent Carp weights! Bugger. At least I could park behind the peg.

I set up the short Ronnie rig to minimise the impact of the wind, and to be fair it was presenting OK. The only other rig was a 4x14 Winter Titan to fish top set plus one. By the time I had set up Carp were swirling in the margin - not what I wanted to see. I started on the Ronnie rig with single LR on the hook over GB laced with DR's, The upshot of this in the first hour I had just two small Ronnies and had hooked six Carp, with the sixth Carp fatally terminating the Ronnie rig taking the complete rig. So I spent the remaining five hours on the Titan with expander over Micro and in between hooking more Carp caught small Skimmers to 4 oz (nice to see them - hope they don't get commerantised). I later switched to maggot which the Carp liked more but did up the catch rate of minute Skimmers. The wind made things difficult especially the high gusts and the occasional heavy downpours.

I counted 15 decent Carp hooked (100 lb?). My few Skimmers weighed 11 lb 15 oz which to my surprise got my section by too many defaults to mention and got me halfway. I would have settled for this after drawing peg 4. The Lake actually fished well with plenty of Carp having a munch!

Most importantly I survived the weather conditions mostly intact.

The match was won by Shaun Townsend (pictured right with his catch) with 26 lb 7 oz of decent Skimmers from peg 6. Shaun caught on chopped worm over caster and chopped worm feed. Shaum fed about 1/4 kilo plus 2 pints of caster.


1. Shaun Townsend 26-07-0 peg 6
2. Dave Haines 22-08-0 peg 16
3. Bill Ferris 17-14-0 peg 8

Weigh Sheet:

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Thursday 08/08/2019 - Windmill Cost Cutter - Match Lake

On my own again today due to Geoff being on his "our gate" holiday, so beans and porridge again. Arrived in plenty of time for a walk around the match lake and watch the 60 or so balloons on their mass ascent, amazing how many different themes there are these days, some were landing in the fields behind.

Only 13 fishing today. Last but two into the draw bag and out comes peg 20. I had planned to fish for Silvers for the first half of the match and for Carp the second. This peg would suit this approach. So set up two two silver rigs - a 4x16 Winter Titan to fish top-set plus two at full depth in 9 foot of water, and the Ronnie rig. The second half would be paste in the RH margin. The upshot was, most of the small silvers came on the Ronnie Rig and had 10 lb 12 oz after the first 3 hours. Change to paste where I had previously steadily loose fed about 1/4 pint of hard 4's and caught decent Carp to 8 lb steady for 119 lb 6 oz and a match winning total of 130 lb 2 oz.  l also had a double bubble coming second in the Silvers. A pity I didn't draw this peg last Saturday.

The Silvers was won by Enigma (picture right with the match winner) with 19 lb 7 oz from peg 16. Steve caught initially long on corn and later short on 4 mm expanders.


1. Mike Nicholls 130-02-0 peg 20
2. John Smith 69-01-0 peg 18


1. Steve Dawson 19-07-0 peg 16
2. Mike Nicholls 10-12-0 peg 20

Weigh Sheet:

Monday, 5 August 2019

Sunday 04/08/2019 - Tony Rixon's Short Pole - Third Round - Chilton Trinity - Woodlands

Travelled with Glenn Bailey today so second day of porridge and beans. Steady drive down the motorway and arrived in plenty of time for a walk around the Lake. I know the owner have had problems with the banks on this lake and have done a lot of work to the far bank pegs removing all the platforms and shoring up the bank. We now have to fish from the bank which is OK but, the large piece of wood installed in front of the angler is far too far back from the bank side hindering the set up the seat box and placing keep nets. It would be far better if this is removed. My choice of pegs would be 2.

Last but one into the draw bag and out comes peg 32, as close to peg 2 as you can get - in fact too close I thought, but still expected a good day. For company I had the silent assassin Gordon Cannings on peg 31. I was also being watched cautiously by a huge Heron - pictured upper right.

I had planned to fish for Silvers today and had the baits to do so, however, being a near corner peg I had to settle for fishing for Carp, so set up a full depth paste rig at full permitted length of top set plus three tubes. The only other rig again was for paste around the margins. The margins were very deep with three/four foot with the float touching the bank, again the sides are steep so hard to hold the paste. Due to trees on the bank I couldn't get round to the next platform - peg1. I had four margin lines planned. However, after feeding all the lines I started on the full depth long line where I soon had a mass fizz (as you do on this venue) but my patients got the better of me again and made the mistake of giving up this line far too soon. After 10 minutes I was playing a 7 lb carp from my top set margin line. I had three here before I went round all the other margin lines picking off the odd carp. Everyone I could see was also catching, but from bank side banter the bottom end was fishing very hard. After a 2lb Perch took a liking to my paste I sensed things were changing as carp started to come into the margin and bow wave out followed by some foul hooking. I did have a big Common which loafed about before darting out, I did retrieve it but the hook pulled luckily the float hit the top set saving me some pain I think. More foul hookers before the peg completely died. The wind had completely turned round and was now blowing down the lake. Gordon who struggled early mid match caught a few. I then heard that the other end of the lake where anglers were blanking to mid match had started to catch well, whilst us at our end corner struggled for the last 2 hours, not adding a fish during this time.

It was between me and Gordon for the section and once again I came up one lost carp short weighing 49 lb 15 oz to Gordon's 54 lb 11 oz. Well done to him.

The match was won by inform paste angler Glenn Bailey (pictured right with the Silvers winner) with 122 lb 15 oz from peg 23. Glen caught all his fish at full length over two lines switching to the fizzing lines as necessary. Glenn is cleaning up at the moment on paste.

The Silvers was won by Ryan Shipp with 37 lb 12 oz from peg 9. Ryan also came second overall. Ryan caught at full length using whole worm over GB laced with caster/hemp/chopped worm and some 4 mm pellet. Another angler that's catching well at the moment especially Silvers


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Saturday 03/08/2019 - Windmill Gloucestershire Show Open - Match Lake

Porridge and Beans for breakfast. Arrived in plenty of time for the supposedly 08:30 draw. If I can get there in time why then do we have to wait until 09:00 for others to arrive! Back in the day we would carry on with the published draw time and leave a draw on the organisers windscreen. Organiser Dave Haines on the morning has phones calls with anglers crying off - not good enough. Dave puts a lot of effort into these matches which today included a Carp Bivvy/Tent - pictured right.

Last but one into the draw bag and out comes peg 23. I was reasonably happy with this one even though its a corner peg and 10.2 foot deep - see Lake topography right. My section included Keith Bilder, Martin Rayet, Shaun Townsend, Chris Davis so not the easiest section - but depended on how long Chris would stay!

I just set up the two paste rigs - one for the margins which are difficult as they are all steep and hard to hold, and one for top-set plus one to fish five foot up the inside shelf. Having fed the margin in two placed to my left - one top-set and the other top-set plus two. I started over hard 4's on the deep rig and first try missed a bite next try landed a 7 lb Carp - so a good start and was anticipating a good day. After 30 minutes and no further bites from Carp I noticed a reed wobble so went early in the long margin and caught a 3 lb Common. After 30 minutes and no further Carp bites I tried the short margin and had a 8 lb Carp fist try. I had now changed my mind about having a good day as could no longer get a bite from any line. I got another section out to go further down the margin against the reeds in the deeper margin. I fed this very cautiously and picked off the odd Carp until the end, losing one better Carp close to netting it. By now Chris Davis had thrown the towel in after breaking a top-set - as he does. Keith Builder also done a FOE, Martin Rayet DNW so it was between me and Shaun for the section. Shaun weighed  52 lb 6 oz beating my 49 lb 1 oz by 3 lb 5 oz so that one Carp costing me a section pick-up!! Thats fishing.

Our end of the Lake to say the least fished very hard indeed.

The match was won by The Trig (pictured below with his daughter Triglet) with 114 lb 2 oz from peg 19. The Trig fish pellet at 16 metres to the far bank upto the mud bank with a very shallow swing rig.

The top four pictured below.

Weigh Sheet and Result:

Friday, 2 August 2019

Thursday 01/08/2019 - Bathampton AA - Over 55's and Short Walks

With Geoff today so breakfast essential at Hungry Horace's - excellent food. We arrived in plenty of time for a walk around and placement of the two sets of scales. Again the bottom end look devoid of fish and recommended that pegs below 31 and 4 only be used if numbers required it - they did!. My choice today would have been peg 4 plenty of fish here I think this was due to the shade for most of the day cast by the island, however, below here the sun is on the water for most of the day. Geoff wanted peg 21 but on the same peg as last match peg 17.

Twenty two fishing today so a good turn out. Last but one in the draw bag where we were to find the two end pegs at the far end - pegs 33 and 1. I pulled 1!!! I really thought I would struggle from this peg as would Ken opposite. I started to look for positives. There was some scum in the end bank indicating the wind had been blowing down this end at some time. Plus there were still signs of Carp on peg 4/3, would they some down to my peg?

The plan was to fish for Silvers for the first half and Carp the second. So setup the Ronnie rig for maggot over GB laced with maggot. Two paste floats - one for top-set plus three at full depth out on front, the other for around the margins. I decided to fish the margin to my left towards peg 2, the depth was perfect. The same rig with 4 inches removed did for the end bank margin. I started by feeding hard 4's to the right and out on the long paste line then GB and maggot over the Ronnie line. Started with single LR on the hook. I was expecting a small Silver straight away but this didn't happen so started to get concerned as those around me had started catching. After 15 minutes I had my first bite which was an angry Carp which snapped my hook length. I thought this the reason I wasn't catching Silvers. So out again with a new hook length and nothing until I hooked another Carp of 4 lb which I just managed to land. I thought this must be the last I would hook on this line so foolishly went in again and after another wait hooked another very angry Carp which snapped the rig above the float. Now the "Carp had bolted" I switched to the deep paste rig over the Ronnie line and caught nothing. So back on the Ronnie rig and started to catch a few Silvers including three decent Skimmers and a 2 lb Tench. After topping up I thought I would test the LH margin. First put in I had a 5 lb Carp, in again and lost the first of many foulers from this line. The Carp were coming to the feed but wouldn't settle, bow waving out as soon as they arrived. I think the water might have been a little too clear - who knows? The upshot was I abandoned the Silvers line and concentrated on a line on the end bank at top-set plus four with paste over hard 4's and hooked plenty but landed the few decent Carp and F1's. I started feeling things crawling over me and found an Ants nest had hatched out, they were everywhere (pictured upper right - plus one trashed paste float due to fouler recoil). I was glad to hear the all out.

I thought I had about 70 lb so when Geoff who was on the weigh board added up my weight to 79 lb I questioned it and in fact I had a total of 69 lb 10 oz. Good job Geoff's not in a job where getting numbers right is important. My weight was made up of 12 lb 4 oz of Silvers and  57 lb 6 oz of Carp. I was surprised to find I won the match.

The Silvers was won Paul Barnfield (pictured right with the match winner) with 24 lb 8 oz from peg 28. Paul caught on red maggot over micro.

Tony found my Ronnie float which on inspection had in fact broke in two places - the hook length and above the float - saved my £2.50. It was back to the Compton with the usual suspects and as The Special One was out Geoff and I had a meal which was very good - too much for me. Enjoyed sat in the garden watching Sparrows catching the clumsy flying ants in flight. End of another memorable day spent with a nice bunch of guys.


1. Mike Nicholls 69-10-0 peg 1
2. John Smith 63-14-0 peg 10
3. Paul Barnfield 43-07-0 peg 28


1. Paul Barnfield 24-08-0 peg 28
2. Tony Rixon 17-01-0 peg 29
3. Steve Dawson 15-12-0 peg 24

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