Thursday, 14 December 2017

Thursday 14/12/2017 - Viaduct Cost Cutter - Campbell Lake

A couple of month’s back I added myself and Geoff Francis onto the reserve list for the today’s’ Shiplate Xmas match being run by Chris Rolfe. I managed to get in, but unfortunately Geoff didn’t. It was Geoff’s birthday today (55) and I had promised him I would go fishing with him, so I cancelled Shiplate for me and instead booked us both into the Viaduct cost cutter. A bit disappointing as it would have been Geoff’s first visit to Shiplate. Always next Spring.

First stop Canards Well where Geoff tried to do his Two Chew imitation. Not too bad.

As I said to Geoff if you listen to the BBC weather you would end up staying home every time. Forecast high winds and heavy rain, in fact it wasn’t too bad with the wind in the West it was blowing straight down the Lakes with the odd shower.

Only Campbell in today so I was hoping for a peg on one of the near end pegs 132 to 129 being very much appreciated. In to the Coffee tin and out comes peg 123. Umm! Birthday boy drew peg spit peg 128, but found an eye had broken off his waggler rod which would limit him today.
So Ronnie’s with some Perch today then, my target weight 10lb. So set up just the waggler to fish single caster over caster. Even though the wind wasn’t that conducive the presentation wasn’t too bad. The upshot was I caught Ronnie’s to 3 oz for most of the day with a run of four perch halfway through to 1lb.

I weighed 12lb 8oz for second in the Silvers. As I won this section with 10lb last Sunday from peg 125 I was satisfied with this - plenty of bites.

The match was won by Silverfox team mate Adrian Jeffery (pictured right with his catch) from peg 118 with 45lb. Adrian caught on his favoured 1/2oz Arlesey Bomb with a large piece of coloured hair rigged meat cast just short of peg 121. Arian’s weight was made up of four decent Carp – one well into double figures. Fair play to Adrian there is no way I could wait 5 ½ hours for four bites, special skill me thinks.

The Silvers was won by Steve Jackson (pictured right holding a 3 1/2 lb Perch) from peg 112 with 21lb. Steve caught Perch and Bream to 3 ½ lb on the waggler. Well done matey.

Blime 78 booked into the Viaduct Christmas Match.

Full Result:

  1. Adrian Jeffery 45-0-0 peg 118
  2. Steve Jackson 21-0-0 peg 112
  3. Paul Dare 15-11-0 peg 110
Top Silvers:

  1. Steve Jackson 21-0-0 peg 112
  2. Mike Nicholls 12-08-0 peg 123
Weigh Sheet:

Monday, 11 December 2017

Sunday 10/12/2017 - Viaduct Individual Silvers League - Final Round Six - Campbell, Carey and Lodge Lakes

Bela’s big box of nails was becoming a bit too risky to drive long distances and has booked it in for repair next Tuesday, so my turn to drive. Heavy rain over night left plenty of surface water along the way. Breakfast at Canards well which was acceptable.

As could be anticipated a few no shows plus plenty of talk of anglers not going to certain pegs. Late into the draw coffee tin and out comes peg Campbell 125. Thank God for arranging for me to have the wind off my back. Peg 125 would normally a peg you want in a Silvers match but as recent results show the Silvers have migrated south along with the Carp. It was a hard slog walking to my peg in the high winds, blimey it was rough which made setting up all the more difficult. For company I had Colin Dyer and Glenn Calvert who had fished this section last match with 7lb winning it. We were promised high winds to 50 mph for the first part of the match and then flat calm for the remainder and that’s what we got, but needed to add continuous rain. I know if I was under a one of the big Willows I would have moved – not sure where as the section was full. One Tree did come down in the car park falling between two cars, how lucky was Steve Kedge.

I set up the waggler which once I got the hang of the back cast into the wind I found the float behaving well, gently going against the wind. I think I could have cast it to Lodge Lake. I also set up the margin pole in case it got blown in to fish a 4x14 at top-set plus three over GB laced with Pinkie. The next issue was feeding the caster. With the wind as it was I had no idea where they landed, much too far was my guess. First cast with single caster I had a 2oz Ronnie. Next cast a bonus Perch just shy of 2lb. Good start. I could get a bite from Ronnie’s every cast and decided that these along with the Perch would put me up for a section win. I did try the pole a couple of times after I had over fed the peg catching just one Ronnie which fell off. The feeding pattern was difficult but found it wasn’t a question of little and often, more fish the feed out day. I was anticipating catching some more quality late on which I might have done had I not pulled out of it – was it a big Perch or a foul hooked Carp – don’t know. I along with everyone else fishing was glad to hear the all out it, I had lost the feeling in my hands by then.

I weighed 9lb 14oz for a section win. I finished the league with 14 points and fifteenth overall which on reflection was OK. Three matches I think I got the most from the pegs with three others not so. One I should have fished soft pellet instead of meat, the second leaving it too late to fish for Ronnie’s, another I didn’t feed enough. All this learning will hopefully be taken into next year’s league, being replaced with something different I suspect.

The venue fished surprisingly well especially under such terrible conditions

Bela did a “Default Dave” also picking up, so the car was a double bubbler today. Who needs an excuse to stop for Fish and Chips and a pint?
Today’s match win was shared by Nick Ewers and Mr Pin-up Vince Brown (pictured right) both weighing 24lb 8oz. Nick was on Carey peg 77 and caught at 11.5 metres fished maggot over GB catching hand size Skimmers all through the match. Vince fished Lodge peg 59 catching decent Skimmers at 13 metres using caster hook bait tipped with a Pinkie over GB and lots of caster.

“Some say he has three GCSE’s all in domestic science, and that he’s been producing artificial sperm for years – even though some have repeatedly asked him not to. All I know it’s The Trig.”

As we expected Craig Edmonds won the over league with 7 points (dropping 3) making the most of four good draws. Well done The Trig. The top Five pictured right with their spoils.

A big thank you goes to Matt Long for running a well organised and enjoyable league. And a special thanks to Steve Long for finally working out how the kettle and microwave works.

Full Result:

  1. Nick Ewers Peg 77 and Vince Brown 24-08-0 peg 59
  1. Tony Rixon 18-0-0 peg 99 and peg 97
  2.  Joe McMahon 15-07-0 peg 78
  3. Stu White 14-11-0 peg 70
  4. John Fuidge 14-03-0 peg 55
Weigh Sheet:

Overall Final League Result:

Monday, 4 December 2017

Sunday 03/12/2017 - Ricky Mills Knock up - Westerleigh - New Canal

Ricky Mills was running a match on the “New Canal” (I suppose now the New New Canal) so I talked Geoff Francis and Bela Bakos into coming as I was interested in the changes which have been recently made. The Canal had been completely drained finding only a few small fish remaining after being devastated by Otters. The diggers moved in, making vast improvements (pictured upper right). The Canal has been dug to about six foot in the deepest part with a decent 2-3 foot shelf on both inside and over. I thought it a well designed little fishery. The Canal has been partly stocked with small Carp to 3lb and Skimmers from 4oz to 2lb. Mark Taylor (pictured right) who has leased the fishery for 20 years or more recognises more fish are needed with more Carp expected this week. Mark is also in the planning stages for that much needed Otter fence. At a friendly push it could take 15 anglers.

After breakfast in Wetherspoons, this was hot for a change, then a short drive to the fishery. With only eight fishing today we were for reasons to be come apparent were all bunched at one end. I drew peg 24 which was half way down the RH side an end peg really.

One 4x14 rig did for anywhere down the middle and a 4x10 for over at 13 metres. I fed some wetted micro at top-set plus two out in front and some GB laced with Pinkies at top-set plus three at 2-o-clock. Started on the 4mm pellet and had indications straight away catching two small pretty Carp and one Skimmer. It then died so went over the GB with double Pinkie and had another Carp and a Skimmer. With only fifteen minutes gone I was expectant of a good days fishing. Alas not because for the remaining 5 ¼ hours I didn’t have a bite!! Whilst the two end pegs 21 and 26 caught steady all day. I found it interesting that the near end peg 21 caught all Carp and the other end peg 26 caught mainly Skimmers. I’m guessing that they have come from different sources.

I weighed 1lb 15oz to coming joint last with Geoff Francis who was opposite me.

I had a few walks around taking some pictures – right Lionel Legg landing one of the better Carp, Bela fishing long as per usual – missing bites.

The match was won by Shaun Putney (pictured right with his catch) with 52lb from peg 21. Shaun caught on anything other than maggot?

The Silvers was won by Mark with 18lb 4oz from peg 26. Mark caught on Pinkie over Pinkie and GB.

It was going to be close who would pick up the Silvers pool by default, Bela, Ricky and I all had two Skimmers. Bela did have a Goldfish in with the Silvers and as scales man I did say if it didn’t have barbel’s I would count it, it didn’t, so giving Bela the edge, “nicking” the default pool with 2lb 14oz.

Full Result:

  1. Shaun Putney 52-0-0 peg 21
  2. Mark Taylor 26-04-0 peg 26

  1. Mark Taylor 18-04-0 peg 26
Weigh Book:

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Thursday 30-11-2017 - Harescombe Cost Cutter - Match Lake

A bit of hook tying yesterday  before today's match, all done with my own fingers and thumbs (pictured right note fisherman's excuse mug)

Geoff and I decided to fish Harescombe today even though it’s not fishing that well at the moment. Nothing to do with the fishery, all to do with the weather conditions I think. Andrew Price keeps a very close eye on what’s going on with this fishery – keep the Cormorants at bay I say.

I was amazed that we had 12 fishing, bearing in mind that this fishery is at least 500 metres above sea level (well on a hill)  and with the wind in the North which would blow in between the Malvern Hills and the weather forecast was for exactly that.

After breakfast with the usual suspects it was in to the draw and yippee on the near bank and in one of my favourite pegs 15. For company I had Mr. Kingfisher (pictured right) who caught a 1 inch long Ronnie before I did! I set up the usual two rigs, however, the 4x10 didn’t get an airing because after feeding six Pinkies which I thought for some reason was sinking very slowly only to realised that the water was so clear I could see the feed falling well down!

I really wanted to fish to my right at top-set plus two put having started there I soon had to switch to my left on the basis of me surviving in the freezing wind. In doing so I decided not to feed anything and had a 1lb Skimmer, but as a stalwart river angler I had to feed - didn’t I! It was OK because I had a nice 45 minutes catching five more Skimmers, one Chub and one F1. No one had caught that I could see. The sun then put in a very long appearance I subsequently struggled. I tied the banana walk down to Geoff who was struggling with one tiny Roach. I wish I had stayed in my peg because I was frozen by the time I got back. It took to thirty minutes to the end before I had my next bite a 1lb F1. I did miss a bite but for some reason I dropped the pole instead of lifting!!

I weighed a dead 8lb for third overall. I must admit my expectations were better than this.

The match was won by Rob Pass (pictured right collecting his winnings from the affable Andy Price) with 15lb from peg 1. Because pegs 30 and 29 wasn’t in Rob made use of his three pegs fishing various lines. Well done matey.

Full Result:

1. Rob Pass 15-0-0 peg 1
2. Mike Turner 11-0-0 peg 20
3. Mike Nicholls 8-0-0 peg 15

Weigh Sheet:

Monday, 27 November 2017

Sunday 26/11/2017 - Viaduct Silvers League - Round Five - Campbell, Carey and Lodge

Canards Well where a large breakfast was devoured by Two Chews before I could eat half a small one!

Chris Davis was quiet today – no new jokes – apparently not, Chris had bit off more that he could chew at MacDonald’s - from the end of his tongue and now talking like a Gimp.

I had a walk round the Lakes and with the wind direction where it was I fancied peg 70 on Lodge. Failing that any peg I could fish a waggler, it’s now that time of year. In to the draw bag an out comes peg 132 on Campbell. Well will suit the waggler as its well sheltered, but wasn’t on my wanted list. For company I had affable Bob Gullick on peg 131. I like fishing next to Bob he’s always happy to explain how he’s fishing – rigs GB etc… But mostly because you don’t have to worry about estimating your catch, Bob keeps a section running commentary. He’s not usually far out either – “Just ask Bob”. There was some persuasion for me to join the section sweep, just another attempt to mug the Pensioner from an unfancied peg I think. Joe McMahon came along who had fished the peg for Silvers four weeks ago and had a chat pointing out he had caught Perch down the right had side up to the end bank which was well out of my reach, but I knew you don’t really need to fish that far. Plenty of signs of fish down in the corner though which I hoped wasn’t carp.

Because I was really expecting a right struggle I set-up loads to help while away the hours – RH margin rig, The Ronnie rig, a 4 metre whip, a 4x12 for the top-set plus 4 long line and the waggler which gave perfect visibility and presentation.

I potted some casters down the edge at top-set plus three. Loose fed some casters on the waggler line, but started on the Ronnie rig with Pinkie over loose fed Pinkie. I wasn’t that surprised not to see the float move, one rig up the bank. So on to rig two the margin caster rig with single on the hook with some kindered caster. It took less than ten seconds for the float to disappear and for my light Drennan F1 elastic to be left in the end bank. Just the hook gone. Repeat - ten seconds in the water another Carp didn’t even see where this ended up but came back tangled in a branch. Just the hook gone. Third time lucky – not. Another ten seconds and I was playing another Carp this time in open water a mirror of about 7lb. Pulled for the break – blimey 0.1 GLine is robust. With carp still topping in the corner it was with some disappointment that I decided enough was enough. Waggler it was then with single caster on a 20 - 808 and first chuck a small Ronnie. It appeared to be fishing really hard, so stuck with it and was rewarded with 1lb Skimmer, followed by another of 2lb. I hadn’t fed anything on the long pole line so knocked up some GB and laced it up with Pinkie – lots of Pinkie and fed the lot and left it. Back on the waggler and had a couple of decent Perch to 2 ½ lb. I think I had over fed the caster because I started to hook Carp, so decided to give it a rest and try single maggot over the GB and found I could catch a small Ronnie fairly quickly but to stick with these they need to come to hand but were out of reach of the Whip which I tried but found the presentation poor. Two more rigs abandoned choosing to fish the match out on the waggler. I ended he match with five Perch, four decent Skimmers and about 4lb of Ronnie’s. The Carp tally for the day was ten – hook lengths. A slight regret that didn’t try the right hand margin again once the Carp came on the waggler line. I did keep thinking I ought to.

I put 15lb 2oz on the scales which was good enough for fifth overall and a section second (defaulted to first, the section won by Gary Webber on peg 29 coming third overall). I also hung on to my £1 coin. A very enjoyable day on the waggler.

The match was won by Gary O’Shea (pictured right) with 20lb from my fancied peg 70. Gary also caught on the waggler and caster.

So some money in the van to stoke up on the Pinky Ponk Juice.

Full Result:

  1. Gary O’Shea 20-0-0 peg 70
  2. Craig Edmonds 18-12-0 peg 59
  3. Gary Webber 17-14-0 peg 129
  4. Martin Rayet 16-0-0 peg 99
  5. Mike Nicholls 15-02-0 peg 132
  6. John Fuidge 13-10-0 peg 110
Weigh Sheets:

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Thursday 23/11/2017 - Harescombe Cost Cutter - Match Lake

I was hoping that the fishing at Hunstrete would have improved, but going by last weeks match where they had nine DNW’s I thought I would go back to Harescombe. Forecast was for no Rain but windy. Got it wrong again we had showers on and off all day with the wind not being able to make its mind up, and was to come from every point of the compass!

Rumour has it that Fishing Republic is in financial trouble, time to look at bargains on their website.

I was hoping to draw on the near side for once. In to the draw bag and out comes peg 18 again, twice now in three visits. However, good company with Rob Roy on peg 20. Andy Price said a lot of rain had gone in overnight which Roy and I thought would seriously impact the weights today. That said it would still be a close match.

I set up the usual and started short on the top-set with maggot over loose fed maggot. However the wind was swirling in from all directions which meant switching around left to right, not good. With only a few Gudgeon and tiny Perch in the net I abandoned this line, switching instead to the top-set plus one where I stayed for the rest of the match. It was fishing hard. I knew if I went over to the piles I would catch better (or foul hook) more fish. I nearly set it up at half way through but with the hip still playing up and the wind picking up I stayed where I was. I then thought I had the feeding right catching a few Skimmers and four F1’s for it only to die for many minutes. I hooked a 2lb Barbel which after a fair tussle it went in behind my keep nets losing the hook hold. Fair play to it I say, it certainly fooled me. The only other fish I lost was a 1lb Skimmer, which flew off the hook. With 45 minutes to go I was expecting a good run on the F1’s, but the Lake went dead calm and temperature fell so subsequently other than a few tiny Skimmers the float sat dormant.

I weighed 12lb 4oz for a surprising second overall. It was another enjoyable but hard day at this fishery. It fishes different every time I come.

The match was won by Rich Powell (pictured right with the runner up, both being photo bombed by Rodney Trotters Granddad) with 14lb 14oz from peg 14. Rich caught most of his fish over to the piles on red maggot over red maggot. His catch was mostly made up of Barbel, only putting two Carp on the scales. Well done Rich nice to watch.

Full Result:

  1. Rich Powell 15-14-0 peg 14
  2. Mike Nicholls 12-04-0 peg 18
  3. Gordy Hemms 9-12-0 peg 6
Weigh Sheet:

Monday, 20 November 2017

Sunday 20/11/2017 - Todber Manor Pairs - Round Four - Hillview, Ash and Home Ground Lakes

Last trip down south for Bela and me for the last round of the Todber pairs and this time found the Frome Little Chef open. Nice breakfast if not a little cold, but definitely too expensive.

The weather for Gillingham was predicted to be reasonably mild and NO WIND!! I really didn’t believe this but took the waggler rod in case. I have been hoping to use the waggler more this winter but the draws and wind has prevented it. Bela and I were languishing down the table on the same points and “The Nicks Chewers” so made it our target today to beat them.

Section B for me which is the high numbers on Hillview. Bela was on Ash. I didn’t mind where I drew but would like to avoid pegs 54 and 55. I did pulling peg 50 which is out on the leg. I found myself in great company when Nick Ewers of the Chewers arrived on next peg 49. His partners Nick Chedzoy was on the next peg 48 – start and end of sections!

Yippee the water was flat calm – eerie. Set up one rig a 4x14 that would more or less do everything which was primarily to fish top-set plus four straight out in front with 4mm Baitec expander (these expand when pumped in water to about 6-7mm) over wetted micro. I also set up the waggler. I hate the sound of swishing rods when anglers are waggler fishing, comes from back when Dad would clout me round the ear if I made any sound when casting, hence I always select a size of waggler that is easily cast. If you’re swishing you are using the wrong size waggler. The waggler was initially set by comparison with my pole rig depth – wag and mag.

I started by feeding a kinder pot of micro and sat on the expander I started to catch small stock Carp around 1 ½ to 2lb. After 2 or 3 of these I would catch small Tench 2 to 8oz. However, topping up left me biteless for sometime where the fishing pattern would repeat it’s self. I decided to feed the micro after the catching three Tench. However, I wasn’t convinced it wasn’t right. Nick hooked a small Carp but his line caught over his Toss pot, just managing to land it. Shortly after I did the same but I had my “self release” kinder pot on which just slid down the line to the float - and landed the Carp with no stress. With two hours to go after feeding a big pot of micro on the pole line picked up the waggler. I had two catapults on the tray one grouped the feed well but only up to 20 metres the other was for longer distances however, the feed would be well advertised all over the place which on hind sight was the right initial choice. After spreading three pouch full’s I caught three small Carp in three casts. I then fed again which I now realise was a big mistake as all I could subsequently catch was small Tench – one a cast. I did have one 8lb Carp in the eye ball which fought like hell; this always leaves me wondering why the eye doesn’t pull out of the socket. A lot left for me to think about regarding the feeding. For the last 15 minutes went back on the pole and caught two more small Carp by the all out.

I finished with 37lb 8oz for section fourth and the second time being one out of picking up. At least I beat Nick – just. Unfortunately Bela had another bad draw so we missed out beating the Chewers. Bela and I finished on 49 points. I had reasonable draws all league managing 15 points with Bela managing the rest of the points from some poor pegs. There are definitely pegs you need to avoid to have any chance of winning this league.

The match was won by Jon Gray (pictured right) from Hillview peg 43 with 84lb 2oz. Not sure how Jon caught.

The pairs were won by Tony Rixon and Ken Rayner (pictured upper right) with 24 points, averaging 3 points each per match – well done to them and the other framers.

I enjoyed the league as I have learnt a lot fishing this new venue for me as has Bela, so we will be back to take the “Chewers” on again.

Full Result:

  1. Jon Gray 84-02-0 peg 43 HV
  2. Alan Oram 75-13-0 peg 86 HG
  3. Gary O’Shea 66-14-0 peg 62 Ash
  4. Tony Rixon 63-02-0 peg 41 HV
  5. Phil Cardwell 62-14-0 peg 71 Ash
  6. Ken Rayner 62-10-0 peg 90 HG

Pairs Overall Result:

  1. Tony Rixon/Ken Rayner 24
  2. Alan Oram/Andy Lloyd 27
  3. Mark Poppleton/Mark Wynne 29
15. Mike Nicholls/Bela Bakos 49

Weigh Sheets: