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: