FISH. 10.00AM - 4.00PM.
13 ANGLERS FISHED.
Yesterday there was an open match fished here, with some 100lb+ bags being caught. Personally i don't
enjoy fishing a place thats been hammered the day before. My biggest weight before from here was 70lb
odd, so a bit of that would do nicely. Mind you that was a few years ago, when the fish were immature.
They have grown well in the last few years thats for sure. When I started fishing this place many moons
ago, there was'nt many rules, but unfortunatley the rules list is now as long as your arm . Would'nt
these commercials be better off just telling you what you can do, instead of what you can't. Save a
fortune on paper, he he. One rule is, you have got to have 6 inches of line minimum between your pole tip,
and float. Whats all that about. Whats the difference if you have 2 inches or 2 foot, ain't going to
stress the fish any different is it?
Nice place to look at though. Its got the lot, cafe, toilets, chalets, bloody long walk if you draw the
far end. What more do you want, he he. Anyway a few lads had a breakfast, and a mug of tea before the
draw. Weather wise it was a tadge cold, wind was a bit blowy. If you drew the nearest to the car park
end, the wind was quite strong, and cold. The water was fairly choppy too. If you were on the far end to
the car park, it was a different world. No wind, and flat calm. I know which end i would like to draw?.
The wind was actually blowing from far end to the car park. So the wind was blowing into the lower pegs.
Good pegs to have if the weathers warm. But it being cold today you would have thought the other end
would be the place to be?.
All this writing above, you lot are probably thinking there excuses, if i have had a bad day. Well! you
would be right, i did have a bad day, and these are excuses. But lets be honest, if we did'nt have
excuses, we would take up a different sport would'nt we.
Tell you the truth, i was hoping for a high number, so i could be out of the wind, so when it was my
turn to draw, i stuck my mitt in the bag, and pulled out permanent peg 17. The last peg on the canal,
far end. A dream draw, when you get to this peg its like having your own lake to yourself. You have a
nice chuck to the corner of the island, which leads into the next canal in front of you. You have the
end of the canal to fish up against. You have a nice depth in front of you, and good looking margins.
The entrance to the canal behind me was only about 8 metres away, so i had all this to myself as well.
You can understand why 100lb+ weights come off this area. To my left on permanent peg 16, was Andy
Salcombe, a very good angler.
PEG 1. DICK LEWIS.
PEG 2. D.MALPAS.
PEG 3. A.DAVIS.
PEG 4. S.BEE.
PEG 5. C.CHANG.
PEG 6. N.WILLIS.
PEG 7. J.TIMMS.
PEG 8. J.WELLINGTON.
PEG 9. S.EVANS.
PEG 10. B.DIX.
PEG 11. R.DAVIS.
PEG 12. A.SALCOMBE.
PEG 13. S.HAWKINS.
I set up my pellet feeder to fish to the Island. I set up one paste line at 6 metres,
both margins either side of me, and a pellet line at 11 metres to the end of the canal.
Fed one side of the margins with meat, and the other side with pellet, and corn. Fed
the 11 metre line also with meat. On the whistle i fed the margins by hand. Paste line,
and the 11 metre line with the cup. The plan was to start on the feeder, for the first
hour, see how it went, then going onto the paste line, take a few fish on this line, then
change to the 11 metre line. Alternating between the two lines, until the last two hours.
Then down the margins for the rest of the match. THAT WAS THE PLAN?.
Cast out the pellet feeder to the clip, tight to the Island. Put my rod in the rest, and
looked around to my left. One peg past Andy, and Roy Davis was into a carp straight away.
His gear could'nt have been in the water longer than thirty seconds. I thought that was a
good sign. So while waiting for my tip to shoot round, i heard Andy say something to Roy,
so i looked round, and Roy was into his second Carp already. C'MON CARP!. So Roy had landed
two Carp in about five minutes, and that was that for the next half hour. Then Andy hooked a
Carp on his feeder line, while watching him, my rod shot forward, and it was my turn to play
a Carp. Two minutes later i had a Carp in the net for about three pound. Then everything just
went dead. Maybe just an hour later while i was on the paste line, my float buried, and i
was into my second Carp, which i landed, he was about five pounds. So how it stood Roy had
two fish, Andy had two fish, and I had two fish. That ladies, and Gentlmen was that until
the last hour. The margins did not produce on either side of me. Mind you the one on the
left was destroyed by a poxy Swan, which was up ended, and enjoying all the freebies that
lay there. The last hour saw Roy land a Bream for about five pound, and a couple of small
Carp. Andy landed another three Carp, And myself having two more bites on the pellet line,
lost one, and missed the other. So there you go two poxy fish all day, great or what.
This is the first time in ages that i could not wait for the whistle to go. That is how
depressing it was. Especially after these pegs were sacked up yesterday in the open match.
Not many of us had a good day, with a couple of exceptions of course. Well done Dale for
blitzing the match. Jason's peg springing to life in the last hour to finish a close second.
1ST. D.MALPAS. PEG 2. 76-0-0.
2ND. J.WELLINGTON. PEG 8. 68-0-0.
3RD. C.CHANG. PEG 5. 30-0-0.
4TH. N.WILLIS. PEG 6. 24-0-0.
JOINT 5TH. S.BEE. PEG 4. 20-0-0.
JOINT 5TH. B.DIX. PEG 10. 20-0-0.
7TH. D.LEWIS. PEG 1. 18-0-0.
Poor old Dickie had his pole snapped by a carp going down the channel.
He had to get the boat out, so he could retrieve half of his pole. he found
it in the next canal, minus fish. Number 6 section smashed in half. OUCH!.
8TH. R.DAVIS. PEG 11. 17-0-0.
JOINT 9TH. A.DAVIS. PEG 3. 15-0-0.
JOINT 9TH. A.SALCOMBE. PEG 12. 15-0-0.
11TH. J.TIMMS. PEG 7. 10-0-0. (no photo).
12TH. S.HAWKINS. PEG 13. 8-0-0.
13TH. S.EVANS. PEG 9. D.N.W. he he.
JUST A FEW PICS OF THE CANAL WE WERE ON.
MY CORNER PEG, WITH AN ANGLER IN THE
MY KIT SET UP. YOU CAN SEE THE END OF THE
CANAL AT THE TOP OF THE PHOTO. THIS WAS
MY 11 METRE LINE.
ANDY ON THE NEXT PEG, WITH ROY, AND
BRIAN IN THE BACKGROUND.
ME LOOKING BACK DOWN THE CANAL
TOWARDS THE CAR PARK., BLEEDING LONG
WALK FOR NOWT.
MY FEEDER SWIM RIGHT ON THE CORNER
OF THE CHANNEL. IT CRY'S FISH DOES'NT IT.
A SWIM TO DIE FOR.
AYE UP, WHATS THIS BUGGER UP TOO.
FREE MEALS SUPPLIED BY S.HAWKINS ESQ.
Well i don't know how to sum this up really. A lot of the Anglers in this club are very goodanglers, and most struggled. Did the open match effect todays result. Well i think so.
Next week i have my first aggregate match for Watersmeet. It is being fished at Mythe pool, near
Tewkesbury. The biggest match weight i have heard of off here for the last couple of years
has'nt been pleasent reading. So probably 15lb will win it. Jesus, really looking forward to
this one. (not). I will let you know how painful this one is next week. Dave's results will be
uploaded sometime in the week. So its bye for now from not an amused angler. Hope you all
had a better weekend than me.