Sunday, 15 October 2017

Bristol Avon - Chippenham. Winter league 2

Won section
Team was 5th
48 anglers fished the match.

The last couple of matches on the river have seen me really struggled, a last and second to last in the section.  This is a little rough.

This is the second round of the Angling Trust Winter league, and we a team, Colmic Devizes, need to do well, as we third last round, which unfortunately didn't happen, as we came 5th.  So therefore we need some serious luck for the next 4 rounds.

Brilliant start.  Crying shame it didn't last.
Gear used
Colmic Airon F66 Pole
0.5 Colmic Lux
0.12 Colmic X500 line
0.07 Colmic Stream
22 Hayabusa 128
Suicide straight at Chippenham 

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Bristol Avon. Melksham

Peg 26
2lb 11oz
64 anglers fished
32 pairs
On arrival to my peg I was surprised how wide it was and good it all looked.  However, lack of flow and clear to could be a tough match and the locals said I would be up against it, as the pegs downstream tend to be a lot better.  So with this in mind, I was going to be positive.  But the first mistake I made was leaving my rods at home.... what a school boy error. 

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Alvechurch- colmic canal

Peg 9
11 fished

With the Winter League fast approaching I thought I better get myself there to practice. 

Beautiful venue Colmic Canal 

As always the weights are really tight.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Upper Thames winter league. Round 1. Radcot and Lechlade

C3 (lechlade)
7lb 13oz
5th out of 6th.  Not good
48 fished
Team was third on the day.

Was really looking forward to today's river match and our Upper Thames Winter League.  Hoped to do well again, and was handed C3, which was a good area, but be hard to beat the pegs to my right.  But fancied it none the less.  Was unsure to ball it, so "if in doubt, then go without" is my moto...

Set up 5 roach rigs, waggler rod and 2 chop rigs.  It was only about 4 foot deep and very weedy. Wish I had a rake?  Left it shed....... it's in the van now.

Set up

Colmic Airon F66 pole
Lux float
Professional 15 float rod

Basically what I learnt last week, didn't work this week.  Loose feeding was key and the heavier it was, the better it become and me relying on groundbait regularly topped up was a waste.  Chop worm didn't work.  A bit gutted, as perch do normally save me, but the "billies" didn't.   So came second to last in section, which was a real disaster for me and more importantly for the team.  As we lost the league match by 2 points.  Sorry lads.  I'm not one to blame the pegs, it was worth 15lb all day long.

I hope to put Melksham/ Chippenham correct next week.

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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Manor Farm Leisure- Windmill Pool

Peg 26
11 fished

I haven't been to Manor Farm Leisure for a while whatever reason..... I'm very spoilt on the venues in my area. 

However, really looking forward to fishing it, as I do enjoyou Middle and Windmill lakes, more pool fishing.  Also the Donachies were going, added bonus.

Drew peg 26 Windmill, which wouldn't be my first choice of pegs, but a good peg none the less, worse pegs on the lake.  So happy days.  My section was tough, the two Donachies, Ian McCulloch and Steve Partington.

All I kit up was the pole and planned to fish 4mm pellets and maggots down the edge for units, as there is quite a few of them, but peg 26 ain't the best edge peg, as you can only fish short and ideally wanna get away from you, especially as the water is quite clear and low.

Won't go into detail, as I caught long to the island on pellets.  Fished a float (Martyn Howard) until it become solid and was on the "tap" rig.  Caught all stock F1's... Nice day, but couldn't catch bonus fish down the edge, couple of fish come in, but only managed one F1 and couple perch.

Neil McKinnon caught well down the edge for the match win.  All weights are below.

Caught 99% of my F1's long to island.  F66 Airon pole was awesome in the wind.  #nobrokenpoles 

Sunday, 24 September 2017

River Thames. Lechlade and Radcot

Peg 37 Radcot
9lb 11oz
Won section
42 fished?

I haven't fished a river all year, as I focus on commericals through the summer, as you may know.

I am always a little nervous of my first river match, as I know I will be rusty and will be up against it, as the other anglers have been fishing the River Thames for the last 4 weeks plus, as there has been a lot of good matches (Thames Champs, Turner 400, Swam Open and Thames Festival).  All these matches I seem to unfortunately miss as they clash with other events 😔

The Match

As 99% of the field fishing today's match wanted to draw Lechlade, near the Pub (a drew it last year..... won the Winter League).   However, I drew upstream Radcot, about old peg 57?  "The Spikes".  A good "bits peg", therefore the only thing I set up was my F66.  Main attack was Grounbait and caster for roach at 9 meters and then chop worm short and long.  Simple.  Don't wanna go into too much detail, as we have the first round of the winter league this week and I want our team to do well.


Neil Richards won with 30lb of Roach.   Lechlade
Gary Etheridge was second with 29lb of roach from Lechlade 
Third.   I think was 18lb of Chub?

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Heronbrook Fisheries

Peg 8 Match Lake
3rd overall
40 fished

Up really early to get to Heronbrook, this going to be the last time this year.  So hoped to end on a high and draw a "bung hole billy" peg.

I drew peg 8 on Match Lake, which is a good area? 

The match

Struggled on feeder, lost two.  Gutted.  Went short the pole and only had 1 F1.  Gosh, not the start I wanted? 35 mintues in and only 1 fish, not good.

I have been pinging 4mm pellets on the long pole and went 14.5 meters and caught well for an hour and then it got difficult, as it did for must people....

A little concerned I didn't have a productive line, I chucked the feeder to right and resulted in three hooked carp and two in the net and one hook pulled (cost me second overall).   

Hoping to catch some big carp down the edge, which didn't happen until  last hour I caught some units down the edge, one about 17lb, then 15lber and a 10lber, no problem for the Airon F66 (no broken sections.....)

I do love the Marukyu EFG151 and I've fished 4 matches at Heronbrook with EFG151 this year and had two match wins, section win, and second on the lake.

Colmic Airon F66 Pole.

A close match.