Thursday, 23 February 2017

Manor farm leisure

Peg 27 Middle Pool.... Again
10 fished

Went to Manor Farm Leisure today and drew peg 27 Middle Pool again..... third Wednesday on the bounce.  Unfortunately it wasn't third time lucky.  

Started up popped up bread at 20 meters, which resulted in no bites or liners.... Chucked three different spots.  So decided to go on the pole and caught really well on the pole at 14.5meters in the wind, unreal.... started to fade so went on another line and had 3 F1's and for some reason at 1.15pm  I struggled to catch, only managed 7 skimmers, 4 small F1s and a carp for reminder of the match... The wind stop and my fish stopped.....  Couldn't catch on anything.  

I was really surprised to weigh in 70lb, especially as I caught for a short period.   These F1's at Manor Farm Leisure are beginning to average 3lb a piece.  I can see a massive weight done this year.  I reckon the venue record will go this year.

Well done to Tony and Barry... close battle.  Fished really well, see weights below.  10 fished. 

So my bad run continues.

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Manor Farm Leisure

Peg 11 Boundary

22 fished

Drew an alright area, so was pleased.   Boundary Pool tends to be the fairest lake in my opinion.  However, after a hour into the match I had one roach, was very concerned, Neil McKinnon was catching skimmers and odd F1's and Barry Duggan was doing well short.  Wasnt panicking as I know it doesn't take long to do a weight, especially as these F1's are averaging 3lb.

Started to ping the pole line hoping for something to happen.... caught two F1's and things weren't improving....  The lead lines were dead, which was unreal.  No bites on pop ups or bread.  At 1pm I had a run of fish to 2.15 pm on the pole at 14.5 meters,  nothing crazy I had 7 F1's.  I was now praying that they would stay, but they didn't and the last hour was going to come good?  Well it didn't, only had 2 F1's..... disappointing.  Came plum last. 😣.  The is the worse run of fishing I've had in years.... 2017 ain't been good.

I do feel a bit gutted, as I had a real chance of winning the league today. Maybe pushed the peg too hard, but half the match had gone and I had 2 F1's and a roach.  But the plus factor is Frank and Gary Donachie become the joint winners of the league with 17 points.

Joint third was Steve Partingon, Glen Picton, Ian McCullach and Neil McKinnion. With 18 points.

Always next year

Well done to the Donachies on winning the league

Friday, 17 February 2017


Peg 75
No good
31 fished

A frustrating day, I had a few cruisers and it was chasing ghosts....only ended up with 4 ghost carp.

Andy Burns had a fantastic bag of fish and a comfortable win.

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Manor Farm Leisure

Peg 27
1st place
7 fished

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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Ivy house lakes

Peg 9
15 fished

Went to Ivy House Lakes today and fished the new Kingfisher lake.  Andy and Karen have done a fantastic job.  The canal is 5 foot deep on average and 14 meters wide.  The carp and averaging about 4 to the pound, with a few bigger ones and some skimmers.

The first 5 pegs was the favourable area, as it had more colour and they were fish topping throughout the day.  As any venue this time of year you need a little bit of luck and unfortunately my luck wasn't in........ drew peg 9 and had my first blank of the year, gave up after 2 hours.  My best mate Frank Donachie caught one carp on peg 10 and Allan Oram also caught one carp on peg 8.

So had a go on Willow for couple of hours for some monster carp and never had a bite.... lots of roach topping, but only fished pellets for carp.  I hope my luck changes soon as 2017 has been awful fishing for me so far!!

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Manor Farm Leisure

Peg 15 Ash
DNW (had 14lb ish)
22 Anglers fished

Manor Farn Lesiure attendances are improving, it it saw 22 anglers fish today's match.  So Dave (owner) spread us across three lakes, which gave us plenty of room.

I drew peg 15 Ash Pool, and it was  all over at draw bag unfortunately.  Out of 22 pegs, this one and peg 12 Ash would be the only two pegs I wouldn't want, and the other 20 you stood a chance of winning your section or framing... don't get me wrong sometimes these pegs throw up, but normally the fish are the other side of the rope.  It's like a brick wall at times....

I tried to catch F1's or carp, as these fish are your target species, and i was never going to do over 50lb of skimners.  I ain't good enough and they weren't big enough!!  Not one to blame pegs, gave it a proper go, wasn't meant to be. 

Well done to Liam Dennick who won the lake.  

Liam won the lake with 54lb