Monday, 30 January 2012

Gloucester Canal

Gloucester Canal

It's very rare for me to pleasure fish, but only a few miles up the road from my house I decided to give in and have a couple of hours fishing.  It was good, but fished a flyer, peg 268.

Looking forward to March when there is some big matches on the canal, hopefully draw here.

Day 2 of practice

Much colder, therefore much harder 7 roach and one small skimmer

Day 3 of practice

Peg 1
7 fish for 3lb

After many matches been cancelled due to the bad weather, I decided to go to the Gloucester canal again at lunch time.  I checked on it at 11am and went back home, done my bread and then come at 12, and loads of ice had drifted.
Big sheets of ice coming down the canal, caused huge problems and I couldn't fish any further than 10 meters

Good bread hooks, Colmic N600

Not many bites, but good sized fish to be caught......

Day 4

The Gloucester canal is 20 - 14 foot at 11- 13 meters and some areas are deeper!  I would use 1.5 gram Colmic LUX pencil float, with simple bulk with a 3 or 4 droppers.  However, it does tow non and again, and not sure why it does? It doesn't pull hard and there is NO LOCKS....................  only 1 by the severn, and the canal is 16 miles long.   Therefore I would have some big rigs just in case and almost if you draw a flyer then it maybe worth having 3 gram for a postive rig and get it down fast.  I use Sensas Bernard,  I would carry them from 1 gram to 6 gram, so everything is covered.

Bread is a good method, but it was an eye opener on wednesday (day 2) where my mate (Steve Long) caught 6 fish over groundbait on the pole and I had only 1 fish on bread on the pole, so I balled it with 80% mole hill to 20% groundbait and caught a 3 fish quickly.  It is a tough venue make no mistake, but there are fish in there, and at times it seems it takes a long time to catch, like Day 3 took forty minutes to get a bite, and I started at 12.30!!  So may take longer in a match and earlier in the day, however Monday was instant.
Peg 1,  is classed as Hempstead, parking is just off Bristol Road, which is  GL2 5HY (don't blame me if you get lost), but that is where the canal is!

The first few pegs are good and then Hempstead bend has some real flyers, 46, 47,48, these are out and out bream pegs! GL2 5EA


Pegs 266-270 by the tanker bay, a lot roach and bream here. GL2 4QD

See link to help with directions!110

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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Kennet and Avon Canal at Avington- Round Three (Denton's Canal League)

  • 3lb (thanks to 11oz roach)
  • A4
  • Joint section win

My peg

Colmic Senna 4x10

Top Six on the day
  1. Alex Clemence 11lb 4oz    
  2. Micky Elyatt 9lb 7oz
  3. Carl Elland 9lb    
  4. D Guntrip 6lb 11oz
  5. Matt Herbert 5lb 12oz
  6. A Coldicot 5lb 6oz
Top Six overall after 3 rounds

1, C Telling                           14
2, R. Head                            11
3, M Ellyatt                           11
4, M Kirk                             11
5, C. Elland                           10
6, M. Herbert                        10

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Sunday, 22 January 2012

Oxford Canal- Round Two (Denton's Canal League)

  • 1lb 6oz
  • C4
  • Won section by default
  • 5th overall

  1. Dave Kirk 5-7-0
  2. Martin Kirk 2-0-0
  3. Micky Elyatt 1-14-0
  4. Richard Rosinski 1-7-0
  5. Chris Telling 1-6-0
  6. Mick Denton 1-2-0 Carl Elland 1-2-0 Matt Herbert 1-2-0  
  7. Martin came second with 126 fish for 2lb.
Overall result after two rounds

Martin Kirk and myself with 9 points
Mick Denton 8 points

4 rounds to go and you can drop your worse result, so all to play for!!!

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Sunday, 15 January 2012

Kennet and Avon Canal at Avington - Round One (Denton's Canal League)

  1. Peg 8
  2. 6lb 11oz (all roach with a couple of small perch)
  3. Section win
  4. 6th overall
  5. Ducks on peg 1
    Another cold day
    Richard Head (bubbles) showed his class with section win and 3rd overall 7lb 13oz
    1.  Jeff  10lb 14oz
    2.  Carl Elland 7lb 14oz
    3.  Richard Head 7lb 13oz
    4.  Mr Hungerford 7lb 4oz
    5.  Martin Phipps 6lb 150z
    6.  Myself 6lb 11oz

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    Sunday, 8 January 2012

    Manor Farm

    Windmill and Boundary 18/01/12
    • Peg 25
    • 24lb 8oz (caught 90% in the first hour)
    • 3rd on lake
    With 4 matches in a row on Manor I have still really stuggled to catch.  Must try harder.

    Boundary throw up the winning weights.  Shaun Little won Windmill with 27lb 10oz (well done) Peg 19 and Fred Parker was 2nd with a cloase 27lb (aka grandad) Peg 13

    Match Results – Wednesday 18th January – Boundary and Windmill Pools

    1ST DAN VARNEY                    82-10-0
    Banbury Gunsmiths Peg 6 Boundary
    2ND CHRIS HARRISON                57-4-0
    Baileys of Warwick Peg 35
    3RD BARRY DUGGAN                49-10-0
    Warwick Portobello Peg 33 Boundary
    4TH ALAN AINSWORTH            43-0-0
    Mid City Peg 37 Boundary

    Windmill 14/01/12

    • Peg 5
    • 34 14oz
    • 2nd in section
    • 4th overall (11 fished)

    Steve Rich "Stich" was playing a large carp on the pole next to me.

    Bites were hard to come by, I had 8 carp, a chub and skimmer.

    Never had a bite bewteen 1pm - 3pm, but kept dip feeding and rotating lines to try and entice some fish, but was rewarded with a chub and skimmer in the last half an hour.

    One and only chub on maggot


    Match Results – Saturday 14th January – Windmill Lake

    1ST SHAUN LITTLE                    77-14-0
    MAP Peg 29
    2ND LEE KIRBY                                    47-14-0
    Maver Peg 15
    3RD AIDEN MANSFIELD            39-6-0
    Maver Tipton Peg 22

    Island Pool 11/01/12

    • Peg 4
    • Only 4 carp, last

    Match Results – Wednesday 11th January – Island Pool

    1ST MARK RUSSEL                      40-4-0
    Banbury Gunsmiths Peg 34
    2ND BOB HENK                         37-8-0
    Smithys Tackle Peg 32
    3RD BARRY DUGGAN                24-8-0
    Warwick Portobello Peg 6
    Carp caught on maggot feeder.

    Middle Pool 08/01/12
    • Peg 23
    • 44lb 14oz
    • 2nd on the lake (48lb won the lake on peg 26)
    • 2nd in section

    Full Moon, but even still the venue showed it's class.

    Match Results – Sunday 8th January – Island, Middle and Windmill Pools
    1ST PETE BENNETT                   95-2-0
    Yorkshire Baits/Banbury Gunsmiths Peg 29 Windmill
    2ND MARK MALIN                       93-2-0
    Mosella/Black Country Peg 7 Island
    3RD PETE WESTWOOD             83-14-0
    Fitters Peg 5 Island
    4TH DAN VARNEY                    76-4-0
    Banbury Gunsmiths Peg 9 Windmill

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    Monday, 2 January 2012

    Manor Farm

    • Peg 34, Island
    • 2 mirror carp about 12lb
    • Last

    Yellow meat didn't work this time, only caught me two carp.

    Match Results – Monday 2nd January – Island, Windmill and Middle Pools

    1ST IAN DIDCOT                         143-8-0
    Garbolino Bait Tec Peg 15 Windmill
    2ND COLIN WOODWARD           84-4-0
    Smithys Tackle Peg 6 Island
    3RD CHRIS TOAL                         72-2-0
    Maver Solihull Ang Centre Peg 25 Middle
    4TH CHRIS STYLER                     64-15-0
    Minor AC Peg 27 Middle
    38 fished. Carp caught on pole and pellet and maggot feeder.