Saturday, 30 March 2013

Rolfs Lake - Festival 2013

Rolfs Easter Festival 2013

Day 1's catch 13 bream and 1 carp....... then it went all down hill!
Day Three
April Fools .......

With Andy with 2 points and almost 300lb in total weight, things looked very rosey for him. Also John on 3 points, and in the C section today where most carp will be caught, again things looked very good for him also!
So i'm fishing for 3rd place overall, which i would be very pleased with!
The little lake is where the lake has been fishing the hardest, however 2 pegs are full of tiny fish, pegs 40 and 38 would guarantee plenty of bites. I need to finish in the top 2 to hopefully put me in a frame place. If i won the section, then i would finish in the top 5. Pressure on the draw bag!

I drew peg 4, which had flat water and therefore fancied it for a few late carp......

My fishing match didn't go well at all. Hooked and lost one carp on the roach gear. And that summed up my match up really. Thought I would catch a couple of late carp, but all I done was watch Andy bag up, fair play. I couldn't for my life catch down there, i had a perch and gudgeon on my 0.165 hooklength and 3 maggots! Bumped a 1lb perch, which would of made no difference.
Not a good start to my "to do list". Oh well, our Spring League starts next week on the kennet and avon canal, I feel that could be another tough match.
  • Peg 4
  • 2oz
  • 5th section

A Section
1Andy Quarmby269-12
2Danny Deakin3826-01
3Dave Whiteman4011-00
4Gary Kelsey64-01
5Chris Telling40-02
6Phil Powell360-01
B Section
1Mick Lane768-07
2Mick Chappel1341-10
3Geoff Edwards838-08
4Justin McCabe1018-01
5Micheal Corsini3217-12
6Kevan Orr282-10
C Section
1Johnny Broadbent24174-03
2Liam Bough1666-05
3Anthony Flint2654-07
4Paul Newbury1450-02
5Derek Hammond1813-15
6Steve Waters22DNW
Overall Points
1Andy Quarmby3Middy
2Johnny Broadbent4Rolfslake
3Anthony Flint8Tubertini South
4Mick Lane8Rolfslake Cartel
5Liam Bough9Rolfslake
6Kevan Orr10Hall Bait and Tackle
7Chris Telling10Colmic /Vespe
8Geoff Edwards10Reading Angling Center
9Dan Deaking10Rolfslake
10Justin McCabe11Tubertini South

Day Two
  • Peg 24
  • 55lb (2 x 7lbers and 3 big dogs)
  • 3rd section
  • Drifting ice was a killer!!
After a very cold night, the lake was froze solid! And i thought it was spring time? Fair play to John Bennett and Paul Jaz who went out in the boat to break the ice.

Drew peg 24, which won yesterday, however, with the whole lakes ice drifting into our corner, we (Phil, Dave and myself) were going to take the whole lakes ice! Not good, as this made it almost impossible to fish for at least 3 hours of the match. I had to smash the ice with top 4 while playing an angrey 18lb carp!!  Which some how, I got it out....... I give full credit to my Airon F55 pole is a strong tool, despite breaking the number 1 in the end, with ice and double figure fish, which again, some how got it out!  I think most poles would of been in 7 bits, maybe more out of frustration especially after loosing an 18lb carp in ice, topped off one of the most difficult days fishing i've ever had!!!!

Oliver (the dog) weighs around 18lb.....

Oh and the guys putting my fish back without a photo!! Even though I took photos of most people..... never mind.

Rolf's lake was frozen solid, about 2cm in places........ not good.

Andy with an amazing weight considering it was froze solid...... over 200lb!!


A Section
1Micheal Corsini266-06
2Mick Lane3816-01
3Kevan Orr415-04
4Justin McCabe4014-11
5Geoff Edwards613-02
6Mick Chappel36DNW
B Section
1Johnny Broadbent850-05
2Derek Hammond3241-11
3Liam Bough1326-06
4Anthony Flint2820-14
5Steve Waters1011-07
6Paul Newbury7DNW
C Section
1Andy Quarmby14214-05
2Gary Kelsey1857-09
3Chris Telling2455-15
4Danny Deakin1654-06
5Phil Powell2214-03
6Dave Whiteman268-03
Overall Points
1Andy Quarmby2
2Johnny Broadbent3
3Kevan Orr4
4Chris Telling5
5Anthony Flint5

Day One

  • Peg 10
  • 42lb
  • 2nd in section.
Danny with a rather large Rolf's lake common carp.

Dave with a 2lb perch.
A Section
1Anthony Flint3842-05
2Johnny Broadbent4014-15
3Steve Waters610-10
4Liam Bough49-00
5Derek Hammond367-13
6Paul Newbury21-00

B Section
1Andy Quarmby1378-12
2Chris Telling1042-00
3Dave Whiteman831-08
4Danny Deakin727-04
5Phil Powell3215-12
6Gary Kelsey28DNW

C Section
1Kevan Orr2491-02
2Geoff Edwards1687-10
3Justin McCabe1460-06
4Mick Chappel2630-09
5Mick Lane180-03
6Micheal Corsini220-01

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Open- 29/03/13

  • Peg 14
  • DNW
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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Manor Farm Leisure - Windmill Pool

  • Peg 18
  • 27lb 10oz
  • 3rd

Today's winner, Steve Partington, well done mate.

Match Results – Sunday 24th March – Windmill Pool

Arthur’s Angling Supplies Peg 13
Arthur’s Angling Supplies Peg 9
Colmic Peg 18

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Saturday, 23 March 2013

Manor Farm Leisure

  • Peg 22 Windmill
  • 23lb
  • 2nd

Another cold day..............

Open Match Results – Saturday 23rd March – Windmill, Ash and Middle Pools

Preston Innovations Peg 9 Windmill
Colmic Peg 22 Windmill
Mosella Selby Peg 6 Ash
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Sunday, 17 March 2013

Manor Farm Leisure

  • Peg 17 Island
  • 46lb
  • No good
  • 5th out 20 anglers

Match Results – Saturday 16th March – Island and Boundary Pools

Leigh Angling Peg 4 Island
Solihull AC Peg 26 Island
Mosella Selby Peg 33 Island
Map Marukyu Peg 6 Island
20 fished. Carp and skimmers caught on pole and pellet and pellet feeder.
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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Manor Farm Leisure

  • Peg 5 Island
  • 1lb
  • No good
  • 26 fished

Match Results – Thursday 14th March – Ash, Windmill, Boundary and Island Pools – Affordable Open

Arthur’s Angling Supplies Peg 40 Boundary
Mosella Selby Peg 6 Island
Fishermans Friend Peg 29 Windmill
Smithys Peg 22 Windmill

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Manor Farm Leisure

  • Peg 39 Boundary
  • 36lb
  • No good
  • 13 anglers fished


Match Results – Saturday 9th March – Windmill, Ash and Boundary Pools

Smithys Peg 29 Windmill
Maver Gold/Bagem Baits Peg 22 Windmill
Map Marukyu Peg 10 Boundary
Preston Innovations Peg 20 Ash
13 fished. Carp and skimmers caught on pole and pellet and pellet feeder.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Angling Trust Semi Final - Grand Union Canal at Milton Keynes

  • B9 (Rouges lane)
  • 4lb 10oz
  • Section Win
  • Team 3rd overall

I was looking forward to fishing the Grand Union Canal at Milton Keynes, this would be my 5th Semi Final and knowledge on the water was reasonable, but as a team we were up to speed. Some of our lads had fished it 6 timers prior to the event, myself I’d fished it four times, and for me it had been very tough:

1. 3lb 8oz = 2nd in section
2. 15oz = 1st in section
3. 7oz 2nd to last in section, only cause Mark Downes didn't weigh in, but if he did, then i would of been last!
4. 1lb 7oz in our team line up, which was 4th in our ten man line up. But a team line is about trying new things.

These little beauties weren't plentiful like they had been.....

The weights had been very low compared to previous years. Not 100% why, but I think the weather hasn't helped. The canal had been a horrible colour and the water was freezing! Roach haven't been feeding and skimmers seemed to have disappeared. So we were in for a tough match!
To make things more even more difficult, we were given the news on Wednesday that NO BLOODWORM OR JOKER was coming into the country. This caused lots of concerns, and Mark Downes agreed to bring ALL teams some bait (fair play, he brought some good bait with him).

Big Perch


We, like a lot teams did struggle to come up with a solution or a method to catch these big perch aka "big billies". I'd fished the canal for 20 hours without any success catching these valuable fish. There was talkamoung our team on only cutting up one lob worm and going straight on it, however I felt this was too negative. One thing was for sure, these fish were down the deep water, unless you drew a feature peg, like a bush or tree.  So, there isn't anything to give away here and to be honest you needed to be a little bit lucky to catch one! 

I was going to feed four lobs every 20 mintues which I cut to mush and have a quick look.  That was my plan, nothing fancy.

Tiny Fish Approach

The good thing about fishing for Drennan Banbury Gunsmiths is there is no selfish anglers in our team and they will fish for team points. Therefore our main focus was to figure out how to catch these small fish.

Sticky Leam

Double leam, but over wetted and becomes very sticky and therefore the fish take a lot longer to get into the leam.  Our lads were calling it the "pongo".  This was good for gudgeon and tiny perch, but not so good for roach......
Raw Joker
Raw joker line, or known as your "dump" line hadn't really worked for me in practice sessions.  I think the main reason was the colour of the canal.  The canal was really coloured and therefore didn't work well.  We found that light leam was best......
Gary Barclay's side tray, every neat, like very single item on his fishing gear.
Chopped Joker

Chopping joker up and adding black dye was a good method for tiny roach, but the issued had been the lack of activity from these fish. 
My Match

I drew B section which was where you didn't want to be really, it's better than Deans Road, but this was going to be a tough match as the canal was frozen and clear! Decided to fish:
  1. 1 meter at the keepnet with raw joker as feed and on the hook.
  2. 4 meters with double leam with pinch joker in two BIG rock hard balls
  3. In 3 foot of water with bread and joker mixed together and then fish at nine meters
  4. Then "ten and two o'clock" with chopped joker and black leam.
  5. Chop worm at 11 meters down the track at 45 degrees to my right.
  • Colmic F55 Airon Pole
  • Vespe 2 elastic for all my pole rigs apart from chop rig was Vespe Bi core 1.8mm
  • 4x8 - 4x14 Colmic Senna floats for 3 foot or less water
  • 0.3 and 0.4 Colmic Lux
  • Jon Walker hand made float for chop rig.
  • Lines were all Colmic X5000 main line (0.105mm) and Colmic Stream 0.064

Perch went 2lb 4oz and 2lb 6oz of roach. Nice days fishing.
At the "all in" I cupped in a golf ball of bread with a pinch of joker on my 3 foot line and then feed 8 lobs worms at 11 meters down the peg out of the way. Then feed my raw joker line at 1 meter. Then feed chopped joker, then went on my bread in hope of a early skimmer............... that didn't happen but caught a tiny roach (a great sign). Then missed a couple of bites, then tried a 2mm punch rather than a 4mm and started to catch these tiny roach (60 to 1lb), asked Simon Fry (to my left) if he had caught, which repiled in "No mate" and the guy to my right (C section, so didn't matter) he was also struggling. So decided to feed 4 meters and to leam line which was about 20 minutes into the match.  I didn't want to feed lots of lines and if it would have been an "Open" fishing match, then I would of only fed my bread and chop lines, and then your straight onto your hopefully productive bread line.  I felt feeding lots of lines wasn't the way to go as you were spreading your fish everywhere in your swim (if you were lucky enough to have a few around). 

In my match the bread line with joker was the best line for me, and I caught well on Bloodworm (joker fish were 80 to the 1lb), I was lucky to catch a lob worm fish, the first match out of 5, glad it was this Semi Final. The perch was so pale, and to be honset I thought it was a big bream when I first hooked it. But soon realised it wasn't and knew this fish was going to be VERY important to me and my team, and what was a alarming was the massive sheet of ice that had drifted down the canal when I was playing it, therefore didn't take any chances so my Colmic landing net went straight through the ice and netted the perch, which alerted every angler in 100 yards that I had netted something big!  Simon Fry then said "you can enjoy the rest of your match, as no matter what happens now you will have good points"

I went in on the lob worm line again, hopeing there would be another big perch, which there wasn't, and I topped this line up throughout the whole of the match and never had another bite. The roach line in 3 foot was good, and I caught around 100 tiny roach, a couple of tiny perch and 1 big perch on lob for 4lb 10 oz and a section win. I feared the worse as some of anglers had struggled as team runners had said that Starlets and Black Horse had run away with it...... so I was relieved to find out that we were third overall and off to the final on the River Trent on 6th July

Angling Trust Semi Final Results:

  1. Starlets 69 Points (won on section wins)
  2. Garbolino Black Horse 69 Points
  3. Drennan Banbury Gunsmiths 64 points
Well done to the Starlets for winning the team event and to Mark Downes sorting us out with Joker.

Tony Hobbs

Gary Barclay won his section, off a peg that none of us would of fancied

My pole rigs
Jon Walker 0.4 gram for chop rig
Colmic Lux floats
Colmic Senna floats

Mick Denton at Baileys
Bubbles came 2nd in his section.

Matt Herbert was 4th in his section
Fishing at Baileys in our team line.....

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Saturday, 2 March 2013

Manor Farm Leisure - Boundary, Middle and Ash

  • Peg 3 Middle
  • DNW (Fished til the end as well)
  • Not a bite

I hope I have a better day tomorrow.

Match Results – Saturday 2nd October – Boundary, Middle and Ash Pools

Mosella Peg 37 Boundary
OHMS Peg 19 Boundary
Fishermans Friend Peg 39 Boundary
Middy Peg 5 Ash
21 fished.