Sunday, 28 September 2014

Abingdon and Culham- River Thames

  • Peg 35 flyer.
  • 2lb 6oz
  • no good.
  • 52 fished

Even Gary Pook couldn't help me catch

This fishing match was always going to be tough for most people today. The river was almost like a lake, no flow, bright sunshine, low and clear. This is without no question a recipe for a hard match.
I've had a good run on the river, so can't complain as i have picked up money on every river match this season until today (6 out of 7)!

I think I was due a blow out. I hope this is my last one!?  We have another 5 weeks of river matches, badly need some rain!!

  1. Bobby Stewart 21lb 9oz
  2. Martin Phipps 17lb 15oz
  3. John Talyor 17lb 10z
  4. Gary Barclay 13lb 7oz 
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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Swindon Go On Tour 2014

This is the fourth year that I'm off to Whiteacres with the Swindon lads. This is an annual event for us, and some of the lads have been going for years.  The fishing is always going to be tough, as it's a very busy week, therefore it's a case whereby every peg is in, and therefore you need some luck!!! Or in my case a lot of luck.

We fish matches everyday and also we do random pairs within our group, which is also good for some banter.

Peg 1
48lb 14oz
3rd on lake
6th overall
32 fished

Random Pairs winners was BIG and Little Baz.

Gold - Whiteacres 

Peg 6 twin oaks
Won section
70+ fished

Random Pairs winners were Magoo and Neil Richards.


Peg 38
36lb 5oz
2nd on lake
28 fished

Mick Lane and Skully won the random pairs.

Big Baz won the festival.


82lb 8oz
Peg 54
Won section
2nd overall
20 fished

Neil Richards won the match with 86lb

Myself and Liam won the random pairs

Teams of 3 was won by Neil Richards, Skully and Stich.


Peg 6 Jenny's
26lb 6oz
No good
37lb won the lake
180+ fished

Mick Lane and Alan Skully won the pairs.



Peg 33
(Got knocked back on 2 nets)
Won lake
Won section
3rd overall
38 fished

There is something about Bolingey that seems to get almost everybody excited. I have only draw the right hand lake and done it again today. So 3 visits to Bolingey and 3 times on the same lake.

I started short, at 5 meters on slop feeding 4mms and fishing hard 6mm on the hook. Which resulted in a couple of F1 carp and 2 small carp. So moved out to 14 meters where I pinned pellets once the 5 meter line began to die. So this resulted in some beautiful grass carp and F1's which turned out to be a lot heavier than I realised as this net went 75lb, and only counted 60lb. Weight limit's are 60lb for the welfare of the fish, so I did apologise to Andy Dare (manager of the fishery) and then went over in my second net, by 8lb.  Lucky enough I put a third net in on my last fish, as I was concerned that I could be close!!! That 6lber went 9lb! Wow. So weighed in 129lb. 2nd place was 129lb 2oz. Serves me right, I had four nets behind me, no excuse.  

The people that frame get a prize from Garbolino, which I gave back and asked if he would donate it to the kids.

  1. 154lb won it.
  2. 129lb 2oz
  3. 129lb

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Monday, 8 September 2014


There's a late open at Ivy House lakes on this Friday (12th) 
12.30 draw. 
Just turn up all are welcome. 
Fishing really well at the moment so don't waste the chance of a great match and big weights. Tightlines. 
BIG Frank

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Swan Open. Radcot and Clainfield

  • Peg 29 Radcot
  • 9lb 6oz
  • 4th overall
  • 2nd in section


Drawing Peg 29 Radcot was a blessing, as Paz came third off it last week with 13lb roach. So I was looking forward to getting to my peg and hopefully catching a load of roach.  However, Mr Ballard warned me of the Punt boater..... so I kitted up to my left, same as Paz did last week.    
I was warned that i may get some hassle from boaters, swimmers, dog walkers, people etc from some of the locals.  The issue this peg is on sandy bar, full of gravel and shallower, hence why its full of fish!!!  However this makes it easy for swimmers and dog swimmers etc to come down!!
I cupped in some groundbait at 9 meters in the flow, 5 balls of Colmic F1 groundbait.  And then bait dropped some worms and casters at 14 meters down the peg, near some reeds and weed, but it had a steady amount of flow.  So fancied that for some "Billies" (perch).

My match started really well, as I caught 8 net fish in as many runs.  20 mintues had gone, so went on the chop line, which was a difficult descisoin, as i'm coming off feeding fish, but again 6 puts result in 6 perch, up to a 1lb.  THIS was unreal as 40 mintues of my fishing match had gone and I had 5lb, so went back onto grounbait line after topping the chop line up and caught a few tiny fish.  Was fading a little, then the hassle began at 12 oclock after three dogs swimmers, one female swimmer and then four swimmers later one.   this was testing anybodies patience.  I had to tell one group to "have some consideration for others" and lucky enough they left after that and did apologise.   I don't think people realise the value of the gear and how big the river is! Why do it where someone is fishing???  I can't help where i'm placed and isn't the river for everyone to enjoy?!

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

Ivy House Lakes

Peg 44
Won silvers
16 fished

I was chuffed today with my draw. Drew peg 44, which is a really good area! This is where i wanted to be, but my match didn't go to plan!
The fishing was much tougher than i thought. I caught 11 carp for 68lb and 10 skimmers, 1 tench, 3 perch for 23lb which just won the silvers!