Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Sunday, 28 December 2014
1ST STEVE BEARD 64-0-0
Shipston AC Peg 10 Middle
2ND CHRIS TELLING 54-0-0
Colmic Airon Peg 37 Boundary
3RD MARK HEMMING 48-0-0
Lodge Park Peg 23 Island
4TH DAVE VELAVIZE 42-6-0
Royal Marines Peg 17 Island
5TH JASON MORRIS 39-8-0
Shipson AC Peg 13 Island
6TH BEN SUTOR 37-8-0
Astwood Bank AC Peg 8 Middle
Saturday, 27 December 2014
Monday, 22 December 2014
Peg 28 Middle pool
7 points out of 10
Team was 4th 18 points
Kurtis Won his lake and took a pound off Chris Cameron.
Saturday, 20 December 2014
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Sunday, 14 December 2014
My river season was very kind to me, I fished 9 river matches, which were from 40 to 70 pegs per fishing match. I was lucky enough to pick up 7 out of 9 matches and only had only one bad day at Abingdon on the river Thames. All my fishing matches were on the River Thames around the Oxford area. The River Thames has been fishing really this year, and I had enjoyed most fishing matches. Radcot was an nightmare, with swimmers, dog swimmers, boaters, walkers and managed to frame, but if I wasn't faced with all these external issues, I would of easily won the match!!! So it was frustrating too say the least.
Then I was at Medley on my Winter League (round 2) which was the final straw as the rowers were nightmare as there were so many, it was relentless and they even crashed into each other, as they never look where they going. Not good when it happens in your peg. I fully appericate that the River is for everybody and truley believe that, but throwing balls in for dogs to jump into the water, while fishing, seems very rude to me, especially when the river is how long???!!! Then we had the sail boats, and they put the yellow marker in my peg and therefore the sail boats had to turn, this made it interesting as they were heading straight towards me, why do this? There was 40 yard gaps between the pegs, why not put it inbetween us. Wouldn't this make more sense?
Canal fishing is something that I have enjoyed for years and used to go fishing on the Kennet and Avon canal with my Dad and my late uncle John (i do miss him). I do have some great memories and do matches on the canal but in recent times, I have spent time on the Oxford Canal which is a "tough nut" to crack. The Oxford canal is about catching on the bread punch or lob worms, if your lucky you catch on both (never have)! If you don't catch on bread (hoping for skimmers on the punch and proper roach) then you must catch on lob worms for perch!!! If don't catch in either of these baits, then you are in BIG trouble! As the "Blood" (Bloodworm) fish tend to be too small, whereas Kennet and Avon canal you can catch decent weights of roach (10lb plus, my highest 23lb).
Oxford Canal open was a bit of nightmare. I was a tiny bit slow in figuring out that the fish were 10 inches off the deck and also fished a 4 x 8 Colmic Senna float and my stamp of fish doubled in size, half to an Luce a piece, rather than fag papers. But unfortunately a boat, decided to go up the far bank, and got stuck. Nightmare. Please tell me why boats don't drive down the boat track? My last two winter league matches saw me have a nightmare with boats.
My time on the canal was a little disappointing on the two winter league practice matches, Avington was good for most, which is one of favourite canals of all time. The canal is rammed full of fish, unfortunately some of the features have been cut away, which is a shame as these were good holding points for these famous perch. Some of these trees are growing back... but for how long they will last with British Waterways.
Commericals the future for me. They maybe not be everybodies cup of tea, but for me in 2015 is going to be my only focus. Having two jobs, I find it VERY difficult to focus on all aspects of fishing, as a result I will give up team fishing. I have fished Winter Leagues since the age of 17, from the age of 19 I have fished winter leagues for 12 weeks solid. I have had some great journeys on the way, from fishing for Elgin (sadly folded), Talismen, Devizes, back to Talismen, Drennan Oxford, Gordon League and finally back to Drennan Oxford. I have met my fair share of charcters on the way, and had a great time.
Manor Farm Leisure spring festival was reasonably good for me this year, as I came 5th overall.
The Colmic Airon F55 pole has served me well, I had several 100lb plus match weights on it, using 0.22 lines and double 14 solid elastics and catching carp up to 18lb. Enough said.
I'm not going to set myself any goals this year, just wanna enjoy my fishing and hopefully have some results on the way?! Good or bad, they will be on this blog.
I would like to thank Colmic for supporting me for another year. Also thank Mick Denton who is a credit to the sport, as he runs Drennan Oxford, the Winter league and Summer League. Without people like this, leagues would fold.
With an hour to go, I decide to pack up and sit with Mark Malin, who was bagging, as I knew I couldn't win anything, as Mark Hemming was miles infront of me and my peg got weaker! I thought taking a few photos of Mark would be fair more productive, than sat watching motionless feeder rod or float.
The weights above aren't a true reflection of what the venue is capable of. Everybody caught, which is a bonus considering the condtitons. The wind did mess it up, as we all struggled to hold our poles. Even my stiff Colmic Airon F44 wasn't good enough against gale force winds. The tow the lake was unreal! Not ideal for "cute pellet fishing".
Saturday, 13 December 2014
With ice on Middle Pool I thought we may struggle all round! The first hour was very unproductive as was the last, but had a steady period on the pole and pellets in the middle of the match of F1's kept me warm.
I fished 6mm coarse pellet on the hook and feed 4mm coarse pellets. Used yellow and white pellets as change hook baits.
Colmic Airon F44 Pole
Colmic white 1.5mm hollow elastic
0.135 F1 spider Line
20 Drennan Carp Match
Drennan Mirco Bait Bans
Jon Walker pellet float 0.2 - 0.6
Sunday, 7 December 2014
- Peg 1 (new canal)
- 30 fished
Dunno what to say really, drawing a corner peg is was always going to be feast or famine. And it was famine. I was the only person to blank on the lake.
Considering the conditions, it fished well in places!
I took a few photos today (thought I better do something useful)
|Chris won the New Canal with 46lb|
|A proud granddad. Both section winners|
|Jon Walker was third on the canal with 26lb|
|Smithy won my section with 20lb|