Sunday, 15 October 2017

Bristol Avon - Chippenham. Winter league 2

Won section
Team was 5th
48 anglers fished the match.

The last couple of matches on the river have seen me really struggled, a last and second to last in the section.  This is a little rough.

This is the second round of the Angling Trust Winter league, and we a team, Colmic Devizes, need to do well, as we third last round, which unfortunately didn't happen, as we came 5th.  So therefore we need some serious luck for the next 4 rounds.

Brilliant start.  Crying shame it didn't last.
Gear used
Colmic Airon F66 Pole
0.5 Colmic Lux
0.12 Colmic X500 line
0.07 Colmic Stream
22 Hayabusa 128
Suicide straight at Chippenham 

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Bristol Avon. Melksham

Peg 26
2lb 11oz
64 anglers fished
32 pairs
On arrival to my peg I was surprised how wide it was and good it all looked.  However, lack of flow and clear to could be a tough match and the locals said I would be up against it, as the pegs downstream tend to be a lot better.  So with this in mind, I was going to be positive.  But the first mistake I made was leaving my rods at home.... what a school boy error. 

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Alvechurch- colmic canal

Peg 9
11 fished

With the Winter League fast approaching I thought I better get myself there to practice. 

Beautiful venue Colmic Canal 

As always the weights are really tight.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Upper Thames winter league. Round 1. Radcot and Lechlade

C3 (lechlade)
7lb 13oz
5th out of 6th.  Not good
48 fished
Team was third on the day.

Was really looking forward to today's river match and our Upper Thames Winter League.  Hoped to do well again, and was handed C3, which was a good area, but be hard to beat the pegs to my right.  But fancied it none the less.  Was unsure to ball it, so "if in doubt, then go without" is my moto...

Set up 5 roach rigs, waggler rod and 2 chop rigs.  It was only about 4 foot deep and very weedy. Wish I had a rake?  Left it shed....... it's in the van now.

Set up

Colmic Airon F66 pole
Lux float
Professional 15 float rod

Basically what I learnt last week, didn't work this week.  Loose feeding was key and the heavier it was, the better it become and me relying on groundbait regularly topped up was a waste.  Chop worm didn't work.  A bit gutted, as perch do normally save me, but the "billies" didn't.   So came second to last in section, which was a real disaster for me and more importantly for the team.  As we lost the league match by 2 points.  Sorry lads.  I'm not one to blame the pegs, it was worth 15lb all day long.

I hope to put Melksham/ Chippenham correct next week.

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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Manor Farm Leisure- Windmill Pool

Peg 26
11 fished

I haven't been to Manor Farm Leisure for a while whatever reason..... I'm very spoilt on the venues in my area. 

However, really looking forward to fishing it, as I do enjoyou Middle and Windmill lakes, more pool fishing.  Also the Donachies were going, added bonus.

Drew peg 26 Windmill, which wouldn't be my first choice of pegs, but a good peg none the less, worse pegs on the lake.  So happy days.  My section was tough, the two Donachies, Ian McCulloch and Steve Partington.

All I kit up was the pole and planned to fish 4mm pellets and maggots down the edge for units, as there is quite a few of them, but peg 26 ain't the best edge peg, as you can only fish short and ideally wanna get away from you, especially as the water is quite clear and low.

Won't go into detail, as I caught long to the island on pellets.  Fished a float (Martyn Howard) until it become solid and was on the "tap" rig.  Caught all stock F1's... Nice day, but couldn't catch bonus fish down the edge, couple of fish come in, but only managed one F1 and couple perch.

Neil McKinnon caught well down the edge for the match win.  All weights are below.

Caught 99% of my F1's long to island.  F66 Airon pole was awesome in the wind.  #nobrokenpoles 

Sunday, 24 September 2017

River Thames. Lechlade and Radcot

Peg 37 Radcot
9lb 11oz
Won section
42 fished?

I haven't fished a river all year, as I focus on commericals through the summer, as you may know.

I am always a little nervous of my first river match, as I know I will be rusty and will be up against it, as the other anglers have been fishing the River Thames for the last 4 weeks plus, as there has been a lot of good matches (Thames Champs, Turner 400, Swam Open and Thames Festival).  All these matches I seem to unfortunately miss as they clash with other events 😔

The Match

As 99% of the field fishing today's match wanted to draw Lechlade, near the Pub (a drew it last year..... won the Winter League).   However, I drew upstream Radcot, about old peg 57?  "The Spikes".  A good "bits peg", therefore the only thing I set up was my F66.  Main attack was Grounbait and caster for roach at 9 meters and then chop worm short and long.  Simple.  Don't wanna go into too much detail, as we have the first round of the winter league this week and I want our team to do well.


Neil Richards won with 30lb of Roach.   Lechlade
Gary Etheridge was second with 29lb of roach from Lechlade 
Third.   I think was 18lb of Chub?

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Heronbrook Fisheries

Peg 8 Match Lake
3rd overall
40 fished

Up really early to get to Heronbrook, this going to be the last time this year.  So hoped to end on a high and draw a "bung hole billy" peg.

I drew peg 8 on Match Lake, which is a good area? 

The match

Struggled on feeder, lost two.  Gutted.  Went short the pole and only had 1 F1.  Gosh, not the start I wanted? 35 mintues in and only 1 fish, not good.

I have been pinging 4mm pellets on the long pole and went 14.5 meters and caught well for an hour and then it got difficult, as it did for must people....

A little concerned I didn't have a productive line, I chucked the feeder to right and resulted in three hooked carp and two in the net and one hook pulled (cost me second overall).   

Hoping to catch some big carp down the edge, which didn't happen until  last hour I caught some units down the edge, one about 17lb, then 15lber and a 10lber, no problem for the Airon F66 (no broken sections.....)

I do love the Marukyu EFG151 and I've fished 4 matches at Heronbrook with EFG151 this year and had two match wins, section win, and second on the lake.

Colmic Airon F66 Pole.

A close match.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Monday, 11 September 2017

Whiteacres - Swindon go on Tour 2017

Day One
Peg 53
No good.
22 fished

I had a brilliant first hour, caught 9 carp and then it just died.  The peg never came back.  Really strange.



Day Two
17lb 12oz
Peg 10 canal
Won section.
Think I won lake
90 odd fished

As we all were hoping a draw on Twin Oaks, I had to settle for a draw on canal.  Peg 10 too... not good.  But hey I'm on holiday and try and make best of a bad situation, and there was three sections paying  £50.  So therefore, something worth fishing for.

I knew Canal was going to be tough. So decided to fish a negative pellet match.   Which was the right decision, but only caught in the first 45 mintues and the last 30 mintues.   Most of the match was unbelievably tough, couldn't even catch on casters shallow or on deck.  So gave up on that.

Was pleased to win my section with 17lb.

Most of the weights from Canal.   I was second on the lake.  

Day Three
Peg 3 Mawgan Porth
4th overall
Won section by default

Shame, caught well, but carp with getting spooked.  Caught in three spells.

Day four
Peg 25
No good.

Always take the rough with smooth and today you wanted to be in that rough water and I was in smooth and struggled to catch.  Had a few on the pellet feeder.

Day Five
The best draw in rover I've ever had, peg 5.
Peg 13 Twin Oaks
Messed it up
6th overall

I've been going to Whiteacres for 6 years, and this lowest I've ever been in the Rover!!! I was due a "bung hole".  So I wanted to get to peg 16 Twin Oaks, or as close as possible.  So had to settle for peg 13.  Peg 18 was in, but corner pegs are risky, so played it safe?

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Heronbrook Fisheries

Peg 22 canal
Won section
90 anglers fished

Heronbrook today on the MAM  (match anglers matches).

Drew peg 22 on canal.  Fished mircos and pellets for first part of the match.  Caught small F1s and odd carp.. Middle part of match I fished caster and caught some chub and Barbel.   Last 2 hours focus down the edge with maggots over EFG151, caught a couple of carp and some stunning F1's

A couple of 200lb's weights, what a venue.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Heronbrook Fisheries

Peg 18 canal
213lb 8oz
1st place
23 fished

With the MAM final fast approaching I thought better get up there...  I do like Heronbrook as it can be aggressive venue, whereby you can give it some bait.

The locals always say you wanna drew "ends and bends" and today I've been lucky enough to draw an end peg on Canal.  On arrival to my peg, I had a nice reed bed to far bank and shallow edgeto my left, which was reasonably flat and really fancied it for a few.

Really pleased to win the match, but was very lucky to win by 3oz.  Looking forward to the MAM final.

Gear used:

Colmic Airon F66
0.1 gram Sky float
0.168 Colmic Spider Line
16 WN501
2.5mm Colmic Hollow.


3 pints of Red maggot.
2 pints of mirco
2 bags of Marukyu EFG151

Monday, 28 August 2017

Alvechurch Fisheries

Peg 13
72lb 12oz
Won lake (by an ounce)
Won pairs

I've had a great run at Alvechurch lakes, I've drawn some great pegs too, you can't have a great runight without been lucky.  And today I've drawn peg 13, which is normally a good area.

Was chuffed to win the lake by 1oz and win the pairs by a few points with Gary Donachie.  Gary fished really well, as he's never seen the Colmic Canal Lake.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Edge Fishing

Fishing down the Edge

Fishing down the edge has been a life saver for me on the last couple of matches.  It's great as you normally, not always, tend to catch a lot bigger fish. 

I was lucky enough to catch some decent fish on my Dad's Memorial match at Bourton. 

Ive done a couple of basic videos below on margin fishing.

Small video at Alders Farm Fishery 

Liam Dennick talks through his margin rig at Manor Farm Leisure.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

British Pole champs

Peg 66
Got battered

A long drive to Hayfield Lakes, especially after another long day yesterday on Div 1 National yesterday.  Only applied for two Maver Match This tickets this year and drew a flyer at the Glede, peg 79, felt the peg was worth more and should be in the final.  Never mind, will have a go next year chasing rainbows. 

Today's match saw me draw peg 66, which looked like to could to tough.  As five pegs were all in a line.  So maybe up against it in a good area?  

I struggled from start to finish, and got a sore neck as they were all catching to my left..... enough said.

Division One National

1kg 70 grams
22nd out of 49
Team was 8th overall

This years National was the Shropshire Union canal, as I decided to fish a few more natural venues, I thought this would a good venue to go to and it's not too fair away.

I feel I peaked too earlier on the practice matches as I won my section first visit and unfortunately it went down hill from there, as my other two practice matches were a little rough, lack of bites and no lucky bonus fish, depsite giving it a proper go... I learnt a few things on the way

Chop Worm

This was like a lot of venues I fish.  First hit (feeding) is normally always your most productive.  Topping up normally becomes weaker.  No issue with this.
However, rigs were so wrong, soon realised that 1 gram rigs are better, fished over depth with PROPER lines and hooks.  Eels were big and a few landed and more lost.    Bait droppers also important.  Potting weren't a good idea.  One thing I'd like to say, I never hooked or got an eel.  But speaking to locals (very helpful), you can see this was right. 

Colmic Stream floats  (1 gram)


Know I wrote this off, as I felt the canal was too coloured and too many boats.  Again I was wrong, and this potentially cost me my section on the Individual national, as the guy next to me on the Individual National caught more roach than the whole section put together.  But he caught them against the far bank,  so got caught out?  However, come today, I had two gudgeon on it and only managed managed a couple of roach on squatt..... also either side never caught many roach.  Shaun Townsend fished bread down middle of canal on today's match and never had a bite.  Thanks for three punch, despite never having a bite on it.

Double leam mix

Targeting gudgeon at 2 meters with the hardest balls of leam with a few dead pinkies was a good through away line and good for a couple of fish and good way to rest lines and hopefully put some fish in the net.  49 people in the section, grams to count.  I got done by 10 grams and another 100 grams would of gave me 5 more points.  Massive across a team of ten.....

Squatt line

For me, normally find two of water and that is your squatt line for roach.  

You are able to see the results for the National below...

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Alvechurch Fisheries

Peg 36
14 fished
I do always look forward to fishing Alvechurch, especially the Horseshoe lake

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Maver Match This

Peg 79
3rd overall
109 fished?

This is my second visit to the Glede, last time I fished the Glede was years ago on a MFS match.  So my knowledge of the venue is very limited.  Some it was going to be a pellet match for me and maggots down the edge..... simple.

The event for the Maver Match This was a sell out, as always, so ensured I got my ticket early.  Drew peg 79, lake 5 and Andy Kinder said it was a good draw.  So happy days and on arrival peg 78 was empty, so was chuffed to have an empty peg, so was happy with that.

Started on cage feeder and caught two early carp and then dropped on the pole line short and had a steady run of small carp and then this faded and spent too long waiting for bites and pulled out of three carp in a row?!  Went on long pole and caught steady on lasso 6mm pellets.  Edge was poor, was too bright, only managed 4 carp down the edge and pulled out of one.  Wish I stayed on the past line at 5 meters.  Funny bites on paste.

Disappointed not to do better, but third overall was still quite good. I wish I could have another go at it again.  Peg was worth 200lb.

Gear used

Colmic Airon F66 pole

Pellet Rig
0.2 gram float Jon Walker
0.20 Colmic Spider
0.165 Colmic Stream

Paste Rig
0.3 gram float.  Jon Walker
0.209 Colmic Spider straight through

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Shropshire Union Canal

Peg 123
1kg 310 grams
Third in section (10 pegs)
160 plus fished today

On the Individual National today, good practice session for the team event the following week.  However, lobs worms is my key bait today, as I'm fishing to win.

Unfortunately my float only went under once. 1 perch.

Don't want to go into detail about my match.  As I don't wanna give anything away.  Will do a decent write up in a weeks time.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Mick Telling Memorial Final

Peg 9
12 fished

Me and my Mum
Obviously been my dads match it means a lot to me, as you can imagine.  Years ago, when I was a boy I used to fish it with my family and then for my Uncles memorial match too (uncle john, had to be "uncle John").    So I had so back ground knowledge was good, but haven't fished it for years so was unsure how it was fishing.  Laurie Lang was help to us, as he run matches (opens) prior to the event, so people could practice if they wanted to.  Unfortunately for me, just couldn't get the time off with two jobs!!!! So I was going in blind.

For me, I was going to be very narrow minded, as I was told that Rudd were a problem, so I was going to fish paste short and maybe long (10 meters) and maggots and mircos down the edge.  I brought a gallon of reds to unsure I wasn't under gunned.....

My second best mate (Frank Donachie) was watching me and the paste presentation was a nightmare, couldn't present it right and was concerned I was missing out on the early "mug" fish.  To cut a long story short, I switched to maggots over depth and feed mircos and maggots long and this helped me no end, then the wind dead down and then fish hard pellet and caught steady after a rally poor 1.5 hours!!

Big potting down the edge was awful, and toss potted maggots and mircos and waited for bites, this was SO MUCH better, so fed next to nothing.  Basically it was a match where the less I feed the more I caught.

Was very pleased and relieved to win the match, as it was tough and got me thinking and I pulled it back from 5.30, and caught some decent fish down the edge which help me pin Jamie.  So I only best Jamie by 14lb, which was only two fish.  So close match.

Congratulations to all finalist for getting here.

Many thanks to D&J sports for donating the trophies and thank you to Colmic for donating the rod and clothing.

1. Chris Telling 113lb 2oz
2. Jamie Read 98lb 15oz
3. Gary Donachie 79lb 14oz
4. Nathan Reeves 72lb
5. John Williams 65lb 7oz
6. Martin Price 64lb 4oz
7. Martyn Howard 60lb 9oz
8. Daddy price 53lb 1oz
9. Stephen Partington 52lb 2oz
10. Jeremy Benson 50lb 10oz
11. Martin Wickens 49lb 8oz
12. Andy Burns 41lb 8oz

Just qualifier will be end of June 2018 (last weekend) at Marlborough canal.

Jamie Read
Gary Donachie

Mick Telling Finalists 2017

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