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 

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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.

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Alders Farm Fishery

Peg 2 Pines
2nd in section
3rd on lake.
Team 7th

The second year of Joseph James Law match, which is a fantastic event and very well run again.  Unfortunately team wise, we Colmic, had a tough draw on Ash Lake and Speimen Lake, but Pines me and Jamie had a fair chance.  I was on peg 2, which I wasn't over keen on, as I felt the pegs to my left were going to much more productive, especially peg 5 (my favourite peg) as this seems to hold a lot of fish no matter what the conditions.  It has a sunken island, so good waggler and feeder peg if the pole doesn't produce.

The Match

I started short, 5 meters hoping for a couple of cheeky fish..... err that didn't happen, and looking to my right all I could see was elastic out....   therefore, had no option to go long, and lost my first two, so come shallow, and caught a few on the drop.  Was too scared to get the slapping rig, as the water is quite clear.  And remember messing a match up, trying to be greedy.

I was a little disappointed that I missed out on the section by 5lb, felt I was miles behind..... BUT was lucky to beat Pete Archer by a 1lb.  However, the team struggled.  So hopefully third time lucky??

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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?

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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

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