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Monday, 28 January 2013

2013 Fixtures

Seeing as my match calendar seems to be broken ....

  • 3-Feb, Plantations (Horseshoe)
  • 10-Feb, Harescombe
  • 17-Feb, Staunton Court
  • 24-Feb, Trinity (Woodlands)
  • 3-Mar, Sedges (Tile)
  • 10-March, Plantations (Coarse)
  • 17-March, Viaduct (Cary)
  • 24-March, Shiplate
  • 31-March, Viaduct (Campbell)
  • 7-April, Staunton Court
  • 14-April, Trinity (Woodlands)
  • 21-April, Viaduct (Cary)
  • 28-April, Sedges (Brick)
  • 5-May, Landsend
  • 12-May, tba
  • 19-May, Shiplate
  • 26-May, Rood Ashton
  • 2-June, Viaduct (Cary)
  • 9-June, Sedges (canal)
  • 16-June, Trinity (Woodland)
  • 23-June, Weekend Away (possibly)!
  • 30-June, Landsend
  • 7-July, Walters S-Cerney (Blue / White)
  • 14-July, Shiplate (Frys inter-club)
  • 21-July, Trinity (Woodlands)
  • 28-July, Sedges (Brick)
  • 4-Aug, Viaduct (Cary)
  • 11-Aug, Landsend (John's Lake)
  • 18-Aug, Trinity (Woodlands)
  • 25-Aug, Durleigh Res (Frys inter-club)
  • 1-Sept, Harescombe
  • 8-Sept, Walters S-Cerney (Blue)
  • 15-Sept, Landsend
  • 22-Sept, Sedges (Brick)
  • 29-Sept, Shiplate
  • 6-Oct, Trinity (Woodlands)
  • 13-Oct, Harescombe
  • 20-Oct, Landsend
  • 27-Oct, Shiplate (Frys inter-club)
  • 3-Nov, Sedges (Tile)
  • 10-Nov, Viaduct (Campbell)
  • 17-Nov, Harescombe
  • 24-Nov, Trinity (Ash Pool)**
  • 1-Dec, Viaduct (Spring)
  • 14-Dec (Saturday), Acorn Christmas Match
Recently Added
*shared with coffin dodgers
**could be changed to either Woodland or Wildmarsh

2014 Dates 
  • 16-March, Viaduct (Campbell)
  • 13-April, Avalon
  • 20-April, Viaduct (Campbell)
  • 15-June, Viaduct (Campbell)
  • 29-June, Avalon
  • 27-July, Viaduct (Campbell)
  • 7-Sept, Viaduct (Campbell)
  • 14-Sept, Avalon
  • 26-October, Viaduct (Campbell)

This Sunday's Venue

Will be at Plantations (Horseshoe).
Plenty of pegs here so text me on my usual number(s) or leave a comment to book your place. If anyone is interested the cafe will be open from 8 but I need to let her know approximate numbers on Friday night, presumably so she can get over to Tesco on Saturday to saddle-up the sausages!

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Sedges, Tile Lake, 13 Jan (11 pegs)

Our first match of the year and as always we were met with a warm welcome from Jamie and Denise.
The weather though, wasn't quite as warm as the new year mild spell had ended abruptly on the Saturday with a bitter North Easterly which eased overnight but still meant the temperature gauge in the van was flashing at -1 on the way down and warning of a "Risque de Verglace" which, for the uneducated, means risk of ice as I have changed the trip computer in the van to read French (out of boredom)!
Anyway, after a chat with Jamie who reckoned the fishing was best towards the middle pegs on both banks, it was decided to leave out two pegs in each corner and draw eleven pegs from the twelve remaining.
I was a bit concerned about this at the time as it meant that the four anglers on the end pegs would have too much advantage but as it turned out, Jamie's advice was spot on.
As expected, the fishing was hard for those that didn't have fish shoaled in front of them. so no worries then on peg 35 for Paul Reed who cruised into the top spot, despite taking a few breaks to advise his neighbours, with 24-3 of carp and skimmers caught on soft pellet and maggot over micros on the pole at 11m.
Second on the day was Will Dearlove on peg 26 with 19-8.  Will caught all carp on the  tip fishing the bottom of the shelf on the end of the island alternating corn and maggot on the hook in conjunction with 4mm pellet in a pva "teabag".
It would only be fair to mention though that one of Will's fish made up 90% of that weight, however, it would only serve to make me sound bitter and twisted so I won't mention it.
Meanwhile, Chris Szakacs on peg 33 unusually spent the match avoiding carp (they were probably all shoaled up in front of Paul Reed) but still managed third spot with an all skimmer catch of 12-0 caught on caster over caster and groundbait at 11m.

 Full Result:
  1. Paul Reed (peg 35) ........ 24-3
  2. Will Dearlove (26) ......... 19-8
  3. Chris Szakacs* (33) ...... 12-0
  4. Lionel Legge (28) .......... 11-8
  5. Mike Smith (27) ............ 10-14
  6. Steve Burgess (24) ........ 6-0
  7. Adam Caswell (36) ........ 4-10
  8. Steve Tanner (23) ......... 4-3
  9. Derek Lucas / Ryan Radford (37/38) ... 4-1
  10. Mark Radford (25) ........ 1-12
*golden peg

  1. Chris Szakacs .... 12-0
  2. Paul Reed ......... 11-9
  3. Steve Burgess ... 6-0  etc....

Thursday, 3 January 2013

January Matches

There are two matches booked for January, Sedges (Tile lake) on the 13th and Plantations (Horseshoe) on the 20th.  Meeting on the 8th of Jan for bookings.

Acorn Christmas Match Results

Admittedly, this update may appear to be a bit overdue seeing as the match took place over two weeks ago, but this my third attempt at getting it done as the previous two attempts failed miserably due to the old Apple laptop that I'm currently using (since my proper computer died) seems to not get on too well with the Blogger website and, contrary to what some people would have you believe, I'm not in the position to visit the Apple store and buy a shiny new one!
Anyway, a new venue for this year's Christmas match (Acorn Paddock Lake) meant that at least everybody would be fishing on the same lake and would therefore have an equal chance at the draw.
And with 32 booked in it meant we could have four 8-peg sections with payouts of 1st Overall, 1st & 2nd Silvers overall and 1st & 2nd in each section (11 payouts in total) which seemed quite fair and, for once, everybody was happy.
Unfortunately there was one no-show which meant one section ended up with seven in and that was left to the drawbag to decide the empty peg.
As it turned out the peg that was left in the bag was 34, arguably the best peg on the lake, (worth bearing in mind for those that like to jump the draw queue).
Steve Tanner had the good fortune to be drawn on 33 which gave him the double advantage of an all-important "bridge" peg and an empty peg either side and he duly won the match with an all-carp weight of 49lbs 11oz.
Brian Shanks took second from peg 3 with 45-4 followed by Colin Ellaway on another bridge peg (40) with 39-4.
Fourth place went to Luke Tanner with 37-12 from peg 7.
So, on the whole, a decent match for the time of year with 20 anglers weighing double figures and just three dnw's.
By comparison, last year's match at Westerleigh was won with 33-7 and saw just 6 out of 22 anglers weigh double figures, five of which were on the old lake.
As normal the aftershow party was held at the Midland Spinner along with the payouts, tackle prizes and raffle, helped along by a generous buffet.
The winner enjoyed a quality hamper which included (amongst other stuff) a turkey, a brace of pheasants and free membership for next season plus picking up £100 in pools.


  1. Steve Tanner .... Peg 33 ... 49-11
  2. Brian Shanks ....... 3 ....... 45-4
  3. Colin Ellaway ...... 40 ....... 39-4
  4. Luke Tanner ....... 7 ........ 37-12
  5. Paul Elmes ......... 22 ....... 36-7
  6. Darren North ...... 1 ......... 35-4
  7. Ed Wynne .......... 20 ....... 30-1
  8. Chris Szakacs ..... 13 ........ 29-13
  9. Simon Belcham (j) 36 ...... 26-2
  10. Mike Wilson (J) .... 5 ........ 26-2
  11. Will Dearlove ...... 37 ....... 23-2
  12. Mark Radford ...... 31 ....... 21-1
  13. Craig Edmunds .... 10 ....... 20-9
  14. Paul Reed ........... 6 ......... 19-2
  15. Chris Gay ............ 23 ....... 17-1
Pegs 1 > 10:
  1. Brian Shanks (3) .... 45-4
  2. Luke Tanner (7) ..... 37-12
Pegs 12 > 19:
  1. Chris Szakacs (13) ... 29-13
  2. Ryan Radford (12) ... 12-0
Pegs 20 > 28:
  1. Paul Elmes (22) .... 36-7
  2. Ed Wynne (20) ..... 30-1
Pegs 29 > 40:
  1. Steve Tanner (33) .... 48-11
  2. Colin Ellaway (40) .... 39-4 (1st by default)
  3. Si Belcham (36) .... 26-2 (2nd by default)
  1. Brian Shanks (3) .... 5-4
  2. Matt Taynton (16) ... 5-2 (1st by default)
  3. Mark Radford (31) ... 3-9 (2nd by default)

Finally, I would like to thank everybody who helped out to make the day run smoothly, including Tony and Dean for their invaluable help with the prizes, Matt Taynton for supplying (and preparing) the brace of pheasants. 
Plus a big thanks to Rich Jones & Derek for their help carrying everything out of my van and up the stairs in the pub!
And a special thankyou to the wife who did all the food.
Hope you all had a great Christmas.

  In case anyone was wondering, my match never went that great. Having the choice of the last 2 pegs in the bag I managed to put myself on 17 (middle of cyanide straight) and leave 34 in the bag. The result of this was 5 bites, 1 scale, a roach and a couple of skimmers for the impressive total of 1lb 5oz and last out of those that weighed in which won me a skid bung and a pole sock!
All was not lost though as Alan Healy was on 14 and could only manage 2-13 as his two skimmers were less tiny than my two so he never had much to shout about either!
On the upside, I did come second in the Sedges Christmas open and Al won the silvers at the Shiplate Christmas match so his Christmas wasnt a total disaster after all.