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Monday, 24 June 2013

Random Stuff!

Nothing to declare this week as there was no match booked and instead I had booked a boat fishing trip out of Weymouth which was cancelled due to the gale-force winds forecast.
Rather than stay home for a second Sunday in a row, I booked into Tony's short pole match on Landsend's match lake and lake 3 (John's, Sidney's or whatever it's called).
I won't bore you with the details as I drew peg 66 and got well and truly "chip-shop sausaged" by Shaun Townsend on 65 who came second overall with 72-10 and by Rich Lacey on 68 who was a little bit nearer my pathetic efforts with 26-10, although I might have saved the double battering if I hadn't have lost the munter which snapped the hook length on my "silvers" rig.
So much for my plan of going for silvers!
It wasn't all bad news though as Psv stalwart Stevie Wynne was top weight on Match lake and third overall with 63-11 from peg 20.
He did make me laugh when after collecting his envelope he announced he would be at Trinity next week with the Carpenters Arms so would be fishing with some proper anglers.
The full bite-by-bite account can be found on the match-winner's blog here
and also (with the results) on Mike Nicholls' blog here
Despite that, it was an interesting day and may well be a good idea for some of our matches in the future if anyone fancies it.
Meanwhile, I was having a trawl through the laptop and came across a few old pictures from matches that I'd forgotten about so I thought I'd stick a few up.  Obviously the "action" shots have been taken by me when I've been taking a rest from bagging!
If you would like any of the following framed and autographed let me know ...

Adam Caswell concentrating on one of his "lighthouse" paste floats

The "big fella" Ryan Jordan fishing 6m out in front and behind

Mr Crabtree aka Simon Belcham 

Bob Warren, always smiling as long as it doesn't cost money

Paul Elmes carp wrestling and flexing his biceps for the camera

Chris Szakacs the silent assassin

Alan (Louis Spence) Healy sorting out the family's supper

Neil Mercer looking like he should be at Tracey Park and not Rood Ashton

I may add some more to this later.

Ryan Jordan

Adam Woodland

The original Mr Flip-Flop back when he still had some hair (of sorts)

Paul "Beaver" Elmes

Mark Radford (when he was still good)!

No comment!

Monday, 17 June 2013

Trinity, Ash Pool, 16 June (10 pegs)

Unfortunately, or maybe not, I chose to give this one a miss what with it being Fathers' Day 'n all and also having been away fishing for four days over the previous weekend but all is not lost as one of the ten brave souls that ignored there kids carefully hand-crafted cards has generously provided a match report (of sorts).
Considering he came 2nd on the day his report isn't quite as modest as mine might have been but he'll learn and apologies for the dodgy punctuation etc but he does work in insurance!

   Another match that was booked and anticipated as an experiment and that it was ! For most of the field if not all apart from Adam who admitted to getting bites all day long (Must of been fishing double maggot and biting each other because he only had 10 fish!!!!) the experiment was learning how to sleep sat on a seat box whilst getting buckets of water thrown over you.
   The day was hard and with very few silvers making an appearance it was a case of waiting for the carp.

Full Result:
  1. Adam Caswell ...... 25-2
  2. Will Dearlove  ...... 18-1
  3. Mark Radford ....... 14-0
  4. Ron Hardiman ...... 12-15
  5. Alan Healy ........... 12-7
  6. Ryan Radford ....... 11-7
  7. Simon Belcham .... 8-8
  8. Brian Shanks ....... 7-5
  9. Darren North ....... 5-11
  10. Matt Taynton ....... 5-3

Not the most impressive set of results but coincidentally the West's finest were fishing on Wildmarsh at the same time and having read Tony's blog it seems the fish were having an off day all round, especially on peg 65, which you can read about here or maybe all that chasing after aging Rock stars has adversely affected his focus, who knows!
There's no match as such next week as I have organised a trip on the Katy Ann out of Weymouth but it will be back to business as usual the week after at Landsend.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Sedges, Canal Lake, 9 June (10 pegs)

This was intended to be a bit of an experimental match as we've not fished the canal before but unfortunately I was unable to take part in the experiment as I was away on my annual camping / fishing weekend in Ross-on-Wye.

No massive weights (as expected) but I got some good feedback from those that fished it, although Adam Caswell did give up and go and fish one of the other lakes as, presumably, there weren't enough carp in his peg to foul-hook and he never had anyone sat behind him telling him what to do ie: Aaron Brittnel or Ian Heaps (seriously).

Full Result:
  1. Mark Radford (peg 60) ...... 42-2
  2. Brian Shanks (41) .......... 31-0
  3. Darren North (62) .......... 26-12
  4. Alan Healy (42) ............. 21-7
  5. Rocket Ron Hardiman (43) .. 21-0
  6. Derek Lucas (61) ........... 16-3
  7. Jason Bird (64) .............. 15-2
  8. Mike Smith (45) ............ 9-6
  9. Adam Caswell / Ryan Radford .... dnw
  1.  Alan Healy .... 14-13
  2. Derek Lucas ... 10-2
  3. Jason Bird ...... 6-12
  4. Mike Smith ..... 5-14
  5. Ron Hardiman .... 3-0
  6. Darren North ..... 2-12
  7. Brian Shanks .... 2-4
  8. Mark Radford .... 1-9

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Viaduct, Cary, 2 June (22 pegs)

Unsurprisingly I was going to put this up on Sunday night but I only got as far as doing the results before I fell asleep but anyway...
Another good turnout with 22 fishing, it was almost 23 but I don't take bookings in Shipham cafe on Sunday mornings and as the Fry's match on Campbell was also full (with 13 fishing) so Aaron Britnell had to make do with coaching Adam Caswell for six hours.
For a change the sun was shining and as a result the carp were starting to spawn all over the complex and those that weren't were cruising around in groups looking for love.
The day before had seen the 83 peg Maver qualifier spread over Campbell, Cary, Lodge and Spring with the top weight of 150-12 coming from peg 111 on Campbell.  Cary had fished quite hard with a top weight of 90-ish so it was looking interesting.
To cut a long story short I caught early on the pellet waggler and kept odd fish coming by switching between the wag at various depths and straight lead with pellet. I never had a fish in the last two hours apart from 2 foulers that both came off but the first four hours were enough to win with 102-4 from peg 85.
I did have 1 skimmer that went straight back as I thought I would need my third net and then never had another fish so maybe that was a bit of a jinx (never mind).
Quite a way behind in second place was last week's winner Stewart Riddle on peg 96 with 87-5.  Stewart caught in a similar fashion but had most of his fish on the waggler on the deck.
Third place went to Adam Caswell (coached by Aaron) with 76-2 caught on meat over pellet and meat feed at 16m.  Adam and Aaron also managed the top silvers weight of 31-13.
Mike Smith was fourth with 73-9 from peg 81 caught mainly on the lead down towards the end of the spit.
And fifth place went to Chris Szakacs with 73-0 although his carp net went over yet again which cost him dearly yet again! (some people never learn)
This Sunday we are at Sedges on the canal and I won't be there as I'm away camping and it's a pole venue so if you want to book in you need to get in touch with Louis Spence lookalike Alan Healy (07846 581 971)
He does lifts and will even do a detour to pick your fishing kit up if it involves a free breakfast!

Full Result:
  1. Steve Burgess (peg 85) ...... 102-4
  2. Stewart Riddle (96) ......... 87-5
  3. Adam Caswell & Aaron Britnell (90) .. 76-2
  4. Mike Smith (81) .............. 73-9
  5. Chris Szakacs (98) ........... 73-0
  6. Mike Wilson (88) .............. 72-6
  7. Rocket Ron Hardiman (100) ... 60-11
  8. Rich Britton (97) ............. 57-12
  9. Colin Ellaway (94) ......... 50-14
  10. Mark Radford (76) ......... 38-8
  11. Chris Gay (87) ............. 36-12
  12. Bob Warren (105) ......... 28-7
  13. Ryan Radford (99) ......... 28-2
  14. Mike Welling (78) .......... 25-2
  15. Matt Challenger (102) .... 15-2
  16. Darren North (103) ...... 13-7
  17. Matt Taynton (79) ........ 7-11
  18. Derek Lucas (95) ......... 7-5
  19. and 4 dnw's
  1. Adam Caswell / Aaron ...... 31-13
  2. Ron Hardiman ....... 26-1
  3. Mark Radford ........ 20-6
  4. Colin Ellaway ......... 16-12
  5. Matt Challenger ...... 15-2
  6. Bob Warren ........... 14-13
  7. Darren North ......... 13-7
  8. Mike Wilson ............ 9-12
  9. Matt Taynton .......... 7-11
  10. Derek Lucas ........... 7-5
  11. Mike Smith ............. 6-0
  12. Chris Gay .............. 3-10
  13. Mike Welling .......... 1-11