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Saturday, 24 May 2014

Trinity blind pairs, 18 May (19 pegs)

Having given it a miss last week to keep the wife in line I was really looking forward to this especially seeing as the forecast was for a shorts & flip-flops day.
My usual travelling partner was away on family duties today so he was replaced by my end-of-the-draw-queue nemesis, Will Dearlove.
Unfortunately, the last pegs in the box let us down badly this week but that's another story.
As the title suggests, this week was a blind-pairs match and Misha kindly drew the pairs and sorted the pegging.
Payout was top three and one silvers overall, plus the top three pairs paid out additionally.
With the recent spell of warm weather a lot of the carp on the lake  were otherwise occupied and there was a breeze blowing diagonally across the lake into peg 6.
I won't bore you with the details as the winner, Lee Williams, has already done a good job of that :

Winner on the day was Lee in peg 6 with 116-4, close second was Brian Shanks with 114-12 from peg 8 and in third place (and battered from both sides)! was Darren North with 84-5 from peg 7.
Rich Jones came close to upsetting the windward corner domination with 83-5 from peg 32.

Silvers went to Adam Caswell on peg 15 with 7-12.
Winners of the pairs were Simon Belcham and Rich Jones.

Overall Result:
  1. Lee Williams (peg 6) ......... 116-4
  2. Brian Shanks (8) ............. 114-12
  3. Darren North (7) ............. 84-5
  4. Rich Jones (32) ............... 83-5
  5. Simon Belcham (12) ........ 55-7
  6. Ron Hardiman (13) .......... 42-7
  7. Pete Uzzell (2) ................ 40-9
  8. Mike Welling (30) ............ 40-7
  9. Andy Gay (27) ................ 36-0
  10. Ryan Radford (26) ........... 35-15
  11. Chris Gay (29) ................ 33-9
  12. Chris Szakacs (17) .......... 26-11
  13. Steve Wynne (10) ........... 21-0
  14. Mark Radford (23) ........... 19-0
  15. Adam Caswell (15) .......... 16-0
  16. Alan Healey (19) ............. 13-9
  17. Steve Burgess (24) .......... 11-8
  18. Will Dearlove (20) ........... 6-15
  19. Lee Waller (3) ................. dnw
  1. Adam Caswell ....... 7-12
  2. Mike Welling ......... 7-3
  3. Will Dearlove ........ 6-15
  4. Chris Gay ............. 6-0
  5. Ryan Radford ........ 5-12
  6. Pete Uzzell ............ 5-1
  1. Simon Belcham / Rich Jones (9pts) ... 138-12
  2. Brian Shanks / Mike Welling (10) ...... 155-3
  3. Pete Uzzell / Darren North (10) ........ 124-14
  4. Lee Williams / Steve Wynne (14) ...... 137-4
  5. Ron Hardiman / Chris Gay (17) ......... 76-0
  6. Andy Gay / Mark Radford (23) .......... 55-0
  7. Chris Szakacs / Steve Burgess (29) ... 38-3
  8. Alan Healey / Adam Caswell (31) ...... 29-9
  9. Will Dearlove / Lee Waller (37) ......... 6-15

Through to the next round of the knockout this week were:
Lee Williams
Mark Radford
Andy Gay (beat Ryan Radford by 1oz)
Simon Belcham
Darren North

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Harescombe Match lake  15 pegs   

Mr Burgess is having a week off so its guest blogger time ,so another trip up the M5 to deepest Gloucestershire today , originally there were 19 booked in but unfortunately with the gales on Saturday and the promise of blustery weather for sunday a couple cried off leaving 17. At the draw there was some very sad news as Darren North received a phone call informing him his father had passed away, understandably he needed to get home so travelling partner Si Belcham kindly took him, which left fifteen numbers in the draw bag.

So on behalf of all of PSV Angling club i'd like to offer our sincere condolences to Darren and his family.

Back to the match and at the draw it was decided by acting match secretary Mr Healy that there would be three sections of five paying top two in each section , Alan incedently was looking rather glum as his pound coin collection wasn't going to swell today with the absence of Adam Caswell and Steve Burgess.

Anyone who knows Harescombe will know it can be abit of a fish race which means a bad start can be very tricky to claw back but one thing you always get is a very close fishing match and today was no different. As venues go its one of the more fairer fisherys we fish with most pegs being capable of a weight ,but in contradiction to that our matches up here always seem to be won around peg 2!

Keith Ray taking parking behind your peg to a whole new meaning! note the local parking attendant.

The match started slow for most with no one really setting a pace, I myself drew peg 9 which is the middle of the carpark bank and for company had Rich Britton to my left on 7 and mad Mike Welling on 11 ,down on flyer 29 was Alan Healy and he had Rich Jones and rocket Ron Hardiman on 1-3 respectively which is usually a good area ,also 'mugger' shanks on 13 and 'the slayer' Matt Taynton on 16 would be big threats.
The view from peg 9 and the angler in the background is Lionel Legge on peg 22.

After the slow start a few people started to put a weight together with Alan catching a few along with rich on 1,up on 16 Matt was taking fish regular and even had time for some reason to lose six sections of pole attached to a large F1 which lucky for matt towed the pole across the lake into the waiting hands of Keith Ray on peg 15! The main battle thou ended up being between myself and Rich Briton ,the middle of the match went great for Rich who fished down his margins fishing maggot taking f1s on a regular basis building up a good lead. I started on worm and caster short on the back of finishing second doing the same on my last visit but as is typical of match fishing it didn't work! so going nowhere fast a rethink was in order and after id been pinging pellets across to the boards and far shelf with three hours to go went over with a banded 6mm ,luckly for me it was solid and I mananged to claw my way back catching f1s and small carp most put ins to the all out.

At the all out there was no clear winner and so it was proved at the weighin with one good F1 separating the top three anglers ,winner on the day and winner of section 29-7 was Rich Briton pictured below with 60lb 8oz lucky for him peg 7 was the golden peg which earnt him an extra £100 so well done Rich!!

second was myself with 59lb 6oz so very close although I did win section 9-16 ,the third section 17-24 was won by Lionel Legge with 28lb 15oz followed by Collin Butler with 25lb 12oz

Alan Healy second in section 29-7 with 57lb

Matt Taynton second in section 9-16 with 47lb 4oz


1ST            RICH BRITON             60LB 8OZ         PEG 7   **
2ND           CHRIS SZAKACS       59LB 6OZ         PEG 9
3RD           ALAN HEALY             57LB                 PEG 29
4TH           MATT TAYNTON       47LB 4OZ         PEG 16
5TH           RICH JONES                45LB 3OZ         PEG 1
6TH           BRIAN SHANKS         40LB 8OZ         PEG 13
7TH           RON HARDIMAN        32LB                PEG 3
8TH           LIONEL LEGGE          28LB 15OZ       PEG 22
9TH           WILL DEARLOVE      27LB 4OZ         PEG 5
10TH         COLIN BUTLER          25LB 12OZ       PEG 20 ***
11TH         STEVE WYNNE           22LB                 PEG 18
12TH         MIKE WELLING          15LB 13OZ       PEG 11
13TH         KEITH RAY                  15LB 8OZ         PEG 15


Also this week was the start of the club knockout with the winner getting a free membership ,each round is over a set of four matches each month giving everyone a chance to fish against their respective opponent

todays pair ups

ALAN HEALY                 V               WILL DEARLOVE
RON HARDIMAN           V               MIKE WELLING
BRIAN SHANKS             V               MATT TAYNTON
LIONEL LEGGE              V               KEITH RAY

Next week were at trinity waters which is pencilled in as a blind pairs match so should be interesting!!



Sunday, 4 May 2014

Hillview, Canals 3 & 4, 04 May (18 pegs)

It's been a few years since we've made the trip up the M5 to Hillview and since then the canals have been stocked with a load of small (hungry) F1's so with that in mind plus the promise of a pleasant spring day expectations were high for a decent day's fishing.
With eighteen fishing and two canals at our disposal pegging was quite simple with nine on each canal spread out so that everyone had an empty peg on one side.
Payouts were first overall, one overall Silvers / F1's and first & second on each canal.
I won't bother this week with any long-winded, self-indulgent rubbish about what I did and didn't do as the highlights of my day were the breakfast and a pork pie I found in my bag so no more on that one other than that I didn't have to look too far for this week's "Hero to Zero" award!
As it turned out Canal 3 fished much better than 4 and out of the nine anglers on Canal 3, eight of them weighed in more than the best weight from Canal 4, which incidentally was Chris Szakacs who winkled out 33-11 from peg 86 on worm over worm and floating caster.
Overall winner was Brian Shanks on 76 with 80-10 of carp and F1's all caught on his topkit with pellet.
Rich Britton took second place fishing almost identically to the winner weighing in 73-12 which also included the top Silvers / F1's weight of 53-1
Ryan Radford was 3rd from peg 74 with 63-8.
Derek Lucas deserves a special mention this week as not only did he come 18th in the match but he also had to suffer a considerable amount of piss-taking from the Psv Bristol City supporters club who were celebrating Rovers' relegation.
At one point Stevie Wynne was sat behind him playing a recording of the last 10 minutes of the match!

Full Result:
  1. Brian Shanks (peg 76) ..... 80-10
  2. Rich Britton (80) .................. 73-12
  3. Ryan Radford**(74) .............. 63-8
  4. Rich Jones (70) ................... 57-8
  5. Steve O Toole (79) .............. 50-2
  6. Chris Gay (82) ................... 43-9
  7. Lee Waller* (77) ................ 41-2
  8. Darren North (73) .............. 39-15
  9. Chris Szakacs (86) ............. 33-11
  10. Adam Caswell (71) ............ 31-15
  11. Alan Healey (83) ............... 26-1
  12. Ron Hardiman (95) ........... 20-10
  13. Andy Gay (88) ................. 18-4
  14. Mark Radford (91) ............ 17-11
  15. Simon Belcham (85) ......... 17-0
  16. Steve Wynne (89) ............. 15-14
  17. Steve Burgess (94) .............. 11-2
  18. Derek Lucas (92) ............... 6-3
*golden peg
**silver peg

Silvers / F1's:
  1. Rich Britton ....... 53-1
  2. Brian Shanks ...... 25-2
  3. Rich Jones .......... 24-6
  4. Ryan Radford ...... 17-6
  5. Steve O Toole & Lee Waller..... 15-10
  6. Darren North ...... 13-8
  7. Chris Gay ........... 11-2
  8. Andy Gay ........... 9-4
  9. Simon Belcham .... 8-0 (of fry)
  10. Steve Burgess ...... 5-13
  11. Mark Radford ....... 5-8
  12. Adam Caswell ...... 4-12
  13. Ron Hardiman ...... 3-1
  14. Chris Szakacs ....... 1-12
  15. Steve Wynne ........ 1-2

Don't forget Tuesday night is this month's meeting at The Horseshoe.
Matches to book in to are Harescombe (next week), Trinity 18 May, Landsend 25 May and Shiplate Canals 1 June.
As always people who come to the meeting will get first choice.
Also there are now two £100 golden pegs on the go and a third one will start next week so somebody will be getting a healthy payout before too long.
In the meantime I'm going to drown my sorrows with a box of Stella's and Amanda Holden on the recording of last night's Britains Got Talent!
May the 4th be with you!!

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Sedges, Tile Lake, 27 April (19 pegs)

19 fishing this week which is a full house all bar 1 peg.
I had the choice of taking a peg out with the obvious choice being 30 as this one doesn't seem to do too well for us, or to leave all 20 in and let fate decide.
I stuck with the latter which resulted in 29 being the last ping-pong ball in the bucket and the empty peg which gave peg 30 a bit more of a chance so that worked out quite well.
The second last ball to come out went to myself and that was 21, a corner surprisingly, and it had the wind blowing into it so no complaints from me!
That's the third week on the trot now that I've drawn a corner and also the third time on the trot I've drawn a corner on Tile lake so somebody up there must like me.
Payout today was top three, two sections and just the one silvers which I expected John Bradford and Matt Challenger to be fighting over as they were both drawn in the mid thirties which tend to throw up some good silvers weights. (Got that wrong then)
Arriving at my peg I had Brian Shanks next door on 22 and up from him, thankfully obscured by undergrowth, Alan Healey.
Opposite I could see Adam Caswell in 40 which is a good corner peg and won last Sunday's match with over 140lbs. Strangely though, Adam had geared himself up to fish for silvers and never brought any rods so that peg was wasted (dnw)!
I could also make out Matt Taynton on 37 through the gap between the islands.
Setting up today I never got any rods out as, with the wind blowing into the corner, even a blind man could have worked out how to fish it (got that wrong as well)!
Plumbing up revealed there wasn't any definite ledges to fish on so I set up 3 rigs, one to fish at the shallowest area (tight to the bank), one at the bottom of the slope and one somewhere in between.
Bait was to be casters (with groundbait), meat, 6 & 8mm pellet and there was a tin of corn in reserve in case all the other options let me down.
On the all-in, which was on time as even I can manage to sort out three pole rigs in an hour, I churned up 3 handfulls of caster into the groundbait mix and deposited a ball on each of the three lines at 13m plus I fed some caster down each margin and over into the corner,
Starting with double caster on the full depth kit produced a slow start but after 30 minutes a couple of roach and a tiny skimmer gave themselves up.
Brian next door had started shallow with pellet slapping a stumpy little waggler to aid presentation (something he has picked up from Si Belcham but wouldn't admit to) but it wasn't having the desired effect and he was soon fishing soft pellet on the deck, probably to get some use out of his new plummet.
At this stage the only pegs that were producing were Lionel Legge in 31 and also peg 32, most others were struggling.
Having re-fed the deep swim I tried the "up the slope" rig but this was also unsuccessful.
I had a look on the shallowest line with an 8mm banded and after a few lifts I hooked and landed a carp of a couple of pounds and for a brief moment it looked like the tide had turned but nothing followed. 
My inside caster lines also produced nothing and a look into the corner only gave up a couple of suicidal micro-rudd.
The emergency tin of corn had no effect either!
Shanksy meanwhile had snared a couple of fish on the 13m line but was struggling to get into any sort of rhythm and was chopping and changing between every method that didn't involve watching a rod tip.
It was time for a walk!!
As it turned out the lake was fishing much harder than I had anticipated perhaps due to a bit if pressure in the week from the Sedges / Avalon Spring festival.
On my return I happened to spot a fish top out towards the aereator cable so with half the match gone and nothing to lose other than my dignity and pound coins to Alan and Lee Williams  I filled a bait tub with 8mm pellets and dug out the (almost brand new) waggler setup.
First random chuck towards the edge produced a bite almost straight away which I wasn't expecting and therefore missed completely.
Reeling in it became apparent that the wind had blown my line in amongst the undergrowth as instead of the rig heading back to me it veered off to the right and lodged itself in an overhanging reed bush resulting in the first of many trips along the  end bank!
Second chuck had the same result only this time I was coiled like a tiger and this one was safely landed.
The rest of the match followed the same vein with a few fish followed by a walk round the bank.
Occasionally the bites went a bit "iffy" either because the fish had come up shallower or they had maybe backed off a bit but on the whole they were small fish around the 3lb mark with the odd better fish thrown in but none of the proper ones that you would normally expect to come shallow and are necessary for a big weight.
Mr Shanks in the meantime had stepped up a gear and was putting a few fish together on his long line, probably due to superior presentation helped by a back-shot (ask him)? 
Unfortunately in his desperate attempts to catch up he was wasting time swapping methods instead of sticking to the one that was working which was the cause of his demise.
I was first to weigh and put 58-5 on the scales and despite my concerns Mr Shanks could only muster 49-6.
Alan had fished for silvers and deposited 10-8 of them on the scales, his three carp boosted that to 22-15 although he did manage four carp on the lead after the all-out by the time the scales reached him!
The rest of the weights up this bank were  mediocre with the exception of Chris Davis on 28 who had 43-8.
Lionel on 31 had just under 52lbs and Matt Taynton on 37, who had had a bit of a late charge had me sweating for a moment, running me close with 54-8
Which just left Matt Challenger to weigh on 39 and he put 79-0 plus a couple of pounds of silvers on the scales which well and truly pissed on my fire!
I think I will be visiting Avon Angling in future for my bait and tackle!
And Alan's dismal silvers weight was good enough to win the silvers money which meant the Healey family's KFC bill was sorted for another week.
So no big weights but a close result. 
And I think the same could be said for the Board Mills club match on Brick as there were a few dejected souls packing up early on that one but I don't know the winning weight (please comment if you do)
This Sunday we are up at Hillview on the canals for a change of scenery ... Should be interesting as we've not been up there for a few years.

Full Result:
  1. Matt Challenger (peg 38) ....79-0
  2. Steve Burgess (21) ....... 58-5
  3. Matt Taynton (37) ......... 54-8
  4. Lionel Legge (31) ......... 51-15
  5. Mark Radford (39) ........ 51-7
  6. Brian Shanks (22) ........ 49-6
  7. Chris Davis (28) ........... 43-8
  8. Lee Williams (27) ......... 39-6
  9. Andy Gay (32) ............. 38-8
  10. (Not so) Rocket Ron Hardiman (25) ... 32-4
  11. Steve Wynne* (35) ...... 29-15
  12. Rich Jones (24) ............ 23-14
  13. Alan Healey (23) .......... 21-15
  14. and 6 DNW's
*golden peg
**silver peg