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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Just a quick one .…

For those of you fishing Plantations next week, the old entrance to Horseshoe Lake is now closed. To get to the lake you need to use the main entrance (for the coarse lake), drive over what used to be the footbridge and follow the new lane around the bottom of the coarse lake which takes you to Horseshoe Lake.
If anyone wants breakfast at the fishery let me know as soon as possible and if there are enough numbers (10+) I will sort it.
I won't be available after Thursday as I'm off to Ross on Wye with my tent, carp rod and a van full of Budweiser!
The wife is staying at home looking after my pellet wag rod

Monday, 16 June 2014

Viaduct Campbell 15 pegs

PSV blogger Mr Burgess is having another week off due to fathers day commitments, so I shall bringing things up to date with this weeks report.

Only 15 in attendance for this weeks match on Campbell but with fathers day and a rather important footy match on late the night before it was of no surprise, talking of the footy a certain mr Adam Caswell was telling anyone at the monthly meeting who would listen that England would stuff Italy!! but there again he knows just as much about football as he does fishing!!

Unusually for Campbell the fishing had been iffy of late with the carp mooching around in prespawn mode and with a few days of settled hot weather it was no surprise to see on walking round the lake predraw that the carp were going for it hammer and tong along every margin. It had also been a struggle in the match the day before and with the lakes silvers probably enjoying a spawn feast most people were expecting a tough day ahead.

At the draw it was decided by the acting match organisors along with help from the lake owner to split the match into two sections, with the carpark end fishing a lot better than the top end, pegs 110-114 and 128-132 became A section and 123-126 and 115-119 became B section, the payout being first and second in each section.

Now PSV matches are normally well run amiable affairs but unfortunately todays match was slightly controversial more of which will be explained later.

On to the fishing and as the all in was called and quicker than a Darren North put down Adam Caswell on spit peg 128 fouled his first carp and yards of elastic headed for the middle of the lake! infact he spent more time on the spit in the first hour retrieving rigs than he did fishing although in fairness to Adam he was getting the odd fish in mouth landing four or five decent carp.

Elsewhere things were pretty slow as expected, Mark Radford the other side of the spit was catching odd fish on his favoured putty even including several decent tench. opposite mark on 111 keith ray was sneaking a few out on meat and there was abit of a peg to peg battle on 114-115 as travelling partners Rocket Ron Hardiman and Brian (noplummit) Shanks managed to put a few in the net fishing various methods.

My match was one of frustration, drawing 125 I knew I was in for a hard day and that was how it was for the first few hours after trying several methods and baits the only entertainment I had was watching the carp porn going on under my platform, foul hookers were a massive problem for everyone and fishing on the deck was particularly troublesome with what looked like sail away bites resulting in lifting into nothing or fouling carp ,there was the odd fish feeding but working out how to catch them was another thing altogether! to my right I had PSVs second best dressed angler and daiwa poster boy Will Dearlove and to my left was Knowles finest Alan Healy and both were suffering the same problems I was. The last couple of hours I finally started to get a few proper bites and by fishing meat shallow put about 13-14 carp in the net.

Now back to the controversy whilst most on my bank were struggling we had a good view of Andy Gay over on 118 and were all impressed as he went about his business steadily building a weight on what we thought was the straight lead that was until a hour and half from the end when a bankwalker  stood behind him and informed him that the method feeder was banned! Poor Andy had thought a running method was aloud and to be fair to him once he realised he got straight off his box and went and confessed to steve in the shop who left it to the clubs discretion on what to do, so after the weighin there was a discussion with the members present and unfortunately for Andy his weight of 128lb was disqualified.

After all the drama and Andys disqualification it ment Brian Shanks won B section with 77lb 8 with myself sneaking second with 61lb 6

A section was won by Ron Hardiman who put in a great performance to weigh 106lb with Mark Radford second with 84lb 2



1ST   RON HARDIMAN       106LB 0OZ     PEG 114
2ND  MARK RADFORD        84LB  2OZ             129
3RD  KEITH RAY                   82LB  5OZ             111
4TH  COLIN BUTLER           73LB   2OZ             132
5TH  ADAM CASWELL        64LB  11OZ            128
6TH  RYAN RADFORD         52LB  3OZ             110
7TH  LEE WILLIAMS            51LB  9OZ             112
8TH  PETE UZZEL                 39LB  3OZ             130


1ST ANDY GAY                   128LB 0OZ              118 DQ
2ND BRIAN SHANKS           77LB 8OZ              115
3RD CHRIS SZAKACS          61LB 6OZ              125
4TH ALAN HEALY               50LB 3OZ               123
5TH WILL DEARLOVE        41LB 9OZ               126
6TH  MIKE WELLING          33LB 5OZ               119


Next week the club are down in Kingston Seymour to fish the horseshoe lake at plantations, i'm off down whiteacres for the old English cider festival so normal service should be resumed on the blog with PSV heart throb and original dexys midnight runner Steve Burgess back on the keyboard

Monday, 9 June 2014

Sedges, Brick Lake, 08 June (16 pegs)

With 16 fishing today and everybody in the pools it was a simple matter of taking out 2 pegs on each side, that was until all the would-be match organisers decided to have their say, so after much deliberation, 2 & 3 were left out on the bank shared with Tile and 13 & 19 on the opposite bank.
Personally I would have taken peg 1 out (and 20) as these pegs had no wind but a certain person was ADAMant that peg 1 was full of carp, so much so that he was happy to be given the peg. 
I was tempted to let him have it but I didn't and Alan Healey drew it instead!
He probably won't be running to it next time around!
Anyway, we had a practice draw before the main event and I drew out a couple of iffy pegs and then left it as I didn't want to jinx my chances in the proper draw.
And that proved to be a wise move as the last ping-pong ball in the bucket was peg 11 which is the top right corner and the wind was blowing up there.
Brian Shanks drew 10, the opposite corner which usually wins when there is a tidy angler on it and for company I had Chris Gay on 12 which was a repeat of last week but hopefully the result would not be quite so unfortunate ... It wasn't!

Setting up never took long, a shallow rig for 8mm pellet which never got wet and a rig for 14m along into the corner which was about 4' deep to fish meat over 5mm pellet.
Finally, the wag rod was untangled and set up for 8mm pellet at about 12 inches deep.
On the "all in" I fed the corner with a cup of pellet and meat, fired out a pouch of 8mm's and slung the wag out.
By this time Brian was playing his first fish and I was beginning to worry that I was going to get my backside spanked again by the Westerleigh Slapper when the rod was nearly ripped from between my knees.
Needless to say I never saw that fish but the next fish wasn't long in coming.
By casting about two thirds of the way across and letting the float drift into a small gap in the reeds I was getting some really confident bites and after an hour and a half I was quite a bit ahead of Brian who was struggling a bit on the pole but he dug out a waggler rod and caught on that straight away casting around the tree that overhangs peg 10.
By midway the fish in my peg started to get a bit cagey and I was having to cast a bit further along the bank and out into the open water to keep the bites coming. Brian meanwhile had abandoned the wag rod and was back on the pole and getting a few fish from in the corner of his peg and to my left, Chris Gay was catching in close and made sure everyone knew it by wandering up and down the bank with "weighers".
Just before the last hour we had a downpour and the wind dropped for a short while and after that I struggled.
I had a look down the edge with the meat rig which resulted in a foulhooker that came off and not much else.
In hindsight I could have tried the shallow rig down the edge but it was of little consequence as my 20 or so carp went 134lbs exactly which was good enough for 1st although Brian was only 1 fish away from that with 125-8 so it was close.
Chris Gay made the best of the empty peg next to him and weighed in 83-12 for third place catching mainly on worm over groundbait close in.
I forgot to ask him if he caught on a single worm or a specific number of pieces of worm ... I'm sure he will put me right!
And fourth was Pete Uzzell with 57-2 from peg 6. His weight was boosted quite a bit with a fish that went just over 22lbs which he hooked minutes before the end of the match and it was just starting to get dark by the time he landed it but at least it gave his new pole a good workout and the section money he won should go some way towards paying for it!
[I'm pretty sure that Matt Williams has been sent the picture by now]
The silvers fished really well today by Psv standards and made up 1/4 of the total weighed in.
Rocket Ron Hardiman took the honours from peg 4 with 35-12 of good quality skimmers caught on 8mm meat fished at 6m.
Second was Matt Taynton on peg 18 with 24-8 caught on double caster at 14m
And Keith Ray managed 21-12 of skimmers from peg 8.
Section winners were Pete Uzzell by default and Mark Radford by lots of defaults!

Full Result:
  1. Steve Burgess (11) ....... 134-0 (no silvers)
  2. Brian Shanks (10) ............ 125-8
  3. Chris Gay** (12) ............. 83-12
  4. Pete Uzzell (6) ................ 57-2
  5. Matt Taynton (18) ............ 48-5
  6. Ron Hardiman (4) ............ 44-12
  7. Mark Radford (16) ........... 40-12
  8. Darren North (15) ........... 32-4
  9. Mike Welling (9) .............. 27-8
  10. Adam Caswell (7) ............ 26-10
  11. Lee Waller (5) ................ 25-11
  12. Keith Ray (8) .................. 21-12
  13. Alan Healey (1) ............... 18-11
  14. Ryan Radford* (17) ......... 17-12
  15. John Bradford (20) .......... 8-8
  16. Steve O Toole (14) .......... dnw
*golden peg
**silver peg

  1. Rocket Ron Hardiman (4) ... 35-12
  2. Matt Taynton (18) ....... 24-8
  3. Keith Ray (8) ............. 21-12
  4. Lee Waller (5) ........... 19-4
  5. Pete Uzzell (6) .......... 15-9
  6. Mike Welling (9) ........ 12-8
  7. Chris Gay (12) .......... 12-0
  8. John Bradford (20) .... 8-8
  9. Darren North (15) ..... 7-4
  10. Alan Healey (1) ........ 7-3
  11. Adam Caswell (7) ..... 7-2
  12. Ryan Radford (17) .... 6-4
  13. Brian Shanks (10) ..... 2-4
  14. Mark Radford (16) .... 2-0

Next week is on Campbell at Viaduct and I wont be there so please let me know by Friday if you can't make it so that I can give the fishery an idea of numbers and book a time slot that isn't going to upset anybody.
There are a couple of spaces left for this one.
This also means that your next update will be brought to you by the very talented and marginally less sarcastic Chris Szakacs.

Landsend 25 May / Shiplate 01 June

They say that you can wait ages for a bus and then two turn up together, well in this case it's three but to save Darren North's internet data allowance I'm going to condense the first two posts into one and save the best one for tomorrow!

Landsend, Match & Speci Lakes, 24 May (24 pegs)

24 booked into this one which was our best turnout of the year so far and, no doubt must have been like Christmas-come-early at the Duckett mansion.
As a result we had two sections on Match Lake and a section on the back side of Speci.
The weather was good, warm and sunny with a gentle breeze (ideal), and even though the results from the Saturday open weren't encouraging most were expecting a decent match.
It turned out to be a bit of a struggle on Match Lake and the section on Speci fished a whole lot better.
Winner on the day and riding on his success drawing ability from the previous match at Trinity was Lee Williams on peg 32 (his first match on the Specimen lake and I suspect not his last) with 108-8
Fortunately for Lee he had John Bradford next door in 31 which is always good news as he is allergic to anything over a pound in weight but he did hang around long enough to win the silvers with a pitiful 17-9.
You can read all the gory details of Lee's match here as he does a much more professional job of this nonsense than I do!
Mark Radford was 2nd with 91-11 from peg 30, making the most of the fish that turned left instead of right out of the Gimp's peg!
The best of the rest was Brian corner-peg Shanks with a late charge from peg 1 on Match Lake that gave him 82-10 which was just enough to fend off Steve O' Toole's 73-9 from peg 5 and Ryan Radford who weighed in 72-14 from peg 3.
As for me, I had a next-peg battle on Speci with with Will Dearlove which I lost by 2lbs-ish but I managed to scrape 2nd in the section thanks to a couple of defaults, and a pound coin off of Alan Healey which went straight into Lee's Holiday fund.

  1. Lee Williams (peg 32) ........ 108-8
  2. Mark Radford (30) ........... 91-11
  3. Brian corner-peg Shanks (1) ............. 82-10
  4. Steve tonsilitis O' Toole (5) ....... 73-9
  5. Ryan thanks Grandad Radford (3) ... 72-14
  6. Will munter-hunter Dearlove (26) ... 55-12
  7. Steve Burgess (25) ....... 55-5
  8. Darren 100mb North (16) ..... 50-8
  9. Chris silvers Szakacs (11) .... 42-3 
  10. Matt Taynton (9) ........... 40-4
  11. Not-so Rocket Ron (19) ..... 31-8
  12. Simon Belcham (15) ......... 29-10
  13. Adam Caswell (28) ........... 26-4
  14. Rich Jones (22) ................ 26-3
  15. Alan Healey (24) .............. 26-0
  16. Mike Welling (7) ............... 20-2
  17. John Bradford (31) ........... 17-9
  18. Pete Uzzell (21) ............... 17-4
and 6 dnw's

  1. John Bradford .... 17-9
  2. Chris Szakacs .... 16-0
  3. Rocket Ron ..... 9-0
  4. Simon Belcham .... 8-0

Shiplate, Hawthorns, 01 June (11 pegs)

After hitting the dizzy heights of 24 fishing at Landsend it was back to reality  this week with a turnout of 11 on Hawthorn's Lake at Shiplate Farm Fishery.
Again the weather conditions were excellent but again the fishing was a bit "iffy".
I drew peg 3 which is apparently a "feast or famine" peg but unfortunately for me Brian Shanks was on 1 with nobody in between us.
My mission for the day, if I chose to accept it, was to intercept any fish that were heading into peg 1 from the rest of the lake.
For whatever reason I chose to ignore that mission and instead pissed about for six hours getting nowhere slowly and feeding two pints of casters down the edge for no apparent reason!
The highlight of my day was the large breakfast at Shipham Cafe which I almost (but not quite) managed to consume and the company of a huge family of newly hatched ducks that had not yet developed a fear of bait bags  or anything else for that matter!

To cut a long story short, Brian had a thoroughly enjoyable day's pleasure fishing in peg 1, easily winning the match by plopping and slapping an 8mm pellet shallow all around his peg and ending up with 105-9 for an easy win.
He did have a 30 minute spell when everything went wrong which happened to coincide with the 30 minutes that I was sat behind him with the camera.
I did contemplate making a space amonst the goose shit to have a siesta on tghe grass but "one more chuck' syndrome got the better of me and my solitary carp of ?? went back early which I would have done too if  the results board and weigh-gear weren't under my control (the joys of being match secretary)!

  1. Brian Shanks (peg 1) ....... 105-9
  2. Mark Radford (9) ........... 78-9
  3. Adam Caswell (6) .......... 54-7
  4. Rocket Ron Hardiman (10) ...... 53-10
  5. Chris Gay (4) ........ 41-10
  6. Matt Taynton (14) ..... 35-1
  7. Ryqan Radforsd (15) .... 33-4
  8. Alan Healey (7) .......... 25-12
  9. Lee Williams (11) ........ 21-2
and 2 dnw's (including myself)

To ease the pain somewhat I fished the  following Thursday evening knock-up back at Landsend where I drew peg 7 (photo at the top of this post) and managed second with 60-ish lbs.