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Monday, 29 June 2015

Trinity, Woodlands / Rood Ashton

You may have noticed it's gone a bit quiet around here for a couple of weeks, but no, I haven't been on holiday or anything but after three dismal performances in a row I have slipped into one of those depressive states where you wonder why you bother getting out of bed on a Sunday morning.
In fact the way things have been going recently I reckon I'd struggle to catch crabs in a brothel but never mind, there's always the next match ....

So first up then was Trinity (Woodlands) back on the first Sunday in June and it was a nice warm day with a bit of breeze which under normal circumstances would have promised good weights for the 18 of us fishing.
But on arrival the carp in Ash Pool (both of them) were going at it like rabbits and chatting to fishery manager Misha who (judging by the size of her bump) has been as well,  the carp in the much deeper Woodlands lake had not started spawning properly and were likely to be more interested in following each other around than eating.
I drew peg 19 which is on the top bank and it was in the shade so while everyone else were stripping off and slapping on factor 30 I was shivering in my shorts and t-shirt. 
The peg looked good though with a big reed bed on the right and an overhanging tree on the left. I set up rigs for banded pellet shallow and deep at 11m and a rig for corn in the margins which I was expecting to be my banker.
Unfortunately none of the above really came good and my best run came when I switched to fishing shallow at 5m feeding by hand and even that didn't come to much.
I ended up with a handful of smallish carp and accidental silvers for 36-9
The match was won by Ivy House refugee Brian Shanks with 85-4 from peg 27 and his sidekick Rocket Ron Hardiman was 2nd with 75-1 from peg 7
It was an entertaining match all the same especially listening to Steve o' Toole catching eels and Mark Radford moaning constantly about the lack of fish in his peg but the highlight for me was Alan Healey who came with a grand plan of feeding off the hordes of tiny silvers armed with 6 pints of dead maggots.
He weighed in 1 carp and 300 micro fish that totalled 18-6 ... That worked well then!

Full Result:
  1. Brian shanks (27) ..... 85-4
  2. Ron Hardiman (7) ...... 75-1
  3. Darren North (10) ..... 56-14
  4. Matt Taynton (32) ...... 52-11
  5. Matt Challenger (13) ... 44-1
  6. Rich Jones (20) .......... 41-8
  7. Steve Burgess(19) ..... 36-9
  8. Lee Waller (4) ........... 30-2
  9. Ryan Radford (14) ..... 28-13
  10. Julian Nurse (30) ....... 27-5
  11. Lionel Legge (11) ....... 27-1
  12. Adam Caswell (17) ..... 24-8
  13. Mark Radford (24) ...... 22-10
  14. Alan Healey (29) / Steve o'Toole (23) ... 18-6
  15. Steve Wynne (2) ........ 17-6
  16. John Bradford (8) ....... 9-0
  17. Derek Lucas (26) ....... dnw
  1. Steve (snake-charmer) O'Toole  ... 11-3
  2. Mark (the moaner) Radford ... 10-13
  3. Alan (whitebait) Healey ... 10-2

The following Sunday we were at Rood Ashton which has long been an annual pilgrimage for Psv.
The only chance of a breakfast here has previously been Wetherspoons in Trowbridge (or TrowVegas as John Atkins calls it) but they don't open until 8 which means a late start.
But the good news was that fishery owner Alan's daughter has now started doing bacon baguettes which can be pre-ordered and delivered to the lake.
I had one and I was glad I did, next time round I will be ordering 5 to be delivered at hourly intervals (order one and you'll see where I'm coming from)!

Rood Ashton is a funny place, it's only a foot or so deep on the whole but is stuffed full of carp, roach and small skimmers.
We don't bother with a silvers pool here although I've no idea why as there are loads of them in there including plenty of quality roach.
Generally peg 1 nearest the car park and the end peg round the back in "the jungle" tend to be the best areas but anywhere can produce.
 I drew the first peg around the first corner which sticks out on a small spit.
I've done well at Rood Ashton before fishing paste in the margins but this time round (and God knows why after what happened to Alan last week) I opted to feed 3 pints of dead maggots down the left edge with a bit of corn and fish over it with corn or bunches of maggots to pick out the carp.
The same combination went next to an overhanging branch on the left at 11m and the same rig would do for the right margin at topkit range to be fished with meat over meat and 4mm's.
I set up a shallow rig to fish banded pellet (on the deck) at 13/14m and finally, as I had a bit of time to spare, a pellet wag.
There were a lot of fish cruising round in front of me so I started off on the pellet rig but all that produced were small roach that managed to choke on an 8mm pellet and swirls and bow waves from spooked carp.
Upping the feed brought in plenty of fish but connecting with any of them (in the mouth) was another matter.
Out by the tree branch with corn gave more roach and some carp but almost every fish I hooked I pulled out of.
In fact the whole match turned into a nightmare for me and when I finally worked out I'd been fishing with a blunt hook (caused by getting the plummet stuck in a snag before the start) I was too fed up to care about it.
The pellet wag was a waste of space (I hooked and lost one fish on it), the margins never came to life and it wasn't until the last 20 minutes or so that i finally managed to get some proper bites at 14m on the pellet rig.
My eventual total of 19-2 was only good enough for 13th place and with only 13 fishing it won't be a match I'll be remembering for too long.
And to add insult to injury, when I came round with the fishing bus to pick my kit up my margins were full of waving tails like something from a show at Seaworld ... why does this always happen!

For the second week running the match was won by Brian Shanks with an impressive 142lbs 3oz 

Second place went to Pete Uzzell from peg 1 with 82-4 

and the third spot went to Mr method feeder, Chris Gay with 76-0 from the "jungle" which conveniently brings me on to the highlight of the day which was when Chris got pulled into the lake by a particularly spirited fish along with his seatbox and everything attached to it including his phone.
Lee Waller commented that it was worth the £20 just to witness Chris's Tom Daly impersonation!

Full Result:
  1. Brian Shanks ....... 142-3
  2. Pete Uzzell .......... 82-4
  3. Chris Gay ............ 76-0
  4. Mark Radford ....... 57-7
  5. Ron Hardiman ...... 52-13
  6. Alan Healey .......... 50-12
  7. Lee Waller ............ 49-13
  8. Steve Sewell ......... 37-12
  9. Matt Williams ........ 35-0
  10. Ryan Radford ........ 34-10
  11. Steve O'Toole ........ 34-5
  12. Adam Caswell ........ 25-6
  13. Steve Burgess ........ 19-2

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Avalon, 31 May (19 pegs)

I may go off on a bit of a tangent this week as I haven't got much to write about fishing-wise after my dismal performance today.
So first up then and a short apology as it has been brought to my attention that I may have upset someone with my recent semi-drunken ramblings.
I won't go into details but to that person who I offended I do apologise if I over-stepped the mark a bit but please be assured that nothing that goes down on these pages is intended to cause bad feeling etc.
Talking of taking the piss (or banter as it is known these days) Giles Cochrane wrote an interesting passage about this on his FaceBlog thingy.
 You can read that here

Funny enough, the same person who was named and shamed in that piece was also up to his usual antics in the cafe at Shipham this morning but I can assure Mr Rixon that the Halall sausages were actually really good and I would thoroughly recommend them.

So after receiving my first dose of Sunday morning abuse (there was plenty more to come), I made it down to Avalon with about 3 minutes to spare mainly due to the chef not turning up at the cafe but it has to be said that the Lilypool Spice Girls did a great job and the breakfast was as good as it always is, just about 30 minutes longer in the making.
No travelling partner this week as Derek had gone off to London for the weekend for a "gay wedding" so next match I shall be making sure the centre armrest  in the fishing bus is well and truly fixed down and I will be hiding the Elton John cd

19 fishing today then, including the fishery owner Mr Bush who kindly organised the pegging.
And that gave us the normal left bank (1 - 23) and four pegs dotted along the back of the top Island.
In a similar fashion to last week Will was paying out 1st and 2nd overall, 2 silvers and 2 sections and we even had a golden peg to go at this week which was peg 21.
With the chilly wind blowing over the backs of most of us but forecast to swing right to left up the lake I fancied peg 23, 24 (top corners) or the right hand end of any island peg which would allow a waggler to drift into the reeds.
Getting in the queue early I got myself peg 17 which was worthy of a smug grin as it's a nice peg on a small island.
Three slight problems though ...
I was on the wrong end of the island,
There was an overhanging branch in front that was already decorated like a tackle shop Christmas tree,
And Alan Healey was on 16, which had apparently won the open on the previous Thursday with 108lbs
Peg 17 and my new hi-viz nets

A very determined looking Alan Healey

Alan had unfortunately been on the receiving end of quite a lot of "banter" last week at Staunton Court after recording a massive dnw from the next peg to the winner but these things happen (even to good anglers)!
Nonetheless he was pretty determined it wasn't going to happen again this week.

On my left today, and on the good side of an island, was Keith Ray who was sporting a slightly less blinding version of the Team Frenzee look and down from Alan on peg 13 was Lee Williams who spent the first 15 minutes of the match doing an impression of an otter searching for his missing keepnet. 

Elsewhere Mark Radford and Vic Bush were on 23 & 24 which both looked likely to do well, 2-pegs Taynton had finally managed to draw away from me and was hiding round the back on 27 and Chris Szakacs had drawn the shortest walk on the lake, a flat calm peg 1, and wasn't looking overjoyed even though it had come second in the Thursday match.
That was the last I saw of Chris so I guess as fish have fins they had used them to bugger off elsewhere, as did poor Mr Szakacs.

To cut a long story short the match was won by Lee Williams who is currently on a bit of a roll and, despite swimming round his margins for 15 minutes, managed 106-13 of carp caught mostly on the wag.
He chose not to weigh in his 3 accidental roach and that almost proved costly when we got round to Matt Taynton as after his first 2 weighs it was looking mightily close but he ended up 2nd with 102-14 also caught on the wag.
3rd place went to Vic with 66-3
Top silvers on the day went to Lee Waller with 16-6 of skimmers from peg 11
Just ahead of Steve Sewell's 16-2 from peg 28
Lee caught on worm over chopped worm and caster / groundbait at 14m

Full Result:
  1. Lee Williams (13) ....... 106-13
  2. Matt Taynton (27) ........ 102-14
  3. Vic Bush (24) ............. 66-3 (section)
  4. Keith Ray (19) ............ 55-10
  5. Will Dearlove (9) ......... 48-14 (section)
  6. Lionel Legge (6) .......... 36-9
  7. Mark Radford (23) ....... 32-4
  8. Ryan Radford (7) ......... 29-11
  9. Matt Williams* (21) ..... 27-0
  10. Adam Caswell (3) ........ 24-15
  11. Steve Sewell (28) ........ 23-10
  12. Paul Preston (5) ........... 17-7
  13. Lee Waller (11) ............ 16-6
  14. Alan Healey (16) .......... 13-12
  15. and 5 dnw's

  1. Lee Waller  (11) ...... 16-6
  2. Steve Sewell (28) .... 16-2
  3. Mark Radford (23) .... 12-12
  4. Keith Ray (19) ......... 11-10
  5. Paul Preston (5) ....... 11-5
  6. etc

And if anyone was wondering ....
After a couple of successful practice chucks before the start my first proper chuck with the wag ended up in the tree much to Alan's amusement and my match never really improved from that point on.
My 1 carp, 2lb skimmer and handful of bits harpooned on my shallow rig would have struggled to make double figures but we'll never know as they never made it to the weigh net.
Alan didn't do much better but he weighed in for the satisfaction of getting one of his pound coins back.
Next week we're down at Trinity which suits me better as there's none of that island chucking nonsense!