Monday, June 30, 2008

Dillington Pond - JMA Summer League - 29th June 2008

Me and Andy went to Alan Dunn's 40th barbie on Saturday night and as a consequence I was feeling really rough this morning. I got to the Crown for the draw and had one of Tommy's excellent brekkies which went someway to sorting me out. There was another good turnout with 14 anglers fishing. The Yeovil muggers, Scott and Ashley turned up again to line their pockets. I drew peg 6 on the field side and was fairly happy with that. Janders decided he was going to fish for bream on the feeder so it would be interesting to see how he fared.

I set up my two usual rigs, a Drennan Roach float for straight out in front of me at 10 metres and a light Drennan Squatt rig for fishing up in the water. The first rig had a size 18 B611 and 0.12 mm bottom and the latter had a size 20 B511 and 0.08 mm bottom. I mixed up some black Sensas Lake and PA Megabaits Chocolate match and added some casters, hemp and maggots. On the whistle I cupped in three balls at 10 metres and started with caster on the hook. I was soon into roach and after an hour I had 27 fish. As always I was waiting for sport to slow but the second hour was pretty good and I crept up to 47 fish, again nearly all roach.

Big Frank was on my left and by all accounts struggling, Scotty was opposite and fishing the waggler and had landed a chub although he didn't seem to be getting many bites. As expected my swim started to slow so I tried the up in the water rig but never had a bite. I cupped in another ball of groundbait but this didn't really help. I was still getting the odd roach around the 1-2 oz mark and was reasonably happy with the way things were going. After three hours I approached and then passed my total of fish from the last match (66) and thought I must have around 5lb or so.

Frank said he was catching mainly small perch, I'd only had three or four and one of those was on maggot so I carried on with the caster. Another try with the shallow rig proved fruitless although strangely most of the roach I was catching were on the drop with the deeper rig. I did have a couple of better roach and a small eel of 4oz or so. Going into the last hour I was on 74 fish but it was becoming harder all the time. Frank had lost a good fish and I was surprised that for the fourth match running I hadn't hooked any bonus fish. The whistle sounded and I ended with 80 fish (74 roach, 5 perch and that eel) and thought I should have about 8lb as the fish normally go around ten to the pound.

Frank shouted across to Ashley to ask how he'd got on to which he'd replied not very well and he said "Jamie's won it hasn't he?". Frank said he thought I'd be there or thereabouts and I felt the same. I packed up and we walked up to Malcolm Levy on the other side of Frank and he'd had over 240 fish for 7lb 8oz and I thought it would be close. Frank weighed a level 4lbs and then it was my turn and I was disappointed to only weigh 6lb 13oz. Roger Russell had 2lb 6oz and Robin Cox 3lb 9oz. Martin Heard didn't reckon he had anyway near my weight (mind you I fell for that last match) and when he pulled his net out I knew it was going to be close but his weight was called out at 6lb 12oz - phew! He wasn't a happy bunny though and tried for 6lb 13oz although the scalesman stuck to his guns. Neil Dring on the hot bush peg had found a chub and a cracking perch of 2lb 11oz to weigh 6lbs exactly.

We got back for the results and Ashley had struggled to land three chub for 7lb 8oz! to tie for first place with Malcolm and push me down to third. I picked up £28 plus a pound off Janders who weighed 1lb 1oz so his bream plan obviously hadn't worked! I had finished second in my section for the league so I'm still in the hunt. Next week I'm trying to organise a match down the canal but apparently it's choked with weed at the moment so watch this space.

1 - Ashley Tomkins (Yeovil and District Angling Centre) - 7lb 8oz
1 - Malcolm Levy (Tiverton) - 7lb 8oz
3 - Jamie Rich (Chard Remains) - 6lb 13oz
4 - Martin Heard (Tiverton) - 6lb 12oz
5 - Neil Dring (Ilminster) - 6lb

League positions (dropping the worst result)
1 - Martin Heard - 5 pts
2 - Jamie Rich - 5 pts
3 - Neil Dring - 6 pts
4 - Dave Lawrence - 6 pts

Monday, June 23, 2008

Perry St Pond - Pairs - 22nd June 2008

On the Saturday the club removed all the problem lily pads which was a mammoth job and it would be interesting to see how the pond fished today. Les came up with a different spin on the pairs format in that pegs would be paired together so you wouldn't know who you were fishing with until you'd drawn. He'd put good pegs with bad pegs but everyone was still hoping for a corner or a partner on a corner.

I drew peg 3 (bad peg) and my partner was Mark Hollister (not a corner peg!). I set up a Drennan Roach float for fishing in open water at 11 metres and a little Trabucco float for fishing the inside, under a tree to my right. This rig would also be used for fishing up in the water and had 0.12 mm bottom and a Kamasan B911 size 18 hook.

On the whistle I cupped in three balls of Ringers Dark groundbait at 11 metres and a cup full of pellet, maggot, corn and hemp on the inside. I started on the longer line with double red maggot on the hook and was surprised not to catch a small fish straight away. In fact I never had a bite for half an hour and from the anglers I could see, nobody was catching much. My nemesis, Janders, was opposite on peg 17 and struggling as well. I came on the inside and soon had a small rudd on maggot so the blank was avoided at least. The two corner pegs I could see, Tommy Lee on 20 and Dino Pepper on 1 hadn't had much either.

I could see loads of carp cruising about in the middle so went out with my shallow rig with a Sonubaits S-Pellet on the hook whilst feeding 4mm Ringers pellets. I plonked the bait in front of a cruising carp and it took it! After a short battle it was in the net, shortly after I had another and was well in front of the anglers around me. Tommy had one and Janders landed a bream but I was hopeful of catching some more. A bank walker said the other end of the pond was fishing well and Steve Bush on peg 10 already had eight carp in the net.My partner had netted a couple of carp so although I wasn't too optimistic of beating the corner peg pairs there was a chance of a minor berth.

No more fish so it was back on the inside with corn on the hook, no bites so I tried maggot but this only resulted in small rudd and perch. Dino was now getting odd fish but Tommy was stuck on two and Janders hadn't added to his earlier bream. The trouble was I hadn't caught anymore either. Another try up in the water was fruitless and the inside line only resulted in the odd knock on corn or small fish on maggot.

Time was running out and I was pinning my hopes on a good last hour, Tommy added a third to go ahead of me and then Janders had a carp and it was going to be close. The fabled last hour arrived and apart from the odd indication I had no positive bites. I was just resigning myself to not adding anymore when the float went and I had a carp around 4lb to put me ahead of Janders once more. Dino was now catching well and Tommy had a good last hour catching another four or five carp. No more bites for me and I was relieved when the whistle went.

I packed up and we waited for the scales at peg 1, Dino had a decent weight of 26lb 15oz, my weight was 8lb 8oz and I was hoping Mark had done better. I beat the angler to my left who only had ounces but then there were several weights around the 12lb mark and I was wishing I could have got one more. Steve Bush on peg 10 had an excellent 54lb 14oz and then Les on 11 went slightly better with 55lb 6oz. Chris Haines once again showed his class with a fantastic 40lb 8oz from unfancied peg 12. I did manage to beat Picky and Janders to take pounds off them both. My partner did okay to finish fifth with over 21lb. Tommy did well in the end to weigh 18lb odd and him and Les won the pairs with 7 points. They actually tied with Chris Haines and Dino but beat them on weight. The top three pairs all had anglers on corner pegs and me and Mark finished fifth with 17 points (they paid the top four).

Next week we're back at Dillington for some proper fishing!

1 - Les Braunton (Chard Remains) - 55lb 6oz
2 - Steve Bush (Chard Remains) - 54lb 14oz
3 - Chris Haines (Haines Angling) - 40lb 8oz

1 - Les Braunton & Tommy Lee - 7 pts (weight advantage)
2 - Chris Haines & Graham Pepper - 7 pts
3 - Butch Baker & Steve Bush - 11 pts
4 - Alan Dunn & Mike Hosgood - 15 pts

Monday, June 16, 2008

Dillington Pond - JMA Summer League - 15th June 2008

I was looking forward to this one although when I picked up my bait yesterday, pleasure anglers had been finding the going hard. Twelve anglers were at the draw including Justin Charles who hadn't fished the first two. Scotty couldn't fish today so the rest of us stood a chance. Everybody wanted peg 1 (where Scotty was last match) and Justin drew it! I managed to get the same peg as last time, would I be able to beat the 2lb 15oz I had then?

The pond was a lot clearer than last time although there were still quite a few fish topping. I set up a Drennan Roach float for fishing at 11 metres with 0.12 mm bottom and size 18 B611 and a Drennan Squatt rig for fishing up in the water. This rig had 0.08 mm bottom and size 20 B511. I mixed up some PA Megabaits chocolate match and added some hemp, maggots and casters. On the whistle I cupped in three balls at 11 metres and started with caster on the hook.

I had a roach first put in and caught really well for the first hour catching 30 fish (mostly roach), quite a few were coming on the drop. I had Jake Woodard to my left who also seemed to be catching quite a few small fish. Martin Heard was on my right by the inlet but I couldn't see him due to the trees. I did shout down and he said he was catching lots of tiny fish. I also kept a close eye on Neil and Justin who were either side of the bush where all the chub had shown last match but as yet they hadn't caught any.

Looks nice doesn't it?

Hour two still saw me catching the odd roach and perch but things were definately slowing and I struggled up to around 40 fish. I did cup in another ball of groundbait and immediately caught two more roach but it was short lived. Scotty turned up in his Porsche (flash git!) to see how it was fishing but he didn't need to worry as his match record wasn't going to be broken today. Going into hour three and it looked like everybody was struggling. I tried the lighter, up in the water rig with caster and was getting the odd roach and small perch but it was sporadic. But as long as I was putting something in the net I was happy. Scotty wandered around to see his dad, Roger, and when he got back he said nobody was really catching apart from me.

I stuck at it but the weather, which had been sunny up to now, took a turn for the worst, the wind got up and it started to rain - lovely. Bites were becoming harder to come by so I tried my deep rig for a bit but had no more bites. By now the odd eel was coming out but nobody had more than a couple. I switched to the lighter rig with maggot on the hook and had a roach and a couple of small perch before bites tailed off once more. I tried maggot on the deeper rig and had small perch before hooking something which felf a bit more substantial, it turned out to be a small eel and at 2oz, it wasn't the bonus I'd hoped for.

Justin had landed a chub and Neil also had one although he'd earlier lost one which could prove costly. Jake netted a decent eel but I felt I was comfortably in front of him, Martin earlier netted a decent perch and followed it with a good eel and I now reckoned he was the danger man. The last half an hour was an anti-climax and I only added a couple more small perch. I ended with 66 fish, last match I'd had 33 for 2lb 15oz but I'd caught more smaller fish this time round and felt I had between 3 and 4 pounds.

I packed up and went to assist Martin with the scales, he said he'd had nearly 100 fish but reckoned I'd done him! We walked round to weigh Neil in who had a good chub but not much else to weigh 3lb 12oz, this could be close. Frank weighed 3lb 6oz and Jake 2lb 4oz, I then weighed 5lb 9oz which I was pleased with. As soon as Martin took his net out I knew he'd beaten me, the needle settled on 6lb 8oz with his two bonus fish making the difference. Steve Parker weighed 2lb 6oz. We walked back to the cars and awaited the scales from the other section, top weight over there had been Dave Lawrence with 4lb 5oz, so I finished second and picked up £35 plus that all important nugget from Janders who weighed 3lb 14oz.

Although the fishing had been hard I do love the place as it's fair and rewards hard working anglers, roll on the next match. After three matches, dropping the worst result, there are four anglers on three points, me, Martin Heard, Neil Dring and Dave Lawrence.


1 - Martin Heard (Tiverton) - 6lb 8oz

2 - Jamie Rich (Chard Remains) - 5lb 9oz

3 - Dave Lawrence (Chard Remains) - 4lb 5oz

Section A - Justin Charles (Ilminster) - 4lb 1oz

Section B - Neil Dring (Ilminster) - 3lb 12oz

Monday, June 09, 2008

Perry St Pond - Spring League - 8th June 2008

Waking up I opened the curtains to be greeted by a glorious day for the final spring league match. At the draw I commented how I would love to draw peg 10 and then promptly went and drew it! The peg is probably the second best peg on the pond (behind peg 11) and is one of the famed corner pegs and there is a big lily bed - carp city.

I got there and set up my usual two Trabucco floats, one for up in the water and the other for fishing on the inside. On the whistle I potted in some hemp, pellets and maggots on the inside and started up in the water at about 10 metres. I was feeding 4 mm Ringers pellets with a 6 mm S-Pellet on the hook. It didn't take long to start getting indications and I lost my first fish which did me in the lilies. After the first hour I had landed one but lost two and bumped two! not a great start. Tommy Lee on 11 had landed a couple of small carp and a better one of around 8lb.

Hour two was much the same and I landed another carp, lost one and missed a couple of bites. Reports from around the pond suggested it was fishing really hard. There were loads of fish moving in the lilies so I went out to 13 metres, this worked to a certain degree and I landed a couple more but also lost a couple, one which trashed my rig. The score stood at 4-4, which is not very good at all. I was slowly gaining ground on Tommy but he always seemed to stay one fish ahead. With about two hours to go Tommy was really struggling and I couldn't buy a bite apart from losing yet another carp.

I came on the inside with pellet on the hook and fairly quickly landed a small carp and over the next hour I landed two more to make the score 7-5. Tommy then had a real purple patch and landed four in the last hour to take his tally to around 16 fish. I did lose one more which just tore through the lilies so it ended at 7-6. Before the start I had an outside chance of making the final prize list if I did well today and I knew I'd blown it. Pegs like this don't come round very often and you have to make the most of them when you do.

We all gathered around peg 1 to watch the weigh in and Oz had 8 fish for 18lb 4oz and when Mike Hosgood stuck another 8 on the scales for 27lb 4oz I knew I wouldn't be framing today. Chris Haines had fished brilliantly off peg 4 to weigh in a level 44lb. My 7 carp (plus a roach) went 14lb 2oz and I received loads of stick for cocking up a good peg. Tommy Lee came close with 36lb 8oz and there were no more decent weights with some anglers weighing in single carp.

I ended up 5th on the day (they paid 4!) and 7th in the league (they paid 6!), I did win my 5 peg section and picked up £20 and I had a £1 off Picky. My nemesis Janders didn't fish as he was on holiday in Cornwall. Chris fished an excellent series and walked away with the title with 141 points - well done Chris. He also sponsored the league so I must just say thanks very much to Haines Angling of Frome.

Next week I'm back on Dillington so lets hope I can get back to winning ways then.

1 - Chris Haines (Haines Angling) - 44lb
2 - Tommy Lee (Haines Angling) - 36lb 8oz
3 - Mike Hosgood (Exeter) - 27lb 4oz
4 - Steve Osborne (Crewkerne) - 18lb 4oz

Section A - Steve Bishop (Chard) - 9lb 10oz
Section B - Jamie Rich (Chard Remains) - 14lb 2oz
Section C - Alan Gage (Chard) - 2lb 14oz
Section D - Graham Pepper (Taunton) - 9lb 12oz

Final league placings (dropping the worst result)

1 - Chris Haines - 141 points
2 - Graham Pepper - 129 points
3 - Steve Bush - 128 points
4 - Mark Hollister - 124 points

Monday, June 02, 2008

Dillington Pond - JMA Summer League - 1st June 2008

After the disappointment of Perry St last week I was really looking forward to getting back on my favourite venue, Dillington pond. We had a fairly large turnout of 16 anglers too, including Scott Russell and Ashley Tomkins who don't fish the pond much but have enjoyed plenty of success when they have. I drew peg 11 on the road side and when I got to the pond, there was a tinge of colour following the heavy rain we've had and plenty of fish topping.

I had Roger Russell on my left and Terry Morgan on my right although I couldn't see him due to the trees. Initially I had intended to set up a waggler but couldn't because of the overhanging branches. Also with time short before the whistle I set up a Drennan Roach float for fishing at 10 metres plus a Drennan Squatt float to fish up in the water. The former had 0.12 mm bottom and size 18 Kamasan B611 and the latter 0.08 mm and size 20 B511. I mixed up a bag of Dynamite Roach groundbait and was ready for the off.

Neil Dring blew his whistle for the start and I cupped in two balls at 10 metres in front of me and another two at the same distance at an angle to my right. Starting with caster on the hook I was soon into small roach and the odd perch. I could see most people catching the odd small fish and Roger had an eel on the waggler. After an hour I had 19 fish and from comments around the pond it seemed the fish fest we had anticipated wasn't going to happen. Ashley opposite me had landed a couple of eels but Scott on the hot bush peg was still biteless.

I tried my light up in the water rig as there were plenty of fish topping and quickly had a couple of small roach and a better one of around 8oz. Then it just died and I was struggling to get a bite as were most people. Richard White and Martin Heard had both caught a decent perch each and then Scott latched into a chub followed by another and another. When he reached seven chub we all knew nobody was going to catch him. The only break in his rhythm (if you'll excuse the pun!) was when a fish snagged him and he snapped a section of his £3000 Daiwa Arity pole. Nobody laughed (much!). He was soon back in action and landing fish.

I had by now tried both rigs and maggot, caster and hemp on the hook but to no avail and was stuck on 33 fish. Roger then had a chub from the lilies by his feet and I reckoned he was now ahead of me. Then Neil Dring on the other side of the bush to Scott starting catching the odd chub as well although he lost more than he caught. I was sat with caster on the hook hoping for an eel or two but never had a bite for the remainder of the match. The whistle went to the relief of everybody (except Scott).

A new chap called Alvin Jones from Taunton had the scales so I went to watch the weigh in. Winner of the last match, Steve Parker had really struggled to weigh in 1lb 7oz, Alvin had a perch around 3lb plus bits to weigh 3lb 15oz. Terry had 2lb 2oz and then I weighed 2lb 15oz which was better than I thought, Roger weighed 2lb 14oz followed by Martin Heard who had 3lb 11oz. Janders only had 1lb 1oz and I pocketed his pound very gratefully. Scotty won easily with 16 chub for a new pond match record of 27lb 8oz - well done mate. Neil had 3 chub for second with 4lb 15oz and Graham Field had a whip caught 4lb 3oz of small fish for third. So apart from Scott's freakish weight the rest of the weights were pretty close.

Fish never stopped topping all day and I reckon a waggler could have seen me catch those extra fish to get me in the frame. I ended with 3 section points so not a disaster. Next week is the last match of the spring league at Perry St so lets hope my fortunes change for the better.

1 - Scott Russell (Yeovil and District Angling Centre) - 27lb 8oz
2 - Neil Dring (Ilminster) - 4lb 15oz
3 - Graham Field (Taunton) - 4lb 3oz
4 - Alvin Jones (Taunton) - 3lb 15oz

League so far (dropping the worst result)

Neil Dring - 1 point
Jamie Rich - 1 point
Scott Russell - 1 point
Alvin Jones - 1 point
Steve Parker - 1 point