Tuesday, February 24, 2009

River Isle - Crown Winter League - 22nd February 2009

It was a glorious day and match organiser Robin Cox had promised he was going to put all the good pegs in. Pegs 55, 66 and 125 were all in and capable of doing 20lb. I stuck my hand in the bucket and pulled out 27, a peg that can do decent bags of small fish but realistically I was looking at a section win at best. It had blanked last week which didn't exactly inspire me either. In form Roger Russell had drawn 125 and was looking good for his second win on the spin, my nemesis Janders had drawn 55 and was whinging about the walk! as was Justin Charles who was debating not going to peg 39 because the peg hadn't been doing much.

I got to the river and it looked quite nice, I set up the usual 1.5 gram Carbo with 0.10mm bottom and size 18 B611 hook. For company I had Ashley Tomkins who wasn't overly impressed with his swim, peg 29, although I told him it was worth a few chub. On the whistle I started fishing in the hole opposite while feeding hemp and caster upstream in the slacker water at around 10 metres as sometimes the fish can be found there. Things started ok with a small dace first put in and I caught regularly for the first hour ending with 11 dace and a trout (which count), I also bumped a couple of fish. I thought if I could keep this up I might do 5 or 6lb and have a chance of the section.

Going into the second hour, the sun had moved around a bit and was really bright and I just stopped catching. I tried upstream where I had been feeding but nothing and likewise by the ivy - great. Ashley walked up, he had only had minnows and said that Scott who was sat with his Dad Roger had phoned to report that Rog was getting a few without really bagging. We went for a walk up the river and had a look at some other swims and Ash said he'd give it another hour and then perhaps move to have a days fishing. We went back to our pegs and I had a couple of dace quite quickly before they shut up shop again and I knew there'd be no brown envelope for me today.

Half way through the match I started to get odd bites down by the ivy when Ash turned up again, he'd gone back to his peg and had two chub in two chucks but now couldn't buy a bite again. While he was there I finally connected with a couple of bites and had another dace and a small chublet. He phoned Scotty again who said Roger was now catching quite well and would probably end with 15lb+, he also said that Martin Heard on 123 had landed three chub. I missed a couple more bites and Ash went back to his peg for the final part of the match.

I was just going through the motions really, I did manage another couple more chublets but at quarter past four I hooked a decent fish that went straight under the ivy and snagged me and that was the last of the action. I ended with 17 fish plus a couple of minnows. Whilst packing my gear away in the car I checked my phone and had a missed call from Janders, I phoned him and very excitedly he said he'd had 14 chub for 37lb 8oz - blimey. His weight smashed Frank Woodards long standing record of 33lb 10oz and could have been a lot more as he'd lost five as well. Although I don't normally like handing over a pound, I couldn't really grumble today, a fantastic weight, well done John.

Ash turned up with the scales and my fish went a very lowly 1lb 15oz, just as we were walking down to weigh him in, Alvin and Justin turned up. Alvin had 4lb 8oz and Justin had 17lb 2oz from the crap peg that is 39! He'd had eight chub and lost three, any other day his weight would have been enough to take the golden ball but not today. Ash had found another two chub and weighed a respectable 10lb 5oz although with all the big weights he was worried he might not even pick up his section.

Section winner Ashley Tomkins with his 10lb 5oz

Back at the results it transpired that Roger had caught well after a dodgy first couple of hours to weigh in a lovely net of roach weighing 17lb 2oz for joint second with Justin. Roger's peg was pleasure fished yesterday by Woggy, who reckoned he'd had 30lb which probably didn't do Rog many favours although he still had a great days fishing. Ash did win his section and the ever consistent Martin Heard won the bottom section with 7lb 11oz.

New River Isle match record holder John Anderson (go on give us a smile)

The story of the day (and my man of the match) has to be Janders new match record, well done mate. If only I could draw pegs like that! I do think the river could do a 40lb weight and I never thought I'd say that. As for the league Justin already has two section wins out of two and he can drop one of those!, with only a couple of matches to go I reckon it's in the bag. Well February was dire for me, lets hope I can draw a good peg next week and start March with a good result.

1 - John Anderson (Chard Minnows) - 37lb 8oz
2 - Roger Russell (YDAC) - 17lb 2oz
2 - Justin Charles (Ilminster) - 17lb 2oz

Section A - Ashley Tomkins (YDAC) - 10lb 5oz
Section B - Martin Heard (Tiverton) - 7lb 11oz

Monday, February 16, 2009

River Isle - Open - 15th February 2009

I was looking forward to this one but it turned out to be a bit of a non starter for me. Things didn't start well when I woke up with the hangover from hell, I'd been to Hoff's 50th the night before and we ended up back in Chard at the Phoenix. Well wrecked and not at all match fit! It got even worse when I discovered at the draw that Robin had left all the good pegs out! The final nail in the coffin was when I drew poxy peg 129 at Isle Brewers, it hadn't done anything all year.

I got to my peg and it didn't look at all inviting with no fish topping or anything, still feeling terrible I thought I'd have a quick kip. Two hours later I woke up and the peg still didn't look any good. Without even setting my kit up I thought I'd go and see how the others were getting on. Malcolm Levy on 128 had caught one chub, Janders on 127 had three minnows and Justin Charles on 126 had a few tiny fish. I sat behind him for a bit and fell asleep again. After an hour or so I went back to collect my kit.

While I was loading the car, Janders packed up as well and Justin decided he was going to fish a decent peg for a bit and went and sat on 125. First put in he had a roach and with me asking if I could have a go, he said I could use his pole as he was fishing the stick. I sat right on top the fish and was soon catching some nice roach with Justins float running under the pole, he was still getting a fish a chuck. After an hour or so we probably had 6 or 7lb between us (I can't believe he left the peg out!).

I didn't go back for the results but later found out Roger Russell had won with 7lb 2oz from peg 38. I can't believe the river had fished so poorly. Malcolm had added another chub to take second with 6lb 12oz and Ashley Tomkins was third with 5lb 5oz.

No fishing pictures this week so thought you might like a picture of a nice blonde from last night!

Hopefully next week I'll be able to report on a better day!

1 - Roger Russell (YDAC) - 7lb 2oz
2 - Malcolm Levy (Tiverton) - 6lb 12oz
3 - Ashley Tomkins (YDAC) - 5lb 5oz

Section A - Scott Russell (YDAC) - 3lb 8oz
Section B - Alvin Jones (Taunton) - 3lb 11oz

Monday, February 09, 2009

Sunday 8th February 2009

Due to all the bad weather the Isle match was called off so no report this week. There was a match on the resi but that fished poorly and the last I heard there was only one roach caught.

Hopefully we will be on the river next week as it's the annual 'Open', a match I'd love to win, tune in to see how I get on.

Monday, February 02, 2009

River Isle - V.E.S. Precision Winter League - 2nd February 2009

Well I got my wish and we were on the river which looked nice with a tinge of colour, the bad news was that it was freezing cold with a bitter wind. I managed to pull peg 24 out of the bucket although I had the choice of 23 or 24. As I had blanked on 23 the last time I fished it I opted to fish 24. As I was unloading my gear I started to realise just how cold it was, within minutes my hands were numb. The peg looked nice and I quite fancied it.

I set up the usual 1.5 gram Drennan Carbo with size 18 B611 and 0.12mm bottom and was ready a few minutes after the start (mainly because I had to keep putting my hands in my pockets to try and warm them up). The peg has a tree/bush opposite and a tree growing out of the water to the right, in between are numerous brambles hanging down and it looked really chubby. I started by the bush with caster on the hook, feeding caster and hemp and also firing some maggots down the peg. The wind was blowing the pole all over the place and with no early bites I soon found myself searching the peg.

After about half an hour I was by the brambles when the float buried and I missed it!, the caster was smashed so with renewed vigor I re baited and went back out. This time I was ready and when the float went I struck but instead of seeing black hydro streaming out, a 2oz dace came splashing along the top. Still I'd avoided the blank. I had another dace bite which I missed so I tried a lobbie without any luck. It was so bloody cold it hurt and despite yet another cup of coffee, I couldn't warm up and I wasn't enjoying it at all. To top things off it kept trying to snow.

After about two hours Alvin turned up he was in the tank traps (peg 14) and blanking, he said Bruce Hunt in 17 had a couple of trout (which count) and Martin Brooks was blanking in 20. While Alvin was with me there was a huge bow wave to my left and just as I said 'What was that?', a bloody otter got out of the river and bounced about a bit before diving back in - great!. It probably explained why I wasn't catching much. Alvin left me to it and I decided to concentrate on the tree to my right, away from where the otter showed itself.

Time was ticking by and although I knew I wouldn't be winning any money, I kept thinking one chub would give me mega section points. With no more excitement (and loads of coffee drinking) the end approached with me stuck on just the one fish. I tried double maggot but couldn't even get a minnow! Just before the end Alvin turned up again, he had packed up and said Bruce had only added minnows although Martin had sneaked in a 2lb chub. All of a sudden there were a load of ripples opposite me by the tree and the poxy otter poked it's head out of the water and stared at us for a bit before submerging. I reckon it was tame and Alvin had trained it to balls up my peg!

Quarter to four arrived and I couldn't pack up quickly enough, I loaded my car up and sat in it with the heater on full until Martin turned up with the scales. My dace weighed a massive 2oz and I drove up to weigh Martin in, his chub plus minnow went 2lb 3oz and I said he'd pick up with that. Bruce weighed a hard won 1lb 8oz and Alvin recorded a DNW. Back at the results it became apparent why most of the river had fished hard, all the fish were in Robin Cox's peg! He had a lovely net of quality roach to a 1lb plus weighing 20lb 3oz from peg 125 to win by a country mile. Well done mate. My nemesis Janders was second with three chub for 4lb 12oz from 123 and took his first pound of 2009 off me. Roger Russell was third with 3lb 13oz from 125a and the top four weights were all from Isle Brewers. Martin Brooks won the top section with 2lb 3oz and Dave Lawrence won the bottom section with 2lb 14oz.

Janders finally took a pound off me this year!

After five matches and dropping the worst result, Martin Heard is leading the league with six points followed by Roger and Martin with nine. I'm well down and even two section wins in the remaining matches won't help (unless the others don't turn up!).

1 - Robin Cox (Ilminster) - 20lb 3oz
2 - John Anderson (Chard Minnows) - 4lb 12oz
3 - Roger Russell (Yeovil and District Angling Centre) - 3lb 13oz

Section A - Martin Brook (Ilminster) - 2lb 3oz
Section B - Dave Lawrence (Chard Raiders) - 2lb 14oz