Monday, August 24, 2009

Dillington Pond - Summer League - 23rd August 2009

After not fishing last weekend I was really looking forward to getting back on the bank this weekend. There were only eight of us fishing again and those that had already drawn peg 1 weren't allowed to draw it again so that left three of us and I drew it! I had mixed emotions about it though as the peg hasn't been the flier we all expected, still I was going to go for it! Robin warned us it might be busy out the pond as there was a festival of farming on and boy was he not wrong! There were people, cars and tractors everywhere.

I got to my peg and it looked nice with an overhanging tree, I made myself comfy and set up two rigs. The first was my usual roach rig and the second was a heavy rig for under the tree. I mixed up some Sensas Lake Black and chopped up some worms and I was ready. On my left I had league leader, Bruce Hunt and the next angler I could see was Graham Field opposite on peg 20. The whistle went and I cupped in three balls of groundbait at nine metres and then a pot of chopped worm and casters under the tree followed by another of corn and hemp. While I left that line to settle, I baited up with caster and went over the groundbait.

I didn't have to wait long for a bite and was soon swinging in a 2oz roach, I was getting odd fish but was already well behind Bruce and Graham who were catching small fish a lot quicker than me. After 45 mins I had 10 fish and was already thinking about trying under the tree. After a few more minutes I could wait no longer and slipped on a piece of corn and went under the tree ready for battle to commence. I waited and waited but not a touch, so I tried double caster and started getting bites but the culprits turned out to be perch and roach and not the chub I'd hoped for.

I did have a lucky escape when an over enthusiastic strike saw my rig in the tree but it came straight out, have to watch that I thought! Then five minutes I did exactly the same and this time there was no way it was coming out. I could already sense this wasn't to be my day. I dug another rig out of the box and continued feeding caster over the top, hoping to entice some chub to feed. I was still getting odd fish and even netted a better roach and two eels but by now, with half the match gone, Martin, Bruce and Fieldy already had over a hundred fish.

To be honest there's not a lot left to tell from my point of view as I was so far behind on small fish I had to stick it out for a lump or two and it never happened. I ended with 24 fish which gave me 2lb 11oz and a really disappointing day. Bruce did better with 180 fish for 8lb 6oz, Graham had the same weight although he had 202 fish. Moses Holbrook did a little better with 9lb and as he was on the golden peg he could have been in for a bumper payday but Martin did enough with 200 fish for a level 10lb and the golden peg would go to the last match. Martin's weight made sure of his third victory on the trot and he's really got this small fish lark sorted.

The pond actually fished quite well as Malcolm Levy had 6lb 8oz to come nowhere, Neil Dring weighed 3lb 5oz and Rob Cox 2lb 8oz. Things have tightened right up at the top of the league with Martin now joining Bruce on 13 pts followed closely by Graham on 14 and it would go to the last match. Let's just hope Martin doesn't draw the golden peg in two weeks time!

1 - Martin Heard (Tiverton) - 10lb
2 - Moses Holbrook (Ilminster) - 9lb
3 - Bruce Hunt (ALS) - 8lb 6oz
3 - Graham Field (Taunton) - 8lb 6oz

Next week Andy and me are off to our annual pilgrimage to the Evesham festival so there'll be no fishing next week although I'll let you know how we get on.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Dillington Pond - Summer League - 9th August 2009

Even though I managed a minor pick up on Wednesday night, I was still a long way off the pace out here. I can't compete with Martin, Graham or Bruce on the small fish and the caster approach isn't working so I thought I'd try something a little different today. I had half a kilo or worms left from Chris's last Sunday so I was gonna have a good go for some bonus's today. There were only eight of us fishing today so exactly half of the turn out for the first match. I really fancied peg 16 although peg 1 would do me, of course I drew peg 14. It was also a golden peg so worth an additional £113, well that was it I had to go for it.

The pond looked nice although my peg was quite weedy, I borrowed a weed cutter from Bruce Hunt (cheers mate) and tried to sort it out a bit. This didn't leave me much time to set up, so I quickly set up my usual two rigs, a 0.5 gram Drennan Roach for open water and a 0.4 Drennan Carp for the chopped worm. I mixed up some Sensas Matchblend and Lake Black and added a good portion of chopped worm to it (instead of the usual casters and hemp). Neil blew the whistle (Robin was fitting a kitchen!) and off we went. I cupped in three balls of worm laced groundbait at 9 metres and a load of choppie in an alcove in the weed to my left.

I started off out but despite my earlier efforts the weed was still problematic and I was a little slow to get going, my first fish was a 3oz perch and then I started getting roach. After the first hour I had 19 fish and would be happy if I could keep that catch rate going. I got to 22 fish just past the hour mark and then heard Bruce shout across to ask Martin how he was getting on and he already had 70 odd fish! My swim was already slowing although from the banter around the pond I was keeping pace with Bruce and Graham, for now!

I was still getting odd fish but itching to try my chopped worm swim, after a few more fish I could resist it no more. I put on the head of a dendra and went over it, I didn't get a bite for ages and when I did it was only a small perch! I tried double caster and had to wait even longer for a bite but again only a small perch was the result. I cupped in some more choppie and went back over my other line, this was hard work as well and already I knew the golden ball was safe.

I kept putting odd fish in the net and trying over the chopped worm but was putting little in the net and the longer it went on the more I needed a bonus fish. Moses was on peg 1 and hadn't hooked a chub yet, Bruce was on peg 16 and struggling like me, although I think he was slightly ahead on numbers of fish. Typically Bruce reckoned his fish were smaller than mine. In the back of my mind all the time was the fact I was on the golden peg so I kept trying for a big fish but it just wasn't happening.

I tried maggot over the groundbait and added a couple more small roach and tried just sitting out with caster on the hook for the eels but nothing doing. I kept asking Bruce and Graham how they were doing and they were 20-30 fish in front of me and Martin had passed the 100 mark and was well on his way to yet another victory. I crept up to 56 fish by the whistle and thought I had around 4lb, which would get me nowhere. I packed feeling a little disheartened. Bruce got to me first with the scales and I was disappointed to only register 3lb 15oz, Bruce did slightly better with 4lb 8oz, Steve Parker had 3lb 5oz and Malcolm Levy did well with 6lb 5oz.

The other section fished alright too, as expected Martin walked it with 10lb 11oz, a great weight of small fish, Moses had 4lb 1oz, Neil Dring had 3lb 13oz and Graham had 4lb 10oz. So it was all quite tight and I wished I hadn't bothered going for big fish, but on a golden peg I had to try. At the results we were all stood about when two young attractive girls turned up and preceded to strip down to their smalls before leaping into the pond! My mood was suddenly lifted, this is how fishing should be! Graham kept asking me to get my camera out but those of you that know me will know I'm not like that! Graham did nick their clothes but Neil arrived on his white charger and returned them, well done Sir Dringalot. Well girls I hope your dip cooled you off 'cos you certainly raised our temperatures.

So on the fishing side it was disappointing for me but the average weights were up a bit which was encouraging.

Martin and Malcolm made it a Tiverton one-two, yep mugged again!

1 - Martin Heard (Tiverton) - 10lb 11oz
2 - Malcolm Levy (Tiverton) - 6lb 5oz
3 - Graham Field (Taunton) - 4lb 10oz

Not sure where I'm fishing next week yet, so will let you know.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Dillington Pond - Evening League - 5th August 2009

After a pretty shitty day at work it was a relief to leave the office at three, the weather was glorious for a change and I was looking forward to a few hours fishing. I got to the pond and after all the recent rain there was quite a bit of colour to it and it looked nice. Including me there were seven of us fishing tonight, as always Robin let us draw two pegs and choose which one we wanted to fish. I really wanted to have a go at peg 16 as I haven't drawn it yet this year but drew 2 or 12 and decided on the latter.

It was a bit of a rush to set up so I quickly mixed up some Sensas Roach and Matchblend and set two rigs up, the usual Drennan 0.5 gram Roach and a 0.4 gram Drennan Carp for fishing the insides and it could also double up as an up in the water rig. I plumbed up and with all the extra water, it was deeper than normal so I settled on fishing at nine metres instead of the usual 11.5. Martin Heard who was the next peg along on my right came round for a quick chat before the start. I had Alvin Jones on my left but couldn't see him. Alvin has been unstoppable in the evening league winning four of the five matches so far and was second in the other. Barring a disaster he'd won the league already, I had no chance as I'd missed two and had pretty mediocre results in the three I'd fished. I did manage a second place in the first one but it had gone downhill since.

Dillington pond

Rob tooted on his whistle and we were off, I cupped in three balls of groundbait at 9 metres and went straight over it with caster on the hook. Things were slow to start with, a change to double red maggot saw me swing in a 3oz perch. Back on caster and slowly but surely the swim improved and I started getting bites. After the first hour I had 22 fish (mainly small roach), Martin asked how I was getting on, told him and he said he'd had 48! blimey was well behind already although he did say his were mostly tiny fish.

Couldn't really see much of what was happening so stuck with it, I was catching most of my fish on the full depth rig, but on the drop. I did try the shallower rig but the fish were smaller so I quickly reverted to the deep rig. I was getting the odd better fish of 4oz or so but also missing a few bites and bumping fish. Even so the second hour was better and I had 24 fish. I was fairly pleased with my progress and as 5lb is normally a decent weight I felt I was on target as the last match I had 57 fish for 3lb 14oz.

Scotty Russell turned up for a walk round and said that Stu on peg 18 was getting a few and Alvin was getting a fish a chuck on 15, in fact most people were catching lots of small roach. With the light fading fast the third hour was better still and I put another 27 fish in the net to give me a total of 73. I felt I had 5lb+ although I was sure Martin had beaten me by a mile. Near the end there were some good fish swirling for the loose feed and I just wish I could work out how to catch them.

It was a bit of a rush to pack up before the light went completely and Janders handed me some scales and said I had to weigh Stu, Moses and Alvin in while they did the rest. Stu asked how many fish I had and when I told him he said that I'd done him, he weighed 4lb 6oz and I did think that perhaps I had more than that. Moses had a wind up torch with him which proved to be invaluable, Moses just pipped Stu with 4lb 9oz and then Alvin plonked 7lb 5oz on the scales to take the lead. We got to my peg and my net was up the bank!, Rob had already weighed me in. I packed the rest of my kit up and drove back for the results, still not knowing what I'd weighed.

First person I met was Janders who said I'd had 4lb 11oz (so I still can't break the 5lb mark) but as Janders had weighed 2lb 13oz I pocketed his pound with some glee! Rob had caught 3lb 10oz although he'd lost a bream which would have seen him frame. Martin had 6lb 3oz which was a lot less than I thought, so Alvin had won for the fifth time in six matches and made sure of the league title. Martin was second and I sneaked into third and picked up £16, meaning my total for the year had edged past £600 (£613.50 to be precise). An enjoyable evening although I wish I could pick out those bigger fish.

Evening league winner Alvin Jones

We're back on here on Sunday and Alvin is away on holiday, not that it matters 'cos he can't seem to transfer his Wednesday form to Sundays anyway!

1 - Alvin Jones (Chard) - 7lb 5oz
2 - Martin Heard (Tiverton) - 6lb 3oz
3 - Jamie Rich (Against Men and Fish) - 4lb 11oz

Final league positions

1 - Alvin Jones - 5 pts
2 - John Anderson - 16 pts
3 - Robin Cox - 17 pts

Monday, August 03, 2009

Chris Haines Pond - 2nd August 2009

Dave picked me and off we went for brekkie where Steve Bishop and Steve Osborne met us, not long after another Steve (Chant) arrived with Picky. After filling up for the day ahead (some more than others, eh Dave?) off we went. We made good time and were soon at the venue. Les did his best to rid us of all our cash and then it was time to draw. I really fancied the peg I had last time but drew one away as peg 11 stuck to my hand. Still it was a reasonable peg and Butch had nearly 20lb off it last match. In fact Butch drew the peg I wanted, Picky drew peg 13 just by the gate which never seems to do much good so hopefully I'd stand a chance of nicking a pound.

My peg looked nice as it was between two islands and carp could be seen cruising in the gap but I was determined to once again go all out for silvers and hopefully pick up the odd carp as I went along. As I said earlier I had Butch to my right, on the other side I had Steve Bishop who was also going to target the silvers so I'd be able to gauge how I was doing. For bait I had maggots, casters, pellets, meat and worm. My plan was to fish chopped worm at 5 metres and also feed pellet and meat under the tree on the right hand island, just in case!

I set up the usual two rigs, a Drennan 0.4 gram for open water and a little Trabucco dibber for the island. With plenty of time before the off, I had a quick walk round the pond. Match organiser Les was suffering with a bad back and as a consequence was sat in some weird orthopedic/bed chair arrangement sat on bricks to level it, I thought you needed planning permission for that kind of thing! At least he was comfortable. Janders was next to him and then Dave Lawrence was in creature corner. Steve Bush had drawn the flier again and would be tough to beat. Chanter had also drawn the same peg he'd won off last time and was feeling confident. He also had a walk round taking photos for me but apologies in advance as he hasn't let me have them yet! So this weeks blog might be a little short of snaps (oops, sorry Steve I meant photos, you'll see what I mean later).

Les had a bad back (hence the orthpedic chair!)

Chanter's peg

Anyway I got back to my peg and it was time to start, I put in a pot of worm and caster at five metres and a load of micro pellet and meat under the tree. I nipped the head off a worm (as this had been the best bait last match) and shipped out. After a few minutes the float slipped away and I was soon swinging in a 3oz roach, right I thought 20 fish an hour should put me there or thereabouts. I had another small roach before the swim died and I couldn't buy a bite, this wasn't in the plan! I asked Steve how he was getting on and he replied the same, and from the comments around the pond it seemed like all the rain we'd experienced had put the fish off. The pond also wasn't as coloured as normal and I started to think my initial target of 25lb might be way off.

After the first hour I'd only had six fish and bumped a couple, I'd also hooked a carp which I thought was under control when the hook pulled out! Bish and Butch had also endured slow starts although judging by all the splashing, Butch was getting a few now. Loads of carp could still be seen cruising and my thoughts started to turn to my island line. I did see one big dark shape and plonked the hookbait right in front of it and to my surprise it took it! I was waiting for the fish to tear off but it didn't and a 3lb bream just plodded about before I netted it, a right bonus and it put me right up there.

After another uneventful 15 minutes I couldn't resist trying by the island and shipped out a cube of meat, no bites were forthcoming and I soon found myself just plonking the bait in front of cruising fish, none of which were interested. Bish was getting odd fish and starting to eat into my early lead and I reckoned Butch was just ahead by now so I came back in on my worm line. I was just sat there and the float was motionless despite loads of blows right over my feed. I shouted up to Steve who said he was still struggling and we couldn't believe it was the same pond as two weeks ago.

'Please go under!'

Then my float just sailed away and I was into another carp, as before I just about got it under control when the hook pulled out - shit! I just knew that come the weigh in, those two lost fish would cost me. Then it was back to catching nothing, I could hear Butch catching fish and Bish was still getting odd fish, I was just getting desperate. I tried caster and maggot on the hook but it made no difference and I was fearful of scaling down in case I hooked another carp. I did drop the rig in front of another big carp which took the bait before screaming off and snapping me, it was now 3-0 to the carp and I was resigned to not only a bad day but a battering both sides.

Bish was still getting odd roach and I was sure he was catching up in the water so desperate to put something else in the net I followed suit. I started loose feeding casters at 5 metres and I soon had some swirls from roach, some good fish too including the odd chub could be seen taking the odd floating caster off the surface. But could I catch them?, could I hell as like! All I could manage was the odd small roach and rudd, again I thought about scaling down but then bang! and another carp was on. There was blue hydro everywhere and the fish even snagged me solid under my feet but I eventually got it out and at 4lb it put me back in the hunt.

Apparently Chanter was getting the odd carp opposite but I couldn't see what was happening because of the island. I became rather hypnotised by the swirling roach and chub and spent ages trying different depths and moving shot around, nothing really worked although I did add a 12oz chub and a couple of roach. Bish started getting the odd chub and carp and I was sure I was right out of it. With an hour to go I decided to stick with fishing on the bottom over the chopped worm so I dumped in a load of worm hoping that the fish would go down over it. All of a sudden there was a load crack from Chanter's direction followed by his voice shouting 'Not a fucking again' and yes Snapper had indeed busted his second pole in three matches! Fair play to him though as he landed a decent foulhooked carp despite the wrecked section. Dave Lawrence nearly killed himself laughing although remember that famous saying 'What goes around, comes around'?

Bish with friend

and another feathered friend

Anyway, miracle of miracles I started getting bites again over the worm and in the last half hour I added six more roach and a 12oz skimmer before Les shouted the all out. I ended with 26 fish which I reckoned might go 7-8lb, Bish was admitting to 14lb or so but I thought he had much more and I honestly thought it would be between Butch and Bish for first place as Butch seemed to catch steadily all day. I packed up and walked past Picky who said he'd had a crap day, I replied mine wasn't up to much either!

Les started the weigh in ass about face again which made me think perhaps he'd done ok this week. Picky hadn't been lying and weighed 5lb odd, Bish weighed 18lb 4oz followed by me with 11lb 4oz (which was more than I thought), Butch really surprised me when he only weighed 9lb 8oz, I thought he'd absolutely stuffed me. The next few pegs really showed how hard it had been before Steve Bush put a respectable 14lb 4oz on the scales to push me down to third. Then we reached Dave Lawrence's peg to find two keepnets drying in the sunshine, he'd chucked back 12-14lb as he thought it would get him nowhere (oh dear, he who laughs last laughs longest, I think is the saying!).

Bushy framed again

Dave didn't weigh in from 'Creature corner'

Janders weighed 4lb 4oz to hand over a £1 which joined the one Picky gave me earlier, Les had struggled despite the comfy chair! and then Snappy Chanter just missed his second win on the trot with 17lb 14oz, but still had some more money for his new pole fund. Back at the results and I was read out in fourth place (cheers Dave) and picked up £40, blimey! another pick up at Clivey! Well that £40 takes me to £597.50 for the year, a little under last year at this point but it's still ticking over. Next up is an evening fixture at Dillington on Wednesday night, so tune in to see if I can break £600.

Yep that's twice in two matches at Clivey

1 - Steve Bishop (Chard) - 18lb 4oz
2 - Steve Chant (Chard) - 17lb 14oz
3 - Steve Bush (Chard) - 14lb 4oz
4 - Jamie Rich (Against Men and Fish) - 11lb 4oz
5 - Butch Baker (Chard) - 9lb 8oz

Once again it helped if your name was Steve, perhaps I should change my name by deedpoll, Steve Rich, what do you reckon?

Steve Rich!!!!!