Sunday, September 19, 2010

Dillington Pond - Summer League - 19th September 2010

The last summer league match arrived and after missing two matches I wasn't in contention of a league placing so just had to try and frame today. There were only eight of us fishing and I pulled out peg 14 but would rather have had 16 or 18. Heardy drew 18 and Steve Parker drew 16, Moses was on 21 again and had loads of room. I made myself comfortable and as always, mixed my groundbait up first, this week I had some Dynamite Baits Lake and Canal.

I set up the usual 4 metre whip rig and a Drennan Roach for a chopped worm line. I just finished setting up when Rob blew for the all in, I cupped in some chopped worm and caster at 11.5 metres towards peg 16 and chucked a little nugget of groundbait on the whip line. I started with red maggot on the hook and had to wait ages for my first bite. I started getting odd roach and perch but it wasn't happening, Richy White was already ahead as was Alvin on peg 12 and I could see Martin swinging small fish in regularly. After an hour I only had 10 fish and was already thinking about trying the chopped worm line.

I struggled on for a bit and added a couple more fish including a 4oz perch and decided, as I was going nowhere, to try the choppie line. I started getting bites and had a couple of dumpy roach and some small perch but I wasn't setting the world alight off this line either. Steve on 16 lost a good fish that took him in the reeds and he was having a real problem getting his rig back! All of a sudden I had a couple of better 8oz perch and things were looking up. At this early stage my money was on Martin and Moses who had landed some nice perch as well.

I was loose feeding casters over my chopped worm line and getting bites quite regularly and doing as well as those around me. Robin across the pond on peg 4, lost two big bream in short succession and wasn't a happy bunny. I was getting odd fish but it was slowing so I put some more choppie in and went back on the whip line but it was barren and I never had a bite there again. I did lose a perch at the net and bumped one next put in, which didn't help. With the top two places already filled (Martin and Moses) I thought I had a chance of third place if I could beat Alvin who seemed to be the only other person catching consistently.

With an hour to go, my bites just stopped and I only added one more small perch and I was sure Alvin had done enough for third. I had 29 fish and thought I had between 3 and 4lb. Before the scales reached me, I watched the last couple pegs in the other section weigh in. Robin had 2lb 15oz and could have won easily if he hadn't lost three big fish, Fred had 4lb 5oz and I wasn't sure I had that, Richy had 3lb 15oz and Alvin had 5lb 8oz and I knew I didn't have enough. The scales reached me and my weight was called out at 4lb 11oz, close but no cigar! Steve had 2lb 8oz and then as I predicted Martin won with 8lb 10oz although Moses was close behind with 8lb 8oz.

As Rob was only paying three today due to the depleted turnout, I didn't even pick up my usual default section win - bad times. With his second win on the bounce, Martin secured the league title with Alvin second and Moses third. I finished up a disappointing fifth but did miss two matches.

1 - Martin Heard (Tiverton) - 8lb 10oz
2 - Moses Holbrook (Ilminster) - 8lb 8oz
3 - Alvin Jones (Enterprise Angling) - 5lb 8oz

Summer League winner - Martin Heard

Final league standings

1 - Martin Heard - 14 pts
2 - Alvin Jones - 16 pts
3 - Moses Holbrook - 26 pts

Well that's that for another year and I can't say I'll miss it!, maybe the club will put some decent fish in before next year (I won't hold my breath!).

No report next week as I'll be in Thailand but on my return, hopefully I'll be able to post some exotic fish snaps!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Summerhayes - Open - 12th September 2010

Scotty text me on Saturday to say the match was on Sellicks and not on Longs so I wouldn't be breaking my duck this weekend, still I quite enjoy Sellicks and have been doing ok of late. There were twelve of us fishing including Scott and Roger Russell, after a coffee and bacon sarnie it was time to draw. The golden ball was peg 6 and I only went and drew it! The pressure was on as it's a decent peg, the level of the pond was still down and with there being a gusty wind and worse forecast, I was determined to stick to my plan of fishing down the track as it's served me well in the last few matches I've fished.

I set up two rigs, a Carpa 2 with 0.12mm bottom and size 16 808 hook and a similar rig as a duplicate in case I trashed one. For bait I just had some wetted micros and 4 and 6mm expanders - simples! Rob Birch was on peg 4 and Adrian Bishop was on peg 2, I couldn't see Scotty who was on the other side of the pond. Pete blew for the all in and I put in half a cup of micros at 10 metres and the same by the lilies to my right. I started out with a 4mm expander on the hook and missed my first bite before catching a couple of skimmers. The angler on my left had a carp early on but apart from that there wasn't much happening so I wasn't too concerned at this early stage.

I had my first carp (hooked just outside the mouth) just at the end of the first hour and I was doing as well as anybody on our side of the pond. I was putting in micros through a toss pot every put in and I tried by the lilies for the first time to keep the bait trickling in there. No bites saw me back out and another couple of skimmers graced the net. It was still really slow and Rob had only had one small fish so I was happy to keep putting the odd fish in the net (and there was the silver fish pool to go for).

I kept trying by the lilies and I had my first bite and soon as I struck I knew the fish was foulhooked, after a lengthy battle I was getting the upper hand and had unshipped to the top three when the poxy hook pulled out and all my shot pinged off the rig! I then lost one which did me in the lilies and things were definitely not going to plan. By now we were two hours in and I kept plugging away, putting the odd skimmer in the net (and I bumped two). I then foulhooked a decent fish on the longer line but managed to get that one in the net to put the score at 2-2 on the carp front.

The wind was being a real pain, Rob was now fishing the paste on his side of the lilies and getting the odd fish but I was still just ahead. I had a couple more foulhooked carp from the long line (much to Adrian's amusement - not!) and another skimmer. I now had around ten skimmers for 4lb or so which were worth a carp in weight. I was starting to worry about Rob who seemed to be getting bites more regularly than me, I was on four carp and I think he had the same number.

I kept trying by the lilies but couldn't get a bite there now, back long saw me add a couple of carp (properly hooked this time) and two more skimmers. Adrian and the chap on my left were getting odd carp now and everybody seemed to be catching me up. With an hour to go I think Rob was on seven carp, then I had my seventh, although it was a smaller fish of a pound or so but I did have those skimmers so I thought I might be just ahead. Rob had number eight and I was praying for one more and with five minutes to go I hooked it! I played it with kid gloves and I don't think it was particularly big, I unshipped to the top three and the hook pinged out - bugger, bugger! and I think it was properly hooked too.

I had time to go out again but as soon as the rig had settled, Pete blew for the all out. I thought I had around 20lb and when Adrian said he had eight or nine I thought I'd be right out of it as I was sure Rob had beaten me as well. Pete came round with the scales and said he thought he was in with a chance of the silvers as he'd fished for bits all day. Adrian was first to weigh and had 22lb odd and I was sure I didn't have that. Rob had 22lb 1oz and bet me a pint I'd beaten him!, I wasn't so sure. My carp went 17lb 13oz and my silvers went 6lb 6oz to give me a 24lb 3oz total. The guy on my left had 17lb odd and then Roger had 22lb 2oz and I was still ahead. At this stage I was winning the match, the golden ball and the silvers pool.

Then the next peg along had just over 25lb (oh no, was that last fish going to cost me?) and then the next peg had 28lb something, which I was a little relieved about as I knew I wouldn't have had that but by the same token I was now down in third place with several anglers to weigh. Also Pete was last to weigh and might top my silvers. I was still lying in third after the next three pegs and when Pete pulled out his net, Rob said I was safe but I wasn't sure. The needle was hovering around 6lb and Roger called out 6lb 2oz - phew!

Back at the results and Pete said he was paying two in the silvers today! Luckily he was joking and I picked up £20 for third and £24 for the silvers pool. I've now topped the grand this year with the best part of four months to go! It would have been lovely to have won the golden peg and the £150 that goes with it but still a pretty good day.

I'll have to apologise because I didn't get the names of the anglers who came first and second as I rushed off after the results.

1 - 28lb+
2 - 25lb+
3 - Jamie Rich (Against Men and Fish) - 24lb 3oz

Silvers - Jamie Rich - 6lb 6oz

I must also congratulate Steve Chant who won out Perry St today with over 79lb - well done mate.

Next week is the last Summer League match at Dillington and then I'm off to Thailand for two weeks - whoop, whoop.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Dillington Pond - Summer League - 5th September 2010

The penultimate round arrived and there were 11 of us fishing today, I pulled out peg 10, which has been a pretty consistent peg. Heardy was the next peg to my left and Richy was the next angler along on my right. Moses had a side bet with me and he'd drawn well, peg 21, on the far side. After getting my box level, my first job as always was to mix my groundbait. I had half a bag of Dynamite Baits Roach and added a bag of GOT Baits red Atomic Cloud to hopefully create a nice cloud for the fish to feed in. Would it work?, only time would tell.

I set up the usual 4 metre whip and a 0.5 gram Drennan Roach for the chopped worm line at 10 metres to my left. With Robin in Turkey, it was left to Alvin to blow for the all in. I cupped in some choppie and casters before starting on the whip. I missed the first two bites before catching a tiny perch. I switched to caster and started getting some better sized roach, it was fairly slow though and after the first hour I'd only had 20 fish. At this early stage I was neck and neck with Richy although Martin was slightly ahead. Graham Field next to Martin was catching well though they were very small fish.

We were getting problems with lots of floating debris and it was making fishing the whip a nightmare, the wind would blow for a bit, clearing our swims before it calmed down and it would all come drifting back! The second hour was similar for me and I was on around 45 fish when I heard Martin ask Graham how many he had and he replied 82! Martin was on 65 and I was already well behind. I fed the choppie line again with it in mind to try it shortly as my whip line was fading. The trouble was everytime I thought about making the switch I would get a couple of fish on the whip to keep me interested.

I was still quite a way behind Heardy and Fieldy but was ahead of Richy and from what I could see, most people seemed to be struggling (mind you, I've said that before!). It was also raining quite hard (which was nice!) and for the first time in ages I'd left my car in the field behind me and of course sod's law dictated that the cows would pay me a visit. I had to stop fishing to move my car to a safer location, as did Martin. On my way back to my peg I passed Roger and Leighton and neither seemed to setting the world alight, so I carried on with the whip.

I found by flicking the rig to the right of my feed area I would get a couple of fish quite quickly and in hindsight I think the fish kept backing off the feed and a light rig for fishing past the whip line might have seen me catch more. I never did try the chopped worm line and I finished up with 93 fish for 5lb or so, I felt Martin and Graham would fill the top two places and the best I could hope for was a section win. I packed up and caught up with the scales just as Leighton was about to be weighed in, Steve Parker had already weighed 5lb 7oz and Roger had 7lb 11oz (and I thought he was struggling!), I knew I hadn't beaten Rog and it would be close between me and Steve. Leighton weighed 3lb 14oz and then Richy weighed 4lb 6oz, my fish went 6lb 2oz and Martin had 10lb 7oz and I was hoping Roger would frame so I could sneak the section.

That was how it turned out although it wasn't Graham who claimed the runner's up spot as I'd thought but Alvin in the other section with 9lb 14oz from peg 16 (another angler I didn't see catch bugger all!). In fact the other section was a pretty close affair, incredibly Moses had the same weight as me so no pounds were exchanged, Neil had 6lb 4oz, Graham Bulgin 5lb 2oz and Fieldy had 6lb 5oz (which really surprised me as he had loads of fish but they were tiny). I picked up £15 for the section win but my three points meant any slim chance I had of sneaking into third in the league had gone. Martin still leads with 13 followed by Alvin on 15 and Roger on 22.

Yes, it's that photo again!

1 - Martin Heard (Tiverton) - 10lb 7oz
2 - Alvin Jones (Enterprise Angling) - 9lb 14oz
3 - Roger Russell (Ilminster) - 7lb 11oz

A - Jamie Rich (Against Men and Fish) - 6lb 2oz
B - Graham Field (Taunton) - 6lb 5oz

The last match is in two weeks time and to be honest I shall be glad to see the back of the pond for a while as I'm fed up with catching bits, several others said the same. I just wish the club would put some skimmers in, they say they are worried about cormorant predation but lack of fish isn't the problem it's just the size. All these tiny roach would be ideal for the river (with the correct paperwork of course), meaning the fish in the pond could grow on.

Anyway, rant over, with no Ilminster or Chard matches next week, I'm off to Summerhayes again, maybe this week I can break my duck on Long's pond? I doubt it.