Saturday, December 15, 2012

The River Isle So Far This Year

After a really cold snap, it's now cetainly a lot milder and the rain yesterday must have put some colour in the river so all the signs look good for the match tomorrow (I've probably jinxed it now!). I was just looking through the results so far and it makes pretty interesting reading, we've managed to get on the river eight times and the matches have been won from seven different pegs with double figures needed to win six of those matches.

What's been really noticeable is that bags of chublets, dace and roach along with the odd spottie are making up the weights which means lots of bites! The other, more worrying side is that the big chub seem  to be very few and far between apart from odd pegs at Isle Brewers.

Here are the pegs and the winning weights so far,

Match 1 - 7th Oct - Peg 15 - 17lb 5oz
Match 2 - 14th Oct - Peg 27 - 14lb 12oz
Match 3 - 21st Oct - Peg 123 - 12lb 2oz
Match 4 - 28th Oct - Peg 28 - 20lb 9oz
Match 5 - 11th Nov - Peg 23 - 19lb 3oz
Match 6 - 18th Nov - Peg 28 - 5lb 6oz
Match 7 - 2nd Dec - Peg 126 - 8lb 2oz
Match 8 - 9th Dec - Peg 109 - 16lb 8oz

As you can see, there have been some excellent weights with the biggest bags consisting of mainly dace, which is a great sign and hopefully good news for the future. The back up weights have also been pretty good with 6-10lb needed to frame in the majority of matches. Alongside the dace there are lots of small roach and chublets plus quite a few gudgeon in the lower reaches which all bodes well for the future.

Some decent chub are still being caught but they are not winning matches anymore, they have shown in pegs 15, 24, 123 and 124 and I suspect at Isle Brewers they will start to feature more when the weather starts to get really cold again.

For me I've had some cracking days and even when I haven't done enough to frame I've had enough bites to keep me interested (apart from last week obviously!). Below are my pegs and weights so far (framing weights in bold),

Match 1 - 7th Oct - Peg 15 - 17lb 5oz
Match 2 - 14th Oct - Peg 28 - 8lb 14oz
Match 3 - 21st Oct - Peg 123 - 12lb 2oz
Match 4 - 28th Oct - Peg 124 - 4lb 3oz
Match 5 - 11th Nov - Peg 27 - 2lb 15oz
Match 6 - 18th Nov - Peg 28 - 5lb 6oz
Match 7 - 2nd Dec - Peg 15 - 6lb 8oz
Match 8 - 9th Dec - Peg 79 - 3oz

Well all this has wetted my appetite for tomorrow, lets hope we don't have too much more rain. Come back tomorrow to see how I get on.

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