Sunday, April 27, 2014

Summerhayes - Open - 27th April 2014

After a really good start to the year I was expecting to hit a blip at some point and April has been poor so far with just one pick up and I was hoping I could finish the month on a high. The weather wasn't too bad although rain showers were forecast for today, I just hoped the wind wouldn't be too bad. I picked Janders up and off we went, on arriving Longs looked relatively calm so perhaps we could be in for a decent day. Looking at recent results 13-15lb has been winning silvers and most pegs have been throwing up half decent weights although pegs 11-13 and 30-35 were still the favoured silvers pegs. The draw was announced and I hung back and when I went into the bucket there were just two balls left, I pulled out peg 1 which isn't great for silvers but can be a good carp peg, Rob Kingston had the last peg which was 35 and is a consistent silvers peg - bugger.
Peg 1 on Longs
Janders was on 37 which was another peg that can do alright for carp but has no real silvers form, on the plus side we both had a fair amount of room, Glynn Wickham was the next peg on my left on peg 4. I had side bets with Janders, Glynn and Recce on silvers and Rob Kingston on overall weight. There were quite a few fish moving about and I quite fancied it. I set up a 10 x 11 MW F1 Slim for fishing at 8.5 metres straight out (it's a narrow peg and 8.5 metres put me just past the middle) and also for 5 metres angled to my right. I also set up a 14 x 11 version for fishing at 10 metres to my right in open water towards the walkway. I also set up a Trabucco dibber for fishing tight across but as I never used it I won't mention it again.

On the whistle I fed half a pot of micros on all three lines before starting straight out with a 4mm Bait Tech expander on the hook. I had to wait a little while for my first bite which turned out to be a small skimmer and I added a couple more plus a 3lb carp in the first hour and from what I could see it had been slow for Glynn and Janders too. Glynn was fishing across for carp and had landed two and Janders had netted a small tench. The beginning of the second hour was better when I had my first decent skimmer and when I added a second shortly after I thought I might be in for a good day. I tried the 5 metre line but only had a couple of small blades and roach so went back to 8.5 metres (I wanted to leave the 10 metre line as long as possible).

I had a lovely little tench around the pound mark and things were ticking along nicely, Glynn had caught a nice perch so there wasn't much between us at this early stage but Janders looked like he was struggling. I was still getting 2-3oz skimmers quite regularly but was a little concerned at the lack of better skimbobs. We were getting odd quite heavy rain showers but at least it wasn't too windy. After a couple of hours I tried the ten metre line for the first time and it was a bit of a flop as I only had one small roach off it. Back to 8.5 metres for more blades and then I had my first decent fish from the 5 metre line which turned out to be a 10oz bar of soap.

By the half way point I'd had three decent skimmers, two tench plus quite a few small fish but things needed to improve if I was going to challenge for an envelope today. I tried upping the feed but was still getting too many small fish for my liking and I was starting to wish I'd fished for carp today. Glynn was fishing his usual worm and caster and was catching quite a few small fish but then he had three decent tench and a couple of crucians and added a couple of decent skimmers for good measure. I was now struggling and only getting the odd roach and blade and even added a small perch on soft pellet! Going into the last hour I had managed another good skimmer and also bumped one which didn't help.

I hadn't had too much carp trouble, landing four and losing another when I gave it too much stick with the pulla bung and had to tie a new hooklength on. I did manage another decent skimmer with a few minutes to go and missed another bite just before the all out. I finished up with 43 silvers (five decent skimmers, two tench and the rest roach and blades) plus four carp for another disappointing day. Glynn had done well and I reckoned he must have had 15-16lb of silvers and wouldn't be far off with that. The scales were soon with Janders and he had 8lb 8oz of carp but only 2lb 4oz of silvers and I hoped I had a bit more than that. I was next to weigh and my carp went 7lb 6oz and my silvers pulled the needle around to 9lb which was a bit more than I thought and I was a pound up but knew this would only last until the scales reached Glynn.

In fact Glynn had 9lb of carp and then a brilliant 19lb 14oz of silvers and I paid him my pound to make the score 3-2 to me so far this year. I didn't watch the rest of the weigh in as I loaded the car and then checked my phone to see the footy scores and Chelsea had beaten Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield and the title race had taken another twist and with Man City winning it was now their's to lose although I can't help feeling there will be another twist or two to come yet.

Back at the results and Alvin Jones had done really well again with 26lb of silvers and 12lb 6oz of carp from peg 31 for another win, I did start to think Glynn might frame and I might sneak into second in the silvers but Adie Bishop had 31lb 10oz for second from peg 18 and Wayne M had 30lb 10oz from peg 11 which meant Glynn's total of 28lb 14oz was just short of the main frame and he won the silvers. Rob Kingston took second in the silvers (and a pound off me) with 11lb from peg 35. I did just beat Reece who had 8lb 10oz of silvers but once again he didn't pay up!

1 - Alvin Jones (Summerhayes) - 38lb 6oz
2 - Adie Bishop (Summerhayes) - 31lb 10oz
3 - Wayne M (Summerhayes) - 30lb 10oz

1 - Glynn Wickham (Summerhayes) - 19lb 14oz
2 - Rob Kingston (Summerhayes) - 11lb

Today's weigh board
See another poor day for me, I'm back at Perry St next week and as I finished bottom last match, hopefully it can't get any worse (although I could blank I suppose) so make sure you come back to see how it went.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Perry St Pond - League 1 - 20th April 2014

After a disappointing match on Friday and then Chelsea handing the league to Liverpool when they lost to Sunderland on Saturday, I desperately needed a good result today to stop the long weekend from becoming a total write off! The weather forecast wasn't very good for today with heavy rain and wind predicted - great! As I arrived it was great to see some faces I hadn't bumped into since last year and longer in some cases, Hainsey was fishing again this year after taking a break from the league last year and Rocking Roy was there along with Pup, Bish and the legend that is Dino.

As Hainsey is infamous for not bringing any chocolate bars and then scrounging off other people (usually Janders), John brought along a little lunch box for Chris and even filled it for him! Aww, isn't Janders nice.

Hainsey (looking a bit bedraggled) with his new lunchbox after the match
I collected some bait and paid my pools before Les did the preliminary draw for the pairs knockout and my name got pulled out of the hat to be paired with Butch and we were up against Jamie Parkhouse and Mike Collins. Then it was time for today's draw and I pulled out peg 2 which although not one of the corner pegs, I was fairly happy with. This also meant I'd be on even peg numbers for the rest of the series. My partner Butch had drawn peg 12 which wasn't too bad either, the trouble was Jamie P had drawn peg 10 which is one of the better corners and Mike C was in peg 9 so with the knockout decided on weight we were up against it already.

I had Exeter Mike on my right in peg 1 and Picky was on my left so I'd be able to keep an eye on how my pound side bet was doing. With it being overcast and quite windy I wasn't sure my usual shallow tactic would work (not that it did on Friday anyway!) but I'd still set a rig up and have a go. My other rigs were a 0.4 gram Drennan Carp for the 5 metres meat line and then a Trabucco dibber for the inside to my right towards the cormorant roost. I recently won some Old Ghost hookbait sausages from Coarse Fishing Answers magazine and thought I'd dice some up and try it today. I went with the corn ones which is why they're missing from the photo below.

Old Ghost Hookbait Sausages
I also had some dead red maggots, corn and 6mm pellets plus I mixed up some groundbait for the margin line. The start time arrived and I fed the inside and five metre lines plus I cupped in two balls of groundbait at 10 metres angled to my left but as I never fished this line all day, I don't really know why I did it! I started fishing shallow just to give my other lines time to settle and pinged out a few pellets every few seconds. Picky was into a paste fish from his 6 metre line first chuck and got off to a dream start. After about ten minutes I had a bite shallow which I missed so I stuck at it a bit longer and was rewarded with a 3lb carp to get me off the mark. I kept feeding the meat and margin lines but decided to stick with the fishing shallow until the first hour was up.

Nobody at our end seemed to be catching much with the exception of Picky who'd had four carp already! No more action from my shallow line saw me come into five metres as the second hour started but I was only going to give it ten minutes or so as I expected it to come come good later on. Hainsey opposite on peg 19 and Bushy next door to him had a couple of small fish and Les in peg 20 started to get odd fish as well. Exeter Mike had also netted a couple of smaller fish but it was all pretty tight at our end during the early stages. The wind was a nightmare and we started to get odd rain showers as well - lovely!

I was just about to come off the five metre line when the float sailed away and I missed it! Next chuck I had another bite after five minutes and hooked this one, it felt like a decent fish but wasn't doing much when the hooklength just gave way for no apparent reason and I had to tie on another hooklength. I gave it another ten minutes before trying the inside line for the first time with corn on the hook. I had a bite quite quickly and hooked a fish only for it to snag me under the fish refuge and I had to pull for a break and my day was going from bad to worse.

The next fish I got away from refuge and then the hook pulled out! and I just knew it was going to be one of those days. The wind started to subside a bit but then the rain started lashing it down and it was turning into a really miserable day. I fed some more groundbait on the inside and tried the five metre line again but no more indications and I was starting to fall behind the others at our end who were all getting odd fish, Hainsey had a couple of decent skimmers and was getting odd carp and Les was now starting to catch quite well.

Back on my inside line and I had a bite but the strike resulted in me being attached to something solid and I had to pull for a break yet again but this time the line snapped above the float and I was ready to go home but there were still two hours to go! I did manage to get my float back and went back to fishing at five metres while I got another rig out to fish the inside. I did actually manage to land the next carp but bites were few and far between, the next fish I hooked I got away from the danger area only for the hook to pull out at the net! To be honest I'd gone past caring at this stage and was looking forward to getting home as I was soaking wet and cold.

With 15 minutes to go I had my third fish, one of the new small carp but at 8oz or so it wasn't going to help much, Les blew for the all out and the final score was Carp 4 - Jamie 3. Picky said he'd had seven carp and as Janders had caught five I knew I'd be losing both pounds as well just to top off a great day! I packed up my sodden gear and was just about to take it back to the car when the scales arrived at Exeter Mike's peg, he weighed 12lb 12oz before my three fish went a lowly 5lb 10oz and with Jamie P doing well in peg 10 I'd let Butch down in the knockout, sorry mate! Picky weighed 31lb and would probably frame with that and he was also 2-0 up after two matches. Janders had 10lb 6oz and I paid him 50p as he still owed me from Friday.

I missed the rest of the weigh in as I took my kit back to the car but the two top corners had done well and Paul Homewood had also caught quite a few in peg 6. With everybody soaking wet and wanting to get home to dry off, the results were a rushed affair but Andy Donovan had the top weight with 44lb 10oz from peg 11, Paul Homewood was second with 39lb 6oz from peg 6, Jamie P was third with 37lb 6oz from peg 10, Picky was fourth with 31lb from peg 3 and Les was fifth with 30lb from peg 20. So the corners did well again with three of them in the top five today. Chris Haines won the silvers with 6lb 12oz. As for me I was stone cold last in the match, lost both side bets and got me and Butch eliminated from the knockout so all in all a pretty good match! On the plus side the only way is up!

1 - Andy Donovan (Frome) - 44lb 10oz
2 - Paul Homewood (Taunton) - 39lb 6oz
3 - Jamie Parkhouse (Burt Baits) - 37lb 6oz
4 - Alan Gage (Chard) - 31lb
5 - Les Braunton (Chard) - 30lb

1 - Chris Haines (Haines Angling) - 6lb 12oz
Today's board
So it looks like my good run is well and truly over, I'm at Summerhayes next week with Janders so come back then to have a good laugh as you read about me getting battered like a chip shop sausage again!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Perry St Pond - Good Friday Match - 18th April 2014

We always have a match at Perry St on Good Friday but it's a match I never seem to do very well in. The league starts on Sunday so I was hoping I might get an idea of how I was going to approach the first match. Pellet and meat are allowed again this year and I was hoping pellet shallow would work as it's a method I quite enjoy. The Torquay Tart was fishing today as were Paul Homewood and Jamie Parkhouse who would be fishing the league for the first time. Les did his usual job of cleaning my wallet out before announcing that there would be no bait bans but people had to be sensible and that a tin of meat of corn would be more than adequate which the Tart thought was fair enough!

"Well Les did say one tin of corn!"
With eleven of us fishing Les had left the corner pegs out in a bid to make it a bit fairer, of course this meant the end pegs nearest the corners would be the pegs to draw. My drawing hand let me down badly when I pulled out peg 15 which was slap bang in the middle and to make matters worse I could see the Savlon Kid  on the opposite bank. I had Paul Blake on my left in peg 16 and Mike from somewhere near Exeter was on my right in 14. I could also see Janders next to the Tart and Bushy the venue expert was next to him. The favoured end pegs were taken by Jamie P on peg 13 and Picky on 8 with Les in 2 and Paul H in 17.

Peg 15 (with Blaker in the background)
I wanted to try and keep things fairly simple so set up a dibber to fish banded pellet on a hair rig shallow at 11.5 metres, another dibber to fish down the edge to my right towards the cormorant roost (fish refuge) where I would feed loose groundbait, casters and corn and then a 0.4 gram Drennan Carp float to fish at 5 metres where I would feed groundbait and dead maggots. I mixed up some Ringers groundbait and was ready with about ten minutes to go.

Les called the all in and I fed a couple of balls of groundbait at 5 metres before starting shallow at 11.5 metres where I was constantly firing out half a dozen 6mm pellets and lifting and dropping the rig. I intended not to feed the inside line until halfway through the match and then feed quite heavily with loose groundbait. To be honest it was hard early on and nobody in the middle pegs caught much at all, Butch in peg 7 and Picky in 8 both got off to a decent start landing several small carp each and apparently Jamie P was catching well too.

Bushy had caught a couple, Blaker had one and the Tart had lost one and that was about it for the middle pegs, in fact after an hour and ten minutes I hadn't had a proper bite yet! I had started putting some feed on the inside line and went in with corn on the hook and missed a bite before catching a small carp which was hooked under the chin! But that was it and I didn't know what to do next, I put in six pots of loose groundbait on this line before trying the five metre line but I never had a bite there. So back out shallow I went but it just wasn't happening. Exeter Mike was getting odd fish and from the sounds of it Jamie P would win here at his first attempt, Paul on the other end was hooking quite a few fish too and although Picky had slowed up he was five or six fish in front of me and I didn't know where my next bite was coming from.

So although it was looking like I'd lose a nugget to Picky, there wasn't much between me and the tart as we both had a carp apiece but he'd also added a perch and Janders was still to get off the mark and test out his new margin pole. My next action came from the margin line where I lifted the rig and there was a fish on which turned out to be a pound eel foulhooked in the tail! Bushy was still getting odd fish and was doing better than most. We were now four hours in and it was really hard going, then Janders landed a nice tench and when he followed it up with a small carp I was in danger of losing all three side bets as the Tart had landed another carp as well.

Quite a few carp could be seen swimming around close to the surface but they just didn't seem interested in feeding, I was still fishing shallow when the pole got ripped round and a decent fish was on and I have to admit I hadn't even seen the bite! I eventually netted a decent fish of 6lb or so but it wasn't going to help much. I did manage one more carp where I dropped the rig in front of it and it went down after the bait and that was it. The Savlon Kid had caught several carp over his meat line late to well and truly give me a spanking and I knew I'd never hear the last of it. Les had also caught well late and could be challenging for a frame place.

Blaker hadn't added to his early carp and was soon packed up and headed home, I packed up and took my gear back before catching up with the scales, Les had weighed 37lb 2oz and then the grinning Tart informed me he'd weighed 20lb 8oz and I handed over a pound with a heavy heart and the score now stands at 1-1 this year. Janders had 6lb 4oz so I was at least even on the side bets or I would have been if he'd have paid me a pound instead of 50p! Bushy had 34lb 3oz to go into second place and then Butch didn't weigh before Picky just pipped the Tart with 21lb so I went 2-1 down on the side bets and Picky went 1-0 up.

Jamie P weighed 66lb 8oz in peg 13 and would win easily with that, Exeter Mike had 30lb 8oz before I put my modest 13lb 4oz in the weigh sling, with Blaker not weighing that just left Paul H who weighed 30lb 12oz to just sneak the section win. So apart from Bushy all the people in the money were on end pegs! I have no clue what I'm going to do on Sunday although I will take some meat with me.

1 - Jamie Parkhouse (Burt Baits) - 66lb 8oz
2 - Les Braunton (Chard) - 37lb 2oz
3 - Steve Bush (Chard) - 34lb 3oz

A - Alan Gage (Chard) - 21lb
B - Paul Homewood (Taunton) - 30lb 12oz

Today's weighboard
The Tart has been texting  already and seems very pleased with today's result, well done mate you spanked me today and I'll finally be opening that tube of Savlon!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Just A Little Ramble

Just a quick ramble for you, firstly a huge thank you as the blog has now had over 155,000 hits, which is just staggering, the Facebook book and Twitter pages are coming along nicely as well, so thanks again and please keep spreading the word.

I have a few bits and bobs of fishing tackle for sale, if you're interested get in touch via the contact form on the right hand side of the blog, I'm open to sensible offers.

I have a brand new Shakespeare Agility 6 Tube Rod Holdall for sale, the RRP is £34.99 and I'm looking for £25.

I also have a brand new Shakespeare Agility Carryall, the RRP is £29.99 and I'd accept £20.

Check out both items on the link below and then make me a (sensible) offer!,869/coarse-luggage,1298/agility-match-luggage,8673.html

If you would like either or both items I can drop them off if you're local or I can post them but will have to find out how much that would cost.

I also have some Kamasan B911 barbless eyed hooks in size 14 and 16 available at £1 per packet, these are my favourite hooks for hair rigging. I can post but it would cost 75p but this price remains the same for up to 20 packets.

If there are any other Kamasan patterns you are after, give me a shout and I'll see if I can get them for you.

On the fishing front, I've got matches at Perry St on Friday and Sunday and it'll be nice to catch up with the Chard boys again. I'm not booked into anything on the Monday yet so if anybody knows of something give me a shout or else I might have a trip down to Seaton after the mullet if the weathers nice.

Also I'm really looking forward to my holiday at the amazing Gillhams Resort in Thailand which is now only 26 days away and I can't wait!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Summerhayes - Open - 13th April 2014

I hadn't heard from the Torquay Tart for a while but with the weather now starting to warm up, the texting started about how he was going to own me and I needed to buy some Savlon cream for my arse which was going to get whipped yet again. I did reply saying I still had a tube of cream unopened from last year when the side bet score finished at 5-1 to me! The weather looked gorgeous when I woke up and I was looking forward to this, I picked Janders up and met Rob Cox before heading to the venue.

On arriving, the car park was already quite full and it looked like there were a fair few fishing today, along with the regulars, Scotty had brought Guru's James Cooper, a really nice guy that I've only met on a couple of occasions. The Tart was also there and we confirmed our side bet would be on silvers and so did Glynn Wickham, Janders wanted it on overall weight as did Rob Cox, Reece and Rob Kingston, this could get expensive!

Pete announced there were 29 anglers fishing today and he would be paying the top five overall and the top three in silvers. With so many pegs taken I just knew it would fish hard today, I was hoping for pegs 30-35 or 9-12 but managed to pull out peg 14 which is a really good carp peg as it's in a corner. I would still fish for silvers but would have to feed a carp line as well. Janders pulled out peg 12 and wanted the bet to be on silvers now! The Tart was in peg 9 so I would be able to keep an eye on him and I had Ray Wickham on my right and Steve Kedge on my left in peg 15 where he'd won on Wednesday so I could be in for a spanking today!
Peg 14 before the wind got up!
I set up the usual two MW F1 Slims but also set up a little Trabucco dibber for fishing the margin to my left towards the corner, the reeds were already knocking so there were a few carp about at least! I had micros for feed with 4mm and 6mm Bait Tech expanders for the hook, for the inside I was just going to feed some 6mm hard pellets and fish a banded 6mm on the hook. I plumbed up two lines at 10 metres and another at 5 metres plus a margin line at three sections to my left.

The whistle went and I cupped in half a pot of micros on my three skimmer lines before putting in some hard 6mm's on the inside. I started on the longer line angled to my right with a 4mm expander on the hook and missed the first two bites before swapping to the line straight out in front and missed a bite here too! The wind was quite strong and bloody cold and I was soon putting my fleece on, I thought this was supposed to be a nice day! Kedgy had got off to a good start with a couple of carp fishing across to the far bank but it looked a long way over and hard work in the wind. Ray was getting some small fish on the worm but already it looked like it was going to be a bit of a struggle.

After missing about six bites I finally connected with one and netted a decent skimmer to get off the mark, my next bite resulted in a small roach and I think small fish may have been responsible for at least some of my missed bites. I was flicking a few pellets down the edge on a regular basis but still hoped I wouldn't have to fish that line. To be honest it was really hard going and the only other fish I manged in the first hour was a small carp. Roger Russell on peg 16 had netted a couple of skimmers and Ray was still getting the odd silver but so far it was still looking like a low weight affair.

I managed a couple more decent skimmers plus a couple of blades and the inevitable carp from the right hand line but the other line was proving to be a bit of a flop and a brief try at 5 metres only resulted in a very small roach. I had a visit from the Tart who'd only caught one skimmer so I wouldn't be opening the Savlon just yet, Janders also wandered up and he'd had a good skimmer plus a couple of carp. Kedgy was now fishing into the corner and getting the odd carp and I reckoned he'd be there or thereabouts at the end.

By the half way point I was on four decent skimmers, a few bits plus three carp and I didn't think there was much between Roger, Ray and me as far as the silvers were concerned. By now bites were quite hard to come by and a brief try in the margin saw just one small dig on the float so I decided to stick it out at 5 metres and go out to the longer lines when the wind allowed. I had a good skimmer off the shorter line which and followed this up with a 3oz blade so I was at least getting the odd bite.

With a couple of hours to go I could see Brendon starting to pack up so I could hopefully pack the Savlon away for another week. I had a carp off the short line so went back to the longer line but it was hard work in the wind. The Tart appeared behind me for the last period of the match and I had another carp from the short line and next chuck had a 2lb skimmer which had seen better days. Ray started to catch some good skimmers from his chopped worm line and was pulling away from me. Glynn also turned up and he'd packed up as well (3-1 to me now) and I was £2 to the good at least!

The Torquay Tart (aka the Savlon Kid) had another spanking today!
I did manage one more carp from the 10 metre line but no more good skimmers came my way and for the second week on the trot I wasn't too upset to hear the final whistle. I ended up with 12 silvers (six decent skimmers plus blades and small roach) and seven or eight carp. The bank side grapevine was suggesting Scotty had done well as had Adie Bishop and I knew Kedgy would be in the mix as well and I was pretty sure Ray would be up there in the silvers.

I packed up and didn't think I'd be picking up today either, the scales were soon on their way and I caught up with them at Mark Hanham in peg 11, he had a total of 22lb 10oz and that actually put him in the lead both overall and in the silvers! Reece hadn't weighed and Rob Cox had 7lb so I was now up £4 in side bets with Janders to weigh next, he had 3lb 14oz of silvers and 8lb 8oz of carp to give him a 12lb 6oz total. Ray had 8lb 8oz of carp and then his silvers went 11lb 3oz and there was a good chance he'd win it with that.

Then it was my turn and my carp went 18lb 8oz and when my silvers went a level 7lb I'd actually gone into the lead overall and was second in the silvers, I didn't think it would be enough to frame but thought there might be an outside chance of sneaking in the silvers. Steve Kedge had 44lb 3oz next door and wouldn't be far away with that. I didn't see the rest of the weigh in as I was taking my kit back to the car, I bumped into Bruce who was admitting to 6lb of silvers so I knew there was a good chance he'd beat me but could I hang on to third place in the silvers? No was the answer as Bill 'The Silvers King' Hopping did 8lb from peg 32 and he said Bruce had weighed 3oz more than him - bugger.

Scotty had done well to weigh 35lb 14oz from peg 22 which put him in third place and Adie Bishop had the top weight on the day with 53lb 8oz from peg 26. Rob Kingston got his revenge on me (and his pound back) when he weighed 29lb 8oz from the same peg he had last week (35) which put him in fourth place overall. Then Pete called me out as last in the money and I picked up £23 which was a very welcome surprise so not too bad a day as I finished 5-1 up in side bets as well.
Today's (rather full) weighboard
1 - Adie Bishop (Summerhayes) - 53lb 8oz
2 - Steve Kedge (Somerset Angling) - 44lb 3oz
3 - Scott Russell (Tackleuk) - 35lb 14oz
4 - Rob Kingston (Summerhayes) - 29lb 8oz
5 - Jamie Rich (Against Men and Fish/Burt Baits) - 25lb 8oz

1 - Ray Wickham (Summerhayes) - 11lb 3oz
2 - Bruce Hunt (Summerhayes) - 8lb 3oz
3 - Bill Hopping (Summerhayes) - 8lb

So a rather frustrating day and the silvers weights seemed to have dropped right off but I think the unsettled weather isn't helping. Some other good news was that Chelsea beat Swansea 1-0 which was rather like my battle with Brendon which ended up Chard 1 - Torquay 0! Next week I'm at Perry St for the Good Friday match and then back there again on the Sunday for the start of the Spring League, so come back on Friday to see how I get on as the Tart is also fishing and hoping to finally open that tube of Savlon!

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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Summerhayes - Open - 6th April 2014

The weather was back to being wet and windy for this one, I picked Janders up and met Rob before heading to Bridgy. There was a good turnout of twenty anglers including Scotty who was just back from two weeks at Whiteacres. After collecting nets, paying pools, drinking coffee and saying hello to everyone it was time to draw. When Pete announced the draw I hung back and there were only a couple of pegs left in the bucket and I pulled out peg 34 which is one of the most consistent silvers pegs (along with peg 11) and has been doing 20-30lb silvers weights every week. I couldn't wait, maybe this week I would smash my best Summerhayes silvers weight!
Peg 34, a proper flier and I couldn't wait
Everybody was saying I'd win the silvers at a canter and Heardy said I'd probably win it overall, not too much pressure then! Everybody and his wife wanted a side bet, alongside my usual silvers bets with Janders, Rob and Glynn, Reece wanted a quid on overall weight as did my neighbour Rob K, this could be an expensive day! The wind was quite strong and would hamper presentation yet again but I still felt a good day was on the cards. I set up two MW F1 Slims, a 10 x 11 and a 14 x 11, both with size 18 808's to 0.10mm hooklengths. Bait was the usual micros I had dampened down plus some 4mm and 6mm Bait Tech expanders for the hook.

As I said earlier, I had Rob K on my left and then Heardy was on peg 32, I could see Janders on peg 39 (a peg I've never got on with) and Rob across on peg 11, so I would be able to gauge how a few of the side bets were getting on. I planned to feed three lines at 10 metres and catch a couple of fish off each one before moving to the next one and on the whistle fed half a pot of micros on each line before starting on the right hand line with a 4mm expander on the hook. I had a couple of knocks but after ten minutes I had moved to the middle line and ten minutes later I was on the left hand line and still no positive bites!

Martin had netted a decent skimmer and pulled out of a couple but from what I could see nobody was catching much, finally my float went under and I netted a good skimmer, here we go I thought, now I can start putting some fish in the net. But that fish proved to be a false dawn and apart from a small carp from the middle line and a missed bite, that was it. The second hour was slightly better and I added a couple more skimmers and a small tench and thought a good weight was still possible although I was sure I wouldn't be breaking any records today.

Mark Hanham in peg 37 seemed to be doing better than most but his swim seemed fairly sheltered and he could fish the far bank. I was getting the odd small skimmer and roach but going nowhere fast, Rob K was getting the odd carp and Heardy was catching some good skimmers but kept trying his inside line for carp without much success. I gave up on the right hand line but to be honest the other two lines weren't much better and I knew my good run would come to an end today and off a great peg too! I felt I had cocked up peg 11 the other week and today was going the same way and I just didn't know what to do next.

I did try going further over at 11.5 metres but never had a bite and was resigned to getting my bum spanked by Martin who was still getting the odd good skimmer and I reckoned he would win the silvers today. We reached the last hour and the match seemed to have flown by without me putting much in my nets at all. It was still quite close between me and Rob K though and I stuck at it because from what I could see, most people were struggling. The wind had dropped a little and then out of the blue the float went under and I had a good skimmer and then next chuck hooked another that flew out of the water and shed the hook.

I started to think I could still finish with a flourish but then my next fish was a carp followed by small roach and blades, where were the big skimbobs? I did manage another good one of 1.5lb and another small carp but wasn't too upset when the all out was called. I packed my kit away and let Martin have my left over micros before taking my kit back to the car. Mark Hanham weighed 34lb something and that would be a good weight today, Janders didn't bother weighing so I was a pound to the good. Scotty weighed 43lb odd and had done really well off that peg.

Janders didn't weigh in today
I loaded up the car and caught up with the scales as they started to weigh our bank, Glynn was leading the silvers with 14lb 2oz so I gave him a pound (2-1 to me now), Reece had weighed 10lb 13oz and Roger had 9lb 8oz and I knew Ray Wickham and Heardy had also done well so no envelope for me today. Ray showed his boy how it was done when he weighed 16lb of silvers to go into the lead but it was short lived as Martin had 17lb 11oz before it was my turn. My five carp weighed 8lb 9oz and my silvers went 8lb 8oz to give me a total of 17lb 1oz, Rob K weighed 14lb something so I was another pound better off. I also had pounds off Reece and Rob Cox although Reece hasn't paid up yet!

1 - Scott Russell (Tackleuk) - 43lb 13oz
2 - Mark Hanham (Summerhayes) - 34lb 1oz
3 - Steve Kedge (Somerset Angling) - 24lb 8oz
4 - Bill Hopping (Summerhayes) - 18lb 8oz

1 - Martin Heard (Tiverton) - 17lb 11oz
2 - Ray Wickham (Summerhayes) - 16lb
3 - Glynn Wickham (Summerhayes) - 14lb 2oz

So it had fished quite hard and I wasn't far off fourth place in the end but I was really disappointed I hadn't caught more silvers. We're back again next week so make sure you come back to see if I cock up another flier!

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