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2nd on Tuesday evening
series with a windy venue making the waggler hard
with 17lb 12oz of skimmers Lee Edwards overcame last
week DNW and won the match from the sluice with 20lb
8oz of feeder bream. So now I am leading the series
with two wins and a second. Saturday I fished a match
at Drummonds Lake Monmouth opting for waggler tactics
similar to Hendre lake tactics I won the match with
25lb Rob Skellet 2nd with 24lb Sunday saw
me fish Port Talbot Dock opting for pole and sliding
float tactics I finished 3rd with 12lb 8oz.
Not a bad week!! (See
Hendre Lake Series
Another Silver fish win
Silver Fish Win
This week I fished three matches.
Back to the commercials on Cefn Mably Lakes Cardiff
catching 12lb of skimmers and roach and a few Carp for
21lb winning the Silver fish pool. Saturday last match
before a break on Hendre Lake Cardiff, with 18lb of
skimmers and Rudd outside the main frame as Bream
showed with a 51lb win for Luke Richards. Sunday saw
me fish Port Talbot and with only 9lb of Perch and
small roach on the feeder outside the frame again yet
Mike Towler next peg caught 19lb 12oz for 2nd place
End of Old Close Season Matches
Back to Port Talbot Dock South Wales on Sunday and just a section win with 16lb of skimmers and roach peg 8 on the feeder Mike Towler the old king of the dock made a comeback and won with 30lb on peg 14 while team meber Clive Roberts 3rd with an impressive 28lb of small roach on the whip
Saturday I fished the Last Eversham Match the Rose bowl on the Warwickshire Avon drawing peg 33 which normally could be a decent draw but with the river up and coloured I managed to catch 3 small chub on the feeder for 1lb just beaten by 4oz for the section. However my Team mate Richy candy drew the favourite Cafe meadow peg 68 and won the match with an impressive 37lb of bream on the feeder and worm
Wednesday I fished the last of the season Kidderminster float only match drawing peg 56a just above the favourite peg 58 that local Lad Steve Pirrepoint was on We both fished for small dace and ended up with 11lbon the stick float and Steve 8lb on the whip I finished last in the money 6th placePort Talbot Open
Drawing peg 10 on the Dock I felt was a bit disappointing as it hasn’t show any form recently. Nevertheless I opted for a light feeder approach catching small roach on the drop in 25ft of water. Catching steady throughout I fished the corn for the last hour and managed 3 skimmers and a bream, losing two to a pike I finished with 13lb 2 oz and 3rd overall. Mal Entwistle match organiser won the match from peg 16 next to the pontoon with 27lb of bream 2nd from the end peg was Gary Swain with 14lb 8oz
This weekend saw me off the rivers due to most carrying extra water and I fished two still waters. Saturday I fished a Knock up at Hendre Lake Cardiff opting for the waggler I managed 3rd place with 30lb of small skimmers. Luke Richards was a runner way winner with over 60lb of Bream caught on double hair rigged corn. 2nd was Shaun Wilson with similar tactics for 36lb Sunday I fished Port Tabot Dock in Neath South Wales opting for feeder tactics I put together 37lb of skimmers and small bream for second place. Beating me by 1lb with 38lb was international angler Nigel Evans a local angler. 3rd on the day was Shaun Parsons (Nomads) with 26lb
With the winter River Wye matches come to a finish and high water levels I decided to fish Bewdley on Severn. Similar to the river Wye I drew peg 64 and fished the stick catching 1 Chub a few dace I managed 3rd overall. With the river up on winter levels the next mid week match at Bewdley saw me blank from fancied end peg 104
The final River Wye winter league
was a cold start to the event with temperature
dropping below freezing the fish had congregated below
the railway bridge in the town stretch leaving those
who drew above searching for bites. Drawing above the
bridge on peg 41 I was fortunate to catch a 4lb 8oz
chub on the bread flake within my third cast winning
the section until Paul Downs caught 2 barbel in the
last hour. Settling for 2nd with all the
rest blanking in the section Our team Nomads finishing
4th on the day and 5th overall
in the series. I accumulated 59 points over the series
coming best individual overall with 2 sections wins 2
second 5th and
Roll on the Summer!!
My latest match on the River Wye
Belmont Winter League was a corker. Drawing peg 87 of
which I drew once before catching 18lb of small dace I
knew I was on for some fish. Opting for a small ball
of groundbait a chuck three rods out I steadily caught
small chub and good roach, loose feeding an inside
swim under my rod I had a second approach with stick
float. Catching fish by alternating between the swims
I amassed 48lb 7oz winning my section and just getting
beat for the match by 1lb helping my team Cardiff
Nomads into 2nd place on the day.
Win Wye League Belmont
END OF BAD RUN
With the river running clear after recent coloured rain water the expected huge weights didn’t materialise, drawing peg 114 at the top of tinkers corner on the carrots section was a bad draw on the day, watching the angler below me (Chris Stephens from Tewkesbury) who had slower deeper water catch 6 barbel and a few chub for 5th place with 45lb 8oz I did manage to draw a dozen small chub into my 2ft deep swim and weigh 13lb 12oz for a section win by default. My Nomad team member Richy Candy drew the previous charity winning peg and duly won the match with 61 lb 14ozChris StephensChris Stephens from Tewkesbury) who had slower deeper water catch 6 barbel and a few chub for 5th place with 45lb 8oz I did manage to draw a dozen small chub into the 2ft deep swim and weigh 13lb 12oz for a section win by default. My Nomad team member Richy Candy drew last week’s charity winning peg and duly won the match with 61 lb 14oz
Commercial House League
Sunday saw me fish the 3rd round of this West Country League on the Bristol Avon at Newbridge. With the river running off still with colour a draw in the bream area was paramount. Drawing peg 49 two above the famous bream hole I thought I was in with a chance, fishing the first ten minutes on the feeder didn’t produce anything so I opted for an inside roach approach on the bat float. Catching small steady roach I completely forgot about the bream. Come the weigh in I had 3lb 3oz above me saw 23lb and 21lb of slabs and below me 39lb 28lb of the same 5-6lb slabs My biggest booboo this season not staying on the feeder alas a lesson learnt coming last in me section. And a big well done to Timothy Ford who not only predicted and suggested it was going to be a feeder day He won the match with an excellent 46lb from un-fancied peg 7
Wye Winter League
The first round of the Wye winter League saw me draw peg 6 Top of Belmont With the river coloured I opted for a Bleak and minnows bag, catching over 800 to give me about 10lb I fished the worm last half hour to add 4 perch and a total weight of 13lb 10oz Joint 2nd in the 12 peg section. Spud Murphy won the match from the end peg with 55lb The Nomad A team 7th overall
Sunday saw me fish the Hereford AA Charity Match leaving Belmont out the match was spread out and I drew the bottom section of the 70 pegger Peg 61 at Field Farm. This summer section was just two and half foot deep Fishing a small stick I caught a 2lb chub on the second cast. However the river running clear the small dace and chublets soon took over catching over 10lb in 3 hours I opted for bread flake last hour and managed to catch four with a total weight of 21lb including a PB Chub 5lb 1oz Just missing out on a section with 47lb winning the section (Bob Roberts Hereford)below me . In fact 53lb was needed just to frame Hadrian Whittle (Ross-on-Wye) won it with 175lb 2nd was Chalky White (Evesham) with 97lb 3rd Brian Rigby (Walsall) 54lb Looking forward to next week Wye league
Sunday I fished the 2nd round of
the Commercial House league on the Bristol Avon at
Staverton and with the conditions sunny and clear
water most anglers struggled. Finished 2nd in my B
league with 2lb 9oz of perch, roach and a small chub.
Club member Mike Martyn Davies who is fishing for
another team finished 2nd in the match with 16lb of
roach from the end section
Wednesday mid week match was held on the Lower Taff Flower Garden section, drawing the top peg with 4ft under my feet I fished the stick float. Started to catch grayling then the dace moved in with my arm aching from my tennis elbow I took a short 20 min break finishing the match with 46lb 13oz see my https://www.facebook.com/clive.branson page Clive Roberts 2nd 17lb 3oz Mike Martyn Davis 13lb 7oz
Returned to the Staverton section
of the Bristol Avon This Sunday match a practice for
next week Commercial league team match. With the river
running chocolate coloured after thunderstorms during
the week the anticipation for good weights was high.
However I did not follow the other anglers and ball
in, instead I took it easy and cupped in small balls
of brown crumb and Sensas lake with caster and red
maggot. Catching small roach and perch on a 20 hook
and cursing a 2lb Bream slipped the net, nevertheless
catching over 100 small fish with my famous Bat Float
(1Gram) I ended up with 6lb 4oz and 3rd
position overall. Saturday the Nomads had a Knock up
on the River Taff at Haley Park Free stretch. Winning
with 8lb 10oz of prime Grayling
My Mixed Week
Fishing the dark side (Commercial)
Cefn Mably this Wednesday saw me draw peg 10 at the
west end. Catching well at the start with 35lb of
Mirror’s on the blockend Hooking and loosing 6 fish
that probably cost me the match with just 53lb
winning. Saturday the Nomad knockup at lamby pond I
came 2nd with 6lb 6oz of small rudd. Sunday
we entered the Commercial House League on the Bristol
Avon Drawing the famous
outfall peg A2 at Swineford I was kept busy all match
with small dace on the waggler, winning my B section
with 10lb 8oz and picking up £60 paid for the day just
outside the main frame
Saturday the Cardiff Nomads A/C had its 2nd natural venue match at East Dock Cardiff The closed inland dock can boast over 50 Acres of fishery with some large carp including the New Welsh record 42lb Grass Carp. Full of small fish but also Canadian pond plant. I won the match with just 2lb 9oz that include over 100 small perch and a few skimmers at the end, Clive Roberts 2nd with 1.4oz Steve Deacon had just under a pound. Sunday saw the Nomads fish the last round of the South West Super League I managed 7lb 12oz of caster caught roach and 3rd in my section Unfortunately the team had a few last in the sections and we slumped to last on the day and overall.
Bank Holiday Weekend
One of the highlights for the year is the Evesham festival Veterans match. Fished on the Wednesday before the main weekend festival. Meeting up with old friends such as Dennis White, Keith Hobson, Stan Piecha and lots more.. I drew peg 35 opposite the Isbourne mouth and with the river running clear I knew it was going to be hard. Fishing the waggler I had a good start catching two chub 4 perch and 20 small dace the second half of the match I struggled. Finishing with 5lb 15oz and 7th overall in a field of 73 anglers just outside the money I had to content with a section win and beating Stan Piecha next peg was most enjoyable. My old English adversity and good friend Dennis White won the match from peg 30 catching 2lb of small fish and snagging a barble with ten minutes to go for a total weight of 8lb 13oz My Team member Clive Roberts was gutted as he weighed 8lb 12oz also landing a barbel. However a consolation was that Clive finally qualified for the Saturday Final as Dennis has an Invite and so will be joining me and other team member Mike Martin Davies. Watch this space..
Mid Week Disasters
Big Bertha Sunday at Evesham
Fished again this Wednesday at Staverton on the Bristol Avon just missing out again with 7lb 5oz consisting of hemp caught roach and one late chub on the waggler, mistake not going for these early as I caught and lost another in the last 20 mins My travelling partner Mike Martin Davies made amends by coming 2nd just getting beat by 5oz from the winner and organizer who weighed in 10lb 12oz. Tuesday evening saw me again beat by Bream when Spud Murphy (Caerphilly) won with 17lb young Scott also Caerphilly 2nd 12lb 8oz I was 3rd 12lb of hemp and tares roach on the pole, coming close behind 4th Steve Ayres (Pontyclun) with 11lb 10oz 5th Clive Roberts (Nomads) 11lb 4oz 6th Richy Candy (Nomads) 10lb 12oz
EVESHAM FESTIVAL HERE I COME
Overnight rain at Evesham put some
colour into the river I drew in the cafe field peg 71.
Weighing in 3lb 6oz of feeder fish, consisting
of 7 Perch, 1 gudgeon, 2 roach, 1 eel, 2 Tommy Rufe 1
bleak and two ½ inch chublets. I won my 3rd section on
a trot and with the weights mainly coming from the
town waters I was pleasantly surprised I had the best
weight from the cafe meadow downwards. Qualifying for
the Evesham Festival at my second weekend attempt.
Section win on the Warwickshire on Saturday catching Perch on the bloodworm match 2lb 14oz Sunday saw me just miss out on the Huntspill catching 10lb 2oz on the waggler with 16lb coming 6th on the match. Tuesday eve series saw me drop to 3rd place with 13lb 4oz of waggler caught fish. Wednesday I travelled down to Staverton and had a lovely day catching 8lb 15oz of roach and perch on my Bat float see http://www.goldmedalfloats.co.uk/rudder.html Just missing out with 10lb 14oz winning
Fishing the Evening series at local match lake Hendre I managed 21lb 8oz of roach in 3 hours catching on the waggler then switching to hemp and tares in the last hour. Beating me for first place was Young Welsh International Lee Edwards who caught a few bonus Bream for 22lb 4oz and 3rd on the day was Caerphilly angler Spud Murphy who had 4 bream for 17lb
This Sunday saw me fish a team Evesham Festival qualifier and drawing unfancied shallow peg 26 and with the river flowing fast with the extra rain I opted for a feeder approach, catching 2lb 12oz put me 4th in the 13 peg section. Unfortunately our team Nomads couldn’t qualify ending in 7th place.
Evesham near Success
Back to Back Win
Peg to Peg Battle
Saturday knock up
Back to winning ways
Port Tabot Dock
After an extended
winter break I returned to my first match this
weekend, fishing the Bank holiday open match at
Hendre Lake Cardiff I drew the sluice gate peg.
Opting for the waggler and roach method that was
successful last summer I was pleasantly surprised
to catch over 30 bream and skimmers and a few
roach. Catching all my fish on a single red maggot
I amassed a new venue record of 74lb 8oz
WINNING WYE WINTER LEAGUE
Drawing the end Peg 102 one below
where Dave Harrel won from two weeks previously, I
knew I was in with a shout. Opting for one of my
favourite methods “Float fishing The Bread”; I caught
12 chub in the second hour, using a size 6 hook baited
with bread flake. The river started to rise due to the
rain the day before I fished the maggot feeder during
the middle of the match with no bites, and it was not
until the last 30 minutes I switched back to the float
and with another 10 chub on the bread giving me a
winning weight of 45lb 8oz
Drawing peg 51 just above the old railway bridge I managed just 2lb 4oz of dace caught on the stick float in the first 30 minutes. Coming fourth in the section helping our team into 2nd place on the day
Continuing my good fortune on Port Talbot Dock in Neath South Wales I secured another win this Sunday using the feeder and roach tactics. Drawing peg 7 I fished a Long tail floating maggot catching 29lb 13oz beating Richy Candy 2nd 26lb 4oz. 3rd on the day was Mike Towler with 23lb 12oz Section winners Mal Entwistle and Raf Angler Kevin Ellaby both with 22lb 6oz
With the River Wye called off I decided to fish the Sunday Port Talbot Open. With strong facing winds drawing peg 15
I opted for a 3oz open ended feeder fishing dead maggot on a size 16, Brown crumb and Sensas Lake groundbait, Catching a late run of skimmers topping up my early roach I finished with 25lb 8oz winning the match by 4lb from Jeff Clark (Rebels) 21lb 12oz and match organizer Mal Entwistle 3rd 21lb 1oz
The decision to go ahead with the Wye Champs was left to the last moment as the anticipated drop in water level was imminent. However extra rain came and the level rose throughout the match, drawing Fownhope I was disappointed to see the River Lug pouring out chocolate colour water. With barbel being the main quarry most anglers below the river lug struggled. I managed 2lb 9oz of small roach on the feeder to win my section which was a compensation.
Back to the prolific Port Talbot dock in Neath South Wales this weekend drawing the point peg 8 I was disappointed to hear that this peg has not been fished in previous weeks as the fish tend to come over the areas that feed has gone in. Nevertheless I caught 16lb of roach and skimmers at 20 meters and won my section money. Match organizer Mal Entwistle won from peg 10 weighing 23lb Anthony Hogg peg 7 19lb 2nd and Shaune Parsons 17lb 11oz 3rd
WYE WINTER LEAGUE
The first match of the series saw me draw peg 49 just below the hot spot of 47 and 48 I had to dig out steps to get to the water and with a high bank behind it was difficult to cast my stick float tried waggler to middle unable to cast I did enjoy the match catching small roach a few dace and bleak 14lb 14oz for 3rd in my section
The Last match to qualify for the
Riverfest final was disappointing for me, drawing peg
63 above the Hampton ferry a peg I blanked off just a
few matches ago. I did manage 2lb 4oz of bread punch
roach and just missed out on my small section. The
best anglers on this venue drew two of the best pegs
Chalky won from peg 6 and Lee Gardner 2nd
from peg 75. Always next year and considering the
likes of Dave Harrel and Hadrian Wittle not qualifying
I was in good company and I perhaps next year
Drawing number 26 on the toilet section on Shrewsbury was a very good draw a few years ago, however with the lack of fish I struggled on a rising river. Catching 1lb 14oz on the bread punch including a small eel was ominous from the start. The pipe peg was Favourite and won the section with 3 chub for 10lb +.
Pre RIVERFEST MATCH
The pre fishfest match on the River Seven at Shrewsbury catching only 1lb 12oz from peg 60 seeing me in 3rd place and a section win. With 8lbs 1st and 5lb 2nd place from the shallow pegs 4os. Ominous that is all I can say about next Saturday event.RIVERFEST
The Riverfest matches must be the most frustrating of all events to qualify This weekend saw me draw a real flyer at Upton on Seven the well known picnic pegs where all the locals go and fish. Reports of 7-8lb of bream caught the evening previous. However with the water low and clear not a single bream was caught throughout the match length. The match being won with 10lb of bleak of which for the last hour I fished for them weighing in 3lb 5oz, in hindsight seems the appropriate word. Sunday I drew the end peg on Evesham peg 85 again this peg is a good winter peg only 5ft deep. Catching 1lb 3oz with a 3oz perch still in the net after weighing didn’t make the frame, some very good anglers have qualified yet some very good anglers haven’t, frustrating to say the least.
Fishing a double head weekend on the River Seven: First match at Bridgenorth was a disaster on two levels: Getting lost and arriving at my peg with 10 minutes to spare (See Snide Rumours Page) then getting beat by the winner next peg above. Drawing a new cut out peg 167 I was told could be a flyer however the peg above me has won the last 3 matches peg 165. Saturday was no exception weighing in with 51 lb saw local lad Scott Geens walking away with the match, I did nevertheless win my small section with 8lb 8oz catching 1 barbel on feeder and 1 chub on float. Sunday on Bewdley I drew the Country park peg 106, very shallow swim 3ft catching a few dace at the beginning with half hour to go I opted for bread flake catching a chub first cast then bumping one, cursing that I didn’t try it earlier ended up with 5lb 8oz with just 15lb winning the section. Next week the riverfest road-show goes to Evesham and Lower Seven Watch this spac....
I fished the Welsh National this
weekend at White Springs Llanelli South Wales A
complex of small commercial lakes and canals. Not
ideal for such a big match However Bob Giles from
Merthyr become the most successful Welsh angler
securing his 3rd Championships in a row
catching 112lb of carp down the edge. I drew peg 3 on
match lake not such a good draw not normally put in I
was told, just 3ft deep catching just 6lb 8oz
PORT TALBOT WIN
Only fished Sunday this week! Port Talbot Dock Neath South Wales. I Had a good peg for peg battle with Gary Martyn the Local venue expert with me coming on top winning the match with 19lb 15oz on the feeder catching mostly roach on red maggot. Gary was 2nd with 15lb 8oz of skimmers and this year’s Huntspill Champion Mal Entwistle 3rd (Glamorgan) with 13lb 9oz
Great weekend the Evesham Festival held over the bank holiday watching the Shakespeare final on the Saturday with some good performance from Allan Scothorne and Jon Arther. (Shakespeare Final Results. WINNER Rob Wooton 13-1-0 (Peg 52), 2nd Gary Miller 9-9-0 (25), 3rd Michael Buchwalder 9-2-0 (71) 4th Alan Scotthorne 7-7-0 (50) and 5th Dean Barlow 7-4-0 (8)) I drew peg 18 on the Sunday Witchavon Just below the fancied 15-17 noted barbell area. Hoping to snare a barbel I opted for a heavy approach unfortunately I didn’t get a take and finished with some hemp caught roach for 10oz. On the Bank Holiday Monday I decided to fish a local match on Hendre Lake in Cardiff. Winning the match with 18lb 12oz of roach on the waggler with Shaune Parsons (Cardiff) second with 18lb 3oz of skimmers
Bit of a mixed week. Winning an evening knock up on my local river Taff Cardiff was a nice treat catching 4 chub for 15lb on the boly. The weekend fishing the Warwickshire Avon was a tragedy drawing bad pegs on both days peg 61 normally a good draw with water on I managed 2lb 5oz on bloodworm & Joker the highlight was beating Mark Downs (England Manager) next peg. Sunday I drew peg 80 and with all the pegs in there was only 8 yards between the pegs above and below, tipping back over a 1b of small roach I didn’t weigh. However Tuesday evening saw me catch 14lb of roach and skimmers on the Hendre St Mellons Cardiff evening series finishing in 2nd
END OF SUMMER SERIES
Fished the penultimate evening match at local Hendre lake Tuesday with a good net of roach and small skimmers totalling 18lb 2oz Fishing the waggler over depth dragging in the windy conditions. Coming second while Spud Murphy (Caerphilly) match organizer winning with 20lb 4oz of feeder caught bream 3rd on the day was Clive Roberts 17lb of hemp caught roach. Sadly I won’t be fishing the last match however over the series I have won 5 matches 2nd three times and a 3rd A very profitable Summer evening series indeed
This weekend I fished a double Qualifying match Sat & Sun at Evesham on The Warwickshire Avon. Drawing well on Sat Peg 15 just below the slip way. Catching a few perch & 3 eels on the feeder I hooked and lost what I beleive was a barbel snapping my 2lb hook length finishing with just 2lb 12oz another opportunity to qualify gone! Sun I drew an unfancied peg 82 near the end of the match length. With heavey rain over night the river rose by 6 inches opting for a small stick down the side fishing pinkie I caught 0ver 50 small bleak, roach & perch for 2lb 5oz. Beaten by a Barbel for a section win
BEATEN BY BREAM
Mid Wednesday evening match. After winning my last couple of matches at Hendre Lake South Wales I had to settle for second place with 16lb of Waggler caught Roach as the Bream fed Spud Murphy the Organizer caught late with a late catch of pellet fished feeder tactics. 18lb 4oz 3rd making a come back was Mike towler Glamorgan A/C
REPEAT OF LAST WEEK
After drawing peg 25 at Evesham one below last week I thought it may fish the same However the river still not fishing for roach where Perch and Eels being the target fish. Managing just a couple of pounds of Perch. Tuesday evening sweep at Hendre Lake Cardiff Saw me winning my 5th match on this prolific venue with 17lb 14oz of roach and small skimmers on the waggler, using groundbait at first then switching to maggot over hemp. 2nd was my old mate Clive Roberts with 14lb 12oz 3rd Mike Towler also on the wagg with 14lb 4oz
WIN & LOSE
Winning my fourth match at Hendre Lake this Tuesday with 12lb 12oz just beating Shaune Wilson by just 3oz Thinking my luck was good until Wednesday Shakespeare qualifier drawing peg 24 just above the culvert below the Evesham town bridge drawing next to the new welsh team manager Andy Johnstone who was on peg 23 above. Proving a point and beating him by a few ounces (3lb 5oz to my 3lb 12oz) I did however lose a big chub on the net that may have given me a chance to qualify for the Shakespeare August Bank Holiday Match. Only a few matches left will have to try harder
WILL I EVER QUAILIFY??
Another Placing this Saturday 3rd with 8lb 8oz from Peg 16 on the Warickshire Avon Catching a 4lb barbel helped with a dozen perch on the maggot feeder, however loosing another two probably didn't help. Trevor Chalk on peg 1 won the match with 16lb including a large bream. Just missing out again from qualifying for the Shakespear Bank Holiday weekend. Still with £140 prize money I can't complain. In the team match the following day, the river fished hard I managed 1lb 11oz in my section 3rd just missing out again on section money. Our Team Nomads finished 8th out of 14.
DESPAIR & GLORY
After fishing a dismal match on the Warwickshire Avon this weekend with just 1lb 12oz from a peg just two away from my place position last week and then a blank from peg 64 on the cafe field Sunday I finished in the winning position on the Cardiff Nomads Evening open Tuesday with 18lb 12oz of waggler caught roach. Using long range groundbait and maggot finishing off with larger fish over a bed of hemp and dead red maggot Thats 3 wins in 4 matches
BREAM OFF ROACH WIN
Another win for me. With warm balmy weather conditions and no wind Hendre Lake fished below standard Fishing my Waggler method hemp & maggot I caught 18lb 8oz of roach winning the match by 4lb from Lee Edwards 14lb of bream
START OF THE RIVER SEASON
Sunday 16th June Start of the River Season saw me fish the Sheakespear Qualifier on the Avon at Evesham. With a full entry of 78 anglers the fishing was to be expected slow. However drawing peg 27 on the town in 5ft water I was optamistic as my memory recall of chub in the area. Fishing the waggler across I managed two chub Loosing a Barbel that probably cost me in a snag under my feet. Double red maggot and catching two perch on the worm I finished with 5lb. Just missing out on qualification by 8oz But finishing 5th overall picking up £125
Glad to see the Coarse Fishing season proper back on the 16th June this coming Sunday. I will be on the Warwickshire Avon at Evesham while having some success with roach on the waggler at Hendre Lake Cardiff with a 2nd 15lb of roach and 5th and (7lb 2oz) 4th (11lb 12oz) respectfully.
Back after Winter Break with a win
Dusting off my tackle I fished a couple of the local commercial matches at Cefn Mably S Wales catching 32lb and 36lb respectfully My 3rd match was the first of the natural venues at Hendre Lake St Mellons. This match saw my finish in 1st place with 17lb of roach caught on red maggot fishing a clear waggler at 25 meters feeding 1 pint of hemp
END OF SEASON
I fished the last thursday of the river season on the beloved Warwickshire Avon Evesham and with snow water in the river weights were well down. I drew peg 71 in the cafe field and just managed 1 tommy ruffe Looking forward to next season with the weather much better I hope.
INTO THE DRINK
The final round of the Hereford Winter League on the River Wye Belmont was a very eventful occasion for me. After catching a couple of Chub on the feeder I switched to the inside float, catching a 4lb Chub and a roach over a 1lb the bank suddenly collapsed and I went into the very cold river that was carrying a few feet of water. Thanks to Midland Angler Colin Harvey next peg who help me get out of the slippery bank taking 15 minutes which may have cost Colin the match as he was catching well at the time and finished with 30lb 8oz for second in the match just a couple of lb from winning. After drying off and fishing just in my leggings I ended up with 10lb Winning my section on default. Shakespeare and Woodys tackle both finished joint winners but Shakespeare winning overall due to section wins. Our Team Cardiff Nomads finished in 3rd and picking up Prize money. That’s it now until Next winter and now probably a stint on the commercials during the Close season. <>
BACK TO THE BANK
Its been a few weeks since I have been fishing all due to the weather and so it was a nice return to The River Wye this weekend. The penultimate match of the Wye Winter league at Belmont Herford town. However nobody told the fish and almost half of the field blanked including two of our team Clive Roberts and Richard Candy. I believe it was snow water that kept the temperature down while drawing peg 14 cynide straight I did manage a barbel and one chub for 5lb 14oz. Fishing four red maggots on a 5ft tail with a BB shot 4" from the hook. Winning my section, our team came second now and still lying 3rd. One to go with Sheakespear 1st 61 points and Woodys Tackle 2nd 59 points Cardiff Nomads 52 points
Drawing the same peg 81 as last match I thought it was going to be easy. However with the river running clear and a drop in temperature the deeper pegs on section produced the better weights. I managed 7lb and finished half way in the section. Our team finished with all of us catching claimed 3rd position on the day and now second overall.
WINTER LEAGUE WYE
This week saw the river running a few feet high but running cear, with an over night frost the catch weights generaly was low. with Hadrian Wittle (Hereford) winning from peg two with 30lb of feeder caught chub. I drew peg 81 which has a new wooden platform and I made the most of it by winning my section with 16lb 8oz. Roach down the side feeding a gallon of hemp, a few dace on the pole further out. By popular demand I have put together a peg for peg profile of the Belmont Stretch see Belmont click here
With the River still up and pushing through silt still causing a problem the first of the winter league series started slowly with just 29lb of Perch winning the match from peg 74. Drawing the section below peg 79 I managed 9lb of dace using the boly float and rod coming 4th in the section and my team Cardiff Nomads a credible joint 3rd on the day.
The start of the river Wye fishing for the coming winter season started off slowly with low weights in the Wye Charity Match at Belmont Hereford drawing peg 40 on the Ash path and with only 24lb making 4th place. I had a good start weighing in 18lb 4oz of dace and roach using the boly rod and float combined with Mole Hill and hemp. Winning my section and not far out of the main prize list
This year Welsh National was held on Redhill Carp fishery in Monmouth and Browning Swansea swept the board with 1st and 2nd in the team with team member Bob Giles winning with a huge 230lb of maggot caster caught carp. I managed a credible 17lb 8oz of skimmers on tilleys pond coming mid way in the Section See http://www.fed-welshanglers.co.uk/
MASTER CLASS on The Warwickshire Avon
The Evesham Festival was a great event with the same faces making the prize list yet again. The Shakespeare final on the Saturday with Dave Harrell with his match winning Barbel 13lb 8oz catching it in the first five minutes, biting his nails hoping nobody would catch him up. And for me fishing in the Sunday Wychavon championships drawing the same peg 45 that I previously won from only a couple of weeks ago. However with the rain affecting the river colour overnight, the Avon was running much faster and my method went through the window. Bream was the dominant species and I witnessed something I never experienced before. Possibly the best angling performance ever from 4 times World Champion Alan Scothorne from the peg below, catching skimmers with a running pole float on the bloodworm. I opted for a feeder approach that was totally wrong the fish wanted it moving. I ended up with only 11oz I can’t wait until next year see results here
Shakespeare Veterans Championship
Drawing peg 20 above the Town bridge saw me catch 4lb 8oz of perch, gudgeon and small roach winning my section and just outside the main prize money see results here
1st DIVISION NATIONAL
As a fishing guest for Wellingbourgh Nene during the 1st divisional national held on the Bristol Avon. I drew the upper reaches stretch at Chippenham in the Park area. With river running fast at one moment and then stopping due to the lock system I found the fish very finicky and ending up with 1kilo 100drams beating a few anglers around me yet way down in this split section where the outer town section fished much better. See results here
The last Wychavon qualifying match saw me drawing unfancied peg number 45. With no recent form to this peg I was undaunted to the task. Opting for gudgeon and perch down the side, however I kept feeding the 14meter line with hempseed and with heavy rain making it impossible to fish, until the rain stopped and with 1½ hours left of the match I caught steadily two to a pound of quality roach on a 11 x 4 pole float to give me the winning weight of 15lb 12oz and a place in this year 2012 Wychavon Final
END OF SUMMER LEAGUE
Finishing off the summer league at Hendre Lake Cardiff saw some good roach bags, however it was Spud Murphy and his bream catch of 28lb than won the match, with a peg to peg battle with Clive Roberts I managed to catch 20lb 12oz to his 20lb 8oz
SOUTH WEST LEAGUE
Evesham this year is finding difficult to qualify and after drawing peg 7 in the town with bloodworm allowed was a nightmare for me with pike taking any fish hooked weighingin just 3lb while Andrew (Spud) Murphy (Ebbw Vale) above on peg 6 caught 10lb 8oz and no pike problem
With just one match left after this evening stint I came Joint 3rd with 16lb 12oz of roach on the waggler. However it was bream that dominated again, and Lee Pestisio come back match proved fruitful with 21lb of bream on the feeder
Back again to Evesham trying to qualify for the festival final. Drawing a fancy peg 36 just below the isbourne mouth I managed 4lb2oz of chublets and just winning my small section receiving £40 A single 13lb 8oz Barbel was enough to win the match for young Steven Pickering from evesham
With the river still coloured and flowing the Bristol Avon saw bream dominate the main prizes I did manage 2lb 10oz of roach for 3rd in the section. The next week Sponsored Environment agency match also with the river runnibg and a slight colour Bream also won the event with a 80lb weight and this time I caught 10lb10oz of roach from the donkey field at bath section 3rd in the section again.
Wednesday saw me at the Evesham trying to qualify for the big weekend. Catching a 5lb tench and a few perch for a total weight of 9lb 13oz from peg 68 in the ferry field. Normally good enough for a place however coming 5th in this 70 pegger just saw me win my section one place out of the money and 11lb coming second in the match. (Loosing an eel at the net cost me the placing) My Traveling partner Clive Roberts had a great match and won off unfancied peg 40 with 18lb of bream.
HUNTSPILL SUPER LEAGUE
With the Drain over flowing due to the adverse weather conditions of rain and more rain the Huntspill became a river. With my Waggler approach of Hemp and maggot I managed 9lb 13oz of roach and 4th in the section. Our Team Nomads unfortunitly came last
HENDRE EVE SERIES
In the money again with a 3rd place waggler and maggot approach. Weighing in 16lb 10oz of quality roach from peg 2. With the bream not showing due to a cold snap Clive Roberts (Cardiff Sensas) Won with 20lb12oz on the pole thanks to A 4lb Hybrid.
This weekend saw our team cardiff nomads fish the practice match on the Huntspill Drain in Somerset. Although the match was peggy I managed 5kilo 500drams of waggler caught roach and skimmers, 3rd in the section and top 20 in the match just missing out on the money. Bream bag of 40kilo on Gold corner won the match and 10kilo making the frame
Hendre Eve Series
A great evening fishing with 23lb 8oz of roach on the waggler baiting up with red maggot fished over a bed of hemp. Coming 2nd with the winner 29lb of bream
This week saw me win my first commercial fishery match at Cefn Mably with 87lb 6oz of F1 and mirrors. Drawing peg 13 in the middle of the Willow Lake using Luncheon meat over bed of hemp.
This week I came 3rd on the evening series at Hendre Lake with an all roach catch of 18lb 6oz. Fishing the waggler maggot and loose fed hemp. Loosing a slab on the net that could have won me the match. Spud Murphy (Carephilly) won on the feeder catching 9 bream for 21lb 10oz. 2nd was Clive Roberts (Nomads) with 19lb 14oz roach on the Pole.
Cefn Mably Commercial
Another go at commercials this week on willows lake Cefn Mably in St Mellons near Cardiff. Catching 91 lb of F1, mirrors, and skimmers coming 4th using top two just over the shelf using maggot, meat and hemp. Johnny Mac (Newport) Won with 106lb 2nd Rob Dyer 104lb (Swansea) 3rd Peter Meese 101lb (Cardiff)
Hendre Evening Series
Another win this week with 21lb 8oz of roach and two bream all caught on the waggler, loose fed hemp and maggot. 2nd was Clive Roberts 17lb and Richard Candy 3rd with 14lb
The first of the S W Super league saw our new Sensas sponsored Cardiff Nomads come last but one. Giving out the wrong team tactics going for eels. Most fish where caught in the shallow far bank where the fish were still in a breeding mood. I was half way in my section with 2lb 2oz two skimmers one perch and two bootlaces.
Fishing the Gloucester Canal as the practice match for the coming South & West Super league next weekend. Drawing peg 42 just off the Hemstead Bend saw me catch 2lb 2oz consisting of 1 rudd, 2 skimmer and 5 small eels on the feeder
Hendre Lake Win
Back to proper fishing. Fishing the first of the evening series on Hendre Lake Cardiff saw me win the match with 16lb 15oz of roach, caught on the waggler and maggot.
Try out the Commercials
Like it or not commercial fisheries are here to stay and will have to get to grips with them. Fishing Cefn Mably in South Wales was an eye opener with me catching 75lb of F1 and mirror carp with a good mix of small skimmers. Just missing out by 10lb for first place.
Back to the canal again and drawing a good peg 63 end of the new netheridge bridge facing the old bend of the canal. With fish few and far between I managed to catch two bream for 7lb2oz coming third in the section.
It was good to see some old familiar anglers from the past including French international anglers fishing the Sensas Challenge match on the Gloucester canal this weekend. However you can’t beat local knowledge as Gordon League proved by winning this high class competition. I caught mainly bleak on both days finishing mid way on both days. Larry Salter did best from our Team Nomads. Winning his section on day one with double figures of bream near Hemstead Bend
LAST CAST WINNER
LAST MINUTE CHANGE
A last minute change due to frozen roads and icy river banks the winter wye league was cancelled. I quick phone call and a drive to Port Tabot Dock South Wales. Drawing the same peg as last week Peg 9 of which I managed 12lb of roach that was outside the prize money. However this week was different as the warm water outlet had shut down making the fishing very slow. As this peg is not fancied I was down in the dumps until the last hour. Casting 80-100 meters out saw me catch 4 roach for 1lb8oz finishing 3rd beaten by 8drams for second and 9oz from winning
ts back to the River Wye at Hereford for the winter matches. My favourite time of the year and finishing 3rd with 32lb of Dace in the first winter league match was a good start. All caught on the stick float feeding hemp and maggot. The next match was the Wye Charity and with the river slightly up and coloured weights were down on avarage. Coming 5th and picking up prize money was my reward, catching 16lb 8oz of dace on the pole to hand. The next winter league saw me me catch 19lb 14oz of dace again and just missing out on the prizes this time by lb however catching a 8lb pike that did'nt count did not help. The next match I drew the tennis court and this time I caught 19lb 8oz consisting of 2 Grayling and two Barbel both caught on the waggler. Taking 20 mins to land each fish with one barbel going 10lb on a 16 hook and 2lb hooklength "Whew"
The End of Cardiff Nomads
It's been 30years since last I
last fished the Krane section of the Bristol Avon and
although the river still looks the same this section
is now full of fish. The practice match for the
South West Super League was good for me catching 8lb
8oz of roach and small chub. Fishing the waggler and
topper float down the middle I won the section 1lb
clear of the next angler. Looking forward to the match
I wrote these for you as you
seem to be leaving out the best bits!!!!!!!!!!!!
Shuane Parsons (So
It’s been a while since I fished the canals so taking the journey to Marlbourgh to fish the Kennet & Avon canal was daunting especially after an extended break, I was given a battering by the local anglers. Not used to Boats, walkers, cyclist and the strong flow and ebb of the canal I just managed a couple of pound of roach. While both sides of me caught 12lb and 14lb of skimmers respectively, using worm caster and red maggot fishing the long pole against the far bank was the order of the day. Lesson learnt for the start of the West Country Summer league that begins at the amazing canal with lots of silver fish to be caught, watch next week results here.
Poppy Appeal Match
The Annual poppy appeal match run by Ray Baysley from Bristol saw a big entry to fish the coloured Bristol Avon at Bath and Keynsham. South west in form angler Dave Harper won the event with 25lb 4oz of bream for me I drew in the trees at Newbury and winning my section with 8lb 5oz just missing on the main money by 4lb. A mixed bag that consisted of a 4lb bream, roach and perch using the bolly float and feeder.
DISQUALIFIED ON RIVER WYE
WNTER WYE LEAGUE
The Second round of the Winter League saw me draw peg 49 just above the Belmont railway bridge. Catching 16lb8oz of dace on the bolly under my feet finishing 3rd in the section
PORT TALBOT DOCK WINTER SERIES
The start of the winter individual league saw Steve Shaw winning with a huge bag of skimmers from the boards, with 56lb I drew peg one and finished with just 12lb. The second round fished well below par with just 19lb 8oz winning. I caught 5lb12oz
The start of the winter matches are upon us and fishing the first round of the River Wye team series saw the river rise over night. With the exception of just a couple of pegs the river fished poor. Drawing peg 88 saw me catch 1lb 6oz of bleak. Our team Nomads coming 4th.
AVON AT BATH
Eversham Abu Garcia Final
Having drawn peg 21 one above the bridge at Evesham town I was rather disappointed as this peg has not produced for a long time. Knowing that I couldn’t compete with small fish I went for an all out attack on big fish using lobworm. To say I had the frustrating day is an understatement, casting under the Road Bridge I must have had over a dozen takes, however I ended up with just 2 eels for 1lb 15oz. Steve Ashmore on peg 30 had much better luck with just 4lb in his net with an hour to go he took a gamble with ledgered pellet in the last hour and snagged a 12lb barbel
Back to the Warwickshire Avon at Hampton Ferry Last of the qualifying matches for the Abu Garcia match next weekend. Although I have qualified, my traveling partner and team Member Richy Candy of (CARDIFF NOMADS) has not. Until this match, drawing peg 3 on the town which was unfished all year until now, he managed to snag an 18lb river Carp and win the match. I drew peg 56 and caught small chublets and bleak for 2lb 5oz sharing a section win with Steve Ashmore.
Weekend BluesBad Run
Wrong tactics this weekend. Fishing the Avon at Evesham using bloodworm and joker for the first time leading up to the Bank Holiday Festival weekend. Fishing close in was a mistake catching small roach finishing with 2lb 10 oz way down in the section. Huntspill on Sunday fishing with maggot and groundbait attracting small fish, changing to caster over hemp saw me finish with a good run for just under 10lb. Bream on the feeder winning the day.
I suppose it happens to the best of us, “a bad run”. Having missed out last week on any prize money unfortunately my bad run continued this weekend with me drawing peg 9 on the Town at Eversham Warwickshire Avon. A peg I drew a couple of weeks ago catching 9oz. This time I managed 15oz from this poor fishing peg. Sunday we travelled to the west country down to the Huntspill Drain in Somerset, a venue I had some success last year. However this time being out of touch I managed 3kilo of waggler caught roach finishing down in my section. Next week is the 3rd round of the Supper League on the same venue, lets hope I can put an end to this bad run.
With the Warwickshire Avon having a little rain the bleak were in abundance. Although in some areas the roach did feed, big fish was the order of the day. Having caught 4lb 3 oz of small fish I missed out on the Sat match. And Sunday was just as bad this time only 9oz of hard caught bleak.
This weekend I travelled up the M50 again to fish another round of the Shakespeare Qualifier on Eversham part of the Warwickshire Avon. Drawing Peg 45 just above the Whitehouse bend. The talk on the bank was that hemp was catching roach throughout. Tackling my 5ft swim with 14.5 meters on the pole I fished the hemp to finish with 4lb 13oz of Roach. Winning my section again and just outside qualifying.
This weekend was back to the Warwickshire Avon at Eversham. Sat (Shakespeare qualifier) I drew peg 9 on the Town water Catching 0nly 4oz (See Rumors) Sunday I drew peg 54 below the whitehouse bend. With very windy conditions I caught 2 Chub 3 perch on the waggler and a 1lb 8oz eel on the feeder to help my win my section with 3lb 5oz. Just missing out on the main prize list.
MID WEEK WIN
With the River season now fully open and nights are still light. Mid week matches are the order of the day. Fishing my local River Taff in Cardiff saw me come second on the first evening match with 16lb of Dace, Chub and Grayling. The second match I won using the waggler and catching 18lb 12oz Dace. 2nd was Richy Candy (Cardiff) with 15lb
A week after qualifying for the ABU Garcia on the Warwickshire Avon the river is still fishing finicky. Putting 3lb 9oz of small dace on the scales just missed out on the section. However the lower pegs fished its nuts off. With 47lb of bream winning the match and 18lb 2nd.
WARWICKSHIRE AVON QUALIFIERS
With the first weekend of the River Season open I travelled to Evesham to fish two qualifiers. Sat was the Shakespeare qualifier where I drew peg 29. A fast shallow swim and I fished the waggler to win my section with 3.15oz of small chublets and dace. Not enough to qualify with double figures needed.
Sunday was the Abu Garcia qualifier (The old Witchavon) which saw me draw peg 64 in the Ferry field a noted deep peg and with the river low and clear the weights tumbled. However I managed to catch a 4lb 9oz Tench close in with only 45 minutes left of the competition. Coming 3rd overall and qualifying at my first attempt.
With probably the last of the matches to be fished down at Port Talbot Dock this year. A good attendance came for the First of the two day Festival. Combining Cardiff Nomads and Skewen Anglers (Swansea) Richard Candy (Cardiff) won the first day event with 35lb. I drew peg 9 in the corner of the jetty, not such a good draw. Finishing with just 13lb 8oz. Second day saw my fortunes change with a fair draw peg number 2 and a revival with me changing tactics to a waggler at half depth catching roach and skimmers with a final burst on the feeder, also producing a 2lb 8oz eel helping me to 2nd place with 29lb. Anthony Hogg (Glamorgan won with 34lb) The overall winner on overall weight I became with 44lb PORT TALBOT DOCK
With this weekend fishing on this prolific venue reaching record temperatures the skimmers still kept on feeding. Suan Parsons who has got to grips with the venue won again with 33lb on feeder methods. I came third with 26lb. Trying out waggler tatics for an experiment fishing at 14ft in 20ft of water saw me catch hybrids and roach.
The week before my Port Talbot dock comeback saw me dust off the cobwebs at Newport Morgans ponds coming last in this once prolific silver fish venue. Now these days the ponds are full of F1 Hybrids and needing 30-50lb bags of feeder caught fish to frame. However Port Talbot Dock is just up my street full of Skimmers and roach. The two day May Festival saw most anglers catch double figure weights of skimmer bream and the first day saw me come second with 33lb of feeder caught fish. Winner on the Day was the new star of South Wales “Steve (Bag-up) Shaw” with 37lb. The next day I drew next to Steve (Bag-up) and a great match evolved with fish for fish battle with Bag-up Steve catching slightly better quality ending with 53lb to my 41lb With Steve and me coming away first and second respectfully over the two day festival.
BLAST TO THE PAST
After a long lay off from match fishing I returned to fish the Last round of the South West Super league. Bristol Avon Newbridge below Bath. Our team Cardiff Nomads were holding up the rest of the division. Drawing peg 49 just above the old bream pegs (55) The river was low and clear. Using my Hemp and maggot approach which failed to respond. With 2 hours left I set a waggler up and fished mid river. After a few cast I started to catch a roach a chuck in mid water on loose fed maggot. Ending up with 7lb just out side the money.
BACK FOR THE CHARITY
WYE TEAM CHAMPS
Three Chub One Perch 14lb 12oz
TO THE FUTURE
This weekend saw me fish Newbridge on Bristol Avon (Bath) Having not fished this venue for over two years I expected more of the same as last time I fished with the first two hours of action and the last three hours of sctratching. With 4lb of perch in the net I did not see the local anglers above me go all out for bream in the later part of the match. Relagating me to 4th in the section. (A lesson to learn for the next match this coming weekend)
A good weekend fishing at the Shakespeare Bank holiday extravaganza despite not winning a cockle. Saturday saw me draw a bad peg on the town (peg 10) in the deeps. Weighing in with only 1lb 7oz of waggler caught roach. However beating Dave Harrell one of the organizers was the highlight.
See report http://www.matchfishingmagazine.com/news-full.php?ID=82)
Monday I drew peg 19 on the town a better peg. This was the Team event. With the bottom two teams being relegated for next year we were lucky to survive the drop, just beating the Shakespeare super team by one point. I held my place with a fifth section place catching 4lb 20z of perch on bloodworm.
(See results http://www.matchfishingmagazine.com/news-full.php?ID=84)
This weekend I travelled to the Warwickshire Avon at Evesham Fishing a Shakespeare qualifier match for next weekend Bank Holiday. On my only attempt I secured 2nd position with the help of a Barbel and a couple of pound of small roach for a weight of 8lb 2oz. Using stick float on a rising river feeding hemp and bronze maggot. (I am in 2 matches now over the Bank Holiday Sat & Mon If you are there don't forget to say hello)
Our Team of misfits
(Left to right- George Avery-Clive Roberts-Richard Candy-Alan Stevens-Me)
BACK TO NATURAL FISHING
This Sunday saw me travel to the Warwickshire Avon at Evesham. After the floods the river has fined down and was looking good. This was a team Shakespear Qualifing match and with my old team mates Clive Roberts and Richard Candy we teamed up with two local anglers Goerge Avery and Alan Stevens. We all secured good section places and won the match with over 10 points to spare over favourite's Shakespear Team. I had a 3rd place section on the top of the town water with 4lb 11oz all small roach and dace on the waggler. (A great match and now looking forward to the Finals on Bank Holiday)
IN THE MONEY AGAIN
What a difference a change of tatics can make. Coming 4th on the weekend with 40lb of mirror and f1 carp was due to the hard work over the last few months (see last report) Been in the money now in my last three matches lets see next week
TIDE IS TURNING
As mentioned in my last report (Now a few matches away) I have I hope just starting to crack the carp fishing match scene. With over a dozen matches fished without a sniff of any prize money except for a few near misses, I finally got into the money with a 2nd place of 81lb6oz small mirror carp bag All caught on a banded hair rig using 8mm hard floating pellet as bait, within the swimfeeder I used fine halibut soft pellet mixed with a few 4mm soft floaters to break up the mix. A sliding hook length of only 3" with a knotless eyed hook facing inwards. (What a difference this type of fishing is! much more technical than I am used too) However trial and error has prevailed. Thursday eve match at Cef Mably S Wales also saw me in the prizes with 36lb 6oz using the same method. (Watch this space)
CLOSE SEASON BLUES
For those who remember the close season will know that the transition from winter to summer is the time to reflect. Getting to grips with the commercial fisheries for me is a problem. Over the last few weeks all that I have achieved is a couple of small wins and placing. This week saw me win at Morgan pond Newport with 11lb 14oz of silver fish. Wednesday eve saw me win at Lamby pond Cardiff with 3lb of roach.
SUMMER EVENING WIN
The first of the Summer evening matches started this week a a small weight of 8lb 4oz won me the match. Catching 2 carp, 1 hybrid, 1 tench and a few small roach all on my special paste bait.
Well it is back to Summer Carp fishing and I am just getting back into the swing of things. This week saw me coming 6th in the Cefn Mably Open (South Wales) Catching 30lb 4oz of F1 Carp and a few chub on the Feeder with hair rigged corn.
Well after being spiolt with silver fish fishing this winter it was back to Summer Carp fishing. And as usual you have to draw well to do any good in these matches. This bank Holiday weekend saw me fish at the popular Cefn Mably fishery ST Mellons Cardiff. The Saturday match was on the Bridge pond and was won by Local angler Lee Petichio on the open peg number 20 Using pellet and worm he secured a weight of 42lb of mix carp, barbel and chub. I drew in the corner next to the island and caught 20lb of mainly F1carp and chub. The Next day saw me draw on the Match lake again in the corner peg 6. With only a few pounds I did not bother to weigh in. The match was won on the same peg as saturday this time by Shaun Wilson with 52lb of F1 carp
BACK TO THE FUTURE
After a twenty year return to Woodstock Pond Newport I did not reconise the venue. With the Island full of trees and over growth it looked a picture postcard. However the fishing has completly changed. Instead of roach, skimmers and tench the venue now has F1 carp, pasties and big bream. Instead of maggots and caster's or bloodworm the prefered bait is pellet and corn. And it was this bait that produced a joint 2nd position for me with 23lb 4oz of small carp (Pasties) Twizel (Newport) was joint with F1 carp and bream. After a long lay off and 1st on the day was Nick Belcher (Newport)
Mike Towler (Glamorgan Rebels) came good on the last match of the winter series on Port Talbot Dock with 35lb of quality skimmers. Mike has the knack of catching those bigger fish. By waiting a bit longer for thoe bites I beleive the bigger fish can be caught. However I will have to wait until next season to find out. 2nd was Doug Hornblow who has also just come into form with a 29lb catch 3rd was Clive Roberts who caught 28lb on the pole. The same method I used on the pole with 24lb.
This weekend match at Port Talbot Dock was more than a blow out, in fact the weather was a gale force wind. The Anglers who used braid line became the winners and as usual Mal Entwistle(The new king of the dock) won the match with 29lb (Next to me) Rob Wiltshire (Caerphilly) 2nd with 21lb and 3d was Doug Hornblow 20lb Rob Wiltshire also won the winter KO series
Its a funny old game matchfishing! After a good run on Port Talbot Dock my luck ran out. Drawing peg 1 a fancy peg that was second last week. I came down to earth with a 5th place having caught only 26lb 14oz. With the dock having a light wind the conditions where ideal for the pole and Doug Hornblow took advantage of this with an easy 39lb win. Mal Entwistle was second with 34lb and old stalwart Mike Towler 3rd with 29lb
ANOTHER WIN BUT ONLY JUST
With the rivers in flood this weeks match at Port Talbot attracted a few more anglers from the Cardiff Nomads match club.
Drawing the same peg as last week I was very confident in another victory. However with strong winds and rain It took a while to get into my rythem. With Clive Roberts, Doug Hornblow either side and Jim palmer only 1 peg away I started to pull away from them in the second half of the match. Winning with 36lb 10oz and Richard Candy 2nd with 36lb 6oz Alun Davies 3rd with 29lb 10oz
King of the Dock (Who me!)
Having been drawn next to Mike Towler who has the best record on Port Talbot Dock it was the head to head that I wanted. With Doug Hornblow on the other side was cream on the cake. Now was my chance to show if my method that I have developed was going to work. In the the first hour Mike was 10 fish ahead of me. However I kept to my method (Which I shall reveal in 4 weeks time when the series ends) At the weigh in Mike ended with 91 skimmers for 37lb and with over 120 skimmers I won the match with 46lb (Winning the silver peg also) Doug on the other side of me caught 38lb for second. After the match Mike said "We now have a new King of the Dock." " Who me I said!"
REVENGE BUT ONLY THIRD
After a two week break I fished the popular Port Talbot docks open again last Sunday. Drawing next to Mal Entwistle was the revenge I wanted with me coming on top with 39lb 14oz to Mals 33lb However it was The king of the dock Mike Towler scoring a first place again with 46lb and Rob Wilshire (Caerphilly) with pole method for second 42lb
BEAT AT THE POST
Mal Entwistle (Glamorgan Rebel match team) Had his revenge this week just beating me with a weight of 12lb2oz to my 11lb 12oz of skimmer bream and roach. The low weights were due to a container ship that arrived after just an hour into the 5 hour competition.
WIN AT LAST
Sun 21 Jan. Strange how one week from another can change, drawing peg 20 on Port Talbot Dock only 2 pegs away from last week saw me win the competition with 23lb 12oz fishing next to one of the anglers that perhaps is one of the finest angler on the venue Mal Entwistle (Glamorgan Rebel) A close run match with me coming out on top. Mal came third with 17lb
OUT OF LUCK
This week end Sun 14th Jan saw me draw peg 18 on the Port Talbot dock. Not a good draw catching 18lb saw me finish out of the frame for the first time in 5 matches
Port Talbot dock is perhaps one of the fairest venues that I know for skimmer fishing. The anglers on form will always frame and the same names will always feature in the prize list. However I could only manage a section win with 20lb 6oz this Sunday
IN THE MONEY AGAIN
Not quite winning yet! As my new method of fishing for the Port Talbot Skimmers are proving. With a net of 21lb coming third in the weekend open. I shall reveal my methods closer to the end of the season, just so I can win a few more shillings.
Drawing the poor end of the Port Tabot Dock this weekend saw me in the prizes again with over 11lb of skimmers. Using the same tatics as last week. (Im just getting used to this venue)
After a few matches just missing out on the prizes at Port Talbot Docks South Wales, I came close to winning the week before Xmas. With a bag of skimmers of 34lb just behind winner Mal Entwistle. Coming second on my 4th visit this season was I feel a good achievement considering some anglers have been fishing their all year. Catching mainly skimmers with a few roach on swimfeeder tatics and using floating maggots as bait.
Fishing The River Wye at Belmont for my Local Team Cardiff Nomads saw me draw a peg in front of the Scout Hut at Belmont. A nice draw on the day due to the water coming up after a downpour. Scratching for bleak saw me amass 0ver 500 bleak for a weight of 15lb. Come the weigh-in my main competition was Dave Harrell (Mids) the ex International angler with a good reputation on rivers. The weigh in was close with the needle bouncing on the 15lb mark. As I was weighing first I settled on 15lb. Dave Harrell also had the same with the needle bouncing on the 15lb mark. Except he insisted vocally and put pressure on the scalesman to give him 15lb 2oz. Dave is a keen win at all cost angler! What chances have we! The humble angler got.
After a lay off from
fishing due to work commitments I started back
this winter with a couple of matches at my local Port
Talbot Docks. A great venue with loads of
skimmers to be caught. Mostly caught on the feeder
although a pole can work well when the wind is
calm. My first couple of matches produced 23lb and
Its becoming a habit coming second (But I cant complain) This time at Port Talbot Dock South Wales Perhaps one of the best winter venues in the UK. With warm water fed from the steel works Mike Towler the venue specialist won with 40lb 8oz of skimmer bream, fishing the feeder. While I came second with 33lb of roach and skimmers caught on the pole. 3rd was Doug Hornblow with feeder caught skimmers with 30lb 4oz
2nd this time. Things are getting better for me at Evesham after coming 3rd on the weekend on the Avon I used the same bread punch method and caught over 250 small roach to weigh in 14lb for second place only 9oz behind the winner in the Wednesday Shakespear League
Back at Evesham on the Avon fishing the Fisheasy League Saturday, I had a good days fishing allthough the weather was freezing conditions I caught 10lb 14oz of Roach and chub on Punch Bread. And a couple of maggot caught Chub and perch. Winning my section and coming 3rd overall.
Sunday fishing the River Wye at Belmont saw more than half of the field Blanking including myself
Saturday saw me finishing second on the Taff feeder with four big chub and a bream for 16lb 9oz. The winner for the second time running was Giles Cochrain with 18lb 4oz
The Warwickshire Avon at Evesham was 12" on and still rising on the Wednesday Shakespear League and with a second in the section the match before I was hoping to go one better. However the bleak did not feed so after switching to Lob worm with an hour to go I hooked and got snapped by two big fish which would have won me the match. (Thats fishing!)
With the river Wye still holding extra water the Wye Championships saw a tumble in weights. Drawing peg 37 on belmont was not the best of draws. However I set my stall out for bleak and won my section with 25lb 4oz
The Weather is affecting results laterly with wind and plenty of rain making rivers and some venues producing low weights. However Our team Sensas Cardiff Nomads secured 3rd place on the second round of the Evesham Fisheasy League with Robin Darker and Giles Cochrain coming second in there sections. Wednesday saw me pick up a section win on the Warwickshire Avon Evesham with nearly 4lb of bleak on the Shakeapear Individual League.
A couple of lean weekends without picking any prizes up. The start of the Hereford River Wye Matches saw me finish in 3rd place in section with 11lb 10oz of bleak. While finishing 5th in my section on the Warwickshire Avon Evesham with 2lb 8oz of waggler caught gudgeon and roach. Sunday saw me well beaten by Howard green at Whitesprings who weighed 78lb to my 9lb
Just missing out on the Welsh National Championships Switching to the pole after two hours on the feeder saw me catch 40lb 6oz of skimmers and roach (Should have changed quicker Thats match fishing) My team loosing out to rebels by one point
Welsh National Championships Results, Port Talbot Docks. Sun. 54. Mal Entwhistle (Sensas Rebels) 45-12-0, skimmers, crumb feeder, red maggots; John Munkley (Sensas Nomads B) 41-3-0; Clive Branson 40-6-0; John Taylor (Glamorgan AC) 39-7-0.
This weekend saw me fishing Port Talbot Dock. Practice matches for the for coming Welsh National next week. Saturday I fished the wrong method using Pole to hand to catch 22lb of roach and skimmers while all the winning method was feeder for skimmers, Sunday I switched to the feeder catching 45lb of skimmers for second place, while Venue specialist Mike Towler notched up another win with 60lb. Thankfully Mike won't be fishing next week . Lets hope the team (Sensas Nomads) can secure a National victory which has eluded them for a few years. Let you know next week.
Almost a disaster for our team Sensas Cardiff on Sunday at the Drennen Super league King sedgemoore drain I caught 6lb 10oz for third in my section. However the team slumped to last but two with 47 points just holding on for second to qualify the KO round. (See Results) _____________________________________________________________________________________
Saturday saw A good match at Hendre Lake Cardiff. Fishing my favourite method "Waggler" 21lb of roach just behind match winner Richy Candy with 23lb
The practice match for the next Drennan Super League to be held on the King Sedgemoore Drain was a bit disappointing with expectations of large weights disappearing. I drew peg 46 midway along. Catching small skimmers and roach on 9meter pole soon dry up, the last ¾ of an hour I switched to the waggler and started to catch again leaving feeding fish in the peg is a nightmare. Ending up with 3kilo 100 gram just missing out on section and not far behind the main frame. Lets see what happens next weekend!
A reversal of fortune again (funny thing match fishing) After coming 2nd on the tuesday warm up-match on the Bristol Avon at Newbridge for the Super League 5th round I caught 22lb of roach to hand thinking I got it worked out come the Sunday match proper I drew peg 48 and caught 2lb 10oz coming last in my section. The good thing though is our team Sensas Cardiff Nomads still hung on to 2nd place and with one match to go on the King Sedgemoore drain we are 17 points clear of the next team
Another section win for the Shakespear qualifier peg 38 ferry 3lb 10 oz of gudeon on the bread punch.
Two section wins on a trot on the Wednesday Evesham Wychavon Qualifier fishing the waggler I drew on peg 5 in the town finishing with 5lb 4oz on the first week then drawing peg 27 town I caught 4lb 6oz
Funny how things change after winning the match the week before on the Gloucester Canal I could only manage one perch in the next warm up match. The match proper I drew a just off the noted bend area of Hemstead, so after a blank one and a half hours I decided to go for a few bleak, ending up with 4lb of the little things, coming 4th in my section. Our Team Sensas nomads coming 5th overall but managing to hold on to second place 22 points behind Thatchers and 6 in front of Nobbys.
Back with a win on the warm up practice match for the next round of the South West Super League. The Gloucester canal at Hempstead. Fishing an open ended groundbait feeder to the far ledge I caught 3 Slabs and a few skimmers for a winning total of 11lb 1oz
Disappointed with a last but one in my section (weighing 8oz) in the Latest South West Super league on the Kennet and Avon canal. However my team Cardiff Sensas Nomads came 4th and still holding 2nd place behind Thatchers
Just finished our domestic summer league on Hendre Lake with a third place of 10lb 7oz of roach on the waggler and finishing 3rd overall. Winner was Mike Ares. 2nd was Stan Crowley
Great days fishing the waggler on Porth Res in Devon
4th in the South West super league with 23lb 6oz of skimmers fishing up in the water and using my favourite method, "the waggler"
A good win using Paste up in the water
White Springs, Pontarddulais, Match Lake. Wed.15. Clive Branson (Sensas Nomads) 61-4-0 small carp and bream on pole and maggots over pellets fished to the island from peg 16. Jeff Walker (Llandeilo) 45-12-0; Chris Murphy (Bargoed) 25-0-0.
Two on a trott as I won the latest Tuesday evening series with a hard fought 7lb 2oz of skimmers and roach. Battling against a heavey wind I caught most of the fish on a 3.5 meter whip 2nd was Stan Crowley with 6lb8oz and 3rd was Clive Roberts with 5lb 9oz
Saturday saw me finishing with a 3rd place at Duffryn Springs with a small bag of roach and perch with 6lb 8oz 2nd on the day was Richard Candy and first was Clive Roberts with 8lb 14oz
last week 20/05/05 was my start back to
my match fishing season and started with
a win at Duffryn springs fishery South
Wales in the Tuesday evening league
end peg (still drawing well) I set out
my stall for small skimmers on the long
pole using fish pellets and red maggots
on the hook. I kept a steady stream of
small fish coming to the net for a total
weight of 10lb 8oz winning from Richard
Candy (Cardiff) who had 9lb
Been busy fishing lately so Im a bit behind in my reports! However I shall keep this brief. After completing the Tues eve series with the last four matches on Hendre Lake St Mellons Cardiff, I was overall winner with 32 penalty points, 2nd with a late drive was Clive Roberts with 34 points and third just beating Stan Crowley was Mike Ayres with 36 points. The last four matches saw me finishing 2nd on first match with 12lb 8oz of small roach, second match I was 3rd with 10lb 4oz of perch and roach. Third match I was fourth with 7lb of roach and the final match I was third with 8lb.
The last two Wednesday evening matches on Lamby way Newport has seen me win both matches. Last week I won with 8lb 10oz of chub on the top of the water, and this week saw me catch more chub with a bonus carp for 17Lb 2oz second was Richard Candy with 12lb 12oz
A good run for me at the moment with a 2nd place on White Springs fishery near Swansea in South Wales. A win at east Dock Cardiff in the Nomads evening series followed by another second place the following week. I am now leading the evening series with four matches to go all at Hendre Lake Cardiff. Keep in touch I will let you know how Im getting on.
SECOND again!! This time I was fishing the Viaduct fishery in Somerton West of England, this was a saturday marm up match for the South West Super league. Having a great days fishing catching 64lb 10oz of carp useing the waggler float method and caster as bait
My fishing this last couple of weeks have been good yet so frustrating, I have been second in the last four competitions. 2nd on East dock with 12lb 4oz of small skimmers having the Golden peg which was worth over £100 losing out to Clive Roberts who weighed 12lb 14oz. I was Second again on Lamby way with a low weight of 4lb 10oz of small roach. Second again at East dock Cardiff with 12lb and beaten this time by Doug Hornblow with 13lb 2oz. In the mid-week evening Cardiff Nomads series I was second with 18lb 6oz of carp caught in the margins useing Luncheon meat as bait, !st wasAllen Davies with 22lb.
This Week-end 4/05/03 Saw me back in the Winners Place with a good net of small roach and skimmers from East Dock Cardiff 11lb 7oz Second was Richy Candy with 10lb 8oz
Last week saw me miss out on the main prize list with a 3rd on East Dock Cardiff with 6lb 12oz of small skimmers and a second place at Lamby Way Cardiff mid-week matches with 9lb of small carp and roach.
19/04/03 saw me winning the first of the
season matches on East Dock in Cardiff S
Wales. A brilliant small fish fishery,
with 10lb 13oz of small skimmers on the
pole I managed to keep Shaun Williams
(Caerphilly Anglers) in Second place with