Monday, 24 August 2015


If only , if only , how many times have i said that this year ? Yet again i should have continued catching fish just out of their egg sacks for 5 hours instead of 3.5 hours . But you have to go for Billys as a few good samples will win a section , Tench also ! i try not to look at the statistics but when my peg draw has been pretty bad for sometime then a 'pressure' takes over .

For my trouble i drew scales yet again (3rd time ) .....peg 51 was my destination , not bad and quite pleased.

To my left is Ross Winfield

To my Right is World Champion Roger Marlow

I was a bit rushed as the starting time was now 10:30 from 11:00



Maurizio Schiepatti 1.0 gr

2 x SENSAS 'Choppies'

Nice view 

Come and get it ......dinner bell soon

Strange start for all as hardly anything shown after an initial 6 balls of SENSAS LAKE /SUPER BLACK . So i went for the Perch and stuck it for a full 30 minutes but only a small Perch and a Daddy Ruffe prevailed. Did have many other movement bites but i think the claws were causing this.

Back onto the pole line fishing 9m ......started to catch small roach , chub , skimmers , biggest about 1oz !! ........Continued then got hit by the first Pike of the day so replace the hook length and back on the Perch for about 10 minutes ...... nothing . Just gone 11:45 so back onto the silvers attack and four more Pike attacks .
Got to about 2:00pm and tried the Perch line again feeding heavy into one area and a little an another , gave it 20 minutes , nothing . Back on the silvers and eventually ended up with 118 and brought the fish closer 7 metres.


S.Hurst with 4-4

Alan Wright with 4-11 and winner of the section

Simon Ryan with a Billy i wanted , 3-4

Ross lost an expected Tench . 2-13

Soaking wet as the rain gods poured down at the final whistle and i had to help scale the section with Ross.


Scores on the doors !


I caught 2 Smelt (must be really rare) and took this picture which i have sent on to the Environmental Agency to tell them this great news that another species of fish exists in the Soar ! So i sent the mail and this replied , are you ready ? :

Hello EA .....Fishing a match at Sutton Bonnington today and i caught two of these , which appear to be Smelt ! I did not smell them as they are supposed to give of a cucumber odour . I have caught them before in Sweden.

   Environment Agency Hi Phil, to fish for smelt or lamprey you need authorisation from us. You can contact us on 03708 506 506 and we can email the fish movements team to request authorisation.Eileen

    PMSL ! 

I have every confidence that the EA is attuned to angling thinking .............Not !

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

2015 - Greenhill AC - Chairmans Cup Sunday August the 16th

Well , Sunday morning with a lay in as this match is scheduled for 12 draw fishing 1-6 . So a quick load into the car and i am away to the Chairmans cup competition on our Thurlaston moat part of the lake complex.

Car loaded ......... lets go !

TEAM-MASgroundbait is in , thats 160 kilos of SENSAS 3000 Super Black and 3000 Lake

Pegs were drawn and the Golden peg was announced also ......peg 4 ......thats what i drew but i knew i am up against it as fancied pegs 6, 7, 8 also 2 and 15 had good anglers on them ....... this is a tough match !
Bob on peg 12 took two nice Chub and some bits 

The match turned out to be a day of strange results as peg 15 DNWI as it was flyer last year and this year as i won both times but strangely with Dean on it , it did not produce !

Chris has a nice net with Golden Tench to note of peg 9

 John on peg 8 with 10-9 , his first weight for 5 weeks since his accident .

 Andy 'John Wayne' was third on peg 8 with 9-11

Brian Hull , Mr Loughborough AC , manager , director ,organiser , tireless worker with a good catch of 5lb + , started really well but when his no6 joint broke it seemed to upset his rhythm .

Peg 4 on the golden with 14-10 , with three small vermin carp and a good Tench plus plenty of dogs and a first , my third of the year in all competitions (would swap them anytime for a good weight on the Soar )

58 fish in total

Tuesday, 11 August 2015


New match , new day , good draw ? we shall see as my start to the season has been putting it mildly a very bad one indeed. My fishing on the Trent 3 times and previous 3 times on the Sutton Bonnington has not seen a weight over 4lb ! 
         My weights so far on the Soar has realised , 0-12 (67) , DNWI (approx.2lb) (12) , 2-6 (37) , 1-12 (68) with the Trent matches not fairing any better ! so inspiration was required that was decreased slightly when i drew peg 68 out of the hat , another cyanide length of water . Undaunted i proceeded to get my kit set up for a ground bait attack and go positive for anything with a pair of eyes. The usual Perch line was set up for with the chance of getting a weight booster Tench. For my troubles i drew the scales a bad habit of mine and was paired up with Rob Wootton to my right as the weigh team duo.

         My Rigs were:
                              0.8gr SENSAS Gilles 0.8gr on 0.9/0.6 - 22's SENSAS 3530
                              1.0gr Maurizio Schiepatti Sirio 1.0gr 0.10/0.7 20's SENSAS 3530
                              1.0gr Maurizio Schiepatti Regolo 1.0gr 0.9/0.6 22's SENSAS 3530
     (All line is SENSAS Super Competition)



         The match started at 11 and straight the way i administered 8 balls of SENSAS LAKE / and SENSAS Super Black Gardons with a helping of dead pinkies / hemp / casters . I also placed 2 bait droppers full of goodies in two chosen selected places in front of the weeds . Hopefully the Perch will provide me with a weight and really hopeful of getting my first Tench however history of pegs 67 , 68 and 69 are not very good . Peg 70 and onwards the form does improve however they do perform better as winter approaches.
        My first put in and a gudgeon about a third of an ounce was taken followed quickly by see through skimmers and roach with the odd chublette even the odd ruffe. This was the normal for the rest of the match as i fished 30 minutes on the ground bait line and 30 minutes on the Perch / Tench line . The latter only producing 2 small Perch . The day was plagued by a few rogue Pike who did not move from a bunch of weed directly in front of me . Hooked 6 and only lost 3 hook lengths ! but they were big Pike yet they are taking see-through fish , hardly a mouthful ?  End of match and the early pegs have fished poorly with the 5 pegs at the end fishing much better . 
       End peg Sean Ashby had 9-0 with Steve Hemingray 7-1 , M Derry 7-0 , K Wardle 5-12 and Midlands Angling Supplies John Harper 4-14 (1 Tench and lost another) and Midlands Angling Supplies Martin Jacques with 1-13 , Rob Wootton DNWI and i completed a weight of 1-12 (63 fish).

       Lets hope for rain !

NOTE : The match length at Sutton requires help making the pegs better plus having the trees and bushes cut back considerably. Its a huge job for just a few people so can we not all club together a bank maintenance fee to hire someone to control the growth of the trees and bushes to aid pole roller and rod casting. Pegs from the bottom of the lane to the right need a vast amount of work. However we could ask for volunteers to attack the match length/s just for one day before the start of the season. This could also lend itself to other stretches of match lengths used in the winter league and maybe other lengths of waters like the Abbey where very much work is required just to gain 10-12 pegs .

Sunday Lunch

Walked down to peg 70 where new Midlands Angling Supplies man Martin Jacques  was standing ready for action (already qualified)


Next Peg is John Harper latest recruit to Midlands Angling Supplies  better known as 'team chef' 

The Man , the myth , the legend

End of the day and on the End peg is Sean Ashby with a cracking weight of 9-4

Next was Mark Derry with 7-0

Next peg saw Steve Hemingway pip him by an ounce , for 7-1

K Wardle with 5-12 on next peg

A tale of two halves of a section

Another well organised match from Brian and Joff !

Sensas Soar Masters 4th Qualifier
Sunday 9th August River Soar Sutton Bonington
67 anglers fished
1) Peg 1 John Freeborn Sensas North 10lbs 4oz

John caught on the long pole with maggot over groundbait. He had a lot of small fish including roach, perch and skimmers.
2) Peg 50) Matt Parkin Matrix Dynamite Trentmen 9lbs 10oz
Matt started on chopped worm and caught a few perch to 10oz he then fished caster over groundbait for some roach and skimmers and ended the match with a few roach on hemp.
3) Peg 75 Sean Ashby Kamasan Starlets 9lbs 4oz
Sean had a mixed bag of small roach perch and skimmers on the long pole fishing pinkie over groundbit.
4) Peg 41 Cam Hughes Kamasan Starlets 9lbs 3 oz
5) Peg 24 Darren Bickerton Kamasan Starlets 7lbs 14oz
6) Peg 23 Andy Starkey Drennan Leicester 7lbs 5 oz
Qualifiers for the final
John Freeborn, Matt Parkin Andy Starkey, Tony Marshall (Quorn A.S.) 
Brad Titmus (Kamasan Starlets) Steve Brookes ( Bennetts Bait and Tackle)
Brian Hawkes (Sensas North) Pete Cobb