Monday, 22 July 2019

2019 July 21st - Greens match and the match a week prior

Recent work on the Greens section allows us to have a match or two. With 3 new pegs in plus another one expected due to the size of the league this allows us to gauge the stretch to detect any bad areas and repair them in and out of the water.

First match was a story of end pegs mostly as Paul Greensmith took a handsome catch of fish in an area of Pike soup but that is where the silver soup is . To top of his catch a large 3lb plus Tench . Good backup weights in the 5-8lb region which is rather good considering the water was slow and clear and sunny !

Second match on the Greens and the same pegs were used and again it was a sunny day in most part however the river had benefited from previous rains that gave greater oxygen levels and the whole match length fished rather well .

The Greens at its best !

Sunday 14th July - Greens

Colin Talbot on peg 10 with 6-14

Gary Chalk on peg 9 with 7-8

The days winner Paul Greensmith  with 19-8

Sunday 21st July - Greens

Stu Simpson 2nd on the day and a good tench also , 6-10

previous week last in section and no Pike attacks , this week 4th and still no pike attacks !


The days winner was Ian Phillips with 8-8

Deserved !

Pictures of toil and dedication to this new league

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

2019 July 10th - GAC , Ashpole Spinney , Cosby

On Tuesday evening i pre-baited several pegs at the complex in readiness for a session the next day. The pegs were Peg 4 , 8, 9 , 10 , 22 , 23 , 24. I used 6 pints of hemp , 0.5 pint of dead maggots , 1.8 kilo bag of HINDERS 6mm pellets and used 2 kilo of ground bait to position them , mostly at 9 metres from the bank . I though that if the pegs feed was spread about then Mick Carr and i would stand a chance of any of the pegs incase there was anglers there before us .
We decided to fish peg 23 (Mick) and peg 24 .

Mick and i were soon into Perch and small roach on the maggot . Mick also was the first to take a sizeable fish with a lovely Bream

We had started fishing about 08:30am and by 10:00am Mick had a tench of about 3.5lb , a Bream of similar size plus some roach and Perch . I had managed 11 Ide on the bounce upto  1LB each and also lost a sizeable Tench . From then on till about 13:00pm i continued to catch a further 5 ide plus a big Hybrid and 2 Tench (4lb a piece) plus a Bream of about 3lb . I also had a spell of total Roach of up to  20 plus fish for about 5-6 lb .
Mick then collected another two Bream for about 3lb a piece plus 2 Ide ..........what a day !

We estimate that Mick had approx. 20-25lb and i had close to 35lb

Success to fishing Ashpole is preparation and pre-baiting can buy Hemp by the 25 kilo sack as well as Brown ground bait . You can also use any scraps off the dinner table to mix in with it and include Mole hill soil to help position your feed , it does not have to be expensive .
Bait on the day was maggot yellow and red on size 14 hooks but mostly using corn on the hook and feeding corn as well as another 2 kilo of ground bait , 1 pint of hemp and 0.5pt of dead maggot.

The weed maybe bad but on the clear swims you can enjoy a decent days fishing

Thursday, 4 July 2019

2019 - June 30th , Trent at Shardlow on John Taylors match

First river match of the season brought me to the previously cancelled match that John Taylor organises . His match organisation is well organised and supported , quire rightly.
After an excellent breakfast and the meeting up of many known friends the draw gave me peg 4 under the Cavendish bridge and i did not know what to expect on arrival underneath the bridge .

A builders yard

First view , very nice and just off the downstream wind with protection of a mass of willows to my right. Peg was slippy but i borrowed a few building materials to just get the box in the water .

All set up and ready to go .

Bombardment stuff was SENSAS GG and SENSAS Lake

Menu was varied with caster , reds , yellow/tumerics , tares and hemp

Match about to start and time to mortar in the balls , 10 all together at about 11/13m

I set up a waggler with a MAURIZIO SCHIEPATTI weighted MAMBA Peacock 3+1 gr float at 5-6 ft depth.
Also a Stick float rod using a DH Shouldered stick of 6x4
Top 5 with a 0.75gr MAS CL 
Top 5 with a 0.8gr MAS JO2 
TOP 5 with a 1.25 gr MAS SM1

First 10 minutes sprayed maggots on the waggler line about half way across but struggled to see the tip once the float went further to the left in differing contrasting light on the water .
On to the pole and first drop in secured a good roach and that continued for 1.5 hours with plenty of hand skimmers/hybrids and some bleak and gudgeon . 
The sun shadow started to get deeper under the bridge and the fish were reluctant to be in the sun part so i was having to fish 13/14m and chase them in the bridge shadow. However that struggled in an ever increasing downstream wind . I then turned to the stick float rod where i was able to actually control it better however the visibility of the float was difficult . I had a bad 2 hours but the last hour came back on and i used the waggler over the pole line and taking off a couple of shot the waggler stood out for visibility and i took a string of nice dumpy roach .

End of the match i weighed 7-14 and in hindsight i should have got further out in the water and stick floated it better . Still a great day and well done Paul 2 pegs up with winning weight of 14-1.