Sunday was virtually windless with cloud cover most of the day and no frost – pretty good winter fishing conditions you would think, and how wrong could you be………
The boatyards showed their harder side this weekend with nearly everyone struggling for bites for the first 2 hours and even then the only place which slowly came to life was the Gate basin.
Harry Barron drew peg 17 on then grass at goose green and had a great match compared to most with small fish coming steadily after the first hour to give him 5lb 12oz for a runaway win on the day.
Chasing hard after a 2 hr wait for bites was Dave Edgerton on peg 16 further down the gate where he had 4lb 1oz for 2nd
Then came Ian Jones with 3 lb dead from the right hand end of the Gate basin. Ian had a long wait before the fish turned up with about an hour and a half left in the match.
Out of a field of 26 half blanked! In the Crane basin 10 out the 12 anglers blanked. John Hehir on peg 2 was over the moon with the small perch he caught from next to the boards, but then Mr Jonas rained on his parade with a 3oz roach caught just 10 mins from the whistle. Martin Littlefield must be this weeks unluckiest angler – he caught a small perch from his peg next to the boat on the left hand end of the Crane, went to swing it to hand, and had to watch in horror as the £20 section winner dropped off, back into the water!!!!!
Why did the boatyard fish so poorly? Where do the fish go to? Are they just there and not feeding? Perhaps all will be back to normal next week for the 2nd round of the Singles KO……….See you there……..
A hard frost on Saturday night followed by bright sunshine are not the most favourable fishing conditions but no one expected the fishing to be such a contrast to last week. 21 members lined up for the draw this week and with plenty of space in the big basin there was much anticipation and talk of “jetties” and pegs “opposite the wet shed”. But in reality it was the Crane basin which was the place to be this week with all 3 framing places coming from pegs 1 to 5!
Alex Watson drew peg 1 and was thinking of going home when, after an hour and a half he caught a skimmer. This was the start of a good day, as he carried on and caught over a dozen more plus some bits to put a 20lb 8oz on the scales for a convincing win and he is now a member of the exclusive “20” club.
2 pegs away Dave Edgerton had been catching steadily from the off and had 10lb 5oz for 2nd. He was closely followed by Roger Farmer on peg 5 who had a level 10lb for 3rd.
So what of the jetties and the big basin in general, it can be summed up in one word DIRE!
Mark Charlwood won the basin off the 1st jetty with a meagre 3lb 1oz, Martin Littlefield had 3lb from between the boats facing the 1st jetty, and Dave Dearman had 2lb 14oz opposite the wet shed. No one else in the basin broke 2lb and there were 4 blanks. Why the fish weren’t feeding in here but fed in the Crane is a mystery and we will have to see what occurs next week…… See you there…….
Light cloud with the odd sunny interval, a light southwest wind, even the threatened rain later didn’t happen until we had finished, these were the almost perfect weather conditions this Sunday. 21 anglers arrived to compete this week and with the big basin pegged expectations were running reasonably high for a good days fishing. Chris Tims and Mark Charlwood managed to both draw jetties in the big basin with Chris on the first jetty and Mark on the fourth jetty it was always going to be close and they tied for 1st place this week both weighing 13lb 12oz. To make things more unusual, we also had a tie for 2nd with Adie Hall and Alex Watson who were opposite each other on the Crane Basin and both weighed 10lb 9oz. There were fish everywhere this week but very few of the larger specimens put in an appearance, but hey-ho you can’t have everything and many of us had bites from start to finish so it’s not all bad.
What a difference a week makes.With sunny weather forecast this weeks match attracted a bumper entry of 27 members meaning Colin had to include a section on the far side of the big basin to cope with the numbers.
Trevor Dodson drew exactly the same peg as he had last week, left hand end of the Gate Basin, and wasn’t too optimistic after he struggled last week for 5lb. But he was pleasantly surprised to find the fish had returned to the Gate and he put 10lb 14oz on the scales to win this week. Trevor just pipped Roger Farmer who was next to him on the right hand end of the Gate and had 10lb 11oz for 2nd. Dennis Willis was in Kiddies Corner on the Big Basin where he caught 10lb 9oz for 3rd. So, the Crane basin didn’t produce a frame weight this week, and the fish seem to be more evenly spread out, hopefully some more of the quality fish will move in as the boat activity slows down in the yards for the winter.
Unluckiest angler this week has to be Denny Hammond who managed to drop his keep net in at the end of the match and lost virtually all his catch I think the air turned black as he realised what had happened.
Next week we have the Big Basin fully pegged as well so lets hope we see some good results from all areas. See you there…………..
There was a bigger turnout for this weeks match with 26 (eventually) anglers lining up around 2 basins and yet again the Crane basin was the place to draw. Mark Harmer cruised to his first win of the winter from peg 5 putting 9lb 13oz of small fish on the scales. Dave Edgerton was 2nd from peg 3 with 8lb 8oz which included 2 large perch (see photo) . Then in 3rd was Mark Charlwood from peg 7 with 6lb 13oz on the right hand end of the Crane. Pity those 12 poor people who drew the Gate basin! 5 blanked and only 1 (Trev Dodson – had to be didn’t it) broke 5lb. It certainly felt like a long 5hrs for some of us.
Anyway, looking forward to next week as things can only get better – can’t they??? Then in 2 weeks we can attack the big basin – and struggle in there too!!!! See you there………………….
Another grey and damp day greeted the 20 competitors for this weeks match. The forecast was for rain all day but it actually wasn’t quite as bad as predicted – and much better than last week. The Crane basin was the place to be once again with Derbyshire interloper, aka Steve Wilkinson, coming out in first place with 10lb 12oz from peg 6 on the crane. He only just beat Alex Watson, who had a busy day on the gate basin catching small roach at 13m for 10lb 11oz and 2nd. Another double figure weight for John Higginson at peg 1 took 3rd place with 10lb 5oz but the big perch he lost at the net would have been a big bonus.
Overall there were 4 double figure weights and 11 anglers had over 6lb so although not fantastic, there are fish to be caught.
Spare a thought for Trev Dodson who had the benefit of a fantastic demonstration of “high speed mooring” right on his peg – don’t know how he then managed to get 10lb 4oz. I reckon he just put his landing net in and scooped up the fish after they were dazed by the boat wash.
Never mind it all adds to the entertainment……… See you next week…..
So we are off with he winter series of matches at the boatyards. Mr Burton was the clear winner this week from his peg on the Crane Basin where he caught 10lb 9oz. Tony Wilkinson was 2nd from his peg at the end of the Crane with 8lb 13oz and Mark Seaman was 3rd from his peg next to the winner with 8lb 6oz. So the Crane was the place to be this opening Match but who knows how things can change over the coming weeks and once the big basin is in the mix. Next week is the David King Bowl – See you there
The final round of Stalham and district A.C.summer series was at Martham pit B 17 members turned up this week dreaming of catching a lot of big fish and winning, though the weather forecast was for heavy showers and possible thunder.
Mark Seaman was the winner weighing 34lb. Second
place goes to Tony Wilkinson marking his return from Africa who
weighed 25lb 10oz which was a mix of small and large bream.
Third place was Trevor Dodson who weighed 22lb
Well done to them three!
It fished really hard for everybody else.
Congratulations goes to Mark Harmer who was this
year’s winner of the summer points!
I’d like to say on behalf of all the members who
fished the summer a really big thank you to Dave Agass for all his
hard work organising all the matches.
17 members made the trip for the final visit
Reepham Fishery this summer.
The weather was nice and warm and perfect for a
lovely day fishing.
The open match on Saturday had some very good
weights so everyone was expecting more of the same.
With the draw done everybody was eager to start.
Mark Harmer had drawn peg 25 and made no mistake winning this week
with the total weight of 121lb 4oz.
Well done, Mark!
Dave Agass was fishing peg 18 and caught some nice
carp for a weight of 120lb which was good enough for second.
Well done , Dave!
Third place goes to Mark Seaman who was fishing
peg 6 and weighed 98lb 2oz. Good job,Mark!
1st Mark Harmer 121lb 4oz
2nd Dave Agass 120lb
3rd Mark Seaman 98lb 2oz
4th Alex Watson 61lb 2oz
5th Jon Burton 51lb 6oz
6th Dennis Willis 43lb 9oz
7th Dave Edgerton 41lb 1oz
8th Chris Tims 36lb 9oz
9th Dave Dearman 32lb 11oz
10th Mark Charlwood 31lb 1oz
11th Dave Paynter 29lb 12oz
12th Trevor Dodson 21lb 10oz
13th John Higgingson 20lb 12oz
14th Martin Littlefield 8lb 4oz
And there were three D’N’Ws this week
So thesummer serieswill be decided on the final match of the summer which is going to be at Martham Pit B
See you all there!
Please, don’t hesitate to contact Dave to see if
there are any spaces.
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