20 anglers lined up in the very pleasant springlike sunshine to take part in this Sundays match. The pre-match talk was optimistic due to the warm conditions, but there were some doubts as to how it would fish as Jon Burton had been down on Friday and failed to catch in the big basin and Mark Harmer had been on Saturday and had also struggled for bites. So after the draw the story of the match unfolded and it seemed that if you were in the Big Basin it was the kiss of death! (what a turnaround from last week). Pete Sutton must feel like he has served his apprenticeship now as he won this week. On unfancied peg 1 in the Crane Basin, Pete “emptied it” with an oustanding weight of 26lb 8oz of mainly skimmers. He can also claim the highest weight of the winter so far and of course becomes a member of the newly formed elite “20” club. Away from this mega weight the only other reasonable weights were at the end of the Gate Basin where Terry Smith on the right hand side had 9lb 6oz for 2nd place and just round the corner was Dave Agass who had 9lb 2oz for 3rd. Dave Edgerton had the top weight in the Big basin with 7lb 2oz off the 1st jetty and out of 10 anglers in the Big Basin – 7 blanked! What is occuring? We shall just have to see what happens next weekend. On the “points” front Mr Burton has managed to get back into the top 2 and with only 6 points separating the top 3 the last two points matches will be fun – if it fishes like it did this week there could be some big changes afoot! Single final next week between JB and Mark C, more silverware for someone…………………….See you there.
A wet day was forecast with a strengthening breeze but still 16 hardy souls queued up to draw and spend the next 5 plus hours being rained on. However the fishing was a bit special this Sunday – when you catch 16lb 6oz and don’t even get your section!!!!! ( Sorry Steve Wilkinson – fancy letting your Dad beat you). The 20lb club was formed this week with 2 founding members, Messrs Jon Burton and Tony Wilkinson (2nd for the 2nd week running) both breaking the magic 20lb barrier for the first time this winter. Jon took first place from peg 9 at the top of the Big Basin with a sparkling net of skimmers and roach for 25lb 6oz. He was followed by Tony Wilkinson on peg 16 also on the Big Basin in front of the offices where he had 21lb 8oz of quality skimmers. 3rd place was Denny Hammond on the Gate Basin peg 5 who had 17lb 10oz. Half the field had double figures this week which in the unpleasant conditions was some consolation. Mr Burton is now contemplating a big comeback in the winter points race and, if he continues this weeks form, anything is possible. I would point out that I will be trying my hardest not to let him back to the top as will a certain Mr Charlwood but who knows!!! Next week is forecast to be springlike with warm wind from the south….. See you there
A heavy frost and zero degrees greeted the 14 entrants in this weeks angling fixture. The weather certainly had an effect on the fishing with the sudden drop in temperature and the bright sunshine not conditions you would choose to fish in in the winter. However it was business as usual for Mark Charlwood who put in 6 balls of groundbait into peg 10 at the top of the big basin and then proceeded to catch a procession of skimmers and roach from the off and then pretty steadily though the day with a 2lb plus “skimmer” coming in the last half hour – just to make sure! I know all this because I was on the next peg where I didn’t get a bite until 10.30 – but it was ok because wherever I looked, left or right, either Mark, or last weeks winner Adie Hall, were netting fish!!! My favourite choice of Sunday entertainment!
Mark Charlwood won this week with an excellent 13lb 12oz of quality skimmers and roach. Tony Wilkinson had a good day on the first jetty catching around 90 fish and coming in 2nd with 10lb 12oz and Adie hall had to settle for 3rd this week with 9lb 14oz. So the frame was all in the Big basin but apart from the 1st jetty the other 3 did not produce the weights we have come to expect. There were two 8lb plus weights in the Gate basin but the fish were obviously quite tightly shoaled and if you weren’t on them it was hard going. As to the Singles – Jon Burton beat Dave Edgerton to secure his place against Mark Charlwood who went through atomatically as Dave Agass was unfortunately unwell and not able to fish this week – hope you’re on the mend Dave. The Singles final is on the 24th February 2019
Section winners this week
Pegs 3 – 7 Dennis Willis 8lb 13oz
Pegs 10 – 16 Mark Charlwood 13lb 12oz
Pegs 19 – 23 Tony Wilkinson 10lb 12oz
One other piece of news I heard this week was the death of that widely known local angling “character” Mick Challen, who for many years was a member of Stalham AC and also North Walsham Kingfishers and East Ruston angling clubs. Mick was always ready to share his “expertise” with anyone and I have lost count of the times he has stood behind me and told me I shouldn’t do it like that, or should be using a bigger float/hook/rod/bait (delete as required) RIP Mick – you will be remembered.
The weather forecast was for strong winds and rain but “luckily” it was just windy and we avoided the rain for the entire match. However, the predicted conditions had a bit of an impact on numbers this week with only the “certified” 15 members of the club braving it. Adie Hall on his second visit to the boatyards drew the left side on the end of the Gate Basin and then proceeded to catch all day and put 14lb 12oz on the scales for 1st place (Mind you, I think his broken No 4 section might cost him more than he won! – the joys of fishing in the wind). Mark Harmer had a return to form after last weeks blank, with 13lb 9oz from the left end of the Crane basin for 2nd just in front of Chris Tims (only 3rd this week!) who had 13lb 3oz from the open water at the top of the Gate Basin. Overall, the yards fished pretty well this week even with the challenging conditions with everyone catching over 5lb. Single KO semi finals next week with Dave Agass taking on Mark Charlwood and John Burton against Dave Edgerton – we shall have to see who prevails on the day? Weather is meant to be a bit quieter next Sunday but who knows, that may all change – will just have to wait and see…………See you there
So, we have had the first proper cold snap of the winter with several hard frosts this week and another one this Sunday morning, it was no surprise that there was ice on the water in all basins with the big basin having the most and the thickest. The general feeling was it was going to be HARD! and it was in some areas but in others the fish fed well. Chris Tims, who has now acquired the nickname “Picasso” due to his legendary drawing performance, pulled out peg 23 which put him on the 1st jetty in the big basin. After breaking the ice out to about 6m Chris had a great days fishing, catching some quality roach perch and hybrids to put 16lb 4oz and take 1st place for the second week running. Jon Burton was on the 4th jetty and had around 170 fish for 11lb 14oz and 2nd place. Then we switch basins to the Gate basin where John Higginson caught steadily and had 11lb 9oz for 3rd. Unfortunately some areas were much harder and there were 6 blanks this week out of the 20 who started the match, surprisingly 3 of these were at the top of the big basin which have been good pegs for the past 6 weeks or more. It’s forecast for more cold weather next week so don’t forget your ice breaker……………….see you there……..
A great turnout of 23 (mad) keen anglers braved the weather to fish at the yards this Sunday. The forecast was for wind, and for once they were spot on, with a strong westerley gusting across the yards, strong enough at times to blow Mr Charlwood’s rod holdall straight into the water! (safely retrieved thankfully). Chris Tims continued his great form at the drawbag pulling out peg 24 opposite the wet shed on the big basin, where he caught 18lb 8oz of roach perch skimmers and hybrids to win this week. There are rumours that if he fell in he would come up with a pocket full of fish, always assuming he wasn’t held under by the weight of his golden b*****s! – Still these are only rumours you understand……..
Second place this week was again taken by Mark Charlwood (he of the soggy rod bag) from peg 7 on the Gate Basin with 14lb 14oz of skimmers and roach. Mark had a great start and end to the match but a dead period in the middle kept him off 1st place. Third place was Denny Hammond 13lb 8oz of skimmers from his peg 21 right at the top corner of the Big Basin just along from the slip way. Denny also had a few pike problems today I reckon it’s those 8 inch lobworms he fishes.
The Crane Basin was in again this week and produced good double figure bags from each of the 4 pegs in the basin which is good news for the future matches and Dave Gipson had 12lb 14oz off the 3rd jetty facing the wind which shows the fish were all round the basins but the conditions did make it hard in some places. Next week it’s the Li Livard Cup – and it’s meant to be colder!?………… See you there………………..
A quiet day weather wise with light winds and overcast conditions which led this weeks 18 entrants to anticipate more double figure weights for all, especially as the boats had not been moved much in the basins and most of the pegs remained the same as over the Christmas break. Well it nearly worked out but there were only 4 double figure weights this week all in the big basin. Mark Harmer made it back to 1st place this week with a cracking 17lb 8oz net from peg 10. 3 pegs away was a certain Mr Charlwood who found the fish again this week and had 14lb 9oz for 2nd followed by Alex Watson, who had 13lb 1oz, from his peg next to the winner, for 3rd. Generally the yards fished a bit harder than recently maybe the weather is on the change or they know something we don’t. See below for the results from the Singles KO and see who you’ve got in the next round. We will have to wait and see what next Sunday brings after the winds and high tides this week …………..See you there
Happy New Year was the most widely used phrase as the nine competitors assembled for this the 3rd and final sweepstake match over the Christmas Break. With a relatively low turnout (not too surprising) everyone was pegged on the Big Basin, which is just full of fish at the present and provided another close result with 6 out of nine breaking double figures. Ian Jones drew the 4th jetty and was always going to be hard to beat, although mid match he was complaining it was “a bit slow” he still managed to put 14lb 12oz on the scales for 1st place. Mark Harmer drew peg 1 at the top of the Basin opposite the wet shed and came in a close 2nd with 14lb 2oz and then in 3rd was Chris Tims, who couldn’t quite make it 3 in a row, with 13lb 4oz from the first jetty. A good days fishing was had by all and we will just have to see how things go once the boatyard starts working again and the boats are all moving. Keep your fingers crossed that the weights continue to be good and 2019 brings no huge fluctuations in the weather. Next Sunday (6th Jan) is the 3rd round of the Singles KO click here to see who’s against who……………..See you there
The last match of the year had 22 members turn up for this (no points) sweepstake. The weather was almost ideal with light westerly winds and mainly overcast conditions. Chris Tims continued his run of good form (and drawing – some say he is an artiste) drawing the 4th jstty on the Big Basin and bringing 14lb to the scales for his 2nd consecutive win in the Christmas series of matches. Joint second place went to Billy Plummer and Dave Edgerton who ere on pegs 3 and 4 on the Gate Basin and both had 13lb 1oz. In 3rd place was Mark Seaman from 5 at the top of the Big Basin where he had 13lb dead. from the field of 22 there were 10 double figure weights and everyone had a few fish so the Boatyards fished well – long may it continue. There is one more sweep over the Christmas break on Tues 1st Jan 2019 (New Years Day) Draw 8.30am See you there……. Normal matches resume next Sunday 6th Jan 2019 Definitely see you there………. Happy New Year to all our Readers…………
Almost perfect weather conditions for winter fishing greeted the 13 anglers who came to fish this, the first of the extra Xmas matches at the boatyards. Arranged to give some relief from the Christmas festivities for all of us that need our angling “fix” as often as possible. With the Crane Basin still out of sorts it was decided to fish on just the Big Basin and the Gate Basin. An in -form Chris Tims drew peg 12 one down from the top of the Big Basin where he managed to snare 15lb 11oz of roach perch and skimmers for 1st place followed by Ian Jones who was 2 pegs further down the Big Basin, and Alex Watson who was all on his own on the end of the Gate Basin, these two shared 2nd place with 14lb 12oz each. The fishing was pretty consistent with over half the field catching double figures and without “pike trouble” the weights would have been even better. Next match is Sunday at normal time (book in by 7.45am) and with similar weather forecast, it should be another good day……..See You There………….No results sheet this time (it is in Mark C’s Car)