Almost identical conditions to last week welcomed the field of 23 anglers taking part in this weeks match, with bright sun, a hard frost and a strengthening north westerly wind swirling around the yards.Also like last week the fishing was hard and the weights well down and 6 blanks were recorded. Mind you for some pegs it was business as usual and Dave Dearman caught from the start on his peg at the bottom right of the Crane Basin to put 9lb 14oz on the scales for 1st place this week. He was over 2lb clear of Dave Edgerton who had 7lb 8oz from his peg just up the right side of the Gate Basin to secure his second 2nd place on the bounce. He was closely followed by Denny Hammond who had 7lb from the right hand end of the Gate for 3rd place. But then, apart form Mike Dossena’s 6lb 10z bag, the weights tumbled to 3lb 8oz and below with many sub 2lbs right down to me with 2oz!! Lets hope for a change in the weather or if not a change some continuity of the cold so maybe the fish will settle and things may improve – I did say maybe. No picture of the winner this week (sorry Dave you had gone by the time I had remembered) still we have a nice pic of the winning peg, which let’s face it was a bit of a surprise when you see all the work that has been going on in it! Keep your fingers crossed for something better next week …….See you there….
Bright sunshine, blue sky, light winds and a heavy frost was the weather that greeted the 19 anglers competing this Sunday, which didn’t fill many with confidence about the fishing. This was proved right, and many of the field struggled for a bite. Trevor Dodson was tucked in on the bottom left side of the Crane Basin and had bites all day for 5lb 8oz and first place this week. He was followed by Dave Edgerton who caught at 10m at the top left of the Gate Basin and put 4lb on the scales for 2nd. Then we switch back to the right side of the Crane in a long open water stretch where Roger Farmer had 3 good skimmers in the first part of the match for 3lb 10oz and 3rd place. There were 7 blanks this week with several noted pegs failing to produce (just ask Dave Gipson!). Let us hope for a change in wind direction and weather conditions to get the fish feeding again – even if it is only in Mark Harmers peg!! Next week is the 2nd round of the Singles KO see below for who you have Drawn against. See you there……
Although Sunday dawned sunny and almost windless the 21 anglers who decided to venture out for this weeks match soon had strong winds with rain and hail to contend with as the forecast horrible weather came to bear on NR12. However it was all change for the basins this week with the Gate Basin THE place to draw. Mark Harmer continued his run of results with 14lb 4oz form halfway up the rt side of the Gate. His winning bag included a skimmer of 1lb 13oz which was his first bite, and a roach of 1lb 4oz! He must have thought it was Christmas already. about a third of the way up the left side of the Gate Mark Seaman and Roger Farmer had a peg to peg battle with Roger just edging it with 11lb 2oz for 2nd to Mark Seaman’s level 11lb for 3rd. Lowest weight on the Gate this week was 6lb 12oz but elsewhere things were not so interesting. John Higginson topped the 6 anglers on the Crane with 6lb 1oz but the real graveyard was the Big Basin. Now remember last week everyone caught in the big basin LOWEST weight was 1lb 12oz. This week only 3 out of eight weighed in. Denny Hammond , last weeks winner, had 1oz. Tony Wilkinson (2nd Jetty) had a whole 2lb7oz and new member, Matt Jefferys, had one fish for 1lb 1oz and won his section! Apparently there were cormorants working the basin and they didn’t catch either! So there you have it, the conundrum of the boat yards, one week they are there next week they’re gone, almost impossible to predict. Still keeps things interesting doesn’t it!! One last thing the match raised £81 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance so we can all feel good about that – Mr Harmer is off to Reepham for a bit of team therapy next week so at least he won’t be taking up one of the frame places for a change -the weather can only be better – I might even get a decent draw! See you there……..
Section Winners this week:
peg 4 to 8 John Higginson
peg 9 to 13 Chris Tims
Peg 14 to 18 Mark Harmer
Peg 19 to 22 Rodger Farmer
Peg 23 to 27 Matt Jefferys
Peg 28 to 31 Tony Wilkinson
The weather turned quite a bit cooler over the past week with a chilly north westerly wind which reduced the weights to the lowest so far this winter. Still, a good turnout of 25 anglers lined up for the all important draw. Denny Hammond was on the left hand end of the Gate Basin and caught from the off to produce this weeks meagre winning weight of 5lb 13oz. He was followed closely by the in-form Mark Harmer who had 5lb 12oz (bet he dropped some fish) from his peg in front of the offices on the Big Basin. Matt Rowntree was just up the left side of the Crane and had 4lb 5oz for 3rd. So 3 frame places from 3 different Basins so you would think the fish were well spread! WRONG! Out of 7 anglers on the Crane Basin 4 blanked! On the Gateout of 9 pegs, apart from the 2 pegs on the end, no one broke 1lb! Only on the big basin were there reasonable numbers of fish and all 9 people caught with the average being a massive 2lb+. Hopefully things will improve in the coming weeks but there are no guarantees…..One thing is for certain, no one knows which peg will win the next match …… see you there