A cool breezy day with showers greeted the 20 anglers who arrived to fish this Sunday’s match. For the first time this season the Big Basin was pegged and guess what- that was THE place to draw. This week also gave a result that was also a “first” as far as I can remember – 2 people tying for 1st place! Mark Harmer and Jon Burton both put a very creditable 14lb 10oz on the scales from their pegs at either end of the Big Basin with Trev Dodson coming in 3rd with 12lb 10oz also on the big basin. With over half the field catching over 7lb, the yards fished pretty well overall. I will be back next week looking to take full advantage of a good draw……. See you there…
After a cool start the day soon developed into an unseasonably warm and very sunny day with light southwest winds. There was a field of 19 members this week which is not a bad turnout, although not huge considering the weather forecast. The fish did a bit of a disappearing act this week compared to last week but you still needed 9lb plus to get in the frame. Denny Hammond made it 2 on the trot this week from his peg just up the left side of the Crane Basin where he caught steadily rotating lines to keep the fish coming and ending up with 11lb 1oz. Roger Farmer also made 2nd place for 2 weeks running from his peg near the top right side of the Crane Basin where he caught 10lb 9oz. Then switch basins to the Gate Basin, where Trev Dodson (“Mr Pickup” himself) had 9lb 7oz from the top left side. Trev was also regretting losing a big bream during the match which would have possibly given him 1st Place (another one that got away) – never mind Trev there’s always next week. Elsewhere, Mr Agass had a perch of 1lb 14oz amongst his 6lb 3oz bag from the Crane – half a lobworm on a size 6 again Dave? So what news of the “superstar” (AKA Mark H)? Well back to reality this week, even after drawing last weeks winning peg, he could only manage 5lb (I know the feeling well). Finally John Hehir wants the peg on the Gate near the toilets removed (or filled in) next week as he is fed up of drawing it and not catching!!!!! I a, off to Ipswich next week but my spies will be reporting the events so a report will be “created” Or that may end up being “creative” we will see……..Hope you all catch and the weather is kind…………..See you in 2 weeks
The weather forecast was not great for this Sundays match but it turned out to be not as bad as they thought although it did rain and blow a bit in the afternoon. The conditions obviously suited the fish as the weights were noticeably up on last week with half the field having more than 9lb. The Crane Basin was the place to be: Denny Hammond on the left end of the Crane had a good day with some quality skimmers in his 15lb 6oz winning net. Then further up the right side towards the river was Roger Farmer on peg 3 with 13lb 14oz for 2nd place. Chris Tims was back towards the bottom of about a third of the way up the Crane Basin on the right side where he had 12lb 6oz for 3rd. The lowest weight in the Crane this week was 7lb 4oz off peg 1 and last week that was where all the fish were! (unlucky Mike). Elsewhere Mr Harmer continued building the “superstar” legend with another section win off the right end of the Gate Basin with 9lb 12oz but we have no idea what was wrong with John Hehir’s peg just up the left side of the Gate Basin where he struggled for a 1lb. You can’t catch them if they are not there (Doesn’t help does it). We will have to wait and see what next week brings…….. see you there
So, after a long hot summer series here we are back to basics at the boatyards and after much discussion and rumour about how bad it was going to be it was, surprisingly, quite a reasonable day, with the fish spread around the basins and 9lb plus needed to frame. We will have to see how it all continues but it is looking better than when we finished in March!
In the warm October sunshine it was our version of the laughing (ex)police man, Mike Dossena, who gave all of us in his section, at the top of the Crane Basin, a display of how to do it right with the waggler. He amassed a 10lb 14oz winning weight of roach and skimmers over the 5 hours and although he wasn’t laughing all the way, I can tell you he was pretty happy the way things went. I had a close up view from the next peg and got totally battered. (guess who didn’t set up a wag!!!!) In second spot this week was one of the mornings doom and gloom merchants, Mark Harmer, who managed to just beat Dennis Willis off the next peg for second with 9lb 13oz to 9lb 9oz from their pegs halfway up the left side of the Gate Basin. Meanwhile Denny Hammond has already laid a claim on the Bream Trophy with a 3lb lump from the Gate Basin. Last but not least we tried out some new digital scales (made by Fox) courtesy of a friend of John Burton. They seemed to work faultlessly during the weighing in of 12 pegs on the Crane Basin with none of the switching off problems we had with the previous sets. So now we just need to decide do you want digital or not? Have a think and give your views next Sunday before the draw….. See you there
So, today was the last summer match of 2018. The venue was a changed from the original place (Martham Pit) to Cobbleacre. 16 mad men turned up this week, or I should say members. Mark Charlwood was hoping he would finish the summer with back to back wins to end with a very comfortable lead in the summer points table. But unfortunately for him Mr Seaman had a final say this summer with a good weight on a very very hard day. Mark weighed 32lb 12oz and another first place. 2nd and not far behind was Mark Charlwood with another good weight of 26lb 6oz. 3rd place goes to Andy Dicken who weighed 20lb 4oz. Well done to them three. Would just like to thank Dave Agass once again from everyone who fished this summer, for all his hard work organizing all the matches(sorry Dave I wasn’t there to take your photo when you won). I’m sure you will have plenty of photos taken in the yards this coming winter.
1st Mark Seaman 32lb 12oz
2nd Mark (summer champion) Charlwood 29lb 06oz
3rd Andy Dicken 20lb 4oz
4th Dave Agass 16lb 8oz
5th Terry Smith 12lb 8oz
6th John Higgingson 12lb 4oz
7th Tony Wilkinson 10lb 5oz
8th Dave Edgerton 9lb
9th Dave Dearman 5lb
10th Mike Dossena 2lb 8oz
11th Chris Tims 2lb 6oz
12th Jon Burton 1lb 10oz
13th Trevor Dodson 0lb 8oz
And 3 D’N’W’s this week and yes I was one of them !
Over to Chris now as it’s time to dust the winter gear down. See you all there.