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