With a miraculous turnout of 23 hopefuls after two very hard weeks, everyone was trying to guess where they wanted to draw!!! With the weather virtually ideal with cloudy conditions, a light south wind and no frost…….(I know we had all that last week!!)…… it looked like we might be on for some fish but what actually happened took everyone by surprise. Harry Barron made it 2 wins on the spin this week and has blown the “20” club clean away to be the only member in the “30” club (which was very nearly the “40” club)! Harry had a great net of bream/skimmers from his peg on then Crane basin (where you couldn’t buy a bite last week) for a runaway win with 37lb 15oz.
Now switch basins to the big basin where Dave Dearman caught 19 bream/skimmers for his 2nd place net of 25lb 8oz and another great days fishing.
Back to the Crane basin where Terry Smith, on the peg next to the winner, had 23lb 10oz of similar bream/skimmers for 3rd place.
There were another 6 double figure weights and John Hehir had a bream of 3lb 10oz in his net of 10lb 4oz. But as always at the boatyard if you weren’t on the fish it can be very hard and if you happened to draw the river pegs this week it was a very long 5 hours as the 3 of them sat biteless despite all their best efforts. Jon Burton is talking about taking art evening classes in an effort to improve his drawing
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.
Next week is our Charity Match. Don’t forget it will be £15 to fish this week……….See you there…………………..
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