Xmas Sweep 2 – Boatyard

29th December 2019

Ian Holmes with his “Winning” skimmer weighing 1lb 9oz

This match was again surprisingly well attended considering the recent form of the boatyards – hard is an understatement!

Ian Holmes, on peg 20, caught a 1lb 9oz skimmer on his 3rd cast with the feeder and thought he was on for a good day but NO, this solitary skimmer was enough to win the match as everyone else was scratching for a bite.

Chris Tims was on peg 18 and fished pinkie, managed 17 fish for a grand total of 7oz for second place. He was closely followed by Trev Dodson who had 2 roach from peg 7 at the top of the Gate basin for 4oz and third place. Trevor had to recover one of his fish from between the boards after dropping it through a gap much to the amusement of a certain Mr Burton!

Dave Edge didn’t register a bite but was happy to win the draw for his section and pocket a welcome £20 as some compensation for gruelling day.

Next sweep is back at Toad Hall on 31st December 2019 – See you there……

results boatyard sweep2 29-12-19
Pegging Map sweep 29-12-19

Xmas Sweep 1 – Toad Hall Fishery

27th December 2019

The Unstoppable Mr Seaman wins Sweep 1 at Toad Hall Fishery

This match was very well attended with a field of 22 turning up for the draw. Mark Seaman (who else!) drew peg 20 and had a runaway start with five fish coming one after the other to feeder across and he consolidated his advantage catching runs of fish throughout the match and coming out a clear winner with 41lb dead.

Leading the chasing pack was Lewis Dicken who put 31lb 11oz on the scales for 2nd place and just behind him was Steve Rouse who took 3rd with 30lb 15oz.

There were some good backing weights and most people had a few fish – which was a welcome change after the boatyards over recent weeks, Jon Burton hasn’t got over the shock yet after winning his section!!

Return to the boatyards for the next sweep on Sunday 29-12-19 and back to reality and no fish………………………see you there

results sheet for Toad Hall Sweep 1 27-12-19

Boatyard 12- Sunday 22nd December 2019

Dave Dearman wins with 3 bream for 5lb 3oz

A damp and dreary dawn greeted the 19 entrants for this weeks match at the yards. There was a very high tide again and with all the recent heavy rain, the water was very high, covering the boards at the end of the Gate Basin, which didn’t bode well for the fishing – again!

It was a very hard match once more this weekend with bites at a premium. Dave Dearman on peg 27, the 3rd jetty in the big basin, had 3 bream for 5lb 3oz and 1st place this week.

He was followed by Mark Harmer at the top of the Gate Basin had roach for a while before snaring a 2.5lb bream which gave him 4lb 3oz and 2nd place even though he had no more bites after the bream!

Terry Smith had 2lb 3oz on the of roach on the waggler on peg 4 to secure 3rd place.

After this there were only 2 more anglers breaking the pound and 9 DNW’S (including some who are becoming regular members of this group! I mention no names…………..)

Things can only get better – can’t they!??

Don’t forget the matches over the Christmas Hols:




Happy New Year to all – next club match is Sunday 5th January 2020 which is the 3rd round of The Singles Knockout……….. See you there…..

Results 22-12-19
pegging 22-12-19

Boatyard 11 – Christmas Match 15th December 2019

Dave Shearing this weeks winner with 9lb 6oz

The Yards all looked very similar to the way we had left them last week. same gaps, same sun, SAME WIND!! and yet again the fish, particularly the roach, did a disappearing act.

New member Dave Shearing made the trip from Diss to fish this match and after he drew peg 12 at the top of the Crane Basin facing the wind and sat biteless for the first hour, he was probably doubting his sanity. But, things picked up with a skimmer on the whip line, and then a run of 4 more good skimmers on the feeder in about 30 mins until disater struck and he lost one and they all just melted away.

However, 5 fish for 9lb 6oz was easily enough to win the match, more than doubling Mark Harmer’s 2nd place catch of 3 skimmers from the Big Basin for 4lb 8oz. Chris Tims caught 1 skimmer early and then proceeded to bump one which was the end of his bites for the day. But 1 fish for 1lb 14oz gave him 3rd place this week.

It was very tough going with bites at a premium for all. Out of a field of 21 there were 10 blanks and of the 11 who caught only 4 broke 1lb!!!

Christmas Blankers – but happy!!!!

Because of the dire way the yards have been fishing over the last couple of weeks, it was decided to move 2 of the Christmas sweepstake matches to Toad Hall fishery in Norwich. So please note the changes below.




As always thanks must go to Colin Jonas for organising the matches and providing the Christmas Munchies after the match – enjoyed by all whether they caught or not!

Next week is a normal club match – book in by 7.45 etc ……………see you there

Results 15-12-19
pegging 15-12-19

Boatyard 10 – The Pairs Trophy – Sunday 8th December 2019

Chris Tims makes it two wins in a row with 8lb 7oz

There was a change in the weather this weekend to rain showers and strong south westerly winds which many of us thought (hoped) would turn the fish on to feeding, but it was not to be. 18 anglers lined up for the draw and also to draw for their “partners” for the Pairs Trophy, see below for results.

Chris Tims made it 2 wins on the trot with 8lb 7oz of small fish from a windy peg 16 up the side of the Gate Basin.

Harry Barron found the fish again on the big basin where had 8lb for 2nd place just beating Tony Wilkinson on the next peg who had 7lb 15oz for 3rd.

The Crane basin was a bit of a mystery this week, with several large skimmers caught but no small fish! Dennis Willis won his 5 peg section with 1oz! Just 2 fish and no one else caught. In fact 5 out of 10 anglers in the Crane blanked, yet last week 1st and 3rd place came from it.

Next week is The Christmas Match so don’t forget to bring a prize for the table and let’s hope the fish are a little more spread out and eager to feed than they were this week……………………See you there…………………..

P.S. Dates for Sweep stake matches over Christmas Hols.

Friday 27th December 2019 Draw 9am Fish 10am – 3pm

Sunday 29th December 2019 Draw 9am Fish 10am -3pm

Tuesday 31st December 2019 Draw 9am Fish 10am – 3pm

Results 8-12-19
Pegging 8-12-19
Pairs Trophy Result

Boatyard 9 – Ida Livard Cup -1st December 2019

Chris Tims wins this week with 13lb 3oz

After the heavy frost on Saturday morning, the 20 anglers who turned out this Sunday were relieved to see the day dawn frost free. Mind you the north-east wind didn’t bode well for the fishing, coupled with a long open water section on the Crane Basin, bites were likely to be at a premium. Chris Tims drew peg 5 on the end of the Crane Basin, and sitting right under the Crane, he caught steadily from the start to the finish to put 13lb 3oz on the scales to take 1st place this week.

Mike Dossena returned this week and had fish from the off from the right hand end of the Gate basin to take 2nd with 10lb 2oz and also win his section of two!

Back on the Crane and Dave Agass was on peg 4 between the boats where he caught through the match to end up with 8lb 15oz for 3rd this week.

So after the big weights last week it was back to the reality of winter fishing boatyard style, with many people waiting until the last hour for a bite. There was a small cheer when Adie Hall finally caught his first fish for three weeks on the Crane, and a certain Mr J. Burton was mighty pleased when he also finally caught after around 14hrs without a bite!!!! And yet when he drew his peg on the first jetty he was quite pleased…….. what a hard and cruel sport this match fishing is!

Next week is the Pairs Trophy……..let’s hope the weather gods are in a westerly frame of mind, with no frost or rain or sun and not too much wind……………………don’t ask for much do we………….See you there

Pegging 1-12-19
Results 1-12-19