14 anglers queued up for the draw on this Sunday morning There was an air of anticipation as the latest news of Roger Farmers 40lb + net of bream from the big basin the day before circulated amongst the group. The favoured pegs were eyed up on the pegging map with many knowing looks and muttered wishes for luck in the draw……..At this point I would like to say that Roger has photographic proof and witnesses of his memorable catch – unfortunately the photo didn’t come through on the email so Rog, if you are reading this, send the pic to admin@stalham ac.co.uk and I will put it up straight away!!!!
Anyway, back to the match. Needless to say Roger drew peg 10, 1 peg to the left of where he had his mega catch, and he won the match with 3 skimmers for 6lb 4oz. (John Higginson drew where Roger fished on Saturday and weighed 4oz!!!!)
Denny Hammond was on the 3rd jetty and had 3lb 8oz for second made up of 1 or 2 large skimmers. Tony Wilkinson on peg 1 in the Crane basin had around 90 fish for 2lb 5oz and 3rd place. No one else broke the 1lb barrier and there were 5 DNWs. Mr consistent Trev Dodson thought his luck had run out this week as the blank loomed, but at 1.30pm he caught his first fish and then caught up to the all out for a get out of jail 11oz! Dave Dearman must have wondered what was going on this week as he drew the right hand end of the Gate basin for the THIRD week running, but this week for some reason, the fish were not there and he didn’t get a bite!
Funny old game this fishing!!!!!
Singles KO 4th rnd next week…………..See you there……………….
With bright sun high pressure and a cool breeze conditions were always going to be tough, and with the way the yards are fishing, the 12 anglers who lined up for the draw must begin to doubt their own sanity!
Ian Holmes drew peg 13 on the Big Basin and snared 2 big skimmers on the feeder to go with his small fish for 4lb 1oz and a comfortable win.
2nd was Dave Dearman who drew the right hand end of the Gate basin (same as last week) and caught 90 fish to weigh 3lb. Next to Dave was Pete Sutton who had 2lb 5oz for 3rd.
All 3 anglers on the crane basin blanked and the 2 on the jetties in the big basin likewise did not get a bite. So the fishing continues to be as dire as we have ever known it at Stalham with no sign of a change! In the words of a certain Mr Harmer “roll on the Summer!”
As to the winter points Mr Dodson tightened his grip on the trophy this week with 4oz earning him yet another 16 points and extending his lead to, a surely unreachable, 65 points. Trev still has remarkably not blanked so far this winter.
Next week there will be no doubt be another episode of madness when we all turn up for 5hrs of struggling to catch…………………see you there……
This week’s entry was down to 11 with the strong winds and lack of fish many chose not to spend their time at the yards at the moment. All the pegs were on the gate basin this week and basically you needed a boat to catch with only Pete Sutton catching in open water towards the end of the match.
The weights were still very low but there was some slight improvement in that they were made up of lots of small fish rather than one bite and one large fish (although one 3 lb bream would have been very welcome in my peg ).
Dave Edgerton won this week with 2lb 5oz and he had bites all match from his peg between 2 boats up the left of the gate basin. Ian Holmes was 2nd from the left end of the gate with 1lb 10oz and reckoned he had more bites this week than the last 5 weeks put together! Ian was also a bit unlucky as due to the low turnout only 1st place was paid out and the winner was in his section too, end result no brown envelopes!
There were 4 other catchers including the ever consistent Trev Dodson who unbelievably still hasn’t blanked this winter. He is now some 50 points clear at the top of the winter points which looks pretty safe at this stage.
Next week is the Li Livard cup…..See you there !?
PS My spies tell me that the Stalham Renegades are running matches at Old Stables till the end of the winter season contact Dave Agass for details
A turnout of 18 anglers was unbelievable, given the current form at the boatyards, and yet again the yards continued to be a fish desert for most, with only pockets of small fish being caught from one area in the big basin.
Dave Dearman fished peg 17 between the boats in front of the offices and caught fairly steadily once they arrived, but they were tiny and he had 59 fish for 1lb 9oz but this was easily enough to win.
Harry Barron made a return to form 2 pegs away on peg 19 at the end of the road he caught small roach on the waggler to weigh in 14oz and take 2nd place.
John Burton sat on peg 18, like a rose between 2 thorns, and managed to break his extensive run of blanks this week, catching FIVE fish for 4oz and 3rd place. Well deserved if only as reward for such dogged perseverance over the past few weeks!!!
Only 3 other anglers caught fish and there seems no clue as to why the fish have deserted the boatyard this year.
See the singles KO results here
Next weeks match will be running as normal if you can stand 5 hrs for “A bite”(or no bites at all!) come along………………………..see you there?
If you just can’t stand the thought of yet another blank – there is an alternative…….(no not the ultimate solution….) you could go to Martham Pits, where I believe there will be a match organised if there is enough interest. Contact Dave A on his usual numbers by Friday.
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