Boat Yard 14 – Sunday 14 January 2018

Where have all the fishes gone?

Chris Tims this weeks winner with just 2lb 3oz

So, let me set the scene: the cold grey dawn slowly lightened over the boatyard, revealing –  a great big area of open water and pegs 1-15 all up the right side of the Gate Basin plus 16 and 17 on the end  and then 18, 19 and 20 all up in the “goose green” area.  Unfortunately the other 2 basins were being worked on and were also full of boats (strange for boatyard) which cut down the options on pegging this week. But, with otherwise pretty much ideal conditions, over cast, no frost and hardly any wind, everyone thought it should be ok for a few fish – just how few we had no idea! It soon became apparent that it was going to be a hard day! Very hard!! Chris Tims drew peg 17 on the left hand end of the Gate and caught tiny fish on and off most of the match to end up with 60 fish for 2lb 3oz and 1st place this week. He was followed by Trevor Dodson ( you just can’t stop him catching) on peg 9 in the middle of the open water who had 1lb 8oz 8drms for 2nd and then Mark Charlwood who was on 18 in the boats just before goose green who worked hard at 16m to catch 1lb 6oz for 3rd. There were several dry nets and only 4 out of 20 anglers broke the 1lb, but the real question is WHY? Where have the fish gone. John Hehir said he had fished on the Wednesday last week and most of the boats had gone then but he still caught 5lb + of small fish on the whip so what had changed by Sunday – who knows. We will just have to hope that next week we can fish the other basins again and everything improves.  Surely it can’t get much worse …….. see you there…

This weeks section winners

Pegs  1  – 5             Dave Agass

Pegs 6  – 10            Trevor Dodson

Pegs  11 – 14         Dennis Willis

Pegs  15 – 17         Chris Tims

Pegs 18 – 20          Mark Charlwood