18 anglers all thought that this Sunday promised just about perfect conditions, weather wise, for a winter match. Overcast skies, mild rising temperature, and falling barometric pressure plus westerly winds – what more could you want? FISH would be a bonus. Yet again this week the fish (particularly quality samples) were conspicuous by their absence. The Big Basin was the best place to be this week with the top 3 places all coming from there. Dave Dearman once again took 1st place with 8lb 12oz from his peg at the end of the road by the offices. He was followed by Trevor Dodson (AGAIN!!) who had 7lb from the peg to the right of winner and then 2 further pegs up the basin was Dennis Willis who had 5lb 15oz for 3rd. So Big Basin was sort of ok but on the Gate Basin top weight was 5lb 12oz 8drms from the Mike Dossena who was all on his own at the end of the Basin and the further you went up the basin the less fish there were. John Higginson was having visions of blanking 2 weeks in a row but luckily got his first bite at 1pm!! On the Crane, Dave Agass was the only person to weigh in in his section with 1lb 10oz and John Burton carried on his picking-up habit winning his section with just 5.5oz. So I don’t know what is occurring with the yards but I doubt if it is likely to improve greatly this year. Maybe we should all try praying to Poisiedon and Neptune and any other God that you feel might help. Failing that I will just have to try to improve my artistic abilities (DRAWING SKILLS) and try again next week………See you there……
A very sharp frost and a dire weather forecast was enough to restrict the field to 13 for this weeks match. But apart from the ice(!) the weather wasn’t so bad with very light winds and not too much bright sun, but yet again the fish had done a disappearing act. This week we had pegs on all 3 basins but it was a very hard match, with 5 blanks and although the top 3 weights were higher than last week that is nothing to get too excited about. The top 2 this week came off the ends of the Crane basin where Dave Edgerton was on the left hand side. He had to wait until nearly 11am before he started to catch but then he caught steadily for the remaining 3hrs to put an unassailable 6lb 4oz on the scales for 1st place this week. Opposite Dave was the ever consistent Trevor Dodson who also had to wait for the fish to turn up but then caught, just not as fast as the Edge, to end up with 4lb 4oz for second (again) this week. I think that must be 6 pick ups in the last 6 matches for Trevor who is enjoying a real “purple patch” at the moment. The other weights on Sunday were all pretty poor with only the 2 anglers on the end of the Gate basin catching out of the 5 pegged on it (guess who was one of those blanks!!!) In the Big Basin it was all looking like an ultra low weight section until John Burton turned it upside down with a 1lb 8oz+ skimmer on the waggler give him a comfortable section win and keep up his run of recent form. So what does next week hold? I have no idea but surely there must be some improvement, I don’t think Mr Higginson or myself can “enjoy” another long 5 hours searching for a bite. still no doubt we will be back to try next week ……See you there………..
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…
A bright cold day with a biting northeasterly wind was the weather which greeted the 14 anglers who arrived at the Yards this Sunday for the first match of 2018. With Colin Jonas laid low with the flu thanks must go to Dave Agass for running this Sunday’s Match. John Burton finally drew a flyer and made the most of it with 10lb 10oz from the first peg up the left side of the Gate Basin. This side was definitely the place to be as next peg up was Dennis Willis with 7lb 6oz for 2nd and then the on the next 2 pegs were John Higginson and Dave Dearman who both had 5lb 13oz for equal 3rd. The Christmas Wizard, aka Trevor Dodson, was on the big basin this week and had to make do with 6th place overall but he did win his 5 peg section! Still, there were no blanks this week so things must be getting better (maybe). For the Singles results click here. Just would like to wish Colin a speedy recovery and hopefully he will be back to full strength next week, when we can all turn up and try again………….See you there..
A distinctly damp start welcomed the 14 fisherman who came out for a the last match of 2017. The rain stopped just before the 10am start and although it was a “bit breezy” we had a relatively pleasant day. Trevor Dodson stuck his hand in the draw bag and drew another “flyer” at the right hand end of the Gate Basin where he ended up with 8lb 15oz and 1st place (again!). This gives Trev 3 out of 3 over the festive period and there are rumours of him retiring on the proceeds!!! In second spot was Roger Farmer with 8lb 7oz from the 1st peg up the left side of the Gate and in equal 3rd place were Mark Charlwood and John Higginson with 7lb 12oz each. The four framing pegs were all next to each other at the bottom of the gate but in general the fish were spread out with goose green giving 7lb 8oz and the Big Basin produce three 6lb plus weights off the 3 pegs that were in there. Mark Harmer lost a big skimmer/bream up on peg 1 at the top right of the Gate, which, if he had landed it, may have given him the match as he had several other smaller samples. Never mind Mark there is always next week, which is the 3rd round of the Singles KO (click to see details) …….See you there….
So it was all change weather-wise at the yards today with a heavy frost and bright sunshine – all very seasonal – but how would it fish? The 11 entrants drew their pegs and at 10am the match got underway with some getting bites from the off and others not getting any for hours….. Christmas Eve winner, Trev Dodson swapped one end of the Basin for the other and proceeded to catch fish from the off, including a jack pike, (didn’t count) from his peg just up the right side of the Gate Basin. He put 7lb 1oz on the scales to make it 2 wins out of 2 in these festive period matches. Chris Tims was on the next peg up the right side of the Gate and caught on and off for most of the match but could only manage 6lb 12oz for 2nd place. There was another 6lb+ and several 5lb + weights so overall it didn’t fish as hard as we thought it might given the conditions but there is still very few quality fish showing in the match weights. We will just have to keep trying. Next match is Sunday 31st Jan 2017 – draw 9am fish 10am to 3pm. See you there…….
Warmer but windy conditions welcomed the 12 members who ventured out this Christmas Eve for the match at the boatyard. It was decided to all fish on the Gate Basin and it was Trevor Dodson who ended up running away with the match from his peg on the grass above goose green. Trev had 12lb 6oz of roach to be over 5lb clear of the field. In 2nd place was “Mr Consistent” Roger Farmer was down the left side of the Gate where he caught 7lb 1oz of mainly roach. The backing weights were mostly in the 5 to 6lb range so it fished reasonably well. Next match is on Thursday 28th December 2017 meet up at around 8.30 fish 10am – 3pm …. See you there……
A hard frost descended on the boatyards overnight on Saturday with both the Crane and Gate Basins frozen while the big Basin remained ice free!? With the Reepham contingent missing there were 15 idiots members lining up for the draw. Dave Dearman drew peg 12 about halfway up the right side of the Gate Basin and caught form the off and right through, catching over 240 fish to put 10lb 13oz on the scales for a comfortable 1st place. Tony Wilkinson took things to the other extreme on his peg at the top end of the Big Basin opposite the wet shed where he had 7 bites and seven big skimmers (2 over 2lb) to weigh 9lb 3oz for 2nd. Chris Tims was just up the left side of the Gate Basin and broke ice to get some clear water but then waited until 11.45 to get a bite but once they arrived the fish fed very well and Chris had 7lb 1oz in the last 2 hours until an otter went through his peg about 10 mins from the end after which no bites! This gave him 3rd place and a tub of Quality Street (one each for 1st 2nd and 3rd ) courtesy of Lenny Reeves. Dave Gipson had the most valuable fish this week as his 2oz roach was good enough top win his section on the Crane Basin as it was the only fish caught in that section! Thanks once again to Colin Jonas for organising the match plus the mince pies and cakes at the end of (or during) the match. Also thanks go to Mrs John Burton for the excellent sausage rolls (and to John for bringing them). Hope you all have a great Christmas and a successful New Year.
Boatyard Matches over the Christmas Break: (Stalham AC members only)
Sunday 24th December 2017 (Christmas eve) Draw 9am fish 10am to 3pm
Thursday 28th December 2017 Draw 9am fish 10am to 3pm
Sunday 31st December 2017 Draw 9am fish 10am to 3pm
The weather forecast was a was not pleasant for this Sunday but it was just another wet and windy winters day in the end, not the sub- zero end of the world type weather that was being predicted. Still due to the forecast, a rather depleted field of 13 die hard head cases lined up for the draw. The surprising thing was that most people had quite a reasonable day considering the yards recent form and, out of the eleven who stayed to the bitter end, it was only Mark Harmer who failed to break the pound. I think he must be wearing his “Reepham Head”, keeps on trying for the carp but can’t find any in the Crane Basin!!!! Mike Dossena improved on last week’s 3rd place to get 1st spot this week thanks to a couple of lumpy perch to go with the roach etc, for 8lb 9oz from his peg just up the left side of the Gate Basin. Dave Agass was only 6oz behind from the left hand end of the Gate and put 8lb 3oz on the scales for 2nd place again this week. Tony Wilkinson had 7lb 4oz for 3rd (only paid 2) from his peg at the top of the open stretch on the left side of the Crane Basin and included several large skimmers in his catch the best of which went 2lb. Winners of the pairs trophy this year are Mike Dossena and Trevor Dodson with a combined weight of 14lb 5oz
Sunday dawned this week to a grey overcast with misty rain and very light winds – nearly ideal conditions for fishing in winter. So it was with a little more optimism that 17 regular (some say certifiable) members lined up this week for the all important draw. John Higginson was on the second jetty in the Big Basin and proceeded to find a selection of net fish in the first part of the match and then kept on catching to put 11lb 7oz on the scales for a convincing win this week; making up for his previous weeks blank. Dave Agass drew last weeks winning peg at the bottom right side of the Crane Basin and, after a slightly slow start, caught regularly to weigh 8lb 15oz for second place (relieving me of yet another £1 coin). Mike Dossena had a busy day up the top right side of the Gate Basin with around 240 fish for his 8lb 13oz which gave him 3rd place. Overall the yards fished much better this week with the fish much more spread out but still lack of the quality fish we normally see. It’s the Pairs Trophy next week let’s hope things continue to improve……. See you there
This weeks section winners
Pegs 1 – 5 Dave Agass
Pegs 6 -10 Mike Dossena
Pegs 11 – 15 Dave Gipson
Pegs 19 – 21 John Higginson
Pegs 22 – 24 Dave Dearman
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