Sunday 19th July 2020 – Melton Pond 4

Mark Seaman wins at Melton Pond 4 with 58lb 12oz

14 members made the trip this week all hoping for plenty of bites and a good bag of fish. Well it didn’t quite turn out that way for most.

With a lot of rain Overnight the talk was it being quite hard and it turn out that way. With the light rain slowly clearing the draw was made and it was time to see who’s lucky day it would be. Mark Seaman was drawn peg 15 and made no mistake claiming first spot this week. Catching carp down his edge he put 58lb 12oz’s on the scales. Which included one fish weighing 14lb. Welll done Mark. Second place goes to Mick Dossena. Mick was fishing peg 12( end peg). Mike came up just sort with a good weight of 50lb 4oz. Well done. Third place was Kevin Lawson. Kevin had 43lb 8oz from peg 13. Well done to them. It was a real struggle for most others. Especially for Mr Harmer who had to take to the boat to retrieve his half number 6 section and the 5, 4, and top kit. Not a good day.

1st Mark Seaman 58lb 12oz

2nd Mike Dossena 50lb 4oz

3rd Kevin Lawson 43lb 8oz

4th Dave Agass 43lb

5th Mark Charlwood 32lb 12oz

6th Alex Watson 30lb 8oz

7th Mark Harmer 24lb 12oz

8th John Higgingson 19lb 12oz

9th Tony Wilkinson 18lb 4oz

10th Dave Edgerton 16lb 10oz

11th Dave Dearman 11lb 2oz

12th Trevor Dodson 10lb 2oz

13th Martin Littlefield 6lb 12oz

And just one D’N’W this week

Next week it’s off to Colton

See you all there, please contact Dave for the chance to fish.

Stay Safe

Sunday 12th July 2020 – Barford Top Lake

Mark Harmer wins on Top Lake with 88lb 4oz

We fished the Top Lake at Barford today.

11 members turned up and his week which was a little bit lower than normal. Nevertheless everybody had a good match. The weather was warm and sunny. With the draw done it was time to see whose lucky day it would be.

First place goes to Mark Harmer this week. He was fishing peg 15 and caught steadily for most of the match and weighed 88lb 4oz. Well done , Mark!

Second place goes to Mark Charlwood who fishing peg 6 and caught carp steadily also throughout the match to weigh 73lb 6oz. Well done, Mark!

Third place goes to the Bandit himself Alex Watson. He was fishing peg 5 and also caught steadily to weigh 63lb 8oz. Well done , Alex!

We just want to say a big thank you to Dave Agass for arranging this match at short notice.

1st Mark Harmer 88lb 4oz

2nd Mark Charlwood 73lb 6oz

3rd Alex Watson 63lb 8oz

4th Mike Dossena 46lb 8oz

5th Dave Edgerton 31lb

6th Dave Agass 19lb 8oz

7th Trevor Dodson 18lb 2oz

8th John Higgingson 14lb 8oz

9th Adie Hall 9lb 12oz

10th Dave Dearman 7lb 8oz

And one D’N’W

Next week we are at Melton Pond 4

See you all there!

Please give Dave a call if you want to fish.

Stay safe!

Sunday 5th July 2020 – Old Stables

Mark Charlwood wins at Old Stables with 44lb 7oz

The Old Stables was the venue this week. 14 members turned up meaning it was a full house. Partly cloudy and sunny with gusty strong winds welcomed us this week

Fishing peg 10 was Mark Charlwood and he made no mistake by winning by a big margin. Mark caught fish steadily all day fishing shallow towards the lilies. And he ended up weighing 44lb 7oz for 1st place.

Mark Harmer was fishing peg 1 and caught lots of small carp and had some better size fish later in the match which was enough for 2nd with the weight of 29lb 3oz

Mike Dossena was fishing from peg 12 and after having lost several fish in the big lily bed in the first half of the match managed to catch a few down his edge and came third with the wright of 27lb 10oz. Well done to them three on a hard day!

1st Mark Charlwood 44lb 7oz

2nd Mark Harmer 29lb 3oz

3rd Mike Dossena 27lb 10oz

4th Trevor Dodson 23lb 2oz

5th Dave Paynter 21lb 7oz

6th Chris Tims 17lb 8oz

7th Jon Burton 13lb 9oz

8th Dave Agass 13lb 8oz

9th Dave Gipson 10lb 7oz

10th Dave Edgerton 4lb 11oz

11th Dave Dearman 4lb 6oz

12th Terry Smith 4lb 4oz

And two D’N’Ws

Next week we should be at Shallowbrook but this now might be cancelled. Dave will inform everybody via the website or a phone call.

See you all next week wherever that might be. Stay safe !

Sunday 28th June 2020 – Toad Hall

Trevor Dodson with his winning bag at Toad Hall

Toad hall was where we found ourselves this week.

13 members turned up for this one this week. Everybody was hoping for a good five hours fishing. The weather conditions were not good for pole fishing this week with very strong gusts which didn’t help. The fishing was hard for most but still everybody managed to catch something even if we did get a good soaking 15 minutes from the end.

This week’s winner was Trevor Dodson who was fishing on peg 26 just through the gate in the bowl and caught steadily all match and weighed 26lb 8oz.

Second place goes to Jon Burton who was fishing from peg 21 and had a mixed bag for a weight of 16lb.

Third place goes to Dave Agass who was fishing on peg 3 and also had a mixed bag and weighed 12lb.

Well done to them three!

1st Trevor Dodson 26lb 8oz

2nd Jon Burton 16lb

3rd Dave Agass 12lb

4th Mark Harmer 11lb 9oz

5th Mark Charlwood 10lb 11oz

6th Mark Seaman 10lb 5oz

7th Tony Wilkinson 7lb 13oz

8th Chris Tims 6lb 1oz

9th Alex Watson 4lb 6oz

10th = Dave Dearman 4lb 2oz

Dave Paynter 4lb 2oz

And two D’N’Ws

So that was a back down to Earth with a bang after last week. But that’s fishing.

Next week it’s back to the Old Stables.

See you all there. Stay safe !

Sunday the 21st June – Barford

Alex Watson wins at Barford with 245lb 13oz

Barford match lake was this week’s venue.

14 members turned out this week even knowing that it was a miserable morning. But having said that the sun soon came out giving us a really pleasant 5 hours of fishing. And what a 5 hours of fishing it was!

Alex Watson was drawn peg 18 and made no mistake with a comfortable win with 245lb 13oz. Well done, Alex! ( the bandit?)

Mark Harmer was second for the second week round. He was fishing peg 24 and weighed 202lb 14oz. Well done , Mark!

Mark Seaman has to settle for third place this week after his two wins the previous weeks. He weighed a very good 166lb. Well done, Mark!

1st Alex Watson 245lb 13oz

2nd Mark Harmer 202lb 14oz

3rd Mark Seaman 166lb

4th Mark Charlwood 160lb 4oz

5th Kevin Lawson 151lb 15oz

6th Trevor Dodson 111lb 8oz

7th Jon Burton 111lb 3oz

8th Dave Edgerton 95lb8oz

9th Adie Hall 73lb 10oz

10th Dave Dearman 72lb12oz

11th Terry Smith 72lb 4oz

12th Dave Gipson 67lb 8oz

13th Dave Agass 50lb 2oz

14th Dave Paynter 45lb

So everybody’s had a really good day’s fishing.

Next week it’s off to Toad Hall.

See you all there. And, please, don’t hesitate to contact Dave to see the availability of spaces.

Stay safe!

Sunday 14th June 2020 – Bartles Lodge

No 1 again for Mr Seaman this week
98lb at Bartles Lodge

13 hopefuls made the trip this week all hoping it would be their lucky day. With bright sunshine greeting everybody it was time to get the match started.

Mark Seaman was drawn peg 4 this week and made no mistake winning the match be a massive margin

Mark caught fish all day shallow and weighed 98lb. Well done, Mark for two wins on the trot!

Second place goes to Mark Harmer. Mark also caught his fish shallow but obviously needs to practise more as he only weighed 24lb 12oz from peg 5. Well done , Mark!

Also fishing shallow on the opposite bank peg 11 was Mark Charlwood who weighed 15lb 9oz. Well done, Mark!

This was probably the hardest at this venue has fished for us.

1st Mark Seaman 98lb

2nd Mark Harmer 24lb 12oz

3rd Mark Charlwood 15lb 9oz

4th Trevor Dodson 15lb 1oz

5th Dave Edgerton 13lb 9oz

6th Jon Burton 13lb 3oz

7th Tony Wilkinson 11lb 7oz

8th Adie Hall 9lb 13oz

9th Terry Smith 3lb 11oz

Unusually there were four D’N’W’s at this place

Next week it’s Barford match lake. Due to the Covid 19 we are limited to 20 pegs. At the moment we have got 5 spaces available. Please, call or text Mark Harmer on 07402 707 505 and please , remember that you need to bring hand sanitizer.

See you all there! Stay safe!

Sunday June 7th – The Old Stables

Mark Seaman – this weeks winner on a -slightly warmer day

The Old Stables was the venue this week. 13 hopefuls turned up this week. The forecast this week was for light rain and wind and also much cooler than the previous week. Mark Charlwood was in charge of drawing pegs for everyone with social distancing today in Dave Agass’s absence. Fishing peg 6 was Mark Seaman who caught steadily all match for a runaway win weighing 71lb 14oz. Well done, Mark! He even gets a flier when someone else draws his peg.?

Second place goes to Trevor Dodson. He was fishing peg 15 and also caught steadily all match for a weight of 58lb. Well done Trev!

Third place was Mark Harmer who was fishing peg 7 and also caught steadily all day for 56lb 15oz. Well done!

1st Mark Seaman 71lb 14oz

2nd Trevor Dodson 58lb

3rd Mark Harmer 56lb 15oz

4th Kevin Lawson 40lb 6oz

5th Mark Charlwood 39lb 4oz

6th Tony Wilkinson 34lb 8oz

=7th Adie Hall 24lb 2oz

=7th Mike Dossena 24lb 2oz

9th Terry Smith 23lb 9oz

10th Jon Burton 20lb 8oz

11th Dave Paynter 17lb

12th Dave Edgerton 14lb 14oz

13th Dave Dearman 4lb 8oz

Next week we are at Bartles Lodge

Please, contact Dave to see if there are any cancellations as this is fully booked at the minute.

Also don’t forget to bring your own nets.

See you all there!

Stay safe!

And we are back………….

Reepham Fishery – Sunday 31-5-20

Reepham fishery was the venue for the first match back after the lockdown.

Alex Watson wins with 307lb 3oz at Reepham

14 members made the trip to this prolific fishery. The weather was very sunny and warm. On arrival we all noticed that the fish had started to spawn so everyone was unsure how it would fish. But we shouldn’t have any doubts as it fished its head off.

Alex Watson was on peg 36 and fished down his right hand margin and caught fish all day which included some very large carp and ended up weighing 307lb 03oz. Lucky old bandit!

Second place goes to Trevor Dodson who fished peg 11 next to the reeds and weighed 236lb 02oz. Well done ,Trevor!

Third place goes to Mark Harmer who fished peg 53 and caught steadily all match and ended up weighing 212lb 05oz. Well done to them three!

There was also another five hundred plus weights.

1st Alex Watson 307lb 03oz

2nd Trevor Dodson 236lb 02oz

3rd Mark Harmer 212lb 05oz

4th Mark Seaman 136lb 13oz

5th Dave Edgerton 136lb 08oz

6th Dave Agass 107lb 11oz

7th Chris Tims 103lb 07oz

8th Mark Charlwood 101lb 10oz

9th Mike Dossena 99lb 05oz

10th Dave Gipson 97lb 01oz

11th Jon Burton 85lb 13oz

12th Dave Paynter 56lb 03oz

13th Adie Hall 46lb 06oz

14th Dave Dearman 34lb

Next week it’s off to the Old Stables in North Walsham

Please, contact Dave to see the availability of spaces.

Stay safe! See you all there!

Match Fishing is Allowed Again

As announced by the angling trust on 26th May I am pleased to say Match fishing is once again allowed as long as the covid 19 guidelines are followed particularly at the draw and weigh in of any event. So, fishery openings permitting, we are back on our match calendar summer schedule. Check with Dave Agass as to peg availability etc. See below for the full announcement from the Angling Trust website

Match fishing allowed again

Robust new best practice guidelines published by the Angling Trust to bring match fishing in line with COVID-19 procedures have now been agreed by the government as a basis for competitions to resume immediately. These include no gathering of competitors for the draw or prize giving and special equipment and arrangements to maintain social distancing during the weigh-in.

The Angling Trust guidelines were produced in consultation with leading anglers, organisers and fisheries in the match fishing community across all angling disciplines.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) made clear in their announcement and supporting literature on 13th May 2020 that it was unlikely that competitions could be undertaken across any sporting discipline.

However, the Angling Trust compiled a case for the best practice guidelines to form the basis on which match fishing can comply with both the overarching government guidance that accompanies the Coronavirus regulations and the specific prohibitions on public gatherings of more than two people from different households. Failure to follow these guidelines would almost certainly invalidate the insurance of clubs or fisheries and will certainly expose anglers, and therefore the wider public, to a great risk of infection.

In last week’s submission to the DCMS, Angling Trust CEO Jamie Cook set out the reasons why competition fishing was different to other sports in ways which make it potentially compliant with the correct safeguards in place.

• Fishing competitions involve no contact between competitors and is more or less the comparison of catch returns at the end of the day

• Social distancing is maintained at all times during an angling competition

• There are no spectators

• No competitor is allowed to make contact with another competitor or their equipment

The Angling Trust best practice document was presented to Sport England and the DCMS last week who agreed that they were ‘sensible’ and could be issued this week as the basis for a safe resumption of match fishing in England. In response, DCMS also stated that they were looking for sports to satisfy themselves that all guidance they are producing for their members adheres to the overarching guidance published by the government.

Angling Trust CEO Jamie Cook welcomed the response saying: “We were always committed to move through the phases of our plan for the resumption of all forms of angling as quickly as possible, bearing in mind the changes in government guidance and the need to present angling as a safe and responsible outdoor activity.

“It’s because we have acted sensibly and professionally that the government is happy to see the Angling Trust guidelines as the basis for a return to competitive fishing in all angling disciplines.

“My message to match anglers and organisers is not to take this for granted, particularly when many other sports are restricted to participation with no more than one other individual. By all means enjoy fishing matches again but please do so safely by following our guidelines to minimise the risk.”

Following the easing of some of the lockdown restrictions on May 13th, general guidance to anglers in the Angling Trust’s When We Fish Again report will be revised. The changes will include:

• A resumption in match fishing in line with best practice guidance

• The use of keep nets will be permitted

• Kayak and boat fishing in freshwater

Separate guidelines have been produced for game, coarse and sea angling competitions but Charter boat fishing is still not compliant under the current regulations.

Steve Ringer said: “As a match angler first and foremost this is great news and it is a credit to the Angling Trust’s approach that we find ourselves back so soon. We must however now make sure we justify this by meeting the guidelines and setting an example to all. Its good to be back!”

Chris Clark, BCAe said: “I’m delighted to hear the news that match fishing can resume and commend the Angling Trust on their work in this area. It’s incredibly important that everyone, organisers and anglers, play our part and follow rules, guidance and best practice to ensure competitions are safe for everyone involved.”

Ifor Jones, of Fishery Management Draycote-Eyebrook-Thornton, said: “It’s great news that anglers will be able to fish competitions once again and I applaud the Angling Trust for being proactive and supporting the safe reintroduction of competitions. I look forward to welcoming competitive anglers to our fisheries in due course.”

Aaron Grantham of Lindholme Lakes said: “Great to see that the hard work and commitment from the Angling Trust and all the other individuals involved paid off. We can now get match fishing going again in a safe manner.”

Dave Harrell added: “I’m delighted with the news that competition fishing is back. The important thing now is that all match anglers respect the current situation we are in and work closely with competition organisers to ensure that we have totally safe events.

“We’ve got long daylight hours at present so we must take our time and think carefully about our actions when it comes to things like weighing in.”