Nigel Penney with this barbel 13lb 14oz caught at Bath Easton
Thursday 07/10/2021 - Bathampton AA - Over 55's and Short Walks
Usual walk around and I must say the club volunteers have done a great job tidying up the islands (this might see Tony Rixon back). Top picture is a view from peg 24, it makes the island look further away. The other picture is of the middle main island which now looks very pretty. The trees/bushes on pegs 17, 18 and 21 have been removed - looks like a different fishery. I fancied peg 29 for a day on the silvers.
These matches are well supported with a consistent turnout - 21 today. The weather was perfect for fishing some cloud cover and humid.
Into the draw bag and out comes peg 21 again happy with this, beginning to think I'm a draw bag. For company I had Tony peg 19 and Hughie peg 24. Tempted to set up the long pole to fish to the island, but thought I would leave it to others to see how much of the removed tree is in the water! So got out top sets from the Carp pole plus number two of the Drennan margin pole. The short and long Ronnie rigs set up, plus a RJ for the margin with either maggot or worm. The plan was to fish for silvers for half the match and F1's/Carp. So three lines - one out in front at 10 o clock using a black top in white water - this combination gives the best visibility for me where I fed GB laced with DR's. I loose fed LR's both sides for the short rig where I would also fish the RJ. Starting on the long rig I started to catch small Skimmers and Ronnie's. It's never long before the F1's bully in and soon had one in the net, creating need to refeed. Whilst the feed settled started on the short rig to the right to fish out the Perch I knew would be there. They are growing and seem only to feed for the first hour or so need to get some early low hanging fruit in the bag. Even these were being disrupted by the F1's. Caught a couple of F1's before going back on the long line where I added a few more silvers, very short lived before the need to top up, so thought I would try the short rig up in the water with loose fed maggot and after missing a fair few bites had a some decent Ronnie's to 8 oz - lovey, plus a bonus 1 lb hybrid. With about 10 lb of silvers I changed my plan and after two hours switched to fishing for the F1's earlier kindering DR's with double LR's on the hook had a great last 4 hours catching 27 F1's plus two carp losing two due to my stupidity of bullying - never learn. The left side was the most productive.
My silver weighed 9 lb 15 oz so 1 oz from my estimate. My carp and F1's weighed 47 lb 8 oz. for second overall weight of 57 lb 7 oz and a double bubble section silvers/overall. Not the highest weight but the best day's fishing this year on Bridge Pool - caught steady all match and the weather was perfect - until!
The match was won by Dave Wride with 66 lb 9 oz from peg 17. Dave caught on the pole in the water.
The silvers was wo n by Dave Haines with 18 lb from peg 11. Dave caught short with either maggot or caster. Well done to both.
I look around to see where anglers have drawn and have to say that John Smith (aka Cliff) draws some very poor pegs as he did again today, an excellent angler in the wrong pegs me thinks.
It was back to the pub with the usual suspects EXCEPT ME. Going down the road something fell off a tractor which I ran over and punctured the front near side tyre. Dave Gillard stopped to help change the wheel having got the wheel nuts off we couldn't get the wheel of the studs. We needed a mallet which we didn't have after kicking the life out of it and concerned that the car would come off the jack I called the AA and after an hour wait they sorted it for me. As it happened the AA man had fished Withy the day before. Thanks Dave.
1. Kev Winstone 33-14-0 peg 33
Silvers: Paul Barnfield 10-12-0 peg 3
1. Harry Muir 25-04-0 peg 7
Silvers: Dave Haines 18-0-0 peg 11
1. Dave Wride 66-09-0 peg 17
Silvers: Ray Bazeley 12-04-0 peg 16
1. Mike Nicholls 57-07-0 peg 21
Silvers: Mike Nicholls 9-15-0 peg 21
3 Fish caught
2 Fish caught
2 fish caught
16lb 8oz common
total 41lb 8oz
29lb 12oz mirror
24lb 9oz mirror
19lb 6oz mirror
18lb 10oz mirror
Total fish caught 13 Total weight caught 268lb 3oz
Thursday 23/09/2021 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s and Short Walks
First to arrive and had my usual walk around. The water looked clear which wasn’t a good sign for the fishing. However, what struck me was the tired condition of the platforms, the wood has now significantly aged. Most have had plastic non-slip flooring covering up rotting wood. The time has come.
Good turn out of 23. Named called out and I pull myself peg 14. Happy with this one. Again I wasn’t running to the peg my trolley was pulling me down the hill 😁. For company I had Dave Poole peg 15 and Rod Dufferty peg 11.
I fed the LH margin heavy with micro, the RH light with loose fed LR’s and the out in front long Ronnie rig with GB laced with DR’s. I started on this whilst I kept feeding the RH with LR’s and the LH with hard 4’s. I had six 4 oz quick skimmers (nice to see these). I fed again and appeared to kill the line. I think the an F1 or two had come over the feed. So tried the paste in the margin and was surprised to find no indications, not even from nibblers, umm. So tried the RH margin with single LR on the short rig. The arms on these platforms are very restrictive in this respect and a bloody nuisance. I started to get a Perch one a bung, nice to see some have grown on to 3 – 4 oz, still plenty of small one’s though. Very difficult to estimate your weight with such a mix of size. It suddenly stopped and subsequently I hooked a F1 which came off. I had a few do this but did land four. Once the Perch had had enough I added a Tench, a near 2 lb Perch and a couple of quality Roach to 12 oz. I then had a 4 lb Carp before the line needed a rest so tried the paste again and nothing! Water too clear for the F1’s I think. So fed some micro on the long Ronnie rig and had a 2 lb skimmer and a few more 4 oz’ers on single LR’s. The fishing became very hard and with the wind not as bad I wished I had set the waggler up, but thought about doing it but couldn’t be bothered as I thought I was too far behind to catch up not realising that it was fishing hard for everyone Decided to scratch around with the short rig and sneaked a few more small fish and a minute before the all out hooked a decent Carp which had the adrenalin pumping, managing to land it within the 15 minutes overtime.
My silvers weighed 18 lb 8 oz which surprised me and my two carp 17 lb for a total of 35 lb 8 oz for a double bubble section and double bubble second overall for both – happy days, but must admit that I thought I was well off the pace today. I fed half pint of LR’s to catch the majority of my fish – light feeding the answer – who knows?
1. Harry Muir 28-03-0 peg 7
Silvers: Dave Wride 8-11-0 peg 3
1. Mike Nicholls 35-08-0 peg 14
Silvers: Mike Nicholls 18-08-0 peg 14
1. Paul Haines 29-08-0 peg 21
Silvers: Phil Morgan 4-02-0 peg 18
1. Kev Winstone 50-08-0 peg 27
Silvers: Kev Winstone 21-10-0 peg 27
Saturday 11/09/2021 – Bathampton AA – Dave Crookes Memorial Charity Match – Bridge Pool
Because Dave Crookes was a long time good friend I have wanted to fish this match for some time but for various reason couldn’t. Dave and I joined the BAA committee at the same time through the affiliated clubs. Dave representing the RAF and me MST. Dave was a natural angler but didn’t regularly fish matches, when he did he often framed. I would love to win this one in his memory.
Because there were two matches today, ours on Bridge Pool and a 24 hours Carp match on the Main Lake I arrived to a packed car park . I had a walk around the Pool with Dave Gillard. Apparently some heavy rain last week had knocked the colour out, so expectation was for it to fish hard.
Back to the draw and it was a nice touch by the BAA committee to lay on bacon and sausage rolls and hot drinks – all FOC – well done to them. Cant beat the smell of bacon especially cooked out doors. Pools paid – raffle tickets purchased – no more on this one. The draw put me on peg 19, the peg I had last match here and got frustrated because I couldn’t see the float due to the sun shining on silver flotsam. For company I had matey Kev Winstone on peg 18 who would be difficult to beat especially if he listened to my advice!
Any peg on this Pool with cover hold F1’s. I have noticed that BAA have trimmed some of the islands which is OK but please leave the margins overgrown, otherwise we won’t be able to catch the F1’s in any numbers. Won’t catch these fish on a mud bank. As can be seen from the picture above peg 19 had plenty of margin cover and therefore holds plenty of F1’s – the problem is encouraging them out from the reeds to feed.
Two paste rigs – one for out in front and one for both margins just in front the reeds in 31/2 foot of water at top set plus three barrels of margin pole. Also the Ronnie rig in case I couldn’t see the down the margin. Started out in front with the paste over a pot of micro and as expected the same as previous match plenty of nibblers. So quickly abandoned after feeding some DR’s in GB for the Silvers as back up. Went down the RH margin which felt as if it wouldn’t produce. So round to the left with paste over micro and kindered hard 4’s and could just about see the float and had a couple of F1’s before the sun squeezed through the trees and hindered my vision. So thought I would try the Silvers with singe LR over the GB and loose fed LR’s. I fished this for an hour which accounted for 8 lb of Silvers. I felt I had a chance to frame in the Silvers, but wanted to go for the win. So back in the margin but the sun was a pain, so set up the waggler to fish further down to the end bank where visibility was far better. With double LR over loose fed LR’s I had two quick big F1’s before I was pestered by small Perch. Luckily the sun had moved on and I could go back to the margin paste rig. This resulted in spells of catching F1’s catch two and the shoal backed off. Late on I caught two small Carp and two better ones, the largest coming just before the whistle. Kev had caught a very similar amount of fish as me so it was going to be tight.
My silvers weighed 8 lb 2 oz, The four carp 30 lb and the F1’s 24 lb 12 oz for a match winner weight of 62 lb 14 oz beating Kev in to second spot by just 3 lb 2 oz which was the difference between our Silvers weights!
I usually give my trophies to the junior for recycling, however for sentimental reason I will be keeping this one in the office.
The Silvers was won by Paul Barnfield with a low weight of 14 lb 4 oz from peg 14. Paul Caught at 13 metres using his worm hook bait over chopped worm and copious amounts of micro. Well done matey.
Back to the pub with the usual suspects and a nice end to another memorable day mainly thanks to Arron Britnell, James Buckle and the rest of the BAA committee.
From my walk around I didn’t think it was going to fish that well. Fancied peg 1 only because the aerator was running.
Another good turn out of 25 making the pegging different! Dave Gillard called me peg 19. Happy enough with this – shot walk and plenty F1’s. For company I had Dave Poole on peg 20 and Tony Ponting on 18.
Plenty of time to set up which leads to inevitable pre-all in conflab – anglers on pegs 14,15,16 and 17 pictured.
I set up two 0.3 gram paste rigs – one for out in front in 6 foot of water and one to fish to my left at three barrels of the Acolyte margin pole. The rig would also have done for the right towards the tree but would have been rig suicide. Also both the short and long Ronnie rigs for the Silvers.
I started by feeding a pot of micro out in front and started over it with the paste. This is always a good tester as to how and what is going to feed. I was expecting a couple decent Skimmers and F1’s. However, the paste was getting nibbled by small Silvers. This told me it was going to be hard, especially as the water had gone a bit clear. Meanwhile Dave Poole was catching small Silvers on his long whip. I made the decision to switch to the Silvers. Firstly, on the short Ronnie rig and later out in front on the long Ronnie rig, both with single LR over GB. I was catch small fish regularly and started to catch Dave up, both catch small Skimmers and Perch with a smattering of Ronnie’s. I thought I would have a quick look down the left with the paste rig, so fed it with micro and went in with the paste. The problem here was that there was some wind blown silver stuff on the water which reflected the sun light and no matter what float tip colour I tried I couldn’t see it very well – settled for red. There was was quite few times when I lost visibility only to see it coming back up leading to foul hookers. I did have eight F1’s and one decent Carp but got frustrated with the not being able to see the float and even though there were plenty of Carp about I gave it up to see the match out on the long Ronnie rig.
My Carp weighed 18 lb 12 oz and my Silver 17 lb 10 oz for a silvers section win. So mission accomplished.
The match was won by Andy Gard (pictured with his catch) with 62 lb 5 oz from peg 25. Andy caught mostly from his margin on pellet over pellet. Andy was helped by having an empty peg each side pegs 26 and 24!
The Silvers was won by Chris Ollis (pictured with his catch of decent Skimmers) with 28 lb 10 oz from peg 28. Chris caught on two lines at 11 metres with worm hook bait over either GB with worm feed or over potted micro.
Weights were better than I had anticipated.
1. Paul Barnfield 59-14-0 peg 8
Silvers: John Fry 15-12-0 peg 4
1. Tony Ponting 44-15-0 peg 18
Silvers: Bob Feltham 11-0-0 peg 17
1. Andy Gard 62-05-0 peg 25
Silvers: Mike Nicholls 17-10-0 peg 19
1. Kev Winstone 35-13-0 peg 32
Silvers: Chris Ollis 28-10-0 peg 28
5 Fish caught
25lb 8oz mirror at 12.00 midnight
15lb common at 6.30am sunday
28lb mirror at 4.30am sunday
18lb mirror at 5.30am sunday
25lb Lin at 8.00am sunday
Total 111lb 8oz
3 fish caught
15lb 12oz common at 15.00 Saturday
17lb mirror at 1.00 Sunday
14lb mirror at 5.00 Sunday
Total 51lb 12oz
2 fish caught
33lb 6oz mirror at 18.30 Saturday
15lb 8oz common 0.45 Sunday
Total 48lb 14oz
2 fish caught
31lb 120z mirror at 0.30 Sunday
13lb 2oz mirror 2.00 Sunday
Total 44lb 14oz
2 fish caught
27lb 2oz common 12.00 midnight
12lb mirror 12.30 sunday
Total 39lb 2oz
2 fish caught
18lb mirror 18.30 Saturday
20lb 8oz mirror 12.00 midnight
Total 38lb 8oz
2 fish caught
12lb mirror 15.00 Saturday
17lb mirror 12.00 midnight
1 fish caught
26lb 6oz mirror 21.00 Saturday
1 fish caught
23lb mirror 6.00 6am Sunday
1 fish caught
19lb common 8.30 Sunday
1 fish caught
14lb Lin 16.00 Saturday
Total fish caught 22
Total weight caught 445lb 4oz
Thursday 29/07/2021 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s and Short Walks – Bridge Pool
Had my usual walk around the Pool which had coloured up somewhat, probably from the recent wind and rain. Not much signs of feeding fish though, except, around pegs 18, 19, 20 and 21 – as per usual. Fancied any of these pegs plus peg 1 which was occupied by Kev Winstone – pictured – where was he after the match?.
Dave Gillard called me peg 27. Happy with this as it’s a great waggler peg. Arrived at the peg to find myself next to Paul Haines on peg 28. Dave Haines was on peg 29 one of my favourite Silvers pegs. Not to worry as I would be targeting the F1’s on the waggler and the odd stock Carp.
Firstly, I set up the Drennan 12 foot Carp waggler rod – I love this rod, wish Dad could have used it. Two Paste rigs a 0.4 gram for out in front on the top set and a 0.3 gram for the RH margin. Simple, well not quite as it would prove!
I started on the waggler with double DR hook bait over loose fed DR’s, however the wind had picked up making it impossible to fish it properly. Very disappointed when I had to abandon it. So out in front with paste over potted micro and had a run of five Skimmers and a small Tench but only one F1 – my real quarry. Meantime Paul was getting an F1 every chuck on the method feeder, but was having issues with the brambles loosing a few in the process as well as feeders. Nonetheless I was well behind with Carp and decided to try and build on the Silvers I had by setting up a short Ronnie rig for the LH bay where there was some shelter form the wind and a 4×14 Titan to fish over the paste line with GB and DR’s. The upshot was neither was producing any quality – mainly small Perch. So these were abandoned in favour a monk for the rest of the match in the RH margin with the paste. Things got emotional as I was foul hooking decent Carp and couldn’t work out why. As time progressed I started to land a few including some F1’s. With Paul now financially out of pocket by seven Method Feeders was also monking in his margins. I started to catch him up and the Carp I had just before all out did it for me – just.
My Silvers weighed 10 b 15 oz and my Carp 47 lb 5 oz for a section win and second overall.
The match was won by Tony Ponting (pictured with the match winner) with 66 lb 6 oz from peg 20. Tony caught mostly from both margins using corn over corn – well done matey.
The overall Silvers was won by Dave Haines with 19-08-0 from peg 29. Dave caught in his usual manner – Short to hand using either maggot or caster hook bait over some GB and loose feed. Well done matey.
I think I might know why I was foul hooking so many, but need to do an experiment in the garage to confirm or otherwise.
A few suspects missing from the pub today – just the eight.
1. Hughie Evans 45-07-0 peg 7
Silvers: John Fry 14-02-0 peg 4
1. Ray Bazeley 49-01-0 peg 14
Silvers: Pete Greenslade 13-02-0 peg 16
1. Tony Ponting 66-06-0 peg 20
Silvers: Paul Barnfield 18-04-0 peg 21
1. Mike Nicholls 58-04-0 peg 27
Silvers: Dave Haines 19-08-0 peg 29
Darren Mc Namara
3 fish caught
25 lb mirror
3 fish caught
2 fish caught
2 fish caught
1 fish caught
Total fish caught 17
Total weight caught 350.14lb