Thursday 22/10/20 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s and Short Walks

Friday, 23 October 2020

Thursday 22/10/2020 - Bathampton AA - Over 55's and Short Walks - Bridge Pool

Had my usual walk around a flat calm Bridge Pool which which has been windless for some time which lead to think it wise to switch on the aeration. The water had once again gone clear. There seemed to be plenty of small Ronnie's topping on the bottom pegs which might be a way to pick up today especially  if they are the only fish to feed. The trees and shrubs are starting to show their autumn glory - pictured. However, without any sunshine it was to feel a bit nipply.A good turn out with 24 fishing. Dave picked my peg 25. This peg under Colin Golding leadership was one of regulars to go in and did produce some good Carp weight from the margins, but subsequently got left out because it was back in a bay and possibly affected peg 26 which nowadays is left out. For company I had Paul Barnfield on peg 24 and Tony Rixon on peg 27, so I knew I would be outgunned on the pole, so set up the waggler.

Whilst shotting up the waggler I cast out and once the waggler reached 12-o-clock a Seagull flew from behind me and into my line and as bad luck would have it the hook half hitched around it's leg and with some help from Tony (only after he videoed it) and Paul Clayton managed to land it and unhitch it. Luckily it flew off uninjured. If I was a seafarer I would consider this an unlucky omen!

With the water so clear I didn't think the Carp would come in to the margin, but still set up a 4x12 Speedy set to 3 1/2 foot to fish worm or a bunch of maggots. As per usual I set up the Ronnie rig and a 4 x16 Winter Titan to fish top-set plus three barrels which took me to full depth and level with Paul's platform!

I fed the margin with a pot of Micro, the Ronnie line with GB laced with caster and the longer line with two balls of GB laced with caster. I also pulted some LR's to the middle of the bowl.

I have a quick look on the Ronnie line with single caster which produced nothing, so out on the long line and missed a bite then foul hooked a Carp which was soon lost. After this I had a few micro Ronnie's, Skimmers and Perch whilst Paul Was bagging on decent Skimmers fishing 13 metres using worm over micro and chopped worm. I refed the line and re-tried the Ronnie rig and had a few Ronnie's but was getting plenty of shy touches which I knew was due to the diameter of the line being a bit heavy but I was reluctant to change incase I hooked a Carp. The two GB lines produced very little so spent the most of the match on the waggler catching the odd Skimmer to 12 oz and Ronnie's to 3 oz on singe LR. I kept trying the margin with either maggot of worm and did have two 12 oz Perch, with 30 minutes to go had a liner followed by the float going under and foul hooked a decent Carp which again was soon lost, stayed in the margin to the end and had one more liner which didn't develop.

No Carp, with my Silvers weighing 8 lb 6 oz which amazingly got me last in the Silvers payout by default, thanks to the waggler I think.

The match and the Silvers was won by Tony Rixon (pictured below with his both his net of Silvers and Carp) with 47 lb 13 oz from peg 27 which is the peg he practiced on a few days before! See his blog for further details.

Paul Barnfield was second in the Silvers just behind Tony with 18 lb 8 oz, but did lose a top-set which a small F1 pulled out due to loose fitting section.

Back to the Compton with the usual suspects and still managed to self isolate in the garden.

Result:

1. Tony Rixon 47-13-0 peg 27

2. Mark Tanner 34-03-0 peg 19

3. John Smith 33-08-0 peg 17

4. Paul Barnfield 18-08-0 peg 24

5. Rob Baker 14-14-0 peg 14

Silvers:

1. Tony Rixon 19-04-0 peg 27

2. Paul Banfield 18-08-0 peg 24

3. Kev Winstone 14-10-0 peg 3

4. Alan Smith 14-06-0 peg 30

5. Mike Nicholls 8-06-0 peg 25

Weigh Sheets:

Match winner peg Numbers

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Winner Silvers peg picture

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Dave Crookes Fishery at Hunstrete Arial Shot

Dave Crookes Memorial Match 2020

Dave Crookes Memorial Match 10/10/20

First of all thank you to everyone that took part you all raised £670 for the British Lung Foundation.

We would like to thank Terry and Son’s butchers of Bath for supplying the excellent meat at reasonable price and also Bookers of Bath for donating the rolls.
Premier Angling also donated £60 worth of vouchers for the event so a massive thank you to them all.

Results from Bridge Pool
1st P.Barnfield 35lb 14oz
2nd A.Curry 24lb 12oz
2nd L.Fothergill 24lb 12oz

Silvers results
1st L.Fothergill 17lb
2nd K.Winstone 13lb 6oz

24 Hour Carp Match on Main Lake
1st M.Riddler 60lb
2nd C.Bastin 48lb 15oz
3rd T.Cooper 33lb 4oz

Thursday 8/10/20 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s and Short Walks

Thursday 08/10/2020 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s and Short Walks – Bridge Pool

Due to dead tree felling on the Bridge the usual car park was closed so we parked at the far end. I was hoping this to be an omen for me to draw away from the high and low numbers. Bridge Pool was full due to the recent non-stop rain (pictured right). Due to this I was expecting it to fish poor, but it was to fish better than I thought.

Good turn out of 21 considering an expected morning full of rain. Due to the tree work we had to leave out pegs 18 and 17, this would make peg 19 a good choice.
Dave Gillard called me peg 15 happy with this, I must start parking this end every match! For company I had Whitebaiter Dave Haines on peg 14 and Hughie Evans on peg 16. I love fishing the waggler on pegs where the F1’s live, however, the wind was weird swirling all over the place, but was promised that the wind would subside so set up the waggler. The water looked clear so set up a deep 4 foot margin rig for paste or worm, lastly I set up a 4×18 jolly with a triple bulk to fish top-set plus three for Skimmers.

I started by feeding both margins with micro and the Skimmer line with micro and LR’s and fed a pouch on the waggler line. Started on the Skimmers with double LR’s on the hook and caught a few small Skimmers and an F1 probably before anyone had a bite. By time others started catching the peg died except for tiny Perch. Wasn’t disappointed as I was eager to pick the waggler up, which I did. I was soon catching some decent Ronnie’s and the odd F1, but the wind was murdering accuracy of the loose feed so had to cast where I fed. When I got a decent grouped feed I caught an F1 or a small Carp. The waggler died for the Ronnie’s so knew the Carp were about, so shallowed up and had an indifferent hour landing two decent Carp and losing two round the island and two at the net with the hook pulling due to the force needed to stop them going around the island – bugger. During this spell I foul hooked a decent Skimmer in the dorsal fin. I carried on catching Ronnie’s and the odd F1 until I had a Bramblegate, losing the lot – lose a waggler every time I fish these pegs! So had a quick look in the margin with paste with no indications I reset-up the waggler and carried on with that until an hour to go and went in the margin with worm over micro and had two more decent Carp losing a couple of fouler’s. It wasn’t until the last 15 minutes that the wind fell flat calm and was tempted to pick up the waggler, but glad I didn’t as, just before the all out hooked and landed another decent Carp.

My Silvers weighed 10 lb 14 oz and my Carp 37 lb 9 oz for a match winning total of 48 lb 7 oz.

The Silvers was won by my Apprentice Kev Winstone (pictured right with the match winner) with 29 lb 4 oz from peg 21. Kev caught short using caster over caster. Well done matey. His catch below less his three spikes – Lol:

It was back to the Compton for the usual suspects.
Result:

1. Mike Nicholls 48-07-0 peg 15

2. Paul Haines 40-07-0 peg 7

3. Jeff Grant 40-0-0 peg 6

4. Hughie Evans 34-06-0 peg 16

Silvers:

1. Kev Winstone 29-04-0 peg 21

2. Paul Barnfield 16-12-0 peg 32

3. Hughie Evans 15-04-0 peg 16

Weigh Sheets:

Dave Crookes Fishery at Hunstrete Over Night Fishing Results October 2020

Dave Crookes Fishery at Hunstrete
Over Night Fishing Results 3/4 October 2020
12 fish in total caught
284lb 13oz Total weight

1st Craig Davies 3 caught 28lb 12oz mirror

30lb 8oz mirror

21lb 6oz common

total 80lb 10oz

 

30lb 8oz

28lb 12oz

21lb 6oz

2nd Brandon Hudspith 2 caught

26lb mirror

27lb mirror

total 53lb

3rd Mitch Wood 3 caught

22lb 10oz mirror

14lb 2oz common

16lb mirror

total 52lb 12oz

4th Lewis Gray 2 caught

26lb 3oz mirror

23lb 7oz mirror

total 49lb 10oz

5th Harry Faithfull 2 caught

23lb common

28lb 10oz mirror

total 51lb

 

Thursday 10/09/20 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s and Short Walks

Friday, 11 September 2020

Thursday 10/09/2020 - Bathampton AA - Over 55's and Short Walks

Had my usual walk around the Pool, joined by Kev Winstone. It was clear to me it was going to fish hard, especially the far end pegs 30 to 34 and 1 to 5 absolutely no signs of fish. Unfortunately, my predictions were to proved true.

Hoping to avoid the pegs mentioned above, but NO, Dave Gillard pulled me peg 33. Not happy with this one, but happy to be out fishing. Another downside to these pegs you are in the shade all day and today I would be sitting opposite anglers with tea shirts and I would be in my fleece still feeling chilly. I think the fishing Gods are averaging out my catches.

I set up the usual - Paste float for the margin and one for top-set plus one out in front, Ronnie rig and a 4x16 to fish top-set plus three barrels. As it would be a question of scratching around for fish I thought about setting up a waggler, but foolishly couldn't be bothered. A lot more rigs that usual and expected to use them all.

So started on the long paste float hoping to catch a couple of decent Skimmers, but ended up catching small ones to 6 oz with very small pieces if paste. I did have one a pound. Then switched to the long lone line with the 4x16 with a 4 mm expander over micro and had a couple of Ronnie's so switched the line to chopped worm and caster before starting on the Ronnie rig with caster. This proved more productive catching a 2 lb Skimmer, some decent Ronnie's and Perch. I did pull put out a decent Perch I estimated to be near 2 lb fiddling trying to find my landing net. The line died indicating some bigger fish present to dropped the paste in and had four F1's before the line completely died. So last hope was the worm line which was poor, accounting for some small Perch and one Roach/Bream Hybrid of about 1 1/2 lb. About halfway through I went for a walk to warm up as much as anything. The Pool was fishing really hard. Went back and spent nearly three hours staring at the float hoping to catch fish that weren't in the peg. This is the point of the match where the waggler would have come into play! I had noticed a Carp swimming around on the surface for some time. However, last effort I shallowed up the Ronnie rig and added another section and with single caster on the hook feeding 6 casters a time hoping to catch some more better Ronnie's. I had a definite liner from a decent fish, so switched to paste and first dob in caught and landed a 10 lb Carp. Whilst playing it I notice another swirl over the caster feed, so couldn't waiting to get the paste back in and hey presto another positive bite, so I thought, anyway I missed it right on the whistle - bugger.

My Silvers weighed 11 lb 9 oz for one out of a Silvers pick up by default and my Carp net weighed 15 lb 12 oz for a total of 27 lb 5 oz for again just two out of an overall pick up. Fine margins one more Carp or one more Ronnie, either would have done for me.The match was won by Tony Rixon (pictured right with the Silvers winner) with 106 lb 4 oz from peg 11. Tony fished 17. 5 metres to the island using hard banded pellet over loose fed pellet - see his blog for further details. Well done matey definitely have a weight advantage over the majority of the anglers. Well done matey.

The Silvers was won by Kev Winstone with 23 lb 3 oz from peg 16. Kev caught short up and down in the water using caster over caster. His catch consisted mainly of small Pech and Roach.One thing anglers are noticing at the moment is that it's very difficult catching fish on the bottom. I wonder if it's anything to do with all the Siltex that has been put in this Pool?

Back to HQ (pictured) with the usual suspects.

Result:

1, Tony Rixon 106-04-0 peg 11

2. Paul Barnfield 39-12-0 peg 24

3. Hughie Evans 38-12-0 peg 28

4. Chris Ollis 31-05-0 peg 14

5. Mark Tanner 29-15-0 peg 18

6. Mike Nicholls 27-05-0 peg 32

Silvers:

1. Kevin Winstone 23-03-0 peg 16

2. Paul Barnfield 22-04-0 peg 14

3. Pete Greenslade 14-04-0 peg 15

4. Gary Bowden 14-0-0 peg 1

Weigh Sheets:

Match Winners Peg Pictures

Silver Winners Peg Pictures

Dave Crookes Fishery at Hunstrete Over Night Fishing Results September 2020

Dave Crookes Fishery at Hunstrete
Over Night Fishing Results 5/6 September  2020
 
5 fish in total caught
122lb 8oz Total weigh

1st Harry Faithful 28lb 8oz tripple linear carp

2nd James Calderon 27lb 8oz linear

3rd Andy Dudridge 21lb 8oz common

4th Russ Nichols 21lb mirror

5th Mitchell Wood 24lb mirror

Thursday 13/08/2020 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s and Short Walks

Friday, 14 August 2020

Thursday 13/08/2020 - Bathampton AA - Over 55's and Short Walks

 

First to arrived, so walked the whole complex and couldn't help noticing a vast difference from last match with fish feeding everywhere. Got to Bridge Pool where the Carp were having a right munch, which also meant their Skimmer Groupies would be feeding near by. The most Carp activity was between pegs 11 and 27 so any of them would do today and I had decided to fish for Carp - unless. Met with Kev Winston and told him a ton was on the cards today.

Dave Gillard drew me peg 15. I had to think for a second where I was going as Iv'e not been on these pegs for a long time. Happy with this and even though it has some Silvers form decided to target the Carp short, which would benefit the pole fencing with peg 16. Great company again with Tony Rixon on peg 15 - he would target the Silvers for sure and at 90 degrees was Chris "Squeaky Roller" Ollis, who also had the Silvers in his sights.Set up the waggler for fishing to the island at 17 metres with maggot over maggot, two paste floats, both on the top-set one out in front in 6 foot of water, just up the shelf and the other for both margins at the same depth for paste over potted micro and loose fed 4's.

Started by feeding the RH margin and out in front with a pot of wetted micro and pulted a few LR's over on the waggler line. Started out in front with the paste expecting a quick Carp, but not only nibblers. So picked up the waggler and with single LR on the hook had a couple of Rudd then the micro Perch showed up and wasn't upset when for some unknown reason the sliding float link managed to come off the line - a bit line the ring and rope magic trick - must discuss this with Dave Willmott. So set it up again which proved unnecessary as I decided to try the RH margin and didn't get another cast. First try in the margin and a decent Carp in the net. By potting a few micros and loose feeding 4 to 6 hard 4's over the top (which amused Tony) I had a great run of quality Carp. In between I was catch their groupies - some decent accidental Skimmers to Chris's dismay. I waited until the last Carp o'clock hour before switching to the LH hand side and had another decent run of more quality Carp - very pretty fish.

My accidentals weighed 17 lb 8 oz and my Carp 118 lb 07 oz for a match winning total of 135 lb 15 oz - a marginal victory. Great days fishing for a number of reasons - one notable was getting cooled off by the rain.

The Silvers was won by Tony Rixon (pictured above with the match winner) with an excellent weight of 42 lb 1 oz from peg 15. See his blog for the details but what he won't mention was how well he fished both short shallow with caster but especially when he started at 17 metres for the F1's - class act not many anglers can do this, catch brambles and still get the F1's out! No Bramble gate today.Back to the pub with the usual suspects to end a day when the Pool fished very well.

Result:

1. Mike Nicholls 135-15-0 peg 15

2. Tony Rixon 68-07-0 peg 15

3. Mark Tanner 53-0-0 peg 27

4. Paul Barnfield 48-12-0 peg 21

Silvers:

1. Tony Rixon 42-01-0 peg 15

2. Paul Clayton 22-09-0 peg 29

3. Dave Haines 19-06-0 peg 11

4. Chris Ollis 19-04-0 peg 16

Weigh Sheets:


Written by
Mike Nicholls

Match Winners Peg Pictures

Silver Winners Peg Pictures

Dave Crookes Fishery at Hunstrete Over Night Fishing Results

Dave Crookes Fishery at Hunstrete
Over Night Fishing Results 1/2 August 2020
 
15 fish in total caught
365lb 5oz Total weight
1st Peg 28 Lewis Gray 4 fish 27lb 13oz mirror
                                      25lb 15oz mirror
                                     20lb 15oz mirror
                                       27lb 4oz mirror
                                      Total 101lb 15oz
2nd Peg 33 Mitch Wood 2 fish 28lb 2oz triple row linear
                                           22lb common
                                        Total 50lb 2oz
3rd Peg 36 James Calderon 2 fish 23lb mirror
                                                26lb common
                                                Total 49lb
4th Peg 29 Ben Metcalfe 2 fish 20lb 2oz linear
                                           23lb 2oz mirror
                                           Total 43lb 2oz
5th  Peg 30 John Cannings 2 fish 20lb 10oz mirror
                                                 21lb 4oz mirror
                                                 Total 41lb 14oz

6th Peg 25 Gary Budd 26lb 8oz mirror

6th Peg 35 Lee Fitzgerald 26lb 8oz mirror

8th Peg 34 Benjamin Cannings 26lb 2oz

Thursday 30/07/2020 Over 55’s and short walks match results and write up

Friday, 31 July 2020

Thursday 30/07/2020 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s and Short Walks – Bridge Pool

Hot day it was to be and was. Arrived early and walked around all three Lakes, they all looked dour especially Bridge Pool without any signs of feeding fish. On the walk I found this Fungi, I wish I knew more about such things – beautiful, in which case probably not edible.

I was hoping to be at the car park end as I have done my stint sitting in the the far end. Dave Gillard got the draw under way (

attached to the Drennan 25 elastic which I love fishing – Adrenalin rush. At last the all in and only fed the 0.5 g line with micro and went straight over it with paste and hooked a Carp which caught me by surprised taking me into the fish refuge losing the lot. These refuges are a hindrance to the fishing and provides limited protection from predators. The tiny Rudd like sitting on top of it though – not one of the better decisions and need taking out. Sounded like Tony was also battling with his refuge. New 0.5 rig setup and next put in another Carp of about 5 lb which I did get out – sad sight as it was very dark and blind. I persevered with this line but no more fish not even nibblers which was worrying. I started to feed the caster and with single caster on the Ronnie rig had one singe bite a large Perch which came off. I couldn’t even catch a Ronnie, so this was abandoned. I spent the rest on the match in the margin – first four put-ins accounted for four F1’s – blimey these fish are quick 0-60 in a millisecond. It slowed but kept adding the odd F1 and some better Carp. The bites had completely dried up and stay on this too long. It wasn’t until the last 15 minutes (though I had another 45 minutes) that I chanced going down towards the refuge and added another three F1’s before the all out. Should have kept a closer eye on the time.

The Silvers was won by Dave Haines (
What glorious weather for a pint in the pub garden – now what happens in a pub garden stays in a pub garden – however, did you know Cliff spends a lot of time in Keynsham pubs. I know Geoff Grant would make a plump Rat but you won’t see one climb a drain pipe quicker.

Result:

1. Mike Nicholls 56-0-0 peg 19
2. Dave Haines 41-05-0 peg 29
3. Paul Barnfield 38-10-0 peg 1
4. Pete Greenslade 38-03-0 peg 24
5. Harry Muir 36-08-0 peg 7
5. Rob Baker 36-08-0 peg 21
Silvers:
1. Dave Haines 29-04-0 peg 29
2. Hughie Evans 17-04-0 peg 4
3. Dave Gillard 14-06-0 peg 31
4. Kev Winston 14-0-0 peg 30
Weigh Sheet:
written by
Mike Nicholls
The Long Meadow River Avon Bathampton Angling Association

Saturday 18th July 2020 newbridge match results

SATURDAY, 18 JULY 2020

Bathampton Open – Newbridge

Unusually for me a double header this weekend, with a riverfest qualifier on Newbridge next weekend I wanted to get on the river to get back in the groove. Kev Dicks advertised this match on facebook etc, but sadly only 8 people turned up, still it would do for me. My gear is still not with me and I have to make trips to my parents to get my gear. However, work has started on my house, with old falling down garage and shed pulled down, new surface laid, and now my workshop is being built. Fellow angler Ben Rendall is doing the job, with Kev Dicks and Warren Bates also assisting. This time next week I hope to have my gear with me again.

Back to the fishing, Kev ran the match on the same hours as riverfest is planned. 10 am draw fish 12 to 5pm. At the field the other anglers were, Ben Rendall, Jerry Pocock, Nigel Evans, Mike Martin-Davies, Andy Cranston, Mike Shellard  and Kev Dicks. Pools paid, draw done, and I was heading for peg 10 in the little field, with nobody below me I had plenty of room. Ben was above me on peg 7. It has been a while since I have fished 10, would have loved if the river had plenty of colour in it as bream are in the area, but sadly the river was pretty much stood on its head most of the time, and it was clear but not worryingly clear in my opinion. With no flow on the river I opted against setting up float rods, but did set up a feeder rod with 14 N50 to 0.13. Three pole rigs, a 1.5g pencil rig with 20 N40 to 0.09, 2g bodied float with 18 N40 to 0.10, and finally a 2g with 18 N20 to 0.13 for holding still.
To begin the match I balled in 12 jaffas of my usual Sonubaits river, lake, bit of black roach and my faithful brown crumb. I went in using caster on the hook, but three run throughs were biteless then I had a bleak, errrr. Stuck a maggot on and had a dace, then a small roach. Things became difficult already and I had to pick up the pencil float as I was missing bites. It was better for a couple of roach and dace, but then tiny chublets and bleak became a real pain. Even with a bulk pushed down and droppers all next to the hook length it was hard to get past them, but occasionally I had a better fish. Things though got worse, the bleak went and so it seemed had everything else! 90 minutes in and I couldn’t get a bite, potting more bait in had no effect either. Perhaps some bream had moved in (I wish) so I dropped the feeder over the pole line, 30 minutes of nothing other than a 4oz roach. I tried the heavy pole rig with a worm on, and I was just about to give it up when I had a bite down the peg, turned out was a 1lb skimmer. No more followed.
Glenn Bailey rang me 2 1/2 hours into the match and I told him I was struggling with about 3lb. I was now in danger of losing faith, but I gave the pole / feeder line a rest and caught a few bleak at 7m where I had been feeding a few maggots, a few were there but after I caught about a dozen they weren’t happy. Team mate Geraint Powell had been sat behind me for a few minutes when I then went back on the feeder, I had 3 small perch in three casts on a worm and red maggot so at least some bites, and then it went quiet next cast, then the tip went round nice and steady and the rod hooped over. I had a bream on and it felt a good one, river bream always give a good account of themselves and so I was glad when this one went in the net, maybe 5lb. Where there’s one there’s more… not this time, the feeder line went real quiet after this. Geraint told me that Mike Martin-Davies had a bream and skimmer on peg 16, but not much else was caught at this stage.
I had a bit of a struggle until the last 40 mins really, Mike had 2 bream now and I thought I was a long way behind so stuck it out on the feeder and I had a skimmer of over a pound to renew my interest. Then a 8oz perch and then a perch of just under a pound in three casts. In the last 20 minutes I had a couple more bites and landed two eels, one had to be 1 1/2lb and was my last fish. As you can imagine they were all taken on worm hookbait, and it was nice to get a few species in the end. I thought I had 12 to 13lb.
Weights as I know them..
Peg 1    Nigel Evans 10lb 2oz (a bream and a very big perch)
Peg 4    Jer Pocock 8lb (lots of small roach)
Peg 7    Ben Rendall 10lb 2oz (roach and chublets)
Peg 10  Tim Ford  14lb 12oz
Peg 16  Mike Martin-Davies 14lb 10oz  (sorry Mike!)
Peg 24  Mike Shellard think it was 23lb+ (4 bream + perch)
Peg 30  Andy Cranston just under 10lb of roach
Peg 34  Kev Dicks.. Not sure what Kev had but maybe 7lb
As you can see the old man himself Mike Shellard won, and I came 2nd which was worth £50. Compared to many places that was good fishing and some decent weights. I suppose it was mission accomplished as far as catching some fish and practicing, with roach not really playing ball a bonus or two will be needed in this zone next week.
Tomorrow I am on the superleague at Staverton, peg 31.
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