Peg 22 R.Dickson
2 fish caught
17lb mirror at 21.30 pm Saturday
21lb mirror at 23.30 pm Saturday
Peg 24 M.Collins
22lb mirror at 00.00 midnight
Peg 32 D.Palmer
21lb 4oz mirror at 13.30 pm Saturday
Peg 21 C. Pugsley
17lb 8oz mirror at 22.30 pm Saturday
Peg 10 M.Efteme
16lb mirror at 19.30 pm Saturday
Total fish caught 6
Total Weight 114lb 12oz
The Bob Warden memorial match was fished on the Kennet and Avon canal at the George and Claverton. It was run in aid of Multiple Sclerosis and raised over £400 for the charity.
20 anglers fished and being a bright warm day, it meant there were lots of boats putting colour into the water and many walkers and cyclists around. Despite this, the canal has fished extremely well with an average weight of over 9 lbs per angler.
Bob’s son Leighton Warden was delighted to add his name to the trophy by winning the match. He was on the end peg at the George by the school.
He fished bread down the middle and caught skimmers and bream up to 3 lbs. He tried other baits but caught nothing on them so kept coming back to the bread to catch more skimmers and bream and finished with a weight of 19 lbs 12 ozs.
2nd was Andy Britt who was on the brambles at the George. In an area not usually known for skimmers, he was surprised to catch skimmers and bream to 3 lbs on the bread at 5 metres along with some roach. Once this line died, he was able to catch more skimmers and bream further across the canal, again on bread. He weighed 19 lbs 8 ozs.
3rd was Bob’s other son, Lee Warden with 16 lbs 2 ozs. He was drawn at Claverton a few pegs down from the bay. He started on bread and caught only 12 roach and then switched to his chop worms lines to catch a roach of 1 lbs 6 ozs, an eel of over 1 lb and a few small skimmers. Feeding squatts on the far side he caught lots of roach and bleak. The last hour he caught bleak on the inside while feeding squatts.
1: Leighton Warden (Crown)- 19 lbs 12 ozs
2: Andy Britt (Mosella Bathampton) - 19 lbs 8 ozs
3: Lee Warden (Mosella Bathampton) - 16 lbs 2 ozs
4: Nick Coles (Mosella Bathampton) - 14 lbs 15 ozs
5: Nick Lewis (Crown) - 12 lbs 6 ozs
6: Kev Boltz (Midland Spinner) - 11 lbs 12 ozs
Peg 32 S.Coster
2 fish caught
27lb mirror at 2.00am Sunday
32lb mirror at 5.15am Sunday
Peg 27 M.Gilliam
3 fish caught
17lb common at 18.30pm Saturday
12lb mirror at 2.30am Sunday
24lb 8oz mirror at 6.30am Sunday
Total 53lb 8oz
Peg 5 R.Dudbridge
2 fish caught
19lb mirror at 11pm Saturday
28lb 8oz mirror at 12.15am Sunday
Total 47lb 8oz
Peg 10 G.Collings
30lb mirror at 5.45am Sunday
Peg 38 D.Stock
25lb 4oz mirror at 12.15am Sunday
Peg 22 A.Coleman
25lb mirror at 9.30pm Saturday
Peg 24 B.Williams
22lb 11oz mirror 2.00am Sunday
Peg 31 S.Rowe
16lb mirror at 12.15am Sunday
Total fish Caught 12
Total Weight 278lb 15oz
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.
B Taylor 3 fish caught
28lb mirror at 22.30 Saturday
26lb mirror at 00:30 Sunday
22lb linear at 02.00 Sunday
Ben Metcalf 4 fish caught
18lb mirror at 18.00 Saturday
21lb 14oz mirror at 23.00 Saturday
19lb 14oz mirror at 01.30 Sunday
14lb 8oz mirror at 04.00 Sunday
total 74lb 4oz
D Clarke 3 fish caught
20lb mirror at 19.30 Saturday
22lb mirror at 0.15 Sunday
14lb mirror at 02.30 Sunday
F Pavey 2 fish caught
21lb 3oz mirror at 22.30 Saturday
28lb 13oz mirror at 03.00 Sunday
M Langdon 2 fish caught
20lb mirror at 21.30 Saturday
23lb mirror at 03.30 Sunday
J Patchet 1 fish caught
25lb mirror at 5.30 Sunday
Hevy Jackson 1 fish caught
23lb 14oz mirror at 23.30 Saturday
L Hughes 1 fish caught
21lb 8oz mirror at 22.30 Saturday
J Carley 1 fish caught
12lb mirror at 03.00 Sunday
R Patchet 1 fish caught
10lb 8oz mirror at 20.30 Saturday
Total fish caught 19 Total weight caught 392lb 2oz
Mitch 8 fish caught and 4 lost
22lb 2oz mirror 20:00 Saturday
16lb mirror 21:30 Saturday
30lb 2oz mirror 23:00 Saturday
23lb 10oz mirror 23:30 Saturday
23lb 12oz mirror 1:00 Sunday
25lb mirror 2:30 Sunday
27lb 10oz mirror 3:00 Sunday
21lb 8oz mirror 3:30 Sunday
Total 190lb 2oz
T. Crispin 2 fish caught
24lb mirror 20:30 Saturday
29lb common 4:00 Sunday
R.Bessell 3 fish caught
15lb common 11:00 Saturday
17lb common 1:00 Sunday
20lb common 2:30 Sunday
L.Fitzgerald 2 fish caught
22lb mirror 23:30 Saturday
22lb common 1:00 Sunday
S.Davis 2 fish caught
16lb mirror 21:30 Saturday
23lb 10oz mirror 23:00 Saturday
Total 39lb 10oz
J.Willis 2 fish caught
15lb common 20:00 Saturday
21lb mirror 1:00 Sunday
M.Morean 1 fish caught
34lb 4oz mirror 12:30 Sunday
S.Smitch 1 fish caught
25lb mirror 0:00 Sunday
Scott Fry 1 fish caught
19lb 10oz mirror 21:30 Saturday
R.Duncan 1 fish caught
23lb 8oz mirror 20:30 Saturday
Total fish caught 23
Total weight caught 517lb 2oz
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.
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
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
Match winner peg Numbers
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Winner Silvers peg picture
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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
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