Thursday 29/07/2021 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s and Short Walks – Bridge Pool

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.


A Section:

1. Hughie Evans 45-07-0 peg 7

Silvers: John Fry 14-02-0 peg 4

B Section:

1. Ray Bazeley 49-01-0 peg 14

Silvers: Pete Greenslade 13-02-0 peg 16

C Section:

1. Tony Ponting 66-06-0 peg 20

Silvers: Paul Barnfield 18-04-0 peg 21

D Section:

1. Mike Nicholls 58-04-0 peg 27

Silvers: Dave Haines 19-08-0 peg 29

Weigh Sheets:

Thursday 01/07/2021 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s and Short Walks – Bridge Pool

Thursday 01/07/2021 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s and Short Walks – Bridge Pool


Last minute decision to fish today as I had planned to watch the local cricket 20/20 derby match, Somerset v Gloucestershire, which we cancelled due to some mates having to self isolate. My team won! 

Arrived in plenty of time for my usual wander round. The Pool looked in good nick with plenty of fish showing. I fancied peg 1 near the aerator. Good turn out of 25.

Dave Gillard pulled me peg 31, an area I just can’t get away from. For company I had Dave Poole on 32 and Dave Haines peg 30. This use to be a good area for a few better Carp, but not nowadays due to them being removed, just a handful left.

I set up the waggler for over to the opposite island incase of a struggle, not for F1’s as they don’t seem to hold up here, but Silvers. Then a short and long Ronnie rigs. The pole stayed in the case.


I fed the waggler line with LR’s and both short and long Ronnie lines with neat GB. Started on the short line with single LR and caught Ronnie’s straight away and had a really good couple of hours catching mainly Ronnie’s to 3 oz with a smattering of Perch which seem to have grown on some this year. Went out on the long rig and had two Skimmers one good one, I was soon back on the short line as the wait for a bite was far too long to catch similar size fish. I kept the GB going in on both lines and had a cast on the waggler and again was catching the same size fish and with the wind picking up it was soon retired. Back on the short line and found it quiet and was soon to find some F1’s had moved in over the GB and had three very quickly, still the Silvers were being canny so set up a paste rig and have two more F1’s then back on the Ronnie rig and started to catch again. As the match progressed the harder it became so by switching around I kept a few more coming including another decent Skimmer. Had there still been any number of Carp left in the Pool I would have one, very few caught today. I think it needs restocking with a mix of 2-3lb Carp. 

My Silvers weighed 20 lb 12 oz for a section Silvers win and top Silvers on the day. The five F1’s weighed 8 lb 7 oz definitely growing.

The match was won by Dave Wride (pictured with the Silvers winner) with 53 lb 10 oz from peg 27. Dave caught “on the pole in the water”.

Back to the pub with the usual suspects. Getting use to this table service one positive to come out of the epidemic.


A Section:

1. Bob Feltham 48-0-0 peg 1

Silvers: Paul Clayton 12-09-0 peg 6

B Section:

1. Rob Baker 38-0-0 peg 19

Silvers: Phil Morgan 9-04-0 peg 17

C Section:

1. Dave Wride 53-10-0 peg 27

Silvers: Paul Barnfield 13-06-0 peg 24

D Section:

1. Paul Haines 36-12-0 peg 29

Silvers: Mike Nicholls 20-12-0 peg 31

Weigh Sheets:

June 26th 27th 2021 Overnight results

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

Total 53lb

R.Bessell 3 fish caught

15lb common 11:00 Saturday

17lb common 1:00 Sunday

20lb common 2:30 Sunday

Total 52lb

L.Fitzgerald 2 fish caught

22lb mirror 23:30 Saturday

22lb common 1:00 Sunday

Total 44lb

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

Total 36lb

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

Thursday 20/05/2021 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s and Short Walks

Friday, 21 May 2021

Thursday 20/05/2021 - Bathampton AA - Over 55's and Short Walks


5 am checked the weather and saw the eastern sky (pictured) - "Red sky in morning shepherds warning" - how true - Gale force winds, rain on and off and bloody cold for the time of year was to follow throughout the day. Far too windy for umbrellas. 

Arrived a bit later than usual so didn't bother with the usual walk around. Twenty one fishing which was good considering the weather forecast, also probably because BAA have stopped the stupid mid match weigh ins which was putting anglers off going. Dave called me peg 29. This peg is a good Silvers peg so would do me sir.

Found myself next to Granty on peg 28 (again), always good fun to be with  especially in the pub with his story telling with Cliff.


Plenty of feeders being set up as no one would be fishing long pole. I set up three rigs the first a margin paste rig which was to sit in the holster getting wet all day. A 4x13 Martin Rayet (MR) float to fish top-set plus one barrel, but did have another barrel in the holster incase. Finally the Ronnie rig which I thought might not present well enough in the conditions. 

The wind on this venue tends to continually change direction from minute by minute, but the main thrust was from the SE, which put the tow from left to right , however, the float would be going the other way so feeding the GB laced with DR's was fed up tow. Started on the MR with single LR on the hook and soon had my first tiny Perch on many, which tend to feed for about an hour before switching off completely. I had a run of F1's including a small Koi (where did that come from). As soon as the wind abated I picked up the Ronnie rig which worked better than I thought and accounted for a couple of big Ronnie Roach and Skimmers. As soon as the wind picked up I switched back to the MR. So by switching between the two rigs more or less kept Silvers coming throughout the match, interrupted by the occasional accidental F1 and one decent Carp.


My Silvers weighed 19lb 4oz for top silvers on the day. My Carp weighed 18lb 10oz for 4th overall. If it wasn't for the bloody weather I would have thoroughly enjoyed the match. 

The match was won by Paul Barnfield (pictured with the Silvers winner) with 62lb 12oz from peg 4. Paul caught on worm over micro feed at 10 metres, nice to have the ballast to fish that long in todays conditions. Well done matey.

Now to dry out all the kit ready for another soaking Sunday at Westerleigh.


A Section:

1. Paul Barnfield 62-12-0 peg 4

Silvers: Hughie Evans 7-12-0 peg 1

B Section:

1. Kevin Winstone 40-09-0 peg 18

Silvers: Dave Haines 7-07-0 peg 14

C Section:

1. Tony Ponting 28-13-0 peg 19

Silvers: Paul Clayton 2-08-0 peg 24

D Section:

1. Mike Nicholls 37-14-0 peg 29

Silvers: Andy Gard 4-02-0 peg 27

Weigh Sheets:

Thursday 08/04/2021 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s and Short Walks – Bridge Pool

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Thursday 08/04/2021 - Bathampton AA - Over 55's and Short Walks - Bridge Pool


Even though the weather again was going to be cold it was one of the best turnouts for many years with 28 fishing. Because the fishing is very poor in certain areas - mainly the far end - we decided  to have 4 sections of 7 paying top overall and a Silvers in each. As it happened it was the right decision. 

Nice to see Bob "MD" Feltham and his sidekick Turkey coming back to the coffin Dodgers.

I had my usual walk around - definitely going to be hard so my thinking was pegs near to car park would be best.

Dave Gillard got the draw underway and I was shouted peg 14 - happy with this as its a good waggler peg - pictured.

For company I had Mark Tanner on peg 15 and Tony Ponting peg 13.

I set up the waggler, but was disappointed to find the wind all wrong so would have to work hard at it. For the pole at two barrels where I found 7 foot was a 4x16 Winter Titan. I also set up a margin rig to fish LR's over micro and DR's.

I fed the long pole line with a large ball of GB laced with DR's. Fed the waggler line with loose LR's and the margin.

Started on the over the GB with single LR and had a few 2 - 4 oz Skimmers. This was soon disrupted by a 1 lb F1. Re-fed the laced GB and picked up the waggler and was annoyed to find lots of line under the water which I was catching (forget Bamblegate now Linegate), adding the wind made things difficult. I had a couple of F1's and then hooked a decent Carp which took an age to get in mainly due to it snagging me. Thought I had lost it so let the line slack and YES it came out - an important fish today. Tried the margin and had one tiny Perch and a Skimmer so that was abandoned in favour of the longer line I had a couple of better Skimmers which I must say were in very poor condition. As soon as the wind lapsed I would try the waggler then switch back to the pole after topping up. I had another six F1's - 3 from each line plus a 2 lb Carp on the waggler.

I weighed overall 29lb 9oz and my Silvers 9 lb. So double bubble section. My Silvers was 2nd overall and my overall weight 3rd, so good day.


The match was won by Paul Barnfield (pictured with the Silvers winner) with 51lb 8 oz from peg 24. Paul caught mostly F1's fishing long over to the island. 

Bob Feltham (pictured right giving the winner a forearm smash) won the Silvers with 14lb 8oz from peg 25. His catch included a couple of the better Skimmers. Bob fished either single or double maggot hook bait.


A Section:

1. Pete Turner Peg 5 & Rod Dufferty Peg 3 both 4-14-0

Silvers: Wayne Storey 3-07-0 peg 8 peg 8

B Section:

1. Mike Nicholls 29-09-0 peg 14

Silvers: Paul Clayton 8-0-0 peg 16

C Section:

1. Paul Barnfield 51-08-0 peg 24

Silvers: Bob Feltham 14-08-0 peg 25

D Section:

1. Hughie Evans 12-12-0 peg 29

Silvers: Dave Wride 3-07-0 peg 34

Weigh Sheets:

Dave Crookes Fishery at Hunstrete Arial Shot

Date’s for the overnight fishing 2021

These events may be cancelled due to unseen circumstances

Main Lake All Shut for this fishing event

The draw will be held at 08:00AM on the day of the event for your pegs


April 3rd/4th and May 1st/2nd

Will go on sale at bailiffs garage at 10AM on the 13th March 20 pegs

June 26th/27th and july 10th/11th

Will go on sale at bailiffs garage at 10AM on the 29th May 20 pegs

August 7th/8th and September 4th/5th

Will go on sale at bailiffs garage at 10AM on the 17th July 20 pegs

October 2nd/3rd

Will go on sale at bailiffs garage at 10AM on the 4th September 20 pegs

20 pegs on the Main Lake are reserved £30

5 pegs on Withy Pool are reserved £20

5 pegs on Bridge Pool can be arranged as well £20

Call Steve Pitfield on 07541008385 for details

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.


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

Weigh Sheets:

Match winner peg Numbers

Click on buttons below to see which peg

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.

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


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: