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Night Fish at The Dave Crookes Fishery at Hunstrete

24 Hour Night Fishing at Hunstrete 2020
Fishing From 5.00am to 21.00pm The Next Day.
Dates are Below.
September 5th & 6th
October 3rd & 4th
Tickets for the above dates will go on sale at the garage at Hunstrete At 10.00 oclock. on the 8th August.
Price £30
15 Main Lake pegs 20 to 36
5 Withy pool pegs 55 to 59
5 pegs Bridge pool

24hr Carp Match Results 4/7/2020

24hr Carp Match Results 4/7/2020

8 fish caught in total total weight 195lb 40z

1st Peg 25 Gary Budd 2 fish 20lb  mirror

26lb 8oz Mirror

2nd Peg 22 Mitchell Gillam 1 fish 30lb 4oz common

3rd Peg 21 Shane Davies 1 fish 28lb 8oz mirror

4th Peg 35 John Cannings 1 fish 26lb mirror

4th Peg 23 Scott Hart 1 fish 26lb mirror

6th Peg 32  Gary Collins 1 fish 23lb mirror

7th Peg 34 Lee Fitzgerald 1 fish 15lb common

Match results and write up

Thursday 02/07/2020 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s and Short Walks – Bridge Pool

The rolling draw changed to a “When Olly arrives”. The change was made so that we need only put in the number of pegs for the 23 fishing today. I had a walk around the pool and with the wind blowing into the car park end and has been doing so for a week I was hoping to be drawn this end. I noticed some Carp feeding on pegs 30,29 and 28, but fancied pegs 17,18, 19, 21, 24 and 27.

The Corona virus has certainly taken it’s toll on hair styles (Good Golly Miss Molly – The Silver haired Little Richard –  pictured right).

More wind and rain expected.

I was called peg 4 – Umm not where I chose, cant wait to draw my own peg. At least I could park behind my peg. Again next to Wayne but swapping pegs. The other side was The Mumbles mumbler Pete Turner.

Although I had an island about 14 metres away which I could get close enough to catch, but due to the wind and having to ship across the very busy road I decided not to bother.

I set up one 0.3 shotted paste float for the LH margin where I was forced to fish by the nasty right to left wind. A 4×16 to fish top-set plus two barrels out in front and my new short Ronnie rig. I ran out of my PB 14 so asked on FB for suggestions where I could buy some and a new found friend Andy Wootton came to the rescue with those shown in the picture right. I must say they are spot on for Silver fishing, extremely sensitive. I’m still to catch a Carp on it to test their durability.

I started on the long line with worm hook bait over GB and caster feed. I had a couple decent Skimmers and with fizzing/blowing I was expecting a good day. However, all I got was micro Perch nipping at the worm. I switched to double caster and found the same. Back on the worm and just pestered by Perch. I now regretted feeding casters and wished I fish expander’s. So refed but this time with micro and went on the Ronnie rig with single caster and caught some Ronnie’s three small Tench and more bloody Perch. However, my banker was to catch some big Carp later in the match so switched between the Ronnie rig and Long line however the long line produced nothing more even though it was still fizzing. I persevered until half way with the Ronnie rig picking off the odd fish loosing a decent foul hooked Skimmer in the process. Subsequently I started to feed the same margin with micro and some maggots. In anticipation I went in with the paste which just sat there until the float popped up. I kept switching between the Ronnie rig which did catch me one F1 and the paste over the same line with the paste proving to be a complete waste of time.

My F1 weighed 1 lb 2 oz and my Silvers 11 lb 14 oz for a nowhere total of 13 lb. Another 1 lb of Silvers would have got me some coin. The last three matches have all been this close for coin. On hind sight today I should have not buggered my swim fishing paste. For some reason the large Carp didn’t really feed on most pegs today.

The match was won by Paul Haines (pictured upper right with his catch) with 76 b 14 oz from peg 14. Paul caught on the method over to the opposite island with banded pellet in wetted micro feed. Paul mainly caught F1’s with the odd stock Carp.

The Silvers was won by Ken Morgan (pictured right with the match winner whom I actually caught smiling) with 20 lb 4 oz from peg 15. Ken caught on worm over worm and caster fed in GB.


1. Paul Haines 76-14-0 peg 14
2. Dave Gillard 38-15-0 peg 28
3. Paul Barnfield 38-08-0 peg 17
4. Tony Rixon 36-12-0 peg 8


1. Ken Morgan 20-04-0 peg 14
2. Hughie Evans 20-0-0 peg 29
3. Paul Barnfield 15-12-0 peg 17
4. Chris Ollis 15-0-0 peg 32

wrote by  Mike Nicholls

HELP! Chew Mink project

I would like to present the Chew Mink Project again to you and your brilliant club members. We will be deploying more rafts across the River Chew to monitor mink and other wildlife in an attempt to improve the river for fishing. We cannot do this without volunteers to monitor the rafts so I am asking if anybody is interested in a low-commitment opportunity to improve the fishing in their local waters?

Monitoring will involve checking the rafts once every couple of weeks (or less) and reporting your findings to me. I will meet you on-site when suits to give you a brief overview of the rafts, clay and mink identification then help you set up the rafts and deploy them.

This is a great opportunity to get back out onto the river and contribute to improving the fishing in your favourite stretch!

I would appreciate it if you could share the message with your members and look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,

George Clark BSc(Hons)
Project Officer
Bristol Avon Rivers Trust

Phone: 07400540255

We are on Twitter @bristolavonrt and Facebook and LinkedIn as ‘Bristol Avon Rivers Trust’.

Results from the match

Over 55 and disabled match
Thursday 18/06/2020 – Bathampton AA – Hunstrete – Over 55’s and Short Walks – Bridge Pool
I was certainty glad I had a policy change last year, re use of umbrella’s whilst fishing! It rained all daylight hours today – relentless, persistent, and heavy. I felt for Ray Bazeley today his first day out since lock down and with no umbrella and leaking waterproofs got soaked through. But credit to him he sat it out and weighed in – some didn’t – fair play.

Arrived at the fishery early which seems to be the thing to do with rolling draws. I was told all 34 pegs was in as the organiser didn’t have a clue on how many would turn up and with a rolling draw to prevent “Gatherings” wouldn’t be able to count the attendees and select the best pegs for the number.

I missed the usual pre-draw chats with the lads today, but at lest we are back fishing these matches.

I was hoping for a any peg from 17 through to 27 (but not 23). I was allocated peg 3. Reasonably happy with this as it has plenty of Silver form. However, the bonus was I could park behind my peg so was able to leave some kit in the dry. So with little to no wind I was able to erect the Drennan umbrella up high so I was able stand up under it.

So with all the gear in the dry I set up a long and short Ronnie rigs – the long one didn’t get used, a 4×16 to fish for Skimmers at top-set plus two barrels and a 0.3 paste float to fish the RH margin.

After an hours wait for the all in at 10 o’clock I started by feeding the Skimmer line with wetted micro and started on a 4 mm expander and was soon getting indications and had a 1 lb Skimmer. Next put in I foul hooked a Carp, it went quiet so re-fed this time with GB laced with micro and had a run of Skimmers before I hooked and landed a 3 lb Carp. The line faded, so had a go on the short Ronnie rig with single LR over loose feeding the same and had a run of Ronnie’s and micro Perch and hooked and landed another 3 lb Carp followed by an F1. As it looked like the Carp were going to feed made the decision to drop the Silvers and switch to margin paste. I potted some hard 4’s and feed a few over the top primarily to draw the Carp’s attention to the feed. The upshot was I landed seven decent Carp with one I must mention out of respect was a near 20 lb Common Carp which I played for at least 15 minutes – it nearly beat me into submission, a beautiful fish and worth coming just to catch it.

My Silvers weighed 12 lb 4 oz and my Carp 62 lb 6 oz for a total of 74 lb 10 oz which got me second in the match. However, with only 19 lb winning the Silvers and with four hours left of the match when I switched to the Carp I think if I stuck with Silvers I could have got very close to this weight if not more. The peg is certainly capable of winning the Silvers today.

The match was won by Junior (pictured right with the Silvers winner – Christmas coming) with 90 lb from peg 24. Gary caught a few F1’s on the method, catching most of his weight comprising small Carp on the pole tucked in close to the end on the island with banded pellet, catching regularly throughout the match.

The Silvers was won by Hughie Evans with 19 lb 12 oz from peg 14. As the weigh sheets tells Hughie made no mistake having two good empty pegs to his left and five empty pegs to his right! Sods law when 34 pegs are in the draw and only 22 fishing. Hughie caught on worm over GB laced with caster and chopped worm.

I thoroughly enjoyed it today, but a visit to the pub after would have been the icing on the cake, even it meant sitting outside in the rain – perhaps next match


1. Gary Bowden 90-0-0 peg 24
2. Mike Nicholls 74-10-0 peg 31
3. Harry Muir 64-01-0 peg 8


1. Hughie Evans 19-12-0 peg 14
2. Rod Dufferty 18-08-0 peg 25
3. Ken Morgan 16-0-0 peg 32
3. Pete Turner 16-0-0 peg 28

Write up from
Mike Nicholls