Match Reports and Write Ups

Thursday 12/05/2022 – Bathampton AA Over 55’s and Short Walks – Withy Pool

Thursday 12/05/2022 - Bathampton AA Over 55's and Short Walks - Withy Pool

 

Passed Bridge Pool with the water looking a strange colour. The feed back from pleasure anglers is only F1's being caught which is a shame. 

The days of the Willow fluff is here - pictured looking towards my peg at the end of play.

A better number for pegging of twenty. A newbie today in the shape of old Avon Angling team mate Shay Gillman - welcome matey sure you will enjoy it.

 

Hoping for a short walk but ended up with the longest one - peg 50 again for me. For company I had Dave "Three Gulps" Gillard on peg 51. Dave started off with a spell of Tourette's trying to level up his tackle box due to peg 51 being in a dreadful state of repair. He finally got settled in and catching decent Roach to 1 lb. Things got worse though Dave started to sing Cliff Richards songs. 

Learning from last match - forget carp and focus on Silvers. Set up the waggler for late on if things got hard towards the end. The long Ronnie rig and a 4x13 MR to fish top set plus one or two barrels. Fed the Ronnie line with GB laced with Pinkie starting on this with a single LR and had two Ronnie's straight away it then went iffy so put on double Pinkie and didn't look back for the next three hours caught a variety of silvers mainly skimmers from 1 oz to 3 1/2 lb. It was a case if going from full depth at 5 foot and half depth to keep them coming including a 2 1/2 lb Hybrid. It slowed so switched to the MR at three barrels to the right again with GB and Pinkie to keep the skimmers and Ronnie's coming. Last hour I was plagued with Willow fluff so non sensibly picked up the waggler to fish in to open water and four cast later  hooked a carp on double LR's over loose fed same only for the fluff to jam the top eye so I couldn't wind in so just point the rod at it fro the inevitable brake. Waggler abandoned. Back on the MR which was slow due to between fish fluff picking.

 

My silvers weighed 28 lb 2 oz for a silvers win and 4 the overall. Very enjoyable day except for being fluffed out at the end. 

The match was won by Mike Gale (pictured with the silvers winner) with 72 lb 10 oz from peg 45. Mike caught down his RH margin initially with worm settling foef8 mm banded pellet in 4 foot of water (deep margins). Mike's catch comprised mainly of 7 decent carp. Well done matey.

Result:

1. Mike Gale 72-10-0 peg 45

2. Paul Barnfield 43-10-0 peg 55

3. Rod Dufferty 29-0-0 peg 42

4. Mike Nicholls 28-02-0 peg 50

5. Chris Ollis 25-05-0 peg 54

6. Shay Gillman 25-02-0 peg 60

Silvers:

1. Mike Nicholls 28-02-0 peg 50

2. Shay Gillman 17-02-0 peg 60

2. Hughie Evans 17-02-0 peg 58

Weigh Sheets:

Thursday 28/04/2022 – Bathampton AA – Withy Pool – Over 55’s and Short Walks

Thursday 28/04/2022 - Bathampton AA - Withy Pool - Over 55's and Short Walks

 

Thought I would be the first there this morning only to be beaten by "Just Like That" Granty - pictured

Cold this morning again - bloody NE winds.

 

Good turn out with 25 fishing, which meant pegging would be difficult. Soon sorted.

Into the draw bag and out comes first time in the draw peg 50. No emotion. For company had fellow Gas Head John Smith in the gap peg 51.

Could reach the far bank with a stretched 13 metre, but settled for two barrels as going to fish for silvers. Did set up a paste rig for the RH margin which was tried once but the carp don't usually come put from the sanctuary gap. Set up the long and short Ronnie rig and a 4x13 MR to fish initially at one barrel then later two.

 

Fed the long rig with GB laced with Pinkie and loose fed LR's down the RH side for the short rig. With single LR on the hook I had a good start on the long rig catching mainly 4oz skimmers with a smattering of Ronnie's. It died so put double Pinkie on the hook which totally revived the peg, stayed with this hook bait for the rest of the match. Kept the laced GB going in which kept them coming. Slowed so tried the short rig which was slow but did had a few Rudd and tiny Perch before abandoning it in favour of the long rig. It slowed so went over it with the MR at one barrel, later opened two lines at three barrels to keep the odd skimmers and Ronnie coming by swapping around. It was necessary to fish over the line as soon as you fed then leave and feed the other line. I did catch a few on the drop soon after feeding, definitely following the hook bait down. 

Meanwhile John had been doing battle with the decent size carp in the gap only loosing three, as John found out you can't use line clips on this peg.

 

My silvers weighed 18 lb 5 oz fro second in the silvers. Very enjoyable trying to keep some fish coming for the 6 hours albeit slow at times. 

The match was won by John Smith (pictured with some of his catch) with 58 lb 6 oz from peg 51. John caught on both pellet waggler and the method fishing 8 mm banded pellet in to the gap. Well done matey good contest between you and Geoff Francis.

The silvers was won by Mike Gayle (pictured with the match winner) with 19 lb 12 oz from peg 59. Mike caught long with worm over Chopped worm and GB and later catching some quality Roach on caster up and down in the water. Well done matey.

Back to the Compton with the usual suspects.

Result:

1. John Smith 58-06-0 peg 51

2. Geoff Francis 55-04-0 peg 45

3. Paul Barnfield 53-04-0 peg 58

4. Pete Greenslade 40-04-0 peg 42

5. Ray Bazeley 33-09-0 peg 40

6. Chris Ollis 32-14-0 peg 59

Silvers:

1. Mike Gayle 19-12-0 peg 50

2. Mike Nicholls 18-05-0 peg 50

3. Paul Barnfield 13-09-0 peg 58

4. Tony Ponting 8-02-0 peg 65

Weigh Sheets:

Thursday 14/04/2022 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s – Withy Pool

Thursday 14/04/2022 - Bathampton AA - Over 55's - Withy Pool

Wind has done one at last and the the temperature has increased, really felt if Spring was back. So expected the resident carp to make an appearance.

Twenty one fishing, making the pegging easier, some pegs haven't been producing so tried pegs 38 and 40 where some carp have recently shown.
With paste in the bag didn't mind where I drew second into the draw bag and out comes peg 56, so once again on the North Bank - good draw. Next door on carp peg 55 was Paul "Barny" Barnfield and Three Gulp's on peg 57. Pegs 54 and 52 were occupied by John Smith and Geoff Francis - "may be trouble ahead"!

Didn't set up the waggler and later was to regret it, did set up the long Ronnie rig and a 4x14 Winter Titan to fish initially two barrels then later three, also set up a RJ 0.3 gram paste rig for the LH margin. Started on the Ronnie rig with single LR over GB and for the first hour had a flying start catching small skimmers and the odd Ronnie to 4oz. The line gradually faded over the second hour but did have two better skimmers. Third hour switched to the Titan at two barrel again single LR over GB and had an immediate response catch a 2 lb and 3 lb skimmer. The line soon slowed but kept adding the odd skimmers and Ronnie which were really noticeable by their absence in this peg. Fourth and fifth hour was a real struggle having to go to three barrels over loose GB came 6 inches off bottom and added two 1 lb Skimmers but very few Ronnie's. John Smith was having a torrid time losing carp in Geoff's peg lost five!! Meanwhile Barny had been caching carp to 15 lb steady. So come the last 45 minutes I went into the LH margin with the paste where I had been potting GB and micro and lose feeding 4's over the top managing two decent carp before the all out. Nice to see the paste working.

Silvers weighed in at 17 lb 6 oz for first silvers and my two carp 22 lb 5 oz for third overall weight of 39 lb 11 oz and another double bubble.
The match was won by Barny (pictured above with his five carp catch) with 72 lb 12 oz from peg 55. Barny caught down his RH margin using meat over meat. He didn't make the mistake of putting any back unlike John. Well done matey.
The Over 55's are coming to terms with Withy and are beginning to think it's fairer (as result show very close with silver weights) than Bridge Pool, suggesting once Bridge is back fishing well they might want to alternate the two pools as we did previously.
Back to the Compton with the usual suspects and outside in the sun - wonderful. However, had my thermal undies on and started to feel like a melting Snowman so pint downed quickly.
Result:
1. Paul Barnfield 72-12-0 peg 55
2. Pete Greenslade 44-05-0 peg 51
3. Mike Nicholls 39-11-0 peg 56
4. John Smith 39-07-0 peg 54
5. Andy Gard 24-08-0 peg 40
6. Andy Greenham 23-06-0 peg 38
Silvers:
1. Mike Nicholls 17-06-0 peg 56
2. Chris Rolfe 16-13-0 peg 58
3. Kev Winstone 16-04-0 peg 43
Weigh Sheets:

Thursday 31/03/2022 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s and Short Walks – Withy Pool

Thursday 31/03/2022 - Bathampton AA - Over 55's and Short Walks - Withy Pool

With beautiful Spring weather for the last 7 days I was planning on fishing for carp today. however, we would find ourselves back to January's weather with a bitterly cold North wind and some snow! So no paste in the bag today.
Stopped and had a look at Bridge Pool, it looks like the warm weather has helped in increasing fish immunity. Only one Seagull on the water.
Numbers down to 19 due to illness from the common cold circulating.
Dave Gillard a me had a walk around the pool to sort out pegs for the day. Thought we would leave out pegs 67 and 68 and try peg 40 and 60. Peg 40 is going to be a good carp peg once they fully awake with 60 being an end peg along the North back which is where you would want to be today with the wind off the back.
Into the draw bag and out comes peg 57. Happy with this have fished nearly all the pegs along this bank. For company on the right was "Three Spikes" peg 56, on the left Andy "Gardenaire" peg 58.
Set up the same as always on this bank - waggler, 4 metre whip and a 4x13 MR which was only intended for plumbing. I fed the waggler line at 11.5 metres with two balls of GB with some Pinkies and the whip line with one ball. Started on the wag with single LR and as expected had an immediate response catching small Ronnie's and Rudd. Have been catching the bigger silvers close in so went on the whip again with single LR and did have some better fish but it was slow and close as to which method was adding the most to the net. So settled on the waggler as it was producing most bites which is what its all about for me. I couldn't see what was going on along my bank as there were bushes both sides. Thought I was doing OK on the wag. The Rudd were getting to the bait first and became a nuisance missing bites with them nicking the maggot. So started heavy feeding LR's on the waggler line for carp. Shallowed up and did indeed hook a carp which was a right beast breaking the hook length - no more carp and waggler abandoned. Shallowed up on the whip and had a run of better fish but knew at 4 metres I was fishing over the rocks. With 41 minutes to go abandoned the whip in favour of fishing the MR at three barrels which took me just over the rocks. Fishing Pinkie over GB I had a great run to the end catching a 2 lb Hybrid adding about 4 lb to the net in this short time.

Weighed 14 lb 3 oz for 5th silvers. At least it was good to know where I went wrong - spending too much time on the waggler and not trying the MR earlier. which i have done in previous matches!! Very enjoyable day and wasn't too cold for me.

The match was won by Pete Greenslade (pictured with the silvers winner) with two carp and a few silver for 28 lb 2 oz from peg 44. Pete caught on meat down his margin in 3 foot of water fishing meat over micro. Well done matey. Withy pool is a great silvers venue - not huge weights but result always close.
The silvers was won by Tony Ponting (pictured with the match winner) with 17 lb 4 oz from end peg 60. Tony caught mostly short fishing various baits over GB. Well done matey.
A good few carp lost due to fouling today so they are starting to wake up.
Back to the Compton with the usual suspects. Thinking we should have a reserved notice on our log fire corner table.
Result:
1. Pete Greenslade 28-02-0 peg 44
2. Paul Barnfield 27-08-0 peg 70
3. Harry Muir 24-15-0 peg 64
Silvers:
1. Tony Ponting 17-04-0 peg 60
2. Kev Winstone 16-05-0 peg 56
3. Andy Gard 15-10-0 peg 58
Weigh Sheets:

Thursday 03/03/2022 – Bathampton AA – Winter Silvers Series – Round Five – Withy Pool

Thursday 03/03/2022 - Bathampton AA - Winter Silvers Series - Round Five - Withy Pool

More rain, at least it was a tad warmer and less windy - a miserable dull day in offering though.

Bridge Pool looks far from recovering, its going to be months before its fishable. Apparently EA are going there tomorrow. Some sunny warmer weather will help.
 
With my partner away I was lucky enough to get allocated matey Geoff Francis who drew peg 69 and with Dave Wride and Tony Rixon in his section it was going to be third at best from his peg. However, Tony was in the worse section peg, but was to snare the resident 2 lb Perch sneaked from peg 66. Geoff did really well getting a section second.
Drew peg 44. Likewise expected to beat the pegs to my right but not the two to my left. I was between Kev Winstone whom was expected to win the section and Dave The Whip.
Usual three rigs set up:
4 Metre wagglerised whip
4x14 Winter Titan
8 inch drake bodied waggler

The peg is set back in a bay. Plumbing around at top set plus two barrels primarily for the whip found 6 foot of water, however, it very much up and down guessing it was rocks. I had to go the the right at 2 o clock to find a flat spot. Wasn't confident the whip would work. Plumbed at top set plus three barrels and found it 6 inches deeper but still a bit uneven. Plumbed around with the waggler and found another couple of feet at 20 metres (I often see anglers say they fished at 50 winds which is meaningless as reels have different spools sizes). Fed the two barrel line with a ball of GB laced with some offerings of Pinkie and Caster. Two more balls potted at five barrels for the short waggler line. Started on the three barrelled Titan and didn't have any indications, so picked up the whip and had a small Ronnie, however, it didn't feel right hooking the bottom a few times. Back on the Titan and had a run of small skimmers and Ronnie's, again wasn't happy with this short line so abandoned it in favour of the three barrel line where I fed another ball of GB. Had a run of small skimmers and Ronnie's but it didn't feel right. Line abandoned in favour if the waggler, initially fished over the five barrel line had a couple of 8 oz skimmers and some better Ronnie's. It felt right so would stay on this for the rest of the match. The five barrel line died so loose feed LR's at 20 metres to keep the odd fish coming. With 15 minutes to go I hooked a carp and knowing if landed it would be a guaranteed pick up, so played it steady finally landing a 15 pounder on the whistle. All fish caught on single LR's.

I claimed 8 lb but hoped for 10 lb of silvers, weighing 10 lb 14 oz for second in section. Playing the 15 lb carp was a waste of time as I had the same pick up without it! Proper fishing is this Pool and the sections are pretty close to being fair as it gets.
The silvers  was won by Kev Winstone (pictured with his catch) with 13 lb from peg 45. Kev caught at 4 barrels to his left with maggot hook bait over GB and later to struggled at 14.5 metres.
Paul Clayton had a nice day on the carp weighing 44 lb 2 oz from peg 71 which was top weight on the day with my one carp putting me second.
Back to the Compton with the usual suspects and stragglers.
Result (Silvers):
 
1. Kevin Winstone 13-0-0 peg 45
2. John Thompson 12-06-0 peg 66
3. Mike Nicholls 10-14-0 peg 44
4. Hughie Evans 8-14-0 peg 54
5. Chris Rolfe 8-04-0 peg 51
5. Dave Poole 8-04-0 - peg 43
Weigh Sheets:

Thursday 24/02/2022 – Ray’s Rip Off – Bathampton AA – Withy Pool

Thursday 24/02/2022 - Ray's Rip Off - Bathampton AA - Withy Pool

Bridge Pool still looks a bit off colour.

Another good turn out which included matey Geoff Francis making a come back after a two year lay-off from commercial matches. Very popular returnee.

Once again the weather was predicted to be awful with high winds and heavy showers. So thought I would love a peg out of the wind or off the back, thinking pegs 51 to 59. First into the draw bag and out comes peg 51. Definitely going to be sheltered but hasn't so far produced much even though it's a popular peg for pleasure carp anglers. Plenty of room as the only peg behind the island today. Happy days. For company and the only angler I could see was "three gulps" Gillard on peg 54. Peg 51 platform is half under water and uneven, so took a while to get the seat box settled in. Umbrella erected as rain already started.

Shoulders some what better but hands still an issue. Set up the waggler primarily to try for carp over caster feed towards the channel during the last hour. The 4x13 MR to fish top set plus two barrels in 6 foot of water and the 4 metre whip with a 2BB waggler with 5xno12's shot down the line to fish over the MR rig line.

 

Fed the whip/pole line with GB laced with Pinkie and caster. Started on the MR with single LR. It didn't take long to catch a 1 oz Ronnie. I then had a good hour catching Ronnie's to 3 oz. Fed again and switched to the whip and surprisingly had a run of small Skimmers to 8 oz - thought it would have been the other way round. Stayed on the whip until the last hour topping up the GB feed four times. Extremely heavy hail stones arrived but lasted just five minutes. On to the waggler towards the gap where I had been feeding caster regularly for look see for a carp. Alas, more small Ronnie's as the light got bad switched to a shorted line with maggot feed putting a few more Ronnie's in the net. Once again would have been very enjoyable day except for the bloody weather conditions.

I weighed 12 lb 12 oz for a match win. No carp caught.

Runner up was Paul Barnfield (pictured with the match winner) with 9 lb 9 oz from peg 68. Paul dripped caster and GB through a kinder pot.

Back to the pub with the usual suspects including Geoff Francis who luckily remembered it was his round 😁.

Result:

1. Mike Nicholls 12-12-0 peg 51

2. Paul Barnfield 9-09-0 peg 68

3. Shane Lovell 7-14-0 peg 45

4. Dave Gillard 7-13-0 peg 54

5. Paul Haines 7-08-0 peg 55

6. Paul Clayton 7-03-0 peg 57

Weigh Sheets:

Thursday 17/02/2022 – Bathampton AA – Winter Silvers Series – Withy Pool

Thursday 17/02/2022 - Bathampton AA - Winter Silvers Series - Withy Pool

Looks like all but a few Sea Gulls have gone from Bridge Pool - hopefully not too long a road to recovery.

Twenty two fishing today. Great job Dave's doing keeping the pairs going by juggling reserves for absentees. Hopefully I'll get a decent "Ringer" for my partners absence next match!

Another windy day. Looking around the Pool I wanted to be on the North bank where the wind would be off the back, plus additional shelter from the trees. Definitely didn't want peg 71 where the wind was gusting into from all directions.

Into the draw bag and out comes - yes peg 71, worse still Tony my pairs partner turns up on the next peg 70. Moan over as these are the best two pegs in a very difficult section. So expected 1 and 2 points from us which would be good enough on the day.

This peg is known for its small Ronnie's which I'm not adverse in catching. Set up a 4x13 MR and plumbed up at top set plus two barrels to only find five foot an additional barrel took me to six foot. Thought the Ronnie's might prefer the shallower water albeit the waters looked a bit clearer so set up the 4 metre wagglerised flick tipped whip which took me nicely to the two barrel line. John Smith fished it last match and had 7 lb 12 oz on the waggler failing to catch short, so that was set up.

 

Fed one large ball of GB with a few particles at two barrels. Started on the whip with single LR. The wind was atrocious with the the float going with wind far too fast and was surprised it didn't seem to bother the fish as I had five 1 - 3 oz Ronnie's in 5 casts. I loose fed a few casters over the top and next cast was trying to play a carp and was surprised I had it on for 20 seconds before the inevitable. Decided to pot a second ball of GB anticipating the carp had devoured the first.  New hook length and out again and couldn't get a bite. So Potted a ball at top plus tree barrels. whilst that settled tried the waggler which presented good considering the conditions the issue was feeding - it was going everywhere, only had a couple of small Ronnie's on this plus a lot of missed bites. On to the three barrel line with the MR and had three small Skimmers and some more Ronnie's. I was again playing a carp which was possibly fouled as it wasn't on long. This line had now died. Tried the whip again and had a few more but it was really slow and now the bloody sun had arrived making this line hard to fish. It then poured down to erected the brolly for it to do a "Mary Poppins" and got scagged. The trolley also decided to go off road and luckily got stopped by a sapling. Rain stopped and decided to spend the rest of the match on the waggler fishing it down wind in to the bay to my left. Single LR over loose fed same and was soon adding some better Ronnie's. Made a mistake of loose feeding some casters which attracted a carp hooking one which I played for abut 10 minutes and started to think I would land it but once close in the shallow water it broke me. This again seem to bugger the line up, but kept to feeding LR's to the end catching spasmodically. The little and often wasn't working, it was feed and fish out. My hands were glad to hear the all out.

 

I weighed 7 lb 12 oz for second in section my partner weighed 9 lb 5 oz of mainly small skimmers to win the section so mission accomplished. This has put us to the top on weigh count back.

The match was won by Paul Barnfield (pictured with the runner up - introductions unnecessary) with 19 lb 2 oz from fancied peg 54 in the narrows. Paul caught mainly on caster over caster both over to the island and down the track. His catch mainly consisted of Roach and included a 3 lb Bream and a specimen Roach of 1 lb 14 oz. Well done matey.

There was some quality Roach caught today with Dave Haines (pictured) catching 15 lb of quality fish on the 3 metre whip on maggot from peg 63.  There are loads of these quality fish in the Pool, however, the small fish tend to get the bait first.

Back for a pint with the usual suspects fro a warm around the log fire. Glad I don't have a match Sunday had enough of this weather.

Weigh Sheets:

 


 


Pairs After Match Four:

Thursday 10/02/2022 – Ray’s Rip Off – BAA – Huntsrete – Withy Pool

Thursday 10/02/2022 - Ray's Rip Off - BAA - Huntsrete - Withy Pool

Drove past Bridge Pool, 50% less Sea Gulls and the colour looking better. However, I think it shouldn't be until the Spring before its open again for matches, testing it with the pleasure angler catches - or not first. I would like to think that BAA will publish the findings of the EA results of their investigations as to the causation.
Sixteen fishing today, so just about right for the pegging. I was hoping to be in the bowl. Into the draw bag and accidentally pulled two discs stuck together, both returned and in again and out comes peg 55, quite close to peg 54 which has previously thrown up some decent silvers  and was occupied by matey Chris Ollis, who is definitely suffering from "Barny Ear" - talking to myself for most of the match.
Both the shoulders and hands felt a bit better today but still decided to use the pole for plumbing and feeding only, so set up a 4x13 MR plumbed to 11.5 metres and top set plus three the line of the 4 metres whip. The whip was to be my initial attack followed by the waggler on the longer line. Fed three balls of laced up GB on the longer line and one ball on the whip line.
It took a while to get my first Ronnie on the whip followed by three hours of steady fishing loose feeding casters over the GB. I had a couple of Skimmers losing one foul hooked of 2 1/2 lb, might had got it out on the pole! I topped up with another ball and tried the long line with the waggler which died very quickly after catching three small Ronnie's. Cast the waggler around over to the island and had three more Ronnie's. Back on the whip and a few more small Skimmers and decent Ronnie's. Fed again - now three balls and tried the MR rig over the short line and had a little run before going back on the whip to the end. Even though I tried caster all fish were caught on single LR's.

I reckon I had more than last match, thinking 15 lb +. As per usual after taking the keep net off the bar pulled it in some to pack away the box etc.... what I did't realise in doing so had torn the keep net - pictured. Come the weigh in I pull the net in to see the small Ronnie's escaping. I was left with only the fish above 3 oz. I weighed 12 lb 5 oz for 3rd overall - bugger definitely a match win gone - just one of those things we have to contend with - my first time though.

 

With no Carp caught the match was won by Paul Barnfield (pictured with the runner ups) with all silvers catch of 14 lb 8 oz from peg 66. Paul caught on both waggler and 13 metes pole using caster and maggot hook baits over GB. Well done matey.

Once again the pool fished well with Roach to 1 lb caught.
 
Back to the pub with the usual suspects - nice and quiet - for a while.
 
Result:
1. Paul Barnfield 14-08-0 peg 66
2. Chris Rolfe 12-12-0 peg 46
3. Mike Nicholls 12-05-0 peg 55
4. Paul Clayton 11-05-0 peg 45
5. John Smith 7-12-0 peg 42
6. Dave Haines 7-09-0 peg 58
Weigh Sheets:

Thursday 03/02/2022 – Bathampton Winter Silvers Series – Withy Pool

Thursday 03/02/2022 - Bathampton Winter Silvers Series - Withy Pool

With Bridge Pool closed due to an Algae issue we were moved to Withy which to be fair due to the quality Roach fishing would be much more appropriate for the silver series. However, it was very upsetting to drive past our beloved Bridge Pool to see its sorry state - pictured - at least the Sea Gulls are having a fill.

With twenty fishing it would be difficult to peg but, Tony and me had it sorted - almost. Sorry Pete.
We all wanted to draw in the bowl preferably one of the two flyer point pegs. Into the draw bag and out comes peg 59. Happy with this as it was an end peg and just into the bowl. However, my section ran to one past the car park point peg 66 which was occupied by Tony Rixon, so he was favourite to win the section. It wasn't to turn out this way. The other point peg was drawn by my pairs partner. For company on peg peg 58 was Paul Haines who broke his waggler rod tip in tree branches which were just behind him.

Haven't used my Colmic 808 due to not being able to buy spare top sets, but found my Drennan number 3 fitted perfectly so decided to use that today as its a superior pole. These pegs along the North bank are shallow close in and don't drop off until about 11.5 metres. So with my shoulders still an issue I decided I would feed with the pole and fish the waggler over it. I set up a 4x14 float just for plumbing purposes. As the wind was predicted to increase I chose an 8 inch Drake bodied waggler, usual 3 lb Maxima main line and 0.14 GLine hook length to a no 20 Tubertini 808 hook - some big carp in this Pool.

Potted three big balls of GB laced with caster and Pinkie and fed a few casters over the top at 11. 5 metres. Started on the waggler with single LR and basically caught Ronnie's from 1/2 to 10 ounces throughout the match with it slowing in the last hour. Topping up the GB just the once. The pole was only use for GBing.

I weighed 13 lb 13 oz for section second with Chris Ollis (pictured) winning the section aided by a lovely near 2 lb Perch.

The match was won by Tony Ponting (pictured with his pairs partner) with 20 lb 6 oz from point peg 46. Tony initially caught short at top set plus two and later at 11.5 metres to keep quality Roach coming using maggot over GB.
Nice to see not one carp landed. The Pool fished really well.
Result:
 
1. Tony Ponting 20-06-0 peg 46
2. Paul Barnfield 19-04-0 peg 43
3. Dave Wride 17-05-0 peg 44
4. Chris Ollis 14-11-0 peg 66
5. Mike Nicholls 13-13-0 peg 59
6. Tony Rixon 13-02-0 peg 65
Weigh Sheets:
Silvers Pairs To Date:
 

Thursday 20/01/2022 – Bathampton AA – Winter Silver Series – Bridge Pool

Thursday 20/01/2022 - Bathampton AA - Winter Silver Series - Bridge Pool

Round two of the silver league. Hard frost and bright sunshine greeted us. Going to be tough day. Need a peg out of the sun or with some island shade me thinks.
Twenty four fishing today with two making up the numbers not in the paired up.

Into the draw bag and out comes peg 11. Not that happy as its tends to be more of and F1 peg than silvers. Plus the light during a winters sunny day is awful - pictured. The sun was to be out for most of the day and was worse for me for the most important first half on the match.

For company I had Hughie Evans on peg 10 who would suffer from the sun late on.
Pegs 10 and 11 is where the club stocked 1000 small F1's last week. Would it affect the silver fishing here?
Set up a 4 metre whip. Towards the island at about 13 metres was a nice dark shaded area where a yellow tip float would be perfect. Sadly however at the moment limited to four barrels. So a 4 x14 red tip Winter Titan was set up. I optimistically set up the yellow top waggler to reach the shade. The sun was so bad it was like casting blind fold, once cast and after shielding the eyes with the left hand I could just make out the float. I have to say my blind casting was spot on.
Started at top set plus three with the Titan with double Pinkie hook bait over GB with loose Pinkie feed. It wasn't long before I was playing a small F1. I had four on the trot plus one 4 lb Carp, alas no silvers. Having fed it a few times and had completely died. So Tried the blind waggler with single LR on the hook over loose fed LR's. My blind feeding was spot on too. I was anticipating catching some Ronnie's on this also, couldn't get a bite on it. The Ronnie's were not cashing bait today so waggler abandoned. Blanking on the silvers and with the sun moving over my first line I switched to four barrels at 10 o clock feeding micro and LR's. I had a couple of small Ronnie's and two 1 ln Skimmers - get out of jail. I had been loose feeding Pinkie on the 4 metre whip line so gave that a go and had a Ronnie and hooked a 12 ounce Ronnie and whilst between swinging or netting it, it came off - bugger  - bad angling. With no more bites on the whip spent the rest of the match on the three barrels line catch the odd micro Ronnie with more falling off than entering the keep net.
My few silvers weighed 2 lb 12 oz for 4th in section. My few carp weighed 7 lb 12 oz. Luckily my partner Tony Ponting won his section so not a complete disaster.

For the second time the silvers was won by Tony Rixon (pictured right - same picture as last match as he didn't look any older and had the same clothes on) from peg 6 with 15 lb which was miles ahead of anyone else. Tony caught at 13 metres with maggot over GB laced with Pinkie and caster feeding about 1 kg of GB. Tony had  some decent Skimmers in his catch pictured below.

Early days for the league so far is fairly tight.
 
Result:
 
1. Tony Rixon 15.00 peg 6
2. Kev Winstone 5-14-0 peg 14
3. Tony Ponting 5-06-0 peg 31
4. Hughie Evans 5-05-0 peg 10
5. Leighton Palmer 5-0-0 peg 19
Weigh Sheets:
Pairs Results to date:

 

Thursday 13/01/2022 – Ray’s Rip Off – BAA – Hunstrete – Withy Pool

Thursday 13/01/2022 - Ray's Rip Off - BAA - Hunstrete - Withy Pool

 

Heavy frost on the car this morning - both inside and out! Minus 4 degrees.

Arrived and asked to walk round the pool to identify 13 pegs. Ray's instructions was to put in the car park bank and opposite, leaving out the North bank (too shallow close in) and behind the island. Noticed a few small Ronnie's topping on the walk. I also relised how much work the BAA committee put in to keep this fishery looking really nice - well done to all.

I didn't fancy pegs 41, 42 or 43 as they won't see the sun all day with the frost staying all day - pictured right towards the far frosted bank. 

In to the draw bag and out comes peg 41! Not what I wanted. Have fished this peg a few times over the years and have had good days in the summer but not so good in winter. The positive, it was an end peg. Great company with Pete Greenslade on peg 42.

I have had rod rings freeze over but today was very unusual and a first. During the first half of the match all my kit, including the pole went white with frost and later when it thawed ended up soaking wet during what can only be described as a beautiful sunny day! - by some!!! The rod rings didn't freeze because the water was warmer than the air. It was bloody cold, luckily I had the battery body warmer on for most of the day.

The peg is only about 13 meters wide, shelving up very quickly. Fancied the skimmers wouldn't be in this gully this time of year so would target the Ronnie's. As it was an end peg set up the waggler to fish down to my right at about 25 metres in to a bit of a bowl - still not pass the next pallet. On the pole line the light was awful so was forced to fish at top set plus four barrels to get the yellow top Winter Titan into the darker water. There was a narrow bit of light water closer in but reserved that for my new Drennan 5 metre whip reduced to 4 metre today - what a lovely piece of kit for the money - excellent value, and its no longer a virgin!

 

Started by feeding a knub of GB with a few Pinkies on the pole line and loose fed some casters on the whip line. Started with two Pinkies on a 20 hook and after 15 minutes didn't have a bite, so refed a bigger ball of GB (which had frozen) and Pinkie and picked up the whip with single caster and again didn't have a bite. So back out on the pole and had a few small Ronnie's. This soon died. So picked up the waggler and without any feed cast a single LR down the peg and had a bite first try, subsequently caught a few Ronnie's but again it died. Started to feed a few LR's and messed around with the depth and found 3/4 depth was perfect and had three hours catching the odd 2 oz Ronnie. Felt I got the feeding right. I had been loose feeding Pinkie on the whip line so tried that and had three better Ronnie's before that died. Went out on the pole where I had been topping up with GB which had attracted the smaller Ronnie's which were falling off due to heavy elastic. With 15 minutes to go I spied a carp rising down on the waggler line so fished that to the end catching more regularly than previously. No carp though. I did enjoy the match even though it was hard, which wasn't unexpected.

My Ronnie's weighed 6 lb 10 oz for a section pick up, so happy with that one. The only thing I now wished I had tried caster on the waggler line - next time - perhaps.

The match was won by Dave Poole from peg 63 (pictured with the silvers winner) with 14 lb 2 oz which included a 12 lb carp caught on waggler and single bronze maggot. It took a while to lake as Dave was using 0.1 hook length. Well done matey.

The silvers was won by Andy Greenham with 12 lb 14 oz from peg 45. Andy caught 50/50 11 metre pole and waggler. The waggler was fished with single caster over loose fed caster and similarly his pole line was fished with caster and GB. Well done matey.

Nice to see Steve Jefferies out again, certainly made his presence known 😎.

Made a nice change to have a match on Withy Pool, however, can expect it to fish much better in the warmer months.

Result:

1. Dave Poole 14-02-0 peg 63

2. Andy Greenham 12-14-0 peg 45

3. Pete Turner 8-02-0 peg 44

4. John Smith 7-12-0 peg 65

5. Mike Nicholls 6-10-0 peg 41

6. Steve Jefferies 5-14-0 peg 46

Silvers: 

1. Andy Greenham 12-14-0 peg 45

2. Pete Turner 8-02-0 peg 44

Weigh Sheets:

 

Thursday 06/01/2022 – BAA Over 55’s Silvers Pairs and Accidental Carp – Hunstrete – Bridge Pool

Thursday 06/01/2022 - BAA Over 55's Silvers Pairs and Accidental Carp - Hunstrete - Bridge Pool

 

I have been having problems with my shoulders and hands and if it wasn't the start of the pairs I would have stayed home and rested

The match was to become the "day of the umbrellas". Chris Ollis Pictured with something growing out of his head!

Pairs drawn done behind closed curtains and paired with Tony Ponting - happy with this one. Twenty two fishing so two sections of 6 and two of 5. However, there was to be a good few complaints about the pegging which Dave said he would address for the next match. One angler missing with a sick note.

Into the draw bag and out comes peg 6. I was happy with this until I found out that pegs 3,4,5,6,7 and 8 were in! We never put pegs 4,5 and 6 in together. Plus the wind was hacking into my peg and just felt the silvers would not be in this narrow part of the lake, any fish would be shared with Turkey on peg 5.

 

I initially set up four rigs and because of the conditions the 4x14 Winter Titan was the only one to be used. Started at three barrels feeding a small ball of GB laced with Pinkie with double Pinkie on the hook and had a 2 oz Ronnie first drop in. A bit of wait for the next followed by a very welcome 10 oz skimmer. The line apparently died which lead to mistake one: Instead of staying on the same line I went out to four barrels feeding again catching a Ronnie straight away. This died so mistake two:

went out to five barrels to my left and had the same effect one Ronnie and nothing else. I felt I had broken a cardinal rule by not staying over the same line especially with the fishing being so hard. It became a right struggle trying all three lines catching and loosing the odd tiny Ronnie. The wind and rain had picked up with a strong gust bending the umbrella bank stick - pictured. Now totally pissed off no umbrella and shoulders and now neck playing up mistake three: I set up the Drennan light 10 foot feeder rod and chucked that as near as I could officially get to the gap and dead water where I suspect the fish where relaxing out of my tow. With a tiny GB cage feeder filled with GB and Pinkie I hooked a decent carp which broke me! I then had two quick F1's which isn't what I wanted followed by two tiny Ronnie's. I spent the last 20 minutes back at three barrels catching a small Ronnie and again losing a few, need a ZIM number 1 me thinks! Glad to hear the all out and quickly chucking everything soaking wet into the car.

 

My few silvers weighed 2 lb 4 oz for last but one in the section which was tight except for Paul Clayton on peg 7. Think I could have done much better had I stuck to the one line. Well done to my partner though. My two F1's weighed 2 lb 9 oz.

The silvers was won by Tony Rixon (pictured right - bugger would stop laughing) with 12 lb 1 oz from peg 15. Tony caught long and short with caster and GB - see his blog for in-depth details.

Now for the Umbrella carnage:

My bank: stick bent

Dave Haines: Umbrella top blew Mary Poppins like over to the main lake.

Paul Claytons: bank stick broke in half

Kev Winstone: His new Umbrella is now in peg 27.

No pub for me, rushed home for a very hot bath. Now out to the garage to dry the stuff out.

Ray Bazeley is running a match on Withy on Thursday 13/01/2022. Book in with him.

Pairs Result to date: Note the weigh sheets were hard to read so weights subject to confirmation: Drop one result: No shows get 6 points - equivalent to last in section

 

 

Weigh Sheets: Only posted for prosperity!!

 


 

Thursday 16/12/2021 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s and Short Walks

Thursday 16/12/2021 - Bathampton AA - Over 55's and Short Walks

Ideal weather for fishing - over cast, mild and no wind - perfect. No time for a walk around just a stare over the bridge with the gathering - a few tiny silvers topping in pegs 18 and 17.

In to the draw bag and out comes - as Dave Haines predicted thirty ??? It was peg 31 - bugger wrong end again. However, having fished peg 33 last match I was prepared with some experience!

For company I had Pete THE GAS Greenslade on 33 and Tony Ponting on flyer peg 30.

I decided to forget skimmers and concentrate on the small silvers - Ronnie's and Rudd. So set up the waggler, the 4 metre whip with a small home made waggler and the Ronnie rig. It would only take a few minutes to set up another rig if necessary.
Started by feeding a ball of GB laced with too many LMP's (Live Mixed Pinkies) on the Ronnie rig line and catapulted some LR's over to the island. Started on the Ronnie with single RP on the hook and have three quick skimmers about 12 oz each and a 2 oz Perch. I then had a run of 1/2 to 1 oz Ronnie's. They were small so picked up the waggler with single LR on the hook and hooked and lost an 8 oz F1 followed by a 3 oz Ronnie. Although the Ronnie's were 3 x bigger on the waggler the time to catch was about the same to the keepnet as those caught short. So did an inbetweener switching to the 4 metre whip with single LR on the hook over loose hand fed same. I didn't look back catching 1 to 3 oz Ronnie's to the end of the match with only one dry spell due to a Herring Gull deciding to share my peg. Obviously the GB was attracting the smaller fish.
Only silvers to weigh which went 15 lb 3 oz for a silvers section win and a third overall lake silvers, only by a ounces - good match in this respect. Really enjoyed today - my sort of fishing. However, I was ran close in the section silvers by Tony "Smiler" Ponting on peg 30 with some nice skimmers for 15 lb.
The interesting thing, Tony fished totally different from me, catching a different species of fish with the same result and that is the attraction of commercial fisheries for me. I often walk around before the start of a match and everyone to a man has a different set ups. The commonality is having two or more keep nets in!
The match was won by Andy Gard (pictured top right with the silvers winner) with 40 lb 14 oz from peg 27. Andy caught on the waggler to the island with maggot over loose fed same catching decent carp. Later switching to the pole to catch a few F1's and skimmers.
The silvers was won Paul Barnfield with 15 lb 9 oz from peg 24. Paul caught at 13 metres on DR's over GB - single ouncing out Dave Wride on next peg 15 to his obvious disappointment.
The Pool fished reasonably well today, but needs some 2 - 3 lb junior carp stocking.
No pub today - bloody 0Covids and road blocks!
Next match is the Silvers priority and pairs on 06/01/2022 - 24 booked in - sold out.
Result:
 
Section A:
1. Tony Ponting 22-08-0 peg 32
Silvers: Mike Nicholls 15-04-0 peg 31
Section B:
1. Paul Barnfield 15-09-0 peg 14
Silvers: John Fry 9-12-0 peg 7
Section C:
1. Geoff Grant 22-13-0 peg 18
Silvers: Dave Wride 15-08-0 peg 15
D Section:
1. Andy Gard 40-14-0 peg 27
Silvers: John "Turkey" Thompson 13-02-0 peg 26
Weigh Sheets:

Thursday 02/12/2021 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s and Short Walks

Thursday 02/12/2021 - Bathampton AA - Over 55's and Short Walks

 

Twenty five fishing today with no short walkers - pictured right. It's a privilege to fish with these guys - 1,000 years of experience lined up. All very good anglers having served apprenticeships on various types of fisheries over those years. Worth a few bob too.

Second into the draw bag and out comes peg 33. This is where the small fish tend to shoal in winter, but with pegs 34 Hughie and peg 32 Pete in it was going to be hard. This section is split across the lake two my side and three the other. The light on my side is awful due to the trees opposite still with their yellow ochre leaves and the sun high above behind us. Arrived at the peg which is a bit of parrot cage making fishing running lines difficult. However, I set up allsorts to help pass the time if it was hard including a feeder rod with a tiny cage feeder.

Due to the light I started short really hoping I could catch small fish for most of the day. I fed some GB laced with LP's and fished single LTR over the top. The expectation was to get a bite first put in, this didn't happen and after 30 minutes and one small Perch. I tried the cage feeder with GB and Pinkies which had to be under armed. After a short wait and no indications I wound in to find a small Rudd attached. Another cast and the same. The fish were so small they couldn't pull the line and tip. This was abandoned in favour of the 4 metre whip with a small waggler fished over loose fed LR's with single on the hook. I had a good run of very small fish averaging 1 1/2 ounces for about an hour before they shied away probably due to the sun brightening. I fed some GB over the line hoping for their return. First try I had a 12 oz Skimmer followed by - nothing. The only way left was to pick up the waggler which was going to be difficult to use due to the tree behind and the light. However, after a few side swipe casts I was able to hit some narrow dark water where I could see the red top waggler. I fished single LR over loose fed same. I had a steady last two hours catching tiny Rudd and and Ronnie's. I only caught the tree twice. This end of the lake doesn't see the sun all day in winter with frost still on the ground from two days ago, so glad to hear the pea less whistle for the all out.

 

My 70 odd fish weighed 6 lb 4 oz for section silvers. The section fished really hard except for peg 3 on the opposite bank. However, I thought compared with other fisheries at the moment it fished reasonably well overall.

The match was won by John Smith (pictured with the silvers winner) with 39 lb 10 oz from peg 30. John started on the straight lead with bread hook bait over to the island catching four carp for about 20 lb. He then switched to fish caster over potted caster at 13 metres adding a few skimmers and F1's. Well done mate well fished.

 

The silvers was won by Paul Barnfield with 13 lb 4 oz from peg 3. Paul caught at 13 metres over a few different lines fishing Pinkie over GB laced with dead Pinkie. Well done matey and not too many moaned on!

Back to the Compton for a warm and a pint with a good turn out - "We're going to need a bigger pub". A couple of the lads sporting the new look winter fishing bobble hats - one size fits nobody.

NOTE FOR DIARY: The Silvers priority matches start 06/01/2022. It will include a pairs match. Twenty four booked in.

Result:

Section A:

1. Paul Barnfield 13-04-0 peg 3

Silvers: Mike Nicholls 6-04-0 peg 33

Section B:

1. Andy Gard 14-03-0 peg 6

Silvers: Bob Feltham 8-04-0 peg 10

Section C:

1. Paul Haines 16-01-0 peg 14

Silvers: Andy Greenham 3-13-0 peg 15

Section: D

1. Gary Bowden 18-08-0 peg 24

Silvers: Tony Rixon 7-08-0 peg 27

Section E:

1. John Smith 39-10-0 peg 30

Silvers: Dave Wride 8-08-0 peg 31

Weigh Sheets:

Commercial House match was fished on the Kennet & Avon canal

The final round of the Commercial House match was fished on the Kennet & Avon canal at Bathampton and Claverton. There was heavy rain overnight until around 9am and then it was mild and windy with the odd shower. The rain really coloured the canal up at Claverton where it fished really well with 8 double figure weights. At Bathampton, the canal was clearer and only 1 double figure weight was caught there.

The winner on the day was Mike Goodhind of M & N Electrical with 16 lbs 13 ozs from the left hand side of the bay at Claverton. He fished bread at 5 metres for the first 3 hours, catching bream, skimmers and big roach upto 1 lb 8 ozs. After this he cupped in liquidised bread at 13 metres, but fished double red maggot over it and caught more of the same good sized fish.

2nd was Andy Britt of Mosella Bathampton A, who was also in the bay next to Mike. He caught 16 lbs 12 ozs, just 1 ounce less than Mike. For Andy, the bread didn’t produce much. He had to move to his 13 metre line early where he had put groundbait and jokers. He caught bream, skimmers and hybrids to 2lbs, alternating between red maggots and worms.

3rd was Shane Robinson of Mosella Bathampton B with 15 lbs 10 ozs. He was drawn 3 below Ferry Lane bridge which put him next to the wires. Fishing bread under a boat and then down the track, he caught bream and skimmers. He then caught roach and perch across on castors.

4th Dave Lewis - Sensas Nomads - 13 lbs 12 ozs
5th= Nick Coles - Mosella Bathampton B - 12 lbs 6 ozs
5th= Geraint Powell - Preston Innovations Thatchers - 12 lbs 6 ozs

Mosella Bathampton A put in a good effort to try to pull off an unlikely league win, as they had 16 of a possible 18 points on the day. Preston Innovations Thatchers just about done enough to win the A division though.

In the B division, Mosella Bathampton B and Midland Spinner both had 13 points on the day. Mosella Bathampton B won the division by 14 points.

The Individual winner of the series was Rich Lacey with 35 points.
2nd was Andy Britt with 32 points.
3rd was Leigh Wakefield with 28 points.

Teams on the day;
A Div
Mosella Bathampton A 16
Preston Innovations Thatchers 10
M & N Electrical 10

B Div
Mosella Bathampton B 13
Midland Spinner 13
Sensas Nomads 10

League positions;
A Div
Preston Innovations Thatchers 81.5
Mosella Bathampton A 79
M & N Electrical 54.5

B Div

Mosella Bathampton B 83
Sensas Nomads 69
Midland Spinner 64

Thursday 21/10/2021 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s and Short Walks

Thursday 21/10/2021 - Bathampton AA - Over 55's and Short Walks

 

Very heavy rain throughout the night with some localised flooding. We were promised a dry breezy day carrying a chill from a North Westerly. Didn't quite get that right, we had a reasonably warm sunny day - except those pegged in the shade all day. Had my usual walk around and found that the colour had dropped out slightly so expected a hard day.

Twenty three of us today, a number which leads to difficult peg choices which can lead to some disagreement. Hopefully we won't limit the numbers until we get to over 34! Think we should give peg 13 a try out?

Second into the draw bag and out came peg 15 - very happy with this one. For company on peg 16 was Pete Turner and Paul Haines on 14.

I set up the waggler and had a few casts and thought it would work well in the conditions. Both short and long Ronnie rigs set up, in addition to a 4x16 to fish top set plus two barrels and a RJ 0.3g Slim to fish the margins.

 

Fed the long Ronnie rig and the two barrel lines with GB laced with micro and LP's and started to feed the RH margin with LR's. Started over the GB line with single LR and as expected started to catch "Ballers" and not much else. The Ronnie's were noticeable by their absence. I did had four small Skimmers before I had two F1's after which the line dried up. Tried the two barrel line and have one indication - didn't seem to like the GB today. I was now itching to pick up the waggler, so tried it for an hour at various depths with double LR on the hook over loose fed LR's. A bit disappointed to only catch a few small silvers whilst Paul on 14 was catching F1's regularly on the method. Presentation wasn't quite right I think, so sadly the waggler was retired. It was obviously fishing hard for both carp and especially the silvers. Picked up the short Ronnie rig with single LR on the hook over the loose feed and had a reasonable good hour catching silvers including a 1 1/2lb Skimmer and a similar sized Tench, but mostly "Ballers" - its bites. I then had a Carp about 4 lb then another of 5 lb. I switched to the heavier RJ rig with double LR's and could get a bite! So back on the short Ronnie rig with double LR's on a 18- 808 and started to catch some better carp from both margins. Kept trying the heavier rig but couldn't believe it wasn't working. I think the Ronnie rig was presenting the bait how they wanted it - following it down - perhaps. Back on the light Ronnie rig worrying it was too light for the size of fish, started to catch carp again. It then went tits up due to my crap loose feeding, and started to get "loose feeditus". Feed too long then too short then spot on only to bring the carp up in the water leading to foul hooking. Wasn't long before I lost my short Ronnie rig to a fouler - not unexpected. Sat it out on the heavier rig finally catching some better carp but the feeditus was still prevalent. I tried the worm which just got "Ballered". The carp were certainty responding to the loose fed rather than potting.

 

I overheard Hughie Evans say to Chris Ollis "put some more "pudding" in" an expression often used by Willy. Weeks. His fishery memorial plaque (between pegs 34 and 1) pictured above - Willy did a lot for the club in the form of "fishery management". If you know you know. Topper referred to as "The Doings".

My silvers weighed 7 lb 12 oz and my carp 53 lb 13 oz this gave me a winning total of 61 lb 9 oz and joint third overall in the silvers. Not a completely satisfying day due to the Feeditus.

It was a low weight which took the silvers by John Fry (pictured with the match winner) with 9 lb, mainly Skimmers from peg 7. A peg John knows well.

Back to the Compton with some of the usual suspects - where was birthday boy MD I ask?

Result:

A Section:1. Harry Muir 25-05-0 peg 4

Silvers: Kev Winstone 7-12-0 peg 3

B Section:

1. Paul Haines 39-10-0 peg 15

Silvers: John Fry 9-0-0 peg 7

C Section:

1. Mike Nicholls 61-09-0 peg 15

Silvers: Mike Nicholls 7-12-0 peg 15

D Section:

1. Hughie Evans 44-02-0 peg 26

Silvers: Chris Ollis 8-01-0 peg 24

Weigh Sheets:

Thursday 07/10/2021 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s and Short Walks

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.

Result:

A Section:

1. Kev Winstone 33-14-0 peg 33

Silvers: Paul Barnfield 10-12-0 peg 3

B Section:

1. Harry Muir 25-04-0 peg 7

Silvers: Dave Haines 18-0-0 peg 11

C Section:

1. Dave Wride 66-09-0 peg 17

Silvers: Ray Bazeley 12-04-0 peg 16

D Section:

1. Mike Nicholls 57-07-0 peg 21

Silvers: Mike Nicholls 9-15-0 peg 21

Weigh Sheets:

Thursday 23/09/2021 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s and Short Walks

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've always done well on the waggler on this peg. I got he reel and catty out and noticed the wind skimming around the corner of the island, with the forecast for the wind to increase I put it away. Set up one nude paste rig for both margins and a long and short Ronnie rig. The wind had switched around so got the reel, catty and waggler rod out again but it all went away again because a horrible swirling wind had picked up I was to regret not setting it up as a  "just in case".

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?

The Match and silvers was won by Kev Winstone (pictured with the runner up in both - a couple of double bubblers) with 50 lb 8 oz and 21 lb 10 oz of silvers. Kev caught on caster short, initially catching five big skimmers at the start before it slowed adding a mix of fish throughout the match. Kev fed three pints of caster. Well done matey.
Back to the pub with the usual suspects plus a few more including Dave Gillard's mate Sinbad! Great end to the day.
 
Result:

A Section:

1. Harry Muir 28-03-0 peg 7

Silvers: Dave Wride 8-11-0 peg 3

B Section:

1. Mike Nicholls 35-08-0 peg 14

Silvers: Mike Nicholls 18-08-0 peg 14

C Section:

1. Paul Haines 29-08-0 peg 21

Silvers: Phil Morgan 4-02-0 peg 18

D Section:

1. Kev Winstone 50-08-0 peg 27

Silvers: Kev Winstone 21-10-0 peg 27

Weigh Sheets:

Thursday 26/08/2021 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s and Short Walks – Bridge Pool

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.

Result:

A Section:

1. Paul Barnfield 59-14-0 peg 8

Silvers: John Fry 15-12-0 peg 4

B Section:

1. Tony Ponting 44-15-0 peg 18

Silvers: Bob Feltham 11-0-0 peg 17

C Section:

1. Andy Gard 62-05-0 peg 25

Silvers: Mike Nicholls 17-10-0  peg 19

D Section:

1. Kev Winstone 35-13-0 peg 32

Silvers: Chris Ollis 28-10-0 peg 28

Weigh Sheets:

 

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 4x14 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.

Result:

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

 

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.

Result:

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:

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.

Result:

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, 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.

Result:

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:

Thursday 14/04/2022 – Bathampton AA – Over 55’s – Withy Pool

Thursday 14/04/2022 - Bathampton AA - Over 55's - Withy Pool

Wind has done one at last and the the temperature has increased, really felt if Spring was back. So expected the resident carp to make an appearance.

Twenty one fishing, making the pegging easier, some pegs haven't been producing so tried pegs 38 and 40 where some carp have recently shown.
With paste in the bag didn't mind where I drew second into the draw bag and out comes peg 56, so once again on the North Bank - good draw. Next door on carp peg 55 was Paul "Barny" Barnfield and Three Gulp's on peg 57. Pegs 54 and 52 were occupied by John Smith and Geoff Francis - "may be trouble ahead"!

Didn't set up the waggler and later was to regret it, did set up the long Ronnie rig and a 4x14 Winter Titan to fish initially two barrels then later three, also set up a RJ 0.3 gram paste rig for the LH margin. Started on the Ronnie rig with single LR over GB and for the first hour had a flying start catching small skimmers and the odd Ronnie to 4oz. The line gradually faded over the second hour but did have two better skimmers. Third hour switched to the Titan at two barrel again single LR over GB and had an immediate response catch a 2 lb and 3 lb skimmer. The line soon slowed but kept adding the odd skimmers and Ronnie which were really noticeable by their absence in this peg. Fourth and fifth hour was a real struggle having to go to three barrels over loose GB came 6 inches off bottom and added two 1 lb Skimmers but very few Ronnie's. John Smith was having a torrid time losing carp in Geoff's peg lost five!! Meanwhile Barny had been caching carp to 15 lb steady. So come the last 45 minutes I went into the LH margin with the paste where I had been potting GB and micro and lose feeding 4's over the top managing two decent carp before the all out. Nice to see the paste working.

Silvers weighed in at 17 lb 6 oz for first silvers and my two carp 22 lb 5 oz for third overall weight of 39 lb 11 oz and another double bubble.
The match was won by Barny (pictured above with his five carp catch) with 72 lb 12 oz from peg 55. Barny caught down his RH margin using meat over meat. He didn't make the mistake of putting any back unlike John. Well done matey.
The Over 55's are coming to terms with Withy and are beginning to think it's fairer (as result show very close with silver weights) than Bridge Pool, suggesting once Bridge is back fishing well they might want to alternate the two pools as we did previously.
Back to the Compton with the usual suspects and outside in the sun - wonderful. However, had my thermal undies on and started to feel like a melting Snowman so pint downed quickly.
Result:
1. Paul Barnfield 72-12-0 peg 55
2. Pete Greenslade 44-05-0 peg 51
3. Mike Nicholls 39-11-0 peg 56
4. John Smith 39-07-0 peg 54
5. Andy Gard 24-08-0 peg 40
6. Andy Greenham 23-06-0 peg 38
Silvers:
1. Mike Nicholls 17-06-0 peg 56
2. Chris Rolfe 16-13-0 peg 58
3. Kev Winstone 16-04-0 peg 43
Weigh Sheets: