Match Results 2022


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Report on Yesterday’s Winter League #2 on Georges Lake
Winter is definitely here, not freezing yet but really cold, fortunately, there was no rain forecast and very little wind. I had 14 booked in for this one with one withdrawn during the week and two no shows so down to 11 for the match. What wind there was, was in a different direction to the norm and blowing down towards the island, both sides and the dam end were reasonably calm and sheltered from the gentle breeze. So much for the forecast of no rain, as soon as I started the draw the rain started. Fortunately, it stopped after about half an hour of the match. John Treasure turned up as we were starting to get set up, so he had peg 11 which was the last peg that I had taken out of the draw and would have been in.
In the first hour, Andy Brookman across on peg 13 had already caught two double-figure carp, the biggest being just short of 17lbs. At the end it looked like Andy had it sewn up with at least 30lb from what I saw and everyone else was way behind.
At the weigh-in I started at Bill who had just over 3lb, Andy weighed in 9lbs of silvers to go with his two carp that went just short of 28lb giving him a total of just under 37lbs a great weight on a hard day, he had caught on bread and the bomb. Bruce and Julie both had less than a pound with Bruce winning the family duel by 2 ounces. Kev Murch on the dam and peg 18 had hooked a couple of carp early doors and lost both and that was his day no fish to weigh. Steve on 19 weighed in a good net of silvers mostly caught on the waggler, total weight of just over 5lbs. Noel on peg 1 had just under 6lbs catching a big F1 on his final drop-in. I weighed in 4lbs and Graham on the next peg just over 6lbs. Clive had struggled on 4 for less than 2lb and John Dursley weighed in the same as me.
All in all, it had been pretty tough for most of us, Andy had the right idea and managed to get some carp from close to the floating pontoon, he lost a bigger one than those he managed to land. Around the lake, quite a few F1s were caught but only a few skimmers.
1st Andy Brookman – peg 13 – 36lbs 14ozs (winter league 1pt)
2nd Graham Beevor – peg 3 – 6lb 6ozs (not in WL)
3rd Noel Fletcher – peg 1 – 5lb 10ozs (not in WL)
4th and Silvers – Steve Dawson – peg 19 – 5lb 1oz (WL 2pts)
5th Tony Welsby – peg 2 – 4lb 1oz (WL 3pts)
Jt 5th John Dursley – peg 5 – 4lb 1oz (not in WL)
7th Bill Knight – peg 12 – 3lbs 5ozs (WL 4pts)
8th Clive Hewson – peg 4 – 1lb 9ozs (WL 5pts)
9th Bruce Taylor – peg 15 – 11ozs (WL 6pts)
10th Julie Taylor – peg 16 – 9ozs (WL 7pts)
11th John Treasure – peg 11 – DNW (WL 8pts)
Jt 11th Kevin Murch – peg 18 – DNW (WL 8pts)
Derek Smith – Did not fish – (WL 10pts)
Report on Winter League match #1 at Whitehouse on Margaret’s Lake
First match of the 6 match Winter League, I had 11 names on my list but not all confirmed and one pull out yesterday, so I was expecting 11 at most for today’s match. In the end we had 10 taking part. After my walk round I put pegs 7 to 10 and 12 to 17 into the bag of dreams. I normally leave 10 out but because it’s got two good margin swims I put it in instead of peg 11.
Water temperature is definitely on its way down especially after the cold rain last night and the low temperature nearly zero first thing this morning.
I pulled out peg 10, those with the best draws were Steve Dawson on 17, Andy Brookman on peg 8, Bill on peg 14 and John Treasure on 13.
At the weigh in I started at peg 7 with Derek who had a decent sized skimmer with very small roach and perch for 3lbs. Next was Andy Brookman on peg 8 who had managed to get into some of the chub across to the island, managing to catch 7 of them and losing a few on the maggot feeder, he weighed in just over 16lbs which was going to be very hard to beat. Julie on 9 had just over 2lb and I managed just over 3lb.
Bruce on 12 had just over 2lbs beaten by the wife again (this time by 2 ounces). Bill Knight was on peg 13 and he also had a net of small roach and perch for 2lbs’ish. John Treasure had one fish, a cracking looking common carp of 7.5lb. Kev Murch had struggled on 15 but had a cracking roach which made up most of his net of 1lb 7ozs. John Dursley on 16 had just short of 5lbs which included a very nice tench and finally Steve Dawson on 17 had also managed to connect with some chub and weighed in 13lbs.
A hard day’s fishing that was supposed to be dry, it wasn’t too bad, but the wind in some pegs made it even more difficult and fortunately the heavy rain didn’t last for too long. Fish wise, a few very nice roach caught and some decent skimmers, the chub came out as expected on pegs 17 and 8, only one carp caught and loads of small roach and perch.
1st peg 8 – Andy Brookman – 16lbs 1oz – 1pt
2nd peg 17 – Steve Dawson – 13lbs – 2pts
3rd peg 14 – John Treasure – 7lbs 8ozs – 3pts
Silvers – peg 16 – John Dursley – 4lbs 14ozs
Report on Poppy Match, Whitehouse Farm Nov 6th 2022
There were 22 booked in for the match, so I put 11 pegs on each lake into the draw bag. At the draw I had one no show but left the extra peg in the bag in case he turned up late. I drew peg 17 on Margaret’s a peg that I have fished a lot in the past and was quite happy with it. Peg 12 my current favourite was the peg left in the bag.
After packing up my gear I wandered around to Glyn to start the weigh in for Margaret’s, and typically the rain decided to start, perfect timing. Needless to say the weighing in sheets got rather damp. Glyn on 7 had one carp and silvers for 9lb, Andy Brookman on 8 had a similar net of fish for just short of 11lb, again Noel on 9 also had a similar net of fish for just short of 10lb.
The next to weigh in was Dave Rugman with just under 8lb again 1 carp and some silvers, Graham on 14 had an all silver catch of just under 10lbs, then I weighed in on 17 with 13lbs of silvers and a 7lb carp for just over 20lbs. The weighing in on Georges was done by Steve Dawson so I didn’t see the weights until I got back to the car. It looked like it was a real struggle there with the best weight being just under 6lbs.
Overall the fishing was fairly poor, the weights on Georges were particularly low (surprisingly no carp caught) and Margaret’s wasn’t much better, probably down to the water temperature drop over the last few days. The amount raised for the Poppy Appeal was £225.00, many thanks to all of those who donated including those that donated even though they weren’t fishing in the match.
Margaret’s Lake:
1st – Tony Welsby – peg 17 – 20lbs 3ozs
2nd – Andy Brookman – peg 8 – 10lbs 13ozs
Jt 3rd – Noel Fletcher – peg 9 – 9lbs 11ozs
Jt 3rd – Graham Beevor – peg 14 – 9lbs 11ozs
Section A – Glynn Sage – peg 7 – 8lbs 15ozs
Section B – Dave Rugman – peg 13 – 7lbs 11ozs
George’s Lake:
1st – John Treasure – peg 15 – 5lbs 15ozs
2nd – Kev Swanston – peg 2 – 4lbs 7ozs
3rd – Bill Ferris – peg 3 – 4lbs 1oz
Silvers – John Dursley – peg 18 – 3lbs 7ozs
Section C – Bruce Taylor – peg 1 – 8ozs
Section D – Steve Dawson – peg 12 – 3lbs 3ozs
Report on Inter-club match with Silver Bream, fished at Whitehouse Farm 2nd Oct 2022
Every year we have 2 matches against Silver Bream, one at Tortworth Hall and the return match at Whitehouse Farm. Prior to the match, I had received confirmation from Silver Bream that they had 12 anglers and I had 15 Alcove anglers booked in.
At the draw I had two bags of draw numbers with alternating pegs split into each bag so that when we fished the match we would be fairly and evenly spread over the two lakes. Silver Bream drew from their bag first as there would be an extra peg or two in their bag due to Alcove having more anglers, the extra peg/pegs was then dropped into the alcove bag so that we could draw.
The bottom end of Margaret’s had been fishing great over the previous weeks so I would have liked a peg along that area. With the help of the RBL club I had several sets of scales for use during the match to weigh in any double figure carp. I placed those strategically around both lakes. As this match was across both lakes, I split the pools so that we had 1st, 2nd, 3rd, silvers and section pay-outs on each lake and then paid a £10 bonus to the overall best weight and silvers weight.
It was fairly clear after the weigh in that the influx of overnight cold water from the rain had an affect on the silvers fishing and the skimmers did not oblige like they have been for the last few months. Best silvers weight of the day came from John Treasure with 17lb. There were nearly 30 carp caught on the day totalling just over 150lb, this included two munters caught by Pete Turner a 16lber and another just short of the 16lb mark from peg 1 on Georges.
All in all, I think most had a good day’s fishing in what turned out a great day weather wise, the moral of the story once again is don’t trust the weather forecast until the day. Thanks to everyone that assisted with the weigh in, it meant I could sort the pools pay-out much quicker as I didn’t have to delay packing up my gear.
Georges Lake:
1st – peg 1 – Pete Turner – 34lb 8ozs
2nd – peg 6 – Bill Knight – 24lb 13ozs
3rd – peg 12 – Steve Sewell – 12lb 9.5ozs
Silvers – peg 13 – Rod Gabb – 8lb 8ozs of silvers
Section A – peg 3 – Andy Gabb – 7lb 4ozs
Section B – peg 17 – Kev Murch – 10lb 6ozs
Margaret’s Lake
1 – peg 6 – Tony Skal – 31lb 8.5ozs
2 – peg 13 – John Treasure – 31lb 8ozs
3 – peg 11 – John Dursley – 14lb 5ozs
Silvers – peg 7 – Steve Dawson – 11lbs 13ozs
Section C – peg 9 – Tony Welsby – 12lbs 1oz
Section D – peg 16 – Pete Barnett – 13lbs 11ozs
Re-arranged Ken Davies Memorial match, fished at Whitehouse Farm, 18th September 2022
This match was due to be fished at the Lido, however, due to a Biofilm on the surface of the lake, it was not possible to fish. The plan was instead to fish a rover at Whitehouse farm, this would allow any pleasure anglers to be able to fish as well. To allow for any pleasure anglers arriving when we were still sorting ourselves out, I opted to do the draw at the bottom of the lane so that we could easily see which pegs were available. In the event the pleasure anglers that were at the lakes had all opted to fish George’s Lake, this made it easy for us to do a standard draw for pegs on Margaret’s lake. We used all the pegs from peg 6 around to peg 17 leaving out peg 10. We had 11 anglers fishing which was a great turnout considering the change to the original plans.
I started the weigh-in at Bruce on peg 6, he weighed in 2 carp during the match as there is not very much depth of water in front of that peg, he added a few ounces to his weight giving him just over 12lbs. Steve (Mr Crabtree) Brown on the next peg had over 6lbs. Bill Knight on peg 8 had 17lbs of carp and a good net of silvers which included a tench and some big F1s for just under 16lbs giving him nearly 33lbs in total, the weight to beat. John Dursley was on the next peg he had just over 14lbs of carp and a silvers net which included some more goldfish for just less than 17lbs for a total of over 31lbs about a pound less than Bill’s weight.
Bob Hole and Julie Taylor had caught but didn’t weigh in, next was Steve Dawson who had admitted to finding it a little more difficult than usual and he had 11lbs. I was next, my carp weighed in at 10lbs 2ozs and my silvers went just over 22lbs giving me 32lbs 5ozs just 7ozs short of Bill’s weight. On peg 15 was Kev Swanston who had a nice net of silvers caught on the feeder, which included some nice bream weighing in at exactly 16lbs. Rick Manning on the next peg had a couple of pounds of silvers to go with his carp to give him just short of 19lbs. Finally on peg 17 was Norm who had just over 9lbs of small roach to go with his 8lb carp giving him just over 17lbs.
Overall, it had been a great day’s fishing, the wind had been a problem on and off through the match but everyone caught and it was great to see three weights over 30lbs and three others close to 20lbs. Julie lost a rod only for it to be caught and returned by Steve Dawson after quite a battle from what I heard.
1st – peg 8 – Bill Knight – 32lb 12ozs
2nd – peg 14 – Tony Welsby – 32lb 5ozs
3rd – peg 9 – John Dursley – 31lb 7ozs
Silvers – peg 15 – Kev Swanston – 16lbs
Report on the Bert Elson Memorial match fished on Georges Lake, 28th August, 2022
14 anglers booked in for this match. The weigh-in was split between Jason doing the low numbers and myself doing the high numbers. Steve Dawson had 22lb with his two double-figure carp one of 12lb and the other 10lb along with a couple of pounds of silvers giving him just over 25lbs a good weight on the day.
John Dursley on peg 15 had a 14lb carp with a smaller one along with nearly 13lbs of silvers giving him a tremendous weight of just over 32lbs, John Treasure on peg 16 had a varied bag weighing in just short of 9lbs and then Kev Murch once again had a good net of silvers going just over 15lbs, which included quite a few F1s.
On the other bank, Kev Swanston’s net was the stand-out catch with 9lb of silvers and an 11lb carp giving him just over 20lb. Thanks to Jason for weighing in the other bank.
1st Peg 15 – John Dursley – 32lbs 4ozs
2nd Peg 10 – Steve Dawson – 25lbs 1oz
3rd Peg 3 – Kev Swanston – 20lbs 1oz
Silvers – Peg 18 – Kev Murch – 15lbs 13ozs
Section A – Peg 8 – Norman Ferris – 9lbs 13ozs
Section B – Peg 16 – John Treasure – 8lbs 13ozs
Report on Henfield Challenge, The Clamp, August 21st, 2022
As had been previously reported, the Clamp is currently suffering from a layer of Bio Film water. The conditions are being carefully monitored and there is no cause for alarm, we have been in discussion with the EA as well. What we really need is a spell of rain, enough to raise the water level such that the run-off through the sluice will take away the biofilm from off the top.
On arrival, it was clear that there hadn’t been any improvement in the conditions and there were only 8 pegs available for the match. Due to having made most aware, I only had 8 booked in and that’s how many turned up. We used 4 pegs on either side between the car park and the island, leaving out the peg that had the wasp nest in it.
* Note the wasp nest is no longer a problem on peg 2, it is safe to be used again, there may be a few stragglers around for a day or two.
During the match, Kev Murch came down to me to weigh in a carp of 10lbs 4ozs from peg 5. Steve Dawson across the other side had started to catch as well and he was catching quite regularly, everyone else was having a trying time. My main line dried up, so I tried my other lines but never had a bite on them. I managed to pick up the odd fish on my main line on expanders and for the last hour switched back to maggot, catching roach on the drop, not big fish but I was adding fish to my net, which in hindsight was what helped me get into third place.
At the weigh-in, Kev had 6lb 6ozs of silvers (F1s and skimmers caught on sweetcorn) to go with his 10lb 4oz carp giving him a total of 16lb 10ozs and definitely the target to beat. Next was Julie who did not weigh in followed by me with 3lb 8ozs. Bill Ferris on peg 1 weighed in 3lb 7ozs and on the opposite side in peg 15 John Dursley had 1lb 12ozs. Bruce on 14 didn’t weigh in, then Steve Dawson on peg 13 who had been catching steadily after the first hour weighed in a cracking all-skimmer catch of 12lb 14ozs and last to weigh was John Treasure on peg 12 who had exactly 2lb.
1st peg 5 – Kevin Murch – 16lbs 10ozs
2nd peg 13 – Steve Dawson – 12lbs 14ozs
3rd peg 3 – Tony Welsby – 3lb 8ozs
Section A – peg 1 – Bill Ferris – 3lb 7ozs
Section B – peg 12 – John Treasure – 2lb
Report on Inter-club match with Kingswood RBL – August 7th, 2022
I was expecting 23 anglers, 9 from RBL and 14 from Alcove. At the draw I split the pegs alternately on each lake and put them into two separate bags giving RBL the choice of a bag. This meant that once RBL had done the draw the extra pegs left over from their bag went into the alcove bag. Bill Ferris managed to draw the same peg that he had won off of the previous week and Bill Knight had managed to pull out Margaret’s 14 again. I drew peg 13 on Georges pretty much within a couple of pegs of where I always seem to draw there.
At the weigh-in I started at Jason on peg 16, he had a few silvers and one small carp for just shy of 12lbs. Next up was me, my silvers weighed 6lb 10ozs to go with my carp, giving me a total of just over 19lbs. The next few pegs had caught but had found it hard going. Kev on peg 4 had just over 2lb of silvers giving him over 17lbs. the next three pegs 3, 2, and 1 all had decent silvers weights but no carp, Norman had 10lb on 3 which included the resident goldfish with the white edged fantail, Steve (Mr Crabtree) Brown had just over 12lbs on 2 and Steve Dawson on 1 had over 18lbs.
I didn’t know how Margaret’s had fished all I knew was that the biggest weight had been a little over 20lb caught by Bill Knight on peg 14. Once I got back to the car and had the other weigh sheet, I could see that overall the two lakes had fished very similarly weight-wise. It had been a really hot day with little or no breeze. Alcove AC weighed in 132lb 9ozs (average weight per man – 10lb 3ozs) and KRBL 90lbs 14ozs (average weight per man – 10lbs 1oz) a difference of 41lbs 11ozs. It has to be said that Alcove did have 4 more anglers.
Final Results:
Kingswood RBL 90lbs 140zs – Alcove AC – 132lb 9ozs;
Margaret’s Lake:
1st – peg 14 – Bill Knight – 20lbs – (£40 + (£10 bonus for top weight) = £50) carp & silvers
2nd – peg 17 – Bill Ferris – 14lbs 1oz – (£30) carp & silvers
3rd – peg15 – John Dursley – 13lbs 12ozs – (£20) carp & silvers
Silvers – peg 11 – Andy Gard – 8lbs 11ozs – (£15)
George’s Lake:
1st – peg 13 – Tony Welsby – 19lbs 5ozs – (£40) carp & silvers
2nd – peg 1 – Steve Dawson – 18lbs 7ozs – (£30) silvers
3rd – peg 4 – Kevin Murch – 17lbs 9ozs – (£20) carp & silvers
Silvers – peg 2 – Steve (Crabtree) Brown – 12lbs 6ozs – (£15 + (£10 bonus for top silvers) = £25)
Report on the Annual Ian Chapple open Charity Match 24th July 2022
At the draw it was great to see so many anglers looking forward to the days fishing, it was a great turnout with all 32 pegs filled. We had a raffle running alongside the event to raise further funds for the Cancer Research charity.
At the weigh-in Jason Pitman and Andy Gard weighed in Margaret’s and I weighed in Georges. Quite a few had decided not to weigh in and had put their fish back. It had been quite a struggle to get the silvers feeding on Georges and that had led to some low weights. You really did need some carp to do any good. I started at Kevin Swanston at peg 1 of section A, out of the first 8 pegs only 4 weighed in, Glynne Sage having the best weight of 13lb 7oz to take the section prize without any carp, so a very nice weight under the circumstances.
In section B only one did not weigh, Steve was first to be weighed and his silvers of 3lb made his total just over 31lb, which would take some beating. At this point, I didn’t have a clue how Margaret’s had fished. The other notable weight in the section was Bob Price who had weighed in a massive common of 17lb 3ozs during the match and had 14ozs of silvers, to give him just over 18lbs and top weight on Georges by default, as Steve’s weight turned out to be second overall on the day.
Section B on Georges was won by Noel Fletcher on peg 19 with just short of 14lbs. When I got back to the car to check the weights and make out the envelopes, I saw the other two weigh sheets and it was clear that Margaret’s had fished a lot better than Georges had, especially the high numbers from peg 13 around to peg 20 (section B). 11 of the 16 anglers on Margaret’s had over 10lb and 5 of them had over 20lbs. Bill Ferris came out on top with just short of 39lbs.
5 out of the 8 anglers in section B ended up with a pools pay-out. Whilst I was making out the envelopes and confirming who had won what, Steve was busy taking in more money for the raffle. The full result sheet is attached below along with the section weighing in sheets. Congratulations to everyone that ended up with a pools pay-out and especially to Bill Ferris for his winning weight of 38lbs 3ozs.
The raffle went really well and thanks to everyone for taking part, we collected a further £160.00 from it to add to the £320.00 from the match entry, giving us a magic total of £480.00 towards the Cancer Research charity. Well done everybody. Thanks to everyone for taking part and thanks to Jason, Andy and Bruce for helping me with the weighing in.
Thanks also to the Raffle prize donations from Scott Tackle – £20.00 tackle vouchers, Angling Direct – Pellet waggler rod and reel, Windmill Fisheries – 2 day tickets, Bitterwell Lake – 2 day tickets, Enterprise Angling – N-Zone bait boxes and two small bait box riddles, “Bomber” George – Landing net head and myself – large bag of Hinders C-food expander mix.
1st Bill Ferris – peg M17 – 38lbs 3ozs
2nd Steve Dawson – peg G11 – 31lb 2ozs
3rd Derek Smith – peg M14 – 25lbs 10ozs
Silvers – Andy Gard – peg M16 – 23lbs 12ozs
Margaret’s Lake – Pete Barnett – peg M18 – 24lbs 4ozs
Georges Lake – Bob “the bread” Price – peg G16 – 18lbs 1oz
Margaret’s Section A – John Dursley – peg M8 – 23lb 2ozs
Margaret’s Section B – Paul Homewood – peg M15 – 13lbs 12ozs
Georges Section A – Glynn Sage – peg G2 – 13lbs 7ozs
Georges Section B – Noel Fletcher – peg G19 – 13lbs 14ozs
Report on Summer match fished on Margaret’s Lake 3rd July 2022
At the draw I had one no-show which was not a problem as it was one that I thought could happen, so I also left out peg 19. John Treasure managed to pull peg 20 out of the hat and was on the current chub peg again. I always leave my peg until last along with Jason, this time I pulled mine out before Jason and Lo and Behold what did I get but a case of Déjà vu, peg 4 yet again. Now some people think that it’s stuck to my hand, but I can ensure you it’s not.
During the match, I could see John treasure on 20 catching Chub regularly and knew he would be hard to beat. I called the “all-out” and a few minutes later John Dursley popped around with a carp he had caught just before the “all-out”, it was a real cracker weighing in at 18lbs 10ozs, that would probably put some pressure on John (Mr Chub)Treasure’s weight.
At the weigh-in I started at Eugene who was in the next peg he had less than 2lb and had the same problem as me and had tried for a carp, later on, I weighed in just short of 4lb, Bruce did not weigh putting his back in. Jason had a carp of 7lb and a few silvers to give him the lead on just over 9lbs. John Dursley on peg 8 had just over 2lb of silvers to give him a total just short of 21lbs, Glynn on the next peg had just over 13lbs of Carp and 7lb’ish of silvers giving him exactly the same weight as John D, 20lbs 13ozs and the joint lead.
The next 4 pegs were fairly close, topped by Steve Dawson on peg 14 with just short of 13lbs mostly Bream. The next three pegs 16, 17 and 18 were very similar to the previous pegs, topped by Norman Ferris on peg 17 with just short of 12lbs. Finally, we went to peg 20 to weigh in John (Mr Chub) Treasure’s net, it contained about 13 chub, all like peas in a pod, and a little over 2lb apiece giving him 29lbs 10ozs and the top spot.
All in all, the weights were reasonable, over half the weights being over 9lbs, 6 of them double figures and 3 over 20. There had been 4 or 5 Roach caught that were knocking on the door of a pound each, about 10 carp caught including of course that cracking carp of 18lbs 10ozs.
1st John Treasure – peg 20 – 29lbs 10ozs. (chub maggot feeder)
2nd John Dursley – peg 8 – 20lbs 13ozs. (massive carp)
2nd Glynn Sage – peg 9 – 20lbs 13ozs. (4 small carp and a few large silvers)
Silvers – Steve Dawson – peg 14 – 12lbs 13ozs. (mostly skimmers, expanders)
Section A – Jason Pitman – peg 6 – 9lbs 4ozs. (carp of 7lbs)
Section B – Norman Ferris – peg 17 – 11lbs 13ozs. (carp of 3lb and mixed silvers).
Report on Charlie Coggins Memorial, Lido, 26th June 2022
At the weigh I started with Bruce and Myself, Bruce had just short of 2lb and I had a smidgeon over 6lb. Bill on peg 2 had nearly 6lb of fish and the biggest was probably an ounce, he had been very busy. Steve Dawson had 9ozs of silvers which showed how hard it had been on that side of the lake, his carp weighed in at just over 6lb.
Julie on the next peg weighed in just over 4lb which could easily have been 7lb if not for her juggling skills. Jason had just over 5lb from the pump house. Kev Murch on the pontoon swim had had a great day catching 6 proper Tench which weighed in just short of 16lbs (picture below). Smithies swim with Steve (Mr Crabtree) Brown in it also produced, Steve put over 8lbs of tench onto the scales, all caught on his favourite bait, prawns.
Bill in the tree swim struggled and had just under 2lbs. So there were a good number of quality Tench caught, not many skimmers loads of the very small Roach and Rudd and a few perch. Only the one small carp and one lost although I’m thinking that one that Bruce lost, might well have been a big Tench.
There were 4 did not weighs, basically they caught but because there were quite a few decent weights around they didn’t weigh in. During the match we had quite a few showers and one fairly heavy one, this managed to disperse most of that horrible pollen scum that we had on the top of the lake.
Thanks once again to everyone who attended, and to Darren for all the work he put in during the week to allow us to fish all 15 swims. Thanks also to Bruce who gave me a hand doing the weighing in.
1st Kevin Murch, peg11 (Pontoon swim), 15lbs 5ozs,
2nd Steve Brown, peg 12 (Smithies swim), 8lb 8ozs,
3rd Steve Dawson, peg 6 (suicide straight), 6lb 10ozs,
Silvers Tony Welsby, peg 15 (Island swim right), 6lb 1oz,
Section A Bill Ferris, peg 2 (bottom of car park slope), 5lb 8ozs,
Section B Bob Hole, peg 9 (concrete slab), 5lb 8ozs.
Report on President’s Shield, Margaret’s Lake- June 12th 2022
17 members turned up for this one. I weighed in starting at Noel on peg 3, he had a decent net of silvers going just under 10lbs. I weighed in a pound more. Julie on peg 7 had just short of 13lbs with a net of chub, skimmers and a clonking roach.
Steve Dawson on peg 12 had a carp of 4lb 3ozs and a cracking net of silvers as he does, his total weight was just over 23lbs, the bulk of his weight being big skimmers, a great catch considering he was facing straight into a fairly strong wind all day.
The rest of the weights were between 4lbs and 10lbs apart from John Treasure on peg 20, he had seen a chub caught nearby and decided to have a go on the maggot feeder and ended up with a cracking net of chub, about 8 of them, the biggest weighing in at 4lbs 8ozs, his total weight was just shy of 20lbs.
Overall a pretty good days fishing in great weather apart from the wind, which did cause a few problems for some. Thanks once again to everyone that attended and to Graham who gave me a hand with the weigh in.
1st Steve Dawson – Peg 12 – 23lbs 4ozs.
2nd John Treasure – Peg 20 – 19lbs 10oz. (Chub including one of 4lbs 8ozs)
3rd Julie Taylor – Peg 7 – 12lbs 11ozs.
Silvers – Tony Welsby – peg 4 – 10lb 13ozs.
Section A – Noel Fletcher – peg 3 – 9lb 13ozs.
Section B – Glynn Sage – peg 14 – 10lbs 2ozs.
Report on Taylor Shield, Margaret’s Lake – May 29th 2022
I weighed in starting at Kev on peg 3, he had a couple of chub, one of which was at least 3lb as the two of them went just over 5lb, this plus his carp gave him just under 15lbs. I weighed in short of 8lb and Bill on 5 with his 16lb carp weighed in just over 20lbs. Norman on peg 9 weighed in just over 22lb his fish all caught on paste.
Noel on peg 11 had some great skimmers in his net of silvers, which went just over 12lb. Jason who had a great big grin on his face at peg 13 had weighed in two carp during the match for 20lb and had three more in his net giving him just short of 40lb of carp in total along with 6lb of silvers; his total weight was just over 44lb.
He had quite a few of his carp by slapping pellets at 13m on the pole. Steve Dawson as usual had a great net of silvers which include some cracking skimmers his net weighed in at just shy of 21lbs. Bruce on peg 17 had 2lbs 5ozs of silvers the majority of which was a cracking goldfish.
Jason won the match easily with 44lbs 7ozs, having more than 2nd and 3rd put together. Norman was second with 22lb 1oz and Steve Dawson third with 20lb 15ozs.
Overall a great days fishing, 4 nets over 20lbs and half of the weights in double figures. Thanks once again to everyone that attended and to Mike who gave me a hand with the weigh-in.
1st Jason Pitman – Peg 13 – 44lbs 7ozs. (11lb carp along with 4 more)
2nd Norman Ferris – Peg 9 – 22lbs 1oz. (a few carp and 7lb 10ozs of silvers)
3rd Steve Dawson – Peg 14 – 20lbs 15ozs. (all silvers)
Silvers – Noel Fletcher – peg 11 – 12lb 7ozs
Section A – Bill Knight – peg 5 – 20lb 1oz
Section B – Glynn Sage – peg 15 – 13lbs 2ozs.
Report on Pete Polly Memorial, Georges Lake. May 15th 2022
During the match 4 carp were caught, Andy Gard getting one very early on, Julie Taylor not long after with one that was less than 10 as she returned it to her keepnet, Mike Reid had one quite late on and then Jason had one just before I called the “all-out”.
I weighed in starting at Clive on peg 1. Half of the weights were in double figures, 3 double figure carp were caught, the biggest going 15lbs 5ozs. 3 of the weights included silver bags over 10lbs. Lots of skimmers caught and a net of just Roach and Rudd which went just short of 12lbs. 1 tench caught and several F1s.
The 15lb carp was caught by Jason and along with his near 10lb net of silvers gave him just short of 25lbs for first place from Peg14!!! Andy Gard was second with a 12lb carp backed up with 3lb of silvers, 3rd was Mike Reid who had a 10lb carp and just over 3lbs of silvers. Silvers went to Graham Beevor and Steve Dawson who both had 11lbs 14ozs.
1st Jason Pitman – Peg 14 – 24lbs 14ozs. (15lb carp and skimmers)
2nd Andy Gard – Peg 5 – 15lbs. (12lb carp and 3lb silvers)
3rd Mike Reid – Peg 19 – 13lbs 12ozs. (10lb carp and 3lb silvers)
Silvers and Sections:
Graham Beevor – Peg 6 – 11lbs 14ozs. (Rudd and Roach)
Steve Dawson – Peg 15 – 11lbs 14ozs. (Included some big skimmers)
Report on the Saturday Shield 23rd April 2022
On arrival took my usual walk around and the lake and surroundings were looking really good. The wind was a North Easterly and was blowing up into the shallower end of the lake. I put in pegs 2, 5 and 20 at that end, and left out 10, 11, 12, 16 and 19 around the rest of the lake. I had 11 booked in for the match and put 12 pegs into the bag just in case we had a late arrival.
During the weigh-in, it soon became clear that it was going to be pretty close for the honours as there were quite a few of us in the 13 to 14lb total range. I started the weigh-in at peg 2 with Mike Reid who had really struggled, Andy on peg 5 had a few F1’s early on but had found it hard after that and ended up with just short of 7lbs. Kev on peg 6 had a couple of carp and skimmers for just over 10lb, Steve Dawson on peg 9 had a cracking net of silvers with a real mixture of species in it, his net went just short of 14lbs.
Next was Bruce on peg 13 he had an F1 that was just short of 2lb and three carp that went just over 14lb giving him a total of 16lb 7ozs putting him out in front. Bill Knight on peg 15 had a net of quality silvers for just over 13lbs. Glynn on peg 17 had 5lb of silvers to go with his 10lb carp giving him just over 15lbs. John on 18 weighed in 9lbs plus and I weighed in my silvers for just over 4lbs which gave me a total just less than 14lbs. That meant there was just over 3lb separating the top 5.
Only 8 carp caught including one double. Quite a few decent-sized skimmers ended up in the nets, fish in the 2 to 3 lb class. Bill had an F1 that must have been close to 3lb. No chub were caught which was unusual.
Final Result:
1st – peg 13 – Bruce Taylor – 16lbs 7ozs
2nd – peg 17 – Glynn Sage – 15lbs 3ozs
3rd – peg 9 – Steve Dawson – 13lbs 14ozs
Silvers – peg 15 – Bill Knight – 13lbs 4ozs
Section A – peg 6 – Kev Swanston – 10lbs 4ozs
Section B – peg 20 – Tony Welsby – 13lb 12ozs
Report on Ken Davies Memorial fished at the Lido 17 April 2022
Today’s match was the first of the 08:00 draws, which I decided we would fish from 09:30 to 15:30. We had a great turnout once again, with 14 anglers fishing the 14 pegs available. The weather was set to be fair, following a week of reasonably good weather. The pegs that I would have been happy with were any of the 4 from the island swim around to the pontoon swim. I took the final peg out of the bag and it was peg 8 on suicide straight the one just before the concrete slab. Andy Pritchard was on the island swim and Julie Taylor was on the pontoon swim.
At the weigh-in, Bill Knight had just over 7lbs, which included a tench and a cracking Crucian. Jason on the next peg had just short of 8lbs, which included a nice tench and other silvers. My net of silvers weighed in at just short of 12lbs along with a carp, which gave me a total an ounce short of 22lbs. Clive on the next peg had just over 4lbs. Julie weighed in just over 12lbs of silvers and a carp of a little over 4lbs, giving her a total of 16lbs – 7ozs. Andy Pritchard on the island swim weighed in just short of 16lbs.
Overall about a dozen decent-sized tench were caught, a couple of big bream and a cracking Crucian.
1st – Tony Welsby – peg 8 – 21lbs 15ozs
2nd – Julie Taylor – peg 11 (pontoon) – 16lbs 7ozs
3rd – Andy Pritchard – peg 14 (island) – 15lbs 12ozs
Silvers – Jason Pitman – peg 4 – 7lbs 3ozs
Section A – Bill Knight – peg 5 – 7lbs 13ozs
Section B – Kev Swanston – peg 12 – 6lbs 10ozs
Report on Sunday’s Rover #2 on Margaret’s Lake.
We had a great turnout this week with 16 turning up. On the pre-match walk round it was great to see all the work that had been carried out the previous weekend. There were no pegs that were unusable.
At the weigh-in, only 2 carp had been caught and several hooked and lost, it had been noted that they had been seen paring up ready for spawning and probably a good reason why I hadn’t been successful with the pellet waggler. Rich on peg 4 had a nice net of F1s and goldfish caught on meat. Graham on peg 4 had a nice net of silvers with some decent skimmers included. Mike Reid on peg 7 had some nice chub in his catch, Steve Dawson on peg 14 had a good net of silvers as usual. John Treasure on 17 had weighed in an 11lb carp mid-match and a couple of good-sized bream.
Overall it hadn’t been as good a day as expected, as it didn’t get as warm as we all thought it would. The better weights had come from shallower water again much like the last match. Thanks once again to everyone that took part. This was the last of the 9 o’clock draws, from now on until October they will be at 8 o’clock.
1st – John Treasure – peg 17 – 15lb 7ozs
2nd – Richard Manning – peg 4 – 10lb 8ozs
3rd – Steve Dawson – peg 14 – 7lb 3ozs
Silvers – Graham Beevor – peg 5 – 7lb 1oz
Section A – Kev Swanston – peg 2 – 6lb 2ozs
Section B – Clive Hewson & Glynn Sage – pegs 10 & 20 – 1lb 12ozs
Report on Sunday’s Rover on Margaret’s Lake, 6th March 2022
I had quite a few unable to make it this week so we ended up with 7 anglers and a choice of almost all the pegs; there was one pleasure angler who decided to fish peg 4. On the pre-match walk round it was great to see that Mike Reid had continued his great work and levelled off the path between pegs 19 and 18. Many thanks again Mike.
At the draw somehow I ended up pulling out number 7 so had the last choice of the available swims and plumped for peg 12, in hindsight maybe I should have gone for 13 as it has an island chuck and a bit of shallower water in front of it; more about that later. I had made a list of pegs in the order of favourability and most of those had gone when it got to me.
At the weigh-in I started at peg 6 and Jason. He had a great days fishing using meat, he had several Brown goldfish and F1s along with a near 6lb carp giving him over 15lbs and definitely the weight to beat. Next was Bill who weighed in 3lb exactly and Steve weighed in just over 8lbs.
My weight went 3lb 15ozs and Kev on peg 14 weighed in a bit over 1lb. JT on peg 17 had a small of carp just short of 4lb and a few silvers, giving him just over 4lbs and finally, Mike on his recently transformed peg 18, he had a really good mixed bag which included a tench of nearly 3lbs and a carp of just over 5lbs, his net weighed in at just short of 12lb.
Overall it had been fairly hard but the better weights had come from shallower water, so it looks like they are finally waking up and moving. It was nice to see so many F1s coming out, but the skimmers were lacking in numbers. Thanks to everyone that took part.
1st – Jason Pitman – peg 6 – 15lb 9ozs
2nd – Mike Reid – peg 18 – 11lb 13ozs
3rd – Steve Dawson – peg 9 – 8lb 3ozs
Final Winter League Match, Sunday, 27th February 2022
The final winter league match was fished on Margaret’s lake at Whitehouse Farm. I took the usual pre-match walk round with Jason and the lake was looking in great shape. Thanks to Mike Reid who had done some great work on pegs 20, 19 and 18 putting in steps to get down to the pegs, making it far easier and safer for access.
Because of Mike’s handiwork, I put peg 20 into the draw bag. 14 anglers were expected for the match, but in the end we had 11. The weather was looking good for a change, especially considering how bad it’s been recently.
At the draw the three of us in the leading positions drew some decent pegs; Andy drew peg 17 which can be a very good peg on its day, I was on peg 7 with an island chuck and Julie was on peg 11.
From what I could see not a lot was being caught, I tried my margin line and had one bite which I think was a perch, float sailed away and lifted into nothing, probably had hold of the end of the worm that I had on the hook. The skimmers were conspicuous by their absence. Elsewhere Jason had something decent on, which took him a while to land.
Bill Knight on 15 was catching a few silvers. Later on I did manage one decent Skimmer to go with all the roach. I made my usual mistake of trying for too long to get a bonus carp to no avail. In hindsight I think I should have fed my 10m line with more groundbait, during the match I probably put in 4 balls. If I had just concentrated on this line I may have managed to get a few more skimmers interested.
At the end I started the weigh from peg 5 and Bruce, Next to him on peg 6 was Kev both of them weighing in less than a pound, I weighed in 3lb exactly. Glyn on peg 9 weighed in a single carp which he had caught in the last few minutes, it weighed just over 5lbs. Julie was next and only had a few ounces. JT on peg 12 didn’t weigh in and Charles on peg 13 weighed in just over 4lbs.
Jason on 14 had a 5lb plus carp and a few ounces of silvers. Bill Knight on 15 had just less than 6lb of silvers, mainly decent skimmers. Andy Brookman on 17 had made the most of his peg and 10lb of silvers accompanied by 11lb of carp, giving him a total just short of 21lb. Finally Mike Reid on peg 20 had a couple of pound having lost a decent carp.
The better weights had come from the higher numbered pegs which are more exposed to the sunlight and the water here was probably a lot warmer, especially peg 17 where Andy had caught a few good chub and skimmers in his silvers net, most of which were caught from just short of the island.
Result of the final match:
1st Andy Brookman – peg17 – 20lb 12ozs
2nd Bill Knight – peg15 – 5lb 15ozs
3rd Jason Pitman – peg 14 – 5lb 10ozs
Silvers Charles Holmes – peg13 – 4lbs 7ozs
Thanks to everyone, it was great to have 14 anglers taking part, which is the most that we can accommodate due to available pegs on the Lido and the Clamp. The final result of the league was First Andy Brookman, second Julie Taylor and third myself. Andy and Julie had won 5 of the 6 matches between them.
Report on Winter League match #5, Georges Lake, February 6th 2022
I had 14 anglers booked in for this one and I must admit it was great to see that everyone had turned up and were booked in early, even though the weather forecast was so grim, so draw was made a little early too.
A few silvers were being caught so I decided to have a go on my pole lines, not a lot happened for a while until I found the fish about 4 feet to the right of where my groundbait had gone in (probably due to the slight tow and the feed having moved that way). Anyway, I started to catch and had several before it went quiet, I topped up with the feed on both 10m lines and went on the method for a short while.
I picked up one nice F1 on this but no other signs. When I went back on the left 10m line they were back and I was catching steadily on a single white pinkie, not big fish but at least I was catching, I reckon I had caught up with those that had been catching and gone past them. I tried my expander line a few times but never had a bite.
Mid way through Glynn Sage came over to weigh in a big carp that was just short of 16lbs. I made the mistake of going back on the feeder chasing a carp to get back in contention with Glynn. I thought I had about 5lb and would have had another pound or so at least if I hadn’t gone after a Carp to make up the weight difference with Glynn.
I started the weigh in to my left with Charles on 17 he had nearly 2lb, next was Mike who didn’t quite crack a pound, I weighed in just short of 6lb. Norman on 14 had a little over 3lb, Clive and Andy on 12 and 11 had really struggled. Julie was next and she had a couple of nice 2lb Chub, her total weight was just short of 5lb.
Bruce was next, his solitary roach didn’t register on the scales, so I gave him half an ounce. John on 7 had a nice Chub in his 3lb weight. Glynn on peg 6 had nothing further to add to his 15lb 12oz Carp. Graham on peg 3 had lost a few Carp and weighed in just shy of 4lbs.
Bill Knight on 1 had just less than 3lb. Jason on peg 19 (dam wall) had caught a big Perch late on and must have been close to 2lb it boosted his weight up to nearly 5lb. Finally, Bill on peg 18 weighed in 5lb 12ozs, exactly the same weight as me.
Overall the weights weren’t brilliant but everyone caught, it was nice to see the chub coming out again, 3 or 4 big chunkie F1’s, a cracking Perch and that near 16lb carp. The weather was nowhere near as bad as we expected although I wasn’t fishing that exposed bank. The winter league table is now topped by Julie with Andy second and I’m third 5pts separating us with our worst results dropped, so all to play for in the final match.
Final result:
1st – Glynn Sage, peg 6 – 15lbs 12ozs
Jt 2nd – Bill Ferris, peg 18 – 5lb 12ozs
Jt 2nd – Tony Welsby, peg 15 – 5lb 12ozs
Silvers – Jason Pitman, peg 19 – 4lb 14ozs
Section A – Graham Beevor, peg 3 – 3lb 12ozs
Section B – Julie Taylor, peg 10 – 4lb 10ozs
Report on Winter League Match #4 at The Clamp, 16th January 2022
We had 14 anglers so I left out peg 1, in hindsight I should have left out peg 2 instead. I split the sections so that they were basically top end of the lake and car park end.
I drew peg 2 and shortly after starting to set up realised I should have put 1 in and not 2. Pegs 2 and 3 are a little close together, peg 1 has a little island to fish to and peg 2 is pretty featureless. It’s a cracking little platform to fish from but I think that’s all it had going for it.
To cut the story short, I had two bites both on the chopped worm and one tiny perch that took a liking to a pinkie that was just in front of my keepnet (it dropped off). The two proper bites resulted in a tiny perch dropping off as I swung it in and the other a small perch for the net. It was that hard I’m sure I fell asleep a couple of times.
I only saw Norman, Bill and Julie catching, Norman and Bill looked like they had a few skimmers and Julie had a carp as is the norm, it went about 4lbs. Everyone at my end really struggled to get a bite. It’s a good job it was another nice day. The weigh in didn’t take long, I did it using the grams scale as they read in smaller steps than when using ounces, and I was expecting small weights and therefore it being close in some cases.
Thanks to everyone for taking part, it’s a shame it’s fished so hard, but that’s winter fishing for you.
1st – Julie Taylor – peg 5 – 5lb 2.5ozs (1 carp).
2nd – Bill Knight – peg 6 – 2lb 7ozs (Skimmers).
3rd – Norman Ferris – peg 4 – 2lb 3ozs (Skimmers).
Silvers – Charles Holmes – peg 10 – 1lb 11ozs.
Section A – Bill Ferris – peg 12 – 4.5ozs.
Section B – Glynn Sage – peg 7 – 1lb 7ozs
Report on Winter League match #3 held on the Lido, 2nd January 2022
At the draw we had 3 no-shows and therefore only required 11 pegs of those selected. So I took out the extra peg on the island and a couple on suicide straight.
The previous week had been pretty mild and a lot of fish had been seen cruising the margins and near the top.
So we were optimistic that it could be a good days fishing but under no illusion that the Lido can be difficult in the winter. As usual nobody wanted suicide straight (the far bank where it seems there isn’t a bottom, it’s that deep). Anywhere else could throw up a good weight, but only if the fish decided to be obliging.
I drew peg 10 which was the pontoon swim and Andy Brookman was on the next peg 11 in Smithies swim. There was the odd very small fish being caught here and there. Half way through Andy hooked into a bigger fish which turned out to be a small jack about 5lb.
Clive on the pontoon and Julie on the concrete slab had caught a few small fish and that’s all I had seen or heard of. The guys opposite on the low numbers, as far as I could tell hadn’t caught anything, it really had been a hard match again.
At the weigh-in I started on peg 1 with Glynn he had 2 very small roach in a tub of water. I gave him an ounce, as all those that had caught were definitely more than that. The next three pegs did not weigh, they hadn’t even had a bite between them.
Bruce was on peg 7 and weighed 4ozs, next was Julie with 12ozs (a good weight on the day). On the pumphouse Clive weighed in 5ozs, I was next with 11ozs. Andy in Smithies swim weighed in a pike that went 5lb 6ozs along with just short of 3lbs of silvers for exactly 8lb. Charles in the tree swim had just over a pound and Kev on the island swim had the same as me 11ozs.
Thanks to all of those that turned up, I can’t really apologise for the poor sport as it’s out of my hands but it wasn’t good.
1st peg 11 – Andy Brookman – 8lb
2nd peg 12 – Charles Holmes – 1lb 3ozs
3rd peg 8 – Julie Taylor – 12ozs
Joint Silvers :
Kev Swanston – peg 14 – 11ozs
Tony Welsby – peg 10 – 11ozs
More match results here

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