FAS - Badshot Lea Little Pond, 18th August 2019

Checking my diary and it had been over a month since my last outing... to say I was getting cabin fever is an understatement!

Farnham Angling Society were at Badshot Lea small pond a venue that I really enjoy so it was a simple decision.

The Draw
Thirteen of us fishing, third last to draw today and I pulled out peg 29, in the middle of the far bank.

Arriving at the peg, with the wind and rain driving, even though the weather forecast predicted the weather would ease I decided not to setup a pole line.  I even discounted the margins which could potentially be a big mistake.

It was rod only today.  Two feeder rods, one with a traditional running feeder set-up and the other with a hybrid feeder, both fished on the same line short of the half way point on the lake.

The waggler rod would be fished around pole range, so approximately 16 metres.

Bait was F1 Green Sweet, maggots, casters and micro pellets.

Two balls of ground bait laced with casters on the waggler line which surpr…

Badshot Lea Little Pond, 11th July 2019

A day out with Nathan and his dad, John and an opportunity to fish Badshot Lea Little Pond in a mini competition between the three of us.

The Draw
Well, not so much as a draw as a selection... we decided to be social and fish three swims next to each other, Nathan had the first choice and went for Peg 10, John, Peg 11 and I took Peg 9.

I had decided while packing the car that I would leave the pole at home and fish rods only.  In the bag was a waggles rod and two tip rods, one for standard swim feeder / bomb tactics and the other with a method set-up.

I set-up the waggler to fish around 16 metres and standard feeder rod clipped up to a third the way over the swim.

Bait was dead maggot, caster, assorted hard pellet and ground bait.

Two lines of attack would be adopted, the waggler line and the feeder... really simple fishing.

The waggler line was fed with six balls of groundbait laced with some casters and dead maggots which I would leave for a couple of hours before having…

Specimen - Johnsons Lake, 1st July 2019

Something a little bit different and an opportunity to branch out into another area that fishing offers.  Time to target some specimen fish, not just large carping but an opportunity to get some personal bests on the board and target specific types of fish.

The first challenge I wanted was to target large tench and large Crucian Carp.  I'm into my second year as a member of Godalming Angling Society and they are blessed with Enton Lake at Milford, a former trout fishery that they purchased in 1984/5.

The lake was renamed Johnson's Enton Lake in honour of the fishery management secretary at the time, Alf Johnson, who was the driving force behind buying this water.

Alf died in 2001 and the lake was renamed as simply Johnson's Lake in his honour. His ashes are scattered there beneath a willow tree planted by his family.

Johnsons Lake is where the current British record Crucian Carp lives, banked in 2015 at 4lb 10oz.  What a better place to start?  So this is how the session w…

GAS - Richardson Lake, 26th June 2019

Wednesday open at Richardson Lake on the Marsh Farm Complex and an opportunity to have my third fish at this lake after two previous attempts.

A comment from one of the guys today will stick in my mind... Richardson Lake fishes differently every single day of the week... never a truer word!  Here is the blog of the day.

The Draw
27 fishing today and I managed to get an early dip in the bag.  Peg 44 was home for the day.

Fishing was 11:30am until 6pm.

With the wind trucking down the lake a long pole line and waggler option looked out of the window.  It didn't stop me setting them up!  Main lines of attacker as follows:

Bomb / Small cage feeder acrossTop Two + Three section straight aheadTop Two + Three margins left and right Baits mainly natural, maggots, casters, sweetcorn, groundbait and some pellets

Starting on the short line, I cupped in a small amount of groundbait with some micro pellets and went straight over the line with double maggot.  The float went immediatel…

GAS - Wood Lake, Busbridge, 23rd June 2019

Fourteen of us fishing today for round two of the Godalming Summer League and it was back to Wood Lake, Busbridge.

Now this venue is extremely picturesque however rumour was that the fishing had been very hard lately.

The Draw
Peg 24 for me today.  This peg is on the left hand bank looking from the car park at the far end of the lake.

The journey with the gear on the barrow was certainly interesting!  We do carry way too much gear!

The margins where screaming fish! This would be a power top two and three sections to get a good depth of around 3.5 feet depth.

Two rods set-up, waggler and bomb rod.

Baits on the menu, maggots, casters, sweetcorn, some worms (just in case) and the ground bait from the Bury Hill session with some micro pellets through it.

So the match plan was to fish the waggler shallow, pinging casters and to either go over that line with a small bomb or set the waggler at full depth.  The margin's would be fed differently, the one on the left with ground…

Bury Hill Fisheries, 21st June 2019

Back to the Lake of Breams that is Old Bury Hill, the main lake and a match that Hathers had organised for the OBH Lovers and serving as a practise for the Wednesday series that he runs.

Bury Hill is a beautiful fishery and the weather was being very kind also.

I'd popped down a few days earlier when Hathers was having a practise for the practise session and learnt quite a lot from him, Mickey D and Ricky Baxter.

The Draw
The draw finally got under way after Hathers realised that Mickey D wasn't fishing today.  Fourteen of us spread across pegs 1-20 with the higher number pegs the ones people wanted.  My draw for today, unlucky for some, peg 13.

Now I've been to peg 13 last time I fished in August last year, you can find that article here...

Neighbour for the day was Silvers.

I have the end of the big island in front of me which of course is a natural draw for fish so I set up two 13 foot rods as follows, both clipped up at 65, 70 and 75 metres:
1.5oz bomb for the t-b…

GAS - Richardson Lake, 16th June 2019

Sunday match this week I opted to head back to Richardson Lake with Godalming Angling Society (GAS) who were sharing the lake with the Farnham Match Group (FMG).

A quick call to the match secretary and I was in.  Turns out that 36 of us would be fishing.

The Draw
Drawing was split between GAS and FMG and ordered by the time you booked on.  I was second last on our list however Peg 10 came out for me.

Not a bad draw and one peg from the area that everyone was fancying!

Waggler and Bomb rod straight out of the bag to target the far bank which is just beyond pole range.

Pole Lines were:
14.5 Metres to the left side of the pegTop 2 + 2 margin lines left and rightTop 2 + 1 keep net line Bait consisted of maggot, caster, worm, sweetcorn and some expander pellets.  Groundbait was Supercrush Green.
The decision from the off was to take the negative approach and with that I potted in two balls of ground bait was a smattering of casters on the long pole line.  The rain was just settl…