Showing posts from September, 2016

MFS - Munkees vs Shandies, The Glebe, 10th September 2016

A night at the Longshoot was reasonably quiet and I slipped away early in an attempt to dodge the hangover that normally follows.  It didn't go un-noticed as Andy T busted me.  Sorry matey ;-)

The final day and it would be Munkee vs Shandee.  I did not want to be on Pool 4!

The Draw
I was second to draw from the Munkee bucket/ cardboard box.  I drew Pool 4, Peg 75 again!!!! I was not a happy camper to say the least!  Plenty of sympathy from the lads and plenty of micky taking too...

My neighbour was Callum's secret friend Tom... the less said about that the better!  Only kidding lads.

Well I didn't need to worry about my rigs and also the reel was still clipped up and I knew exactly where I had fed the previous but I needed to do something different today in an attempt to get a better weight.

So I added the following lines:
Bomb and PelletLong Pole towards the aerator
Today the weather had turned and it was raining but the positive was that the wind direction ha…

MFS - Munkees vs Shandies, The Glebe, 9th September 2016

Day 2 and I'd had a quiet night with the Mercers, Daddy May, Ben and Chris Martin which of course I received abuse for at the draw for "not being social" and missing the Longshoot drinks!  Typical, but at least I didn't have a bad head! ;-)

Today was the pairs event, it would be myself and Scone vs Hathers and Pikey!

The Draw
Pool 4, where nobody wanted to be and I had the end peg 75 where Russ Shipton was on the previous day.

I had Pikey as a neighbour for the day.

Feeder line to the far bank, pole line at 5 metres and down the right hand margin.

The wind was blowing away from this peg and I was faced with flat water, with the all-in I went straight on the feeder line, feeling pretty confident after the previous day.

Second put in on the feeder and I had a fish in the net, maybe today wasn't going to be too bad after all?  Well, after the first hour I had two fish in the net... oh dear.

Pikey wasn't fairing so well either with only one fish to hi…

MFS - Munkees vs Shandies, The Glebe, 8th September 2016

Munkees vs Shandies 2016 and it was an early start from London to get to the 9:15am draw.  2015 saw the Shandies victorious so the Munkees pride was at stake to regain the crown!

It was great to see everyone, including the usual abuse from everyone!

Today would be the team event, 4 vs 4.  The team I was in consisted of Scone, Andy T and Andy Kinder.

The Draw
The board that was chosen consisted of pegs on Pool 5.  My placement was Peg 84 which was a long feeder chuck and also next to Pikey.

We would be fishing 11am while 5pm, so plenty of set-up time with the draw being at 9:15am.

I set-up the 11 foot extreme feeder rod with a 30gram gripper mesh feeder.  I also set-up a 5m and margin pole line.

Bait for the 3 days consisted of worms, casters, 6mm, 8mm and micro pellets, sweetcorn and dead reds.

Immediately out on the feeder for a number of reasons.  To get used to the bigger cast and to try to dominate the line as I knew Pikey wouldn't be on that line.  Again taking my…

Gold Valley Lakes, 2nd September 2016

A pleasure session today at Gold Valley with Nathan before he went back to college.  Today my aim was to fish for the skimmers and large slabs while I Nathan was going for the carp.

The Pegs
Gold Lake on the canal side was our chosen area.  Permanent pegs 6 and 7.

Nathan had a chuck to the island point and also in front of the island.  My peg next door had some open water to aim for.

It's great to see the plant life around Gold Valley coming back after it's major hair cut some years back.

Nathan set up a 10 foot bomb rod with a hybrid method feeder on it and later he would use the pellet waggler rod.

I set up the pole at 12 metres, using Nick Gilbert white amber core to a 0.6g Drennan AS2 float on 0.18 line to a size 16 pellet hook to 0.13.

Baits were Gold Valley 6mm and micro pellets together with some sweetcorn.  I also decided to try some bream specific groundbait (i.e. non fishmeal).

The Session
Before I'd even set-up anything Nathan was straight into a lovely com…

Kingsland Reservoir, Coates, 26th August 2016

Day 3 for Mark and I and we had chosen to visit Kingsland Reservoir.  Large carp would be the quarry and after the previous day of lazy carping today would be a bit different.

Kingsland provides their own nets so we would have an opportunity to weigh our catch to determine the winner.

We picked swims on the first bank of the large lake near where we had fished back in 2014.

The fish were milling around so line would be quite simple.
6 metre line shallowTop Two margin line Bait list, casters, maggots, worms and pellets, plenty of pellets.
The fish were cruising around, so it made perfect sense to start shallow with a banded 6mm pellet.  Mark's tactics were the same.  The first fish came after 15 minutes of pinging pellets and slapping the float.  After an few hours I had a few fish in the net but the shallow approach wasn't consistent.

The weather was very warm and the fish were cruising however they weren't taking bait from the top which was tested by flicking …

Blue Bell Lakes, 25th August 2016

Getting back into fishing with Mark we had decided that a few days of match fishing and a day of big carp fishing.  We decided to try Blue Bell Lakes again, mainly due to the shop on-site and it's locality to Mark.

I'd packed the Carp gear, but to be honest, not checked everything as I was confident it was all in the rod bag and haversack.

We picked Blue Bell Lake and swims close to where we fished it before with the willow trees opposite.

I thought I'd packed well, but the first thing I couldn't find was the rod pod!  With the weather I opted for a zig rig on one carp rod and seeing the large shoal of bream I broke out the pellet waggler rod.

Well, before the all-in we could not find the landing net handle, so off to the shop and Mark purchased a new net and handle... more about this later.

I cast the zig rig to the centre of the lake and the plan was to leave it for an hour.  Meantime I was pinging 8mm pellets to the large shoal of bream trying to snare …

How End Fishery, 24th August 2016

It had been some time since Mark and I picked up our "annual" competition and some time since Mark had fished too so we decided to head down to see Phil and Tarnya at How End Fisheries.

Once we arrived the sun was shining and we fancied a float only match so picked Dani's Lake and pegs 5 and 6.  Mark chose Peg 6 which had the corner of the island

Float only and it was clear that the fish were mostly on the island, being on Dani's Lake it was time to break out the waggler rod.  My other line was my right hand margin on top two plus two.

Bait was casters, maggots, worm and 6mm pellets.

Phil had kindly allowed us to use nets for out mini competition and we decided to fish for 5 hours.  The lake had quite a few anglers on it today and the weather was beautiful although a lack of ripple on the water.

Straight on the waggler to the island with a banded 6mm pellet.  I was getting plenty of indications and was feeding caster.  After striking at plenty of bites b…