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Winter League Round Three

Round three saw us back fishing Privates pond and the Canal and yet again we faced poor fishing conditions.  With heavy rain leading up to the match water levels were up a foot and very coloured.

So far in the league it doesn’t seem to matter where you draw as winning weights have been coming from all over our waters, which makes for a great match.

Adam Logan has had a fantastic start to the Winter League, having two section wins already.  This week saw him on Peg 5 on Privates – this peg didn’t fish well the the last match with only 7oz coming off it.  Adam was still confident of catching and fished two lines, ground bait at 12m and casters at 5m, and after a slow start he was soon catching quality Roach and skimmers to win his third section in a row.

Jim Mercer drew Peg 12 on Privates pond and having won his section on the pond last time out he was full of confidence going into the match.  Jim fished pinkies over ground bait and had a lovely day, catching small Skimmers and Roach to win his section for the second week running.

Young Olly Flindall was on Peg 22 on the road side of the pond, and was eager to make amends for a bad result the previous week.  After speaking to a few “in the know” he put a plan together.  Olly fished ground bait and maggots at 11m and casters at 5m and it worked a treat as he won his section and beat his Dad again…

The first section on the Canal – Pegs 13 to 17 – saw five very good Canal anglers pegged together.  Ade Knighton drew end Peg 12 and showed his class, experience and knowledge (squashing the rumors he’s past it) – he fished casters down the track and had a great day catching a Roach a chuck.  Craig Logan was on Peg 16 and decided to target the Bream which nearly worked, catching two over 3lb and a few skimmers.

The second Section on the canal was on the Stock Pond – Pegs 23 to 27.  Only one person caught from this section the previous match so expectations were low.  However, as it turned out this section fished the best, with all anglers catching well.  Coming out on top was Carl Wilson with an excellent 15lb, to not only win his section but also the match.  Carl made the decision to fish for bonus fish, fishing soft pellets and caught 3 Carp.  Well done Carl!

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December 20th – Beechwood Kingfisher

This week saw us fishing the Kingfisher pond at Beechwood.  The weather forecast must have been good as Craig Radford graced us with his presence…  Luckily for the rest of us Craig is allergic to the cold and normally doesn’t fish in the winter months, giving the rest of us a chance 😉.

The pond has had winning weights from all areas throughout the year and as it’s been a few weeks since we last fished Kingfisher nobody could predict which area of the pond would fish best.  Ade Knighton on Peg 12 was giving a master class in feeder fishing, casting a feeder to pin point accuracy across to the far bank – it’s a shame this was the only area of his Peg with no fish in!  It still looked good Ade.  Mick Burke was trying not to be out done on Peg 11 but failed miserably by spending more time casting into the trees on the far bank than in the water.  This worked well for both Craig Logan and Olly Flindall as this meant the Carp moved into their Pegs and they both made the most of it.  After a slow first hour, a change to dobbing bread at 14m saw both catch Carp up to 10lb.  Tony Males on Peg 6 was also catching steadily, fishing the pole long to the island.  Sue Reid was catching yet again on peg 20.  Sue fished pole and pellets, catching Carp up to 10lb which proved too much for her son Danny off the next Peg, who decided to call it a day with 3hrs to go.

Ade, Craig and the committee would like to thank you all for your support this year.  It’s been a difficult time organizing the matches and complying with Covid rules and we appreciate everyone making the most of a bad situation.

1st  Craig Logan – 161lb 5oz

2nd  Olly Flindal – 96lb 12oz

3rd  Tony Males – 60lb 13oz

Section 1  Sue Reid – 41lb 40z

Section 2  Ian Bradley – 39lb 11oz

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Aggregate League Winner

Congratulations to Ian Bradley on winning this years Aggregate League.  Ian has been close to winning this for a number of years and well deserves the title this year.

1st  Ian Bradly

2nd  Craig Logan

3rd  Ian Shaw


Winter league Round Two

This was the second round of the Winter League.  Sections were split over two waters with two sections on the Canal and three on Privates pond.

The weather conditions could not have been worse leading up to the match, with freezing temperatures and lots of rain – the waters were incredibly cold and colored.

Canal pegs 21 – 28 seemed the place most competitors wanted to draw, with a few having a practice in the week leading up to the match and catching quite well.

The fishing turned out to be incredibly hard going, with all anglers struggling for bites.  But this also meant that everyone had a good chance of section points with only ounces separating competitors by the end of the match.

Canal section 1 – won by Ray Agent on Peg 14.  Ray fished maggots catching small roach, beating Pete Beard on the next peg by 1oz

Canal Section 2 – won by Ian Shaw on Peg 23.  Ian was the only one to catch in his section.  Ian fed a few maggots at a time with maggots on the hook.  Mick Burke did catch a small Roach but missed his keepnet with the pressure and excitement of catching a fish…. 😂

Privates Section 1 – won by Jim Mercer on Peg 2.  Jim fished pinkies up to the island and caught two Tench, a small Carp, plus a few small Roach, to not only win his section but the match overall.  Well Done Jim.

Privates section 2 – won by club favorite Craig Logan on Peg 12.  Craig fed ground bait at the start and fished pinkies over the top, catching small Roach and skimmers.

Privates section 3 – won by Adam Logan on Peg 23.   Adam fished pinkies over ground bait catching small Roach and a bonus Perch.

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December 6th – Robinswood Lake 2

This is the first match after the latest lockdown and even with the appalling weather, all competitors couldn’t wait to get back fishing a match.  As always, thank you to everyone for complying with the Covid Restriction rules that are in place.

The match got underway with Sue Reid on Peg 13 catching the first Carp and quickly followed by two more.  Sue was fishing pole at 12m, feeding micros with soft pellet on the hook.  Second to catch was golden oldie Dave Harris.  Dave came into this match full of confidence after winning his last match.  Dave drew Peg 18 and fished his margin from the off – after a slow start he started to catch Carp regularly, feeding micros with corn on the hook. Dave Perry was also putting the odd Carp in the net fishing opposite Harris on Peg 15, again fishing his margins.  Ian Shaw was having a nightmare on Peg 11 losing his first 5 Carp until a change in tactics saw him put 5 Carp in the net in the last two hours.  As time was called Dave Harris estimated he had 37lb 🤔 and looked to had done enough to win but it was too close to call for 2nd and 3rd.

1st  Dave Harris – 56lb 11oz

2nd  Sue Reid 24lb 13oz

3rd  Ian Shaw 23lb 6oz

Section 1  Mick Burke – 1lb 5oz

Section 2  Dave Perry – 23lb 2oz

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1st November – Robinswood Lake 2

Another fantastic turn out this week, which is amazing considering the awful weather.  As always, the banter on the bank was good but then it’s easy to take the mick out of our lot… 😂

It was blowing a gale down the pond, making fishing the long pole impossible on most pegs.

First to catch was Sue Reid on Peg 9, quickly followed by Tony Males on Peg 1.  However, it was a very slow start for most.  As the match progressed it looked like the Carp had moved into the shallow end of the pond out of the cold wind because most of the anglers pegged at that end of the pond were now catching.

Ian Bradley on Peg 5 was fishing pole, catching odd Carp on 8mm hard pellets.  Jim Marcer on Peg 31 was catching Carp down his margins, feeding casters with maggots on the hook.  Ian Shaw was also catching well on Peg 24 – Ian was fishing meat down his margin and two plus two and kept rotating both lines.

In the final hour the wind started to calm down giving anglers a chance to present a bait properly and as a result the odd Carp was starting to be caught from other areas of the pond.  Alas, it was too late to make an impact on the final weights.

1st  Ian Shaw – 58lb 4oz

2nd  Jim Marcer – 47lb 1oz

3rd  Ian Bradly – 42lb 9oz

4th  Tony Males – 28lb 9oz

Section 1  Sue Reid – 16lb 15oz

Section 2  Dave Meakin – 15lb 7oz

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Winter League – 25/10/2020

This was the first round of the Winter League and because of it’s popularity the match was split over Roughs Pond and the Canal.  The league is being run on points, with one point for a section win down to five points for last in section.

With the temperature dropping and the cold rain the day before it looked like it was going to be hard going, and it was difficult to know which water would fish better.

By the end of the match it was apparent that the anglers on Roughs Pond definitely had the better day, with nearly all competitors having a good days fishing and in with a chance of good section points.  The Canal on the other hand was really hard going, with leaves making good presentation impossible for the anglers pegged in the low number.

Roughs section 1 – won by Pete Beard on Peg 5.  Pete started the match on maggots catching small roach and skimmers.  He then dropped onto chopped worm and casters line, catching a bounce Tench and Bream.

Roughs Section 2 – won by Sue Reid on Peg 14.  Sue carried on her great run of form framing yet again.  Sue fished the pole feeding soft pellets and switching between hook baits to catch Carp and F1s.

Roughs section 3 – won by Adam Logan on Peg 21.  Adam started the match fishing soft pellets catching the odd Carp and big F1s, before switching to his chopped worm line and again catching Carp.  He continued to switch between the two, not only win his section but the match overall.

Canal section 1 – won by John Aldred on Peg 3.  John fished pole catching odd Roach before hooking into a bonus Bream.

Canal section 2 – won by Craig Logan on Peg 17.  Craig fed ground bait over two lines at the start and rotated between the two, catching small Bream and Roach for the whole match fishing.

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18th October – Beechwood Kingfisher

This was the last match of the summer league and like all of our matches this year the turn out was great.  Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about the fishing this week!  Young Olly Flindall drew next to Craig Radford this week – Craig’s probably won more matches on this venue than anyone.  Club favourite Craig Logan thought he would make it more interesting by offering Olly £10 if he could beat him…

The Match got underway and like most matches now on Kingfisher, people seem to be fishing for squirrels more than fish with the amount of lines getting caught up in the over hanging trees.  The pond was fishing incredibly hard with only the odd person catching.

Mick Burk had drawn Peg 4 and decided to fish the feeder and it paid off, catching Carp casting tight to the far side.  John Lowe AKA The Treble  drew Peg 10 and wasn’t expecting much from it but by fishing paste to the far bank he was catching slowly and putting a weight together.  Sue Reid on Peg 20 was continuing her good form catching Carp on hard pellet.  With two hours left Dave Meakin on Peg 13 made the decision to try fishing shallow due to the amount of line bites he was getting and it worked as he never stopped catching for the remainder of the match.

Time was called and as the scales went round the pond it was obvious it had been hard going.  Olly and Craig had especially struggled with both anglers only catching one carp each, but unluckily for Olly, Craig’s carp weighed just 4oz more!

1st  Dave Meakin – 58lb, 13oz

2nd  Mick Burke – 45lb 9oz

3rd  John Lowe – 44lb 14oz

4th  Sue Reid – 30lb 12oz

5th  Ian Bradley – 26lb 13oz

Section 1  Graham Gibbson – 13lb 12oz

Section 2  Ian Shaw – 18lb 5oz

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Ian Shaw – Garbolino Club Man Of the Year Final

Congratulations to Ian Shaw on qualifying for the Garbolino Club Man Of the Year Final at Barston Lakes.

Ian represented the club this year along with Adam Logan at Tunnel Barn Farm fishery, and beat some of the best club anglers in the country to qualify for the final.

The final will be held on Wednesday 14th October.

Good luck Ian!


11th October – Robinswood Lake 2

Winter if definitely on it’s way with the bad weather and cold nights and the fishing is definitely getting harder. But at least the banter is still going strong…

We mixed the pegging up a bit this week to try and give the pegs in the shallow end more room.  I’m starting to think some anglers think they can see into the future because as soon as the draw is made their match is over, even before it’s begun…  However, this is a strange time of year as the water temperature is dropping the fish are on the move and starting to shoal up.

Ian Shaw had drawn Peg 30 and wasn’t happy, which meant that those around him would need ear defenders to drown the moaning 😉.  But as it turned out Ian was the first to catch.  He had a good first couple of hours and picked up the odd Carp for the remainder of the match.  I’m not sure which is louder: his moaning or the bragging when he is catching…  Dave Perry on Peg 26 had a slow start but finally had some Carp show up in his margin, catching the majority of his fish in the last hour.

Club favourite Craig Logan was on Peg 9 but was having a nightmare day losing 12 Carp due to under water snags – much to the amusement of others.  Keep your eyes out on eBay for some cheap tackle – he’s thinking of taking up golf.

Talking of tackle Mick Burke had treated himself to a new feeder rod and reel, and was enjoying seeing how far he could cast with it.  Shame the pond is only 40m wide – people needed hard hats fishing opposite him…

On Peg 15 was Sue Reid.  Peg 15 has done nothing all year but Sue was still confident of catching and she was right – catching Carp to 10lb fishing on pole at 11m.  Junior member Olly Flindall was on peg 18.  Olly got off to a great start catching well for the first 3hrs, fishing down both margins but the bites slowed as the match progressed.  As always, it was too close to call who would frame.  It turned out Sue had done enough just pipping Olly for first place.  Massive well done to Sue – she has been fishing great of late and well deserved a win.

Condolences to Olly but I’m sure it want be long before he gets that first win under his belt.

1st  Sue Reid – 61lb 14oz

2nd  Olly Flindall – 54lb 5oz

3rd  Dave Perry – 38lb 15oz

Section 1  Craig Logan 24lb 5oz

Section 2  Ian Shaw 31lb 5oz

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