The venue was none other than the Bridgwater and Taunton canal at wide waters. Now whilst in the car park at the boat and anchor pub it became apparent that Mr Dave Nash was not going to turn up as he had been scuppered by a hang over and poor Phil Dodd had fallen victim to gravity and had just fallen down the stairs, The rest of the absentees all had excusal notes signed by their wives, So then there were only five to do battle.
But this added to the problem of the draw because where there was supposed to be 7 now there was only 5 But Alan the match secretary decided on what seemed to us remaining mere mortals an extremely complex dialogue “right if you draw out 7 you can fish in 6 if wish but only if no one pulls out 5 or , if 5 is pulled out but not 4 you can have a choice of pegs of 4 or 5 and 6 only if the person who pulls out 7 decides not to fish 6 but wants to fish 7. If you get 4 you can fish 5 or 3 depending if 6 have been drawn and if the person who’s peg is 6 decides if wants fish 7 if that peg is not pulled out. Right if 3 is one of the numbers that comes out that angler can have if he wants, a choice of either 3,4 or 2 depending if 1 is drawn out in that case the angler on 1 who has a choice of 1 or 2 might want to fish 1 but if 1 is not fished and the guy on 5 decides to fish 6 that leaves the angler on 7 with only one choice so instead if 5 wants to fish 6 and not 5 or 4 and if the person on 2 decides to fish 2 or 3 but not 1 the guy on 7 which depending if 6 or 5 is pulled out can have an option of 1 or 7 but obviously this depends on the on 3 and 4 so………”etc etc etc !
Right once the pegs were drawn and we had the numbers we anglers took certain steps.
Dodd decided to ring some of his friends at the Met office and with
the aide of their super computer it was decided that Rob should fish
Colley did a similar tactic and rang some people he knew at NASA and
they concluded that he should fish peg3,
Paul got on his mobile phone and rang dial a clairvoyant who duly got in touch with Albert Einstein the result was that Paul should fish peg 1
Yours truly took the number drawn divided it by pi and then found it’s antilog which gave me peg 6.
Bland just worked it all out in his head and fished peg 2.
The weather was overcast and except for a few splutterings of rain was on the whole dry. There was a slight breeze but nothing to worry about.
The next match in the series will be at the fast stretch on the river Tone, if this becomes unfishable owing to heavy rain etc the alternative venue will be the Bridgwater and Taunton canal at wide waters once again. Tight lines people.
Icelandic Tv series Trapped (season 2) and the Switzerland v Ukraine
world 2006. Combine these two and you have the experience, atmosphere
and resultant of the above said match.
Trapped is an excellent TV series set in the north of Iceland, a brilliant production of a well written police drama which has twist and turns at every corner. But when you watch it you notice (because it’s northern Iceland) the sun hardly ever shines and it’s bleak and there is always bloody rain and its gives you the impression that it sodding freezing.
Switzerland v Ukraine 2006 The
two sides were playing for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals
but neither could score in 120 minutes and one of them didn’t even
find the net in the penalty shoot out a
game so dull that
should take offence if ever mentioned in the same sentence as this
is deemed the one
most boring and tedious
game ever staged. So you see if you combined the above two said
elements you get all the characteristics
of this match.
were met at the start of the match by one of the bailiffs of the
one Mr Nigel Coram who came down to make sure that all the pegs that
were going to be fished were made presentable (Which
indeed they were) Nice one Nigel.
is nine of us in the league all told but we knew of one absence a
certain Dave Nash who was on his way to Spain. But alas there was
three no shows. Leaving five hardy souls to do
draw was done and of we ambled to our allotted pegs which
on pond 1.
what happen during the match is a bit difficult to write about, not
because of the
sheer volume of occurrences but lack of them.
here are the results
First place then Paul Smith who amassed a very creditable total for the adverse weather conditions which was rather Nordic of 4lb 12oz. This consisted of 2 decent size skimmers and a few roach, Paul also hooked a decent size carp which escaped when it swam under his pallet. Mr Smith fished the pole at 13 meters and fished mostly pinkie.
up with just one skimmer was Eric Searle for a weight of 1lb 10oz.
Eric fished 7meters out and caught his only fish on double red
maggot. Also he hooked a small Rudd or Roach but it dropped of. This
was his only 2 bites.
Barker on peg 5 had 2 bites one at 12 oclock and then another 5
Yours truly on peg 1 had 1 bite at 11:15am and poor Alan Bland had no bites So there you have it folks To sum it up in one word Grim.