River Tone on the fast stretch was the venue for the 6th
match in the Watchet angling winter league series. Now yours truly
did not fish this match due to helping out as a volunteer with the
Inland Waterways Association at Bridgwater docks. (I will be doing a
post on this soon). Hence this match report shall we say will be in a
pegging was as follows, pegs 1-2 was to the left of the car park peg
3 was roughly where the car park is and the pegs 4-7 was around the
corner where 7 was the nearest to the 2nd weir.
rod Dave Nash had mostly Chub and a few Roach and also had a Trout.
placed Phil had mostly Chub and Roach but apparently was kept company
by a washed up moped a little bit further along his peg.
Colley in 3rd spot also had mostly Chub and Roach.
Alan Bland the match secretary did not land a fish on peg 7 he had
what is known as the snag swim and his claim to fame in this match is
that (in his own words) he had lost during the match 20 hooks. Better
luck next time mate.
next match in the series is on February 8th at Summerhayes
on Sellicks Pond.
The above table shows my abysmal results at Woodlands lake Trinity Waters. Now hand on heart it does not make good reading I admit. In the about me page of this blog I put down that I was Mr average when it comes to angling. Well looking at the above table you might well think I need to replace the word average. But on reflection and no disrespect to the venue I have renamed it my Spoons venue.
A few years ago I
was talking one of the security guards at work called Ted, he was a
tall bloke and always had time for a few words. It was one of these
friendly encounters when Ted told me a funny story which has always
stuck with me. When Ted was in the Royal Marines they used to play a
game with the recruits new to the unit called spoons.
The game is played
with two people sitting opposite each other at a table both with a
spoon in their mouth. When the game begins one of the guys looks down
at the table and closes his eyes while the other whacks him on the
head with the spoon which still in his mouth. Each take in turns with
this said action. The object is to get the other to submit. But
unknown to the new recruit there is some one standing behind him with
a soup ladle. Well you can guess the rest, the new recruit instead of
getting hit with a spoon gets whacked with a what ?
The connection between this game of spoons and yours truly fishing this venue is that I feel that I have something in common with the poor recruit. That is I am in a competition and don’t have a cat in hell chance of winning.
Right that’s the
whinging out the way Dare I say it here is the report.
First and foremost
the match was well attended by 11 hardly souls. It was nice to see a
few faces from the past such as Dave Gartenfeld and Ian Townsend. The
weather was 99% dry but the wind was somewhat blustery. As a
testimony to this, whilst setting up, my fishing trolley was swept
of it 4 wheels and promptly deposited in to the lake. Luckily with
the help of Tony Rchards who was in the next peg we managed to
retrieve it. What a great start.
Well some anglers done alright considering the wintry conditions and some anglers didn’t. Now with the information in the above table and the law of statistics have a guess which group of anglers I ended up in.
First on the day
was the ever friendly, the ever jovial, Mr happy go lucky, the one
and only Paul Smith with a very creditable weight of 17lb 12oz. Paul
fished 13 meters with maggot and caster, This Watchet veteran had a
nice size golden tench which was tempted on maggot. Well done Paul.
was “I am always in the money” Rob Dodd with 14lb 4oz., Rob
tempted all his fish on double red maggot out on 12 -13 meters.
3rd place was Mr Birmingham City FC Dave Gartenfeld. Who amassed a reasonable weight of 9lb 6oz, Dave started out on the tip but to no avail, So swapped to the pole and caught at about 8 meters using 3 casters on a size 16 hook. Dave also had a tench which he caught on corn.
4th was Mr secret agent Eric Searle. Mr 007 had 7lb 6oz from peg 29 Eric fished mostly the pole at 12meters for all his fish but when asked what bait he had used, he replied with the code word coconut, which in GCHQ terms means maggot. Eric also caught a nice Crucian.
was match secretary Alan Bland. Alan put 5lb 4oz on the scales, he
fished 9-10 meters out and caught all his fish on red maggot.
Mr Dave the cash Nash who for the first few hours
uncharacteristically fished the small feeder, but could only scrape
together a smattering of small bits. In the last hour he went on to
one of his favourite methods the waggler and ended up with a total
catch of 4lb 1oz.
was “I am moving to Bristol but don’t know when” Dave Colley,
This jolly chap caught a catch of 2lb 2oz, all on the pole and
Mr bee man Tony “ I help save your trolley” Richards. Tony
struggled in the peg next to me and caught 1lb 10oz of bits.
Alternating between short pole and waggler. Main bait maggot.
yours truly. Well I had to come somewhere. I managed to catch and put
on the scales a meagre 10oz Well I don’t like breaking with
tradition. I tried feeder for the first 3 hours and went on the
waggler for the last 2 but you can see 10 oz just tells the story.
Ian Townsend and
Phil Dodd decided not to bother with the scales hence DNW.
I like to put forward an idea for the match fishing fraternity and that is to offer a new prize. The prize should awarded at the end of each match season and should be called The Abingdon Town FC award. This award should be given to the person who packs up the most times before the end of the match. Why Abingdon Town FC. Well Abingdon Town who play in the 10th tier of the football league were playing rivals Abingdon United in a local derby in front of a crowd of over 160 in December last year. Well at half time Abingdon Town were losing 8-nil. So at the interval the players went in the dressing room got dressed, packed up and went home. There you have it.
The next match in this winter league series will be on the River Tone. But if the river is in flood the reserve venue will be the Bridgwater and Taunton canal. Right I normally do crap on the Tone and reasonably well on the canal, so to spare my blushes for the next match can you all do me a big favour, every day for the next 2 weeks can you all please clean your windows.