Well who would of thought it the 2020/2021 season due to resume on
the 28/03/2020 cancelled due to the coronavirus. Unbelievable just
over a 100 years ago the Spanish flu took out 10 times the amount of
lives lost in world war 1 worldwide. So with todays technology I do
wonder how,why, who, could be mothers natures work with a big hand
from the mad scientist.
At this difficult
time, stay safe, be lucky, any financial problems ask a friend. There
are many in Watchet Angling club.
Whilst you are
unable to fish, how about sorting out your tackle. Rod and pole
should be cleaned by you and a friend maybe. Wash that tackle box and
bait boxes (Dave Nash). Find all you tackle is Shergar in there (Alan
Jenkins). And remember if down there is always another angler around.
Although obviously our match due to be fished this weekend was postponed. Lets have a trip down memory lane and have a look at last years corresponding fixture. This was fished on Saturday 23rd March 2019 at Summerhayes on Sellicks. The weather and conditions were similar and not a coronavirus in sight. The diagram below shows roughly where every one was pegged.
65 lb 13 oz
50 lb 14 oz
50 lb 02 oz
50 lb 02 oz
48 lb 05 oz
43 lb 03 oz
31 lb 06 oz
23 lb 03 oz
19 lb 07oz
18 lb 09oz
13 lb 08 oz
8 lb 07 oz
6 lb 14oz
I searched out a video on you tube to cheer you guys up in these dark dreary fish less days.
This is what I copied from the Angling Times face book page. Ref bait tech cup. It’s concerns us all.
Bait-Tech Supercup – important notice!!!!
If you are a member of a club or team entered in this year’s Supercup, the first round scheduled for the weekend of April 25 and 26 will no longer take place. This is in reaction to this evening’s government announcement regarding Covid 19, non essential travel and ban on gatherings of more than two persons. Fisheries are closing as each minute passes so with all of this in mind, we are aiming to hold the first round on the weekend of June 27 and 28, restrictions allowing. Please communicate this to all team members and if possible your opposition. We will also be contacting each team tomorrow via email or text to confirm the above. With luck, we’ll get out fishing again by July! Keep safe and healthy because it’s only fishing at the end of the day – and the fish aren’t going anywhere!!!!
Okay folks I am in touch with most people in the club and I will let you know if there is any further news. Obviously it depends on government policy for when we are able to get out on the bank again. Lets hope it is sooner rather than later, Fingers crossed.
The 7th of March 2020 and the members of the Watchet
angling club do battle once again, in this the finale of the Watchet
angling winter league. The venue is none other than one of the best
fisheries in the south west The Sedges. When ever I think of this
well run fishery my mind drifts back to the year 1980. Some facts
of the 1980.
Prime minister was
Jimmy Carter was
president of the United States.
champions of the football league.
won the European cup.
West Ham beat
Arsenal to win the FA cup.
Middlesex won the
Wimbledon was won by
Bjorn Borg and for the ladies the winner was Evonne Goolagong Cawley.
The SAS stormed the
Iranian embassy to end the terrorist siege.
And earth was saved
from an alien invasion by a moon base, spacecraft with missiles, a
fleet of submarines, track vehicles and a bloke with a blonde wig
with a weird looking car. O come on people it true I saw it on the
telly. Honest. LOOK
1980 is important to me because it was the year that I left school.
It was in my terms the long hot summer, The summer of freedom. The
time of change. The age of expectation. The future of choice
Now one of things
that stick in my mind from this tranquil
period of happiness
was fishing in south pit of Dunwear ponds with a friend of mine Chris
Irish. We were fishing away and soaking up the atmosphere of the hope
of catching, when one of Chris friends arrived. This friend had the
physique of a well toned gorilla, the tattoos of an hells angel and
the manner and charm of mister nice guy.
went a bit like this
Chris’s mate “I’m
going fishing tomorrow”
Me “which pond”
“don’t know the ponds haven’t got names”
Me Rather puzzled
“This is South pond, behind us is big pond over there next to the
car park is Tench pit which joins on North and the one on the right
coming in from Sedgemoor road is Railway pit”
yea I know” he replied with a smirk.
Chris at this point
was just as confused as me “Which Dunwear are you on about then”
Chris’s mate “The
one in Dunwear village the old chicken farm Arrigonis”
He went on to
explain the directions of how to get there. “out of the car park
turn right on to Dunwear lane under the motorway bridge follow the
road around along the banks of the Parrett just pass the industrial
estate there a lane next to a bungalow. Knock on the door pay a pound
then go up the lane and there you are”.
After Chris’s mate
left we carried on fishing for a bit then decided to pack up early
and investigate. Thanks to the directions given we had no problems
finding the lane and bungalow. We decided the next day to give it
ago. We did and the rest is history.
The Sedges 40 year ago like most other things was far different than it is today. The canal lake did not exist. The entrance was in a different place and at most there where from memory 10 or 12 swims.
The first time we fished the sedges we were amazed, we were surprised, we were excited and we were chuffed. We had found the ponds of plenty and the lakes of abundance. This was a world apart from Dunwear ponds a place we knew so well, but Dunwear seemed to be a angling hangout in decline. Catches were poor and most swims seemed to be devoid of fish. The chances of catching a decent haul were slim. But in contrast the Sedges was how I envisaged angling should be. Okay it wasn’t a fish a chuck, but the fish were there. The average catch were skimmers between 4oz and ½ lb. And some times you had a net of 20 or more. It was around this time that I was a fan of probably one of the greatest angler that had ever lived. The one and only Ivan Marks, now in one of his books he mentioned about if the fishing is not so great try experimenting, alter your depth a little bit, change your shot around or a combination of both, Now if you did this in a swim that had no fish just like a lot of swims in Dunwear at that time well it didn’t matter, it was pointless. But going to a place like Sedges with fish aplenty it was an eye opener. When bites were beginning to tail off or were none existent a little bit of changing things around, 9 times out of 10 would bring results. But just to see this happen was encouraging. How many people who in their youth fished places with poor stocks only to be disappointed and hence drifted away to other sports and past times. I dare say if it wasn’t for a chance meeting with Mr well built nice guy with the tattoos in South pit Dunwear who told of the where abouts of Sedges I would have probably gone the same way, So you see I owe it to the Sedges for me still fishing today. So I hope you can now grasp that when I fish the Sedges my mind some time wonders back to that interlude in my youth between school and work and my angling enlightenment in a time of Maggie Thatcher, Jimmy Carter and a guy in a blonde wig. Good old Sedges long may you reign.
Enough of me going down memory lane there was the matter of a fishing match to report. First of all the turnout was very good with 4 guests joining the fun. The weather was dry and a wind was blowing up the pond from the main car park end to wards the canal lake. The sky was heavy laden with cloud.
Top weight was Mr consistent the one and only Rob Dodd. He had a
weight of 18lb 14 oz, top man fished at 11 meters with double red
maggot and double pinkie over ground bait, from peg 24.
was veteran angler John Barker whose fish tipped the scales at 17lb
12oz. John tempted his fish at just 4 meters on maggot. Mr Barker was
on peg 27.
the winner of the winter league which he managed to achieve from
winning the last match on the canal Paul Smith. In theory he did have
to turn to claim the league but he thought he would turn up and do a
bit of show boating. Paul had a catch of 9lb 9oz which was achieved
by fishing at 13 meters on maggot. His catch included two nice Perch,
the biggest weighed 2lb 7oz. Good one mate. All this of of peg 21
which wasn’t fancied much.
went to one of the fairer sex, one of the guests Clare Middleton.
This charming lady happens to be the daughter of Paul Smith. Clare
was pegged next to her dad on peg 22. She put a respectable weight of
8lb 4oz on the scales. Clare revealed she fished at 11 meters with
maggot and also had a inside line in which she feed caster. Well done
yours truly I drew out peg 29 and was immediately told that that in
the last 3 matches this was the top slivers peg. (well lets give
another peg a chance then). Owing to having a bad back I left the
pole at home and opted to fish the ground bait feeder. My weight was
8lb 1 oz this consisted of 5 skimmer and one small roach. I had 2
skimmers fishing towards the island and 3 skimmers at 11 meters. The
bait was double pinkie.
another guest Ian Townsend who was on peg 38 which meant that Ian was
up the middle on his own. Ian did try to fish the pole at length but
owing to the wind he feared for the safety of his pole, so opted to
fish at 4 meters with expander pellet. Ian weight in 7lb 8oz.
Dave Nash who was on peg 23 and had 5lb of fish. Heavens know what
methods were employed because as soon as the whistle went for full
time he was off like a shoot I have never known some one to pack up
so quickly. The rumour was that some one had told him that his bank
was on fire and had to save his cash.
8th Eric Searle had 4 bites in total and weighed in 4lb 15 oz. He fished the pole at 11 meters with maggot. Eric fished on peg 25.
Dave Gartenfeld whose net was 4lb 8oz. Dave struggled on the pole and
after a couple hours switched to the feeder and fished near the
island for most of his fish. Mr Gartenfeld was next to me on peg 28.
place was Alan Bland with 4lb 4oz on peg 26.
Alan Jenkins on peg 30 who could muster a few bites but no fish.
Hence did DNW. Alan mate there is always next time.