Missed Match Number Three

Well missing all these matches is becoming a right pain in the backside, I have definitely got withdrawal symptoms and gone cold turkey. Well I spoke to Alan Bland and he has provided me with the fixtures.

These matches are booked to be fished but obviously subject to Covid 19 and government restrictions. Also whether the fisheries are willing to open even if certain restrictions are lifted.

June 6thTrinity Woodlands
June 20thSedges Canal
June 27th /28thBait Tech cup
July 4thShiplate Hawthorns
July 18thTrinity Woodlands
August 1stSedges Tile
August 15thAvalon
August 29thRiver Huntspill
September 12thKSD Parchey
September 26thShiplate Main lake
October 10thSedges Brick
October 24thSummerhayes Longs

I have spoken to Alan Bland and he tells me that there will be a Winter league but the venues and format is still to be determined.

I was in Sainsburys a while back and yours truly was in a hurry, its was a get in, get the items and get out operation. The visit was going to be fleeting. But as I was briskly passing the magazines racks a fishing publication caught my eye. Which was a very good achievement considering the pace I was going. The cover beamed the words 50 great tips for winter fishing. I stopped and looked at the culprit that caused me to halt in my tracks. I pondered hmm could be, just could be just a few tips in there that just could give me the edge. Without flicking through its covers and with one fell swoop the fishing mag found itself in my shopping basket and on its way to the tills.

Once home the mag was placed on the kitchen table while the rest of the shopping was put away. Can of diet coke in hand it was time for this mag to divulge these 50 great tips.

Naively I began to think of me being propelled in to the upper echelons of the match fishing fraternity. Promoted to the fishing elite.

Yea right. To call these great tips the publisher could be with some justification be sued under the trade descriptions act.

When fishing in cold weather wear warm clothing.

Make sure you use some thing heavy when breaking the ice.

Always fish at the depth the fish are feeding.

On the way the back from the recycling bin in my garden and in a bit of a depressed state caused by the thought of wasting a few bob. My mind turned to a match I fished way back in the late 1980s. We were all in the car park waiting for the draw. So to kill a few minutes I approached a well known match angler who was one of the top anglers in the locality. I knew his family quite way and because of this he knew me by sight and we always acknowledge each other and passed the time of day but that was it.

Guess what went in here.

So I thought I would just go over as he was on his own and make polite conversation and hopefully gain maybe one or two good tips. The conversation went a bit like this.

Me “well what’s going to be the wining method today then”

Match Angler Who spoke in a slightly west country Drawl. “well you know could be this or that really you know”

Me “yea anything specific what would you suggest anything”

MA “ Not really. Tench might probably win it you never know you know”

Me “what’s the best way to catch them in here then”

MA “well you know normal things really might be float or feeder you know”

Me “Any particular bait”

MA “well could be bread might be maggot but corn could come in to it, also worm you know”

Me “Is it worth going for the Roach and Rudd then and try to built a weight that way”

MA “You could do it that way you know but it might work or it might not you know”


Well to cut a long story short match angler true to form actually won the match.

So back in the car park and when he was alone I went over to him and gave him my congratulations and with that and a slight determination asked him how he achieved his success. The conversation was forth coming but was all his. The dialogue was plentiful but the delivery was slightly faster then I expected. After he had finished which I must say he had been speaking for a few minutes we said our good byes and went our separate ways.

On the way home I kept thinking about the end of match conversation, and kept pondering about the way it was delivered.

It then dawned on me and in my humble opinion I came to the conclusion that he was an absolute master of the superficial answer. Let me explain. If I managed to take a transcript of what he said. read it I would find that every thing he said would cancel out.

Eg In the first paragraph he said he caught on maggot but in the fourteenth paragraph he said he tried maggot but to no avail. In the third paragraph he had found all the fish he caught were feeding on the bottom. The seventeenth paragraph would say he had the fish up in the water.

Get my point. ( no wonder the fast delivery).

Now I know that some anglers spend hours and hours on the bank and stumble across something that is valuable in terms of getting an edge and want to keep it under wraps. I really do understand that and have no problem with that, but the lengths that some anglers go to keep certain knowledge makes me chuckle.

So to all the people who write in the angling press who come up with tips which equate to the bleedin obvious and to the people who have become masters in the art of the superficial answer well I don’t need you because, well I got a ……….. No I going to get an Australian guy could Nugget to provide the answer, look at the vid.

Yep I also got a Donk also. This donk is manifestation, the incarnation, the personification and the embodiment of the above said type of people, yea it a p**s take.

Donk will be part of the blog from now on and will make guest appearances throughout.

Well said,
Nice one.

Well this could be good new news there could be light at the end of the tunnel. Here is a clipping from last weeks Daily Telegraph.

Could be good news, well finally cast you mind back to a year ago and last years corresponding match. It was fished on 20/04/2019 on specimen lake at Landsend

The map.
1stDave Colley157 lb 04oz31
2ndShane Dutton81 lb 03oz33
3rdRob Dodd72 lb 01oz36
4thEric Searle57lb 13oz32
5thAlan Bland49 lb 14oz39
6thTony Richards45 lb 13oz34
7thDave Gartenfeld32 lb 01oz25
8thBob Pascoe25 lb 13oz30
9thPhil Dodd25 lb27
10thPaul Smith22 lb 08oz38
11thPete King11 lb 13oz28
12thPete Curnow11 lb 07oz29
13thAlan Jenkins3 lb 10oz26

Dave NashDNW40

John BarkerDNW37
Well done Mr Colley.

My apologies for being slightly late for this post because its normally published on a Sunday or at the latest on a Monday but I have to to blame my web hosting company for buggering things up. Well in true Bugs Bunny style “That’ all folks”


Missed match 11 April 2020

A message from Alan Bland

The one and only

11-04-20 match 13 cancelled due to worst Chinese take away the world has ever seen in our life time. Match dates and venues are available if required, But maybe you should consider fishing the optional winter league. Pete will happy receive any old fishing photos you may have to share.

All these thoughts are depressing me I am of to the pub. Hope you are all well stay safe and be lucky. Alan

Well once again we are all confined to our humble abodes and the simple pleasure of fishing has been denied us. It appears that the only way we can stay connected to our beloved sport is by sorting out our fishing equipment, watching dvds or watching you tube videos. It was while I was indulging my self in watching these you tube videos I suddenly pondered after noting the figure for number of views for the appropriate video what was the most watched piece of fishing ever. Well with the help of the internet I done a bit of research.

Mr Alf Garnett

Most of the TV programmes with the highest TV viewing figures ever recorded were actually from the 1960’s. This was owing to the fact that there were only 3 TV channels back then and each channel had a bigger share of the TV audience. Some shows had viewing figures of over 20 million. Shows such as Sunday Night at the London Palladium, The Morecombe and Wise show, Steptoe and Son and Till death as do Part. But TV today with it multitude of channel the best programmes barely reach the 7 million mark. So with this in mind and doing a bit of digging I think I have unearthed the Programme. Logically of course the programme would come from this so called golden era of TV. Ironically it was one of the first shows to be filmed in colour for the BBC way back in 1965. But the air date was 7th February 1966.

The show tried to captivate the mood of a group of 4 anglers fishing a small stream in a typical English village. A place where everyone would wish to live. A place which has a atmosphere of rustic happiness where the pace of life is slow but meaningful. A place where teatime is always at 5 O clock. A sleepy hollow, a quiet backwater. This group of 4 anglers always fished together on a Wednesday afternoon, the reason for Wednesday afternoon was simple, It was early closing.

The first of the anglers which is in no particular order was a typical rural person but was endowed with a business mind. He was owner of the local flour mill and had small side line in brewing. He was deemed by the locals as slightly old fashioned as this was testified by his country side attire and the fact that he used to ride around on a penny farthing.

Angler number 2 was a family man with 2 children a boy and a girl. His surname was Murphy and was the proprietor of the local bakery.

The 3rd angler was gentlemen that was held in very high esteem. He was a military man and held the rank of captain in the army. He would make sure that he would turn up without fail to take part in this jolly little get together.

The 4th guy also had business interests in the locality and it was from the back of his business premises they used to meet up and fish. This person as the story goes comes from a long line of sea captains. He has a passion for wearing boater hats.

There was a 5th person involved but did not fish he turned up to participate in his hobby that of photography He joined the anglers on the bank to take snap shots. He was a man of the medical profession the local doctor in fact. Another with a sleight tinge of eccentricity although this was the 1960s he used to drive a car similar to a Damleir Benz from the early 1900’s and another oddity of the good doctor was that he would always wear a top hat whilst examining he patients.

Well with this mixture of the idyllic and the offbeat no wonder the BBC thought it would be a good idea to send a film unit.

The corresponding Match from last year was fish at Trinity waters on the 6 April 2019.

14 anglers fished

1stRob Dodd63lb
2ndDave Colley48lb 09oz
3rdJohn Barker46lb 15oz
4thAlan Bland43lb 05oz
5thBob Pascoe35lb 02oz
6thEric Searle33lb 15oz
7thPhil Dodd28lb 10oz
8thTony Richards26lb 12oz
9thShane Dutton24lb 02 oz
10thPaul Smith20lb 06oz
11thPete Curnow6lb 12oz
13thAlan Jenkins2lb 04oz
DNWIDave Nashxxxxx

Just a couple sad points to end on. I was doing my shopping on Thursday and bumped in to a lady called Annette who used to be in the same year with me at school. Now she was married to Paul Baker. Paul for people who used to fish the Cellophane club matches was the Match Secretary at the back end of the 1990’s He took over from Dave Nash. Well I did not Know until Annette told me that Paul passed away nearly 3 ago RIP Paul.

Also we have just passed the 5th anniversary of the passing of ex club member Clive Cunningham who sadly died on the 7th April 2015. RIP Clive.

Take care people, Tight lines

Pete C