Fishing with the 37 Club Also A Watchet Red Team Giant Killing Act.

Wednesday the 20th of April was a nice sunny day with just a tad of a breeze this was an lovely way to be introduced to a match fishing group and to fish one of their matches. The 37 club which has their origins from the ROF social club in Puriton has in it’s ranks a fishing club with a very fine asset. The club has the rights to fish what is known as the R.O.F ponds situated on the outskirts of Woolavington. These ponds are old school and by that I mean they contain no carp. These 3 ponds are very secluded, sheltered and private. They are approached by going down a very long track turning right at the very end and going through a gate which is padlocked with a combination lock to enhance security. The ponds themselves are not endowed with pallets but good old fashion bank. The water is slightly clear and dotted throughout by isolated clumps of lily pads. Wilderness with practicability that what I say.

The match itself was as predicted a struggle, this type of venue is burden with that 64,000 dollar question, that of do I go hell for leather for small fish and hope to build a reasonable weight or do I just chance it and wait for the bream and tench. Well I went for the former and ended up with 3 lb of bits which gave me a middling result of 4th out of 7, not bad for yours truly. I found the members who fished the match very friendly, very approachable and very cheerful. Added to the fact these guys like to fish old style you can rest assured that I will be paying these fella’s a visit again.

Sporting competitions have a habit of throwing up giant killing acts and the bait tech cup 1st round on Saturday 23rd April was no exception. Watchet Black and Watchet Red team were drawn away against the angling might of Exeter AC. The venue for this historic turn up for the books was Kia Ora lakes at Cullumpton. There are two lakes the Silvers lake and the Main lake. The main lake was lake of choice for Exeter. This is a carp oriented fishery and can be very finicky when a fair numbers of anglers line the banks. So come Saturday just gone, 18 anglers (which count as a fair number) plying their trade did affect one chances of bagging.

From a personal perspective my peg had limitations in that the amount of area that was fishable. I just had a back end of an island to fish at 7 meters. This type of peg could be a hit or a miss affair and up to the last 45 minutes it was certainly a miss, for up to then I just had one small perch. A change of tactics brought on by desperation ensued, a change to an 18 hook and a much lighter hook length. Well in the last 45 minutes I managed to bag 2 carp and the only eel of the match. For a weight (which earned me a 4th place) of 11lb 4 oz. The match itself failed to live up to expectations. As 3 people in the match blanked and most of the weights were measly. Here is an explanation of how the match scoring works.

3 teams of 6 Exeter, Watchet Black and Watchet red, there are 6 sections of 3 anglers 1 from each team

A section win gains 1 point

2nd section gets 2 points

3rd section gets 3 points

A dry net gets 4 points

The team with the least number of points wins

If there is a draw on points then the total team weight of fish is compared. The team with highest weight of course you guest it wins.

The results

Watchet Red 12 points

Watchet Black 13 points

Exeter 14 points

Thus Watchet Red go through to the next round.

Next match for Watchet club is the specimen lake at Lands end this Saturday 30th of April until then Tight lines

Pete C

Watchet Angling Defeated By Cwmbran In The Bait Tech Cup. Fished on Saturday 29th May 2021.

They came, they fought and they conquered. The angling might of the Cwmbran Nobblers were the opponents of the minnows of the match fishing world the humble Watchet Angling club. The competition was the first round of the Bait Tech cup which is run with the help of the Angling Times and was formerly The Van der Eynde cup.

The venue for this angling mismatch was non other than Avalon fisheries. The Watchet Club was split in to two teams. Those who finished in the top six of last years league table became The Watchet Black team, and the next six became the Watchet Red team but alas some of the Watchet guys who finished in the next six had other plans. So some of the Watchet team where made up of two guests Jamie Cooke of Sedges fame and our good friend and ex member from Dorset John Barker.

Hence it was Watchet Black versus Watchet Red versus Cwmbran Nobblers.

The Cwmbran Nobblers ,Wales finest .

There were six sections of three anglers, one angler from each team. The winner from the section would get one point, second placed angler would get two points and the angler who came last would obtain three points. Just for the record if an angler blanked the poor sod would get four points.

So the team with the lowest points would be the winner. Simple.

The results.

PegAnglerTeamWeightPoints
23Eric SearleWatchet Black14 lb 09 oz 3
21Jamie CookeWatchet Red59 lb 1
20Ian DriscollCwmbran nobblers37 lb 11 oz 2
PegAnglerTeamWeightPoints
19Rob DoddWatchet Black15 lb 09 oz 2
17John BarkerWatchet Red9 lb 03 oz 3
16Phil WeaverCwmbran nobblers64 lb 11 oz 1
PegAnglerTeamWeightPoints
14Phil DoddWatchet Black6 lb 07 oz 2
13Bob PascoeWatchet Red4 lb 10 oz 3
12Rob SkellettCwmbran nobblers42 lb 01 oz 1
PegAnglerTeamWeightPoints
11Ian TownsendWatchet Black50 lb 13 oz 1
10Dave NashWatchet Red5 lb 08 oz 3
9Martin ChallengerCwmbran nobblers30 lb 03 oz 2
PegAnglerTeamWeightPoints
7Alan BlandWatchet Black29 lb 08 oz 2
6XXXXWatchet RedXXXX 4
5Martin ThomasCwmbran nobblers59 lb 07 oz 1
PegAnglerTeamWeightPoints
4Paul SmithWatchet Black13 lb 01 oz 2
3Pete CurnowWatchet Red11 oz 3
1Shaun WilsonCwmbran nobblers48 lb 09 oz 1
The final team placings.
The top three anglers on the day.
Top rod a smiling Phil Weaver.
This is Mr Weaver fine net of Silvers, weighing in at 22 lb 06 oz.
Job done. Martin Thomas who claimed 2nd.
Jamie Cooke on the left got 3rd spot.. On the right is team captain of the red team Dave Nash.

Points to note

Poor Shaun Wilson who drew peg one set up and owing to the forces of nature had to relocate to peg two. What only can be described as white fluff falling from trees deciding to accumulate in his swim, making it totally unfishable.

The Watchet Red fished with a man short owing to the fact Dave Colley couldn,t make it because he had to visit a sick friend. Dave would’ve been on peg six.

Now the eagle eyed amongst you would’ve notice that yours truly on peg three had managed an abysmal weight of only 11 oz. Yep once again I managed to win the unenvied prize of the wooden spoon, and this time I managed to do it in some style. But for the record and this is damage limitation shall we say, the previous two years in this competition I managed to win my section.

Hence as you can see both the Watchet teams where firmly put to the sword by a truly professional and competent performance by the Cwmbran Nobblers. The Cwmbran Nobblers now go through to the next round. A final word, I found the Cwmbran side a most friendly bunch of guys indeed, they were very chatty and most accommodating and very approachable and were a pleasure to fish against regardless of the result. Just one small disappointment though being Welsh I was expecting at the the end of the match a nice rendition of Man of Harlech. But no doubt they had other other things on their minds such as getting home and having a celebratory drink of a pint of Allbright bitter.

Once again guys well done and all the best for the next round.

Ardent readers of this blog will know of my interest of the goings on at Dunwear ponds and the making of the Railway pit into a match lake. Well I was given permission by the chairman of Bridgwater Angling Association to get on to the far bank which is currently closed to members of the club and to take photos and a video. The plan is to have the match lake up and running by June the 16th. There are plans I’ve been told to make a car park just as you go in to the Sedgemoor road end . Also I have been told that there are plans to build a bridge from the proposed car park to the far bank on Railway pond but we will have to wait and see.

The next match for the Watchet club will be Saturday June 5th at Trinity Woodlands.

So see you then.

Pete C.

Amendment

This post was published late Monday morning. I goes to work at 2 pm and at 7:45 pm I get asked by the boss if I want a early finish so I says “yes”. So I ‘m thinking I have a change and go home via Dunwear ponds instead of my normal route. So I get to the main gate to the ponds of of Dunwear lane. I look at the gate and me thinks there is a new notice so I takes a picture. See below.

So then forget about June the 16th. It is likely that the Railway match lake will be ready on July the 1st. Oh well as long as it benefits the fish we can wait.

Pete C

The Bait Tech Cup 2020 fished on the 27-06-2020

The Watchet Red team where drawn away to Bath Spartans. The venue which was chosen by the Bath team was Lower Ponds White Wicket Farm near Peasedown St John. The is a quaint little place tucked away in a little valley a place of isolation and solitude.. A proper home venue. A fishery with characteristics so far removed from your normal run of the mill modern day commercial. It is fed by a small dribbling brook at the car park end and made attractive by tall trees furnishing both sides of this charmed filled rustic lake. This is a place that could have been plucked from the poems of Wordsworth and Keats and gently dropped in to this green laden hollow. A place that had been nurtured and given tender loving care by the enthusiastic angling fraternity of the Bath Spartans gang for the last five years, and a mighty fine job they have done indeed.

This is the happy go lucky Bath Spartans team
Now I know that I am not David Bailey but, any way the guy to left is the eventual overall winner. The angler in the middle is our very own John Barker, and the gentleman to his left is none other than fellow team mate Jamie Cook.
This is my opponent and name sake Pete from Bath spartans in peg two.
The results sheet.

As you can see from above Watchet Red won three sections and Bath Spartans won three sections so it came down to total weight in which Bath was victorious.

Section winners for watchet .

Dave Nash

Pete King

Yours truly.

Total weights were Bath 34lb 6.5oz Watchet 26lb

The Watchet Black team were away to Exeter on ki ora lakes also competing was HLS.

Watchet black came 2nd to Exeter losing out by 1 point.

Section winners for Watchet Black.

Paul Smith

Ian Townsend

2nd section

Nick Selway

Chris Mawson

3rd section

Alan Bland

Rob Dodd.

Next week 4th July it’s back to the bread and butter of the Watchet angling league which is at Shiplate on Hawthorns lake. Please note social distancing is to be observed and you must bring your own toilet roll and hand sanitizer.

See you there Tight lines Pete C.