Watchet Angling league Match 6 25/01/2020

The 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 concise form.

Position Name weight peg
1st Dave Nash 9lb 6oz 1
2nd Phil Dodd 8lb 10oz 3
3rd Dave Colley 7lb 6oz 2
4th Rob Dodd 4lb 12oz 6
5th Paul Smith 3lb 2oz 5
6th Eric Searle 2lb 14oz 4
7th Alan Bland DNW 7

The 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.

Top rod Dave Nash had mostly Chub and a few Roach and also had a Trout.

2nd placed Phil had mostly Chub and Roach but apparently was kept company by a washed up moped a little bit further along his peg.

Dave Colley in 3rd spot also had mostly Chub and Roach.

Poor 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.

The next match in the series is on February 8th at Summerhayes on Sellicks Pond.

Watchet Angling Club Winter League Match 5 11/01/2020

Woodlands trinity Waters

Position Date
4/14 06/06/2015
7/12 08/04/2017
13/13 03/06/2017
9/10 07/04/2018
11/12 02/06/2018
12/14 06/04/2019
7/13 01/06/2019

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.

In 2nd 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.

5th place 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.

6th was 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.

7th place 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 maggot.

8th was 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.

9th was 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.

Position Name Weight peg
1st Paul Smith 17lb 12oz 31
2nd Rob Dodd 14lb 4oz 23
3rd Dave Gartenfeld 9lb 6oz 25
4th Eric Searle 7lb 6oz 29
5th Alan Bland 5lb 4oz 22
6th Dave Nash 4lb 1oz 26
7th Dave Colley 2lb 2oz 32
8th Tony Richards 1lb 10oz 27
9th Pete Curnow 10oz 28

Phil Dodd DNW 24

Ian Townsend DNW 21

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.

Many thanks.

Christmas Eve match 2019 Fordgate.

Christmas eve is the day of winding down, going in to chill out mood. The day Christmas spirit starts to peak, most people are content and happy. The day of expectation and joyousness and what better way to get caught up in this swirl of Christmas feeling then to have a match at nice sleepy hollow, a quaint rustic backwater to mimic this easing down from the normal pace of life. The canal at Fordgate was the place that ticked all the boxes for this festive occasion.

I was a little bit worried when I visited this place on Friday the 20th, the colour of the canal was like milky tea. Apparently bad for fishing oh dear. However when I returned on Monday morning I was surprised to find a group of three people fishing. By their gear and their set up they’d seemed creditable anglers. All three were very approachable and friendly. When I introduced myself and explained that I had arranged a match for the following day they said that they would keep any left over bait instead of throwing it in. I also let it be known that my main purpose of being here was to cut out a swim a few yards down from them with a strimmer and that there was a possibility of me affecting the fishing . To them this was no problem I was told to carry on. What nice people, all I know is that they came from the Yeovil area. NICE ONE GUYS. MANY THANKS. Also the colour had dropped out of the water and all three men were catching. A good omen.

Up the Blades.

Now how this match came in to being was that I had a little wager with the people at Ladbrokes on the Cornhill in Bridgwater on Sheffield United finishing in the top half of the championship and bingo they actually got promoted. So when I got my lively winnings I decided on setting up this match.

So the day of the match arrived, well I say match it was more like a jolly little get together with just a pinch of competitiveness. Six was down to fish this and all six turned up, a full house with no no shows on the day. Brilliant.

Alan Jenkins unloading several tons of tackle from his car. But what a festive jumper.
Eric and Dave in festive cheer.

In the car park the mood was definitely festive. Sweets and Christmas cards were exchanged before the draw. The pegging was such that peg one was straight out of the car park on to the bank. Then going up to the left of the car park up to number six right next to the first set of reeds. The weather started fine but then around about noon the rain started not heavy but steady. Not Christmassy at all. The rain did however ease of in the last 45 minutes of the match. There was a slight breeze but nothing to worry about.

“it was that big”. Note Tony Richards on peg one in the back ground.
Sheer concentration from Eric. In the middle Alan landing his only fish and end pegger Phil chilling.

Now methods differed amongst us anglers Tony Richards on peg one used a short pole. Dave Nash on peg two used his beloved whip. Yours truly next to Dave just used a small waggler set up . Next along the bank was Eric Searle, he alternated between pole and small feeder. In five was Mr Alan Jenkins he predominantly used the pole mid channel but set up several pole tops and rods. This gentleman brings more tackle to the bank than they have in Somerset Angling. On peg six was the man himself Phil Dodd who swapped between waggler and feeder.

Right angling people here are the results.

Position Name Weight Peg
1st Tony Richards 2lb 10oz 1
2nd Phil Dodd 2lb 3oz 6
3rd Pete Curnow (me) 1lb 12oz 3
4th Dave Nash 1lb 3oz 2
5th Alan Jenkins 8oz 5
DNW Eric Searle

Top weight Tony who used a short pole started of on maggot then switched to pinkie and in the last hour used bread punch. Tony fished no farther than a third of a way across. Tony had all small fish.

In second place was “I pulled it out of the bag in the last minute Phil Dodd”. Who caught a tench that was a tad over 2lb in the dying seconds of the match. He tempted the fish a third of the way across on double red maggot. But otherwise he had a small perch from the margins and a few bits.

Yours truly had all small fish on pinkie and from the far side. I could not get any bites close in, the nearer to the far bank I was the more bites I got. Oh the bait had to be moving.

The winner one Mr Tony Richards.

Dave Nash managed to nudge out 1lb 3oz he had a reasonable size skimmer more or less at the start. And Alan Jenkins had one bite one fish for 8oz. Eric had a couple small fish but didn’t bother with the scales. First prize was £30, 2nd pick up was £25 3rd was £15 . The guys who finished and 4th and below all got a box of chocolates.

Way way back to Christmas 1980 my dear dad gave me a book for Christmas called Fishing Canals by Ken Cope. Its a reasonable book for the beginner and the intermediate angler. There is however a chapter titled “Where to fish” and in this chapter it mentions the Bridgwater and Taunton canal and with this comes this picture which is shown below on the left. Which I reckon was taken from the top of the pill just before the white gate probably sometime in the early 1970’s . So at the end of the match and with the help of Mr Nash who gave me a bunk up on to the top of the pill box I took the photo on the right just for comparison.

After the match every one agreed they all had an enjoyable time.

There is a famous saying which goes “it’s not the winning that counts but the taking part” if there was ever a match that summed up this saying it was definitely this one. Enough said.

Summerhayes slivers Match Friday 13.12.2019

Ah the good old days.

Now do you remember playing football in the street after school or indeed during in school break times. The kick about where the goal posts would be coats or school bags laid on the ground or painted out on the wall. There was an element of getting together and having a laugh added to this mixture was the rough and tumble of competition, the get stuck in factor and of the course the will to win. The back bone of these kick abouts was of course it shear simplicity coupled with competitiveness, Now if there is such an equivalent in the match fishing world well I reckon it ‘s the silvers only match on a Friday at one of my favourite venues Summerhayes. These matches which are held every Friday through out the year and are run by the avuncular Jeff Sparkes. His enormous enthusiasm never wanes and with his jovial character and welcoming personality it always a pleasure fishing these and I will say these knock ups. The numbers that attend these matches varies greatly through out the year. In the summer as you can expect turn out is the highest but as winter emerges and dons it’s cloak of cold and darkness the numbers some what dwindle.

Today this jolly little knock up is being contest by 3 hardly souls Jeff obviously and veteran Bill Hopping one of most friendly and approachable anglers you are ever likely to meet. Oh and yours truly. It was decided owing to the fact that there are just 3 of us that that pegs 12, 13 and 14 on Sellicks lake should be used because it was out of the wind. Cold and bitter it was to. The draw was simplistic the peg numbers where written on bits of screwed up paper.

I feel sorry for dog number 4.

Now in the world of greyhound racing there is a terminology of the coffin box. This is the trap which is the least favourable. Apparently it’s trap 4. Well at the most simplified of draws Bill had 14 Jeff drew 12 and me had peg 13 slap bang in the middle, the fishing equivalent to trap 4 the coffin box. So I could be deemed to be fishing the coffin peg.

Anyhow saying that I started of okay, I was using pinkie on a size 20 hook and I had 3 small roach in the first hour while Jeff to my right was complaining that he hadn’t had a bite, Although Bill was catching steadily. But as fate would have it Jeff started catching while my swim was dying a death aptly put seeing I am fishing the coffin peg. I went down to a 22 hook but while the 2 guys either side of me stepped up a gear in to show boating mode my swim appeared to be devoid of fish. I must admit I not one to just sit there and hope. I did try different depths and shotting patterns but to no avail.

So came the weigh in and there was a slight problem we had no scales as Pete the owner who was shall we say is the guardian of the scales was no where to be seen. Well Jeff managed to obtain a set of scales and what seemed to be a collapsible builders bucket with handles from some kind carpers fishing the big 8 lake. Owing to the fact that the scales were shall we say rather basic it was not possible to zero the scales so the weight of the fish included the weight of the builders bucket. Oh and the scales only showed kilograms.

Position Name Weight Peg
1st Bill Hopping 6 kilo 14
2nd Jeff Sparkes 4 kilo 12
Last Me ½ lb estimated Coffin peg 13
Bill Hopping with a winners smile.

Jeff Sparkes fish which earned him 2nd.

The bait that was used by shall we say the top 2 anglers was 2mm expanders and there was me thinking pinkie would be the answer. Bill told me he used 2 pellets on a size 16 hook.

We did in the end locate Pete the guardian of the scales playing on his dump truck.

Well last again Um a certain pattern seems to be emerging.

But never mind there is always next time.

Watchet angling winter league match 4 07/12/2019

Part of my catch last time

The venue for the clash of Titans of the angling word for the 4th round of the Watchet angling winter league was the River Tone on the fast stretch. Talking to other members of the Watchet clan it could be deemed a marimite venue you either like it or loathe it. Now I’ve only fished once before about 3 years ago. What I caught that very uneventful day was a bit of wood, a handle from a shopping basket and some ones sock (an orange one). I packed up after an hour after I came to the conclusion that the swim was 90% snags 10% water. Now the week running up to a fishing match I normally go in to I can’t wait or I am looking forward to it mode. But not this week. Looking for clues and tips of how to fish the venue I had the most helpful of facts Your best bet is a wind beater or pike bunk with arsley bombs knotted down the line oh best bait moth ball. You see some people can be the most obliging.

So it was up to tackle shop manager of Somerset Angling the one and only Mr Steve Kedge who put me right by suggesting the stick float and main bait maggot. Keep flicking maggots in and keep constantly changing depths to find the fish. So this was the main plan of attack in fact it was the only plan.

So come Saturday morning the Alarm goes of I have a choice of 2 things to do.

This one.
Or this one the one I opted for.

Now just let me just wonder of a little, how many people remember Quinn Martin Or heard of a Quinn Martin production only people over a certain will probably remember. The guy Mr martin was the person responsible for some classic American Tv series such The streets of San Francisco and Cannon. Now what impressed me about these programes was the introduction and the theme music. But what really intrigued me was the format of these introductions the narration part It would introduce the main actors of the series and then the guest stars but get this at the end part of the intro it would say and starring special guest star. Have a look at this video and you will see what I mean.

Well we at Watchet angling have a facility at the members discretion to allow guests to fish our matches and if this match was a Quinn Martin production our guest would be categorised under special guest star one of south west greatest the one and only Vic Bush. By the way the picture above is not of Vic.

Now some of the anglers of the club had a challenge even before fishing started even before the draw. The task of how to unlock the gate so it was up to yours truly to go back up the track and show 3 anglers how to use a combination lock.

After the gate episode the draw took place I drew peg 8 I was then suitably informed that peg 8 was the wait for it. Big drum roll here. The Snag swim. My mind immediately started feeding me images of bits of wood, shopping baskets and orange socks. I started to enquire what time was the early kick of in the premiership was because there was a possibility of me watching it in the pub.

However I ambled to peg 8 with my gear to be greeted by a swim close to a weir.

Peg 8 my swim, the snag swim.

So using a stick float I began to to the trot through the swim right up to the weir. Within 10 minutes I had my first fish a roach around 10 minutes in but then it became very slow on the hour of 11 I hook a fish a so called minnow. Wow but they all count. At 12 oclock I had a visit by John Barker and Dave Nash. Dave informed me he had 3 chub and John said he just had one roach and that he was thinking of packing up. Which he duly did at 12:30 a guy of his angling talent if he packs up early you can be assured he had a crap swim. Any way I ended the match with 5lb 4oz which consisted of 3 chub and a few bits. All on maggot.

Position Name Weight peg
1st Vic Bush 17lb 4oz 2
2nd Eric Searle 12lb 14oz 5
3rd Alan Bland 12lb 1
4th Dave Nash 8lb 6
5th Rob Dodd 6lb 2oz 4
6th Pete Curnow 5lb 4oz 8
7th Phil Dodd 1lb 8oz 3
DNW John Baker

The pegging was that pegs 1 2 and 3 were to the left of the car park peg 4 was closest to the viaduct or bridge and 5 was around the corner before the first weir and so on up the straight to peg8 ( my peg) before the next weir.

Vic Bush’s wining weight was achieved on the stick float also at times on a avon float and in is own words the bait was “the good old maggot” . Well done Vic.

Eric in second also used a Stick float with maggot but caught one on the feeder.

Alan in 3rd used a barbel trotter was also on maggot. And like wise for the rest of us also rans it was mostly The stick float and maggot

And here he is the winner with 17lb 4oz our special guest star a smiling Vic Bush after his Victory.

Conclusion As stated before in the beginning of this blog that this venue is classed by some as Marmite. Well my thoughts are, okay I caught fish and it was nice to catch a chub I have not caught one for a long time. But the nature of the water can be a cause for irritation. When float fishing on this water you trot down, the float would go under and I would hook a snag. Now do this a few times of trotting down and hooking snags can be a bit tedious. Then when you trot down again the float disappears you think it a snag and instead you hook a fish. This aspect to me was to some effect very disappointing. Alright because we live now in the age of the commercial fishery some of us are some what spoiled with what these venues produce and the creature comforts that they bring, So with me the jury’s still out and in my humble opinion this is why. I don’t fish this venue all that often and on this river I lack certain skills to be prolific on it. My areas where I lack the skills are 1) accurate casting with a stick float and 2) precision feeding in reference to the flow. Feeding to avoid the snags is crucial and getting the feed to the right spot is most important. So my thoughts are it a specialist type of venue and I don’t fish it often enough to make a judgement and to you anglers who are consistent framers on this water I take my hat of to you.

Finally to remind you guys about a match I am arranging to be fished on the 24th of December, Christmas Eve the venue will on the KSD at Parchay the reserve venue will be on the canal at Fordgate. Draw 9 o’clock. Fishing from 10 until 3. I am paying peg fees and the prize money in the kitty will be £70. I have a few names already. The cut of for entries will Tuesday 17th December mid night. Any late entries will not be tolerated and phrases like, I could probably make it put my name down just in case and I might turn up it depends and variants of these phrases will be classed as definite NO’s . Yes means yes and no means no there is no in between. This match is open to Watchet anglers only. If I don’t see you guys before have a Merry Christmas and a happy new year,

The peasant school kid and the BB shot.

Back in the 1970s the newsagents on the Sydenham estate in Bridgwater which was roughly situated where the entrance to the Co-op is today, did a small line in fishing tackle nothing too extravagant mind you just line, shot and floats etc this small assortment was situated on a 3-ft wide display behind the counter to the right as you went in. 

The site where the old newsagents used to be as it is today.

  The shop was run by Mr and Mrs Muir now Mr and Mrs Muir shall we say we’re not from working class stock and most people had the impression that running a newsagents especially one on the Sydenham estate was well beneath them, obviously things did not go to plan and there they were.

  One particular Saturday afternoon just before closing time I entered the premises. The purpose of my visit was to purchase a packet of BB shot. On entering I noticed I was the only customer. Behind the Counter was the well-to-do Mrs Muir she was a Tall and slightly built woman in her late 50s with long black hair with a hint of Grey. Dressed in an upmarket blue dress and Bangles on each arm she observed me  through her horned rimmed glasses which wouldn’t look out of place on a soulless schoolmistress from the 1940s, and there I stood before her wearing plastic sandals grey socks, trousers which was too short and a shirt that needed washing.

  She just stood there looking at me foundling her very elegant necklace, she cocked her head slightly and seemed very perplexed on how to handle the situation of being in the presence of this product of poverty. She came to the conclusion that I was not worthy of communication and with her eyes firmly fixed on me she slowly moved backwards towards the opening to the back store room which was adorned by multi-coloured strips that was popular at the time. She stopped when she reached the entrance and duly summoned Mr Muir “Arthur shop” almost immediately Mr Muir’s head appeared through the strips “what is it” he said in a baffled voice as he looked at his wife.

Remember these.

Mrs Muir did not say a word but with her long finger pointed in my direction Mr Muir followed his wife instructions and thus his gaze was now upon me. “Oh” came Mr Muir’s utterance then he fully emerged from the back store room. This was now the destination of Mrs Muir no doubt to read the latest edition of Tatler or to inspect her recent purchases from Harrods. Mr Muir was about the same age as his wife and stood six foot at least, today he was wearing a black pinstripe suit with a pink shirt and matching tie. “Yes can I help you he said as he looked down at me. “Can I have a packet of BB shot please” I replied. Over to the fishing display he went, looked up and down and sidewards both ways and repeated the motion once more. I don’t have BB shot you are have to have a pack of assorted shot there should be some B&Bs in there, he then threw a packet on the counter in my direction with that he came over to me and presented the palm of his hand to receive payment.

Now do you remember these.

“Fifteen pence” Now many weeks previous I had forgone all my sweets and comics and saved most of my pocket money and when my savings reached £1 I swapped all the coins with my dad who gave me a crisp £1 note of which I had now in my possession. Challenged by the demand of paying 15 pence I reached into my pocket and produced the pound note .Mr Muir was aghast his face said it all. The impression it gave was where the eck did he get that from. He quickly snapped back his hand he held out and with the other quickly retrieve the packet of shot from the counter turned around and replaced it back on his hook on the fishing display. whilst did this he looked over his shoulder and in what appeared to be panicky voice spluttered out “I can’t change that I just cashed up there is hardly any change in the till I can’t change that I’m going to close up now and you have to leave, come back tomorrow sorry”. Bloody hell did he say sorry I thought. feeling slightly annoyed I turned around and walked to the door, as I grabbed the handle I turned around and there was Mr and Mrs Muir looking at me from the back store room through the gaps they had made in the strips . no doubt thinking that they have thwarted some kind of money laundering scheme I opened the door and left.

Now being a customer for fishing bits and bobs in this shop was not always this daunting. Enter Harry, this charming man who was 60ish was a joint proprietor of the newsagents he was always smartly dress dress in very smart suits which seemed to be the work of tailors from Saville Row, Well tanned he always wore a carnation with his immaculate attire. One very subtle difference between Harry and the Muir’s was that Harry couldn’t give two figs about social standing. When I went in to the shop and Harry was serving me it was always “Its Mr Curnow right yes that right and what can I do for you Mr Curnow” Indeed all my mates got the same polite treatment, It was always Mr Rawle, Mr Bragg, Mr Ford or Mr Perry.

Harry always had time for a short conversation and we found out that it was his idea to have this small fishing section in the shop and very lucrative it was too. Harry also revealed that he was also a fisherman, no ever saw him on the bank though, but no one doubted his word.

When I drive up Parkway on the Sydenham estate which I do when going to fish the Sedgesor Dunwaer ponds I always glance across to where that shop was situated, the entrance part of the Co-op and fondly remember Harry. Unfortunately I remember two other people as we.

Watchet angling club winter league match 3

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.

Rob 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 peg 5

Dave 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.

Alan 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 winner on the day was none other than the mighty tactician Alan Bland. He had amassed a total of 8lb 14oz. This winning catch consisted of a tench of 4llb 7oz tench and a perch of 1lb 13oz and smaller bits. Alan fished right across to within 2 foot of the far bank with chopped worm and caster.

Mr Bland just pipped Rob Dodd by 4oz for a weight of (work it out yourself) 8lb 10oz. This comprised of 2 Tench the biggest was 4lb and bits . Rob had one Tench from the middle and the other from the far side. Rob used pinkie and maggot. Rob got smashed up 3 times on Tench.

3rd place Paul Smith had a reasonable weight of small fish for 7lb he used a combination of pinkie and bread punch but he said he got his better fish on red maggot. He also got smashed on his elasticated whip by a Tench.

4th place was Mr I drive a different vehicle every time to a match Dave Colley, who had managed to put on the scales 5lb 07oz, Dave used the whip through out and the bait which he used was no other than the humble maggot.

The peg that I had drawn was a bit awkward as it was under a over hanging tree so I could not use my waggler rod. But instead had to use the pole. I used mostly bread punch and now and then pinkie. I fished varying distances but caught most of my on punch about 5 meters to my right. I caught a total weight of 4lb 2oz to be crowned the wooden spoonist. BAH. Never mined always next time.
Position Peg Name Weight
1st 2 Alan Bland 8lb 14oz
2nd 5 Robb Dodd 8lb 10oz
3rd 1 Paul Smith 7lb
4th 3 Dave Colley 5lb 7oz
Last 6 Pete Curnow 4lb 2oz

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.

Watchet Angling Club Winter League Match two Fished on 10/11/2019

The 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.

Andri Olafsson, chief of police from Trapped

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.

Someone at the match.

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 paint should take offence if ever mentioned in the same sentence as this horror show. This is deemed the one of the 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.

We were met at the start of the match by one of the bailiffs of the Ponds 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.

There 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 battle.

The draw was done and of we ambled to our allotted pegs which were all on pond 1. Now what happen during the match is a bit difficult to write about, not because of the sheer volume of occurrences but lack of them.

So here are the results

1st Peg 6 Paul Smith 4lb12oz
2nd Peg 3 Eric Searle 1lb 10oz

Peg 5 John Barker Nothing

Peg 1 Pete Curnow Zero

Peg 2 Alan Bland Nil
Paul with his winning weight.

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.

One happy Eric.

Runner 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.

John Barker on peg 5 had 2 bites one at 12 oclock and then another 5 minutes later.

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.

John,Alan and me would have had the same result if we fished this puddle in the car park.

But folks there is always next time.

Watchet Angling winter league Rnd one 26/10/2019

Yes folks it’s that time of year again The clocks go back, Bridgwater carnival approaches and Christmas as they say is just around the corner, But most important the winter league. The time of overcast drizzle, rain, wind and cold.

The first round of the Watchet winter league took place on Saturday the 26th of October 2019. The venue being Parchay on the Kings Sedgemoor Drain. This was a first in a series of nine matches stretching to the last one on February 22nd next year.

Fate alas did play its part by family, work and other commitments which decimated the field of anglers from a possible of nine to just four. I myself was absent owing to work (PANTS!).

The conditions was not exactly favourable with strong winds and rain throughout the entirety of the match. The tow at the beginning was flowing towards down stream but in the last hour and a half the flow reversed. Owing to lack of numbers the pegging was such that one peg was next to the car park near the fence, the other 3 angler were pegged on the Bridgwater Bank on the first 3 pegs.

Paul Smith had top weight of 20lb 12oz. This top bag consisted of all roach, Paul who was a late arrival owing to the fact that he had forgot his bait used caster, hemp and tares. He fished short pole and whip. Paul fished the first peg in on the Bridgwater bank.

2nd top rod was match secretary Alan Bland who had amassed a weight of 18lb. This consisted of 2 tench one of one of 4lb 14oz and another of between 2 1/2 and 3lb. The rest of the catch was an equal amount of roach and perch Most of his catch including the 2 tench were taken on caster using the short pole. Permanent peg 85 was Alan’s spot.

3rd place Eric Searle who just fished the pole had 16 lb to his name all of small fish quite a good haul. Maggot was the main bait used Eric was the on permanent peg 86.

Bringing up the rear with never or less quite a decent weight of 9lb was Dave Nash who had the car park swim. Dave fish the whip with caster and hemp. Dave catch consisted of all smallish fish. One important point to note was that Dave had to pack up early owing to work commitments.

This picture was taken by Dave Nash who fished the car park swim. From L to R Paul Smith, Eric Searle and Alan Bland

All in all the weights were better than expected considering the conditions, so well done guys. Next match will be at Pawlett ponds on Saturday 9th November.

Summerhayes 19/10/2019

Tonys’s cake

Before battle commenced fishing veteran Tony Richards treated all competitors to a nice piece of chocolate and cream cake, This was in celebration of the angling stalwarts birthday, now owing to the fact that each and every member of the Watchet angling club are complete and utter gentlemen no one asked Tony’s age. Or is just the case that we had all forgot to ask. Thanks for the cake mate, from everyone.

The weather was slightly chilly with more cloud than sunshine with the odd incursion of a shower. There was an intermittent breeze blowing from the motorway towards the car park at the hut end. This was also a pairs match.

The Winning Weight

First on the day was none other than the top angler of the club Rob Dodd who drew out peg 36 had a good weight of 94lb 03oz. Top rod used his beloved pole, honestly I can never ever remember him using a rod. Rob fished varying distances using maggot and sweet corn also dead red maggot. Little so and so also had the golden peg.

Eric who got 2nd place.

In second place was my pairs partner Eric Searle another top angler within the club a really good carp fisherman. Me and Eric drew out pegs 17 and 34. We decided that Eric should have the latter peg. Eric predominately uses the feeder in which he is master. Now when asked what bait he had used he replied coco nut, a bounty ( look at the last blog post and you see Eric when it comes to bait he uses code words). Some members were about drag him off into the log cabin tie him to the table and subject him to extreme torture. But Eric came clean, he used hard pellet. He had also fished the pole in the margins where he did lose a lot of foul hooked fish. Erics total weight was a very reasonable 72lb 10oz,

Phil Dodd who was 3rd with 62lb 05oz

In 3rd place was Phil Dodd, this guy likes to keep things simple and just used the method feeder with hard pellet fishing the far bank from peg 13 his creditable haul came to 65lb 05oz,

All rounder Paul Smith with a catch that earned him 4th place.

At number 4 was good all rounder Paul Smith. Using the pole through out and starting of with maggot and ending the day with worm amassed a reasonable catch of 50lb 03oz. Paul had most of his fish in the middle but did have one carp in the edge and another across the far side. Mr Smith was on peg 10.

5th place Alan Bland on peg 15 had a weight of 30lb 04oz. From the off Alan fished the margins but struggled for bites. Using mostly corn did land some nice size carp, he had the quality but lacked the quantity.

Dave G after he was asked if he wanted his photo put on the website.

Placed in 6th was brum supporter Dave Gatenfeld. Dave who occupied peg 8 fished the far bank in to the v shaped bay with the method using pellet. His total catch came to 26lb 02oz.

Yours truly was 7th on peg 17 now to say bites was scarce was an under statement Aland Bland who was next to me had smoked more fags during the match than I had bites. I managed to put in the net 6 carp for a tolerable weight of 24.02oz. I must admit my aim in matches is not to come last.

I just pipped ex paratrooper Bob Pascoe on peg 30 the silvers guru took a weight of 23lb 13oz included in that was the top weight of slivers 14lb 09oz, Bob told me before driving of home he mostly used pinkie.

Mr Colley in fine spirits.

Dave Colley was next with 20lb 09oz he was slightly disappointed but never or less was in good spirits as you can see from the photo with his only silver. Dave C fished peg 11, next time he is determined to kick ass.

Next at 10 was Bobs arch rival in the silvers world the one and only Dave Nash peg 28. His total was 13oz less than Bobs. Dave catch was thus 22lb. He had 2nd top weight in the silvers of 6lb 05oz. His bait was caster and red maggot. I know I had to buy them for him

Number 11 was birthday boy himself Tony Richards. His weight was made up of 5lb 01oz of slivers and 8lb of carp. For a total of 13 lb 01oz. Tony so called under performed because he was full of chocolate and cream cake allegedly. Peg 32 was Tony’s peg.

In the wooden spoon spot was angling veteran fishing on peg 37 Alan Jenkins, he found it tough and could only put in the net a total of 3 lb. But Alan does leave a legacy in this match by giving out a very good tip. Its this, when wanting to get water from a lake whilst fishing on a pallet use a sponge in you landing net. Great tip Alan thanks.

This was the last match in the summer and autumn series until next March. Next week is the start of the Watchet winter league kicking of at Parchay on the KSD Saturday the 26th oct

Name silvers
carp total peg
Rob Dodd 1lb 07oz 92lb 12oz 94lb 03oz 36
Eric Searle
72lb 10oz 72lb 10oz 34
Phil Dodd
62lb 05oz 62lb 05oz 13
Paul Smith 4lb 07oz 45lb 12oz 50lb 03oz 10
Alan Bland 1lb 06oz 29lb 08oz 30lb 14oz 15
Dave Gartenfeld
26lb 07oz 26lb 07oz 8
Pete Curnow
24lb 02oz 24lb 02oz 17
Bob Pascoe 14lb 09oz 9lb 04oz 23lb 13oz 30
Dave Colley 0lb 5oz 20lb 05oz 20lb 09oz 11
Dave Nash 6lb 50z 15lb 11oz 22lb 28
Tony Richards 5lb 01oz 8lb 13lb 01oz 32
Alan Jenkins 2lb 04oz 12oz 3lb 37

Until next time have fun.