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.

The Sedges 05/10/2019

Hi and welcome to my first blog post on rod and line a report on the Watchet match that was fished on 05/10/2019 at The Sedges , Now the format for the match report and for future match reports was basically like the same set up you see on other blogs. Pictures of victorious anglers with their catches and of the gladiatorial match itself. Well as luck do have it, it wasn’t to be. This new website in some senses has taken on similar characteristics of BBC 2 Now what may you ask does this fishing blog has to do with BBC 2 I hear you all scream, well fishing brethren look at the video below.

A technical fault on both our opening shows, Watch the first part of this you tube video up to 0.48 unless you like playschool.

old mobile phone from the 1980s
Could not understand why I needed an upgrade?

I had a phone call on my mobile by EE and was told that I really did need an up grade. So completely convinced Off I trundled to the EE shop to be told that the new mobile phone that I was was going get was the envy of the technological world, apparently it encapsulated the latest the latest technology from the combined technical might of NASA and Microsoft. Yea right.

So when I started to use the camera on the phone to take the usual sort of pictures that adorn other fishing blogs, everything seemed to be going to plan. I took photos of scenes of gladiatorial anglers in the car park, Photos of brick lake, victorious anglers oh and of course the picture of the results sheet. So far so good. Hmm.

Well When I to down load the lively pictures of the Watchet match my mobile phone with it’s latest electronic gubbins developed what seemed like a crafty sense of humour, with all my efforts I simply could not transfer pictures from my phone to my computer Well thanks then. Hence next time I am taking a digital camera.

Well as the saying goes the show must go on.

The weather for the match was heavy cloud with the odd snippet of sunshine. A slight to moderate breeze was blowing from the carpark end towards the canal lake. But to start of with its was calm for the first hour. The Winner was new kid on the block Ian Townsend who amassed top weight of a 108lb 14oz Ian had peg 11 and had most of his fish was caught to his right against the reeds on double corn.

2nd was Eric Searle with a weight of 102lb 14oz Eric according to many of the anglers present Eric was on the feeder what bait he was using was a mystery.

Eric I truly believe used to work either at Bletchley park with Alan Turing or military intelligence. Let me explain, when you ask him how he caught his fish he replies with code words. For example sweetcorn might mean maggot or worm might mean paste, The pole might mean waggler rod, or double caster might be the code word for banded pellet. Only Eric knows what code words means what.

Paul Smith made third place with a creditable weight of 65lb 4oz this included top silvers weight of 22lb 5oz Paul had the majority of his fish on the pole at varying distances on worm. A point of note with Paul who was pegged next to me (he on 9 and yours truly on peg 8) hooked one of the largest bream me and him have seen for a long time. You know the scene hook a decent bream on the pole and it jumps out of the water like a marlin. Unfortunately for Paul this creature of the deep slipped the hook.

The guy who was in number 4 position was our very own match secretary Alan Bland. Alan was on peg 14 had a total weight of 52lb 9oz Alan had 5 carp which he caught 4 of them on his beloved paste at a distance of 8 metres straight out he had 2 in the first hour and 2 in the last He did have one from the edge.

Now in 5th place was a certain Pete Curnow (me) I was just pipped by Mr Bland with a weight of 51lb 5oz The first hour on was on the tip and switching baits and on the hour whilst using worm my first wrap around a carp that had to be weighed. This beast tipped the scales at 14lb 9oz. But bites where at a premium and with about 2and ½ hours to go I opted to fish meat in the margins and for me it was a get out of jail card as I had another 5 carp.

Lying in the number 6 position was the ever improving Alan Jenkins with a weight of 38lb 4oz Alan had one of the corner swims, in his case peg1, Alan fished the tip to the reeds and caught mostly on pellet.

Dave Gartenfeld in 7th and next to me had 36lb 4 oz. Dave had a carp of 13lb 6oz which was caught on the pole at 12 metres. He also took most of his fish in the margins, the main bait being corn.

Next in the ranking was the veteran Tony Richards Mr Bee man himself his final weight was 24lb 10oz caught mostly on maggot. 19lb 2oz of carp and 5lb 8oz of small slivers.

In 9th place was none other than the man himself the one and only Dave Nash who was on the golden peg ( the rule of the club is that you can win the golden peg obviously on the top weight over all or you can win it if you have the top slivers net) Well Dave is one of the top slivers angler in the club and it looked pay day for but alas with all his skill could only muster 15lb 14oz of slivers

which beaten by Pauls Smiths slivers haul of 22lb 5oz Dave had the corner peg number 10 and unfortunately for Dave owing to the wind direction, the modest amount of green algae that was present decided to make a B line for Dave swim so much so poor Dave could not at times get his float to settle in the scummy water. Ha Ha Ha.

Last in the results table but no means least was none other than Mr Bob Pascoe a devoted slivers man but often plagued by carp to his utter annoyance. Mr Pascoe was fishing of peg 6 and had a total weight of 19lb 2oz.

Pos Name Peg Slivers Carp Total
1st Ian Townsend 9 nil 108-14 108-14
2nd Eric searle 12 nil 102-14 102-14
3rd Paul Smith 9 22-05 42-15 65-04
4th Alan Bland 14 9-08 43-01 52-09
5th Pete Curnow 8 0-14 51-01 51-15
6th Alan Jenkins 1 1-04 37-00 38-04
7th Dave Gartenfeld 7 2-00 34-14 36-14
8th Tony Richards 4 5-08 19-02 24-10
9th Dave Nash 10 GP 15-14 6-14 22-12
10th Bob Pascoe 6 10-07 8-11 19-02