The Sedges Canal Lake 20-06-2020

It appears to me that this is a Marmite venue you either like it or you don’t and me being the glass is half full type person. I like it, I like it a lot. This indeed is a place of variation no two pegs are the same, each with its own characteristics with its nooks and crannies, little bays and inlets, coves and crevices, it as though each swim has its own story to tell. Each with a smattering of trees, bushes, rushes, and a mingling of shade and shadow. To me this lake oozes welcome a welcome of come and join me. One can well imagine spending a nice warm summers day fishing on this charming lake, fishing and chilling. Taking in, taking in what nature has engraved, to indulge one’s self with the buzz of insects and the twittering of birds and to delve into the realms of expectation, the expectation of what one might catch. To linger with one’s thoughts and dreams and to cloak oneself in this rustic setting. The angling great Richard Walker once said of catching a Crucian Carp, he likened it to playing a trick on a jolly little fellow. One can only speculate the environment in which he was when he conjured up this little phrase. A phrase concocted from a mellow type of fishing, a type of fishing which surely awaits at this little gem of a lake.

The canal lake Sedges.
The Sedges Canal lake looking at peg 53
Bob Pascoe and Dave Colley.
Eric Searle
Ian Townsend and Dave Searle

The match results .

1st on the Day was none other than veteran roll up fag smoker, chuck and chance feeder specialist Phil Dodd. Phil used his favourite method the feeder to tempt his fish. His predominantly used a small worm as bait. He weighed in 42lb 05oz.

2nd who was in favoured peg 41 was the one and only Alan Bland. Alan used pole only and his baits was meat and his much beloved paste. Alan put on the scales 33lb 14oz.

3rd on the day was angling power house Mr Paul Smith. His method was the pole and maggot approach, fishing mostly in the margins. Unfortunately Paul had a mishap when he (and in his own words) hooked a munter ie a very big carp which broke his top 2 pole kit. For his efforts Pauls weight was 33lb 06oz.

4th with 32lb 03oz was Ian Townsend on an end peg 53. Ian fished the far side with meat and pole.

5th place was Rob Dodd who had a bit of an of day owing to the fact that he was not in the top 3. This was just a minor hiccup one suspects, but never or less a creditable weight of 26lb 02oz was not to be sniffed at. The method employed was the pole and varies bait at varies distances.

6th was Birmingham city supporter Dave Gartenfeld who drew out peg 64. He fished the pole to the island and in the margins and had all his fish on meat. His day had a bit of a downside owing to the fact he lost 4 rigs. But never or less managed to find 21lb 07oz for the scales.

7th Was (now a Bristol resident) Dave Colley. Dave teased 20lb 04oz in to his net. He employed the pole with sweetcorn and maggot. All his Carp came to maggot though.

8th spot was taken by Dave Nash who just employed his top 2 and maggot for 15lb 11oz.

9th place was occupied by new kid on the block Dave Searle. This new kiddie fished the far side with meat and pole and managed to eek out 12lb 01oz from peg 59.

10th was yours truly. I was on peg 57 Not the best in my humble opinion. I had 10 bites in total which equated in to 3 golden Tench and 1 nice skimmer for a total weight of 7lb. Used meat and expander pellet. I had 3rd silvers, won a fiver.

11th was out of form Eric Searle who could only muster a weight of 6lb 13oz from peg 52. Eric used maggot and pole. But it’s a case of watch this space.

12th Was flower power man Pete King. Fishing on peg 43 Pete could only tempt 5lb 07oz of fish. He employed the pole and mostly meat.

13th was it seemed out of sorts Bob Pascoe who’s normal place in the run of things is normally in the top half of the table. Bob could only collect 3lb, all on meat and pole.

14th was dear old Alan Jenkins with and dare I say it a meagre 08oz but mate there is always next time.

15th went to relative new comer who Ashley Johnson who dry netted and spoke of having only 6 bites. Kick ass next time mate.

Phil Dodd
Alan Bland and Paul Smith.
Pete king and Dave Colley.
PositionAnglerSilverCarpTotalPeg
1stPhil Dodd2lb 10oz39lb 11oz42lb 05oz63
2ndAlan BlandNone33lb 14oz33lb 14oz41
3rdPaul Smith9lb 14oz23lb 08oz33lb 06oz61
4thIan Townsend1lb 03oz31lb32lb 03oz53
5thRob Dodd9lb 12oz16lb 06oz26lb 02oz45
6thDave Gartenfeld1lb 03oz20lb 04oz21lb 07oz64
7thDave Colley6lb 01oz14lb 03oz20lb 04oz44
8thDave Nash4lb 6oz11lb 05oz15lb 11oz47
9thDave Searle2lb 11oz9lb 06oz12lb 01oz59
10thPete Curnow7lbNone7lb57
11thEric Searle12oz6lb 01oz6lb 13oz52
12thPete King1lb 07oz4lb5lb 07oz43
13thBob Pascoe2lb 03oz13oz3lb42
14Alan Jenkins7ozNone08oz50
DNWAshley Johnson



Just to say this coming weekend the Watchet mob will be split into two teams, Watchet Black and Watchet Red, for the Bait Tech cup competition.

Watchet Black will be away to Exeter at Kia Ora lake near Cullumpton.

Watchet Red will be away to Bath Spartans at lower ponds near Peasedown St John.

Good luck to everyone and tight lines.

Pete C

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