Thursday, 7 December 2017

Oakfield Wednesday Open 06 12 2017

Last week caused a bit of a stir. I had over a hundred views on the page for not going fishing. Unfortunately, I still had the clutch issues with my car, which puts a strain on actually getting there. The weather had however improved slightly. It was still cold especially in the wind, but the temperatures had improved from -2 degrees to around the 4 mark. 
Mick had kindly offered to do the driving and with the increased traffic expected we left slightly earlier than normal. Arriving in plenty of time for a breakfast and a couple of cups of tea, meant we were well prepared. We had taken a quick walk upto Red Kite Lake and both fancied a peg in the middle of the lake nearside out of the wind and to avoid the corner pegs.
There were 17 anglers in attendance including fellow GOT Baits angler Roy Makins, who regularly contributes his sessions on various websites. 
Going into draw my hand stuck to peg 17 and a corner peg with the wind blowing in. Mick had fared slightly better on peg 9 in the middle of the lake, also with the wind in his face.
With an hour to set up I set up 3 pole lines, 7m, 11 and 12.5m I would start at 12.5 feeding at 11m in case the wind got up and it was impossible to fish longer. I would feed a little at 12.5 via a tosspot but nothing of any significance, My other line at would be corn at 7m feeding regularly by hand. I also set up a bomb rod which could easily be changed to a maggot feeder if required. Bait would be fishery 6mm pellets, dead maggot and trusty old corn.
I started off with a small pot of corn and dead reds on the 11m line and another of the same at 7m. The theory being that the bait will not disappear whilst on the bottom. The dead reds hopefully bringing in smaller fish which in turn attract the larger f1s and carp. There would then be some corn to them to feast on. 
I then picked up the bomb rod and had a couple of chucks towards the bare bank to my left. After 15 minutes and nothing I tried the open water in front of me and first put in with single hair rigged corn resulted in a good sized f1. After an hour that solitary fish was all I had to show for it. Dave Stratful on the opposite corner peg was struggling, Roy Makins had a couple of foul hookers on the tip and waggler. The guy Next to Roy though was catching well on the tip, Pete Alland also had caught. My neighbours were struggling also with a couple of small roach to show for there efforts.
I re-fed my pole lines and decided to have a look on these. I started off at 12.5 with corn and nothing, coming back to 11m and I had a small carp after around 15 minutes which was hooked under the chin. No other bites on either corn or dead reds. I tried a banded 6mm but again this proved fruitless.
Others were now catching, especially opposite. Dave had caught a couple of f1s and a carp, Roy was now getting a few, chopping and changing between waggler and pole, whilst his neighbour was also still putting a few into the net.
Going into the last 2 hours I was stuck on 2 bites and 2 fish. The remaining couple of hours were spent on the bomb with a couple of dead reds. Cast it and leave it. Two more fish followed and four in four but nowhere near enough to compete. To be fair I think I was out of it at the draw, but you never know. My weight of 16lb 5oz fared better than Mick who surprisingly had also struggled on peg 9. One carp and a few roach for a did not weigh.
We did not wait for the overall result but knew we were well out of it. I am sure Roy will inform us in due course. Well done to all the framers, I do know there was a couple of 40lb+ weights from the early pegs before Mick and those opposite must of had close to that if not more.
So that is all I have to post for this year, it has been challenging, both in learning and the MK Nugget. Mick is improving year on year and always keeps me on my toes. Many thanks to all those who have helped improve my fishing, you may not think you have but sometimes a single conversation is all that is required.
Have a good Xmas and New Year and I will see you all when the ice melts.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017


Unfortunately Part 2 of 2 has been postponed for a couple of weeks.

A couple of reasons, the clutch on my car has been playing up and needs fixing, the guy I was going with has called to say he cannot make it. The weather is planned for -2 degrees overnight with a plus 1 temperature and a wind chill of -3. Now I do not mind going fishing in the cold but when faced with this scenario a couple of weeks ago, three of us all blanked, with none of us even have an indication.

Winter fishing has a lot to answer for. Saying that if I was booked into a match I would have still gone.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Alders Farm Tuesday Open 28 11 2017

Working the shifts that both Mick and I do means we have a fair bit of time off midweek to go fishing. This week will be another double header for me, a Tuesday Open at Alders and another session on Linford Lakes Black Horse Lake (Thursday) hoping for a few bream.

Tuesday's match was on Pines Lake. The lake fished quite well over the weekend and with only ten anglers on the match space was not an issue. So hopefully we would all have a few bites. Overnight the temperatures had dropped and with a bit of rain, I suspected that the fish would be in the deeper water and not come up like last week when it was consistently milder leading up to the match. So a priority at the draw would be a deep water swim, please. Peg 5 stuck to my hand and I was happy with that. Peg 4 and 6 were empty so I had a bit of room and could see Mick on Peg 3. Pete Archer sat on peg 2. Dennis on 7 and Danny Wallace on peg 9. Opposite Trevor was on 16, Sean 17, Graham West on 18, Paul Higgins on 22 and John Light was last peg 24.

Peg 5 is a cracking peg, plenty of depth for both on the deck and fishing up in the water. I also had plenty of water behind the pole line to have a go with the waggler. It is something I must admit I do not do enough of. Strange really as, when I do fish it I enjoy it. I am starting to think that we all suffer with poleitis when we go out fishing.

I started off fishing a line at 7m fishing double maggot over a half cup of micros.10 minutes in and nothing. Out to 11m with the same rig pinging a few maggots every minute or so. 20 minutes and still nothing, no liners,bites or any form of indication. A switch to the 11m deep rig with a bulk around 18 inches from a size 18 B911x. Around 10 minutes spent on this and a first bite, a nice skimmer around 1 3/4lb. Nothing then for the next 20 minutes. A look on the waggler saw the wind blowing a big bow in the line and making the float travel through the peg too quickly. However when the wind slowed you could get decent presentation. After 20 minutes of perseverance I managed a couple of small carp on double maggot. The bites coming as soon as the hook-bait hit the bottom. Back into 7m and start the whole process again, hoping that during the rotation a run of fish come. Mick had started off very well on the maggot feeder in the open water and was nicking odd fish on the pole lines. Trevor opposite was catching well on the far bank fishing away from the island spraying maggot. And although I could not see Graham or Sean I could hear a bit of splashing from behind the island. Pete Archer was targeting silvers and ticking over. I would like to say that my plan worked, but it did not. I ended up with around 7 carp and 2 skimmers for 27lb odd and nowhere but that's winter fishing.

1st Graham West 60-04
2nd Trevor Price 55-00
3rd Danny |Wallace 50lb

That's winter fishing for you though, I think I managed to keep changing things around a bit better than last week. Feeding was a bit tidier and although I only had a few bites lost fish have cost me a better weight, I would still not have got in the frame, but I worked out why I was lost 5 carp in a row and corrected it. Now I am looking forward to a day's fishing for bream on Black Horse Lake. Cold clear water, Brilliant sunshine and a maximum temperature of 5 degrees, perfect bream conditions!!!!!!!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Oakfield Revisited 22 11 2017

Many moons ago I used to fish Oakfield Fishery at Kingswood,  Aylesbury. They have a couple of lakes back then and rotated between Brook and Kingfisher. The owners then added a couple of other new lakes and the place started to take off. Red Kite has become their main match lake nowadays and although quite open and wind affected offers plenty of sport for the regulars.
It was a chance meeting with Dave Stratful, who now looks after the catering and matches at Oakfield , that gave both Mick and I the desire to revisit the fishery and take our chances.

With 18 booked on it would be a good test for us. The MK Nugget series is over for the year as agreed by the both of us, and although we are fishing a match, it really is just a pleasure day for us both.
We both arrived nice and early and with Dave donning his pinny behind the counter, a full English breakfast was soon being devoured by both Mick and I, a couple of cups of tea washing it down.
I had exchanged a few texts with Gary Thorpe prior to the visit and he suggested that corn may start working on the pole lines. So that was one kilo removed from the freezer. I would also set up both a bomb rod and a Atomic laced maggot feeder. I would fish these for the first hour regardless of where I drew.
I was quite happy with peg 23, I would have the wind on my back and with the breeze gradually getting up to 50mph, I was glad of it. Mick had drawn 29, again a peg with the wind on his back.
Mick would base a lot of his fishing around fishery pellets and maggots, whilst my attack would be predominantly corn with maggot as a back up.
At the all in, I cupped in half a pot of corn onto the 11m line, whilst I could hold the pole out there. I also fed a line at 6m by hand. Leaving them to settle I started on the bomb with double corn, just over half way. I could catapult 4 or 5 grains over this line. I also fed a few grains at around 25m.
I was fishing double corn on a hair rig to a size 16 QM1 and although I was getting a few pulls, they were just liners, nothing concrete. A switch to the maggot feeder brought 2 micro roach impersonating fish. So back onto the bomb.With an hour gone I saw only 1 fish caught on the bomb but Pete Alland further down on 27 was getting a few on the pole.
Out to 11m with a single grain of corn and a tosspot of corn. After 5 minutes a bite and a good sized F1 was steadily coming back to the waiting net. One last ditch run for freedom and it was off, Damn or words to that effect. Back out and a longer wait, in hindsight I probably did not feed via the toss pot at this point. But a bite did come eventually. A run of 2 or 3 F1's would come but then nothing. I did lose a couple during this spell and found that by feeding 10 grains of corn and 6 or 7 6mm pellets after every fish or 5 minutes whichever was first was the way to go. I was still at 11m but the wind was getting stronger as the day wore on.
I have ended up with 6 F1's and a single mirror carp and a couple of more micro fish for 24lb 11oz and a thank you for coming. Beaten both sides by a couple of fish.
1st Pete Alland 56-10 Peg 27
2nd Chris Davis 40-02 Peg 10
3rd Mick Wright 30-02 Peg 29
4th Paddy Mack 30-00 Peg 33
So not too far off and a few more lessons, I think a longer tail on the bomb with a softer hair and single baits may have been a better approach. Also A lighter rig .4g with spread out shotting worked better than a heavier .6g rig in the conditions.Also small corn worked well.
Mick done well creeping into 3rd spot with a few late fish down the edge on maggots and a nice brown envelope. Well done to all the framers.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Alders Farm Tuesday Open 21 11 17

It feels strange to be going fishing with no real purpose, other than going fishing. I am attending the Alders Farm Tuesday Open and you may be saying to yourselves that surely I should be going there with the sole intention of winning it. There are 10 other anglers in attendance today, not many I know but some good ones amongst them. See the difference is I go match fishing because I enjoy it. I am NOT very good at it when you consider the quality of some of the anglers I fish against, but I enjoy it. I will make plenty of wrong decisions during the lead up to the match in bait selection, I will make numerous mistakes when I get to my peg and Christ knows how many during the 5 hour duration.I am competitive and want to do well but it is not the be all and end all. When I stop enjoying it I will stop going, but for now I enjoy it. We were chatting about this whilst waiting to draw and it was quite surprising how many agree with me.
Anyway on to today's match Pines Lake I draw peg 24, middle of the dam wall and a good peg, in fact I like all the pegs on Pines, they all have there days. The wind was blowing up over my shoulder towards the opposite end of the lake so at least I would be comfortable. I was the only one on the dam wall but had Ash Bunnage on 19 and Madd on peg 1.
I set up a couple of rigs to fish short 2+2, a light one and a heavier rig for fishing maggot. A deep rig for 11m, again for maggot. I also set up a long line at 11m to my right about 5m off the platform as I had around 3ft there. Bait was 4 and 6mm hookers pellets, fishery micros and 4mm for feeding plus 2 pints of maggot.
I started off fishing 2+2 on a light rig and did not get any bites in the first 20minutes. A switch to the heavier rig saw a couple of small dips but nothing hitable. A move to 11m saw a couple of liners so changed the depth slightly and the shotting on the rig to a more spread out rig. I still had a couple of liners and finally settled on the fact that the fish were higher up in the water than I originally thought. After 90 minutes I had not had a fish, but it was fishing hard, with only Lee Newson, Danny Wallace and John Light really catching well. Colin Kidd was stringing a few together on the opposite bank.
I then grabbed my shallow 3ft rig and went over the 11m line and started pinging a few maggots out, to my surprise the float dipped and my first carp was on and soon in the landing net. Out again and another 10 minutes passed before fish number two was joining his mate. Now lets get real, It is the back end of November and I am catching shallow. Imagine what Pete Archer would have been doing now. However as quickly as the bites came they disappeared. I came a section closer and nicked another smaller fish, added a section to 12.5m and had another one. I now had 4 carp.Nothing followed except the odd crayfish caught fishing on the deck at 11m, when I started getting a few liners, I just grabbed the shallow rig again and nicked a couple more.
Going into the last hour it was obvious that all the prizes were going elsewhere. But I still persevered and ended up with 9 carp and a couple of skimmers.
1st Danny Wallace peg 7 91-00
2nd Lee Newson peg 5   83-14
3rd Colin Kidd    Peg 17 60-07
My weight of 33-14 was well off the pace but I enjoyed it, I had to work for every fish and although I came nowhere, I stuck it out and learnt. I seem to be learning a lot at the moment, always too late to do any damage. But not one word of complaint, the guys who framed have all served their apprenticeships, can adapt and change that little bit quicker than me and deserve all their successes.
And tomorrow I can do it all again on another venue I have not fished for years, a rare day out to Oakfield Fishery near Aylesbury. 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Alders Farm Ash Lake Costcutter 14 11 2017

There I was congratulating Mick on his win as Marsh AC club champion for yet another year, when it dawned on me that the all important MK Nugget was not finished and we still had one last agreed match to finish off the season. Today, was the day. Conveniently the score was 10 each, so it was all to play for. It's not the we do not go fishing anymore because we do. It is just that the matches tend to dry up, as we both do not like breaking ice, and we can focus on different aaspects of our sport. Myself, trying my hand for skimmers and proper bream on a local complex, Mick tackling the local rivers with a loaf of bread.
Ash Lake was the chosen venue, and as it had got decidedly cooler, the ball would fall nicely into Mick's court. he had completely dominated the start of the campaign winning a lot of his matches during the cooler spring months, before I managed a comeback during the summer months. Still the weather was fair with little wind and odd showers planned for later on towards the 3pm finishing time.
With only a few hardy souls in attendance. Nice to see Dave Stratful there as it has been a few years since our paths last crossed. We spread out along the cafe bank and the dam wall. Mick was again one of the first into the bucket and end peg flyer 21 sticks to his mitt. My attempt would see me on peg 19. So after 11 months of fishing, travelling and being pegged next to each other on numerous occasions we were also together on this last MK Nugget match of the year.
I planned to fish at 11m just out of the shaded area of the peg, this stretched to 14m before going completely dark with shadows. I also set up a line for top four and three but did not think the fish would come so close. I had good depth there, just a strange feeling around the time of year when a lot of fish are shoaling up in the bowl and island pegs. I also set up a small drennan crystal dibber which doubled up as a margin rig and shallow rig.
At the all in I started on a banded 6mm feeding a small amount of micros and a pinch of maggot. No bites after 20 minutes, I tried lifting and dropping, switching to a 6mm expander and even a 4mm banded. Still no bites. For 90 minutes, nothing no bites at 11m despite trying a variety of baits. Mick was faring better and had secured 3 carp before my float dipped and a small carp around 3lb graced the net taken on worm. Another fish on worm ten minutes later saw me close the gap to 3-2 before Mick pulled away again.I was looking around the lake and no one seemed to be setting the world alight and it was a case of trying to nick odd fish throughout. However, Trevor and John on pegs 6 and 7 were getting odd fish on the waggler.
Coming in on the closer lines proved fruitless with 30 minutes wasted for no bites or indications. Dennis decided he was going for a swim after falling off his box, so I was quick to ship back in and run to his aid. He did not look too good and was quite shaken but after a change of clothes was was soon back fishing. Back out to 11m and another carp, Mick was still nicking odd fish by the tree, however I found that by feeding a line at 11m and fishing 12.5m I would get odd bites. Strange I know, but who am I to argue.
I was now fishing double maggot on my 11m rig at 12.5m. Another seven carp came before the end of the five hours. It would be close between us, we both had 10 or 11 carp with Mick having a couple of Rudd and a skimmer to me solitary skimmer. Everyone seemed to have struggled.
1st Trevor Price 57-07
2nd John Light 56-04
3rd DanWallace 40-00
4th Dave Stratful 36-00
5th Keith Ashby 34-07
6th Mick Wright 27-02
7th Dave Adams 20-02
8th Pete Archer 14-10
9th Dennis Simpson DNW
So that's it for another MK Nugget year. A close one to call, I just nicked it at the death, 11-10. I still do not know how I managed to scrape in, I had a horrendous start to the year, worse than previous years, but managed to claw some results back during the summer and autumn.
Now for a few pleasure sessions to see the year out.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Monks Lake 2 Marsh AC 21 10 2017

We must be absolutely mental to go fishing in gale force winds brought on by Storm Brian, couple that with torrential rain heading our way.
We knew it was going to be a bit blowy as soon as I had collected Mick and hit the motorway. It was busier than normal and as soon as there was any sort of gap the wind hit you, pushing you to one side. Sensible precautions were the order of the day. We still made good time and were soon pulling into the car park at Monk Lakes. We were on Lake 2, a lake I have fished only once before and drew a dolly peg and won the lake. Today would be a bit harder, my dolly peg on the spit was not in and the bridge had gone. Dave had decided to fish the match trying to give everyone a spare peg. As there were only 12 of us this only comprised the car park bank and the left hand part of the spit.
After fuelling up on a bacon stick from the mobile snack wagon on site, we were ready for the draw. Mick had gone in early and I was hanging back. Out comes peg 60 for Mick and I have peg 58 on my scrap of paper. Yet again, we are pegged next to each other. At least we would have a tree in between us.I had Gino, who was in a rich vein of form at present, the other side of me. Tony Roberts was a little further up the bank and needed to beat Mick by a couple of places to win the overall league title. It would be interesting to see how it all turned out.
I set my stall out to catch on the deck, it was blowing well and gusting all over the shop but the calm patches were easily reachable and thought I could fish comfortably at 12.5m, I settled on 11m though just in case the wind got up even more. I had the same depth so used the same rig. Rig wise it was a DT Diamond .6g to .17 NGauge and a size 16 B911x. I also set up a DT Diamond in a .4g for the right hand edge. This time I had a hair-rigged banded pellet on a size 18 B911x.My final rig was a small Drennan crystal float for fishing shallow. It was set at 2ft with .19 NGauge to a size 18 B911x to white hydro.Bait would be 6 and 8mm hard pellets and meat on the 5m line. I did bring a feeder rod with me but the whistle went before I had a chance to set it up.
At the all in I cup in some 4mm pellets onto both 5m and 11m lines, leaving the margin until I was planning to fish it properly. I also put half a pot of 6mm meat onto the 5m line. I started off doing something a little bird told to try ages ago but had forgotten. I shipped my top three down the edge with a 8mm piece of meat and fed nothing, after 5 minutes the float buries and fish number one was on and off just as quick. There is definitely something in this. That was a bonus fish lost and I would need to work the margin properly now.
I started off over the 5m line and again first drop in had a carp around 4lb and I was off and running, A couple of skimmers followed, so I re-fed and went out to 11m, whilst I can. Fishing on the deck in the blustery conditions was not easy going, even with a longer than normal line between float and pole tip. Back shotting helped a lot but had to use a couple of number 4s to make it work. A couple of small F1s came during this spell, but also quite a few liners. Instead of shallowing up, I added a bit more line and held it all still. Another couple of fish before the liners appeared again. I picked up the shallow rig and after 5 minutes of pinging 3 or 4 pellets I was nicking a few better fish, a mix of F1s and Carp.I carried on throughout the match, I mean it is October. The last half hour I went down the edge properly. A banded 8mm tight in to the bank accounted for my best fish of the day 12lb.
I think everyone was relieved when the whistle went for the all out. We had all got battered by the wind, although it could have been a lot worse. The rain was only sporadic and although most of my gear was damp it was not sodden.
John started the ball rolling on the scales with 20lb although he did leave early.

Simon 68-12
Simon put 68-12 on the scales and word was that would be enough to win it. Chairman dave placed a level 16lb on the scales before a tie with Richard and Chris both recording 37-04.
Richard 37-04
Chris 37-04

Jim chipped in with 18lb of barbel.

Gino 29-08

Yours Truly 83-04

Mick not quite 48-12

Gino placed 29-08 onto the board with mainly feeder caught fish. I then placed my three nets on the scales to overtake Simon with 83-04. Mick was next to weigh, 48-04 and the MK Nugget was going my way. Terry placed 5-04 on the scales. Tony had sneaked in front of Mick with 60-12 before Jim placed 35-00 on the board.
1st Keith Ashby  83-04
2nd Simon Watkins 68-12
3rd Tony Roberts 60-12
4th Mick Wright 48-12
5th= Richard 37-04
5th= Chris Withall 37-04
So that is it for another Marsh AC year. As ever it has been a good year with plenty of ill health hampering our fishing, yet we still get out when ever we can and enjoy the craic. The Marsh AC lads are a credit to angling, they do not fish for the riches on offer because there ain't none, yet month in month out they turn out regardless of the conditions.Congratulations to Mick Wright on winning the Overall League title, something I know you have wanted since we joined all those years back. Well done to all the framers in all of the matches this year, it has been a pleasure to compete with you.
Finally to Mick, a long standing friend and travelling companion. It has again been a pleasure. After all our matches this year the score is situated at 10 each. A decider is on the cards.