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Club Match / Outing
05/06/2024
Hunters Hall (Abbey Cross water)
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Bishop's Stortford won with 56 points to Abbey Cross' 49 points 1st Phil Whitmill 22lbs 8oz 2nd Rob Calderón 17lbs 15oz 3rd Steve Foster 16lbs 1oz 4th Martin Adams 15lbs 15oz
Phil's day Good morning to all. The Weds team fished its monthly match against Abbey Cross on their lake at Hunter's Hall. It's been a while since we fished this lake due to flooded banks so we were at a bit at a loss as to how it would fish. We did a draw by arrival so first in first pick I drew 2nd from last peg 1. It's a bit of a fish trap as it's a half circle of lily pads but if you can get the tench feeding it can be very promising. Used 7 secs of pole that has taken me to 1 sec short of the pads. I fed 1 line with 6mm hard pellet and corn, couldn't use a feeder and there were no margins to speak of so it was all mapped out for me. Started off on corn and started to pick up some useful rudd and roach but with heavy elastics bumping most off so changed to a lighter elastic which did the trick. At 11:30 am I picked up my first tench and obviously it run me through the pads but with elastic pulling I got him in the net. Lesson noted I changed back to heavy elastics and managed 4 more tench and lost 5 so I was pleased with that. 1st place was Phil Whitmill with 22lbs 8oz, 2nd Rob Calderón with 17lbs 15oz, 3rd Steve Foster with 16lbs 1oz and 4th Martin Adams with 15lbs 15oz. Bishop's Stortford won with 56 points to Abbey Cross 49 points . The pic is my catch for those that haven't seen a tench for a while.
Club match/outing
29/05/2024
Beggars Hall
N/A
1st Rob Calderón 85lbs 5oz 2nd Phil Whitmill 36lbs 3oz 3rd Bill Beeston 32lbs 13oz 4th John Carter 29lbs 6oz
Phil's day Morning to all, the Weds club fished its club lake at Beggers Hall. Not too bad weather wise at least it wasn't raining. I drew peg 17 last out of the bag and one of the better pegs. I made 2 lines for the pole and a feeder for over to the island. I fed 6mm hard pellets and a ball of groundbait in my margin and at 10 meters for my pole line and worked the island with the feeder. The feeder only produced 1 carp with no line bites so I decided to go on my pole line with 4mm soft pellet. Caught steady with rudd and roach but it was not what I was after so on to 6mm hard pellet. This produced nothing so back to the soft pellet. By 1 pm I got a decent bream and a good tench and some odd rudd but not what I was after so out comes the maggots. I put a whole pot full in along with some more hard pellet and left this for half an hour and went on the feeder. Still nothing so into the margins again for some more silvers with 4 reds on and got a carp for 7lb then stayed with this and got 4 more carp, I weighed in 36lbs 3oz 1st Rob Calderón with a very good weight of 85lbs 5oz, 2nd Phil Whitmill with 36lbs 3oz, 3rd Bill Beeston with 32lbs 13oz and 4th John Carter with 29lbs 6oz. Thanks to Rob with his help weighing everybody in, pic is my peg 17
Summer League
22/05/2024
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1stRob Calderón 90lbs 5oz 2nd Phil Whitmill 85lbs 9oz 3rd Bill Beeston 83lbs 14oz 4th John Carter 62lbs 3oz
Phil's day Hi to all, the Weds club fished its club lake Hall Farm. It was a very wet day with 18 hours of rain behind us so didn't know how the fishing was going to be. I drew peg 24 a very good peg for no real reason its not much different from most pegs. I made up 3 rigs for margins and a 10 meter line then the feeder for good measure. I baited up both margins with a groundbait and 6mm hard pellet with a bit of corn for good measure. Started off on the feeder rod and within 15 minutes it's wrapped round for my first carp this went on for another 5 carp before it died but this was only 1 hour into the match so onto the pole tried out in front at 10 meters and not a bite. So in to the margins. I was getting bites but I think they were rudd this was on pellets so I upped the size of pellet but still got mucked about so I tried 10mm punch bread. This got me 4 very small rudd not what I am after so back to the feeder - nothing so after a short while back to the margins. I put a big bit of breadflake on and just waited. Within 10 minutes got my first margin carp about 6lb then nothing again so onto my other margin the same there I alternated between the two areas for the rest of the day for a weight of 85lbs 9oz. First was Rob Calderón with 90lbs 5oz, 2nd Phil Whitmill with 85lbs 9oz, 3rd Bill Beeston with 83lbs 14oz , 4th John Carter with 62lbs 3oz. Well done to all for putting up with such a wet day. A big thanks goes to Rob Calderón for doing all the hard stuff with the weighing in. Pic is my peg 24,
Presentation Evening
16/05/2024
Hunters Meet at Hatfield Heath
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Club match/outing
15/05/2024
Beggars Hall
N/A
1st Richard Beeston 92lbs 9oz 2nd Jeff Pearson 37lbs 7oz 3rd Peter Green 33lbs 8oz 4th Steve Foster 25lbs 14oz
Phil's day Hi to all, the Weds club fished its club lake at Beggar's Hall this week. The conditions were good with a threat of rain that never came. I drew peg 5 it's a moderately good peg on the day. I made up three pole lines both margins and a 10 meter line but placed most of my hope on the feeder but, as I found out, this wasn't the case. I spent too much time on the feeder with no inductions at all so, just after lunch and with nothing in the net, I decided to go for silvers. To my right nothing, out in front at 10 meters nothing but on my left caught rudd, roach and perch then a carp moved in as I hoped. I had done all the hard work getting it out the bushes and from under a tree then lost it in open water nevermind. Finally, I did catch a carp from there to weigh in 8lbs 15 oz First was Richard Beeston with 92lbs 9 oz, 2nd Jeff Pearson with 37lbs 7oz , 3rd Peter Green with 33lbs 8oz and 4th Steve Foster with 25lbs 14oz. Thanks go to John Carter and Rob Calderón for doing the weighing in for me.
Club match/outing
08/05/2024
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Peter Green 67lbs 3oz 2nd Bill Beeston 66lbs 1oz 3rd Rob Calderón 60lbs 7oz 4th Jeff Pearson 58lbs 1oz
Phil's day Hi all on this sunny day the Weds club fished its match on Hall Farm. The weather was a bit misty but a promising day weatherwise lay ahead. I drew peg 26 last out the bag - it's not been on any kind of form since Christmas but it will come back to form soon and I got high hopes on the day. I made up two margins and a 10 meter line but to my right was where I was putting all my faith and, of course, the feeder for long cast. I baited up my various lines for the pole and left these to work while I spent the first hour on the feeder. This produced two carp with little else so onto my pole - tried my long line with no luck so on to my right margin. This got me a carp within 10 minutes then the rest of the day there were bouts of action that got me to 52lbs of carp and a broken pole section - it was one of those days 1st place was Peter Green with 67lbs 3oz, 2nd Bill Beeston with 66lbs 1oz, 3rd Rob Calderón with 60lbs 7oz and 4th Jeff Pearson with 58lbs 1oz. The lake in general fished quite well with a lot more anglers with very reasonable weights. No pics today just a score sheet.
Interclub (Abbey Cross)
01/05/2024
Beggars Hall
N/A
Bishop's Stortford won with 75 points to Abbey Cross' 60 points 1st Peter Green 135lbs 1oz 2nd Fred Hunt 55lbs 14oz 3rd Rob Calderón 40lbs 14oz 4th Martin Adams 37lbs 5oz 5th John Carter 34lbs 6oz
Phil's day Hi all what a smashing day it was yesterday - the peg I was in was in full view of the sun with no wind chill. The Weds club fished its monthly match against Abbey Cross at Beggars Hall. I drew peg 23 not one that is usually put in on matches but, with so many worse pegs recently, I thought I would give it a try out. I started out making up three lines for the pole and, of course, the feeder. Started off cupping red maggots at ten meters with a bit of micro pellets then to my left down the margin pretty much the same but more of it and 5 meters to my right a cup full of pellet and sweetcorn. I decided to go straight on the feeder as this was going to be my best hope. I gave it more time then I should have - itwas nearly midday so went onto the pole lines. Still nothing it's a venue that comes to life in late afternoon so not too worried yet. The pole line on my left was a bit of a disaster as there was weed and the bottom was all over the place so soon abandoned that line. So on to my 10 meter line and I had a small F1 about a pound or so and that was that. By now it's half 2 and with a hour and a half to go so decided to try what looked to be a nothing line on my left - I had been there about 10 minutes and got a couple roach so at least I am getting bite when the next roach bite turned out to be a mirror carp of around 18 lbs. This went on for the rest of the match catching two more carp and loosing 3 more from the same line. I weighed in with 33lbs 13oz a very good result from this peg. 1st Peter Green with 135lbs 1oz, 2nd Fred Hunt with 55lbs 14oz, 3rd Rob Calderón with 40lbs 14oz, 4th Martin Adams with 37lbs 5oz and 5th John Carter with 34lbs 6oz. Bishop's Stortford wins with 75 points to Abbey Cross 60 points well done to our team. Pic is my peg 23
Summer League
24/04/2024
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Steve Foster 36lbs 1oz 2nd Jeff Pearson 25lbs 15oz 3rd Tony Cruci 19lbs 13oz 4th Rob Calderón 19lbs 7oz
Phil's day Hi to all, the Weds club fished its first summer league match this week - one of six over the coming months. I have drawn peg 1 not the side you want to be on but can't change that. Made up two margin rigs as it was too windy to go any distance on the pole and a feeder for over to my right hand side. I sounded the start whistle and Ray Gibson, who was in the next peg, he cast his feeder a short distance and hooked a carp instantly so I thought we would be in for a good day. Got that wrong. I had a small carp on the pole about 10am then not much else until an hour before the end - I had four pull rounds on the feeder and landed them and lost 3 more. I weighed in 16lbs 14oz for 5th and thanks for coming. 1st Steve Foster with 36lbs 1oz his biggest carp weighed in at 16lbs 8oz, 2nd Jeff Pearson with 25lbs 15oz, 3rd Tony Cruci with 19lbs 13oz and 4th Rob Calderón with 19lbs 7oz. Thank you to Peter Green for doing the low bank weigh in - much appreciated.
Club match/outing
17/04/2024
Beggars Hall
N/A
1st Phil Whitmill 62lbs 14oz 2nd Rob Calderón 62lbs 5oz 3rd John Todd 31lbs 11oz 4th Steve Foster 26lbs 13oz
Phil's day Morning to all. The Weds club fished its match on Beggar's Hall this week. It was a supposed to be a dry start and finish to our day with the promise of a downpour which never arrived. I drew peg 18 last out of the bag and a flyer to boot - at last a decent peg in with a chance here. Made up three pole lines and a feeder for midway. I fed mostly hard pellet and corn with a bit of red maggots with groundbait all Clarks products from Harlow Angling. Tried the feeder about 25 meters out and within 15 minutes got my first carp about 8lbs this went on to produce another carp by midday then onto my pole lines. By this time the wind had got up and made it difficult to hold it on 10 meters so on to my margins. This also produced nothing so rebated and went back to the feeder. After a short while on the feeder I had a slight bite so struck it anyway and got myself a tench of 2lbs 8oz so another net was called for - this was a red herring as no more bites so back to the margins on the pole. Got a few rudd and then the carp moved in and i caught steady for what was left of our day to weigh in 62lbs 14oz. 1st Phil Whitmill with 62lbs 14oz, 2nd Rob Calderón with 62lbs 5oz, 3rd John Todd with 31lbs 11oz and 4th Steve Foster with 26lbs 13oz. Pic is Terry Moranda , thanks to those anglers who helped with the weigh in much appreciated.
Club match/outing
10/04/2024
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Bill Beeston 55lbs 2oz 2nd Steve Foster 24lbs 11oz 3rd Fred Hunt 21lbs 14oz 4th Jeff Pearson 13lbs 7oz
Phil's day Hi to all , the Weds club fished Hall Farm club lake. It was a flat calm at first but by the time the whistle went 15 to 20 mph winds got up. I drew peg 12 a good peg but patchy and baited up a couple of areas for the pole and feeder for along the rushes. Feeder was going to be my preferred method today because of the wind and it was forecast for it to increase. I only had a half bite but struck it anyway. By lunch time I decided to brave the winds and use the pole at 13 meters - got my first carp at 2 ish and my other carp at 3 pm and, apart from half a dozen roach and rudd, that was it for me. Weighed in 9lbs 15oz. First Bill Beeston with a winning weight of 55lbs 2oz, 2nd Steve Foster with 24lbs 11oz , 3rd Fred Hunt with 21lbs 14oz and 4th Jeff Pearson with 13lbs 7oz. Well done to all on a very difficult day. Pic is peg 12.
AGM
03/04/2024
Bishop's Stortford Social Club
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Interclub (Abbey Cross)
03/04/2024
Taylor's Lake (Abbey Cross water)
N/A
Bishop's Stortford won the match with 68 points to Abbey Cross 36 points 1st Rob Calderón 23lbs 5oz 2nd Fred Hunt 21lbs 5oz 3rd Martin Adams 13lbs 2oz 4th Bill Beeston 12lbs 15oz
Phil's day Good morning to all. The Weds club fished against Abbey Cross on their lake for our monthly interclub. The weather wasn't too bad apart from the odd downpour and high winds. I drew peg 44 it's a peg that can throw up the odd good weight - you might not win from there but you could easily frame from there. Made up two pole lines and a feeder spot just off some lily pads. I fed micro pellets and a small ball of groundbait with red maggots. Started off with absolutely no response from anything this lasted till 11.30 when I got a good F1 about 5lb. I thought they were ready to feed but no - went on for the whole of my lunch and still nothing tried the feeder but it was so windy by this time I couldn't cast to where I wanted so gave up on that idea. Back to the pole with a lot more effort to hold the pole still then had a bite - it was a skimmer of 14oz then 15 mins later got myself into my second and last F1 for another 5lb. First Rob Calderón with 23lbs 5oz, 2nd Fred Hunt with 21lbs 5oz, 3rd Martin Adams with 13lbs 2oz and 4th Bill Beeston 12lbs 15oz. Bishop's Stortford won the match with 68 points to Abbey Cross 36 points. Well done to all the team. Pic is my peg - it's good to see some colour on the trees.
Weds Club Winter League Results
28/03/2024
N/A
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1st Steve Foster 55 points 2nd Rob Calderón 53 points 3rd Bill Beeston 52 points 4th Fred Hunt 47 points A big well done to all who had taken part.
Winter League
27/03/2024
Hall Farm Large Lake
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1st Steve Foster 62lbs 2nd Rob Calderón 61lbs 2oz 3rd Peter Green 24lbs 3oz 4th Bill Beeston 23lbs 1oz
Phil's day Hi all, the Weds club fished its last round in their winter league at Hall Farm lake. The gap in the weather allowed us to fish most of the match in the dry and where I was was out of most of the heavy winds. I drew peg 24 - it's a good peg so not disappointed at all. I fed a 10 meter line and a margin line and a feeder for just in case. The 10 meter line was blowing all over the place with no presentation so stuck to my margins but not even a roach let alone a carp so onto the feeder with a 8mm wafter. Got my first carp at midday then two more through the afternoon - lost one at the net but that's how your luck runs sometimes. Ended up with 12lbs 10oz First was Steve Foster with 62lbs, 2nd Rob Calderón with 61lbs 2oz, 3rd Peter Green with 24lbs 3oz and 4th Bill Beeston with 23lbs 1oz.
Club match/outing
20/03/2024
Malcolm Barker Lake
N/A
1st Fred Hunt 7lbs 14oz 2nd Jeff Pearson 6lbs 15oz 3rd Rob Calderón 2lbs 15oz 4th Steve Foster 2lbs 12oz
Phil's day It's a good morning to all. The Weds club fished the Malcolm Barker Lake today. It was always going to be hard going for some even with hand picked pegs. I drew peg 8 but donated it to Fred who drew 2 - it's very awkward to get down with the steps almost vertical so that's not going in anymore. I fed red maggots and a golf ball of groundbait with micro pellets. It was 2 hours when I got my first bite, Steve next door on peg 3 was catching well and decent roach as well then his swim died and that's when I started to catch the odd few. Weighed in 1lbs 1oz First Fred Hunt with 7lbs 14oz, 2nd Jeff Pearson with 6lbs 15oz, 3rd Rob Calderón with 2lbs 15oz and 4th Steve Foster with 2lbs 12oz. Pic is Steve Foster on the next door peg 3.
Club match/outing
13/03/2024
Beggars Hall
N/A
1st Terry Moranda 46lbs 2oz 2nd Bill Beeston 35lbs 9oz 3rd John Todd 35lbs 3oz 4th Rob Calderón 27lbs 15oz
Phil's day Good morning to all - the Weds club fished its match on Beggar's Hall this week. It promised to be a good day with no rain and mild temperatures. I drew peg 12 not a good peg but it has turned up a few weights in the summer months. I made up two lines on pole, one at 10 meters and the margin, and, of course, a feeder for long distance. I fed my pole lines with pellet and maggots and for the margins tried the same with a cup full of groundbait . Went out on the feeder to start with and within ten minutes had my first and only carp to weigh 6lb 10 oz. 1st Terry Moranda with 46lbs 2oz, 2nd Bill Beeston with 35lbs 9oz, 3rd John Todd with 35lbs 3oz and 4th Rob Calderón with 27lbs 15oz. Today's pic is Peter Green chatting with Darren Marder on peg 6.
Club match/outing
10/03/2024
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Phil Whitmill 40lbs 6oz 2nd Mark Halverson 22lbs 10oz 3rd Fred Hunt 20lbs 15oz
Gary's day Today was the last match of the 2023/4 season and had us at a very wet Hall Farm. The forecast was for rain all day and it was spot on. After seeing the low weights on Wednesday's match pretty much every peg was in with a chance and I was happy with Peg 6 which is normally pretty consistent in winter. A start on cage and maggot feeders did not get me any indications but plenty of fish were showing on the top. Well out of pole range of course. After 45 mins or so it was time to try the pole; this is one of the deep pegs with 9 feet at 5 sections and still dropping away. And not a sign even from a few silvers. This was not looking good. Phil on peg 2 was starting to get a few fish and then Fred on peg 4 got in on the action. 90 mins in I finally had a bite and a fish, a small carp of 3lbs or so on a maggot feeder. The deeps were fishing slow and it looked like the fish wanted the shallower, warmer water today. No more bites on the feeder or another go on the pole and then one on a hybrid feeder. Phil was still catching and Rob on peg 10 also seemed to be getting a few. A go at getting the attention of the topping fish on a waggler got me another carp a bit past the midway point and then it was just 1 more carp out of the blue on the feeder. I never had a bite on the pole line. It was 4 fish for 16lbs and a thanks for coming for my closing match. Phil had an easy win off peg 2 and then it was very close for second with 2lbs between 3 anglers. Today's very soggy results were 1st Phil Whitmill 40lbs 6oz, 2nd Mark Halverson 22lbs 10oz and 3rd Fred Hunt 20lbs 15oz - and pic is Phil with his winning net of fish.
Club match/outing
09/03/2024
Malcolm Barker Lake
Pike cups
Interclub (Abbey Cross)
06/03/2024
Hall Farm Large Lake
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Bishop's Stortford won with 60 points to Abbey Cross's 44 points 1st Martin Adams 31lbs 1oz 2nd Tony Cruci 16lbs 14oz 3rd Rob Calderón 16lbs 2oz 4th Jeff Pearson 13lbs 6oz 5th John Todd 11lbs 6oz
Phil's day Hi all, the Weds club fished its monthly inter club against Abbey Cross this week. It was a good turn out on what should have been a good day - the weather was good, the lake looked very good but that's where it stopped. I drew peg 17 but for weighing purposes I swapped with Tony on 7. I made two lines on 7 meters and both margins and a feeder at 25 meters and that's where it stopped until 15 mins before the end of the match. I was thinking "not another blank" when the feeder went round and got a 2lb 14 oz carp. 1st Martin Adams with 31lbs 1oz, 2nd Tony Cruci with 16lbs 14oz, 3rd Rob Calderón with 16lbs 2oz, 4th Jeff Pearson with 13lbs 6oz and 5th John Todd with 11lbs 6oz. It was a very good win for Bishop's Stortford with 60 points to Abbey Cross 44 points. Well done to the team. Pic is peg 7 - my spot for the day.
Club match/outing
03/03/2024
River Stort Backwater
Stort Cup 2 of 2
1st Phil Whitmill 4lbs 14oz 2nd Mark Halverson 2lbs 2oz 3rd John Todd 1lbs 8oz Phil wins the Stort Cup on weight with John and Mark also on 4 points
Gary's day It was the second leg of the Stort Cup today on the Backwater. Another rainy week meant it was heavily coloured and pushing through: fishable but were the fish catchable? It was peg 18 for me, a good peg but the big question was how quick the water was coming through from the weir. A bit too quick was the answer for fishing anywhere but the far side of the middle. The inside was boiling and also full of branches. The plan was to be positive, a couple of big balls of heavy groundbait and then maggots over the top. An hour in the plan was not working as I had not had a sign. A random 3oz roach then showed up but it forgot to tell it's mates. Down on peg 14 Phil seemed to be catching a few and seeing him swing a couple of 3oz roach confirmed this; these are usually netters on the Backwater. Time for a change. In went the rest of the groundbait and a short walk to chat to Phil and John whilst I ate my lunch. The fish were either going to be queueing up on my return or I would have killed the peg. A quick run of 3 small dace on my return got the hopes up but then they disappeared. A try at 14.5m to the boat a bit downstream proved hard work for 2 tiny fish and a lot of sticks. The River had started to slow a little so I changed to pinkies as loosefeed and this helped. Not many fish but the quality was pretty good. It was a surprise 1lbs 7oz on the scales; 1lbs 4oz more than I was expecting half way through but I had found them too late in the day. A few big pike strikes near the end cleared up why the fish kept disappearing. 1st Phil Whitmill 4lbs 14oz, 2nd Mark Halverson 2lbs 2oz and 3rd John Todd 1lbs 8oz. Phil wins the Stort Cup this year on weight with 4 more ounces than John and with Mark also on 4 points. Picture today is the view from my peg to the weir in full flow.
Club match/outing
28/02/2024
Beggars Hall
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1st Tony Cruci 44lbs 3oz 2nd Fred Hunt 43lbs 7oz 3rd Peter Green 23lbs 9oz 4th Phil Whitmill 20lbs 1oz
Phil's day Morning to all, the Weds club fished its club lake at Beggars Hall this week. I drew peg 19 - it's a middle of the road peg but glad to say there was a lot worse draw. Made up two lines for the pole and a feeder line about a third of the way across the lake. I started by feeding my pole lines with red maggots and micro pellets then left this and fished the feeder on method mix and 6 mm pellet. I was just thinking to myself to try the pole as it had been a hour then the tip went round and I landed my first carp. So stayed with this method and 45 mins later got my second carp a bit bigger than the first. Went out there again and 30 mins later got a third one then nothing. I then moved onto my pole line at 10 meters but not a touch so onto my rushes line had a bite straight away - small roach - then second put in got a roach a good 8 oz third put in nothing so stayed with it hoping a carp had moved in and scared the small stuff away. The float goes under and a perch about the size of my little finger had taken the bait. So back on the feeder for the last hour - I had two liners one of which nearly pulled my rod off its rest but that was it. I weighed in 20lbs 1oz. First Tony Cruci with 44lbs 3oz, 2nd Fred Hunt with 43lbs 7oz, 3rd Peter Green with 23lbs 9oz and 4th Phil Whitmill with 20lbs 1oz.
Club match/outing
25/02/2024
Malcolm Barker Lake
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1st Rob Calderon 8lbs 4oz 2nd Mark Halverson 4lbs 1oz 3rd Tony Cruci 3lbs 10oz
Gary's day After another very wet week we were on Malcolm Barker rather than the Backwater this weekend. We were greeted by a cold and foggy start but the lake had fished OK the weekend before so we should get a few bites. Out of the bag came peg 17 which I was pleased with; it is to one side of the large lily bed in the middle with a smaller lily bed to the left. The plan was: waggler or small feeder to the central lilies; a pole line with groundbait and maggot out front at about 11m; and a line just off the lillies to the left. At the all in I went out on the waggler after feeding my swims. Half an hour flew by without a bite. By this stage only Rob on 15 was catching anything with a steady stream of small roach. Time to try the long pole. No signs so out on a small cage feeder to give the pole lines a bit more time to fill with fish. With no signs on the feeder it was back to the pole. After 2 hours I completely missed the bite on the long pole line. There was no second chance. The short line was next. Finally a bite and a very small roach was in the net. Things were not going to plan. About this time Tony on peg 3 landed a good sized tench and John on peg 10 had a few roach. Rob was still catching well and I could not buy a bite. 3 hours in and it was time for a big fish gamble as a carp had just topped on the far side of the central lilies. The next 2 hours had me working through meat, bread, a couple of big chunks of worm and wafters. The fish had suddenly switched on for Mark on peg 28 but the rest of us were struggling. Well the gamble did not pay off, perhaps a liner in the last 5 mins but no bites. The blank was saved but only just. Rob had a great day weighing in 8lbs 4oz of silvers with a couple of perch, Mark had a mad final 1.5 hours for 4lbs 1oz and Tony's tench went 3lbs 10oz. Today's pic is Rob's winning net
Winter League
21/02/2024
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Rob Calderón 49lbs 1oz 2nd Peter Green 40lbs 11oz 3rd Fred Hunt 29lbs 4oz 4th Tony Cruci 24lbs 11oz
Phil's day Hi to all, the Weds club fished the club lake at Hall Farm in very soggy conditions with a fairly windy day. Iit was our 5th leg of our winter league so I was hoping for a good draw sadly not to be. Peg 8 which has not done very well over the winter. Well it fished pretty much how I thought it would. When I hooked a carp it would slip the hook. Got to the last 10 minutes and just as I was thinking 3rd blank of my season my feeder pulled round and saved my day with a lone f1 carp. 1st Rob Calderón with 49lbs 1oz, 2nd Peter Green with 40lbs 11oz, 3rd Fred Hunt with 29lbs 4oz and 4th Tony Cruci with 24lbs 11oz. Pic today is Fred (Two Brollies) Hunt on peg 7.
Club match/outing
18/02/2024
Malcolm Barker Lake
N/A
1st Steve Lucas 7lbs 12oz 2nd Mark Halverson 5lbs 8oz 3rd Gary Pickard 5lbs 3oz
Gary's day After a very wet week it was a very wet start to Sunday at Malcolm Barker Lake.  Today was going to be a bit of an unknown as last Summer's weed explosion meant it had been a while since most of us had fished MBL. Out of the bag came peg 27 for me, a very short walk to an OK peg. With no lilly pads to fish to it was going to be long pole and waggler.  With wind forecast for later, on top of the rain, I kept to 11m and groundbait and maggots.  A skimmer mix to the left and a traditional hemp/roach mix to the right. A try on waggler at the start (thanks Mark for the lone of a waggler, I had brought my rod but not any wagglers) got me a small roach and the blank was avoided.  That was it though on the waggler with a facing wind picking up meaning I could not fire maggots much beyond my pole lines anyway. Mark started picking up a steady run of roach on the pole so time for a switch.  I had a good start with half a dozen roach quite quickly but then the right hand swim died.  A try to the left got me a roach first drop in and then nothing more.  Mark was still catching regularly and then new boy Steve on peg 3 suddenly had 5m of elastic stretching out of his pole and a tench in his net.  I was falling behind. The top end of the lake was fishing hard and seeing Rob on 15 netting something that looked like a small roach spoke volumes. At our end the bites slowly came back for me:  feed the right swim; fish the left to rest the right and maybe get 1 roach; feed the left; then back to the right for 2 or 3 roach; and repeat.  Mark was still catching and then his elastic shot out and a decent fish was on.  This one though went straight into weeds and, on a 1.5lb hooklength, it was only ending one way.  10 mins later the same thing happened for Mark with the fish getting the upper hand.  I was still in the running. The middle of the match was tough for all with more heavy rain showers and gusty wind not helping as the bites dried up.  Into the final hour things were getting desperate.  The left swim slowly started coming more to life and Mark's had slowed after a pike took a roach on the way in.  I was slowly making an inroad on Steve and Mark ... and then Steve had another tench and it was game over for the match.  At the end it was going to be tight between me and Mark for second.  Had my late run of fish been enough? At the weigh in it was 1st Steve Lucas with 7lbs 12oz, second Mark Halverson with 5lbs 8oz and third Gary Pickard with 5lbs 3oz. Pic today is looking down the lake from my peg during one of the dry spells.
Club match/outing
14/02/2024
Hall Farm Large Lake
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1st Phil Whitmill 25lbs 2oz 2nd Jeff Pearson 19lbs 7oz 3rd Rob Calderón 16lbs 6oz 4th Fred Hunt 15lbs 5oz
Phil's day Hi to all, the Weds club fished its match at Hall Farm big lake this week. It was another dry day with a cold breeze so still got to wrap up well. I drew peg 12, it's a very moody peg with more off days than good ones so I didn't run to my peg. Before I could get started I had to lift the big rope out of the water - this is used as a bird scarer. I picked out two spots where I wanted to fish: one a pole swim and the other a feeder swim. I fed my pole swim with micro pellets and red maggots and then left this alone for an hour and started on my feeder swim. Within 40 minutes had a pull round but must have been a line bite. With no more indications I went on my pole line. By this time the wind had got a lot worse and, with no chance of decent presentation, I quit the pole after 45 minutes as it was to much of a battle. So back on the feeder and, by midday, got my first fish a carp about 3lbs then went on to catch the odd carp until the whistle went. I weighed in 25lb 2oz a good result for this time of the year. 1st Phil Whitmill with 25lbs 2oz, 2nd Jeff Pearson with 19lbs 7oz, 3rd Rob Calderón with 16lbs 6oz and 4th Fred Hunt with 15lbs 5oz. With no blanks a good day was had. When we arrived, we were met by a young swan on the lake a rare sight for this time of year. As soon as I set up he plagued me for a couple of hours before he took off for the river. Pic is peg 12.
Club match/outing
11/02/2024
Beggars Hall
N/A
1st Rob Calderon 41lbs 11oz 2nd Mark Halverson 38lbs 6oz 3rd Gary Pickard 13lbs 4oz
Gary's day After a very wet week Sunday was a break in the weather with sunshine and little wind for most of the day over at Beggars Hall. The draw bag was not kind to me and peg 19 was not where I wanted to be with the island area fishing much better recently. With lots of water to go at but the only features being down the edge the pole stayed in the bag as I could not see any carp coming in close. So feeder and bomb it was. I fed a long swim with a bit of groundbait and dead maggots to start and then it was a few casts around with bomb and bread to try find a carp. An hour in I had had no signs despite seeing the odd bubble and fish topping - but not in my peg. Everyone else down our end was having a slow start too. Rob on 18 then had a carp on the feeder and another one not long after. At long last I had a sign on my long line fishing a bit of worm and a small roach was in the net. The blank was saved. A few minutes later the tip moved again and this was no roach but probably the angriest 4lb mirror in the lake. That was it though for the long line; a few more small signs likely from small fish but no more bites. I had been firing a few bits of corn to the right from the off so it was time to try this again as the match was half way through. A slow pull round on the tip had me lift into something slow and plodding. The culprit soon revealed itself when a 3lb bream went into the net. You guessed that was my only bite from here too. In the meantime, Rob on peg 18 was still catching including on the pole near a big reed bed. John on 20 was fishless as was Phil on 5 and Tony on 17 and Fred on 16 were looking quiet too. Another small carp obliged about 1.30 taking a wafter on a hybrid feeder in front of me where I had been casting on and off all day. No signs until the tip went round. And that was it apart from an outrageous liner with 30 seconds to go trying down the edge again. At the weigh in my fish went a little more than I thought. Rob looked like he had been emptying it but had fewer fish than I thought. Phil had also snuck in a carp in the dying minutes. Mark on peg 10 was the unknown. In a tight finish Rob's better quality fish just pipped Mark: 1st Rob Calderon 41lbs 11oz, 2nd Mark Halverson 38lbs 6oz and 3rd Gary Pickard 13lbs 4oz. Pic today is Rob playing a good carp - they must have been confused thinking it was summer to come into pole range.
Interclub (Abbey Cross)
07/02/2024
Taylor's Lake (Abbey Cross water)
N/A
Bishop's Stortford won with 66 points to Abbey Cross's 29 points 1st John Carter 32lbs 6oz 2nd John Todd 16lbs 1oz 3rd Bill Beeston 15lbs 4th Rob Calderón 9lbs 6oz
Phil's day Hi to all. The Weds club fished an inter-club match this week at Taylor's Lake against Abbey Cross. I drew peg 34 not particularly good but it's the luck of the draw. I started off on feeder while my pole line feed had a bit of time to work. Stayed with the feeder for a good hour then I decided it was time to try the pole as I didn't get any positive bites from the feeder. The pole line was pretty much the same story and that was my day on and off - pole and feeder and ended up blanking. Not to worry my team seems to have done the business. When the points were tallied up we won by a considerable amount Bishop's Stortford 66 points to Abbey Cross 29 points. 1st John Carter with 32lbs 6oz, 2nd John Todd with 16lbs 1oz, 3rd Bill Beeston with 15lbs and 4th Rob Calderón with 9lbs 6oz. A very big well done to the team. Pic is John and Rob by their pegs they came 1st and 4th.
Club match/outing
04/02/2024
River Stort Backwater
Stort Cup 1 of 2
1st John Todd 5lbs 12oz 2nd Mark Halverson 2lbs 14oz 3rd Phil Whitmill 2lbs 10oz
Gary's day Today was the first leg of the Stort Cup so it was a trip to the Backwater. We were met with a clear river but it had a little flow so hope was not all lost. It was peg 12 again for me but thankfully with us spread out a bit more today so peg 11 below was empty. After catching micro roach last time, today I was going to fish more positively to see if they could be fed off. A start on bread punch got me some quick bites but from 1/2 oz roach and, given the number of bites I was missing, I suspect the average size was much smaller in my peg. Tony and Rob above me and Steve below were having an equally slow start with just small fish. A try over by the boats had me getting some very odd signs and strikes met with half a worm coming back. It looked like I was sitting on some crayfish. A try on maggot got me the occasional bite but the fish were no bigger. The odd look over by the boats finally got me a perch but one only one of the 3oz babies. John walked past from peg 18 about halfway through to get something from his car and mentioned he had about 1 1/2lbs and was getting plenty of bites. I was way behind this. Rob and Steve had some fun and games with the pike with Steve managing to land a couple but they don't count in our matches. No pike for me but plenty of fry jumping out of the water now and again as something spooked them. A swap to pinkies when the bites tailed off as the cloud cover disappeared kept bites coming but the fish were getting smaller. A couple more small perch from near the boats helped but it was a lot of effort for 2lbs 4oz on the scales. John took out the match with 5lbs 12oz from peg 18 with the rest of us hovering around the 2-3lb mark. Next was Mark Halverson with 2lbs 14oz and 3rd Phil Whitmill with 2lbs 10oz. Pic today is Phil with his hard day's work.
Club match/outing
31/01/2024
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Steve Foster 22lbs 10oz 2nd John Carter 16lbs 6oz 3rd Fred Hunt 15lbs 12oz 4th Tony Cruci 15lbs 3oz
Phil's day Hi to all, the Weds club fished its match at Hall Farm club lake. We picked a good dry day for a change although it was cold on the edge of the wind. I drew peg 8 - not too bad and has its moments. I made my mind up to fish two pole swims: one in the margin; and the other in front of me at 14ft deep - power top and 4th and half the 5th joint. Started off on feeder with double reds and maggot feeder and sat on this most of the morning with no bites not even a line bite. Then on to my pole lines - this was the same story so back to the feeder with a couple of alterations and got my first carp about 6lb. Happy now I had not blanked but didn't get another bite until2 ish. When Peter came for a walk round the tip slowly moved back - I slowly tightened up struck for another carp. Getting close to packing up time so started to put a few things away in readiness for weighing in when the tip flew round. It was a panic reaction and I hit it too hard and snapped my hooklength. I weighed in with 12lbs 7oz 1st Steve Foster with 22lbs 10oz, 2nd John Carter with 16lbs 6oz, 3rd Fred Hunt with 15lbs 12oz and 4th Tony Cruci with 15lbs 3oz. Only one blank today and he was still in hols mode.
Club match/outing
28/01/2024
Home Farm small lake
N/A
1st Halverson 39lbs 1oz 2nd Fred Hunt 20lbs 9oz 3rd Rob Calderon 19lbs 6oz
Gary's day Today found us at Home Farm's small lake after a reshuffle from last week as it was frozen over. A couple of surprise frosts before Sunday was not good news. Out of the bag came peg 7 for me; in the middle and with the 2 end pegs on either bank next to me. Not where I wanted to draw. It was going to be day of fishing maggots long on the pole for anything swimming and maybe something in the edge later where I had a bush either side. Mark got off to a flying start with a carp in the first 10 mins. It was then though a long wait for us all bar Fred who was getting a few roach on peg 3. An hour in things improved with a few roach coming out and Fred starting to get a few carp. For me it was roach only until I found a small carp half way through down the edge on bread punch. But it was on its own. Some of the roach were nudging 6oz and worth catching but too few and too slowly to match the carp. As the day warmed up Mark, Rob on 5 on the other bank's end peg and Fred kept ticking over with the odd carp. Just the 1 more carp for me and the rest of my bank was painfully slow with Phil and Tony having a tough day. At the weigh in it was all down to quality with the 3 having around 6 carp each with Mark having a couple more carp but of a much better stamp. 1st Halverson 39lbs 1oz, 2nd Fred Hunt 20lbs 9oz and 3rd Rob Calderon 19lbs 6oz. Picture today is the lake - nice and clam before the off - Fred's peg to the left and Rob's to the right.
Winter League
24/01/2024
River Stort Backwater
N/A
1st Rob Calderón 5lbs 3oz 2nd Steve Foster 2lbs 11oz Jt 3rd Fred Hunt 2lbs 9oz Jt 3rd Bill Beeston 2lbs 9oz
Phil's day Hi all, Weds club fished its 4th round of our winter league on our Backwater. For a few hours there I thought I would have to cancel because of the high winds but, by 8 am, the winds had almost gone. I drew peg 7 not been used for quite a while so didn't know what to expect. The water was in good condition but way too much flow but can't do anything about that. I fished bread punch and maggots - very slow to start with and that's how it went all day. I did manage to put 1lb 14 oz in the net for a few points 1st Rob Calderón with a very good weight of 5lbs 3oz, 2nd Steve Foster with 2lbs 11oz , joint 3rd was Fred Hunt and Bill Beeston with 2lbs 9oz. Pic is Fred Hunt on the next peg to me.
Water booking
21/01/2024
Hall Farm Small Lake
N/A
Club match/outing
21/01/2024
River Stort Backwater
N/A
1st Phil Whitmill 3lbs 13oz 2nd Fred Hunt 2lbs 5oz Jt 3rd Rob Calderon 1lbs 13oz Jt 3rd Gary Pickard 1lbs 13oz
Gary's day After a bitterly cold week that left all the lakes in the area frozen it was the Backwater for us this Sunday - the second time in a week for some.  It was a good choice as the trees kept the worst of Storm Isha at bay. Out of the bag came peg 12 for me, with the pegs in either side that does not leave you with a lot of river to play with but you do get a gap in boats across from you.  A pike swirling at fish as Rob on 13 was setting up made it clear there were going to be some pike problems today. A start on bread punch gave me a sail away bite on the first drop in which I completely missed.  A few runs through later I had my first fish; a very small dace.  Around me everyone else was having a slow start with just the odd small fish coming out.  A swap to maggot did not improve the quality but at least I got a few chances at hitting the small and quick indications I was getting on the float from the small fish.  As expected Fred, Rob and Mark all had run ins with pike and there were so long spells without bites as they were hunting in my peg.  About 12 I hit into something that was not the tiny fish I had been catching - was it pike or perch?  After extracting it from a weedbed I thought the job was done but a roll near the surface let it shed the hook before it was in netting range.  The flash I saw of it was looking a lot more perch than pike and a good one at that.   2 1/2 more hours of chasing bites saw about 70 fish in the net but they were mostly very small and did not even make 2lbs on the scales.  Over on peg 6 Phil took out the match with 3lbs 13oz of good perch and plenty of smaller back up fish.  A dozen or perch and small fish for Fred got him to 2lbs 5oz with Rob and I both with 1lbs 13oz of small stuff. Pic today is Tony doing the rounds with the scales and Rob looking like he is about to take a dive into the River.
Club match/outing
17/01/2024
River Stort Backwater
N/A
Phil's day Hi to all on such a cold day. The Weds club cancelled their match on Beggers Hall Lake as it was frozen over, so a few of us had a match on the Backwater on the River Stort as this was clear of ice. I drew peg 6 not a bad peg but with this cold I wasn't sure what to expect. There was a nice flow and a bit of colour in the water. Started off on bread and crumb and gradually started to get a few bites and the odd fish so tried maggots for a while and picked up a few better but roach this didn't last long so back to bread. In the last hour the bites trailed off so it was down to a last resort of pinkies and I started picking up odd very small fish then, with half hour to go, I broke my hook length so on to my lighter rig which was set slightly deeper. On the first run through I had a small perch and, with 5 minutes , left had my last fish - a 5oz perch and a good way to end the match. Thanks to Terry for his help weighing everyone in, and a thank you to everyone in the team for my Christmas present. Pic is Terry and John (in the background) on pegs 12 and 11.
Water booking - Fishing in Mind
14/01/2024
Hall Farm Large Lake
Club match/outing
14/01/2024
Beggars Hall
N/A
1st Mark Halverson 32lbs 3oz 2nd Rob Calderon 20lbs 1oz 3rd Gary Pickard 16lbs 9oz
It was a trip to Beggars Hall this week with the day being due to be cold but dry. Out of the bag came peg 10 for me; not a bad winter peg but the other side of the island has been better so far this winter. The plan today was simple - casting as close to the trees on the island as I dared and waiting for a bite. The target was 6 bites and, hopefully, 6 fish. Seeing the water being so clear had me thinking that was optimistic. It was going to be a day on the tip although I did set up a waggler just in case. The first hour had me searching around with a bomb with bread, corn and meat for no signs. It was not such a slow start for Mark, Rob and Steve who each had a carp about an hour in. John to my left then lost one. A swap to a hybrid feeder did not help and by 12.30 I had not seen a sign of life in my peg. By now Mark was on 3 fish. A swap back to bomb and bread finally got me a couple of liners and then a bite. You guessed it, it came off after the hard work of getting it away from the tree branches. The next hour was quiet for me but Mark added another couple of carp and was easily leading unless the other end of the lake was fishing well. About 1.30 the tip started moving a bit from liners and I had another bite. This time the fish made the net and a blank was avoided. Another quiet spell followed until getting lots of liners in the last half hour but no bites. It got so bad I was stood behind my box to make sure I did not strike at them. With a couple of minutes to go the tip went round and another carp of around 10lbs went in the net. That was it, the carp had shown up but too late for me. At the weigh in Mark had clearly won it with 5 fish but they were on the smaller side for Beggars. Rob was admitting to 15lb with one chunky mirror - it went 20lb on the scales! Mark's 5 fish went 32lbs 3oz for the win followed by Rob's monster at 20lbs 1oz with my 2 coming in at 16lbs 9oz . Photo today is Rob's 20lb - you don't need many bites for a decent weight at Beggars at the moment.
Water booking
14/01/2024
River Stort Backwater
N/A
Club match/outing
10/01/2024
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Bill Beeston 21lbs 9oz Jt 2nd Barry Cornel 21lbs 4oz Jt 2nd John Todd 21lbs 4oz 4th Phil Whitmill 20lbs 15oz
Phil's day Good cold day to all. The Weds club fished its club match at Hall Farm large this week. This is my second day out since my illness must admit I wasn't looking forward to it especially the weighing in . I was lucky to draw a low bank peg so some of my battle was won. Ony 9 of us turned up so only 3 pegs on the step side high bank. Started off on feeder with pellet banded to a hair rig - this wasn't working so put a maggot rig on and a much lighter hooklength and, within 15 minutes, had my first carp. It's now 12.40 and I am down by 4 fish to my right and 2 fish to my left but plodded on to catch 4 more with a weight of 20lbs 15oz. First Bill Beeston with 21lbs 9oz , joint 2nd was Barry Cornel and John Todd with 21lbs 4oz and 4th place Phil Whitmill with 20lbs 15oz. Picture today is Bill.
Club match/outing
07/01/2024
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st John Todd 15lbs 15oz Jt 2nd Phil Whitmill 11lbs 2oz Jt 2nd Rob Calderon 11lbs 2oz
Gary's day After a bit of a break for the Christmas/New Year period the first match of 2024 ended up on Hall Farm's large lake after some reshuffling due to conflicts and the River being in flood. Thankfully the day was due to be dry but it was a chilly start. The draw bag arm needs a bit of work as I pulled out peg 9 - not really where I wanted to be and with pegs 8 and 10 also in it was going to be a tough day. With the water still carrying quite a bit of colour the plan was the pole at 5 sections where it was 3 sections (10ft) deep and then a feeder out long plus pinging the odd bit of corn long for later. After an hour trying maggot, cage and hybrid feeders without a sign things were not looking good. Mark, on peg 8, then had a bite on the pole and foulhooked a carp on the strike which came off - at last some signs of life in the lake. Time to try the pole and .... not a sign. Back out on the feeder it was. Rob on peg 10 then had a carp on bomb and bread and Mark one on a method feeder. I was getting battered either side. Finally I had a bite on bomb and bread a couple of hours in and a small carp was safely in the net. Word came down the bank that Phil had 2 carp and John 1 so it was clearly fishing tough. Despite trying the pole a few more times there was nothing there - this seemed to be the case for everyone. Rob then picked up another couple of carp and it looked like a 2 horse race between him and Phil. I had 1 more bite before the all out but it came off pretty much on the final whistle and there ended my day - 2 bites and 1 carp for 3lbs 15oz. In the meantime John had snuck 3 more fish into his net to win with 15lbs 15oz with Phil and Rob sharing second spot with 11lbs 2oz. Picture today is Rob with his 3 carp on a very hard day.
Interclub (Abbey Cross)
03/01/2024
River Stort Backwater
N/A
Match cancelled due to flooding.
Club match/outing
31/12/2023
Malcolm Barker Lake
N/A
Club match/outing
24/12/2023
Beggars Hall
N/A
Club match/outing
20/12/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
Xmas match
1st Steve Foster 33lbs 14oz 2nd Gary Pickard 23lbs 5oz 3rd Barry Cornel 17lbs 1oz 4th John Carter 11lbs 15oz
Gary's day Phil, along with a number of the other regulars, were out of action with various illnesses so we were a little down on numbers for the Xmas match but that just meant more mince pies and sausage rolls for the rest of us. Get well soon lads. I spread us about a bit so we all had a spare peg either side as the heavy rain the day before was likely to make it a tough day. I was left with peg 20 in the bag - an OK peg but not a flyer. With expecting a tough day I risked going out to 11 metres on the pole and hoped I had some shelter from the bank behind from the forecast wind. It was a very slow start with no signs at all on a maggot feeder. There were carp topping giving you a false sense of bites to come - I suspect that they were just looking for some warmth in the top layers. Steve though got off to a flying start with a couple of decent looking carp on the pole on peg 6. Finally, I had a small carp after an hour on a hybrid feeder but nothing more. Another hour in I finally had a couple of bites on the pole - the first one was foul hooked and came off but the next came in. Steve was also still catching the odd fish. I then had a quick run of 3 carp swapping left and right pole swims potting in maggots and a few micros but it did not last and the next hour was biteless. The lake switched on a little towards the end with Jeff on peg 24 getting a couple of carp and another showing up for me on the feeder. I could also see Tony on peg 8 had had a couple. Steve though had another quick flurry of fish on bomb and bread and it was game over. Today's results 1st Steve Foster 33lbs 14oz, 2nd Gary Pickard 23lbs 5oz, 3rd Barry Cornel 17lbs 1 oz and 4th John Carter 11lbs 15oz. Photo is Steve with his winning net of fish. A big thank you to Phil and Terry for running the Weds matches - have a great Christmas and New Year all.
Club match/outing
17/12/2023
Home Farm Small Lake
Xmas match
1st Mark Halverson 27lbs 10oz 2nd Gary Pickard 27lbs 6oz 3rd Rob Calderon 27lbs 1oz
Gary' day Today was the Club's Christmas match at Home Farm's small lake. It was another mild day but with a brisk, cold wind. Out of the bag was peg 1 for me, a little out of the wind and with it sort of off my back for a change to being in my face. I started out as long as I thought I could hold if the wind picked up at 7 sections. There were some encouraging bites from the off but only small roach even on expanders. A try in a few places around the peg found more roach but no carp. After about an hour Rob on peg 3 hooked a carp so, hopefully, they were feeding now. It was time to risk the far bank with the pole at 14.5m, thankfully the wind was manageable. After a few roach I struck into something that was not a roach. After it finished tearing around the peg, a clear foul hooker, it finally came off way too close to the net. But I did get a free float that came back with my rig! I then had a quick flurry of 3 carp before they sulked off. The next 2 hours was a case of scraping together some more roach with Rob putting the odd carp in the net. The far end of the lake was also improving with Mark and Jeff tangling with a few carp . Finally, with 30 minutes to go, I found some more carp as close to the far bank tree as I dared to go. The first went charging under the tree and came off. The second was better behaved. I don't think it knew it was hooked and, after a few tense minutes on a 2.6lb bottom, a good double was in the net. That was it for the big fish. In a ridiculously close finish 1st Mark Halverson 27lbs 10oz, 2nd Gary Pickard 27lbs 6oz and 3rd Rob Calderon 27lbs 1oz. Picture today is John with a grass carp that decided to put in an appearance - you don't see many of them around here.
Winter League
13/12/2023
River Stort Backwater
N/A
1st Bill Beeston 2lbs 6oz 2nd Phil Whitmill 2lbs 4oz 3rd Steve Foster 1lbs 8oz 4th Rob Calderon 1lbs 4oz
Phil's day Morning to all. The Weds club fished it 3rd round of our winter league on the River Stort Backwater. Got to the river at 7.45 to find it was running hard after a night of heavy rain. It had plenty of colour so, although not the best conditions, I decided we would not cancel the match. I drew peg 14. It's a good peg but today was anybody guess. I picked out my heaviest rig, a 1 grammer, and looked for a slightly slower run and that was full over to the barge. Only made 1 rig as I couldn't see any point in setting up any more. Fed red maggots and chopped worm - it was difficult to judge where to feed should have used a bait dropper but didn't. I got my first perch after 40 minutes and went on to catch a few more throughout the day mixed in with the odd roach. I weighed in 2lb 4oz and had a good day being busy most of the day. 1st with 2lbs 6oz Bill Beeston, 2nd Phil Whitmill with 2lbs 4oz , 3rd Steve Foster with 1lbs 8oz and 4th Rob Calderon with 1lbs 4oz. No blanks today. Pic is from my peg looking down river.
Club match/outing
10/12/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Mark Halverson 47lbs 5oz 2nd Phil Whitmill 29lbs 1oz 3rd John Todd 19lbs 2oz
Gary's day It was another mild but wet week which saw us at Hall Farm's large lake this week. Thankfully it was a lot less windy than the day before but was going to be wet. Out of the bag came peg 12 for me with us spread down the low bank. Peg 12 has its days, was this one? After 2+ hours of trying the feeder and a couple of pole lines it was not going well. Not a bite or sign of fish bar one small liner on the feeder. I had no idea how the rest of lake was fishing as the trees down the bank meant I could not see anyone. Finally I had a bite on the pole and the strike was met with solid resistance. But it came off. At last some encouragement. A few minutes later I had another bite and after some very careful playing ..... it came off. The day was going very badly. Another 20 mins passed and then another bite and another fish hooked and this one escaped after straightening the fine wire hook. Time for a stronger hook. Finally I had one in the net and then another 10 mins later. But that was it for the pole line - 45 mins of activity and then it died. A consolation carp on a maggot feeder was it for the day and the last 90 mins was biteless for me. Down the other end of the lake things went a bit better with the feeder accounting for most fish. 1st Mark Halverson 47lbs 5oz, 2nd Phil Whitmill 29lbs 1oz and 3rd John Todd 19lbs 2oz. Picture today is my very wet swim whilst packing up - thankfully the rain stopped.
Water booking
10/12/2023
River Stort Backwater
N/A
Interclub (Abbey Cross)
06/12/2023
Taylor's Lake (Abbey Cross water)
N/A
Bishop's Stortford won with 11 points to Abbey Cross's nil 1st Phil Whitmill 1/2 (0.5) oz
Phil's day Good morning to all, the Weds Club fished its inter club match against Abbey Cross on their Taylor's Lake. It was a very cold start to the day with frost and ice on the lake. We had a low turnout mainly due to a wave of bad colds. I drew peg 23. Not a bad peg but with the conditions I was hoping for a bite it was going to be a hard day. I fed just two lines on pole both at 10 meters but a left and a right. I fed a very small amount of groundbait with red maggots and micro pellets this got me a bite and a small perch so no blank for me today. I carried on trying both lines but that was it end result was half an ounce and that won me the match and Bishop's Stortford the win with 11 points to nil. 1st Phil Whitmill 0.5oz. Pic is my peg and next to me Martin Adams the A/C captain.
Club match/outing
03/12/2023
River Stort Backwater
N/A
1st Tony Cruci 4lbs 1oz 2nd Mark Halverson 3lbs 1oz 3rd Phil Whitmill 2lbs 2oz
Gary's day After a cold and wintery week we headed to the Stort Backwater today. Expectations were for a tough day scratching around for bites as the river was quite clear. Out of the bag came peg 10 for me, not a peg I have ever fished before. It is one of the deeper pegs with 7ft off the bank but only a top 5 wide. A start on breadpunch about 3/4 of the way over had bites coming but the fish were tiny with anything near 1oz being a bonus. A swap to maggot made no difference but at least I got a few goes at hitting the very shy bites from the small dace I was catching. About half way through Phil over on peg 12 shouted over that Tony on peg 14 had just had a big perch. I was now a long way behind. The 3/4 line completely died after an hour and a half and desperation had me trying the inside on a top kit given it was so deep. A small perch of 2oz on the first drop in had me excited but that soon faded and it was back to micro dace. And that was it for me for the rest of the day: occasional flurries of small dace and a couple more small perch on the inside; a couple of 1oz dace on the 3/4 line; and not a sign over by the boats. At the weigh in I had around 70 fish but of much too small a size for a bit under 2lbs . The winner today was Tony off peg 14 who stuck it out for about a dozen perch for 4lbs, then Mark had a mixed net if smaller fish for 3lbs and then Phil with just over 2lbs. Picture today is Tony with a couple of his perch.
Water booking - Fishing in Mind
02/12/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
Club match/outing
29/11/2023
Beggars Hall
N/A
1st Peter Green 68lbs 2nd John Todd 36lbs 3oz 3rd Phil Whitmill 31lbs 5oz 4th Jeff Pearson 25lbs 6oz
Phil's day Good morning to all. The Weds club fished the club lake at Beggars Hall. It was a very cold and frosty day so we all were double wrapped up. I drew peg 16 not a bad peg but a long chuck to the island. Only fished the feeder with various baits on a method feeder. I got my first carp at 10 am, it was quite small for Beggars but grateful for the bite and I got my number six at 2 pm finished at 2.30pm I weighed in at 31lbs 5oz not too bad. First Peter Green with a very good winter weight of 68lbs, 2nd John Todd with 36lbs 3oz, 3rd Phil Whitmill with 31lbs 5oz and 4th Jeff Pearson with 25lbs 6oz . Well done to all for sticking it out in the cold snap, pic is my peg 16.
Club match/outing
26/11/2023
Beggars Hall
N/A
1st Mark Halverson 55lbs 12oz 2nd Gary Pickard 45lbs 8oz 3rd Jeff Pearson 45lbs
Gary's day It was a cold start today at Beggars Hall with 2 nights of frosts and it hovering at 0C until well into the morning. Thankfully though there was little wind and the rain held off. Out of the drawbag came peg 16 for me. A decent draw based on recent outings. We were all pegged around the island today as this has been the better end of the lake. With a raft of leaves out in front of me set up was simple: feeder and bomb with the pole staying in the bag. The plan for the day was also simple - a chuck to the island on a method feeder or bomb and a shorter line with a little cage feeder. With it being cold I started cautiously just trying bomb and bread. 30 mins in I had had no signs but Mark on peg 12 had 3 carp. Time for trying some feed and out went the method feeder. 90 mins in Tony on 17 had 1 carp, Mark on 13 had 6 carp and Phil on 10 had 2 carp. It was not going well. Finally, I had a carp which was played very carefully, and then another. The third fell off though at the net and so ended that run. The carp then came short for Mark and he started hooking them on the pole. The come back seemed to be off. After a very quiet middle of the match I started getting a few bites and Mark's swim was fading. Phil had a couple more but I was slowly catching up. At the weigh in it was a close day. Mark ended up with 55lbs, myself with 45lbs 8oz and Jeff on peg 18 with 45lbs. With the lowest weight being 14lbs+ it fished a lot better than feared. Today's pic is the view over the bowl - Mark over on the right, Phil to the left bank and the leaves in front.
Winter League
22/11/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake - venue change
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1st Steve Foster 48lbs 3oz 2ndTerry Moranda 30lbs 13oz 3rd Ray Gibson 26lbs 8oz 4th Dave Sellick 22lbs
Phil's day Morning to all, the Weds club fished its second round of its winter league at Hall Farm. We were promised a good weather day with no wind or rain so even a hard day will be a pleasure. I drew peg 22 again so kinda knew what was in store for me but you never know that's what keeps us coming back. Alternated between pole and feeder for 3 carp and a bunch of roach and rudd with tiny perch for 12lbs 10 oz. First place Steve Foster with 48lbs 3oz, second was Terry Moranda with 30lbs 13oz, 3rd Ray Gibson with 26lbs 8oz and 4th Dave Sellick with 22lbs (Guest) , with no blanks it was a better day all round, a donation of £20 .00 was made by Barry Cornel and Ray Gibson.
Club match/outing
19/11/2023
Home Farm Small Lake
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1st Mark Halverson 50lbs 11oz 2nd Gary Pickard 35lbs 4oz 3rd Phil Whitmill 13lbs 15oz
Gary's day It was Home Farm's small lake for us this weekend after yet another very wet but still pretty mild week. The water though was cold after all the rain. Out of the bag came peg 8 which I was happy with as it is usually a good winter peg with a long, deep margin. It was quite a slow start with the odd roach until I finally had a small carp on the long pole (well 6 sections as it was gusty) on expander. Mark opposite on peg 3 also had a carp about the same time and then a couple more before it then went even quieter with even the roach proving very tricky. The rest of the lake was fishing hard too with just the odd roach and, at one point, the far bank were all out on the feeder which shows how slow it was. Mark had a couple more decent carp and I was falling behind. Things started to improve about 1 but it was a case of wading through the small fish and rotating swims for the odd better fish including a couple of 1lb+ perch and occassional carp. The long edge failed me today with very few bites even from roach. Perhaps the wind blowing into it was a bit too cold. On the far side though Mark had a golden last hour when the carp rocked up in his quite shallow, but sheltered, margin and they were a better quality than the fish I had. At the weigh in Mark had 50lbs to my 35lbs with Phil snagging a couple of late carp for 13lbs and third. Today's pic is a very calm looking view towards the far bank, the wind started just after the whistle went - of course.
Club match/outing
15/11/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Terry Moranda 46lbs 15oz 2nd Steve Foster 22lbs 12oz 3rd Peter Green 22lbs 11oz 4th John Carter 19lbs 1oz
Phil's day Good morning to all. The Weds club fished Hall Farm lake today. It was going to be hard with the odd exception after a cold and wet few days. I drew peg 22 a good peg - I did manage to bag 1 carp and a few perch and lost a carp that slipped the hook and weighed in 5lbs 2oz. Word got through that peg 26 was catching well and I could see Peter on peg 3 was doing OK. End result was first Terry Moranda with a run away weight of 46lbs 15oz, 2nd Steve Foster with 22lbs 12oz, 3rd Peter Green with 22lbs 11oz and 4th John Carter with 19lbs 1oz. Thanks to Gary Pickard for his assistance in the weighing in. Picture today are the high bank pegs ready for the all-in - the wind started just after!
Interclub (Sawbridgeworth)
12/11/2023
Sawbridgeworth club lake
Brandon Shield
Club match/outing
12/11/2023
Beggars Hall
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1st Mark Halverson 90lbs 2oz 2nd Rob Calderon 40lbs 6oz 3rd Jeff Pearson 37lbs 2oz
Gary's day It was back to Beggars Hall today after a drier but colder week. Out came peg 19 for me, not a peg I fancied as the fish seem to always be moving through it rather than stopping. Rob got off to a flying start on peg 5 with a carp on the first cast. And so did Mark on peg 16. Peg 19 was a lot slower. After an hour of trying the method feeder without any signs it was time for plan b. Finally I had a bite on a little cage feeder with groundbait and maggot. I was not best pleased though when it came off right at the net and a good looking double figure common headed back into the deeps. A hope that this was the first of a few fish did not materialize. I had a consolation 8oz roach a couple of casts later but even the perch and silvers were not playing ball. A few carp had slowly been coming out with Jeff on 18 and Rob on 5 having a few with John on 4 and Terry on 20 slowly catching up. Another roach on the pole was my lot for the day; not a blank but not far off. Mark over on 16 had a great day with 14 carp and a rogue bream for 90lbs 2oz. Rob then just pulled ahead of Jeff with 40lbs 6oz to Jeff's 37lbs 2oz. Picture today is Mark with part of his winning catch.
Club match/outing
08/11/2023
River Stort Backwater
N/A
1st Phil Whitmill 3lbs 5oz 2nd Mark Halverson 3lbs 3oz 3rd Rob Calderon 2lbs 3oz
Phil's day Good evening to all, the Weds club fished its weekly match on the Club's Backwater part of the River Stort. It was a wet day but I am used to that now but at least it dried up before the weigh in. I drew peg 14 not a bad peg and I was in with a chance. Made up three lines: over to the barge;and down the middle; and a perch line on the inside. The flow was very good and the colour was dropping out all the while. I did chopped worm over to the barge, bread punch down the middle track and worm and mags on my inside line. It took 45 minutes to get a bite but they were there. Did all my catching down the middle track on red maggots - tried the punch but they were so small - 50 to the pound size. I weighed in 3lbs 5oz most were 2 or 1 oz fish but had a couple of 4 to 5 oz, 1 being a 4oz skimmer hybrid. 1st Phil Whitmill with 3lbs 5oz, 2nd Mark Halverson with 3lbs 3oz and 3rd Rob Calderon with 2lbs 3oz. Pic is Dave Fuller and John Todd on pegs 13 and 12.
Event - Canoe Club
05/11/2023
River Stort
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Club match/outing
05/11/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Gary Pickard 75lbs 10oz 2nd Mark Halverson 38lbs 5oz 3rd John Todd 31lbs 4oz
Gary's day It was back to Hall Farm today after another wet but still quite mild week. Today was going to be pretty windy and peg 12, which had some shelter, was looking very inviting. Out of the bag came peg 6 - no shelter today but it has been a good peg recently so I was pretty happy with this. I got off to a flying start with an F1 on the first cast with a little maggot feeder. The next 30 mins gave me 2 more small carp but then the silvers moved in. They were not a bad quality but it was too slow. It was hard to tell how the rest of the lake was fishing as the wind drowned out the give away noise of netting fish. A change to the pole, fishing just over 5 sections so I could hold it relatively still in the wind, saw the silvers coming regularly. With plenty of rudd around 6oz and some chunky perch pushing 1lb they were well worth fishing for. Phil in peg 4 was getting the odd fish on the feeder as was Tony on peg 8 but it was looking slow for Mark on peg 2. The odd quieter spell marked a carp or F1 being in the swim and, thankfully, a few decided to feed. A quick try shorter have me a couple more F1s but the wind made presentation difficult. Mark on peg 2 was now catching with Tony and Phil still putting fish in the net. The pegs further to the right were an unknown. At the weigh in my nets went 75lb with over 10lb of silvers and a really enjoyable day with plenty of bites for November. The match was pretty tight with a couple of good fish making all the difference for places. 1st Gary Pickard 75lbs 10oz, 2nd Mark Halverson 38lbs 5oz and 3rd John Todd with 31lbs 4oz. Picture today is Mark and me (behind camera) bothering Phil before the all in.
Interclub (Abbey Cross)
01/11/2023
Beggars Hall
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Abbey Cross won on the day with 95 points to Bishop's Stortford's 75 points 1st Peter Green 61lbs 8oz 2nd John Carter 39lbs 15oz 3rd Jeff Pearson 32lbs 12oz 4th Barry Cornel 31lbs 8oz 5th Tony Cruci 30lbs
Phil's day Hi to all, the Weds club held its monthly match against Abbey Cross on our club waters at Beggars Hall. It was well attended with 18 anglers so a few bad pegs went in but not a lot I can do about it as there is only 22 pegs on the lake. It was a damp start and the rain got steadily heaver as the day went on. I drew peg 9, a peg that is not usually used but that's how it goes. I decided, as it's about team points, I would fish for silvers but on carp tackle just in case. No carp today but weighed in 4lbs 14oz of good roach which kept me busy most of the day. 1st was Peter Green with 61lbs 8oz, 2nd John Carter with 39lbs 15oz, 3rd Jeff Pearson with 32lbs 12oz, 4th Barry Cornel with 31lbs 8oz and 5th Tony Cruci with 30lbs. Pic is my peg. Abbey Cross won on the day with 95 points to our 75 points
Club match/outing
29/10/2023
Beggars Hall
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1st John Carter 92lbs 2oz 2nd Mark Halverson 77lbs 6oz 3rd Phil Whitmill 54lbs 2oz
Gary's day It was another bright start at Beggars Hall with the view at the draw being that there would be no rain; we were very wrong. Out of the bag came peg 4 for me. A good summer peg with the dubious pleasure of giving you a great view of fliers 17 and 18. A quick try on hard pellet on the pole had no signs so it was on to the feeder. An hour in things were not looking good - no bites or liners and John on peg 5 was reeling them in. Finally, I had a bite after just over an hour and one of the smallest carp in the lake was in the net. At least a blank was saved. With no more signs on the method feeder I had another bite fishing a small cage feeder. Sadly it came off. Time to try the pole again which seemed to be working for Mark over on peg 17 who was also now catching well. A couple of dead maggots on the hook was getting me bites but from small perch and not the carp I needed. And then the rain started about 12.30 and the next hour was not pleasant. At least I had a bite from a proper carp during the downpour but then it was back to the small perch. At this stage it looked a 2 horse race between Mark and John - they looked to be fish for fish. A consolation third carp with about an hour to go had the hopes up but then it was perch again. At the weigh in my 19lb came nowhere. John's steady day on the feeder took him to 92lbs 2oz, with Mark's 77lbs coming second with Phil sneaking his way into third with 54lbs off peg 10. Today's photo is John with part of his winning catch.
Club match/outing
25/10/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Peter Green 71lbs 3oz 2nd Jeff Pearson 47lbs 3oz 3rd Rob Calderón 43lbs 2oz 4th Gary Pickard 39lbs 13oz
Phils' day A good Morning to all, the Weds club fished its club match at Hall Farm. There was a good turn out so some not so good pegs were in the bag. I drew peg 26 a very good peg but very shallow water and this cold snap will have an effect. I made up two lines: one at 10 meters; one in the margins; and, of course, the feeder for next to the weed beds. I fed micro pellets and mags in my margin and mixed pellet and corn at 10 meters. Started off with the feeder for the first hour but, apart from the odd very small roach and perch, nothing so on to my 10meter line. Tried that for a while but nothing again so tried my margin - had some small roach and a couple half pound chub. Then, out the blue, had my first carp on red maggot. I stayed on this line for another hour or so and got another carp then nothing so back to the feeder and had two more carp then nothing so, with the margin rested, spent the last hour down there and had 3 more carp to weigh in 32lbs 9oz. 1st Peter Green with 71lbs 3oz, 2nd Jeff Pearson with 47lbs 3oz, 3rd Rob Calderón with 43lbs 2oz and 4th Gary Pickard with 39lbs 13oz. Pic is of my peg number 26. A big thanks goes to Gary Pickard for helping me at the draw and weighing the high bank in.
Club match/outing
22/10/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Dave Knapp 29lbs 15oz 2nd Mark Halverson 27lbs 2oz 3rd Gary Pickard 25lbs 14oz
Gary's day After a very wet week thanks to Storm Babet Sunday dawned clear and cold, not quite a frost but very close. With a good turnout we were on both banks today and it was a good job we each had the extra space Out of the bag came 22 for me which I was happy with; not a flyer but consistent especially as we move into the colder months. There were a few fish topping as we were setting up which is always encouraging - they disappeared as soon as the whistle blew of course. A start on the long pole on hard pellet gave me a few bites but nothing was there when I struck even on sail away bites. A move to one side and try with maggots found me the culprits - lots of roach. At 4oz each and noone really catching it was worth going for them though whilst I waited for the carp and F1s to rock up. Over on peg 2 Darren had a couple of carp on the feeder and Mark on 6 had another but it was slow going. A carp after about an hour along with the silvers was keeping me in the game. A foulhooked and then a bumped couple of fish finished off the right hand swim though. Time for a break and an early sandwich. A couple of small carp on a maggot feeder was a welcome boost but the waits were too long. There were plenty of carp cruising but annoyingly well out of pole range. They seemed to be coming in but my margins were lifeless. So out back long it was to the end. Slowly the small roach I was catching started to grow and another couple of carp kept the weight ticking over. It was going to be a close match as a few of us looked to be at around 20lbs. A couple of late big carp made the difference for Dave on peg 26, with Mark having a steady day fishing a patient short pole match. And my silvers, including a rare chub, helped me pip Jeff to third. 1st Dave Knapp 29lbs 15oz, 2nd Mark Halverson 27lbs 2oz and 3rd Gary Pickard 25lbs 14oz. Pic today is the lake just before the all in with bright, blue skies unlike the rest of the week.
Winter League
18/10/2023
River Stort Backwater
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1st Bill Beeston 2lbs 7oz 2nd Phil Whitmill 1lbs 9oz 3rd Steve Foster 1lbs 6oz 4th Rob Calderon 1lbs 3oz
Phil's day Hi all, the Weds Club fished the Backwater for its first round of our winter league. I drew peg 2 not a good peg but not too bad - it's very deep, a full match top deep. My plan was to be bread punch and worm with the odd maggot. Well bread was out as it was much too deep so maggots down the middle track and chopped worm over by the barge it was. Got a small perch on maggot within 20 minutes then a few roach a little bigger than the usual size. The it was over to my worm line - not a twitch on worm so tried maggot over there and got broken up on a very decent perch. Stayed there for a while but nothing so back down the middle and had a couple more roach then a pike take and another hook length gone. Carried on there until the end of the match and lost another good perch ending up with 1lbs 9oz 1st Bill Beeston with 2lbs 7oz, 2nd Phil Whitmill with 1lbs 9oz, 3rd Steve Foster with 1lbs 6oz and 4th Rob Calderon with 1lbs 3oz. The cold snap had had a bad effect on the catches today. Pic is the Backwater from my peg.
Club match/outing
15/10/2023
Home Farm Small Lake
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1st Mark Halverson 78lbs 7oz 2nd Rob Caderon 47lbs 3rd Gary Pickard 30lbs 4oz
Gary's day Autumn is here and it was a cold start at Home Farm with a bit of a frost on the ground. It was bright and sunny though so was due to warm up. Out of the bag came peg 7. With the cold overnight and a good bit of cold rainwater going in the lake during the week it could be a hard day A small carp early on with micros and expander had my hopes up but it was a false dawn. An hour in I had the 1 carp and just a couple of roach, even they were not feeding. As the sun made its way over the trees the lake slowly came to life starting on peg 1 with Mark starting to catch. The sun took a long time to swing round until it hit our end of the lake and my feet were very cold by lunchtime. Mark was still catching and so was Rob now on peg 6 to my right. The middle pegs though were proving a lot trickier - Phil catching the odd roach over on Peg 3 and Tony losing a few carp on Peg 8. Finally, I had some sun about 2 and started warming up as did the fishing. A swap to a lighter rig helped as the bites were shy, winter bites with some just moving the float. Sadly it was much too late for me and a series of foulhooked fish that fell off did not help. Mark took out the field with 78lbs 7oz of paste fish followed by Rob with 47lbs and a thanks for coming of 30lbs 4oz for me (but with a big bonus perch of just under 2lbs thrown in). Pic today is Rob at the weigh in.
Club match/outing
11/10/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
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1st Bill Beeston 99lbs 10oz 2nd John Carter 84lbs 5oz 3rd Rob Calderon 82lbs 7oz 4th Jeff Pearson 55lbs 3oz
Phil's day Morning to all, the Weds Club fished their match at Hall Farm club lake. It was a good turnout with 15 anglers so I had to make a few alterations but all had an empty peg on one side. I drew peg 19 again for the 5th time in a row of either 19 or 20 - had enough now. I decided to fish pellet and corn and stick to it got it wrong again but that's fishing. 1st Bill Beeston with 99lbs 10oz and golden peg winner to double his winnings, 2nd John Carter with 84lbs 5oz, 3rd Rob Calderon with 82lbs 7oz and 4th Jeff Pearson with 55lbs 3oz. It was a close match with all framers within one or two fish, well done to all.
Club match/outing
08/10/2023
Beggars Hall
R Jarvis Rose Bowl (2 of 2)
1st Gary Pickard 144lbs 11oz 2nd Peter Green 54lbs 14oz 3rd Mark Halverson 44lbs 3oz Winner of the Ralph Jarvis cup was Mark Halverson - points TBC
Gary's day It was a sunny and hot day for us at Beggars Hall which meant that, by the end of the day, pretty much every peg was being fished. Out of the bag came 17 for me, not quite 18 but I was very happy with this. I was not so happy when the top section of my bomb rod broke whilst I was setting up. With the weather being warm it was a start on pellet waggler. Sadly there were no signs, although Peter had better luck on it. I had flicked a few pellets down the edges and, an hour in, the left edge started colouring up. A quick try had signs straight away and then a chunky mirror heading to the net. 2 lost fish later it was time for a rethink - they were coming in but not feeding confidently so causing foulhooking. A go on a small method feeder had 2 more in the net but it was slow going. A try to the right on pellet and corn had 2 more big mirrors in the net but that was it, it never came back to life. So it was the left edge or bust. Messing around with the feeding and where I was fishing kept the bites coming. Upping the elastic to the strongest I had, 15-17, helped control the fish but they were all not very happy about being hooked. I had a great day ending with plenty of doubles pushing my final weight to 144lbs. Given my day I was surprised the rest of the lake had not fished that well on paper although there were plenty of fish lost which is par for the course at Beggars. 1st Gary Pickard 144lbs 11oz, 2nd Peter Green 54lbs 14oz and 3rd Mark Halverson 44lbs 3oz. Winner of the Ralph Jarvis cup was Mark Halverson. Pic today is the left margin that kept me busy.
Interclub (Abbey Cross)
04/10/2023
Taylor's Lake (Abbey Cross water)
N/A
Abbey Cross won on the day with 100 points to Bishop's Stortford's 68. 1st Jeff Pearson 16lbs 7oz 2nd Peter Green 16lbs 2oz 3rd Alan Sims 9lbs 3oz 4th John Carter 8lbs 8oz 5th Alan Fox 8lbs 1 oz
Phil's day Hi all, the Weds team fished its monthly interclub against Abbey Cross at Taylors Lake. We had a selection from 2 bags of pegs we chose the not so good pegs but, to be fair, there was some bad pegs in on both sides. I drew peg 35 - one out of where I would like to have been. Started off with casters and pellet for the bream and roach but it was a hard day all over even on the flyers. I did manage to catch a large skimmer bream and a bream of 3lb or so along with some nice rudd but couldn't keep them interested and weighed in 5lb 9oz for 7th place. Just wish I felt a bit better than I did - very achy and delicate so much so that when I got out the bath I did a covid test that was negative glad to say. In first place was Jeff Pearson with 16lbs 7oz, 2nd was Peter Green with 16lbs 2oz, 3rd Alan Sims with 9lbs 3oz, 4th was John Carter with 8lbs 8oz and 5th was Alan Fox with 8lbs 1 oz. Abbey Cross won on the day with 100 points to Bishop's Stortford's 68. There was a riddle of a half £5 note that has been sorted and its rightful owner will get it on Sun or Weds. Pic is my peg that looked great.
Interclub (Sawbridgeworth)
01/10/2023
River Stort Backwater
Lea and Stort Cup
Bishop's Stortford retained the Lea and Stort Cup with 15lbs 2oz to Sawbridgeworth's 8lbs 8oz 1st Steve Foster 5lbs 6oz 2nd Colin Hawkins 4lbs 7oz 3rd Mark Halverson 3lbs 1oz 4th Tony Cruci 2lbs 2oz
Gary's day Today we were on the Stort Backwater for the Lea and Stort match against Sawbridgeworth. A big thank you to the Thursday Work Party as their work over the last few months has transformed the river. With almost no flow or colour but the water still quite warm it was anyone's guess as to how it would fish. Out of the bag (well envelope today) came peg 8 for me. Not one I have fished before but it always looks good as I walk past. Deciding to keep it simple I had just brought maggots; the last 2 pints from Stansted so a close call. Plumbing up I was surprised to find it quite a bit shallower under the boat so needed to make up another rig. The shallow water was not a great sign for perch action. It was a slow, slow start. Not unexpected as maggots can take a while to work especially if the water has not been fished for a while. But when those fishing breadpunch had not gotten off to the usual quick start on this method things did not look good. 5 1/2 hours later I had scratched my way to 25 fish for 1lbs 3oz, the fish must have been hollow. Around me had faired no better with Mark and Fred upstream from me being plagued by crayfish when trying for perch. Well done to Steve and Colin at the top end who stuck to their guns going for perch with Colin having a huge 3lbs 7oz specimen - sorry no photo. Bishop's Stortford retained the Lea and Stort Cup with 15lbs 2oz to Sawbridgeworth's 8lbs 8oz And individually 1st Steve Foster 5lbs 6oz, 2nd Colin Hawkins 4lbs 7oz, 3rd Mark Halverson 3lbs 1oz and 4th Tony Cruci 2lbs 2oz. Picture is my peg at the end of the match
Club match/outing
27/09/2023
Beggars Hall
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1st Terry Moranda 55lbs 12oz 2nd Peter Green 47lbs 4oz 3rd Bill Beeston 36lbs 2oz 4th Jeff Pearson 34lbs 10oz
Phil's day Hi all, the Weds Club fished just its club match on Beggars Hall club lake this week. I drew peg 3 not a happy bunny but you never know. Well I found out the hard way - ended up with a few oz of perch and roach so it's a D.N.W for me. Peter next to me was catching all day so it seemed In first place Terry Moranda with 55lbs 12oz, 2nd Peter Green with 47lbs 4oz, 3rd Bill Beeston with 36lbs 2oz and 4th Jeff Pearson with 34lbs 10oz. Pic is Peter Green at peg 4.
Club match/outing
24/09/2023
Malcolm Barker Lake
Malcolm Barker Rose Bowl (1 of 2)
1st Gary Pickard 13lbs 11oz 2nd Mark Halverson 8lbs 5oz 3rd John Todd 3lbs Gary won the MBL Rose Bowl with 2 points, second was Mark with 4 points and third John with 8 points.
Gary's day It was Malcolm Barker Lake today for the second leg of the MBL Rose Bowl. A win in the first round meant I had everything to lose. With weights expected to be low it would be tight and easy to drop points quickly. Peg 3 was my home for the day; the same peg I had on the first match so set up would be quicker. After having a careful look at the swim I decided not to weed rake. The lilies looked reasonably clear and the left was so weedy I would be there still clearing it. Well it was a very slow start for all. Finally I had a couple of small fish on the waggler and maggot but it was hard work. When the wind got up I swapped to the pole. When a 2oz roach decided to go on a run to the middle of the lake the slow start was clearer - I had some pike in the peg. 2 more roach went the same way to pike and one even had a go at my pole tip when it splashed in the water when shipping back. Around noon it was looking like a very low weight affair with only a few small fish being caught. Then slowly the lake revved up. About this time I hooked a tench on my roach gear. I had hopes of landing it after getting it to the top but it soon dived back in the weed and we parted company. Out came the heavier pole rig from the box. A few small skimmers then started showing but never more than 2 at a time. A couple of the quiet spells were down to tench and 3 went into the net after a lot of playing through the weed. I had seen Mark and John netting a few fish including at least 1 tench for Mark. On the far side Tony and Phil had some run ins with bigger fish but none landed so far. And Fred was struggling with small roach in peg 2. At the weigh in I was surprised to have over 13lbs, I am useless at guessing tench weights. 1st Gary Pickard 13lbs 11oz, 2nd Mark Halverson 8lbs 5oz and 3rd John Todd 3lbs. Photo today is me for a change.
Club
21/09/2023
Various
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Wednesday Club Summer League 2023 1st John Carter with 55 points 2nd Terry Moranda with 54 points 3rd Bill Beeston with 47 points 4th Fred Hunt with 44 points
It was another close finish with it all coming down to the last match and droppers. In the end John just pipped Terry for 1st after the final match at Hall Farm. 1st John Carter with 55 points 2nd Terry Moranda with 54 points 3rd Bill Beeston with 47 points 4th Fred Hunt with 44 points
Summer League
20/09/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st John Carter 70lbs 7oz 2nd Bill Beeston 56lbs 12oz 3rd Tony Cruci 51lbs 1oz 4th Fred Hunt 42lbs 4oz
Phil's day Afternoon to all, the Weds club fished its final match of the summer league at Hall Farm club lake. I drew peg 20 what a stinker of a peg I fished as best as I could but could not get the carp going. I managed to get two small carp and 2lb of silvers and even they were hard to come by. As for the rest of the lake it fished quite well with plenty of weights in the 40lb mark 1st John Carter with 70lbs 7oz, 2nd Bill Beeston with 56lbs 12oz, 3rd Tony Cruci with 51lbs 1oz and 4th Fred Hunt with 42lbs 4oz
Club match/outing
17/09/2023
Home Farm Small Lake
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1st Gary Pickard 152lbs 10oz 2nd Rob Calderon 65lbs 15oz 3rd Mark Halverson 53lbs 15oz
Gary's day Today saw us at Home Farm's small lake near Little Walden. With a Caravan Club meeting the last 2 weeks the lakes had seen plenty of pressure. Out of the drawbag came peg 8 for me which I was pretty happy with. On getting to the peg a little gardening was needed as the rushes had gone mad. With margins restored it was time to decide on tactics. With the water being low and foulhooking always an issue in this shallow lake it was time for big baits to pin the rig to the bottom and shallow rigs. A start out long on 6mm pellets was fruitless; a couple of small bites likely from roach. Likewise having a go at the odd cruising carp I could make out did not work. At this stage, Rob 2 pegs to my right, was starting to catch. It was time to try and get a few bites. I had been feeding the odd pellet to my margins which were pretty much the same depth as out long - 2 foot or so. 3 fish in 3 puts in on paste had my day sorted. I kept pinging the odd pellet long and giving it a go to rest the margins but I may as well have gone for some walks. Between runs of foulhooking fish and needing to make a few changes to convert to proper hookholds the bites kept coming. The far bank was struggling despite it looking perfect with a warm wind heading their way but the fish had other thoughts. Rob also seemed to still be catching with some regular splashing from the other end of the lake - apparently not as many as I thought as quite a bit was down to some very active carp trying to escape his nets. At the weigh in a busy day saw me with 152lbs 10oz with Rob Calderon on 65lbs 15oz and Mark Halverson on 53lbs 15oz. Pic today is Tony, Mark, Rob (hidden) and Phil (lurking in the background) at the weigh in.
Interclub (Saffron Walden)
13/09/2023
Bordeaux Pits (Saffron Walden water)
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Saffron Walden won with 82 points to Bishop's Stortford's 56 points 1st Clive Bradford 10lbs 8 oz 2nd Brian Newman 10lbs 3rd Brian Mizon 8lbs 8oz 4th Bill Beeston 7lbs 1oz 5th Phil Whitmill 6lbs 10 oz
Phil's day Hi everyone, the Weds Club fished it 4th and final match against Saffron Walden on their lake Bourdeux Pits. It's a pretty lake with lots of twists and turns. It's a silvers match where king carp count for nothing, I drew peg 9 - it's a good area but very carpy so tackled up a bit heavy for roach but no choice. Made 2 lines at 10 meters and 8 meters in open water hoping the carp would stay away. Fed small amounts of corn and pellet with groundbait. I started off at 8 meters on red maggot and caught very small roach and rudd - did this for a while till it got hard to catch then on to my 10 meter line. This produced much better silvers with the odd skimmer and then the carp moved in. With a 2.8 lb hooklength didn't fancy my chances but did manage a small f1 which counted. Then I got my first carp of about 10lbs and after a lot of playing the fish I managed to land him so put it back and half hour later started to pick up the roach again then got into another carp. This time it snapped my hooklength, soon got back to catching roach but the swim had taken a beating from these carp and it was getting slower and slower. Then, with half an hour to go, got another carp played this one real slow and got him in. It was a common of the about same size and went on to catch a couple more roach before the match finished. I weighed in 6lbs 10 oz. First Clive Bradford with 10lbs 8 oz, 2nd Brian Newman with 10lbs, 3rd Brian Mizon with 8lbs 8oz, 4th Bill Beeston with 7lbs 1oz and 5th Phil Whitmill with 6lbs 10 oz. Winning team on the day was Saffron Walden with 82 points to Bishop's Stortford's 56 points - well done to all. Pic today is Peter Green with Peter Mottram chatting before the match.
Interclub (Abbey Cross and Sawbridgeworth)
10/09/2023
Hall Farm Large and Small Lakes
Triple Cup
Bishop's Stortford took home the Cup with 35 points to Abbey Cross 38 points and Sawbridgeworth 61 points Large Lake lower bank 1st Tony Parker 44lbs 10oz (AC) 2nd Ray Gibson 37lbs 10z (BS) 3rd Phil Whitmill 23lbs 13oz (BS) Large Lake high bank/steps 1st Gary Pickard 54lbs 6oz (BS) 2nd Mark Halverson 42lbs 13oz (BS) 3rd Dave Salick 32lbs 8oz (AC) Small Lake 1st T Smith 14lbs 10oz (AC) 2nd Tony Cruci 9lbs 13oz (BS) Jt 3rd Barry Fox (AC) / Dave Fuller (BS) 4lbs 8oz
Gary's day Today was the big match of the year, the Triple Cup between BS, Abbey Cross and Sawbridgeworth. 3 teams of 9 descended on Hall Farm with both lakes in use. The mid-week match had fished OK but we had had another 3 days of 30+C temps and today was going to be another scorcher. Out of the draw bag came the middle pegs for our team; not a great start meaning we had not one of the 6 end pegs. Tony, Barry and Dave opted to fish the Small Lake with the rest of the team on the Large Lake. Peg 21 and the high bank section was my draw. Whilst setting up there were plenty of rudd and roach with the odd carp swimming around in front of me so that pretty much had my day planned - shallow. Now would they feed? A few quick, decent quality silvers saw me off the mark and it was soon clear that the carp were swimming rather than feeding. A few carp and f1s did finally take a pellet but only when close to a couple of big weed clumps in front of me. It was a slow plod but I looked to be doing OK as the pegs I could see on the far bank were pretty quiet and so was Jeff to my left. About half way through it was time to try the margins as I needed a break from fishing shallow for little to show. A couple of quick fish on corn to the left had me excited but then the swim died a death and never really came back. The right margin was much better but with the weed only 5/6 metres away every fish went charging for it. At the all out I ended with 54lb and the all important max team points and we seemed to have done pretty well on the Large Lake. In a very close finish Bishop's Stortford took home the Cup with 35 points to Abbey Cross 38 points and Sawbridgeworth 61 points. Well done to all in toughing it out in pretty extreme conditions and roll on next year.
Interclub (Abbey Cross)
06/09/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
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Winning team on the day was Bishop's Stortford with 88 points to Abbey Cross 82 points. 1st Martin Adams 68lbs 11oz 2nd Steve Foster 42lbs 7oz 3rd Rob Calderon 37lbs 5oz 4th Bob Warmsly 34lbs 15oz 5th Bill Beeston 34lbs 3oz
Phil's day Hi all, the Weds Club fished its monthly interclub match against Abbey Cross this week. The teams were equal at 9 aside but the pegging was hit and miss with late arrivals. I drew peg 3, not a bad peg but with the extra hot spell we are having it was anybody's guess as to how the lake would fish. I was late setting up having to fit late comers in, but managed to get the match off to a start on time. I made up 3 lines on pole and a feeder and pellet waggler, fed mostly pellet with a little corn and bread down the margin. It started off slowly and I couldn't get a carp anywhere. Next to me has had 2 carp and some rudd so the pressure wass on to catch. Went on my margins about 12 ish and nothing. When I looked down beside my keepnet, and no bait had gone in, there were 3 or 4 biggish carp down there so changed tack and fed some reds and started catching odd roach and rudd then got my first carp about 3lbs. I stayed there for the rest of my day and went on to put 31lb in the net. 1st Martin Adams with 68lbs 11oz, 2nd Steve Foster with 42lbs 7oz, 3rd Rob Calderon with 37lbs 5oz, 4th Bob Warmsly with 34lbs 15oz and 5th Bill Beeston with 34lbs 3oz. Winning team on the day was Bishop's Stortford with 88 points to Abbey Cross 82 points. Pic of the day is my peg 3.
Club match/outing
03/09/2023
Beggars Hall
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1st Mark Halverson 92lbs 10oz 2nd Peter Green 83lbs 70z 3rd Gary Pickard 71lbs 2oz
Gary's day It was back to Beggars Hall today. With it being hot and calm the conditions looked perfect for a bit of pellet waggler fishing. Out of the bag came peg 4 which I was pretty happy with and I had Peter for company in peg 5. After a couple of hours of trying the waggler I had 2 carp to show for all the effort. The lake was fishing a bit harder than expected; you could just about make out the odd carp cruising through quickly rather than stopping to feed. Peter though was having a much better day on the waggler and was catching steadily. A try on a bomb and pellet under the waggler line produced a massive liner which had the rod bent double but nothing else. With the sun high in the sky it was time to see if anything was seeking some shade under the willow to my right. The answer was yes. A couple of quick bites on paste finally had another carp in the net but it was a long wait between bites. After messing around with different baits to my left margin (and the perch eating anything thrown at them) a few carp started to show and a quick run of fish near the end saw me with 7 carp for 71lbs. Apart from hearing Peter catching well and Jeff making it clear he was not having a great day on peg 19 I had no idea how the rest of the lake had fished as you can't see anything from peg 6 because of the willow. Again it was a pretty close finish given the average size of carp. Mark on peg 17 ended with 92lbs, Peter had more carp but a slightly smaller average to finish with 83lbs and then me on 71lbs. Pic today is Peter weighing in.
Club match/outing
30/08/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
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1st John Carter 86lbs 1oz 2nd Terry Moranda 67lbs 2oz 3rd Jeff Pearson 61lbs 4th Bill Beeston 55lbs 5oz
Phil's day Hi all, the Weds Club fished Hall Farm club lake. The weather was kind to us although a bit chilly to start with. I drew peg 19 - this area has not been kind to me of late seem and I seem to draw the same 3 or 4 pegs every time. I knew I would be into some carp 20 or 30 lb at most. Started off making 3 lines for the pole and a feeder for the extra distance. I fed pellet and corn with a bit of groundbait in both margins and micros and maggots at 10 meters. Started off on the feeder at 20 meters and started arranging my tray and putting bits away that I didn't need looked up as the feeder went round with carp number 1. I went on to get 3 more from the same area then nothing so onto my pole lines. Went out on my 10 meter line on 6mm pellet got a few bites from small roach but no carp. By this time it was 12.30pm so margin time - went in on my left margin and hooked one straight away. I thought here we go got a few more then nothing so on to my right - nothing. I played about there for a hour and then went back on my left margin and picked up a couple more then a string of foul hookers has left me frustrated but carried on with this margin for a couple. I ended up with 34lbs 8oz and thanks for coming. First place John Carter with 86lbs 1oz, 2nd Terry Moranda with 67lbs 2oz, 3rd Jeff Pearson with 61lbs and 4th Bill Beeston with 55lbs 5oz . The lake fished hard but well. Pic is my peg looking down on my feeder rod.
Club match/outing
27/08/2023
Beggars Hall
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1st Fred Hunt 65lbs 3oz 2nd Rob Calderon 49lbs 7oz 3rd Gary Pickard 38lbs 15oz
Gary's day There were a few of us today so both banks were in use and peg 4 was my home for the day. Whilst setting up there were a few fish topping and hopes were high for a few fish, however, as usual, they had done a disappearing act before the start whistle. After 2 hours of hard work out in the middle trying pellet waggler and then a method feeder underneath each time the wind picked up I had nothing to show - not even a liner. Over on the other bank it looked lovely with a bit of shelter from the wind. It was slow going though but Phil on 17 and Fred on 18 had a couple of early fish and I could see Jeff had a real lump in the net. And with Rob to my left having a couple I was looking a long way behind already. Finally, I was off the mark around 12 with a carp on the feeder and then another 30 mins or so later but Fred was racing away and Phil was losing a few. Time for an early look in the margins - and nothing at all to the left nor any signs on paste in front which usually works well. Time to raid the freezer clearings out I had brought along and I finally started to get some bites on some rather old dead maggots near the willow. Perch to start with but with the odd carp mixed in. But way too many were coming off the hook. At the all-out I ended with 4 carp and a couple of dozen perch for 38lbs. It was closer than I thought it would be - 1st Fred Hunt 65lbs 3oz, 2nd Rob Calderon 49lbs 7 oz and 3rd Gary Pickard 38lbs 15oz with a chasing pack in the 30s. Pic today is Jeff with the lump I saw him land whilst I was still biteless.
Interclub (Saffron Walden)
23/08/2023
Beggars Hall
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1st Peter Green 48lbs 8oz 2nd Terry Moranda 44lbs 7oz 3rd Rob Calderon 44lbs 5oz 4th James Gillard 42lbs 4oz Bishop's Stortford lost by 1 point with 104 to Saffron Walden's 105 points
Phil's day Hi all, what a scorcher of a day I was glad I was in the shade most of the day. The Weds club fished its 3rd leg interclub match against Saffron Walden at Beggars Hall Lake. There was a full turnout of 20 anglers so a few bad pegs were. I drew peg 15, it was a peg I did not want but that's the luck. Started off making 2 lines: one at 10 meters; and one in the margin. Fed pellet and corn on those lines and a feeder at 20 meters it was a bit tight for casting but I managed to stay out of the trees. Got my one and only carp within the hour of about 4lb then nothing on pole or feeder so a change of tactics go for the small stuff. A few perch and roach got me another couple pounds then that died and I was glad when 3:30 came round so I could end the match. First Peter Green with 48lbs 8oz, 2nd Terry Moranda with 44lbs 7oz, 3rd Rob Calderon with 44lbs 5oz, 4th James Gillard with 42lbs 4oz, 5th Fred Hart with 31lbs 15oz and 6th Peter Motram with 23lbs 3oz. Bishop's Stortford lost by 1 point it was 104 to Saffron Walden's 105 points - pic is Our Billy on peg 13
Club match/outing
20/08/2023
Home Farm Large Lake
Stone Cup (2 of 2)
1st Mark Halverson with 168lbs 2oz 2nd Gary Pickard 129lbs 11oz 3rd Phil Whitmill 128lbs 8oz Phil wins the 2 leg Stone Cup on weight with 205lbs 9oz to Gary's 199lbs 6oz after a points tie.
Gary's day Today was a new venue for me as we were at Home Farm's large lake, we tend to fish the small one. So peg 7 meant nothing at all to me when it came out of the draw bag. On arriving at the peg I had a long straight bank of tins with a bramble in the water on a top kit, a small tree to the left and the corner much too far to the right for the pole as it was going to be breezy. On plumbing up it was pretty much 2 1/2 feet everywhere out front and 2 foot down the sides. Time to find some shallow rigs in the box! With a few fish cruising I started trying shallow but only had roach and rudd. Next up was paste at 5 sections to one side where the light was good to see the float. Again the roach and rudd were a pain so time for hard pellets. This seemed to fix things a bit and slowly a few carp were heading to the net but only small ones of around a pound. Over on peg 5 Mark was flying with fish regularly heading to his net and looking twice the size of mine. Time for a change as I needed to catch bigger fish. Thankfully the fish down the edge were a better stamp but I really had to wait for a positive bite to avoid foul hooking fish - and it is amazing the number of bites I had just to come back with a stick! Over on my left Phil had a blinding finish and it was going to be close for second place - Mark was well in front. At the all out 1st was Mark Halverson with 168lbs 2oz, 2nd Gary Pickard with 129lbs 11oz and 3rd Phil Whitmill 128lbs 8oz. Phil wins the 2 leg Stone Cup on weight with 205lbs 9oz to Gary's 199lbs 6oz after a points tie. Today's picture is Mark - you might just see the tail of a very orange koi in the top right of the weigh bag.
Water booking - Waterside Festival
20/08/2023
Hall Farm Small Lake
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Water booking - Waterside Festival
19/08/2023
Hall Farm Small Lake
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Summer League
16/08/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
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1st John Carter 103lbs 11oz 2nd Terry Moranda 86lbs 10oz 3rd Fred Hunt 53lbs 12oz 4th Phil Whitmill 44lbs 11oz
Phil's day Hi all, the Weds club fished it 5th round of our summer league at Hall Famr. I drew peg 25 not a winning peg just lately but I am going to catch a few fish. Made up two margin lines and a 10 meter line to a bank of weed in front of me and a feeder line to my right past the weed. Fed pellet and corn with some micros added to it. My main area was going to be the margin on my right - in the first hour I had a could of good carp of 10lb and a 8lb on pole which made me happy as I thought this was the start of a good day but not so. The carp I caught afterwards were much smaller and only I got the odd fish passing by. I ended my day with 44lbs 11oz so not too bad 1st John Carter with a very good weight of 103lbs 11oz, 2nd Terry Moranda with 86lbs 10oz, 3rd Fred Hunt with 53lbs 12oz and 4th Phil Whitmill with 44lbs 11oz. Pic is 25 my peg for the day.
Club match/outing
13/08/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
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1st Gary Pickard 114lbs 5oz 2nd Phil Whitmill 100lb 2oz 3rd Tony Cruci 47lbs 9oz (inc 8lbs 2oz of silvers)
Gary's day Sunday saw us with a change of venue to Hall Farm as MBL is very weedy at the moment. With just a few of us due to holidays and the like we decided on a rover. Out of the draw bag came 1 for me so I had first pick of the pegs. With the weather forecast being for a windy day I decided to tuck myself in a corner on peg 26. It was a slow start for me fishing about 10 metres on the bottom with pellet. Over on peg 5 Phil had a flying start with a few fish in the net before I had a bite. And the same for Tony on peg 1. Slowly though I started to get a few fish whilst feeding the margins now and again. After an hour it was time to try the margins as the left side had coloured up. And in the margins I stayed for the rest of the day. Ringing the changes now and again from paste to hard pellet and then to corn kept fish coming but a lot seemed to just come off even after playing them for a while. I could see my fish looked a bit smaller than Phil's and Tony's so it was going to be tight as they were catching steadily too. At the weigh in my fish went 114lbs to Phil's 100lb by default. With Tony having over 8lbs of roach/rudd to take over the front running for the silvers cup. Today's picture is the view from my peg to Phil and Tony. 1st Gary Pickard 114lbs 5oz, 2nd Phil Whitmill 100lb 2oz and 3rd Tony Cruci 47lbs 9oz.
Club match/outing
09/08/2023
Malcolm Barker Lake
N/A
1st John Carter 5lbs 5oz 2nd Phil Whitmill 4lbs 11oz Joint 3rd Dave Fuller and Rob Calderón 4lbs 2oz
Phil's day Hi to all, we fished our Weds match at Malcolm Barker Lake this week. The lake is full of weed and makes it almost impossible to hold a match. I drew peg 23 a very good peg and fairly clear of weed but one of our eldest members drew peg 8 and it was totally unfishable without a lot of work doing to it so I did a swap and used all my prep time clearing weed with a rope and rake head. At 9.30 am I blew the whistle to start the match and also stop raking the weed. I found a clear spot and concentrated on that. It took maybe a good hour or so to draw some fish in only small roach and rudd but it was fish in the net. By 2 pm the swim just died then 20 mins before the end I got a half decent tench on - it took me all over the swim from one patch of weed to another but managed to land it and I weighed in 4lb 11oz 1st John Carter with 5lbs 5oz, 2nd Phil Whitmill with 4lbs 11oz and joint 3rd was Dave Fuller and Rob Calderón with 4lbs 2oz each - pic is me on a sunny day.
Club match/outing
06/08/2023
Hall Farm Small Lake
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1st Phil Whitmill 29lbs 10oz 2nd Rob Caldron 20lbs 12oz 3rd Tony Cruci 12lbs 3oz
There was a change of venue to the Small Lake on Sunday after the Charity match on the Large Lake the day before 1st Phil Whitmill 29lbs 10oz, 2nd Rob Caldron 20lbs 12oz and 3rd Tony Cruci 12lbs 3oz
Charity match - Breath Easy Bishop's Stortford
05/08/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Mark Halverson 53lbs 14oz 2nd Darren Marder 42lbs 2oz 3rd Fred Hunt 41lbs 7oz
First a big thank you to all that came along helping raise £285 for a worthy cause. [match info to add] In a tight finish Mark took top honours off red hot peg 2 (don't believe Mark when he says he doesn't like it) - 1st Mark Halverson 53lbs 14oz, 2nd Darren Marder 42lbs 2oz and 3rd Fred Hunt 41lbs 7oz.
Interclub (Abbey Cross)
02/08/2023
Green Lanes Nazeing (Abbey Cross water)
N/A
A tight finish with Abbey Cross winning with 48 points to Bishop's Stortford's 47 points 1st John Carter 103lbs 8oz 2nd Martin Adams 59lbs 10oz 3rd Ray Gibson 38lbs 15oz 4th Tony Cruci 36lbs 9oz
Phil's day Hi to all, the Weds Club was at Nazeing, an Abbey Cross venue, for the interclub match. The day was due to be a right drenched with rain from start to finish, however, for the most part, it was quite dry - all except the last one and a half hours when it tipped it down. I drew peg 19 not a bad area I thought but was soon told that it blanked the previous Sunday - never mind it was then and this is now. Only two lines of attack today: feeder and pellet waggler with the wind blowing I stayed on the feeder. I fished pellets on a band and corn had nothing on pellets but got my first fish on corn. Played it all the way in only to get my line cut on zebra mussels under my feet (bugger) waited till 2ish for my next bite and kept it up in the water so as not to repeat the last episode. It was only 6 lbs but saved the blank. I went on to catch 2 more of 7 and 8lbs but word was there were plenty of big doubles being caught so at least I held my side up. Aat the results it was the closest match for a while Abbey Cross 48 points Bishop's Stortford 47 points and second place first John Carter with 103lb 8oz, 2nd Martin Adams with 59lb 10oz, 3rd Ray Gibson with 38lb 15oz, 4th Tony Cruci with 36lb 9oz and I got 5th and thanks for coming. Pic is myself on peg 19
Club match/outing
30/07/2023
Beggars Hall
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1st Mark Halverson 115lbs 12oz 2nd Fred Hunt 71lbs 6oz 3rd Peter Green 56lbs 4oz 4th John Carter 52lbs 2oz
A number of the lake's bigger residents made their appearance in Sunday's match with plenty of carp in the low doubles coming out and soon bumping up weights. Mark took full advantage of in form Peg 17 to come out a clear winner on the day with the top 4 weights all clearing 50lbs. 1st Mark Halverson 115lbs 12oz, 2nd Fred Hunt 71lbs 6oz, 3rd Peter Green 56lbs 4oz and 4th John Carter 52lbs 2oz
Interclub (Saffron Walden)
26/07/2023
Bordeaux Pits (Saffron Walden water)
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Saffron Walden won with 79 points to Bishop's Stortford's 59 1st Roger Phillips 8lbs 14oz 2nd James Gillard 8lbs 10oz 3rd Chris Monk 7lbs 12oz 4th Fred Hunt 6lbs 11oz 5th Barry Cornel 6lbs 6oz
Phil's day Hi all, the Weds club fished an interclub against Saffron Walden on their lake this week. We were a bit short handed so we acquired a couple of their guys to fish in our team to even out the numbers they were both secondary members of Stortford club. We drew our pegs and I drew peg 26, not too bad as I drew it last year and did OK so with confidence I knew what to expect. I fished mainly for silvers and f1s, fished corn and pellets over groundbait with red maggots as a fall back. This worked well until the carp moved in - if I wasn't foul hooking them I was getting snapped up on them so left that area and went for perch down the margin hoping a f1 might show. I had a couple of perch and a few small roach then the carp showed up. Altogether 12 King carp on - lost 9 and landed 3 but in this match big carp did not count - still exciting landing 15lb fish on 4lb line with 18 and 16 hooks. 1st Roger Phillips with 8lbs 14oz, 2nd James Gillard with 8lbs 10oz, 3rd Chris Monk with 7lbs 12oz, 4th Fred Hunt with 6lbs 11oz and 5th Barry Cornel with 6lbs 6oz . A big well done to all the team , pic is Fred Hunt on peg 29.
Club match - His n Hers mixed pairs
22/07/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
His n Hers mixed pairs
Club match/outing
19/07/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Tony Cruci 73lbs 3oz 2nd John Carter 68lbs 3rd Peter Green 60lbs 7oz 4th Jeff Pearson 51lbs 9oz
Phil's day Good morning to all, the Weds Club fished its club match at Hall Farm. It was a funny ol day with the promise of rain that never came. Drew peg 8 a good peg on and off well I picked an off day and I struggled to get any kind of bite and ended up with a very poor 14lbs. The lake fished well otherwise with good weights caming from all over (not just peg 2) and the winning weight came from a very unexpected peg. 1st Tony Cruci with 73lbs 3oz, 2nd John Carter with 68lbs, 3rd Peter Green with 60lbs 7oz and 4th Jeff Pearson with 51lbs 9oz
Club match/outing
16/07/2023
Home Farm Small Lake
Stone Cup (1 of 2)
1st Fred Hunt 77lbs 6oz 2nd Phil Whitmill 77lbs 3oz 3rd Gary Pickard 69lbs 15oz
It was a very blustery Home Farm for us today. For a change we did a rover/walk off - so only ourselves to blame for a bad peg. As last to choose a peg it was a choice of the calmer end of the lake on peg 2 or down the other end on peg 5. I chose 2, was it the right choice? It was a very slow start for us all. Lots of fish cruising around but not wanting to feed. An hour in I had 2 small carp and was really struggling to get past the roach even with a 6mm pellet on. The lake here is also around 2 feet so foul hooking was also a real issue with the wind blowing the pole about. A try on paste closer in was equally fruitless with just a few signs likely from silvers. So it was the margins or bust. Slowly the carp started to arrive but so had they for Phil. It was a case of setting a trap with a bit of bait and then waiting whilst trying not to strike at liners - harder said than done when you can see the water clouding up and know a fish is near your hookbait. The odd cruising fish did eventually feed too and I nicked a couple whilst giving the margin a rest. Again, another close finish with lost fish making all the difference - well done to Fred who did something a bit different on a tricky day and caught most of his fish on the feeder. 1st Fred Hunt 77lbs 6oz, 2nd Phil Whitmill 77lbs 3oz and 3rd Gary Pickard 69lbs 15oz and all to play for on the second leg of the Stone Cup (top weight over 2 matches) in August.
Charity match - British Heart Foundation
16/07/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
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Water booking
16/07/2023
River Stort Backwater
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Summer League
12/07/2023
Beggars Hall
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1st Jeff Pearson 74lbs 11oz 2nd Terry Moranda 60lbs 9oz 3rd Peter Green 59lbs 8oz 4th Steve Foster 54lbs 3oz
Phil's day Good morning to all, the Weds club fished its 4th round of the summer league at Beggars Hall. I drew peg 10 a very good winter peg but not so good in the summer and to add to the mix I was in the shade all day with the wind blowing straight at me by 11 am put on jumpers and coat. To say I had a really boring morning was an understatement - not a sign. By 2 ish I started to see some movement down the margin so changed tack and rigged up for the margins. This proved a life - saver hooked 4 and only managed to land 2 for 18 pounds and a broken power top seems to be a habit over there. 1st Jeff Pearson with 74lbs 11oz, 2nd Terry Moranda with 60lbs 9oz , 3rd Peter Green with 59lbs 8oz and 4th Steve Foster with 54lbs 3oz. Pic is Tony Cruci on peg 12 (what not peg 18 again! - Ed)
Club match/outing
09/07/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Mark Halverson 129lbs 13oz 2nd Gary Pickard 118lbs 3rd Phil Whitmill 114lbs 2oz
Gary's day Hall Farm had a busy week with Sunday's match being the third in 5 days - would the fishing hold up? The weather gods were kind to us: warm, a bit of cloud, light wind and dry. Out of the draw bag came peg 8 again for me, it would be nice to see the other end of the lake. But with us all having a bit of room it looked like it would be a pretty fair match. With Mark on peg 4 into a fish before I had a rig in the water the pressure was on. I had a great first hour on hard pellets at 4 sections before they backed off. A few fish had been showing on the top so it was time to try shallow. With searching around the feed area a few fish kept coming but far too many were slipping the hook. Every fish was going nuts - they have definitely woken up after the long cols spring - and would not give up until in the net. At the halfway point I was on about 70lbs and hopes were high for a big weight. The second half was hard work, the fish were there in the edges but lots of tree roots made it difficult to get good presentation. At the weigh in it was again a case of lost fish making all the difference and not just for me. I just pipped Phil but Mark had pulled ahead. 1st Mark Halverson 129lbs 13oz, 2nd Gary Pickard 118lbs and 3rd Phil Whitmill 114lbs 2oz. Photo is Mark with part of his winning catch.
Club match/outing
07/07/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
Over 65s cup
1st Terry Moranda 122lbs 4oz 2nd Phil Whitmill 90lbs 15oz 3rd John Carter 85lbs 15oz
Phil's day Hi everyone, the BSDAS club held it's annual over 65s match at Hall Farm on Friday, only 7 contested the trophy so the match was held on one bank. Jeff Pearson was organising the match and all went smoothly. I drew peg 3 in itself a good peg but peg 2 was the outright flyer so the fight was on, Terry had peg 2 and I know he is in it to win it. The only other peg that I thought was threat was peg 8 that had produced the goods 2 days ago. The match has been in progress for a couple of hours and Tel was thrashing me - he probably had 50lbs to my 5lbs so all was not looking good but never say die. My fish started to move to the margins by 1 pm and I started bagging - I knew it was all too late but you can never tell. I finally ended up weighing in with a respectable 90lbs 15 oz 1st Terry Moranda with 122lbs 4oz, 2nd Phil Whitmill with 90lbs 15oz, 3rd John Carter with a credible 85lbs 15 oz, well done to all on a blazing hot day. Pic is of Terry Moranda the new champ.
Interclub (Abbey Cross)
05/07/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
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Abbey Cross won the day with 74 points to Bishop's Stortford's 61 points 1st Martin Adams 71lbs 9oz 2nd John Carter 56lbs 4oz 3rd Fred Hunt 46lbs 1oz 4th Jeff Pearson 40lbs 15oz 5th Barry Cornel 36lbs 5oz
Phil's day Hi all, the Weds Club fished its interclub match against Abbey Cross at Hall Farm club lake. I drew peg 16 - not a good peg by any means that's the draw bag for you. I made two lines: 1 in the margin, that's where I was banking on; and 1 at 12 meters at 12ft deep so not too confident at that depth; and, of course, a feeder for a bit further out. Started off feeding the various pole lines with corn and pellet in the deepest line and pellet and maggots in the margin. First hour spent on the feeder that produced a carp within 15 mins and nothing else for the rest of the day so onto my long line. This produced bites but I couldn't hook anything - my guess small roach. So onto my margins and after a hour I got another carp then a few bits but they didn't want to know. Then, in the last 30 minutes, they turned up but it was all too late - weighed in 28lbs 11oz 1st Martin Adams with 71lbs 9oz, 2nd John Carter with 56lbs 4oz, 3rd Fred Hunt with 46lbs 1oz, 4th Jeff Pearson with 40lbs 15oz and 5th Barry Cornel with 36lbs 5oz. Abbey Cross won the day with 74 points to Bishop's Stortford's 61 points
Club match/outing
02/07/2023
Malcolm Barker Lake
Malcolm Barker Rose Bowl (1 of 2)
1st Gary Pickard 6lbs 6oz 2nd Mark Halverson 4lbs 13oz 3rd Jeff Pearson 4lbs
Gary's day Today's match was a lake of 2 halves. Those of us over on the railway bank side were in T shirts but a cool wind had those on the less sheltered river side in coats. Out of the draw bag came peg 3 which I was pretty happy with as the weed did not look too bad and I had a big lily bed to the right. But what to fish for: anything that swims or sit it out for tench. Anything that swims won so it was waggler to the more open water and a pole for near the lilies. It was a slow start broken up by Mark and John over on the far side having some pike bother - John got a small jack out later that decided it wanted to eat his feeder on the retrieve! After an hour or so finally a few fish arrived but the bites were very delicate and the float needed to be dotted down. It was not quick with roach and a few small skimmers coming in 2s and 3s. By the midway point I seemed to be doing OK but then the odd tench started showing, although most made it to the safety of the weed. With an hour to go I had a small tench of about a 1lb and then really struggled for bites until the last 10 mins when the roach showed again. Typical! It was going to be a close weigh in and I thought Jeff had the match won from peg 10 as it sounded like he had 3 tench. At the scales my mixed bag of small fish was enough to win with Jeff having just the 1 tench and not the 3 I thought he had. 1st Gary Pickard 6lbs 6oz, 2nd Mark Halverson 4lbs 13oz and 3rd Jeff Pearson 4lbs. Pic today is my Mr Crabtree looking peg 3 - Tony over on the far right.
Water Booking
30/06/2023
Hall Farm Small Lake
N/A - 1st Thorley Scouts
Interclub (Saffron Walden)
28/06/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
Bishop's Stortford won with 97 points to Saffron Walden's 74 points 1st R Phillips 95lbs 3oz 2nd James Gillard 56lbs 4oz 3rd Phil Whitmill 53lbs 12oz 4th Tony Parker 43lbs 9oz 5th Terry Moranda 41lbs 12oz
Phil's day Good morning to all, the Weds Club fished an interclub match against Saffron Walden club this week and it was a good turn out with 9 aside. I drew peg 26 - it's a good peg and has produced high weights of late so was full of confidence. Made up two pole lines, 1 at 10 meters and 1 along the margin to my right and, of course, the feeder for distance work. At the all-in I cupped in some 6mm pellets and a bit of corn on both lines. I started off on the feeder for the first hour and caught 3 out of 7 carp - for some reason they were not taking the bait. So onto the pole and didn't get a bite at 10 meters so on to the margin. Got a couple but very slow so back to the feeder and started to cast about looking for the odd one. This resulted in 4 more fish before it died. So back to the pole in the margins with bread - this produced some better fish but still slow until the last half hour when I landed two carp for 18lbs 4oz to finish my match. 1st R Phillips with 95lbs 3oz, 2nd James Gillard with 56lbs 4oz, 3rd Phil Whitmill with 53lb 12oz, 4th Tony Parker with 43lbs 9oz and 5th Terry Moranda with 41lbs 12oz. Bishop's Stortford won with 97 points to Saffron Walden's 74 points. Well done to both teams. Pic is peg 26 my peg.
Club match/outing
25/06/2023
Beggars Hall
R Jarvis Rose Bowl (1 of 2)
1st Phil Whitmill 69lbs 2nd Tony Cruci 60lbs 9oz 3rd Mark Halverson 55lbs 10oz
Sorry a bit of a short report this week as I could not make the match but did swing by early on. It was a very hot day along the dam bank of Beggars with no shade to be had. The carp did not seem to mind it though as there were signs of them down the edges from early on - but seeing them does not mean you can catch them. Phil on peg 20 was having a tricky start catching plenty of different species but not the bigger carp you need at Beggars. Mark on 19 had them at his feet from early on. Tony on peg 18 (again!) was having a steady start with a couple in the net when I left and over on peg 17 John was having a bit of a nightmare with lost fish. Well the fishing must have improved and it was a close finish with one good sized between the first 3: 1st Phil Whitmill 69lbs, 2nd Tony Cruci 60lbs 9oz and 3rd Mark Halverson 55lbs 10oz Pic is Tony just having netted a good sized carp.
Club match/outing
21/06/2023
Malcolm Barker Lake
N/A
1st Phil Whitmill 8lbs 7oz 2nd Tony Parker 5lbs 15oz 3rd Jeff Pearson 5lbs 10oz 4th John Carter 4lbs 13oz
Phil's day Good morning to all, the Weds Club fished the Malcolm Barker Club lake. It was going to be a hot day so hoping for a shady peg but that wasn't to be - drew peg 23 in the sun all day but there was a saving grace that there was a very stiff breeze. I have fished this peg a couple of times it can be very good got 2nd last time I fished it. Made up two lines - one at 10 meters and one by some pads in the margin. Started off feeding bit of groundbait about the size of a golf ball and a few red maggots as this was going to be my main line today and the pads as a backup. It was very quiet for the first hour then got a small perch then it slowly picked up and a few roach starting showing but not the size I hoped for. By 2 pm I got a tench about 2lb so this has boosted my hopes. Got a few more roach and perch but very small so on to my backup lily pads. Got 3 perch of a couple of oz then it died - put more bait in but it would not respond so back to my long line with an extra couple secs of pole and picked off a couple more. I weighed in 8lbs 7oz, pic is peg 23 my home for the day, 1st Phil Whitmill with 8lbs 7oz, 2nd Tony Parker with 5lbs 15oz, 3rd Jeff Pearson with 5lbs 10oz and 4th John Carter with 4lbs 13oz
Club match/outing
18/06/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Phil Whitmill 123lbs 2nd Gary Pickard 116 lbs 3oz 3rd Mark Halverson 114lbs 4oz
Gary's day Today was the first match of the 2023/4 season with a trip to Hall Farm. After a very hot week the weather forecast was looking grim with thunderstorms forecast. Thankfully, despite quite a few rumbles of thunder in the afternoon, we were spared a drenching. Out of the draw bag came peg 10 for me. Not a surprise as I can't remember the last time I was in the low numbers. With the hot weather, fishing on the deck was off the cards. Peg 10 is a top 3 deep at 4 sections. So a couple of rigs for down the edges and a shallow rig had me set up quickly. I had a great start just tapping in a few 6mm pellets and waiting for a bite. An hour in I had about 15lb in the net. But I kept hearing the odd splashes from Mark on 8 and Tony on 12. With bushes either side of me all I could see was Phil on 26 who seems to be very quiet for sitting on a flyer. And so the day continued, shallow was a waste of time as they were not quite interested. Swapping to paste down one edge and corn and micros down the other kept them coming with the odd quieter spell. A plague of lost fish with hook pulls was going to come back to bite me though. At the end it had been a busy match with Mark sounding to have had a similar day from the splashing next door. At the weigh in it was ridiculously close. I had 116lbs to Mark's 114lbs but we were both taken out by Phil, who had NOT been having a quiet day, weighing in 123lbs.
Charity match - Fishing in Mind
17/06/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
Summer League
14/06/2023
Beggars Hall
N/A
1st Fred Hunt 49lbs 12oz 2nd Bill Beeston 41lbs 5oz 3rd Tony Cruci 29lbs 11oz 4th Phil Whitmill 24lbs 14oz
Phil's day Good morning to all, the Weds club fished it 3rd round of the summer league at Bbeggars Hall club lake. I drew peg 13 - I have not fished it for a long time so not sure what to expect. Now the lily pads are up and flowering it gave me some features to fish to so I made up two lines - one at 12 meters and one at 7 meters. I fed pellet and corn on my longest line and maggots and micro pellets on my short line and a feeder to 18 meters just to the very tip of the lily pads. Well the feeder produced absolutely nothing all morning couldn't believe I could not get a bite on red maggots not even a micro perch. On to plan f dobbing bread at 12 meters about 12 inches deep. This produced 3 good carp and I got beaten up on 3 more - one lost carp went straight through the pads and appeared on the opposite. At 15 or so pounds so he was never coming back the way he went - I got my rig back minus hooklength. First place Fred Hunt with 49lbs 12oz (less a fish of about 7lb that leapt out the keepnet), second Bill Beeston with 41lbs 5oz , third Tony Cruci with 29lbs 11oz and fourth Phil Whitmill with 24lbs 14oz. Well done to all in sticking it out through such high temperatures.
Interclub (Abbey Cross)
07/06/2023
Hunters Hall (Abbey Cross water)
N/A
A win for Stortford with 87 to Abbey Cross' 84 points 1st Peter Green 30lbs 7oz 2nd Bill Beeston 20lbs 11oz 3rd Tony Parker 17lbs 8oz 4th Phil Whitmill 16lbs 15oz 5th Steve Foster 14lbs 15oz
Phil's day Morning to all. The Weds Club fished its monthly match against Abbey Cross at their water Hunters Hall.. It's mainly a tench and bream water with a good stock of rudd and roach - it makes a change from carp and more carp. I drew peg 15, it's a good peg but a bit exposed to the elements. I made one line on the pole at 7 metres, one along the edge of the lily beds and a feeder for a long chuck. Started off with pellet and corn on my 7 metre line with a ball of groundbait and did the same in my lily pads except added a half a cup of maggots. I first tried the feeder but couldn't settle on that so on to the lily pads for some roach and rudd on maggot. I had a dozen very small roach and quickly changed to a bigger bait (corn) for better quality roach and rudd. They soon disappeared so on to my 7 metre line on 6mm banded pellet. This got me a few more good roach then, out of the blue, my first bream of about 4lbish then that died so back to the lily pads for a spell while the groundbait I had just put in settled. Got the odd roach but it was clear they had gone not just for me but for 4 pegs around me so back out in front add got another bream and lost a bream. Then a quiet spell until I got a couple more after that just the odd bit but little else till the end. I have enjoyed my day and weighed in 16lbs 15 oz First Peter Green with 9 bream for 30lbs 7oz, 2nd Bill Beeston with 5 bream for 20lbs 11oz, 3rd Tony Parker with 17lbs 8oz, 4th Phil Whitmill with 4 bream for 16lbs 15oz and 5th Steve Foster with 14lbs 15oz. Today's pic is Peter Green on the platform next to me. A big well done to the Stortford lads for coming 1st points are Stortford 87 Abbey Cross 84
Water booking
04/06/2023
Hall Farm Small Lake
Coaching for beginners session (members & non members welcome - juniors & adults)
Water booking
03/06/2023
Hall Farm Small Lake
Coaching for beginners session (members & non members welcome - juniors & adults)
Club match/outing
31/05/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Terry Moranda 102lbs 7oz 2nd John Carter 72lbs 5oz 3rd Tony Cruci 56lbs 4oz 4th Steve Foster 55lbs 13oz
Phil's day Morning to all, the Weds Club fished its match at Hall Farm. It was a bit chilly and a little damp but easy to ignore. I drew peg 4 - it's a peg that has not produced large weights for a while but today might be the day. I made up two margin lines and a 10 meter line for the pole and, of course, a feeder rod for distance work. Cupped out a small amount of corn and micro pellets with a golf ball sized ball of groundbait and down the margins maggots and pellets one side and groundbait and 6mm pellets on the other. Started off on my 10 meter line catching good roach and rudd - tried out several hook baits but just silvers. So on to my feeder for absolutely no results. By this time its 12.30, half way through the match with only 3 lbs of silvers, so on to the margins. Pretty much same story there but stayed with it. In the last hour the carp showed up and I put 24lbs of carp in the net to finish with 27lbs 4oz 1st was Terry Moranda with 102lbs 7oz, 2nd John Carter with 72lbs 5oz, 3rd Tony Cruci with 56lbs 4 oz and 4th was Steve Foster with 55lbs 13oz Pic is Tony Parker and Ray Gibson
Water booking
28/05/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake - pegs 1 -13
N/A
Club match/outing
24/05/2023
Beggars Hall
N/A
1st Tony Cruci 52lbs 8oz 2nd Steve Foster 37lbs 9oz 3rd Phil Whitmill 21lbs 4oz
Phil's day Hi all, the Weds Club fished the club lake at Beggar's Hall this week. The weather was warm and comfortable if you were drawn in the sunshine or, like my peg in the shade all day pretty chilly. There were only 8 of us this week so all good pegs went in the draw bag. I drew peg 10 it's has had its moments so I was full of hope. Made up two pole rigs and a feeder, made two pole lines: 1 at 10 meters with pellet and red maggots; and a margin rig with bread and corn; and the feeder over to the island or thereabout. Had my first carp at 11.30 - a common of 8 lb or so on my pellet line using 6mm banded hard pellet banded. I continued on this line for another hour but nothing so back to the feeder for more nothing so tried my margins. It was about the right time but all I could catch was a couple pounds of perch so back to the feeder. It got to about an hour before the end so decided to pack the pole away and tidy away the bits I didn't need when I noticed a big drop back. Thinking it was a missed bite I struck it anyway and it was game on - after about 15 minutes I landed him a common carp of at least 12lb or so and that was my day over. 1st Tony Cruci with 52lbs 8oz, 2nd Steve Foster with 37lbs 9oz, 3rd Phil Whitmill with 21lbs 4oz , not bad for just two carp. Pic is Terry Moranda on peg 6 the flyer.
Summer League match
17/05/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Terry Moranda 84lbs 11oz 2nd John Carter 83lbs 9oz 3rd Bill Beeston 71lbs 3oz 4th Tony Cruci 67lbs 12oz
Phil's day Hi all, the Weds Club fished its 2nd round of our summer league at Hall Farm. I have drawn peg 16 not what I wanted but it is what it is. Decided to fish the margins and a feeder to the middle and pellet waggler. I fed pellet and corn on one margin and maggots and micro pellets in the other margin - on feeder I fished maggots and rotated with 6mm pellet. Fished the feeder for the first hour and a half with nothing so onto my margins on pole and managed to get a carp on red maggot but got bitted out so tried bread which got me a run of carp but it was too slow. Finished the match with 25lbs 14 oz. There was some very good weights from all over - 1st Terry Moranda with 84lbs 11oz, 2nd was John Carter with 83lbs 9oz, 3rd was Bill Beeston with 71lbs 3oz and 4th Tony Cruci with 67lbs 12oz. Pic is on the steps side with Bill getting set up.
Club match/outing
10/05/2023
Malcolm Barker Lake
N/A
1st Steve Foster 8lbs 10oz 2nd Phil Whitmill 8lbs 2oz 3rd Terry Moranda 8lbs 1oz 4th David Jones 6lbs 10oz
Phil's day Hi all, the Weds Club fished its match at Malcolm Barker Lake. It was a trial match to see if it had improved any on the previous outing there. I was first to draw and pulled out peg 23 - I blanked off this peg 2 months ago so was just a bit apprehensive to say the least. I made two pole lines and a margin line by some lily pads I cupped out just a handful of red maggots with some micro pellets and a golf ball of groundbait. I had two rigs for my 10 metre lines - one with a 2lb hook length with an 18 fine wire hook and my second rig was a 4.6lb hooklength with a 16 bronzed hook just in case a carp wanted to play. Started off on double reds and caught from the off with small skimmers, roach and rudd. I managed to keep just enough feed going in to keep them there for the whole day with only a couple of dead spells. Then about 2 pm the obvious happened and I struck into one of the largeish carp in MBL - it took me from one weed bed to another then back again. Not surprisingly I lost it. Finished the match with 8lbs 2oz and enjoyed my day. 1st Steve Foster with 8lbs 10oz (2 tench), 2nd Phil Whitmill with 8lbs 2oz, 3rd Terry Moranda with 8lbs 1oz (2 tench and some bits) and 4th David Jones 6lbs 10oz (1 tench and roach and rudd). Pic today is Steve Foster on peg 18.
Interclub (Abbey Cross) match/outing
03/05/2023
Beggars Hall
N/A
Bishops Stortford won with 49 points to Abbey Cross with 29 points. 1st Steve Foster 53lbs 5oz 2nd Dave Fuller 47lbs 13oz 3rd Jeff Pearson 43lbs 7oz 4th Ray Gibson 43lbs 3oz
Phil's day Hi all, the Weds Club fished its last interclub match of our season with Abbey Ccross at Beggars Hall. I drew peg 23 not a good peg but at least it was a different one. Pegs 3, 4 and 5 were left out as they have been rubbish all winter. I made up two pole lines and, of course, a feeder one on cage and a second feeder on method. On the pole lines I did a maggot line and a pellet line at 10 meters to left and right, started off catching small roach and perch on the pole . I gave it an hour then tried the feeders this proved fruitless so back on the pole for a few more small fish then, by luck, got a good double carp on. He gave me a good fight and just as I was about to land him he came off. That was my one and only shot at a decent carp. I ended up with 4lbs 4oz 1st Steve Foster with 53lbs 5oz, 2nd Dave Fuller with 47lbs 13oz, 3rd Jeff Pearson with 43lbs 7oz and 4th was Ray Gibson with 43lbs 3oz. Bishops Stortford won with 49 points to Abbey Cross 2nd with 29 points. A big well done to the Stortford team. Final tally Abbey Cross win 7 matches to Stortford's 5 matches it was close run. Pic is from peg 23
Summer League match
26/04/2023
Beggars Hall
N/A
1st Terry Moranda 61lbs 3oz 2nd John Carter 43lbs 6oz 3rd Bill Beeston 33lbs 5oz 4th Peter Green 32lbs 14oz
Phil's day Hi all, the Weds club fished its 1st round of 6 summer league matches at Beggars Hall this week. I drew peg 4 it's a nothing peg and has been a total waste of space since the end of last summer and today was no different so on to the other anglers. The lake in general, from mid-point to peg 20, was very good with some very good weights. It's important to do well and get in the high range points so you have a cushion for the next summer league match next month. 1st Terry Moranda with 61lbs 3oz, 2nd was John Carter with 43lbs 6oz, 3rd was Bill Beeston with 33lbs 5oz and 4th Peter Green with 32lbs 14oz, well done to all anglers. Pic is Tony Cruci on a very wet peg 5.
Club match/outing
19/04/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st John Carter 63lbs 8oz 2nd Bill Beeston 41lbs 4oz 3rd Ray Gibson 40lbs 4oz 4th Fred Hunt 25lbs 5oz
Phil's day Hi to all, the Weds Club fished the club lake at Hall Farm this week. The good weather has finally arrived - what a smashing day. I drew peg 6, not a bad peg on the day, but would have preferred the opposite side of the lake but at least I was in sunshine all day. I made up 2 pole lines and my feeder. My pole lines were at 8 meters at 8ft deep and my margin at 3ft deep. I fed my 8 meter line with corn and micro pellets and down the margin left and right side red maggots and 6mm pellets. I started on my feeder with a 6mm pellet with a small cage feeder with green swim stim after 45 minutes with several casts not a bite so on to my long line. This got me a carp and a small bream of about two and a half pounds may be a tad more but more amazing where did it come from as I have not seen a bream at Hall Farm for 5 or 6 years - we thought they had all died. I then had nothing else on this line so onto my margins not had a bite on my right side so onto the left got a bite within 15 mins and lost it on the way round to land it then nothing except small perch and roach. With 30 mins before the end of the match they turned up and had 4 more carp for 19lbs 10oz. 1st John Carter with 63lbs 8oz, 2nd Bill Beeston with 41lbs 4oz, 3rd Ray Gibson with 40lbs 4oz and 4th Fred Hunt with 25lbs 5oz. Pic is Bill Beeston on peg 2 thinking how am I going to win this match from the flyer.
Club match/outing
12/04/2023
Beggars Hall
N/A
1st Darren Marder 70lbs 7oz 2nd Bill Beeston 60lbs 5oz 3rd Tony Parker 50lbs 1oz 4th Fred Hunt 29lbs 15oz
Phil's day Morning to all, the Weds Club fished our match at Beggars Hall club lake. We had a good turnout on a day that promised to be very unfriendly with high winds and rain. I drew peg 6, it's a peg that throws up the odd fish throughout the winter. The water levels were very high and over the bank at one place which meant most of my rigs were going to be very short with no time to make new rigs so mend and make do was the order of the day. Anyway most of my day was going to be feeder fishing. I baited up a couple of areas close in at 7 meters and a long cast to the mid way point. Got my first carp about midday then nothing for a hour then John came down for a chat from peg 4 as he hadn't had a bite and as we chatted I got my second carp of about 10lb then nothing till 3 pm and got two in succession and lost 3 more likely foul hooked. Ended my day with a windswept 29lbs 11oz Pic is John Carter topping up on coffee at peg 4 . 1st Darren Marder with 70lbs 7oz, 2nd Bill Beeston with 60lbs 5oz, 3rd Tony Parker with 50lbs 1oz and 4th Fred Hunt with 29lbs 15oz.
Interclub (Abbey Cross) match/outing
05/04/2023
Green Lanes Nazeing (Abbey Cross water)
N/A
Bishop's Stortford won the day with 69 points to Abbey Cross' 66 points 1st Martin Adams 34lbs 6oz 2nd John Todd 33lbs 4oz 3rd Alan Sims 25lbs 6oz 4th Phil Whitmill 24lbs 5oz 5th Terry Moranda 12lbs 12oz
Phil's day The Weds club fished its inter club against Abbey Cross on their water at Nazeing. I was hoping for a good peg and was not disappointed when I drew peg 52 - a good peg and its always in the top 5 on match days. I decided to keep it simple and most importantly keep the tackle light for bream and F1s and this worked a treat. I made up the feeder but my money was on the pole I made 2 rigs only and that was all was needed. I cupped in some SwimStim and red maggots with a good helping of micro pellets and in the first hour was beginning to think I got it wrong but then the float went under and then came my first F1 then onto my second then the bream showed up and I soon put 4 of these in the net along with a few roach. The carp showed up for a couple more and a lost carp and I was 11.30 and but then the peg just died on me with the odd roach for the rest of the day. I weighed in with a healthy 24lb in keeping with the peg Bishop's Stortford won the day with 69 points to Abbey Cross' 66 points 1st Martin Adams with 34lbs 6oz, 2nd John Todd with 33lbs 4oz, 3rd Alan Sims with 25lbs 6oz, 4th Phil Whitmill with 24lbs 5oz and 5th Terry Moranda with 12lbs 12oz. The pic is Jeff Pearson in front of my peg.
Club match/outing
29/03/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Steve Foster 38lbs 5oz 2nd Bill Beeston 32lbs 5oz 3rd Ray Gibson 29lbs 8oz 4th Terry Moranda 17lbs 9oz
Phil's day Hi all, we fished our Weds match at Hall Farm. I drew peg 2 really didn't want that bank but it is what you draw. It's had one good outing in the past 8 weeks but very poor before and after that. I started off on feeder but nothing was happening so onto my margin line the carp were there but didn't want to know. Managed to catch 3 throughout the day and a few silvers but foul hooked and lost 5 not a good day but at least the rain held off. 1st Steve Foster with 38lbs 5oz, 2nd Bill Beeston with 32lbs 5oz, 3rd Ray Gibson with 29lbs 8oz and 4th Terry Moranda with 17lbs 9oz. Pic is peg 10 with Peter Green
Club match/outing
26/03/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st John Todd 47lbs 12oz 2nd Mark Halverson 27lbs 8oz 3rd Gary Pickard 19lbs 3oz
Gary's day First off a big thank you to Tony for sorting out the Sunday Club matches over the season . Today was the last match of the 2022/23 season which saw us at a very wet Hall Farm. As I was guesting today as match organizer peg 8 was definitely not in the draw bag. I have had that peg way too many times this year. Of course I drew peg 7, out came the spare top 3 again as these pegs are 10ft+ at 5 sections. Whilst setting up there were a few fish topping but Phil on 6 and I knew we wanted to be at either end of the lake. A slow start on cage and maggot feeder whilst feeding the pole line let me know the roach and rudd had woken up, lots of bites but at 1oz a fish I was going nowhere. On the pole it was the same issue, a bite a chuck but tiny fish. Maggots were the wrong choice. Trying shallow finally produced a F1 around 12 but then it was back to bits. At this stage John wandered past whilst going to his car and mentioned he was struggling with just (!!) the 4 carp on end peg 12. We had also been seeing Mark hooking a few fish so Phil and I knew we were not doing well. Thankfully the rain stopped around 1pm and I started to warm up a bit - it was getting pretty chilly. With 2 hours to go I decided I had nothing to lose so I dug out a 2 gramme rig from the bottom of the box and upped the feed rate. The plan being to bomb the bait to the bottom for bigger fish and feed off the small stuff. Well it worked for about 3 drop ins until the tiny fish learned they needed to be quicker. Amongst the small fish there were a bigger few and I ended up with some roach and rudd up to the 10-12oz mark - a good sign for the future. With 15 mins to go I decided to give shallow one more go and, you guessed it, the F1s had rocked up. 3 fish before the end was much too little and too late. I ended up with just over 19lbs with the silvers adding more weight than I thought to the 4 F1s. The end pegs though dominated with John an easy winner but with Mark ruing a lot of lost fish with needing to try and stop them charging through the reeds in peg 1. 1st John Todd 47lbs 12oz, 2nd Mark Halverson 27lbs 8oz and 3rd Gary Pickard 19lbs 3oz. Sorry no pictures today - my phone was buried under so many layers to keep it dry I completely forgot to take any.
Winter league results
22/03/2023
Various
N/A
The Weds Club Winter League winner overall was Steve Foster with the last match proving decisive. 1st Steve Foster 43 points 2nd David Jones 42 points 3rd Phil Whitmill 41 points 4th Terry Moranda 37 points
Winter League match
22/03/2023
Beggars Hall
N/A
1st Steve Foster 25lbs 12oz 2nd Tony Parker 18lbs 6oz 3rd Terry Moranda 18lbs 1oz 4th Tony Cruci 10lbs 5oz
Phil's day Hi all, we fished our final Weds Club Winter League match at Beggars Hall. It was a wet and windy start to our day but not cold. I drew peg 10 and I couldn't have wished for a better peg - it's one of the top 4 pegs on the lake. I fished a tight match avoiding hit and miss casts on the feeder but it wasn't going to happen, fell back to my pole line and had a good roach and a really good perch of about 1 1 /2 pounds and a few bits and that was my day. I did get a carp on but it spat the hook out just before the landing net - not one of my best days 1st Steve Foster with 25lbs 12oz, 2nd Tony Parker with 18lbs 6oz, 3rd Terry Moranda with 18lbs 1oz and 4th Tony Cruci with 10lbs 5oz. Pic is my peg 10
Club match/outing
19/03/2023
Home Farm small lake
N/A
1st Toni Cruci 37lbs 12oz 2nd Phil Whitmill 36lbs 10oz 3rd Peter Green 34lbs 9oz
Gary's day At last a warmer week if a little wet. At the draw the lake was looking quite coloured with a bit of a ripple and looking good for a few fish. Out of the bag came peg 8 - again. In fact, our bank was a rerun of last match with me on 8, Tony on 7 and Mark on 6. At least that made setting up a bit quicker. With a stiff breeze forecast it was time to gamble - did I start at 6 or 7 sections? Phil got off to a flying start with a carp in the net in the first 5 minutes. For the rest of us it took a while longer. Next was Mark to get in on the action with a run of carp but annoyingly only the one getting to the net. And then it was Tony and John picking up carp. At this stage Peter and I were stuck in the middle of the lake with just a few roach between us until Peter found a carp down the edge. It was now 12:30 - 3 hours in and things were not looking great for me - I was well and truly in last position. Finally, I hooked a carp only to have a very large scale come back on the hook after a short tussle but at least it was not a roach. A hopeful drop back in the same spot just produced a roach - not going well at all. Around me the carp kept coming with Tony steadily adding a few with Phil, Peter and John also picking off the odd better fish. At about 1pm I at long last had a carp out in the middle, only small, but worth a lot of the tiny roach I was catching. But that was it, back to the roach. With nothing to lose it was time to put a bigger pot of maggots down the edge to hopefully feed off some of the small fish and it worked. Between the roach a few carp put in an appearance with just the one more scale coming back with a foulhooker. It was too little too late in what was a lot closer finish than I thought it would be - Peter opposite looked to be emptying the place and we all thought he had walked it. In a very tight finish (under 5lbs between the top 4) - 1st Toni Cruci 37lbs 12oz, 2nd Phil Whitmill 36lbs 10oz and 3rd Peter Green 34lbs 9oz. Sorry Tony not quite quick enough on the camera button before you looked down. There was also around 6lbs of mostly decent perch to go with these carp.
Club match/outing
15/03/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Steve Foster 47lbs 4oz 2nd Tony Cruci 38lbs 15oz 3rd Terry Moranda 10lbs 8oz
Phil's day Good morning to all, the Weds club fished its match at Hall Farm this week. The weather was going to be favourable but we started the day with a heavy frost - that's never helpful. I drew peg 4 it's a bad peg this time of the year but I lived in hope. Made up 3 lines for the pole and a feeder for distance work. Started off on the feeder with no success so onto the pole tried out at 10 meters but nothing so onto my margin lines. Got small perch and roach but that's all and the peg to my left has already got 5 carp so in for a right pasting. Finished my day with two carp for 5lb 5 oz and saved the blank 1st Steve Foster with 47lbs 4oz , 2nd was Tony Cruci with 38lbs 15oz and 3rd Terry Moranda with 10lbs 8oz. Pic is from peg 4.
Club match/outing
12/03/2023
Malcolm Barker Lake
N/A
1st Fred Hunt 1lb 2nd John Todd 2oz Only 2 caught
Gary's day Today was the last match of the 22/23 season and we were heading to Malcolm Barker Lake. It was a lovely spring day with a bit of sun and even the wind was quite warm - a big difference to the week which saw snow and lots of rain. We were all expecting it to be a hard match as MBL has not fished well over the winter so I was very happy to draw peg 2 - one I have been wanting to draw for a long time. Expecting it to be hard, I started off on bread punch at around 8 metres on the pole. Despite working down the punch sizes I had no signs. And the same at 11 metres with maggot. And on the waggler a bit further out. An hour in it was clear it was not going to be a great day's fishing as no-one had had a bite. Then over on peg 18 Fred had a tangle with a carp. Then all quiet again until Fred finally had a roach about 90 minutes in. Fred kept on sneaking the odd small roach out throughout the day. At about the half way point we had a bit more excitement as Jeff tangled with a carp on light waggler gear - it was soon carp 2 anglers 0. About 3 hours in now John had a small run of little perch. Try as I might I just could not buy a bite even with little bits of worm down the edge looking for micro perch and it was my first DNW of the season. It was a quick weigh in with just Fred and John catching - well done to Fred for sticking it out for small roach ending up with around 30 fish for 1lb and the win with John catching 6 small perch scratching for bites for 2oz and second. Today's photo has Fred over on the far bank getting ready for the all in.
Club match/outing
08/03/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
Club match/outing
05/03/2023
Beggars Hall
N/A
1st Mark Halverson 43lbs 15oz 2nd Gary Pickard 34lbs 8oz 3rd Phil Whitmill 21lbs 8oz
Gary's day After seeing Wed's results from Hall Farm it looked like today was going to be a tough match. It was to be peg 10 today for me and I was very happy with this as this peg has a bit of winter form but never seems to do as well in the warmer months. Down to my left was David on Peg 12, Tony opposite on peg 16 and Fred to my right on peg 6. Well it fished as hard as expected with bites few and far between. Phil had a great start with a carp in the first 10 mins or so and then I had one after about 30 mins on bomb and bread. A lost fish after another 30 mins was going to prove costly later - it shot off for Tony opposite and then decided to go round the back of the island before leaving me snagged up in an overhanging bush. It was one of those fish that knew where it wanted to go and nothing was going to stop it getting there. Then news came that Mark had a carp on the other side of the island. 90 mins in it was anyone's match. A dropback bite and another carp in the net had me hoping for more a few more. It was going to be a long wait though. At a bit past the halfway point Mark had a flurry of activity fishing long on the pole with 3 in 3 puts in and we were all then playing catch up. With an hour to go suddenly I had my own little flurry of bites after going back to the bomb as both method and maggot feeders were proving hopeless - 3 bites, 2 carp in the net and 1 hook pull. It was then a long wait for the whistle with the tip refusing to go round again in the last 45 mins. In the last few minutes I just made out Mark scooping another carp and Phil also had a last gasp carp. Well done to Mark for bucking the trend and fishing the pole rather than sitting it out on a feeder - 5 carp and a bream for 43lbs 15oz and 1st today, my 4 carp went 34lbs 8oz and Phil had 3 carp and a few good silvers for 21lbs 8oz. Today's photo is me with a couple of cracking Beggars Hall commons both over the 10lb mark.
Interclub (Abbey Cross) match/outing
01/03/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
Bishop's Stortford won with 57 points to Abbey Cross's 32 1st Steve Foster 26lbs 8oz 2nd Terry Moranda 7lbs 7oz 3rd Fred Hunt 3lbs 8oz 4th John Carter 3lbs 3oz.
(not) Phil's day A good day to all, the Weds Club fished its inter-club match against Abbey Cross at Hall Farm. I myself could not go as I was laid up with a bad back, so I handed the captain's job to Tony Cruci and what a good job he made of it. It inspired the team to a very convincing win with Bishop's Stortford winning by 57 points to Abbey Cross's 32 1st place was Steve Foster with 26lbs 8oz, 2nd Terry Moranda with 7lbs 7oz, 3rd was Fred Hunt with 3lbs 8oz and 4th John Carter with 3lbs 3oz. Well done Stortford - pic is from peg 5 across the lake.
Club match/outing
26/02/2023
River Stort Backwater
Stort Cup 2 of 2
1st Mark Halverson 5lbs 6oz 2nd Jeff Pearson 3lbs 7oz 3rd Fred Hunt 3lbs 1oz 4th John Todd 2lbs 2oz Winner of the Stort Cup is Mark Halverson - points TBC
Sorry just a short write up today as I could not make the match - many thanks Phil for the info It sounds like the bright sunshine and clear water put paid to many plans of sitting it out near the boats for some of the big perch that hunt the Backwater and it was a day for the smaller stuff with small roach and rudd dominating the top weights. Mark must have had a busy day for his 5lbs+ and was clear winner on the day and also picks up the 2 leg Stort Cup this year. 1st Mark Halverson 5lbs 6oz, 2nd Jeff Pearson 3lbs 7oz, 3rd Fred Hunt 3lbs 1oz and 4th John Todd 2lbs 2oz. Weigh sheet to follow when I next see Tony.
Club match/outing
22/02/2023
River Stort Backwater
N/A
1st Phil Whitmill 5lbs 5oz 2nd Peter Green 5lbs 1oz 3rd Steve Foster 4lbs 11oz 4th John Carter 3lbs 15oz
Phils day Morning to all, the Weds club fished the River Stort Backwater. It was going to be a very damp day with bad light conditions but not a bad thing when it comes to rivers. With only 10 anglers I put all the favoured pegs in so should be no blanks. I drew peg 12, a much favoured peg in my books and had all the right rigs for the job so very little setting up was needed. I made 3 lines up: 1 right over to the barge; 1 down the margin 5 meters down stream; and 1 middle of the track. Tried all three lines and the most productive was down the middle for a better stamp of roach and rudd with the odd dace and chublets. For the main I was kept busy all day for a weight of 5lbs 5oz 1st Phil Whitmill with 5lbs 5 oz, 2nd Peter Green with 5lbs 1 oz , 3rd Steve Foster with 4lbs 11 oz and 4th John Carter with 3lbs 15 oz . Pic is just to the left of my peg on the Stort.
Club match/outing
19/02/2023
Home Farm small lake
N/A
1st Mark Halverson 44lbs 12oz 2nd Peter Green 32lbs 7oz 3rd Gary Pickard 30lbs 12oz
Gary's day Another mild if a little windy week saw us at Home Farm. Despite the sun it was colder than I was expecting in the wind and I was glad to find a hat tucked in my coat pocket. Out of the draw bag came peg 8 which I was pretty happy with as there was no one to my left. Just the pole came out of the bag today with a light and heavier rig for long (it was going to be another breezy day) and a random shallow rig I could use for dobbing along the reed lined edge. Kicking off with micros and expanders was slow going and when the float did go under it was only roach. Time for trying maggots. Again still just roach but a bit quicker. At about an hour in it was hard going all round but then the carp started feeding with Mark, over at the top of the lake, hooking 2 and landing 1 in quick succession. The roach I was catching were just not going to cut it despite a few around the half pound mark. Finally, a bit after the half way point, a couple of small carp showed up for me fishing to my left. I had been ignoring this area as seeing the float was a nightmare amongst the shadows, however, after the quick flurry, it was back to the roach. At this stage Mark was still catching carp as was Peter now on peg 1 and Phil over on peg 5 opposite Mark. Time for a gamble along the left margin which was about the deepest part of my swim. Finally the bites started coming with a few carp getting to the net but with a number of foulhooked fish coming off. At the weigh in I had 30lbs including 6lbs of roach with the lost fish proving costly. Runaway winner on the day was Mark. 1st Mark Halverson 44lbs 12oz, 2nd Peter Green 32lbs 7oz and 3rd Gary Pickard 30lbs 12oz Today's photo is me being too slow for a catch shot of Mark's winning net - think of it more as a release shot.
Winter League match
15/02/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Phil Whitmill 36lbs 2oz 2nd Gary Pickard 16lbs 9oz 3rd Steve Foster 12lbs 1oz 4th Dave Jones 10lbs 15oz
Phil's day Hi to all, the Weds club had its match at Hall Farm large lake. It was going to be a very good day as far as the weather was concerned. I drew peg 26, phew bit of luck, it's been a good peg through the year so had some hopes that it will still produce. Made up two lines for the pole 1 at 13 meters the other in the margin. Cupped in some groundbait and red maggots and on my long line pellet and corn, but the feeder was going to be my main method with a cage feeder and double maggot on the hook.. I fished the feeder for the first hour but nothing so onto my margin line with the pole. It was very difficult to see the float because of the light patterns from the trees but, after about 5 mins of moving it about so I could see it, the float went under and got my first carp. Stayed with this line for another hour and nothing so on to my long line and still nothing. With only a couple of hours to go I went back to the feeder and within 20 mins got another carp this carried on for the rest of the match for a good weight of 36lbs 2oz. Many thanks to Gary for helping with the weigh in. The pic is peg 26. 1st Phil Whitmill with 36lbs 2oz, 2nd Gary Pickard with 16lbs 9oz, 3rd Steve Foster with 12lbs 1oz, 4th Dave Jones with 10lbs 15oz , with it being the 5th round of the winter league I needed this win.
Club match/outing
12/02/2023
Hall Farm Small Lake
N/A
1st Mark Halverson 4lbs 7oz 2nd Phil Whitmill 4lbs 3oz 3rd John Todd 3lbs 14oz
Gary's day In a change of plan we headed to the Small Lake at Hall Farm rather than Malcolm Barker. After another cold week the hope was we would get a few more fish. We ended up with a pretty mild day if a bit on the cloudy side but no wind thankfully as I was expecting any bites to be pretty difficult to see. Out came a corner peg for me and I set up a couple of rigs expecting to need to fish a long pole in the shallow, clear water. Well the fish were not playing ball. An hour in and not a sign and I was not the only one. Time to try something else. Finally I had a bite down towards some reeds, only a small roach but something. Phil to my right also started picking up the odd roach as did Mark opposite but it was very slow going. John then had a carp over in the far corner which wiped out the small roach so far caught and that was pretty much the pattern for the day. A few small roach and then the odd carp coming out. Sadly my carp was just a baby and I needed his older brother or sister. 1st Mark Halverson 4lbs 7oz, 2nd Phil Whitmill 4lbs 3oz and 3rd John Todd 3lbs 14oz. The photo today has Mark over on the left, John in the middle and Fred to the right - and a mirror calm lake.
Club match/outing
08/02/2023
Beggars Hall
N/A
1st Steve Foster 69lbs 9oz 2nd Bill Beeston 16lbs 3oz 3rd Jeff Pearson 16lbs 2oz 4th Phil Whitmill 9lbs 13oz
Phil's day Good morning to all, the Weds club fished its match on Beggars Hall. It was a good turn out considering it was 5 degrees below and the lake was part frozen over. I did manage to find 13 pegs that were clear or part clear of ice but it was going to be hard. By the time we got on our pegs the sun was shining and it wasn't too bad. I drew peg 20 it's a summer time peg and in the last 4 matches pegs 20 and 19 have blanked so I didn't hold out too much hope and just fished for a bite really. Made up two pole lines and a feeder rod. Fished all morning without a bite not even a tiny perch then, out of the blue, at midday a bite on the feeder for a delicately landed carp. It was my only bite but it saved a blank. Thanks to Peter Green helping with the booking in in the morning while I walked the lake as Terry Moranda was taking yet another day off. 1st Steve Foster with an amazing 69lbs 9oz, 2nd with one carp Bill Beeston with 16lbs 3oz, 3rd Jeff Pearson with 2 carp for 16lbs 2oz and 4th Phil Whitmill with 1 carp for 9lbs 13oz . Only 5 anglers caught today. Pic is my peg 20 with plenty of ice down the margin.
Club match/outing
05/02/2023
River Stort Backwater
Stort Cup 1 of 2
1st Gary Pickard 3lbs 15oz 2nd Terry Moranda 3lbs 12oz Jt 3rd Phil Whitmill 2lbs 12oz Jt 3rd John Todd 2lbs 12oz
Gary's day At last a warm, dry and sunny day - maybe not the best conditions for the Stort but a lot better for me. Out of the draw peg came peg 12, one off the corner peg 13 but not a bad peg for a few small fish. With a low and clear river everyone was gearing up for a few roach on bread punch and then praying for a few big perch amongst the boats and hopefully not too many pike making an appearance. With a couple of small fishing topping whilst setting up it looked like I would get a few more bites than last weekend (given I only had 1 bite it would not take much). A quick look over for perch did not produce any bites so it was time to concentrate down the middle on bread punch. There were plenty of fish there but not the quality hoped for with a lot of small dace and roach that must have been 3 to the ounce. Fred above me on peg 13 was having similar problem - lots of bites and a few fish but not much by way of weight. After an hour or so it was decision time - sit it out for perch or try to catch small fish as fast as I could. As the bankside rumour was it was fishing hard and the perch not showing and being a sucker for getting bites it was the small fish route for me and it was time to set up a whip along with maggots to try and get the micro roach and dace in as fast as I could. It was a very busy 5 hours with a bite a chuck but lots missed as the fish must have been tiny given what I was actually managing to hook. I soon lost count of the fish but had well over a 100 and finished with 3lbs 15oz and a surprise win. 1st Gary Pickard 3lbs 15oz, a close second with 3lbs 12oz was Terry Moranda who sat it out for some good perch and joint 3rd Phil Whitmill and John Todd (with a rare skimmer) on 2lbs 12oz just pipping it from a chasing pack of another 3 anglers. Today's photo is Steve Foster plumbing up before the off complete with sunken boat for added perchy cover (Phil just in shot)
Interclub (Abbey Cross) match/outing
01/02/2023
Hunters Hall (Abbey Cross water)
N/A
Abbey Cross won with 42 points to Bishop's Stortford 0 points 1st Barry Cornel 5lbs 5oz 2nd John Carter 4lbs 6oz 3rd Jeff Pearson 3lbs 11oz 4th Alan Fox 3lbs 0oz
Phil's day Morning to all, the Weds club fished its monthly match against Abbey Cross at Hunters Hall. This is going to be a short write up because it was a match of 14 anglers and 10 of us blanked - not even a bite. I was sat in the coldest bit of the lake and froze. Four people did manage to get 1 fish each all bream and 1 was in the last 2mins of the match which got him 2nd. First and well deserved was Barry Cornel with 5lbs 5oz, 2nd John Carter with 4lbs 6oz, 3rd Jeff Pearson with 3lbs 11oz and 4th Alan Fox with 3lbs 0oz. The end results Bishop's Stortford 0 points and Abbey Cross 42 points convincingly winning it. Pic is peg 21 - my peg for the day.
Club match/outing
29/01/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Phil Whitmill 44lbs 2nd Peter Green 8lbs 13oz 3rd Mark Halverson 5lbs 10oz
Gary's day After a slowly warming week most of the ice had melted at the lake with just the first few pegs near the car park unfishable. At the draw it was deja vue all over again as peg 8 came out for me, I really would like to fish another peg soon. At least the setting up was quicker which was handy as I set up a bit of everything as we expected it was going to be a hard day given the ice water that had gone in. Mark got off to a quick start on peg 6 followed by Peter on peg 7 about 30 mins later. By the halfway point I was biteless with not a sign on feeder or pole (and lunch already eaten). Time for an emergency trip to Phil on peg 12 to cadge a slice of bread. Phil was seeing a lot more action with 4 carp at the time of my visit. Well the bread did not work either. Peter and Mark were still getting a few bites but it was looking very quiet on the lake. Finally the tip went round with 20 mins to go and a small mirror was very carefully played to the net and a DNW avoided. And that was it for me. Phil ran away with the match with 10 carp with the rest of us struggling for the odd bite - roll on Spring. 1st Phil Whitmill 44lbs, 2nd Peter Green with 8lbs 13oz and 3rd Mark Halverson with 5lbs 10oz. Photo today has us getting ready for the off - Phil in the distance, then Dave and Jeff.
Winter League match
25/01/2023
River Stort Backwater
N/A
1st Jeff Pearson 4lbs 7oz 2nd Phil Whitmill 4lbs 0oz 3rd Terry Moranda 3lbs 15oz 4th Dave Jones 3lb 9oz
Phil's day Good morning to everyone, the Weds Club fished its 4th round of the winter league on the Backwater of the River Stort. It was a very frosty start with temps of below zero but all pegs were clear of ice and easily fishable. I drew peg 12, not a bad peg, so I fancied my chances today. Made two lines with a clear run through on my middle track that was going to be my main line and an overdepth line for perch over the back next to a barge. Started off on red maggots for the roach with a backup of bread punch if it didn't pan out. Started catching more or less straight away small roach and rudd with the odd dace. This carried on for most of my day until the temperature dropped and the drizzle of rain started then it died so over to my long line by the barge. Got a small perch within minutes then a few more roach and stayed there till the end of the match. I weighed in 4lbs and hoping to beat Dave on the next peg who was leading the league at the time. 1st Jeff Pearson (I might as well go home now at the draw) with 4lbs 7oz , 2nd Phil Whitmill with 4lbs 0oz, 3rd Terry Moranda with 3lbs 15oz and 4th Dave Jones with 3lb 9oz. Well done to all for being there in such cold conditions, the pic was taken in warmer days - John Todd on Peg 5.
Club match/outing
22/01/2023
Beggars Hall
N/A
Match cancelled as all club lakes frozen solid
Match cancelled as all club lakes frozen solid
Club match/outing
18/01/2023
Malcolm Barker Lake
N/A
1st John Todd 0lbs 8oz 2nd Terry Moranda 0lbs 1oz 3rd Fred Hunt 0lbs 1/4oz
Phil's day Good morning to you all, the Weds Club fished the Malcolm Barker Lake in zero degrees temperature that was bloody cold. I was half hoping it would be frozen over so I could cancel the match but no such (bad) luck as it was virtually free of ice. I drew peg 23, a fair to good peg, but sat there and didn't get a bite all day. It was the same story for 5 out of 8 people - only 3 anglers caught. First John Todd 8oz, 2nd Terry Moranda with 1oz and 3rd Fred Hunt with quarter of an oz. Well done to you all for fishing it out, the pic is of peg 23.
Club match/outing
15/01/2023
Home Farm small lake
N/A
1st Gary Pickard 35lbs 2oz 2nd Jeff Pearson 31lbs 15oz 3rd Peter Green 31lbs 2oz 4th Mark Halverson 30lbs 12oz
Gary's day Today was our rescheduled Xmas match arriving between a week of wet weather and the next cold snap. Thankfully it was a dry if rather breezy day. The lake is pretty fair with each peg having its day. Out of the bag came peg 8 for me - towards the top end with Phil and David opposite me and Mark to my left. With some room to my right I was pretty happy with the draw. As the lake is so shallow (about 3 ft) it is an out and out pole venue, however, with the high winds about 7 sections is all that could be fished with any sort of control - even then the odd gust had me letting the pole blow round rather than risk a break. With the good head of silvers here I started out on micros and expanders to be a bit more selective as you need a lot of roach to match a carp. 30 mins in without a sign (or at least one I could see in the wind) meant it was Plan B time - out with the maggots for anything swimming. Things then started coming together with a couple of small carp to kick things off and avoid a blank. Up in the low numbers Jeff and Tony were pulling a few fish together with it being a bit slower down our end. With nothing more to show but a few small roach and the wind really blowing it was time to try a quick go on a maggot feeder and a cup of coffee to warm back up. Well that did not work so it was a question of slogging it out on the pole - setting a trap and waiting for a bite. Slowly they started coming but so did they for Phil and Peter on the other side and Mark next to me. And I could see Phil's and Peter's were a better stamp. At the all out it was going to be close but we all thought we were fishing for second behind Jeff who had been catching steadily all day. At the weigh in my 9 carp and bits went just over 35lbs for a win but it was very close and one fish amongst the top 4 would have made all the difference. 1st Gary Pickard 35lbs 2oz, 2nd Jeff Pearson 31lbs 15oz, 3rd Peter Green 31lbs 2oz and 4th Mark Halverson 30lbs 12oz. Photo today is us before the draw with Peter handing around some of his famous sloe gin.
Club match/outing
11/01/2023
Beggars Hall
N/A
1st place Steve Foster 32lbs 14oz 2nd John Carter 10lbs 5oz 3rd Jeff Pearson 9lbs 9oz 4th Ray Gibson with 7lbs 8oz
Phil's day Good morning to all. The Weds club fished its match at Beggars Hall. We knew it was going to be hard as it's predominantly a big fish water so it's a waiting game this time of the year. I drew peg 17, not a bad peg although last match there it blanked. I set up two lines on the pole and doted it about on the feeder - nothing worked. I had a roach for 4oz that saved a blank but believe it or not got me 5th place. It was a nice day weather wise until the last 20 minutes then the rain turned up just in time for the weigh-in [of course it does - Ed] 1st place with 32lbs 14oz was Steve Foster, 2nd John Carter with 10lbs 5oz , 3rd Jeff Pearson with 9lbs 9oz, and 4th Ray Gibson with 7lbs 8oz. The pic is my peg to the island,
Club match/outing
08/01/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
1st Mark Halverson 28lbs 10oz 2nd Fred Hunt 12lbs 4oz 3rd Gary Pickard 9lbs 12oz
Gary's day After a mild week and some decent weights on the Weds match I was hoping for a few bites. The BBC's weather forecast ended up wrong (very wrong) and the chances of showers later turned into heavy rain, strong winds, hail and even a clap of thunder. I pulled out peg 9, in the deeps with Phil to the right on 10 and Dave to the left on 8. I was pleasantly surprised when 5 mins in the tip went round and a 4lb carp was in the net. It was a false dawn though. Another small carp 45 mins later still had me hoping but it was clearly fishing very difficult despite odd fish topping all day - obviously always just beyond the mid-way mark in no man's land. A few tries on the pole at 6 sections, even 4 sections was unfishable later due to the wind, ended with a nice roach before the wind and rain meant it was back to the tip. Tries on the pole during the day (when the wind dropped enough to hold the pole still and the rain eased off enough to see the float) found me another small F1, a small perch and a gudgeon that was bigger than the perch. Tony had mercy on us and the match finished at 2.30 rather than 3. My fish went just under 10lbs with Fred's 2 late carp pushing him into second. Mark on peg 5 had a steady day with his 6 carp on the feeder easily winning. 1st Mark Halverson 28lbs 10z, 2nd Fred Hunt 12lbs 4oz and 3rd Gary Pickard 9lbs 12oz. Sorry no photo today as it was still raining at the weigh in.
Water booking - Abbey Cross
08/01/2023
River Stort Backwater
N/A
M.Adams 3-10-0 A.Fox 2-11-0 J.Smith 1-13-0
In case you were wondering how it fished - here is the AC write up Our first match of the new year was fished on a backwater of the River Stort, close to Taylor’s, which is owned by the Bishop's Stortford club. At the start of the day the flow and colour were good, but heavy rain during the morning led to a lot of debris and dirty water entering the river, which severely limited catches in the afternoon. Top on the day was myself with 3lbs 10ozs, Alan Fox was 2nd with 2lbs 11ozs and Jo Smith was 3rd with 1lbs 13ozs. M.Adams 3-10-0 A.Fox 2-11-0 J.Smith 1-13-0 A.Sims 1-12-0 W.Ramthor 1-11-0 K.Shaw 1-9-0 B.Cornell 1-3-0
Interclub (Abbey Cross) match/outing
04/01/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
Stortford were the winners with 76 points to Abbey Cross's 62 points 1st Alan Sims 23lbs 8oz 2nd Bill Beeston 21lbs 14oz 3rd Terry Moranda 20lbs 12oz 4th Tony Cruci 19lbs 13oz 5th Phil Whitmill 18lbs 2oz
Phil's day Hi all, the Weds Club had its monthly match against Abbey Cross on our water at Hall Farm. It was a very dark and drizzly morning but it was mild with the promise it was going to be dry later. I drew peg 26, an absolute flyer of a peg in the summer but shallow water not what I needed. Made up two pole lines for maggot and pellet and a feeder for when all else fails. Started off on my 10 meter line and soon got a perch - not too concerned at this stage as it's a points match but it didn't get much better by the end of the morning so on to my feeder. Still nothing so tried the search method - here, there and anywhere. By 1.30, with a hour to go, got my first carp this was followed by 4 more carp in quick succession then all quite until the last 15 minutes with my 6th carp and I weighed in 18lbs 2oz. 1st Alan Sims with 23lbs 8oz, 2nd Bill Beeston with 21lbs 14oz , 3rd Terry Moranda with 20lbs 12oz, 4th Tony Cruci with 19lbs 13oz and 5th Phil Whitmill with 18lbs 2oz. Well done to my Stortford team overall winners today with 76 points to Abbey Cross 62 points.
Club match/outing
01/01/2023
Hall Farm Large Lake
N/A
Club match/outing
21/12/2022
Hall Farm Large Lake
Xmas match
1st Steve Foster 21lbs 5oz 2nd Ray Gibson 10lbs 10oz 3rd John Carter 9lbs 6oz 4th Peter Green 7lbs 11oz
Phil's day Hi all, the Weds Club fished its Christmas match at Hall Farm. It's become a tradition now for us to have a few sausage rolls and a drop of Peter's sloe gin before the draw. I drew peg 18 yet another bad draw but at least we got clear water with no ice just a bit at one end but we pegged round that. Started off with just two lines and a feeder; my feeder line produced nothing not even a micro perch so stayed with the pole for the rest of the day. I got my first perch, not too bad about 1oz, so carried on with my 10 meter line but this produced nothing must have been just an odd fish. Stayed on my margin - this got me another 6 perch and a roach then about 1 ish got my first carp and lost it at the landing net. Went on to hook 3 more carp and lost every one of them. To be honest I was glad when 2.30 came round to finish the match. 1st Steve Foster with 21lbs 5oz, 2nd Ray Gibson with 10lbs 10oz, 3rd John Carter with 9lbs 6oz and 4th Peter Green with 7lbs 11oz I would like to thank Gary for doing his side of the weigh in and Terry and Peter for supplying booze and sausage rolls, wishing you all out there a very merry Christmas.
Club match/outing
18/12/2022
Home Farm
Xmas match
4 inches of ice meant the match was cancelled
Winter League match
14/12/2022
River Stort Backwater
N/A
1st Dave Jones 1lb 11oz 2nd Steve Foster 10oz 3rd Phil Whitmill 4oz
Phil's day Hi all, winter league 3rd round was held on the Backwater in Pig Lane lucky enough the only water around that wasn't frozen over. I drew peg 13 in itself not a bad peg but, because of the extreme cold, who knew. Started off on bread punch and crumb and within an hour started getting bites but could not connect with them. Then I finally caught one a roach of about 1oz that was my best fish of the day . I weighed in 4 oz I thought last week was bad and couldn't get worse but I was wrong but at lease I didn't blank 1st Dave Jones with 1lb 11oz, 2nd Steve Foster with 10oz and 3rd Phil Whitmill with 4 oz
Club match/outing
11/12/2022
Beggars Hall
N/A
Match cancelled as Beggar's Hall and Hall Farm were frozen over
Gary's day It was short! With the ice at Beggar's Hall being over an inch thick the day before we had a try to fish at Hall Farm. Sadly, Phil's ice breaker proved to be under gunned for Hall Farm's ice so it was an early finish without a line being wet. Today's photo is not an arty black and white shot but there was no blade of green to be seen between the fog and frost.
Water booking
11/12/2022
River Stort Backwater
N/A
11 fished with a winning weight of 3lb 15oz
Interclub (Abbey Cross) match/outing
07/12/2022
Taylor's Lake - Car Park (Abbey Cross water)
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Bishop's Stortford won the team match with 85 points to Abbey Cross's 42 1st Steve Foster 4lbs 8oz 2nd Ray Gibson 3lbs 11oz 3rd Tony Cruci 12oz Jt 4th Bill Beeston 11oz Jt 4th Alan Fox 11oz
Phil's day Hi all, the Weds club fished its monthly interclub match at Taylor's Lake - but the much more difficult Car Park end. It was always going to be hard going with 2 heavy frost but you never know. I drew peg 16 and didn't have a clue what it's like so fished very light looking for the odd roach or perch. As I suspected, it was a very hard day with only 4 bites for me - the end result being 4 roach for 5 oz and saved the blank. 1st Steve Foster with 4lbs 8oz, 2nd Ray Gibson with 3lbs 11oz, 3rd Tony Cruci with 12oz and joint 4th Bill Beeston and Alan Fox with 11oz, pic is my swim for the day. And Bishop's Stortford won the team match with 85 points to Abbey Cross's 42.
Club match/outing
04/12/2022
Hall Farm Large Lake
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1st Gary Pickard 36lbs 1oz 2nd Peter Green 27lbs 5oz 3rd Tony Cruci 27lbs 4oz
Gary's day It was a cold start but thankfully not freezing. Today's peg for me was number 4, middling in many ways and not where I fancied. There was the odd fishing topping when we set up which was encouraging. With it being a shallower peg, I decided to fish long on the pole and feeder ignoring the margins. I also set up a waggler, not something I usually do at Hall Farm, but the conditions were perfect. A start on the feeder did not produce anything so time to try the waggler line which I had been firing a few maggots over. A quick bite, which I completely missed, was encouraging as the lake seemed to be fishing hard. A few minutes later I had a small F1 in the net and the blank was avoided. 1 more F1 but no more so time to try something else and out went a maggot feeder. A wrap around bite with nothing to show and then another fish falling off after a few seconds was not a great start but it did get me a rare skimmer. Time for the pole. The bites were slow in coming but came just often enough to make it worth staying on especially when one was a bonus carp of about 9lb. Along the bank I could hear the odd splash and see the ripples to show others were catching too. Disaster struck though with a bit over an hour to go with a sickening crunch letting me know all was not well with my number 8 section. A couple more small F1s on the feeder was me for the last hour. Whilst waiting for the tip to go round I could see Peter on peg 2 catching up with a late run of fish. At the weigh in it was going to be close. Thankfully I had done enough pre-pole disaster. 1st Gary Pickard 36lbs 1oz, 2nd Peter Green 27lbs 5oz and 3rd Tony Cruci 27lbs 4oz. Today's photo is proof there are still a few bream in Hall Farm.
Water booking
03/12/2022
Hall Farm Large Lake
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Club match/outing
30/11/2022
Beggars Hall
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1st Ray Gibson 31lbs 4oz 2nd Fred Hunt 17lbs 1oz 3rd Barry Cornel 10lbs 0oz 4th Terry Moranda 5lbs 6oz
Phil's day Hi all, the Weds club fished Beggars Hall club lake this week. I drew peg 5 not what I wanted but it is what it is. Made up two pole lines and a feeder, to say the least it was not a good day. I managed 4 good roach and lost a big carp with 5 mins to go to the end. I weighed in a 1lb and thanks for coming. The pic is from my peg as I didn't have much else to do. 1st Ray Gibson with 31lbs 4 oz, 2nd Fred Hunt with 17lbs 1oz, 3rd Barry Cornel with 10lbs 0oz and 4th Terry Moranda with 5lbs 6oz - well done to all.
Club match/outing
27/11/2022
Hall Farm Large Lake
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1st Gary Pickard 51lbs 5oz 2nd Mark Halverson 38lbs 3oz 3rd Jeff Pearson 26lbs 13oz 4th Peter Green 25lbs 12oz
Gary's day A change of venue today, Hall Farm rather than MBL after Wednesday's match on MBL turned into a grueller for most. Today's forecast was 50:50 whether it would rain or not - it was spot on with rain for about half the match! Thankfully though it was pretty mild and the wind forecast did not materialize. Now the draw bag and out came peg 8 for me. I was not overly happy as I had the peg a couple of months back and really struggled to get past loads of small silvers. With pegs 1 and 2 in it looked an uphill struggle. I started out on the feeder whilst feeding some maggots on the pole lines and some early indications got the spirits lifted. The first 2 came off as I seemed to be foulhooking them on a feeder, the second got over the net before coming off - nobody likes to see that. Thankfully the next couple of small carp stayed on and I was off the mark. There were a few fish topping and Jeff on peg 10 was getting a few. The bush to my left meant I had no idea what was happening beyond Peter on Peg 7. Time for a try on the pole after an hour or so on the feeder. A roach and then a few chunky gudgeon had me fearing another day of being bitted out. It then went very quiet on the pole line but thankfully the carp had arrived. From then on it was a steady day, not a huge number of bites, however, when the float went under, it was usually a carp. To the left Peter was catching steadily on the feeder and they looked a better stamp and Jeff started catching again towards the end. It looked a close one. At the weigh in I completely underestimated and my mid-30s guess was miles out with the carp net just going over 50lb. For the end of November the lake fished really well with lots of 20lb+ weights. Photo is Jeff who just pipped Peter to their ongoing 20p side bet. 1st Gary Pickard 51lbs 5oz, 2nd Mark Halverson 38lbs 3oz, 3rd Jeff Pearson 26lbs 13oz and 4th Peter Green 25lbs 12oz.
Winter League match
23/11/2022
Malcolm Barker Lake
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1st John Todd 3lbs 8oz 2nd Tony Cruci 1lbs 7oz 3rd Terry Moranda 7oz 4th David Jones 6oz
Phils day Good morning to all, the Weds club fished the Malcolm Barker Lake for its 2nd round in our Winter League. I drew peg 3 not a good peg this time of the year but you got what you got. I made up two lines for the pole one at 14 meters and one about 10 meters, the bait of the day was red maggots and bread punch. Well that's about it as the day went really bad - the fish just were not interested at all. I ended with 3 micro perch and 4 roach for 4 oz every bite was hard fought for and I was glad the end of the day came round. Well done to those that stuck it out which was everybody. 1st John Todd with 3lbs 8oz, 2nd Tony Cruci with 1lbs 7oz , 3rd Terry Moranda with 7oz and 4th David Jones with 6oz.
Club match/outing
20/11/2022
Home Farm small lake
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1st Mark Halverson 25lbs 15oz 2nd Jeff Pearson 23lbs 2oz 3rd David Jones 11lbs 10oz
Gary's day Today we were back to Little Walden's Home Farm and it was a very wet drive there - I had no idea it had rained that much overnight. Thankfully the rain held off until we headed home as it was cold enough without getting wet. When we got to the lake I think we were all a bit surprised to see it back to normal levels - a few weeks ago it was 2ft down. For me it was peg 1 and I was pretty happy with the draw as this peg normally does well - it is on its own down the narrow end of the lake. With it being colder, I started long on hard pellet - optimistically on 6mms and then quickly to 4mms when it became clear it was not going to be a bagging day. After 30 mins or so without any indications it was Plan B time - micros and expanders. That did the trick and I had a couple of indications and then a small carp. But then nothing more. So time for Plan C - micros and some dead maggots raided from the freezer. That got me a couple of indications but then I bumped a couple of fish and that was it for that line for the rest of the day. It looked like the sudden top up of water had the fish unsettled and off the bottom as there was regular mutterings throughout the day as people hooked and lost carp. With a couple of hours to go it was decision time. Another try as far out as I could on the pole did not get me any bites and the leaves on the surface made it hard work. For the final hour it was out on the feeder (about Plan K by this time), not something I normally do here as it is quite a small lake, however, this found me a couple more carp but my final 10lbs ish had me languishing in the middle order. Mark and Jeff at the other end of the lake had a steady day with around 5 carp each and Phil and David towards the middle had a day of catching big perch. 1st Mark Halverson 25lbs 15oz, 2nd Jeff Pearson 23lbs 2oz and 3rd David Jones 11lbs 10oz. Photo is David about to land a carp.
Club match/outing
16/11/2022
River Stort Backwater
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1st Peter Green 5lbs 14oz 2nd Barry Cornel 4lbs 11oz 3rd Steve Foster 2lbs 14oz 4th David Jones 2lbs 13oz
Phil's day Hi all, the Weds BSDAS club fished its weekly match on our private stretch of the river. It was a good turnout considering the amount of rain. I put in all the best pegs and spaced us out to give everyone a decent chance of a few fish. I drew peg 7 not too bad a peg and decided I would concentrate on roach today so down the centre of the river and a line to the barge. It was breadcrumb and punch with the odd look on maggots. Steve next to me was all out for perch. The day went as I thought it might - a lot of small roach and dace with the odd rudd. I did get 4 decent roach to weigh in with 2lbs 9oz 1st place was Peter Green with one very good perch and other silvers for 5lbs 14oz, 2nd Barry Cornel with 4lbs 11oz mainly perch, 3rd Steve Foster with 2lbs 14oz mainly perch and 4th David Jones with 2lbs 13oz mixed silvers. Well done to all it made a pleasant change from carp bashing PS if you want a few pike there were plenty active including one that took a liking to Steve's plummet before the match start.
Club match/outing
13/11/2022
Hall Farm Large Lake
Brandon Shield
Stortford retained the Brandon Shield with 144lbs 15oz to Sawbridgeworth's 72lbs 5oz 1st David Jones 37lbs 1oz 2nd Colin Hawkins 33lbs 14oz 3rd Jeff Pearson 27lbs 14oz 4th Mark Halverson 21lbs 9oz
Gary's day After a wet couple of weeks the mild weather continues but it was dry at long last. Today was the Brandon Shield with us fishing against Sawbridgeworth at Hall Farm. The Sawbo team looked to be under strict instructions to get there early as a few were queueing up when Tony arrived to open the gate. The B/S team were not so early. At the draw Tony pulled out the odd pegs for us and then it was peg 19 for me. It has been a while since I fished this bit of the lake and I had forgotten how deep it gets. Thankfully we were on a 10 start so I had time find some more suitable rigs after I completely misguessed the depth by a couple of feet. With the weather being all over the place at the moment a careful start was called for until I could work out if the fish actually wanted to feed. I still haven't quite worked that one out even after the match! It was a very odd day with fish topping all day down the middle of the lake and in any pegs that had noone on them - they knew where the gaps were - but they never seemed to actually get their heads down to feed despite all the activity. Typical moody F1 behaviour. I did though have plenty of bites but mostly from silvers. Just when I thought I had managed to feed off the smaller stuff a new wave of them appeared. Amongst these I did manage a few F1 and carp but it was never going to be enough to compete with pegs 1, 2 and 3 on the other bank who all had a steady day which I had a great view of . At the all out I had more than I thought with 15lbs 10oz but needed double that to make the frame. Stortford managed to retain the Brandon Shield with 144lbs 15oz to Sawbridgeworth's 72lbs 5oz Individually it was 1st David Jones 37lbs 1oz, 2nd Colin Hawkins 33lbs 14oz, 3rd Jeff Pearson 27lbs 14oz and 4th Mark Halverson 21lbs 9oz.
Club match/outing
09/11/2022
Hall Farm Large Lake
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1st Gary Pickard 45lbs 10oz 2nd Tony Parker 25lbs 13oz 3rd Jeff Pearson 19lbs 0oz 4th Peter Green 14lbs 10oz
Phil's day Hi to all, the Weds club fished its club match at Hall Farm and the weather, although windy, was dry at last. I drew peg 24, a good peg, so had confidence in catching a few fish. I made a feeder for 20 meters and two lines for the pole - one at 7 secs of pole and in the margins. I fed pellet and corn at 7 secs and red maggots in the margins and started off on the feeder. I had my first carp about 30 mins later for about a pound and carried on with this for another 2 hours and got a second carp but it was obvious they were not having it so onto my pole lines Started off on my 7 secs line and had very small roach and perch so down on the margin lines. I carried on with this for a couple of hours before I got a carp - it was a better size so continued till the end of the match for 2 more carp to weigh in 14lbs 2oz 1st Gary Pickard with 45lbs 10oz, 2nd Tony Parker with 25lbs 13oz, 3rd Jeff Pearson with 19lbs 0oz and 4th Peter Green with 14lbs 10oz, well done to all. Today's photo has those on the other bank heading to their pegs for the day.
Club match/outing
06/11/2022
River Stort Backwater
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1st Mark Halverson 2lbs 11oz 2nd Tony Cruci 2lbs 8oz 3rd Gary Pickard 2lbs 1oz
Gary's day It was another very wet match with the rain finally easing about lunchtime. After the rainy week we also faced a heavily coloured river that was pushing through. But it was still mild so a few fish should show. It was a short walk for me to peg 2 with Tony downstream on peg 1. After seeing the river, I found a 2 gramme rig I made up a couple of years ago when we had a winter of storms. It was just about running through OK if I could dodge the leaves and bits of branch coming downstream. A small roach after 20 mins got my hopes up but that was it for another 3 hours or so. In the meantime, Tony had picked up a big perch so it looked like the match was over! After a walk to warm up and seeing few small fish were showing well off the bottom, David was having a bite a chuck but from very small fish, I dug out a light rig for fishing half depth and the float started going under. I had a busy last couple of hours putting 40 or so small fish in the net but it was too little too late and a lesson learned. 1st Mark Halverson 2lbs 11oz of small fish, 2nd Tony Cruci 2lbs 8oz with a perch of 1lbs 10oz and 3rd Gary Pickard 2lbs 1oz. Honourable mention to David Jones whose 90+ fish came in at 1lbs 12oz. Photo today is Tony and his chunky perch.
Canoe Club race 11:30am - 2:30pm
05/11/2022
River Stort - Bishop's Stortford to Sawbridgeworth
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Interclub (Abbey Cross) match/outing
02/11/2022
Beggars Hall
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In a tight finish Abbey Cross took the day with 62 points to Bishop's Stortford's 58. 1st Bill Beeston 35lbs 5oz 2nd Ray Gibson 35lbs 1oz 3rd John Carter 18lbs 6oz 4th Peter Green 8lbs 15oz
Phil's day Hi all, the Weds club fished its monthly interclub against Abbey Cross at Beggars Hall. It was always going to be tough for most and good for a very few and it fished pretty much as expected. I drew peg 14 it's a very little used peg so I already knew what laid in store for me. I set up for silvers instead of carp and fished most of my day for them. I kept busy for most of the day but knew I would not be able to compete with the odd 4 or 5 good pegs. I weighed in with 2lbs 13oz which put me about 7th 1st Bill Beeston with 35lbs 5oz, 2nd Ray Gibson with 35lbs 1oz , 3rd John Carter with 18lbs 6oz and 4th Peter Green with 8lbs 15oz. Well done to all on a very tough day. In a tight finish Abbey Cross took the day with 62 points to Bishop's Stortford's 58.
Interclub (Saffron Walden) match/outing
30/10/2022
Beggars Hall
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1st Gary Pickard 60lbs 11oz 2nd Peter Green 22lbs 8oz 3rd Phil Whitmill 18lbs 4oz 4th Mark Halverson 15lbs 8oz
Gary's day Half term and last minute commitments took their toll on SW's team so we decided to make it an individual match. True to form of late, as the draw neared so did the rain and it was a wet few first hours. At the draw I pulled out peg 17; a decent peg if you can land the fish you hook. With peg 18 staying in the draw bag I was in with a good chance. Swapping between a small method feeder and bomb and pellet towards the island saw odd small indications but only a few proper bites. By the half way point I had 4 fish in the net. Each played very carefully as it was clear it was not going to be a bagging day despite fish crashing out all day. At around 1 the lake came to life a bit with Peter getting a good fish on peg 12 which led him a merry dance on the pole between the 2 lily beds and John was into another on peg 4. I had a couple more on the method before all signs faded so it was on to the pole short. After wading through the perch I had a couple more carp down the edge to finish with 8 carp for just over 60lbs. 1st Gary Pickard 60lbs 11oz, 2nd Peter Green 22lbs 8oz (Peter added another good carp), 3rd Phil Whitmill 18lbs 4oz and 4th Mark Halverson 15lbs 8oz including a bream of around 3lbs.
Club match/outing
26/10/2022
Hall Farm Large Lake
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1st John Carter 44lbs 9oz 2nd Bill Beeston 39lbs 9oz 3rd Ray Gibson 37lbs 4th Peter Green 31lbs 11oz
Phil's day Hi to all, the Weds Club fished Hall Farm Lake this week. It started off a dry day with the possibility of a shower so no surprises there when it tipped it down. I drew peg 16 on the high bank can't say much about the peg as its not in the matches that often. I decided on a feeder for half way across and two pole lines@ one at 7 secs; and the margins both sides very little difference in depths. Started off looking for silvers with red maggots and corn and in a very short time was pulling good roach and the odd perch then I hooked a carp on light gear and lost that. I carried on with this line until the silvers dried up then onto the feeder. I never got a touch so put it up the bank and that's where it stayed for the rest of the day. Went back on my long line but nothing so tried the margins and started catching the odd very small perch then, out the blue, a small carp of about a pound. After that things got better with another carp of 3 to 4 lb, unfortunately I missed the net and snapped off my rig so for a few moments a red mist got the better of me. Recomposed and with a new rig I tried my other margin and this proved much better and went on to weigh in 29lbs 11oz. 1st John Carter with 44lbs 9oz, 2nd Bill Beeston with 39lbs 9oz, 3rd Ray Gibson with 37lbs and 4th Peter Green with 31lbs 11oz. Overall the lake fished quite well considering the amount of cold water that's gone in the lake over the last week, well done to all. Today's photo has us busy setting up.
Club match/outing
23/10/2022
Malcolm Barker Lake
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1st David Jones 3lbs 5oz 2nd Gary Pickard 2lbs 9oz 3rd Jeff Pearson 2lbs 7oz
Gary's day Today was going to be wet, very wet with the BBC forecast mentioning thunderstorms from 10 to 7. The first rain arrived early and we had a thunderstorm backed draw. Peg 3 was mine for the day; a decent peg but awkward to fish with a short high bank behind and a tree to the left. By the time the all-in whistle went the rain had already gone through my leggings and the fingers were looking a little prune like. As expected from the Weds match, MBL did not fish well. Bites were few and far between coming in little flurries as if the fish would not settle. A couple of tries with worm to try and tempt a bonus fish form the lily edges went without any signs so it was mostly a day on a small waggler just beyond pole range. To the right, on peg 2, I could see Mark getting the odd fish and Jeff on peg 27 had the net out a couple of times but Dave, on favoured peg 8, was hidden by the tree so an unknown. At the scales my 20 or so fish went 2lbs 9oz for second just pulling ahead of Jeff. 1st David Jones 3lbs 5oz (and his second win of the week on MBL), 2nd Gary Pickard 2lbs 9oz and 3rd Jeff Pearson 2lbs 7oz. Today's photo has the calm after the storms when we were packing up
Winter League match
19/10/2022
Malcolm Barker Lake
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1st David Jones 5lbs 6oz 2nd Steve Foster 5lbs 3oz Jt 3rd Phil Whitmill 2lbs 5oz Jt 3rd Jeff Pearson 2lbs 5oz
Phil's day Hi all, I am glad we didn't start our day yesterday with this kind of morning. We fished our first of 6 matches in our winter league at the Malcolm Barker Lake. Rhe weather was kind and with odd spells of sun it made it pleasant. I drew peg 27 which has not been fishable for the best part of the year because of weed problems. I got to my peg and it looked clear of weed so got myself set up only to find it was quite bad still - so back to the car and got my weed rake out and begun to clear a spot where I could fish. This took up most of my setting up time but had to be done. The fishing started off very slow and got worse as the day went on I did manage to put a few in the net so at least I would have some points at the end of the day. In first place Dave Jones with 5lbs 6oz, 2nd Steve Foster with 5lbs 3oz, joint 3rd was Phil Whitmill and Jeff Pearson with 2lbs 5oz each , and as you can tell most pegs just didn't fish but there is always another day, well done to all.
Club match/outing
16/10/2022
Home Farm small lake
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1st Gary Pickard 36lbs 5oz 2nd John Todd 31lbs 11oz 3rd Fred Hunt 28lbs 8oz 4th David Jones 22lbs 1oz including 5lbs 3oz of silvers.
Gary's day Today was a trip up to Home Farm near Saffron Walden and, after the last outing in Summer where Phil won with 150lbs, a big weight day was on my mind. This was my first trip back since the depths of winter. Out of the draw bag came peg 2 for me which I was pretty happy with but would have preferred Peg 1 (Phil's) or over the other side on 7 to 9 (Fred, Mark and Chris). As we were setting up fish were topping everywhere so a good day looked in order, however, it soon became apparent why. Hall Farm's lakes are not the deepest but on plumbing up I found I had around 20 inches everywhere - it was like a giant margin. Time for some adjusting of rigs!! I had a great start with a 2lb carp on pretty much the first put in on the long pole on pellet but then it went quiet. As the light was pretty bad, making the float difficult to see, and the BBC forecasting a bit of a breezy day (they were wrong it was flat calm for much of the day) I decided to come back a couple of sections. There then followed 3 infuriating hours where I could see fish were near my bait with the plumes of mud they were kicking up but even liners were a rarity. By the mid-way point I had 3 small carp and 2 foul hooked fish lost. All this time I could hear Fred and John getting into a few fish and my chances seemed to be over. With about 90 mins to go I decided it was margins or bust and, thankfully, they came good but foul hooking and hook pulls were a nightmare with 1 in 2 fish landed. Luckily I had some worms with me after doing a bit of gardening the day before (thank you Jane) and they were heavy enough to help stop some of the problems. At the all-out I finished with just over 36lbs in what was a tight finish with only a couple of fish making the difference. 1st Gary Pickard 36lbs 5oz, 2nd John Todd 31lbs 11oz, 3rd Fred Hunt 28lbs 8oz and 4th David Jones with 22lbs 1oz including 5lbs 3oz of silvers. Photo is Mark H with a bit of a surprise catch - sorry Mark no instant wins on a BSDAS match.
Club match/outing
12/10/2022
Beggars Hall
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1st Terry Moranda 40lbs 12oz 2nd Jeff Pearson 38lbs 6oz 3rd Phil Whitmill 35lbs 5oz 4th Ray Gibson 17lbs 3oz
Phil's day Hi to all, the Weds club outing was on Beggars Hall lake today. It was going to be very hard for some as its just off a frost most mornings this week. I drew peg 17, a very good peg but not a cert as it has had a couple of blanks came this year. I made up the feeder for distance work by the island and two pole rigs for 10 meters and the left hand margin. Started off on the feeder with banded pellet not even a touch so tried corn and still nothing so on to my pole lines knowing it was still too early but nothing else was happening. I looked all over my two lines with corn and pellets to no avail so fell back on maggots to try and catch anything. I had my first bite - a roach about 4oz so continued along these lines for more rudd and roach about the same size. This went on for a couple hours and I amassed a whole 2lbs (guess weight). At 2ish I noticed a swirled in the margins indicating a big carp had moved in so on to my margin rig and 4 red maggots as hook bait. Over I went and 10 minutes later I landed a carp of 10lbs approx. I was starting to feel better about things now. Went on my 10 meter line and hooked 2 carp but lost them both as I was on a smaller hook. Then another swirl in the margin and another 10lb carp. I could hold my head up now in the car park. Then, at 3.15, having stayed in the margin another swirling but this one was a bit picky but he went for it, another carp about 14lbs and this has now put me in the frame 1st Terry Moranda with 40lbs 12oz, 2nd Jeff Pearson with 38lbs 6oz, 3rd Phil Whitmill with 35lbs 5oz and 4th Ray Gibson with 17lbs 3oz. A well done to all on a hard day.
Club match/outing
09/10/2022
Hall Farm Large Lake
Ralph Jarvis Rose Bowl 2 of 2
1st Gary Pickard 51lbs 3oz 2nd David Jones 25lbs 10oz 3rd Terry Moranda 22lbs 10oz 4th Dave Knapp 12lbs 7oz. Gary won the Ralph Jarvis Rose Bowl with 2 points with Mark Halverson as runner up on 8 points.
Gary's day It was a chilly start today with the lake covered in a thick mist before the draw. Thankfully though the day quickly warmed up. At the draw bag it was time to test my luck with the car park end pegs being favourites. When David declared he had just drawn peg 2 the odds of a good draw dropped. In went the hand and out came peg 26 to much abuse - honestly I do draw iffy pegs. My day was going to be simple or so I thought - down the edge and hauling them in from the start. The water though was at least a metre down so the left margin was very shallow. An early start long on the pole with maggots saw a steady stream of good quality silvers including some of the chub introduced last year heading to the net. But the F1s were not showing up. A quick look down the edge did not get a sign. Time for a try on the feeder whilst I had a sandwich and re-think. A couple of F1s and not many signs meant it was time for a change. It was then a game of patience down the margin with paste to avoid the hoards of perch. Not many bites but they tended to be from decent sized carp so worth the wait On the far bank I kept seeing David netting a few good sized looking fish but the lake was fishing a bit tricky. At the all out I weighed just over 51lbs for a win. Today's photo is my very fishy looking margin. 1st Gary Pickard 51lbs 3oz, 2nd David Jones 25lbs 10oz, 3rd Terry Moranda 22lbs 10oz and 4th Dave Knapp with 12lbs 7oz. Gary won the Ralph Jarvis Rose Bowl with 2 points with Mark Halverson as runner up on 8 points.
Interclub (Abbey Cross) match/outing
05/10/2022
Taylor's Lake (Abbey Cross water)
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Abbey Cross took the day with 83 points to Bishop's Stortford's 54 point 1st Alan Sims with 31lbs 10oz 2nd Martin Adams 26lbs 13oz 3rd Phil Whitmill 7lbs 6oz 4th Jeff Pearson 6lbs 9oz 5th Steve Foster 5lbs 9oz
Phil's day Good morning to all, the Weds club fished its monthly interclub match against Abbey Cross at their Taylors Lake. The weather was very windy which made holding a pole very difficult but at times it was manageable. I drew peg 30 not a good peg for me but being the end of summer I had lily pads to fish to instead of open water. Only made one pole line and stuck to it. With a feeder just in case the wind made it impossible to fish the pole. I started cupping in a bit of groundbait with some pellets and hemp and, after 40 odd mins, I started catching small roach and rudd. I tried other baits but kept going back to what I could get a bite on and figured if I can't get a carp I would go for the roach. This went on for most of the day then about 2ish I got an F1 about 4lb which really bumped up my weight. By the end of the day I weighed in 7lbs 6oz . Well done to all on a very difficult day, 1st Alan Sims with 31lbs 10oz, 2nd Martin Adams with 26lbs 13oz (including a carp of 17lbs 7oz), 3rd Phil Whitmill with 7lbs 6oz, 4th Jeff Pearson with 6lbs 9oz and 5th Steve Foster with 5lbs 9oz. Abbey Cross took the day with 83 points to Bishop's Stortford's 54 points. The photo today is the view from Peg 52 with John, Steve, Peter and Phil over on the far side.
Club match/outing
02/10/2022
River Stort - Backwater
Lea and Stort Cup
Bishop's Stortford won the day with 11lbs 5oz to Sawbridgeworth's 8lbs 8oz 1st Steve Foster 3lbs 1oz 2nd Gary Pickard 2lbs 9oz 3rd David Jones 2lbs 8oz 4th Tony Cruci 2lbs 6oz
Gary's day It was a busy MBL car park today as we hosted Sawbridgeworth on the Stort Backwater. Thankfully the rain that was predicted all week for Sunday missed us and it was a warm and sunny day. Perhaps not the best for fishing but a lot better for us anglers. At the draw bag Tony pulled out the odd numbers for us and out came end peg 1 for me. I was a happy man. On arriving at the peg I could see the river had a little colour but next to no flow. I started off on bread punch but just could not get any signs. This was not good as it is normally a pretty instant bait. Finally I had the smallest of indications on a maggot and a little roach was in the net - at least not a blank. And so it went for the rest of the day - trying different parts of the peg and getting the odd fish but never more than a couple in the same place. I suspect there were a few pike moving around and Martin on Peg 4 had a run in with one near the end. By the end of the match my shoulders were feeling it - shipping 13m of pole for a half ounce (if I was lucky) roach was hard work. A very angry crayfish proved a bit of light relief half way through the day - it really did not want to let go of my maggot hookbait. At the the scales my mixed bag of bits and pieces went 2lbs 9oz for second - a bit of a surprise. Sorry David - pipped by a couple of ounces again. I can see next week at Hall Farm being a grudge match ;-). Picture today is my peg waiting for the scales. 1st Steve Foster 3lbs 1oz, 2nd Gary Pickard 2lbs 9oz, 3rd David Jones 2lbs 8oz and 4th Tony Cruci 2lbs 6oz. Bishop's Stortford won the day with 11lbs 5oz to Sawbridgeworth's 8lbs 8oz
Weds Club 2022 Summer League results
30/09/2022
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Jt 1st Terry Moranda on 42 points Jt 1st Phil Whitmill 3rd Jeff Pearson on 34 points
Terry Moranda went into the last match with 2 points ahead of the pack and he drew a half decent peg on the final match. Phil just snuck a couple of points in the final match to end joint first with Terry Moranda. 3rd place went to Jeff Pearson who moaned and groaned he didn't stand a chance - you never know with fishing that's why we keep coming back😆 Jt 1st Terry Moranda on 42 points Jt 1st Phil Whitmill 3rd Jeff Pearson on 34 points
Summer League match
28/09/2022
Malcolm Barker Lake
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1st John Carter 8lbs 5oz 2nd Phil Whitmill 3lbs 4oz 3rd Jeff Pearson 2lbs 13oz 4th John Todd 2lbs 9oz
Phil's day Good morning to all. The Weds Club fished its sixth and final match of the summer league at the Malcolm Barker Lake, we all knew it would be hard going because of the very cold nights, I drew peg 3, not too bad a peg. I only made up two rigs and left the feeder in the car. I made one line at 7 sections and a 2nd line as close as I could to the lily pads - one rig was a 16 match hook to 4lb line and my other rig was a 18 match hook to 3lb line. As predicted it was rock hard but I manage to winkle out a few roach and rudd for a weight of 3lb 4oz. First place was John Carter with 8lbs 5oz mainly tench, 2nd Phil Whitmill with 3lbs 4oz, 3rd place was Jeff Pearson with 2lbs 13oz and 4th place with 2lbs 9oz was John Todd. Well done to all on a very hard day. Thank you to Peter and Sally-Anne for their assistance on the day.
Club match/outing
25/09/2022
Beggars Hall
MB Rose Bowl 2 of 2
1st John Todd 41lbs 2nd David Jones 40lbs 2oz 3rd Gary Pickard 31lbs 15oz Winner of Malcolm Barker Rose Bowl TBC
Gary's day We were back to Beggars Hall today for the second leg of the Malcolm Barker Rose Bowl. Autumn was well and truly with us and it was a chilly start - it was a while before the coat came off. At the draw bag there were 2 left when it was my turn - pegs 18 and 20 and the fingers were crossed for 18. It was not to be so off to 20. 20 is still a pretty good peg but can drive you mad as you see fish cruising along the far side on the other side of the power lines. Up went the pole with rigs for the edges and the lilies along with feeder and bomb rods. After a couple of hours first trying for a quick carp near the lilies and then trying the bomb and pellet line I had been feeding from the off I had nothing to show. Not even a liner to give some encouragement. It was time for a catch anything approach and I dug out a small cage feeder and tried a bit of worm. Half a dozen small perch later at least I had not blanked but I was going nowhere. Along the bank Phil had a carp and some bits off peg 19 and David had a carp and a bream on 18. With the long lines being a waste of time it was time to try closer in - another hour and a bit later and I was still biteless on the pole. Not even a float wobble in the edges. Then I spotted a carp roll towards the middle with an hour to go so picked up the feeder rod and cast roughly where it had been. Finally a bite and, after a gentle bit of playing, I had 1 in the net! After that it was like a switch had been flicked and I had 4 more but getting smaller and with bigger gaps. At the whistle I had just over 31lbs for 3rd. 1st John Todd 41lbs with 4 big carp and a few silvers, 2nd David Jones 40lbs 2oz including a bream of 4lbs 4oz and 3rd Gary Pickard 31lbs 15oz Today's photo is Mark with the 3 that did not get away. Winner of the Malcolm Barker Rose Bowl is TBC
Interclub (Saffron Walden) match/outing
21/09/2022
Bordeaux Pits (Saffron Walden water)
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Saffron Walden won on the day with 102 points to Bishop's Stortford's 71. 1st James Gillard 5lbs 13oz 2nd Phil Whitmill 5lbs 2oz 3rd Steve Foster 4lbs 10oz 4th Peter Green 4lbs 5oz 5th Adam Salter 3lbs 13oz
Phil's day Hi to all, the Weds Club fished an interclub match with Saffron Walden on their lake this week. I arrived to find a good turn out of 19 anglers. I drew peg 26 - it's a good peg but very shallow with only 2ft of water but all the lakes are in the same state with low water. I only made up 2 pole rigs 1 in the margin and 1 at 8 meters. I fed hemp and maggots and micro pellets at 8 meters and corn down the margin with micro pellets. Started off at 8 meters as this was my deepest swim, I started off catching the odd roach and perch but they were very small but it's about points today. Then I hooked a couple of skimmers and better quality roach and rudd then hooked a carp which didn't count so that went back. I hooked 2 more carp that broke my hooklength. Things then went deadly quite for a long while then, out the blue, a bream of about 3lb after that nothing till the end of the match. I weighed in with 5lb 2oz, 1st James Gillard with 5lbs 13oz, 2nd Phil Whitmill with 5lbs 2oz, 3rd Steve Foster with 4lbs 10oz, 4th was Peter Green with 4lbs 5oz and 5th Adam Salter with 3lbs 13oz. It was a hard day but no blanks Saffron Walden won on the day with 102 points to Bishop's Stortford's 71.
Club match/outing
18/09/2022
Beggars Hall
Stone Cup 2 of 2
1st Gary Pickard 104lbs 4oz 2nd Mark Halverson 34lbs 4oz 3rd Fred Hunt 26lbs 14oz 4th Peter Green 23lbs 4oz Mark takes the Stone Cup with 5 points just edging past Phil who ended with 6
Gary's day We had a late change of venue from Home Farm due to low water levels there so it was a repack of the kit the night before. Autumn is here and there was a colder edge to the wind at the draw but thankfully the rain held off. It was my lucky day and peg 18 came out of the draw bag - finally it was my turn to give this peg a go. Even I will admit this is a bit of flyer and I nearly ran to the peg. With flyers though come expectations so I knew I would never live down a poor result from here. With the colder week it was going to be an odd day: the carp either having gone very moody or decided to start packing on the weight for winter. In the end it was a bit of both. It was a slow start out in the middle with a few liners to encourage but not many turning into bites. By the half way point I had 5 carp in the net plus a couple lost, so doing OK but then I saw John and Peter opposite get a good fish each in quick succession. I had also heard Fred's subtle tones from the other end of the lake saying that Mark had a couple. Time for change as the bomb/feeder lines had faded. Maybe they had come shallow? The answer was no - 20 mins or so on the pellet waggler did not get me a sign. Time to try an early look down the edges. I started to the left and nothing. OK, not what I expected. Time for the right. And this time I had found a few. That was it for the rest of the day - odd fish from the right and wasting a bit of time trying the left whilst the right got a rest. I was glad that I tied up a couple of stronger rigs the night before with the change of venue as I had a few lumps that tested tackle and me - at times I was just holding on to the pole as the carp charged off towards the island. At the all out it was a day of 4s - 104lbs 4oz and a broken number 4 section as I managed to knock it whilst playing a big carp - still not sure how it broke. And my first 100lb match weight. Pic today is one of the bruisers that helped tick up the weight. 1st Gary Pickard 104lbs 4oz, 2nd Mark Halverson 34lbs 4oz, 3rd Fred Hunt 26lbs 14oz and 4th Peter Green 23lbs 4oz. Mark takes the Stone Cup with 5 points just edging past Phil who ended with 6.
Club match/outing
14/09/2022
Hall Farm Large Lake
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1st John Carter 69lbs 14oz 2nd Jeff Pearson 61lbs 5oz 3rd Bill Beeston 52lbs 7oz 4th Tony Cruci 36lbs 12oz
Phil's day Good day to you all, the Weds Club fished its match at Hall Farm. The weather was very good after a night of rain, I drew peg 4 not a good peg for me but you got to get on with it and it has turned up some good weights this year. I fished the usual methods of pole and feeder but nothing was happening. I could see the new guy, John, was catching and Jeff, who was 2 pegs away from him, was doing OK so it was just my bank struggling. I tried different things throughout the morning then I got one on the pole which felt a largeish fish. I played it around in front of me then it happened - my power kit with fish attached became separated and I just sat there and watched as it disappeared in to the deeps. Just my luck £100 worth of kit never to be seen again or so I thought. I brought into action my backup power top and got and landed my first carp. I had a couple more on my right hand side before it died so turned round to my left hand side and got a couple down there. As I looked across the lake I could hear Terry shouting something - as I looked to the middle of the lake I could just see my power top sticking out the water by a foot. This was not going to stay like it for long so I walked to the empty peg opposite, stripped off down to my underpants and waded in. I didn't realise how deep the water was out there I just managed to get hold of it with the water level up to my upper chest and made my way back to dry land, towelled myself dry, rung out my pants and put my dry clothing on. What a relief and now back to why I am here. Went on to come 5th overall only to be beaten by 1lb to 4th. To cap the day off Terry, who shouted to me earlier in the day when my top kit resurfaced, was also stripped off to his pants and was wading in the lake. He had lost his power kit and, to make it worse for him, half his 3 section of his pole and that was never seen again. Results 1st John Carter with 69lbs 14oz, 2nd Jeff Pearson with 61lbs 5oz, 3rd Bill Beeston with 52lbs 7oz and 4th Tony Cruci with 36lbs 12oz. Well done to all. [Ed - you will pleased to know no photos from today's match!]
Canoe Club race 10:30am - 3pm
11/09/2022
River Stort - Southmill to Twyford Locks
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Water booking
11/09/2022
River Stort Backwater
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Interclub (Abbey Cross and Saffron Walden)
11/09/2022
Colemans Cottage Fishery
Triple Cup
Cancelled due to issues finding a local water with sufficient capacity
Interclub (Abbey Cross) match/outing
07/09/2022
Malcolm Barker Lake
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Abbey Cross won with 58 points to Bishop's Stortford's 49. 1st Martin Adams 101lbs 10oz 2nd Tony Cruci 34lbs 14oz 3rd Steve Foster 30lbs 3oz 4th Jeff Pearson 28lbs 12oz
Phil's day Hi all we fished the interclub match against Abbey Cross at Hall Farm today. The lake didn't fish as well as I had hoped but there was one exceptional weight from Martin Adams of a 101lbs 10oz but, apart from that, all the placings were below 40lb. I, like so many others, sat there waiting for a switch on in our pegs and when it did happen it lasted for only a very short while. Never mind at least there were no blanks. 1st was Martin Adams with 101lbs 10oz, 2nd Tony Cruci with 34lbs 14oz, 3rd Steve Foster with 30lbs 3oz and 4th Jeff Pearson with 28lbs 12oz. Well done to all you all did well considering the weather at times was awful. Abbey Cross won with 58 points to Bishop's Stortford's 49.
Interclub (Saffron Walden) match/outing
04/09/2022
Bordeaux Pits (Saffron Walden water)
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Saffron Walden won with 89 points to our 48. 1st Roger Phillips 10lbs 2oz 2nd Stuart Bradford 10lbs 3rd Brian Mizon 8lbs 8oz
Gary's day Today was an away trip to Bordeaux Pits, one of Saffron Walden's waters. It was my second visit so I had a bit more idea of what it was like although they have been stocking some more silvers since my last visit. Peg 35, the beach peg, was my home for the day. As you can see from the photo it is on a point with my swims being in front and then pretty much behind me into a very inviting tree line. We were in a silvers match but with F1s and carp under 2lb also counting. With this in mind, a quick try in the corner for a bonus fish whilst priming the swim ahead was needed. Well there were some bonus fish in there but sadly well over the 2lb mark. I did though get 1 small F1 but there was no way I was getting through the big king carp (a new fish for me, long with an underslung mouth) to something smaller. So it was out on the long pole. The odd strong gust of wind made it interesting especially when the tiny, float wobbling bites I was getting made it seem like fishing for winter F1s. It was fun fishing though never knowing what the next fish would be with roach, rudd, perch, skimmers and hybrids turning up. A late try in the corner netted me a small tench and a common sadly about 1lb too heavy before the big carp arrived again. All in all a lot learned and looking forward to the next visit. The lake fished harder than expected with bonus F1s, tench and bream making all the difference. My fish went 7lbs 11oz and just out of the frame. 1st Roger Phillips 10lbs 2oz, 2nd Stuart Bradford 10lbs and 3rd Brian Mizon 8lbs 8oz. Saffron Walden won with 89 points to our 48. Many thanks for hosting us.
Club match/outing
31/08/2022
Malcolm Barker Lake
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1st Tony Cruci 8lbs 4oz 2nd Steve Foster 6lbs 10oz 3rd Gary Pickard 4lbs 3oz 4th Jeff Pearson 3lbs 14oz.
Phil's day Morning to all, the Weds club fished Malcolm Barker Club Lake this week. It was going to be a hard day - this lake is not known for high weights. I hand picked, along with Terry Moranda, all the best pegs that were not overgrown with weed. I drew peg 20 not one of my favourites but it is what it is. I made up two pole lines and a feeder for distance fishing. I started off cupping in a small amount of groundbait and a bit of sweetcorn along with hemp and red maggots at 10 meters, the other line was by a very small group of lily pads this was a maggot line only for perch and anything that took a bait. As I suspected it was very hard going only managing the odd roach and rudd but I was catching. I ended my day with 2lb 12oz joint 6th and thanks for coming. 1st Tony Cruci with 8lbs 4oz, 2nd Steve Foster with 6lbs 10oz, 3rd Gary Pickard with 4lbs 3oz and 4th Jeff Pearson with 3lbs 14oz. Well done to all on a very hard day, the pic is the Malcolm Barker Lake (and a bit of Bill).
Club match/outing
28/08/2022
Malcolm Barker Lake
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1st Gary Pickard 8lbs 1oz 2nd Jeff Pearson 7lbs 1oz 3rd Mark Halverson 5lbs 7oz.
Gary's day It was another sunny day at a very weedy MBL. We were a little down on numbers but at least that allowed us to pick out the more fishable swims. Peg 10 was to be my home for the day - when Mark said it was a bit weedy he was not joking - it looked like pea soup with all the greenery on the top. And dotted along its edge over on the far side of the lake were a steady stream of dark shapes moving. With all the weed between us and them they knew they were safe. The day was going to be pretty simple for me: I found a small area near the lilies where it looked like someone had cleared a patch; and then it was another small clear patch to my 2 o'clock. And that was it, anything other than a float was a waste of time given the amount of weed. I had a great start catching some nice rudd and roach of 3-4oz on the waggler and this kept going for a couple of hours but faded quickly once the sun was overhead. Apart from a brief encounter with one of the Lake's larger carp half-way through the match which proceeded to plough through about 10 m of weed beds before snagging me up it was a question of trying to keep the odd small fish coming to the net for the rest of the match. No sign of tench or bigger bream for me with just a couple of tench coming out - Mark also had a couple of run ins with the carp. At the net I had just over 8lbs of silvers - that is 8lbs more than my last visit to MBL in early spring when I could not get a bite! 1st Gary Pickard 8lbs 1oz, 2nd Jeff Pearson 7lbs 1oz and 3rd Mark Halverson 5lbs 7oz.
Charity match (Grove Cottage)
27/08/2022
Hall Farm Large Lake
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1st Roger Phillips 67lbs 7oz 2nd Jeff Pearson 44lbs 4oz 3rd Peter Green 30lbs 8oz 4th Ken Rolfe 28lbs 5oz
Gary's day After a week away it was time to dust off the fishing tackle for a trip to Hall Farm. After a wet week and with a few people on the match we were all wondering how it would fish. Out of the draw bag came peg 22 for me - another grandstand view of pegs 2 and 3! It did though have a lovely bit of shade on what turned out quite a warm day. It was one of those days where the fish were high in the water and cruising all over but doing a very good job of just staying out of pole range and, when they came a bit closer, completely ignoring anything you dropped in front of them. It turned into a day of 3 parts: a couple of quick fish on paste; then a long slog though the middle with a few silvers; and a final flurry of a few more F1s and carp down the edge. But it was all too little too late with my 28lbs 12oz being pushed into 5th 1st Roger Phillips 67lbs 7oz, 2nd Jeff Pearson 44lbs 4oz, 3rd Peter Green 30lbs 8oz and 4th Ken Rolfe 28lbs 5oz. A big thank you to all - we raised £156 for Grove Cottage.
Interclub (Saffron Walden) match/outing
24/08/2022
Beggars Hall
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Bishop's Stortford with 59 points to Saffron Walden's 46 points. 1st Peter Green 70lbs 3oz 2nd James Gillard 60lbs 9oz 3rd Tony Parker 48lbs 14oz 4th Roger Philips 36lbs 10oz 5th Peter Motram 23lbs 15oz
Phil's day Good morning to all, I woke up in the early hours this morning to the crashing of thunder and torrents of rain just glad it was this morning and not yesterday The Weds club fished a interclub match against Saffron Walden at our home water of Beggars Hall lake. It was going to be a bit tough because all but 4 pegs were in. I drew an odd peg it is normally reserved for the disabled anglers but as we close the lake down for interclub matches I put it in and I was 2nd to last in the draw bag my luck I got it peg 23. I made up 3 pole lines one at 7 meters and two down the margins and a feeder for distance work. The wind was blowing straight in my face and made any pole line over 7 or so meters almost impossible to fish so concentrated on the feeder and margins for the pole. After an hour or so on feeder with no bites I started to think about hooklength changes to the feeder with lighter lines and smaller hooks, so I started to make up a hooklength and the feeder has bent round with a common carp of about 5lbs. This has me thinking leave the set up alone as its working and within 15 mins had a perfect jet black mirror carp of 8oz. By this time its half 12 pm so had me a sandwich and a drink then onto my margins. Started off down on my right side for a few roach and rudd this went on for a hour nearly then I bumped a decent carp. I carried on with this line until I managed to hook one; a common of 7lb then tried the other margin for another carp - a mirror of about 8lb. By this time the match was over. I weighed in with 19lbs 8 oz and just outside the money. Bishop's Stortford won on the day with 59 points to 46 points with one more match against Saffron Walden next month on their water. 1st Peter Green with 70lbs 3oz, 2nd James Gillard with 60lbs 9oz, 3rd Tony Parker with 48lbs 14oz ,4th Roger Philips with 36lbs 10oz, 5th Peter Motram with 23lbs 15oz ,well done to all.
Club match/outing
21/08/2022
Home Farm
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Waterside Fishing Festival
21/08/2022
Hall Farm Small Lake
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Do have a look at the blog/news post on this
Do have a look at the blog/news post on this
Waterside Fishing Festival
20/08/2022
Hall Farm Small Lake
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It was a very busy day - more info in the blog/news post
Do have a look at the blog/news post on this
Summer League match
17/08/2022
Beggars Hall
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1st Darren Marder 82lbs 8oz 2nd Terry Moranda 39lbs 8oz 3rd Peter Green 38lbs 12oz 4th Ray Gibson 18lbs 6oz
Phil's day Hi all, the Weds club fished the 5th round of our summer league at Beggars Hall club lake. I drew peg 19 not a good peg for me but it is what it is. I made up 3 pole lines 1 at 10 meters and both margins and a pellet waggler for distance and if the fish are showing and, of course, a feeder. Started off on the feeder as the fish were keeping their heads down - stayed on this for a couple of hours but not a bite in sight so on to my 10 meter pole swim. This produced a small 8oz common carp then nothing. I noticed some movement in my margins so on to that. It was difficult to see because of the bushes overhanging the water but I finally hooked one just before the storm hit it was a nice mirror of about 8lbs. I then hooked another one but lost it - probably foul hooked. Then the storm hit I know I said I wanted some rain but not all at once wow. When it blew over the fish started to move in again but all too late had one more before the final whistle, not a blinding day but 2 good carp for 16lbs 8oz. First Darren Marder with 82lbs 8oz, 2nd Terry Moranda with 39lbs 8oz, 3rd Peter Green with 38lbs 12oz and,4th Ray Gibson with 18lbs 6oz well done to all. Photo is a rather soggy Phil.
Club match/outing
14/08/2022
Hall Farm Small Lake
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1st Mark Halverson 31lbs 6oz 2nd Gary Pickard 12lbs 3oz 3rd Fred Hunt 9lbs 8oz
Gary's day A bit of a random one today with a test fish on the Small Lake to see if it could be used with the large lake to host the triple cup. It was hot! Most of us started with a bit of shade but it quickly disappeared - the odd breeze did though help take some of the edge off. Peg 18 was my home for the day and I was pretty happy with it being in one of the corners - as it turned out the wrong corner though. I had a couple of small carp and crucians along the edges to start but then it went quiet. With the lake holding lots of small fish I had brought some maggots along and had been feeding a few whilst trying closer in. It soon became clear that maggots were the wrong choice as the long line filled with small roach and rudd. Even with a whip I was going nowhere quick when the roach were an ounce a piece or less. So it was back in close and a long slog trying paste and corn but having to keep moving once the ravenous hoards of micro roach found where I was fishing. There was the odd carp cruising around but they managed to stay just out of range with the pole and showed no signs of feeding. Trying to fish for them was not pleasant with the pole being too hot to hold. In the other corner Mark was having a very different day and finished with a tidy net of mostly carp caught long on paste. 1st Mark Halverson 31lbs 6oz, 2nd Gary Pickard 12lbs 3oz and 3rd Fred Hunt 9lbs 8oz Today's photo has Fred ready for the all in with Jeff just visible over to the left. I don't think Fred was expecting to need 4 nets!
Club match/outing
10/08/2022
Hall Farm Large Lake
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1st Phil Whitmill 77lbs 15oz 2nd Fred Hunt 58lbs 12oz 3rd Tony Parker 56lbs 10oz 4th Peter Green 53lbs 12oz
Phil's day Good day to all, the Weds club fished Hall Farm club lake. It was an extremely hot day but the turn-out was good. I drew peg 24, not a bad peg and I was in with a chance of framing from it. Made up 3 pole lines and a pellet waggler and, of course, a feeder as backup. I fed mainly 6mm pellets with a handful of corn on all my pole lines, on the waggler it was 6mm banded pellet and the same for the feeder with a pellet method feeder. I started off on pellet wag but the carp just didn't want to know so with over a hour wasted fell back on my feeder. Got my first carp on but it took me into a weed bank and snapped my hooklength after this happen 4 more times I upped my hooklength strength to combat the weed banks, This worked for a few fish then died a death, so onto my pole lines. Started on bread but nothing seemed interested so onto paste - this brought on instant bites so stayed on this till that died so back on bread got a couple and they were a better stamp of fish then ended up on 6mm pellet to finish the day. I weighed in at 77lb 15oz nice. In first place Phil Whitmill with 77lbs 15oz, 2nd Fred Hunt with 58lbs 12oz, in 3rd place was Tony Parker with 56lbs 10oz and 4th place Peter Green with 53lbs 12oz. Well done to all as it was a uncomfortable day heat wise, pic is of Jeff and tell from way back
Club match/outing
07/08/2022
Beggars Hall
MB Rose Bowl 1 of 2
1st Gary Pickard 65lbs 2nd David Jones 33lbs 12oz 3rd Mark Halverson 24lbs 7oz
Gary's day It was another hot and sunny day at Beggars Hall but this time around it was going to be a lot less windy - ideal conditions for pellet waggler. After a lot of debate before the draw we decided to fish the dam bank including peg 21 which is a real soul breaker - lots of fish but a nightmare to get them out. Thankfully I pulled out peg 16 with Tony being stuck with 21. Having fished this a couple of matches back I had a pretty good idea of what I was going to do but since then the water has really dropped and most of us ended up fishing below the usual platforms. With it being so hot I had been expecting to see fish cruising all over but it was strangely calm with just a few bubbles popping up to let you know something was nearby. I started off on bomb and pellet having seen the bubbles but had nothing to show but a couple of small liners after 30 mins - it was not going to plan. It was time for the pellet wag. It turned out to be a long and hot day but the odd carp showed up in the feed and I managed to tempt a few more by casting at them. The pole was in the rod bag and I was tempted to give it a go as the fish were spooking off the pellet wag but decided against it as every fish I hooked decided it either wanted to charge off to the island or go visit Phil on peg 16. I ended the day with 9 carp for 65lbs dead including a real unit of around 14lbs. 1st Gary Pickard 65lbs, 2nd David Jones 33lbs 12oz and 3rd Mark Halverson 24lbs 7oz. Today's photo is Mark showing why you don't need many fish to break 20lbs.
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