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Sunday, 18 February 2024

Club match/outing

Malcolm Barker Lake

1st Steve Lucas 7lbs 12oz
2nd Mark Halverson 5lbs 8oz
3rd Gary Pickard 5lbs 3oz

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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.

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Wednesday, 14 February 2024

Club match/outing

Hall Farm Large Lake

1st Phil Whitmill 25lbs 2oz
2nd Jeff Pearson 19lbs 7oz
3rd Rob Calderón 16lbs 6oz
4th Fred Hunt 15lbs 5oz

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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.

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Sunday, 11 February 2024

Club match/outing

Beggars Hall

1st Rob Calderon 41lbs 11oz
2nd Mark Halverson 38lbs 6oz
3rd Gary Pickard 13lbs 4oz

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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.

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Wednesday, 7 February 2024

Interclub (Abbey Cross)

Taylor's Lake (Abbey Cross water)

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

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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.

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Sunday, 4 February 2024

Club match/outing

River Stort Backwater

1st John Todd 5lbs 12oz
2nd Mark Halverson 2lbs 14oz
3rd Phil Whitmill 2lbs 10oz

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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.

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Wednesday, 31 January 2024

Club match/outing

Hall Farm Large Lake

1st Steve Foster 22lbs 10oz
2nd John Carter 16lbs 6oz
3rd Fred Hunt 15lbs 12oz
4th Tony Cruci 15lbs 3oz

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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.

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