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Monday, 29 November 2010

Viaduct, Spring Lake, 28 November (8 pegs)

With 4 no-shows and pretty much the whole of Match Lake frozen over it was decided to switch the match to the relatively ice-free top bank of Spring Lake and ....... nobody caught a bleedin thing!
Fortunately a few anglers reported having the odd bite and Steve Burgess lead the way with his float dipping twice on his first put-in and not long after missing a "proper" bite which completely took his maggot hookbait! He managed a third bite later on in the afternoon when he dropped his rig in and the float carried on going under but that may have been down to excess ice formation on his pole float.
Ade Crawley had his pinky chewed (which was nice for him) while Paul Elmes had several good knocks on his feeder rig in between tangles with an overhanging tree.
Derek Lucas had one definite bite on his tip rod but by then was frozen to his platform and unable to pick the rod up while Darren North also reported indications on his rod tip but they may have been liners from floating pack ice!
All was not completely lost however, as after the all-out Alan Healy dropped his pole rig into the River Cary behind him and bagged up with a pair of 2oz roach and Paul Elmes adopted a similar tactic (with Ade Crawley's pole) and landed a roach of about 8oz.




Paul Elmes with the best fish of the day and the biggest fish Ade Crawley's pole has seen all season.


Alan with half of the Healy family's fish supper.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Bullocks Farm, Match Lake, 14 November (10 pegs)

Expectations for this match weren't too great and it was expected to be hard going with the water being gin clear and the carp not expected to show in great numbers.  Alan Healy though, having spent the previous week living on rabbits and roadkill was eager to get back to winning ways and restock his diminishing pound coin collection and so used psychic powers and various other means to pull out peg 17 from the bag (which won the Avon Angling open for Paul Elmes last weekend)
Having successfully drawn the only good peg on the lake Alan predictably went on to win both the match and the silvers weighing in a total of 21-1 all caught on maggot.
Also fishing maggot on peg 1 was Mike Smith who's two carp weighed in at 20-11 to take second place followed by Steve Burgess on peg 9 with 11-13 of crucians, fantails and 2 small tench caught on maggot and soft pellet.
Following the sad demise of his stud guinea pig (and main source of income) this match saw a welcome return to the fold for Mark Britton but unfortunately playing with rodents has meant Mark's fishing has gone a bit rusty and he could only manage a lowly 4-10. But on the plus side, Mark did manage to fish the whole match without throwing his toys out of the pram and, much to everyone's surprise, was still approachable afterwards!

Full Result:
  1. Alan Healy ........ peg 17 ..... 21-1
  2. Mike Smith .............. 1 ...... 20-11
  3. Steve Burgess .......... 9 ...... 11-13
  4. Adam Caswell ........... 26 .... 10-14
  5. Simon Belcham* ....... 30 .... 8-2
  6. Mark Radford ............ 25 .... 8-1
  7. Mark Britton ............. 19 ..... 4-10
  8. Bob Warren .............. 7 ..... DNW
  9. Derek Lucas ............. 15 .... DNW
  10. Paul Reed ................. 24 .... DNW 
Silvers:
  1. Alan Healy ...... 13-13
  2. Steve Burgess .. 11-13
  3. Mark Radford ... 8-1 (silvers winner by double default)!
  4. Mark Britton ..... 4-10
  5. Adam Caswell ... 4-6
*golden peg

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Westerleigh, Old Lake, 31 October (12 pegs)


More often remembered for his monumental Sunday morning hangovers and string of ex-wives than his match fishing pedigree, Southmead's finest (only) Steel Fixer, Stevie Wynne turned the form book on it's head to produce a comfortable win.
Drawn on peg 13, Steve alternated between corn, meat and maggot at 13m and in the margins ending up with a 53-7 mixed bag which included a 10lb 7oz lump caught on double red maggot.
Surprisingly that now makes it eight matches in a row that Steve has fished without breaking a pole section or having a rod towed onto the lake!
The Southmead fishing bus was a happy place to be on the journey home as Steve's long-term partner and soulmate, Rich Jones, took second spot with 38-14 from peg 4.
Richard fished similar tactics to the winner but had more success with 8mm banded pellet on the hook. Unfortunately he did manage to lose two good sized fish which spent the rest of the day feeding in the safety of Adam Woodland's peg where they were in no danger of being caught!
Third place went to Simon Belcham on peg 19 with 38-2 caught on maggot and meat while Ryan Jordan completed the frame with 36-3 from peg 9 using the same baits in the margins and out at 13m.
Mike Smith was not far behind with 34-1 from peg 18 but lost ground however, due to a couple of spells of goose wrestling while Bob Warren chose to go for a swim after the "all out" to retrieve his new hook.  Luckily Bob's wallet is watertight so his Green Shield stamps, pension book and bus pass were all perfectly safe and dry!
Ade Crawley playing a feisty 2lb carp ........

...... and landing it 30 minutes later.



A very cold, wet, but happy Bob Warren after successfully retrieving his brand new size 14 Tubertini 808 and half a pint of leftover casters.

Full Result:
  1. Steve Wynne ....... peg 13 ...... 53-7
  2. Rich Jones .................. 4 ....... 38-14
  3. Simon Belcham ........... 19 ...... 38-4
  4. Ryan Jordan ................ 9 ....... 36-3
  5. Mike Smith ................. 18 ...... 34-1
  6. Darren North .............. 12 ....... 25-2
  7. Ade Crawley ............... 2 ........ 18-14
  8. Paul Reed ................... 15 ...... 17-10
  9. Stuart Ashton .............. 1 ....... 17-3
  10. Bob Warren ................. 11 ..... 16-12
  11. Alan Healy .................. 10 ...... 11-7
  12. Adam Woodland ........... 6 ....... DNW

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Calender Change & Christmas Match

Please note that the match originally scheduled for Cider Farm on Nov 14 will now be on Bullocks Farm Match Lake.
And bookings for the Christmas Match at Westerleigh (12 December) will be taken at the club meeting next Tuesday (2 November). £20 payable at the meeting with £20 to pay on the day.
Please bear in mind that the banks and car park at Westerleigh can be slippery in winter!

Monday, 25 October 2010

Summer League Final Results

  1. Mike Smith ..... 205pts ... 925-1
  2. Alan Healy ........ 203 ...... 879-11
  3. Darren North .... 168 ...... 716-9
  4. Chris Szakacs ... 166 ...... 941-14
  5. Rich Jones ........ 158 ...... 813-11
  6. Bob Warren ...... 149 ...... 557-9
  7. Steve Burgess ... 142 ...... 464-13
  8. Paul Reed ......... 127 ...... 454-6
  9. Mark Radford .... 121 ...... 706-11
  10. Simon Belcham . 121 ...... 537-6
  11. Ade Crawley ..... 120 ...... 455-7
  12. Ryan Jordan ...... 98 ....... 525-3
  13. Adam Caswell .... 90 ....... 483-11
  14. Derek Lucas ...... 88 ....... 393-5
  15. Stuart Riddle ..... 79 ....... 288-3
  16. Paul Elmes ........ 75 ....... 426-10
  17. Steve Wynne ..... 71 ....... 352-10
  18. Ryan Radford ..... 65 ....... 269-13
  19. Adam Woodland . 63 ....... 304-12
  20. Neil Mercer ........ 45 ....... 282-4
  21. Brian Shanks ..... 41 ........ 259-6
  22. Craig Edmunds ... 35 ....... 268-1
  23. Stuart Ashton .... 35 ........ 58-3
  24. Mike Wilson ....... 31 ....... 133-7
  25. Ron Hardiman .... 20 ....... 88-11
  26. Eddie Wynne ...... 19 ....... 66-14
  27. Dave Tippet ....... 10 ....... 40-2
  28. Steve Hutchinson.. 9 ....... 35-8

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Avalon, 24 October (8 pegs)

Drawn on unfancied peg 16, Psv's match secretary, Steve Burgess, had his work cut out from the start, especially when it looked like it was going to be a day spent on the tip (not one of his favourite methods). And things looked even worse after ten minutes on the maggot feeder produced nothing more than a rig trashed in the island undergrowth. However, a switch to corn on the hook produced three carp and a reasonable skimmer in quick succession before the swim died prompting a look on the pole line, fed at the start with groundbait and micros. This only produced one small skimmer and a rogue carp on double red maggot before the micro roach became too much of a problem.
The rest of the match was spent on the straight lead with a hair-rigged 8mm banded pellet and 6mm's pinged over the top, and by casting to different spots around the island another five carp were added resulting in a comfortable win with 54lbs 15oz and yet another pound off Alan Healy.
On the opposite end of the match length (peg 1), Darren North managed a late run to take second place with 23-9 ahead of Mike Smith on peg 3 whose pole and meat tactics produced 18-12 which included a double-figure "lump" and ensured top spot in the Summer League ahead of Alan Healy by just 2 points.
For the rest of the field it was extremely hard going; Docks legend, Ade Crawley could only manage 5lbs 4oz although, for once, this wasn't the lowest weight in the match, that honour fell to ex spitfire pilot Derek Lucas, who weighed in a pathetic 3lbs 9oz!

Full Result:
  1. Steve Burgess .. peg 16 .. 54-15
  2. Darren North ....... 1 ....... 23-9
  3. Mike Smith .......... 3 ...... 18-12
  4. Alan Healy ........... 9 ...... 12-8
  5. Bob Warren .......... 5 ...... 11-9
  6. Paul Reed ............ 7 ....... 8-7
  7. Ade Crawley ........ 13 ...... 5-4
  8. Derek Lucas ........ 11 ...... 3-9
Total Match Weight = 138lbs 9oz
Average weight = 17lbs

Monday, 18 October 2010

Trinity, 17 October 2010 (13 pegs)

Due to an unfortunate cock-up with the pegging out  
(no doubt as a result of myself being a bit worse for wear),
the Southmead angling superstar that is Rich Jones (looking even more worse for wear than I was) found himself
on peg 5 which was supposed to have been left out due to it being one of the shallowest pegs on the lake and unlikely to produce after the overnight frost.
Not a problem though for Mr Jones, however, as he then went on to win the match although he only fished the second half of the match.
The first half was spent sulking and nursing his hangover and produced only a couple of rudd until, following a wander round the lake to see who was catching, he switched to fishing luncheon meat into the margins which produced a match-winning total of 60lbs 7oz.
It seems as though luncheon meat is fast becoming the "in" bait at psv matches as Bob Warren, fishing with a brand new hook (see the previous post), from peg 22 also used it to take 2nd place with 52-2.
Third spot went to Mike Smith with 48-5, although according to angling guru, Paul Reed, Mike had 100lbs plus after the first hour!
Mike, on peg 15, caught long down both margins and out in front on his usual paste tactics but suffered a lot of lost fish no doubt due to using poofy elastic for big fish in a peg full of snags! (But what do I know) 
Interestingly (or not) all of the top 3 places were end pegs.
Fourth place and top in the silvers went to Simon Belcham who switched between 4mm pellet and an hemp & tares approach to put 44-8 on the scales from peg 26 followed up by Steve Burgess and Darren North (pegs 28 & 24 respectively) who both weighed in 40-4 although it has to be noted that Darren's 1lb silvers weight was made up of three roach of which the biggest one was no more than 3oz!!!
Way down the list in 8th was last week's winner Alan Healy who was back to his more usual form and leaking pound coins like an old tap.

Result:
  1. Rich Jones ...... peg 5 .... 60-7
  2. Bob Warren ....... 22 ..... 52-2
  3. Mike Smith ........ 15 ..... 48-5
  4. Simon Belcham .. 26 ..... 44-8
  5. (joint) Steve Burgess .. 28 .. 40-4
  6. (joint) Darren North ... 24 ... 40-4 (pending Steward's enquiry)
  7. Stuart Riddle ...... 34 ..... 22-0
  8. Alan Healy ......... 11 ..... 19-12 (no flier draw this week)
  9. Steve Wynne ...... 30 .... 15-11
  10. Ryan Jordan ....... 7 ...... 14-13
  11. Paul Reed .......... 13 ..... 12-1
  12. Derek Lucas ....... 32 ..... 7-13 (not last)
  13. Ade Crawley ....... 9 ...... 7-0 (consistent)
Silvers:
  1. Simon Belcham ..... 11-0
  2. Steve Wynne ......... 7-11 (including 4lb snake)
  3. Steve Burgess ....... 5-14
  4. Ryan Jordan .......... 5-3
  5. Alan Healy ............ 3-15
  6. Ade Crawley .......... 2-3
  7. Derek Lucas .......... 2-0
  8. Rich Jones ............. 1-8
  9. Paul Reed .............. 1-7
  10. Stuart Riddle ......... 1-3
  11. Darren North ......... 1-0
  12. Mike Smith ............ 0-4 (foul-hooked fry) 
Total Match Weight = 385lbs
Average Weight = 29lbs

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Rood Ashton, 10 Oct 2010 (13 pegs)

Rabbit stew and pigeon pie were off the menu tonight at the Healy household seeing as an unexpected win on the golden peg meant that the Knowle West pheasant beater was better off to the tune of £150 plus several £1 side bets to replenish the coin pile that had been rapidly disappearing over recent weeks.
Fishing paste and pellet at 13m and down the edge from peg 9 Alan weighed in 68lbs 8oz which was exactly 6lbs ahead of Bob Warren on peg 6.
Bob fished luncheon meat at 13m out into open water and could have won had he not lost a good fish when his hook knot gave up the ghost. Not only did it cost him £10 in the payout but it also meant that Bob would have to go out and buy himself a new hook to replace the one he lost and which had served him well for the last fifteen years!
Another surprise result saw Paul Reed finally take advantage of a peg stuffed with fish to grab 3rd place with 41-14 ahead of Darren North on the end peg flier who somehow managed not to win the match and settled for 4th place with just 40lbs.
Alan's win takes him to the top of the Summer League, ahead of Chris Szakacs and Mike Smith, and just 5 points behind Chris in the Year Totals. It also means that he has now won 3 out of the last 4 matches at Rood Ashton which goes to show just how well he can draw!

Result:
  1. Alan Healy* ...... peg 9 ..... 68-8
  2. Bob Warren ........... 6 ..... 62-8
  3. Paul Reed ............. 12 .... 41-14
  4. Darren North ........ 13 ..... 40-0
  5. Ade Crawley .......... 1 ..... 39-2
  6. Steve Burgess ....... 8 ...... 36-4
  7. Simon Belcham ..... 7 ...... 35-12
  8. Adam Woodland .... 2 ...... 34-9
  9. Mike Smith ........... 4 ...... 32-6
  10. Ryan Jordan ......... 5 ....... 24-13
  11. Mike Wilson ......... 10 ...... 24-11
  12. Derek Lucas ......... 11 ...... DNW
  13. Stuart Riddle ........ 3 ........ DNW

*golden peg
Total Match Weight = 440lbs 7oz
Average weight = 40lbs

    Saturday, 9 October 2010

    League Totals

    Year Totals:
    1. Chris Szakacs .... 308pts ... 1382-14
    2. Alan Healy ........ 283 ....... 1101-7
    3. Adm Caswell ..... 235 ....... 944-7
    4. Mark Radford .... 229 ....... 1173-13
    5. Mike Smith ....... 218 ....... 999-10
    6. Steve Burgess ... 199 ....... 617-14
    7. Darren North .... 198 ........ 859-2
    8. Bob Warren ...... 192 ........ 730-14
    9. Rich Jones ........ 184 ........ 916-1
    10. Paul Reed ......... 179 ........ 641-5
    11. Simon Belcham ... 177 ...... 724-10
    12. Stuart Riddle ..... 146 ....... 520-2
    13. Paul Elmes ........ 135 ....... 787-0
    14. Derek Lucas ...... 135 ....... 540-7
    15. Adam Woodland . 132 ....... 483-11
    16. Ryan Jordan ...... 130 ....... 667-15
    17. Ade Crawley ...... 118 ....... 473-3
    18. Steve Wynne ..... 116 ....... 524-13
    19. Neil Mercer ........ 114 ....... 821-4
    20. Craig Edmunds ... 105 ....... 797-3
    21. Ryan Radford ...... 78 ........ 290-1
    22. Mike Wilson ........ 68 ........ 287-13
    23. Brian Shanks ...... 67 ........ 331-15
    24. Eddie Wynne ...... 64 ........ 247-9
    25. Stuart Ashton ..... 62 ........ 84-11
    26. Steve Hutchinson. 45 ........ 150-1
    27. Yan ................... 38 ........ 66-1
    28. Ron Hardiman .... 28 ........ 119-8
    29. Dave Tippet ....... 10 ........ 40-2

    Summer League:
    1. Chris Szakacs ....... 278
    2. Alan Healy ........... 234
    3. Mark Radford ....... 229
    4. Adam Caswell ...... 224
    5. Mike Smith .......... 183
    6. Darren North ....... 168
    7. Bob Warren ......... 168
    8. Steve Burgess ..... 152
    9. Simon Belcham ... 147
    10. Rich Jones .......... 144
    11. Paul Reed ........... 144
    12. Stuart Riddle ...... 137
    13. Adam Woodland .. 123
    14. |Ryan Jordan ...... 118
    15. Paul Elmes ......... 115
    16. Derek Lucas ....... 115
    17. Neil Mercer ........ 114
    18. Craig Edmunds ... 105
    19. Ade Crawley ....... 87
    20. Steve Wynne ...... 85
    21. Ryan Radford ..... 78
    22. Mike Wilson ....... 68
    23. Brian Shanks ..... 67
    24. Eddie Wynne ...... 64
    25. Steve Hutchinson . 45
    26. Stuart Ashton ..... 42
    27. Ron Hardiman .... 38
    28. Yan ................... 38

      Friday, 8 October 2010

      Hillview, 03 Oct, Canal Lakes 3 & 4 (9 pegs)

      There was a slight controversy at this one as the match ran over by 15 minutes because, due to the inclement weather, the official timekeeping phone was in my box and I never thought to check it.
      Rumour has it that I caught my last fish during the period of "extra time" and as a result, robbed Alan of a(nother) pound ...... oh well, shit happens as they say!

      Result:
      1. Rich Jones ..... peg 72 ...... 43-15 (meat on top 4)
      2. Simon Belcham .... 89 ...... 40-4 (maggot at close range)
      3. Darren North* ...... 76 ..... 31-5 (pellet)
      4. Ade Crawley ......... 74 ..... 24-8 (meat)
      5. Steve Burgess ...... 95 ...... 21-4
      6. Derek Lucas ......... 86 ...... 19-7
      7. Alan Healy ........... 78 ...... 18-0
      8. Steve Wynne ........ 92 ...... 15-7
      9. Bob Warren .......... 70 ...... 9-3
      Total Match Weight = 223lbs 5oz
      Average Weight = 24lbs 8oz

      Monday, 4 October 2010

      Sedges, 26 September (11 pegs)

      A great result for one of the club's newest members and current owner of the Psv Cleanest Kit award, Stuart Ashton.
      Drawn on peg 12 Stuart started off on the pellet waggler without success before switching to a waggler with double red maggot fished on the deck(ish) at 20m.
      He caught steadily throughout the match to record his first win with 27lbs of mostly skimmers and amazingly, no carp!
      Across on the opposite bank, Match Secretary Steve Burgess on peg 6 started on the pole at 11m but when he spotted his neighbour and venue expert, Darren North catch a carp on the pellet wag, switched to the same to take 3 decent carp and a solitary 9oz skimmer for 23lbs 9oz and a well-deserved second place.
      Darren, on peg 8, also managed to snare three carp to take the third spot with 20lbs 1oz while Paul (should have won) Reed took 4th with 2 carp for 18-11 from corner peg 20 (the peg with the wind blowing into it that was solid with fish)!

      Overall Result:
      1. Stuart Ashton .... peg 12 ..... 27-0
      2. Steve Burgess .......... 6 ...... 23-9
      3. Darren North ............ 8 ...... 20-1
      4. Paul Reed ................ 20 ..... 18-11
      5. Simon Belcham ........ 10 ..... 13-15
      6. Ryan Jordan ............. 11 ..... 13-13
      7. Alan Healy ............... 16 ..... 13-2 (now leaking pound coins like a tap)
      8. Mike Smith .............. 18 ...... 10-15
      9. Adam Woodland ........ 4 ....... 8-14
      10. Steve Wynne ........... 14 ...... 8-7
      11. Ade Crawley* ........... 2 ....... 3-14
      Silvers:
      1. Stuart Ashton ..... 27-0
      2. Alan Healy .......... 13-2
      3. Simon Belcham .... 9-5
      4. Adam Woodland ... 8-14
      5. Steve Wynne ........ 8-7
      6. Ryan Jordan ......... 7-9
      *golden peg (safe as houses today)
      Total Match Weight = 162lbs 5oz
      Average weight = 15lbs

      Saturday, 2 October 2010

      Curry Night!

      It's that time again!
      Tuesday night is Curry Night at Bollywood Spice (as before)
      The club meeting and booking-in etc will take place in the restaurant bar at 7.30 and the table is booked for 8.30.
      Please let me know as soon as possible if you will be staying for the curry.

      Viaduct, Campbell, 19 September (10 pegs)

      Just in case anyone isn't acquainted with the Viaduct rules, here is a short reminder ......

      • No Silvers with Carp
      • 80lb max per net

      ...... which means that the little shiny fish and the slimy flat ones (silvers) go in one net and the big fat greedy ones (carp) go in another net, then when you have 80lbs of fat greedy ones (carp) you need to put another net in.
      As a rule of thumb, if you have 11 fish averaging 7lbs then you need to put another net in.
      And if you don't have enough nets with you, have a word with Derek or Paul Reed as they usually have a couple of spare ones!


      Overall Result:

      1. Rich Jones ...... peg 132 ...... 94-8
      2. Chris Szakacs ....... 112 ....... 85-1
      3. Alan Healy ........... 115 ....... 84-2
      4. Mike Smith ........... 118 ...... 84-1
      5. Steve Wynne ......... 128 ..... 71-2
      6. Paul Reed ............. 110 ...... 57-5
      7. Adam Caswell* ...... 124 ...... 51-8
      8. Dave Tippet ........... 126 ..... 40-2
      9. Stuart Riddle ......... 129 ...... 33-15
      10. Derek Lucas .......... 114 ...... 25-4

      Silvers:
      1. Dave Tippet ..... 15-6
      2. Stuart Riddle .... 13-11
      3. Steve Wynne .... 10-2
      4. Derek Lucas ..... 8-1
      5. Mike Smith ....... 5-12
      6. Alan Healy ........ 5-7
      7. Adam Caswell .... 2-8
      *golden peg
      Total Match Weight = 627lbs
      Average weight = 62lbs

      Cider Farm, Dabinett, 12 September (9 pegs)

      With only nine booked in for this one everyone was guaranteed plenty of room and with only the form pegs in the draw bag a few fish were expected to come out.
      Although, according to the grapevine, the fish were now spread out around the lake and anybody could be in with a shout.
      Venue expert, Mike the paste Smith was particularly happy having drawn peg 28 seeing as it had recently broken the Dabinett match record on two occasions but Paul Elmes, on peg 7, was having none of it.
      Fishing pellet and paste in open water and later pellet long across to the point of the island, Paul took a steady procession of fish from start to finish to weigh in a total of 101lbs 9oz.
      Close on his heels, on peg 21, Paul's doubles partner, match secretary Steve Burgess started by fishing pellet shallow in open water at 13m with little success before changing to corn over pellet to the end of the reeds where he found the fish to be feeding confidently and cruised into second place with 91-15

      Result:
      1. Paul Elmes ...... peg 7 ...... 101-9
      2. Steve Burgess ...... 21 ...... 91-15
      3. Bob Warren .......... 1 ....... 79-13
      4. Chris Szakacs ....... 6 ....... 72-0
      5. Alan Healy* ......... 20 ....... 53-6
      6. Mike Smith .......... 28 ....... 46-14
      7. Ade Crawley ........ 16 ....... 33-11
      8. Paul Reed ............ 12 ....... 24-4
      9. Mike Wilson ......... 18 ........ DNW
      *golden peg
      Total Match Weight = 503lbs 8oz
      Average weight = 63lbs

        Wednesday, 29 September 2010

        Landsend, Speci Lake, 5 September (15 pegs)

        With 15 booked into the 16 peg specimen lake at Landsend it was expected to be tough going and for many that was the case.  Not so however, for Darren North (Mr Consistent) whose golden draw hand managed to pull out peg 25 which was the only peg on the lake with an empty peg next door.
        Darren fished pellet shallow into open water easily winning the match with 80-1.
        Second in the running was Psv's paste maestro, Mark Radford with 67-10 taken unsurprisingly on paste at 16m from peg 38 followed by Mark's son Ryan on peg 40 with 49-10.
        Chris Szakacs completed the frame from peg 33 with 43-10.
        The silvers, as normal, was in the safe hands of Bob (The Bream) Warren with 14-8 of mostly skimmers taken on a variety of baits from peg 32.
        Bob swears blind that he doesn't target silvers intentionally but having had a sneak peak at his bait tray I have my suspicions .... soaked micro-pellet ???




        A rare appearance from Psv's club chairman and self-made millionaire, Mike Wilson resulted in this double-figure chub!







        Overall Result:
        1. Darren North ... peg 25 .... 80-1
        2. Mark Radford ......... 38 .... 67-10
        3. Ryan Radford ......... 40 .... 49-10
        4. Chris Szakacs ......... 33 .... 43-10
        5. Stuart Riddle .......... 39 .... 37-13
        6. Adam Caswell ........ 30 ..... 32-2
        7. Ade Crawley .......... 31 ..... 31-11
        8. Alan Healy* ........... 27 ..... 30-9
        9. Bob Warren ........... 32 ...... 27-15
        10. Mike Wilson ........... 36 ...... 22-5
        11. Steve Burgess ........ 35 ...... 13-2
        12. Paul Reed .............. 37 ...... 11-11
        13. Derek Lucas ........... 34 ...... 11-4
        14. Mike Smith ............ 28 ....... 11-0
        15. Simon Belcham ...... 29 ....... DNW
        Silvers:
        1. Bob Warren ...... 32 ...... 14-8
        2. Mike Wilson ...... 36 ...... 11-10
        3. Alan Healy ........ 27 ...... 10-10
        * golden peg

        Total Match Weight = 470 lbs 7oz
        Average Weight = 33lbs 8oz

        Thursday, 26 August 2010

        Avalon, 22 August (16 pegs)

        A cracking draw, corner peg 23, spelt good news for pastehead Mike Smith, who needed cheering up after spending the whole of the previous day moving house.  On the downside though, nearly 115lbs of fish wasn't going to do his knackered back much good!
        Mike fished his now standard line of attack (paste at 13m) and finished up with 104-2 of carp and also the top silvers weight of 10-12.
        Not far behind was Rich Jones on peg 13 with 102-2.  Rich (pictured top right looking as cheerful as ever) caught mainly on paste at 14m with a few fish taken on the straight lead / pellet combination fished to the island margins.


        Third place went to Ryan Jordan who was keen to make up for a disastrous performance at last Sunday's Avalon open where he fished like a twat and got absolutely battered off the next peg Stu  Riddle take note
        Ryan, on the golden peg (5) also fished paste at 16m for a total of 91-5.
        Just out of the main pools was Paul (Beaver) Elmes with 88-1 from peg 20, however Paul's 5-2 of silvers was enough to secure him 2nd in the silvers money by default.






        The Avalon weighing in team's efforts were appreciated as always, even if their adding up wasn't that special for some reason nobody seemed to mind too much!


        Pictured below, Stu Riddle was forced to wear the PSV "wooden spoon" fat-suit. Normally the property of Paul Reed and Stevie Wynne, but after one of the most dismal displays of match fishing in the history of the club it now has his name well and truly sewn on it.












        Overall Result:
        1. Mike Smith ..... peg 23 ..... 114-14
        2. Rich Jones ............ 13 ..... 102-2
        3. Ryan Jordan* ......... 5 ....... 91-5
        4. Paul Elmes ............ 20 ..... 88-1
        5. Mark Radford ........ 17 ..... 85-13
        6. Chris Szakacs ....... 10 ..... 66-11
        7. Derek Lucas .......... 22 .... 63-15
        8. Steve Burgess ....... 11 .... 52-11
        9. Mike Wilson ........... 19 .... 23-12
        10. Eddie Wynne .......... 6 ..... 21-3
        11. Adam Caswell ......... 9 ..... 21-2
        12. Ade Crawley ........... 1 ..... 20-11
        13. Ryan Radford ......... 16 .... 19-3
        14. Paul Reed .............. 7 ...... 17-7
        15. Steve Wynne ......... 3 ...... DNW
        16. Stuart Riddle ......... 12 .... DNW**
        Silvers:
        1. Mike Smith ..... 23 .... 10-12
        2. Eddie Wynne ... 6 ...... 6-3
        3. Paul Elmes ...... 20 .... 5-2
        4. Steve Burgess .. 11 ... 5-0
        *golden peg
        ** yes, the same Stuart Riddle who in conversation with Chris Szakacs before the start of the match was going to "whoop some PSV ass"!

        Total Match Weight = 788lbs 14oz
        Average weight = 56lbs

        Click here for the full result

          Wednesday, 18 August 2010

          Changes to the Match Calender

          The match scheduled for John's Lake at Landsend (5 September) has been changed to the Specimen Lake as the members at the last meeting decided they would prefer to fish a match on a lake with fish in it!
          Also, November 14 at Cider Farm has been cancelled however, I am hoping to fill the gap with a match at either Boyd or possibly Westerleigh so you can hone your skills in time for the Christmas match!
          The Match Calender has been updated and a copy can be downloaded here.

          Tuesday, 17 August 2010

          Trinity, Woodlands Lake, 15 August (13 pegs)

          Trinity venue expert Darren North made it his second win on the trot on the in-form Woodlands Lake.  In fact, Darren was so confident of a win that he even put three nets in before the match had even started!
          Fishing from peg 16 Darren alternated between fishing 6mm pellet shallow at 11m out into open water in front of him and the same bait down his left hand margin taking fish steadily through the match and despite a relatively quiet last hour managed to weigh in a total of 104lbs 14oz which included 17lbs of silvers.
          It was by no means an easy victory though as it turned out to be the closest frame of the season so far with only 2lbs separating the top 3 positions!

          Right up Darren's arse (figuratively speaking)
          and cementing his place at the top of the league leaderboard was Chris always in the frame Szakacs with 103lbs 8oz.
          Fishing from corner peg 18, Chris fished paste to an overhanging bush and down his right hand margin.
          Unfortunately, Chris was plagued by a frustrating succession of foul-hookers, any of which could have easily won him the match and was probably a result of fishing the last two hours of the match with his hat off!
          Meanwhile Alan Healy, in bottom corner peg 5, despite moaning about his crap peg at the start, fished similar methods to Chris and somehow managed to weigh in 102-11 from a peg with "no water in it".
          Funnily enough, Alan wasn't moaning at the end of the match when he was collecting his pound coins.
          In fourth place, and another corner peg (22) was Mark Radford who after a completely crap year is finally returning to form and finding some decent draws (thanks to his boy Ryan who draws for him). Mark fished similar methods to Chris and Alan for 90-3.
          Top silvers not surprisingly went to "silvers maestro" Bob Warren with 18-15 from peg 8.

          Overall Result:
          1. Darren North ...... 16 ..... 104-14
          2. Chris Szakacs ..... 18 ..... 103-8
          3. Alan healy .......... 5 ....... 102-11
          4. Mark Radford ...... 22 ...... 90-3
          5. Adam Caswell ..... 28 ...... 85-7
          6. Mike Smith ......... 26 ...... 84-5
          7. Bob Warren ........ 8 ........ 63-10
          8. Paul Reed ........... 30 ...... 36-15
          Silvers:
          1. Bob Warren ...... 8 ...... 18-15
          2. Darren North .... 16 .... 17-0
          3. Simon Belcham . 32 .... 12-6
          Golden peg was Ryan Radford on peg 20
          Total match weight = 804lbs 15oz
          Average weight = 67lbs
          Click here to download the full result

          Viaduct, Campbell, 08 August (16 pegs)

          Hundreds of hours of practice throughout the year on Campbell for dynamic duo,  Rich Jones and Stevie Wynne, finally paid off today in style with Rich taking top honours and Steve close behind him in third place.
          With a good draw, peg 116, Rich started off fishing a paste-wrapped pellet on the tip before switching to the pole with paste at 13m into open water and down his right margin to finish the match with 157lbs 6oz and a clear win.
          Trailing Rich by over 35lbs was in-form badger baiter and rabbit skinner, Alan Healy, with a paste caught 121-14 from peg 127.
          A rare visitor to the frame, in third place, Stevie Wynne decided to avoid breaking his new Map TKS pole and chose to fish the pellet wag from peg 110. But even so, he still managed to break his landing net handle on the way to his 120-6 total!
          Fourth place went to Simon Belcham on Campbell's hottest peg (132) with 114-8.
          Simon chose to target the silvers fishing luncheon meat at 6m and later paste but found carp instead although he still managed second in the silvers pool with 22-10.
          First place in the silvers was taken care of by Psv's resident silvers maestro, Bob Warren, with 34-15 from peg 126.

          Overall Result:
          1. Rich Jones ........... 116 .... 157-6
          2. Alan Healy ........... 127 .... 121-14
          3. Steve Wynne ........ 110 .... 120-6
          4. Simon Belcham ..... 132 .... 114-8
          5. Mike Smith ........... 111 .... 97-10
          6. Stuart Riddle ........ 117 .... 96-8
          7. Mark Radford ........ 114 .... 94-11
          Silvers:
          1. Bob Warren ....... 126 ...... 34-15
          2. Simon Belcham .. 132 ...... 22-10
          3. Ade Crawley ....... 115 ...... 15-3
          4. Paul Reed ........... 123 ...... 11-3

          Total match weight = 1338lbs 14oz
          Average weight = 83lbs

          Sunday, 15 August 2010

          Rood Ashton, 01 August (20 pegs)


          Although the match was unusually hard going for many, Knowle West's very own "Johnny Kingdom", Alan Healy made no mistakes when he drew the end peg flier, peg 20 from the bag.  Fishing paste firstly in open water and then down his left margin he caught carp steadily all day for a total of 132lbs 2oz.
          Almost 40lbs behind, in second place, was Neil Mercer who despite suffering an early ear-bashing over the phone from a rather unhappy wife (no surprise seeing as he had spent the previous night trawling Bristol's lap-dancing establishments until the early hours!), still managed to net 94lbs 6oz.
          Fishing from the opposite bank on peg 4 Neil (pictured right) caught all his fish on 6mm soft pellet at 13m.
          Never out of the frame, Chris Szakacs took third spot with 82lbs 9oz from peg 18 fishing pellet on the method feeder and later paste on the pole line.
          Last in the money and only 8oz behind Chris was party animal Craig Trigger Edmunds with 82lbs 1oz from peg 15.
          Section winners (by default) were Mike Smith with 39-6 from peg 3 and Mark Radford with 67-0 from peg 19.


          Some competitors unfortunately struggled for bites all day ......






          Ryan Jordan












          Adam Caswell







          Simon Belcham





          Bob Warren







          Overall Result:
          1. Alan Healy ..... peg 20 ..... 132-2
          2. Neil Mercer ......... 4 ........ 94-6
          3. Chris Szakacs ...... 18 ...... 82-9
          4. Craig Edmunds .... 15 ...... 82-1
          5. Mark Radford ...... 19 ....... 67-0
          6. Paul Elmes .......... 12 ...... 55-10
          7. Mike Smith .......... 3 ....... 39-6
          8. Darren North* ..... 7 ........ 30-14
          9. Brian Shanks ....... 14 ....... 28-0
          10. Ade Crawley ........ 8 ......... 26-1
          11. Steve Burgess ...... 2 ........ 18-9
          12. Stuart Ashton ...... 16 ....... 17-12
          13. Ryan Radford ....... 1 ........ 17-1
          14. Bob Warren ......... 12 ...... 15-8
          15. Adam Caswell ...... 5 ........ 15-7
          16. Ryan Jordan ........ 6 ......... 14-0
          17. Derek Lucas ........ 17 ....... 10-3
          18. Paul Reed ........... 9 .......... 8-0
          19. Adam Woodland .. 10  .... DNW
          20. Simon Belcham ... 11 ..... DNW
          *golden peg
          Total match weight= 754lbs 9oz
          Average weight= 42lbs
          click here to view all the pictures from this match

          Saturday, 14 August 2010

          Trinity, 25 July (13 pegs)

          Overall Result:
          1. Darren North ...... 156-5
          2. Brian Shanks ...... 154-11
          3. Chris Szakacs ..... 79-10
          4. Mark Radford ...... 71-3
          5. Simon Belcham .... 62-3
          6. Mike Smith .......... 53-15
          7. Alan Healy .......... 50-2
          8. Ron Hardiman ..... 45-8
          9. Adam Caswell ..... 39-5
          10. Derek Lucas ........ 36-12
          11. Adam Woodland ... 33-14
          12. Ryan Radford ....... 28-0
          13. Paul Reed ............ 11-7
          Silvers:
          1. Simon Belcham .... 18-0
          2. Mike Smith .......... 11-3
          3. Chris Szakacs ...... 9-10
          4. Alan Healy .......... 6-2
          5. Darren North ....... 4-12
          6. Ron Hardiman ...... 4-6
          7. Adam Woodland ... 4-4
          8. Paul Reed ............ 3-3
          9. Mark Radford ....... 2-0
          10. Derek Lucas ........ 1-13
          Total match weight= 822lbs 15oz
          Average weight= 63lbs

          Friday, 13 August 2010

          Viaduct, Campbell, 18 July (18 pegs)

          Overall:
          1. Craig Edmunds ..... peg 119 ..... 186-0
          2. Chris Szakacs ............. 116 ..... 125-4
          3. Ryan Jordan ............... 118 ..... 119-11
          4. Rich Jones .................. 115 .... 119-9
          5. Paul Elmes ................. 114 .... 102-14
          6. Mark Radford .............. 131 .... 91-10
          Silvers:
          1. Bob Warren ...... 127 ...... 34-10
          2. Neil Mercer ....... 123 ...... 32-10
          3. Mike Wilson ....... 125 ...... 30-1
          Total match weight= 1364lbs 8oz
          Average weight= 80lbs

          click here to download the full result to your computer.

          Sunday, 11 July 2010

          Sedges, Tile Lake, 11 July (15 pegs)

          Posting his first match win upcoming Psv superstar, 15 year old Ryan Radford, put the rest of the field to shame and even managed to more than double Dad Mark's weight off the next peg.  Fishing across into the margin of corner peg 21 Ryan caught steadily throughout the day to weigh in 70lbs 2oz which was a clear 10lbs in front of second placed Stuart Riddle.
            Stuart, fishing the opposite corner to Ryan (peg 40), suffered a slow start but with a warm strong breeze blowing into his peg the carp later moved in allowing him to take second spot with 60lbs 11oz.
          Third placed Bob Warren had an excellent day's fishing on peg 24 where he managed to put together 44lbs of skimmers plus odd carp for a total of 55lbs 6oz.  Bob fished paste at short range over groundbait.
          On the next peg to Bob, Alan Healy had to suffer the disgrace of a complete battering from all sides and could only top up his tan and watch pound coins disappear from his pocket as he could only manage 12lbs 5oz and last place!


          Ryan Radford with part of his winning catch.

          Overall Result:
          1. Ryan Radford ....... peg 21 .... 70-2
          2. Stuart Riddle ......... 40 ........ 60-11
          3. Bob Warren ........... 24 ........ 55-6
          4. Steve Burgess ....... 38 ......... 54-0
          5. Mike Smith ........... 33 ......... 48-0
          6. Simon Belcham ..... 36 ......... 45-4
          7. Adam Caswell ....... 35 ......... 42-8
          8. Ryan Jordan .......... 31 ........ 36-4
          9. Mark Radord* ....... 22 ......... 35-0
          10. Rich Jones ............ 27 ......... 33-2
          11. Adam Woodland .... 25 ......... 31-2
          12. Darren North ........ 30 ......... 21-15
          13. Paul Reed ............ 29 ......... 16-3
          14. Steve Wynne ........ 37 ......... 15-8
          15. Alan Healy ........... 23 .......... 12-5
          * golden peg

          Silvers:
          1. Bob Warren ...... 44-0 
          2. Steve Burgess ... 19-12
          3. Mike Smith ....... 11-8
          4. Simon Belcham .. 10-4
          5. Steve Wynne ...... 8-8
          6. Adam Caswell ..... 8-0
          7. Alan Healy ......... 6-10
          8. Adam Woodland .. 6-8
          Total match weight= 577lbs 6oz
          Average weight= 38lbs 8oz



          Viaduct, Cary, 20 June (13 pegs)

           Overall:
          1. Chris Szakacs* ... peg 94 ..... 87-12
          2. Adam Caswell ....... 109 ....... 71-12
          3. Ryan Jordan ......... 100 ....... 63-8
          4. Ade Crawley ......... 88 ......... 63-2
          5. Rich Jones ............ 85 ......... 60-15
          6. Mike Smith ........... 80 ......... 44-6
          7. Alan Healy ............ 86 ......... 40-4
          8. Steve Wynne ........ 102 ........ 38-10
          9. Stuart Riddle ........ 78 .......... 37-4
          10. Adam Woodland .... 96 .......... 35-9
          11. Paul Reed ............. 97 .......... 24-12
          12. Bob Warren .......... 76 ........... 19-12
          13. Stuart Ashton ....... 99 ........... 13-7
          *golden peg

          Silvers:
          1. Alan Healy ........ 86 ........ 27-6
          2. Bob Warren ....... 76 ........ 19-12
          3. Mike Smith ........ 80 ........ 12-12
          4. Paul Reed .......... 97 ........ 11-1
          5. Ade Crawley ....... 88 ........ 7-13
          6. Chris Szakacs ..... 94 ......... 6-13
          7. Stuart Riddle ...... 78 ......... 4-0
          8. Adam Woodland .. 96 ......... 3-15
          Total match weight =  601lbs 1oz
          Average weight = 46lbs

          Landsend, Match Lake, 13 June (12 pegs)

           Overall:
          1. Chris Szakacs ... peg 20 ..... 105-12
          2. Neil Mercer .......... 17 ............ 99-1
          3. Paul Elmes ........... 22 ............ 78-8
          4. Brian Shanks ........ 10 ............ 76-11
          5. Rich Jones ............ 6 ............. 53-3
          6. Alan Healy ............ 13 ........... 51-14
          7. Eddie Wynne ......... 24 ........... 45-11
          8. Ron Hardiman ....... 15 ........... 43-3
          9. Steve Hutchinson ... 3 ............. 35-8
          10. Adam Caswell ...... 1 ............ 31-4
          11. Adam Woodland .... 5 .......... 30-12
          12. Steve Wynne ........ 19 ........ DNW



          Silvers:
          1. Eddie Wynne ....... 24 ....... 19-0
          2. Steve Hutchinson .. 3 ....... 16-9
          3. Brian Shanks ....... 10 ....... 9-9
          4. Alan Healy ........... 13 ....... 9-7
          5. Ron Hardiman ....... 15 ...... 8-9
          6. Chris Szakacs ....... 20 ....... 8-8
          7. Paul Elmes ........... 22 ....... 4-9
          8. Rich Jones ............ 6 ........ 3-10
          9. Adam Woodland .... 5 ........ 2-0
          Total match weight =  651lbs 7oz
          Average weight = 59lbs

          Monday, 14 June 2010

          Viaduct, Campbell, 6 June (18 pegs)

          Overall Result:
          1. Mike Smith .......... 126-2 ..... peg 129 (caught on paste)
          2. Mark Radford ....... 103-9 ....... 125
          3. Derek Lucas .... 90-9 ........ 112
          4. Chris Szakacs ....... 90-1 ........ 131
          5. Ade Crawley* ....... 89-2 ........ 110
          6. Rich Jones ........... 88-8 ........ 119
          7. Simon Belcham .... 84-0 ........ 115
          8. Alan Healy ........... 68-8 ........ 127
          9. Darren North ........ 62-5 ........ 126
          10. Ryan Jordan ......... 52-10 ....... 123
          11. Paul Reed ............ 50-14 ....... 116
          12. Adam Caswell ...... 49-13 ....... 132
          13. Adam Woodland ... 46-10 ....... 118
          14. Steve Wynne ....... 27-3 ......... 130
          15. Steve Burgess ....... 24-2 ........ 128
          16. Bob Warren ......... 20-11 ....... 111
          17. Yan / Jan / Colin .... DNW
          18. Stuart Riddle ......... DNW
          * golden peg

          Silvers:
          1. Mike Smith ....... 27-13
          2. Rich Jomes ....... 17-2
          3. Alan Healy ........ 14-2
          4. Ade Crawley ...... 13-6
          5. Bob Warren ....... 12-3
          6. Steve Burgess .... 10-6
          7. Ryan Jordan ....... 6-1
          8. Paul Reed ........... 5-12
          9. Derek Lucas ........ 5-5
          10. Chris Szakacs ...... 4-0
          11. Adam Woodland ... 3-7

          Total match weight = 1,074lbs 11oz
          Average weight = 67lbs 

            Monday, 7 June 2010

            Draw for Singles Knockout, Plate & Pairs

            Second round knockout: (points-based* over 2 legs):
            *points only count if both anglers fish the tie!

            Adam Caswell vs Simon Belcham
            Bob Warren vs Darren North
            Steve Hutchinson vs Trigger
            Neil Mercer vs Chris Szakacs
            Ryan Radford vs Alan Healy
            Mike Smith vs Derek Lucas
            Mark Radford vs Steve Burgess

            First round knockout Plate: (decided same as above)

            Ade Crawley vs Brian Shanks
            Stuart Riddle vs Mike Wilson
            Adam Woodland vs Stuart Ashton
            Yan vs Ryan Jordan
            Paul Elmes vs Rich Jones
            Paul Reed vs Steve Wynne
            Eddie Wynne vs Ron Hardiman

            Pairs Draw:

            Alan Healy / Ryan Jordan
            Darren North / Mike Smith
            Mark Radford / Paul Reed
            Paul Elmes / Steve Burgess
            Mike Wilson / Trigger
            Adam Caswell / Derek Lucas
            Chris Szakacs / Adam Woodland

            All ties for the knockout and the plate will be fished at Campbell, 6 June with the second leg fished at Landsend (lake 3) 4 July.
            The Pairs will start at Campbell and run at every match with over 14 fishing* up until the match before the Christmas match.
            *Subject to change (match sec's decision is final)!

            Committee Cup (final result)

            1. Adam Caswell ...... 145pts .... 460-12
            2. Chris Szakacs ...... 142 ....... 441-0
            3. Alan Healy .......... 123 ....... 322-8
            4. Mark Radford ...... 108 ....... 467-2
            5. Steve Burgess .... 102 ....... 284-8
            6. Bob Warren ......... 89 ........ 299-8
            7. Paul Reed ............ 85 ........ 249-5
            8. Simon Belcham .... 81 ........ 267-8
            9. Adam Woodland ... 79 ........ 213-8
            10. Stuart Riddle ....... 78 ........ 253-15
            Click Here to download the full result.

            Sedges, Brick Lake, 25 May (14 pegs)

            Apologies for the late update but have had a few difficulties at "hq" last week but (hopefully) that's all sorted now and we're back in business.
            Sedges at the weekend was a difficult affair with an awkward wind blowing across and down the lake.  Taking full advantage of a cracking draw, peg 20 (the peg that Yan wanted out of the draw as he reckoned there weren't any fish in it!) with the wind blowing into the corner, Chris Szakacs fished banded pellet into the margins to take top spot with 45lbs 14oz, just one fish ahead of league leader Adam Caswell who foul-hooked 42-9 from peg 8.
            Third place went to "the gimp with the limp" (Simon Belcham) with 36-12 from peg 12.
            Meanwhile, on peg 5, match secretary Steve Burgess produced a stunning display of skimmer bashing to take the top silvers spot (and fourth place) with 25-9 of fish to around 2.5 lbs plus a stray 9lb carp caught on the pellet wag (the only wag caught fish of the day)!
            Steve caught steadily through the match, fishing 6mm soft pellet at 5m over wetted micros  mixed with green swimstim.
            Fifth place (one out of the money again) was Bob Warren on peg 19 with 36-12.
            Ironically for Bob he would have picked up money on the day had it not been for pre-match interference which led to paying out two silvers places instead of the more usual top four and one silver pool!
            By way of compensation though, Bob was fortunate enough to be able to cuddle up to The Reedinator on the way home, a position normally reserved for Paul Reed's two alsations!

            Overall Result:

            1. Chris Szakacs ...... peg 20 ... 45-14
            2. Adam Caswell ....... 8 ......... 42-9
            3. Simon Belcham ..... 12 ....... 36-12
            4. Steve Burgess ....... 5 ......... 34-8
            5. Bob Warren ........... 19 ....... 31-9
            6. Mark Radford ......... 4 ......... 29-6
            7. Steve Hutchinson ... 14 ....... 23-8
            8. Paul Reed .............. 9 ........ 22-6
            9. Darren North ......... 6 ......... 19-2
            10. Mike Wilson ........... 11 ....... 18-14
            11. Jan / Colin* ............. 17 ....... 18-8
            12. Stuart Ashton ........ 15 ........ 5-11
            13. Ryan Radford ......... 2 ......... 2-14
            14. Eddie Wynne ......... 10 ........ DNW (depite a perfectly good draw)!
            *golden peg

            Silvers:
            1. Steve Burgess ..... 25-9 (peg 5)
            2. Steve Hutchinson ... 23-8
            3. Jan / Yan / Colin .... 18-8
            4. Darren North ......... 12-9
            5. Bob Warren ........... 12-0
            6. Adam Caswell ........ 11-8
            7. Mark Radford ......... 10-15
            8. Chris Szakacs ......... 8-7
            9. Simon Belcham ....... 6-8
            10. Stuart Ashton ......... 5-11
            11. Paul Reed .............. 4-15
            12. Mike Wilson ........... 4-5
            13. Ryan Radford ......... 2-14
            Total match weight = 331lbs 9oz
            Average = 26lbs


              Sunday, 23 May 2010

              Viaduct, Campbell, 23 May (21 pegs) & Knockout Results

              Following on from the return to winter over the past month or so the sun finally shone and the carp decided to "get it on" ...... which didn't stop Trigger from smashing Alan Healy's club record by 46lbs with 270lbs 12oz from peg 124!
              It wasn't so long back that a ton was unheard of in a club match so it just goes to show how the fish have grown (the anglers are still crap!)
              Trigger caught by donning Paul Elmes' polaroids and mugging cruisers at 16m with a long line.
              Second place went to Neil Mercer, nearly a ton behind, but with a still impressive 178-4 from 112 using the same method as Trigger but with his own polaroids!!
              Mr Consistent took the third spot from 135 with 109-7 and Chris Szackacs managed to avoid the silvers on peg 123 and take 4th with 82-9.
              Top silvers went to Bob (the tench) Warren with 21-10 from 119 (next time I draw that peg I know how to fish it ...... cheers Chris!) and the second silvers place went to Paul (beaver) Elmes with 8-11.
              With one match left in the Committee cup, Adam (two-nose) Caswell retains the top position with 128 pts with Alan Healy and Chris Zaks close behind on 123 & 122 pts respectively so the result could be anyone's at Sedges next week.
              In the knockout (first round) Adam Caswell, Simon Belcham, Alan Healy, Bob Warren, Paul Elmes, Darren North, Mike Smith, Neil Mercer, Steve Hutch and Ryan Radford all go through to the second round with Derek Lucas, Trigger and Steve Burgess also going through (by default)*
              Mark Radford and steady Eddie Wynne drew their match 1-1 but tied on points so will have a "fish-off" at Sedges.  Mark will need to pray to the fishing gods for a decent draw as Eddie Wynne is guaranteed one.
              The second round of the knockout and first round of the "plate" (losers knockout) will start at Viaduct on June 6th with the draw at the meeting on Tuesday June 1st.
              Also at the meeting will be the draw for the pairs which will follow last years format ie: finishing on the match previous to the Christmas match and with a £5 entry fee.

              * Their respective knockout partners didn't fish any of the three qualifying matches.

              Overall Result:
              1. Craig Edmunds ....... 270-12 ... peg 124
              2. Neil Mercer ............ 178-4 ........... 112
              3. Darren North .......... 109-7 .......... 135
              4. Chris Szackacs ........ 82-9 ........... 123
              5. Eddie Wynne ........... 78-3
              6. Mark Radford ........... 75-14
              7. Adam Caswell .......... 65-7
              8. Alan Healy .............. 61-13
              9. Steve Wynne .......... 58-6
              10. Steve Hutchinson .... 51-11
              11. Paul Elmes ............. 37-11
              12. Bob Warren ............ 34-1
              13. Mike Smith ............. 29-6
              14. Mike Wilson ............ 19-10
              15. Simon Belcham ....... 19-7
              16. Yan (Colin) ............. 14-8
              17. Derek Lucas ............ 13-13 (unlucky for some)
              18. Ade Crawley ........... 10-0
              19. Adam Woodland ...... 6-0  (sunburnt)
              20. Paul Reed & Rich Jones ..... DNW
              Silvers:
              1. Bob Warren ......... 21-10 .... peg 119
              2. Paul Elmes .......... 8-11
              3. Simon Belcham .... 2-12
                Total match weight = 1,216lbs 14oz
                Average weight = 64lbs

                Monday, 17 May 2010

                Cider Farm, 16 May 2010 (19 pegs)

                As expected on Cider Farm's Dabinett lake the top three places were taken by the usual form pegs on the gap between the islands.  Venue regular Mike Smith took the top honours and his first win since joining the club this season with 73lbs 5oz from peg 6 all caught on paste.
                Second place went to Mark Radford on neighbouring peg 7  with 68-3, again all taken on paste.  It seems as though Mark has finally shaken off his run of crap draws and returned to form having framed twice in two matches.
                In third place, despite drawing the hottest peg on the lake, peg 21, was "rock steady" Eddie Wynne with 57-5 caught on pellet.  It's rumoured that since Eddie started match fishing (many years ago) he has never drawn a bad peg!

                With the lake split into two sections, 1 to 14 and 16 to 28, another "paste-head",  Chris Szakacs took the first section from peg 3 with 41-4.  With nobody on peg 2 Chris was gifted another empty peg next to him when Alan Healy thought he had drawn peg 4 but in actual fact had drawn 14.  Alan practically skipped up the lake to peg 14 but only managed to weigh in 10-12 so in hindsight he probably wished he'd stayed put on 4 and saved himself a few pound coins!!
                The second section went to Adam Caswell on peg 22 where, despite losing a shedload of fish in the infamous Cider Farm reeds, he still managed to foul hook 33-8  and put himself at the top of the PSV year totals!
                In the knockout Adam Caswell goes through to the second round after beating Ade Crawley in 2 out of the 3 legs of the first round as does club junior member, Ryan Radford after beating Steve Wynne twice.
                Adam Woodland and Simon Belcham face a decider at Campbell next week with Simon having a 3 point advantage. And Eddie Wynne and Mark Radford also face off next week with Mark ahead by just 1 point!
                Mike Smith goes to Campbell with a 17 point lead over Yan, the flying Dutchman, and Steve Hutchinson and Ryan Jordan also meet again next week with Steve Hutch ahead by 5 points.
                One-off battles at Campbell will be between Bob Warren and Paul Reed, Neil Mercer and Rich Jones and also Mike Wilson and Alan Healy


                Overall Result:
                1. Mike Smith ........ peg 6 ..... 73-5
                2. Mark Radford ........... 7 ..... 68-3
                3. Eddie Wynne ........... 21 .... 57-5
                4. Chris Szakacs ........... 3 ..... 41-4
                5. Adam Caswell* ........ 22 .... 33-8
                6. Steve Burgess ......... 16 .... 25-2
                7. Adam Woodland ....... 20 .... 20-13
                8. Darren North ........... 19 .... 15-1
                9. Steve Hutchinson ...... 9 ..... 13-12
                10. Ade Crawley ............. 1 ..... 13-3
                11. Alan Healy .............. 14 ..... 10-12
                12. Rich Jones ............... 8 ...... 10-10
                13. Stuart Riddle ........... 12 ..... 9-12
                14. Ryan Jordan ............ 18 ..... 8-13
                15. Paul Reed ................ 25 ..... 5-4
                16. Yan (Jan / Colin) ...... 16 ...... 5-0
                17. Derek Lucas ............ 27 ...... 4-7
                18. Ryan Radford ........... 17 ..... 0-4
                19. Steve Wynne ........... 28 ...... DNW
                *golden peg

                  Wednesday, 12 May 2010

                  Avalon, 9 May (14 pegs)

                  New Dad, Ryan Jordan celebrated the birth of daughter Maddie in style winning comfortably with 10lb to spare.  Fishing mainly with paste at 16m from peg 17 Ryan weighed in 58lbs 11oz.
                  This capped off a busy week for Ryan who has had to juggle breast-feeding Maddie through the night whilst delivering parcels during the day to such far-flung places as Oldland Common and Soundwell and in between managing to fit in four practice sessions at Avalon to make sure he made the frame on the match day!

                  Following up a golden peg win at Landsend last week, the runner up was form man of the moment, Adam (2 nose) Caswell who managed 48-9 from the top corner flier peg 17.  Adam fished long down both margins with paste and pellet to record an all-carp weight of 48-9 which was just enough to push his idol, Mark Radford into third.
                  Mark, a pipe-bender through the week, made a rare appearance in the frame having weighed in 47-6 from peg 3.
                  Just out of the money by 2lbs was Rich Jones on peg 13 with 45-5.
                  Rich (below) looks shocked and slightly embarrassed by the ease with which the fish in his peg were happy to snaffle his pellets!
                  Top silvers went to new member, Ade (creepy) Crawley with 6-4 from peg 21 followed by Adam Woodland, just 2oz off with 6-2 and Steve Burgess with 4-7.
                  The golden peg remained safe from harm with Derek Lucas who could only manage one fish for a total weight of 3lbs.
                  Cider Farm next week, if you are fishing please bear in mind that Mark is now insisting that nets should be bone dry before arrival.

                  Overall:
                  1. Ryan Jordan ...... peg 17 ...... 58-11
                  2. Adam Caswell .......... 23 ...... 48-9
                  3. Mark Radford ........... 3 ........ 47-6
                  4. Rich Jones ............... 13 ...... 45-5
                  5. Alan Healy ............... 11 ...... 32-8
                  6. Simon Belcham ........ 7 ........ 26-15
                  7. Ade Crawley ............. 21 ..... 25-8
                  8. Darren North ............ 12 ..... 21-14
                  9. Adam Woodland ........ 1 ...... 18-14
                  10. Paul Reed ................. 19 ..... 17-5
                  11. Ryan Radford ............ 5 ....... 17-2
                  12. Steve Burgess ........... 10 ..... 15-7
                  13. Steve Wynne ............ 16 ..... 10-4
                  14. Derek Lucas* ............ 9 ........ 3-0
                  *golden peg
                    Silvers:
                    1. Ade Crawley ...... 6-4
                    2. Adam Woodland . 6-2
                    3. Steve Burgess .... 4-7
                    4. Ryan Jordan ....... 1-9
                    5. Steve Wynne ...... 0-12
                    6. Paul Reed ........... 0-11
                    7. Ryan Radford ...... 0-4

                    Saturday, 8 May 2010

                    2010 Knockout, Format & 1st Round Fixtures

                    As discussed at the May meeting (yes, there was one) the 1st round of the knockout will be run over three legs (Avalon, Cider Farm & Campbell) with the results being decided by "best out of three".
                    If a fixture is drawn 1-1 or if neither angler meets at one of the three matches then the result will be decided on total points scored.
                    Losers from the first round will go into the knockout "plate".
                    The 2nd round of the main knockout and the "plate" will be fished by the same format over the following 2 matches (Sedges, 30 May and Campbell, 6 June).
                    After that all fixtures will be fished over 1 match to be arranged to suit everyone involved.
                    The pairs competition will be drawn at the June meeting and, as last year, will be run up to the match prior to the Christmas match. Cost will be £5 each (winners take all).

                    Round 1 Fixtures:
                    • Adam Caswell  v  Ade Crawley
                    • Adam Woodland  v  Simon Belcham
                    • Alan Healy  v  Mike Wilson
                    • Bob Warren  v  Paul Reed
                    • Brian Shanks  v  Derek Lucas
                    • Chris Szakacs  v  Paul Elmes
                    • Trigger  v  Stuart Ashton
                    • Darren North  v  Stuart Riddle
                    • Eddie Wynne  v  Mark Radford
                    • Mike Smith  v  Yan
                    • Neil Mercer  v  Rich Jones
                    • Ron Hardiman  v  Steve Burgess
                    • Ryan Jordan  v  Steve Hutchinson
                    • Ryan Radford  v  Steve Wynne

                    Wednesday, 5 May 2010

                    Landsend, Match Lake, 2 May (17 pegs)


                    Overall Result:
                    1. Adam Caswell* ...... 59-13 (peg 3) no bait, all foul-hooked
                    2. Brian Shanks (r) .... 52-14
                    3. Chris Szakacs ........ 47-14
                    4. Eddie Wynne ......... 45-3
                    5. Alan Healy ............ 37-12 (only fished last hour)
                    6. Darren North ......... 34-0 (only fished first hour)
                    7. Mike Wilson ........... 33-15
                    8. Bob Warren ........... 33-8
                    9. Paul Reed............... 31-7
                    10. Ron Hardiman ........ 30-13
                    11. Mark Radford (u) .... 29-4
                    12. Stuart Riddle .......... 26-0
                    13. Steve Hutchinson .... 25-10
                    14. Ade Crawley ........... 20-7
                    15. Adam Woodland ...... 20-5
                    16. Simon Belcham(d) ... 11-3
                    17. Mike Smith ............. DNW (wasn't at Cider Farm)
                    *golden peg
                    (d) disabled
                    (r) ringer
                    (u) useless

                    Silvers:
                    1. Mike Wilson ...... 23-15
                    2. Chris Zak ......... 17-3
                    3. Eddie Wynne ..... 16-10
                    4. Brian Shanks ..... 14-6
                    5. Simon Belcham .. 11-3
                    6. Bob Warren ....... 9-11
                    7. Steve Hutchinson .. 9-5
                    8. Ade Crawley ....... 8-15
                    9. Paul Reed .......... 7-7
                    10. Stuart Riddle ...... 6-9
                    11. Adam Caswell ..... 5-6 (foul-hooked tench)
                    12. Alan Healy ......... 4-10
                    13. Adam Woodland .. 4-4
                    14. Mark Radford ...... 4-3
                    15. Ron Hardiman ..... 3-13
                    16. Darren North ....... 2-9
                     League Totals:
                    1. Chris Zak ....... 91pts .... 271-5
                    2. Alan Healy ...... 90 ...... 217-7
                    3. Adam Caswell .. 84 ..... 270-11
                    4. Stuart Riddle .... 72 .... 244-3
                    5. Steve Burgess .. 69 .... 209-7
                    6. Bob Warren ...... 68 .... 233-14
                    7. Paul Reed ......... 63 ... 204-6
                    8. Adam Woodland . 57 .. 167-13
                    9. Derek Lucas ...... 53 ... 137-4
                    10. Neil Mercer ....... 51 ... 360-12
                    11. Paul Elmes ........ 51 ... 322-11
                    12. Craig Edmunds .. 50 ... 258-6
                    13. Mark Radford .... 50 ... 246-5
                    14. Simon Belcham .. 49 ... 184-6
                    15. Steve Wynne ..... 38 ... 119-4
                    16. Mije Wilson ........ 30 ... 140-9
                    17. Darren North ...... 27 .. 80-14
                    18. Brian Shanks ..... 26 ... 72-9
                    19. Rich Jones ......... 25 ... 106-14
                    20. Mike Smith ........ 25 ... 71-5
                    21. Yan .................. 24 .... 28-1
                    22. Ryan Jordan ...... 23 .... 114-14
                    23. Stuart Ashton .... 21 .... 20-13
                    24. Eddie Wynne ..... 14 .... 45-3
                    25. Rom Hardiman .. 8 ...... 30-13
                    26. Steve Hutchinson 5 ..... 25-10
                    27. Ade Crawley ...... 4 ..... 20-7

                      Monday, 26 April 2010

                      Sedges, Brick Lake, 25 April (17 pegs)

                      Fishing the tip ..... a method enjoyed by numpties and employed in times of desperation in order to avoid a "blank" when all other normal fishing methods have failed to produce.
                      (see also "fishing the paste")




                      As always at the much improved Sedges fishery we received a warm welcome from owners Denise and Jamie. With all nets provided and collected from the bank, the weigh-in taken care of and free refreshments before and after matches there's little left to amuse the moaners.
                      Unfortunately though, the fishing didn't quite match the quality of the reception as the lake appeared to be having an "off" day for some!
                      The best of the action was to be found at the top of the left hand bank, away from the worst effects of the wind and tow where Simon (disabled when it suits) Belcham on peg 10 fished paste and 4mm pellet at 11m to weigh in 60lbs 13oz and take top spot and a £65 payout.
                      Next to Simon, in peg 9, and only 4 ounces behind with 60-9 was the ever-consistent Caig Trigger Edmunds.
                      Trigger fished hard pellet on the deck at between 14 and 16m and also managed one of his better fish on the pellet waggler out towards the centre rope.
                      Third place went to self-confessed Sedges expert, Darren North on peg 6 with 46-14 followed by Paul Elmes on peg 4 with 36-15.

                      Paul Reed continued his decent run of form by taking 5th place and the best weight on the right-hand bank with 31-10 from peg 12.The Silvers honours went to Bob Warren with 17-13 of skimmers taken on soft pellet at 12m on peg 2.

                      Overall Result:
                      1. Simon Belcham ....... peg 10 ... 60-13
                      2. Craig Edmunds ......... 9 ......... 60-9
                      3. Darren North ............ 6 ......... 46-14
                      4. Paul Elmes ................ 4 ......... 36-15
                      5. Paul Reed .................. 12 ....... 31-10
                      6. Adam Caswell ........... 11 ........ 25-6
                      7. Adam Woodland ....... 8 ........ 24-11
                      8. Bob Warren ............... 2 ........ 22-13
                      9. Brian Shanks ............ 15 ........ 19-11
                      10. Chris Szakacs ........... 16 ........ 17-1
                      11. Yan* .......................... 18 ........ 8-0
                      12. Derek Lucas .............. 11 ........ 3-2
                      13. Alan Healy ................ 5 ......... 2-15
                      14. Steve Burgess ............ 14 ......... 1-2
                      15. Ady Crawley .............. 3 ......... dnw
                      16. Mike Smith ............... 19 ....... dnw
                      17. Ron Hardiman ......... 17 ........ dnw
                      Silvers:
                      1. Bob Warren ........ 17-13
                      2. Chris Szakacs ...... 13-3
                      3. Craig Edmunds ... 13-0
                      4. Brian Shanks ....... 12-8
                      5. Simon Belcham ... 10-3
                      6. Adam Woodland .. 4-6
                      7. Yan ....................... 3-7
                      8. Alan Healy ........... 2-15
                      9. Adam Caswell ...... 1-15
                      10. Paul Elmes ........... 1-14
                      11. Steve Burgess ....... 1-2
                      12. Derek Lucas ......... 0-8


                      Wednesday, 21 April 2010

                      Sedges & Curry Night

                      We currently have 18 down to fish at Sedges this Sunday so I won't be taking any more bookings.
                      If this remains unchanged I will be leaving out the two end pegs nearest the carp park, pegs 1 and 20 (I think!). Payouts will be top 3 overall of £65, £55 and £40 with the top 2 silvers weights at £45 and £30. The golden peg now stands at £80. Draw at 9am and fishing from 10 till 4.
                      Keepnets and landing net are supplied at Sedges but fish over 10lb must be weighed, recorded and put back.
                      I have booked up the Curry Night for the next meeting on Tuesday May 4 at Bollywood Spice (as before). The table is booked for 8:30 for 16 people (to be confirmed) so if you're not booked in for the curry and want to stay on please let me know as soon as possible.
                      Please note that priority for match places will be for members who book in at the monthly meeting.
                      See you on Sunday!

                      Tuesday, 20 April 2010

                      Viaduct, Campbell, 18 April (20 pegs)




                      Bright sunshine and still conditions plus a big weight open on Saturday meant the odds were against us for Campbell Match Lake to show it's true potential.
                      Not so however for folically challenged Avon Angling superstar and part-time porn actor Craig Edmunds. Drawn on peg 116 and sporting the latest psv trend of a dodgy limp (as perfected by Simon Belcham and imitated by Ryan Jordan), Craig fished hard pellet on the deck and shallow at 14 and 16m catching steadily throughout the day to easily win the match with 133lbs 4oz of carp and skimmers. (5lbs fell foul to Viaduct's 80lb per net rule)! Over 30lbs off the pace in second place was new dad Paul Elmes. Paul pegged opposite the winner on peg 125 fished similar methods to Craig to weigh in an all carp total of 99-1 although between the two of them there was another 50lbs of bullshit flying backwards and forwards across the lake in the form of "The Trigger and Beaver show".
                      At one point Craig was admitting to six carp and when questioned why yards of his elastic had been stretched out for most of the day he put it down to foul-hooked skimmers!

                      Third place with 96-7 went to Viaduct specialist, Chris Szakacks. Pegged near the top of the Campbell / Cary causeway on 116 and sandwiched between Steve Burgess and Mike Smith, Chris took carp early on the bomb before switching to the waggler but caught most of his fish on the deck at 14m.

                      Over in the opposite corner, in "silvers heaven" peg 123, Derek Lucas fished between 13 and 16m up the margins with luncheon meat and later with paste to easily win the silvers pool with 40-5 of quality tench and skimmers while topping up his tan at the same time.
                      Today's entertainment was provided this time by Mark Radford when his tip rod was dragged into the lake, the rod and reel were a Christmas present from his wife but luckily for Mark it was later hooked by Mike Wilson saving him a proper kicking when he got home!
                      Also by a very red Alan Healy (was that Sunburn, embarrassment or a combination of both) who had to hand over pound coins to Steve Burgess and Paul Reed after his dismal dnw from aereator flier peg 131!
                      Pictures from www.toppegplus.co.uk
                      Overall Result:
                      1. Craig Edmunds .... peg 116 .... 133-4
                      2. Paul Elmes ................ 125 ..... 99-1
                      3. Chris Szakacks .......... 118 ..... 96-7
                      4. Neil Mercer ............... 113 ..... 85-9
                      5. Stuart Riddle ............ 115 ...... 84-8
                      6. Adam Caswell ........... 129 ..... 81-15
                      7. Steve Burgess ........... 119 ...... 80-8
                      8. Ryan Jordan ............. 128 ..... 77-6
                      9. Derek Lucas .............. 123 ..... 77-2
                      10. Simon Belcham ........ 130 ..... 68-12
                      11. Steve Wynne ............. 126 ..... 64-1
                      12. Paul Reed .................. 132 ..... 63-6
                      13. Mark Radford ............ 111 ..... 53-13
                      14. Mike Wilson .............. 110 ..... 53-3
                      15. Rich Jones* ............... 124 ..... 43-10
                      16. Bob Warren ............... 114 ...... 31-4
                      17. Adam Woodland ....... 127 ..... 28-3
                      18. Alan Healy .............. 131 ..... dnw
                      19. Mike Smith ................ 117 ..... dnw
                      20. Yan ............................. 112 .... dnw
                      *golden peg

                      Silvers:
                      1. Derek Lucas .......... 40-5
                      2. Craig Edmunds ..... 27-7
                      3. Bob Warren ........... 23-6
                      4. Steve Burgess ........ 13-4
                      5. Ryan Jordan .......... 11-2
                      6. Adam Caswell ........ 7-5
                      7. Paul Reed ............... 7-4
                      8. Stuart Riddle .......... 6-6
                      9. Mike Wilson ........... 3-8
                      10. Mark Radford ........ 2-9
                      11. Chris Szakacks ...... 2-6

                      Sunday, 11 April 2010

                      Hillview, 11 April (12 pegs)

                      Not a big weight match by any stretch of the imagination but a close result all the same!
                      It seemed that the carp were not going to settle in any particular area but were happy to cruise just below the surface up and down the matchlength instead. Using this to his advantage Alan Healy fished meat at half depth to the far bank of peg 91 picking off enough fish to take the top spot with 22lbs 4oz.
                      Second place with 20-9 went to Stuart Riddle on end peg 95. Stuart caught to begin with tight to the far bank reeds on pellet but was suffering from foul-hookers and lost fish before switching to his right hand margin where he managed a late run of carp on paste.
                      At the other end of lake 4, Bob Warren managed 3rd and the lake 4 section (by default) with 18-7.
                      Top weight on lake 3 and 4th place went to Derek Lucas with 16-4.

                      Overall Result:
                      1. Alan Healy ..... peg 91 ........ 22-4
                      2. Stuart Riddle .... 95 ........... 20-9
                      3. Bob Warren ...... 86 .......... 18-7
                      4. Derek Lucas ...... 79 .......... 16-4
                      5. Chris Zaks ......... 84 .......... 14-11
                      6. Stuart Ashton* .. 74 .......... 11-13
                      7. Yan (Colin) ........ 72 .......... 9-8
                      8. Steve Burgess .... 70 .......... 9-7
                      9. Simon Belcham . 88 .......... 9-6
                      10. Adam Caswell .... 93 .......... 9-5
                      11. Mark Radford .... 81 .......... 6-15
                      12. Adam Woodland . 77 ......... 5-9
                      *golden peg

                      League Totals (after 5 matches):
                      1. Alan Healy ....... 72pts .... 176-12
                      2. Steve Burgess ... 54 ....... 127-13
                      3. Stuart Riddle .... 53 ....... 133-11
                      4. Chris Szakacs .... 53 ....... 109-15
                      5. Bob Warren ....... 46 ...... 146-5
                      6. Adam Woodland . 42 .... 94-10
                      7. Adam Caswell .... 40 ...... 103-9
                      8. Mark Radford .... 38 ...... 163-4
                      9. Derek Lucas ....... 38 ...... 57-0
                      10. Neil Mercer ........ 37 ...... 275-3
                      11. Paul Reed ........... 35 ...... 77-15
                      12. Steve Wynne ...... 31 ....... 55-3
                      13. Mike Smith ......... 25 ...... 71-5
                      14. Rich Jones .......... 22 ...... 63-4
                      15. Stuart Ashton ..... 21 ...... 20-13
                      16. Paul Elmes ......... 20 ..... 186-11
                      17. Simon Belcham .. 19 ..... 43-10
                      18. Yan (Colin) ......... 17 ...... 20-1
                      19. Mike Wilson ....... 15 ...... 53-7
                      20. Craig Edmunds .. 13 ...... 64-9
                      21. Ryan Jordan ....... 13 ...... 37-8

                      Monday, 5 April 2010

                      Staunton Court, Pole only, 4 April (14 pegs)

                      It was suggested by Psv's chairman, Mike Wilson, that I book up for breakfast at Watersmeet Hotel, which turned out to be an excellent start to the day with a top notch full English for £5.50 and just 5 minutes away from Staunton Court. I'm sure it will become a regular feature of future Staunton matches.
                      A month ago at the last match, the carp had been reluctant to feed and quality skimmers had been the target but this time round was a completely different affair (for some) with most of the carp action coming from the bottom end of the lake and, in particlar, the early pegs on the concrete bank.
                      Drawn on peg 3, new Dad Paul Elmes fished 6mm pellet shallow, varying his depth, at 13m to weigh in an awesome 186-11 to take the top spot just ahead of his travelling companion, in-form Neil Mercer on peg 2 who fished exactly the same method as Paul to weigh in 25 carp for 177-5.
                      Just around the corner on peg 14 Mark Radford made good use of a decent draw (for once) and fished paste up to the corner reed bed for 3rd place with 116-2 of quality carp.
                      Last in the frame was old stalwart Bob Warren on peg 11 who caught skimmers and carp on soft pellet at 12m before switching to his inside line to take some decent sized carp on maggot for a total of 53-7.
                      Bob has forgotten more about fishing than most of us will ever learn!
                      This match also saw a welcome return for Simon "limpy" Belcham, who after his oscar winning fall at the Westerleigh Christmas match, has had to endure the last four months off work and a lengthy spell in a knee brace. Still in a lot of pain, the 38 year old (he's had a hard life) computer programmer had to fish the match in his new Korum disabled chair but despite this he still managed 8th place and a creditable 34-4.

                      Overall Result:
                      1. Paul Elmes ...... peg 3 ..... 186-11
                      2. Neil Mercer ....... 2 .......... 177-5
                      3. Mark Radford ... 14 ......... 116-2
                      4. Bob Warren ....... 11 ......... 53-7
                      5. Adam Caswell .... 1 .......... 40-11
                      6. Stuart Riddle ..... 9 .......... 37-5
                      7. Chris Zak ........... 13 ......... 34-6
                      8. Simon Belcham .. 4 ......... 34-4
                      9. Alan Healy* ........ 5 ......... 25-1
                      10. Mike Smith ........ 10 ........ 19-8
                      11. Yan (Colin) ......... 6 ......... 10-9
                      12. Paul Reed ........... 12 ........ 10-4
                      13. Mike Wilson ....... 8 ......... 9-9
                      14. Steve Burgess ..... 7 ......... 6-0
                      * golden peg