14th October – Greenhills, New Pool
The final league match of the year had it all; the final of the knockout, the final of the team knockout and the league champion to be decided. Torrential rain and a huge drop in temperature made it tricky fishing for some anglers with others picking off some big fish. Biggest of which went over 18lbs which Keith Holt caught from peg 7. Vic Watling lead the way with a pellet feeder caught bag of carp and skimmers from peg 3. Vic chucked to the middle of the lake and fished this line all day changing between wafters and dead reds on the hook. Second place came from the next peg with Mike Bryant picking off some big carp and skimmers on maggot and worm over pellet feed at 8m on the pole. Making up the frame was Carl Graham who drew peg 13. Carl caught on pellet and corn on the short pole.
The team knockout final was also contested today with team 5 (V. Watling, M. Bryant and R. Grubb) weighing 152lb 6oz to nearly treble the weight of their opponents team 2 (M.Barnes, S.Thompson and G. Goodyear) who combined to weigh 59lb 2oz.
The knockout final was fished between Stu Cholerton and Darren Bryant. Drawing next to one another made it an interesting prospect. However the fish seemed not to come up towards the end of the lake that Darren drew with Stu running away with the contest to win the knockout trophy.
The league championship winner was also decided with Matt Barnes being crowned champion with a points total of 75 over 12 matches and a cumulative weight of 1,014lb 8oz.
1st Mick Watling 77lb 6oz
2nd Mike Bryant 75lb
3rd Carl Graham 70lb
30th September – KC Fisheries, Hunters Pool
Hard going for most with spurts of fish and no real pattern of anglers catching consistently. The main frame had the same weight as the rest of the frame and the winner had a quarter of the total weight caught in his catch. Darren came out on top catching on maggots in the margins of peg 12. Darren also beat Matt Barnes in the knockout semi final. Second on the day was Stu Cholerton on the peg opposite Darren on peg 14. Stu fished between maggots on the pole and pellet feeder. Stu was fishing against Mike Bryant in the knockout. Third on the day was Dave Warren whom caught on soft pellet on a number of different pole lines.
1st Darren Bryant 65lb
2nd Stu Cholerton 24lb 8oz
3rd Dave Warren 22lb 6oz
Section winners: Nick Watling and Dean Grubb
22nd September – Tirley, Pete’s Lake
Autumn had arrived this morning with a noticeable drop in air temperature in the morning and rain throughout the day. However this didn’t harm the fishing with an average weight between the anglers of 92lb. Pellet on the short pole was the most effective method with anglers on the shallow bank also catching down their edges. Winner on the day was Matt Barnes, drawn in the deeper water on peg 9. Matt fished banded hard pellet on the deck at 4m in 6ft of water later switching to paste. The last hour was then spent fishing a top kit out on paste. Second was Darren Bryant who drew peg 17 the corner of the shallow bank next to the trees. Starting at 5m Darren caught steadily on soft pellet over pellet feed. Once the tails appeared under the trees Darren switched to this line with the same bait. Carl Graham made up the frame with a corn and pellet caught bag of fish. Carl fished the short pole and the margins.
1st Matt Barnes 205lb 3oz
2nd Darren Bryant 151lb 11oz
3rd Carl Graham 131lb
Section winners: Dean Grubb and Stu Cholerton
16th September – Hawford Bridge Fishery, Reddings
A fish race was expected at the draw. Everyone fancied the windward pegs or the pegs on the point. Unfortunately the fish came in spells and then disappeared throughout the match. On fire angler Stu Choleron, drawn in the corner with wind blowing in, lead the way catching carp from the inside margin of his end peg. Second was Darren Bryant on peg 15 with a bag of carp caught on pellet short and in the margins. Making up the frame was Matt Barnes who drew an un-fancied peg 19 and caught on short pole and pellet.
1st Stu Cholerton 114lb 14oz
2nd Darren Bryant 89lb 8oz
3rd Matt Barnes 79lb 2oz
Section winners: Mick Watling, Carl Graham and Mike Bryant
2nd September – Elmbridge Fishery, Heron Pool
With limited space allowed on the venue pegging was tight and was always going to be difficult in places. Unfortunately this made it a low weight match with some anglers struggling. 1st on the day was Matt Barnes who drew peg 1. Catching on paste at 6m and later 4m with a few fish on pellet shallow on the long pole and down the shelf of the margins on corn on the inside. On form angler Vick Watling came second after drawing the middle of the lake peg 10. With other anglers around him struggling Dick decided to pot in the pellet feeder on his inside line. Nick said after the match, “it’s all about presentation down the edge, I got it right whilst others around me didn’t”. Carl Graham then made up the frame with an all carp bag caught on various lines between 4m and 8m on corn and pellet caught on peg 4.
The match also decided the finalists of the team knockout competition. There are also 2 matches left for the individual knockout rounds with points being close it is all to play for in the next 2 matches!
1st Matt Barnes 76lb 07oz
2nd Rick Watling 55lb 15oz
3rd Carl Graham 48lb
Section Winners – Keith Holt, Dave Warren and Dean Grubb
26th August – Woodlands View, Ghost Pool
A deluge on rain and wind from 10am to 3pm meant a soggy and rather cold affair. The noted pegs in the teens did not produce today with the fish staying in the early numbers out of the wind and tucked into a corner. Winner today was Glenn Scotthorne, who recently came back from holiday. Glenn Nudd fished the pellet feeder to the corner of the lake where the scum had accumulated. After a long campaign, which often led to Glenn packing up early, searching for the magical ‘ton’ weight Glenn Shipp finally passed that benchmark today. Well done Glenn! Second on the day was Stuperstar Cholerton. Fishing short and his margins with pellet and a couple of maggots on the hook. Making up the frame was the ever consistent Darren Bryant, again fishing short at 4m and in his margins.
1st – Glenn Butt 113-06
2nd – Stu Cholerton 109-12
3rd – Darren Bryant 90-02
Section winners Mick Watling and Matt Barnes
12th August – Jam Factory, Ash Pool
Rain threatened the whole day however managed to stay dry for the most. A tight match with most of the weights in the 50lb-60lb bracket. Winner on the day was Euro-Hodge, who caught all of his fish on 6mm-8mm expander over 4mm pellets . Drawn in the favoured area on peg 17 Euro-Hodge caught fish up to 10lb down his margin. 2nd was Matt Barnes who drew an un-favoured peg 6 and caught on paste at 6m. 3rd was Darren Bryant on peg 20, Darren caught down the inside and short on pellets and corn.
1st – Hodgie 125lb
2nd – Matt Barnes 106lb 12oz
3rd – Darren Bryant 99lb 4oz
Section winners: Vick Watling, Method Mike and Tommo
5th August – Lower Park Lakes, Abbey Pool
Scorching hot sunshine meant that the fish would be in the upper layers of the water and in shallow water. Method Mike (Bryant) fished his favoured method, the method feeder with pellet on the feeder and the hook, all match to catch F1 and proper carp. Narrowly beaten into 2nd place was Matt Barnes who fished between the method feeder with a pink wafter and maggots up in the water at 6m. In 3rd place was Mike Spragg of favoured peg 62, Mike caught carp and barbel down his long margin on pellets and corn.
1st Method Mike 76lb 8oz peg 23
2nd Matt Barnes 76lb 2oz peg 8
3rd Mike Spragg 57lb 4oz peg 62
Section winners: Darren Bryant and Dave Warren
29th July – Ockeridge Lakes, Oak pool.
Not the greatest start to a match for some of our members and the fishing didn’t improve for some either. In the end a closely fought contest in the middle of the lake and in other places a complete lack of action. All the weights were done short and down the inside with pellet and corn being the order of the day.
1st Carl Graham 87lb 12oz peg 4
2nd Darren Bryant 48lb peg 6
3rd Stu Cholerton 47lb 9oz peg 24
Section winners: Tomo and Dave Warren
14th July 2018 – Lower Park Lakes, Abbey Pool
A new an interesting venue to the match calendar and one that will be revisited next month. Lots of small F1s were the order to the day, making weights tight between anglers, with those anglers sorting out the better stamp of fish doing slightly better. Stu Cholerton won with frugal feeding he kept the fish interested from peg 62. Michael Bryant off peg 25 found some better fish down the inside to keep his title hopes alive and Hodgie kept up his run of form from peg 10 to claim 3rd on the day .
1st Stu Cholerton 43lb 8oz
2nd Michael Bryant 35lb 7oz
3rd Hodgie 35lb
Section winners: Rob Grubb and Carl Graham
8th July 2018 – Cob House, Wyatt’s pool
The heat wave continues! A great match with 10 of the 16 anglers weighing in over a ton, total weight between 16 anglers was 1696lb and the average weight for anglers being 106lb. Hodgie won the match, although he went over in all 3 nets . 2nd Place was Darren Bryan from the next peg 9 with . Both caught all day in the margins and short on pellet, corn and paste. Section 1 also contained 3rd place with Stu Cholerton from peg 3 on the method feeder. 4th on the day from an absolute screamer of an end peg with fish showing everywhere was Vic Watling – goes to show even a blind squirrel sometimes finds a nut!!
1st: Hodgie 180lb
2nd: Darren Bryant 174lb 14oz
3rd: Stu Cholerton 169lb 11oz
Section Winners: Dean Grubb 140lb 2oz, Nick Watling 147lb 8oz and Mike Bryant 138lb 12oz
30th June 2018 – Jam Factory, sycamore pool
Scorccio!!! Red hot conditions as it has been for over 2 weeks, the talk was of mugging cruising fish before the match however there were very little cruisers to be seen, the carp now getting used to the heat and hopefully starting to get on the feed! Darren drew permanent peg 23 and fished between the short pole at 6m and down the inside margins on pellet and corn. His weight comprised of mainly the smaller stamp of fish. The margins were the best line on the day with a few fish coming out on short pole and shallow also.
1st: Darren Bryant 81lb 12oz
2nd: Mike Spragg 79lb
3rd: Stuart Cholerton 68lb 8oz
Section Winners: Matt Barnes 67lb 4oz, Hodgy 47lb and Carl Graham 55lb 10oz
17th June 2018 – Larford Lakes, specimen lake
With conditions getting hotter and the venue fishing strangely this was going to be tough in places. The winner caught on pellet waggler and caught most of his fish when drawing the float into his feed. Gaz blew the rest of the field away from peg 68 to win by over 50lb. Other weights came from fishing the bomb and pellet, method feeder and the short pole with pellet and corn.
1st: Gary Watling 107lb 11oz
2nd: Michael Bryant 52lb 06oz
3rd Matt Barnes 47lb 11oz
Section Winners: Pete Bryant 42lb 02oz, Carl Graham 30lb and Mike Spragg (Double default) 23lb 12oz
3rd June 2018- Greenhills old pool:
A tough match for most with red hot temperatures and bright sunlight. Carp were swimming around the surface of the lake at the start of the match however were being very tricky to catch. The winning weight was caught fishing pellet up in the water at 14m. Other anglers had some success in the margins and fishing to the island.
1st: Matt Barnes 140lb 11oz
2nd: Mike Spragg 62lb
3rd: Mick Watling 52lb 80z
Section winners: Hodgey 31lb 4oz, Dave Warren 45lb 10oz and Steve Thompson 24lb 8oz