Match 16 – Aston Eyre 01/11/2015

Quarry Pool

19 Fished

Well we have come to the end of another successful season. Thanks to all members for their attendance in all weathers at matches, again a great statistic for a fishing club of our size. Don’t forget to let Trev know your nominees for the awards prior to the presentation night, which is 5th December  2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unicorn, Little Dawley. Sorry there are no photo’s this week, I blame the fog.

This match started out in dense fog, visibility was so bad that sometimes all you could hear were voices otherwise you’d have thought everyone else had gone home and you were fishing on your own.  Simon used this to his advantage and weighed in 72-08 for first place.  Kev made a dramatic comeback to weigh 70-14 for second, followed by Terry with 58-02.

The bragging rights for the top of the leader board went down to this last match, and it wasn’t without controversy! With Kev landing a fish a few feet from his peg, he ‘quietly’ released the fish back into the pool to avoid disqualification and he got his head down and battled his way to second place in the match and finally overtake Martin to finish on top of the leader board by just 4 points, and Brian finished in third place. Congratulations to everyone for making this such a good contest!


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Match 15 – Weston Pools 18/10/2015

Belvedere Pool

14 Fished

Who pegged this! LOL

Nothing doing here!









Lily pad peg please!

Martin's catching, Kev's doing alright, Rob's got another one.

Martin’s catching, Kev’s doing alright, Rob’s got another one.



Where are the fish? NOT at our end, well that seemed to be true as all the framing weights came from the top end of Belvedere. With Paul ‘leading’ the way on his favoured feeder method, he surprised anglers at the other end of the pool by putting 30-0 on the scales to take first place. This beat Martin into 2nd place, desperate to finish ahead of Kev Lees to maintain his position top of the leader board – he ensured that by finishing with 25-08 to improve his lead on the leader board to 5 points. In third place was Rob who also had the Golden peg draw, and finished up with 22-06. This was a hard venue, probably not helped that the venue hosted a masters contest on the pools on the Friday and Saturday. Who booked this? Lessons learned!


The result means that Martin now has extended his lead to 5 points ahead of Kev at the top of the leader board.
1. Paul Jinks

Peg: 13

2. Martin McHugh

Peg: 1

3. Rob McKee

Peg: 14


Next match Sun 1st Nov, 2015 at Aston Eyre draw at 8 a.m.

Everybody who has trophies please return them for the next match.

Match 14 – Astwood 04/10/2015

Buddlea Pool

17 Fished

Trev shows he's back on track taking 1st place.

Trev shows he’s back on track taking 1st place.

Practice makes perfect – Trev Briggs showed the way at Astwood taking 1st place from peg 1 with 48-0. Trev took carp to 10-0 beating Kev ‘Tom Daley’ Lees who finished the match with 40-0 and wet, it seems Kev ‘forgot’ he had returned from his holidays earlier that morning and needed to cool off, so ‘dived’ in for a closer look at the island.
This method must have helped him as he discovered unless he got really close to the island he didn’t get a bite.
Terry and Simon  shared 3rd place both finished with 27-12.
Meanwhile Ted was finding it hard to land the fish he was catching, he just couldn’t get them into the net on his method of the method which is a feature of this weeks competition, Spot the fish! Prizes could include a snorkelling set, swimming arm bands or a rubber ring.
That sinking feeling
Martin top of the leader board

Martin top of the leader board

The result means that Martin now has a narrow 2 point lead over Kev at the top of the leader board.
1.  Trev Briggs

Peg: 1

2. Kev Lees

Peg: 16

3. =  Terry Eardley

Peg: 5

3. =  Simon Garbett

Peg: 19


Next match Sun 18th Oct, 2015 at Weston Pools draw at 8 a.m.

Match 13 – Top Barn 20/09/2015

Top Barn Pool

10 Fished

It fished very hard as this was a specimen pool so we were told by the locals, and had  never had a contest on it before so everyone was a bit down in the dumps but we plodded on regardless.
Danny had heaviest fish 16lbs 4ozs, he lost a monster before he had this one which he claimed was around the 20lb mark.
Brian came a close  second with 15lbs 0ozs which he let everybody know how big it was by stating that he needed a bigger landing net before we weighed him in. The results mean that Martin has now opened up a 14 point lead at the top of the leader board.
1.  Dan Podmore

Peg: 6

2. Brian Pickstone

Peg: 8

3.  Dave Goodhall

Peg: 1


Heaviest fish Dan Podmore 16-4-0

Next match Sun 4th Oct, 2015 at Astwood draw at 8 a.m.

Match 12 – Woodlands View 06/09/2015

Big Al’s and Little Al’s

15 fished

Is this the Golden peg winning fish.

Is this the Golden peg winning fish.

This match was split across two pools Big Al’s and Little Al’s at Woodlands View. I didn’t fancy my peg as on the map of the pools peg 11 looked like it was an end peg and I had drawn peg 12 on Little Al’s. However when we arrived at the peg we found that the map was wrong and I did have the end peg which is also a corner peg. [Ahem] double bonus!

On Big Al’s, Martin took first place with 46-12, the reports from Trev was that he was catching really well on the feeder. Jack was caught out, when a carp ripped his rod off the rest and before he could react his rod and reel were in the pool, the initial run from the carp triggered Red to strike and haul in not only a carp but also Jacks rod and reel! Well done Red, I hope Jack brought you that pint he offered as a reward.  Jack’s day could only get better and it did, as he finished in second place with 31-8.

On Little Al’s, on peg 12, to my left, I noticed fish topping, not only were they topping they were feeding in the scum which had blown into the corner of the pool, which I had to myself.  I didn’t need to wait too long for a decent take, the fish took off along the bank heading for a reed bed before the elastic arced his run to the middle of the pool. Gradually, the carp came back to me as I broke my pole down to the fourth section, keeping the pressure on, the hooked common surged on another run, now I knew I was in a fight, “More pole! More pole!” my solid 12 elastic was being stretched to its limit and the fish was back in the middle of the pool. The fish made another two runs like this, putting in a good account of itself, but eventually after a good ten minute fight, once the fish tired and I managed to ‘fold’ it into my landing net, I knew it was time to change the rig onto my pulla-kit, to have any chance of winning the match. Trev was on-hand to see this epic fight and supply the photos, and I could see he was itching to get back fishing soon. Not too long now Trev.

Terry was a close second, and I knew Paul was doing okay because Ted was next door on peg 13 cursing every fish Paul caught, while Paul was saying it wasn’t him it was Tez who was catching well, and needed a bigger net to land one whale!  Finally a quick mention that Ted whooped his brother Billy, once again – what’s the score so far this year Ted? Billy?

Firstly some words of thanks, to everyone who shook my hand and congratulated me on my first win of the season, even first time in the frame for a long, long time, (hence this longer than normal write up).  Also to Simon and Barry who couldn’t attend this match, but played their part two weeks before at Solhampton, which kept the Golden peg running for me to win it. Dan, thanks for drawing the golden pegs and telling me in the car park before we started that I had a golden peg, which is usually the kiss of death and also to Billy for topping up the Club Golden Peg prize to £100, which has been running since the last A.G.M.  Thank you, the sportsmanship is what makes the club great!

Little Al’s

1 Mel Boulds Peg: 12 44-2-0
2 Terry Eardley Peg: 16 41-3-0

Big Al’s

1 Martin McHugh Peg: 10 46-12-0
2 Jack Cheadle Peg: 9 31-8-0

Match 10 – Pipehill 09/08/2015

Alders Pool

19 Fished

Jack on the pole

Jack Cheadle finished 5th with 19-0-0

 Summer was finally back for this match. There was another fantastic turnout as this venue was anticipated to provide good weights all round. There is a good head of fish in Alders.Alders holds a good head of common and mirror carp, some which reach 22lbs with a decent number of fish in the 11lbs to 15lbs range and a lot of fish around the 5lbs to 6lbs mark. In general, Alders holds the biggest fish of the Pipehill waters.  There are also good numbers of crucian carp to 2lbs with plenty of fish around the 1lb mark but, despite the large stock of crucians, catching these fish can sometimes be erratic but they provide great sport when they are on the feed.  However, after the first hour, following some instant success, the talk around the pool was that most were either struggling for bites or losing fish for one reason or another.
1.  Martin McHugh

Peg: 10

2. Simon Garbett

Peg: 3

3.  Rob McKee

Peg: 12


Next match Sun 22nd Aug, 2015 at Solhampton draw at 9 a.m.

Just a reminder, Fri 21st Aug 6p.m. Meet at the Unicorn car park to load up for the annual day out.


Match 9 – Izaac Walton 26/07/2015

Top Pool

16 Fished

1.  Kev Lees

Peg: 5

2. Barry Podmore

Peg: 14

3.  Ted Tranter

Peg: 16


Next match Sun 9th Aug, 2015 at Pipehill draw at 8 a.m.

Match 8 – Monkhall 12/07/2015

Swallow & Lark Pools

19 Fished

Swallow Pool

  1. Kev Lees


  1. Martin McHugh



Lark Pool

  1. Guy Jones


  1. Simon Harris



Next match Izaak Walton 8 a.m. draw.


Match 7 – Woodlands View 27/06/2015

Ghost Pool

15 Fished

Individual Result

  1. Simon Harris

Peg 16

  1. Guy Jones

Peg 1

  1.  Kev Lees
 Peg 4  35-4-0

Doubles Result

  1. Simon Harris & Brian Pickstone
  1. Mickey Meah x 2
  1. Paul Jinks & Trevor Briggs

Mickey Meah doubled his weight for the doubles result.

Dave Goodhall had two good size carp one just over 10-0-0 and the other was 11-2-0.

Kev Lees had a good size carp of 11-6-0.

Match 6 – Kings Nordley 14/06/2015


13 Fished

Not the winning net but the best one from an end peg eh Jack.

Not the winning net but the best one from an end peg eh Jack.

Oh fishing and the banter…
It seems as though everyone wanted an end peg at this match.  But it wasn’t an end peg that won it in fact it was the ‘flyer peg’ drawn by Kev Lees that won the match with 40-0.  Followed by the two end peg anglers Jack and Trev on each side of the pool.  At the end (no pun intended) it was generally agreed that only two fishable pegs were omitted from the match.  With many struggling on the pole the majority of fish were taken on feeder methods.  However, Kev continued fishing the pole and won the match with a 6-2-0 margin.  There were squeals of delight when Red managed to land a giant crayfish, I didn’t land one but the b*st*rds sat on the bottom knitting with my rig, which was a total write off once I struck, I did see the pincers rise above the water and then it dropped all the stitches and left me with a mono-filament birds nest.  Meanwhile Rob on the other bank gave his the size 10 treatment, see you Jimmy, splash!
The result means Baz stays top of the leader board but the chasing pack are closing the gap. Don’t forget to give this page a rating by clicking on the title and selecting the 5 star rating and you can leave comments too.
1.  Kev they’ve got end pegs Lees

Peg: 12

2. Jack I’ve got an end peg Cheadle

Peg: 8

3.  Trev I had an end peg too Briggs

Peg: 7


Next match Sat 27th Jun, 2015 at Woodlands View draw at 12 p.m.