For the final match of the 2018-2019 Senior Championship we returned to Nutford Form, field 1. Conditions were seemingly ideal with coloured water and fair weather. 5 anglers turned out, with 3 anglers jostling for the top placings – it was anyone’s guess given previous results.
Despite seemingly ideal conditions the fishing was hard with all measures and tactics attempted with little to show in the net.
Dave O’Loughlin won the match with 8oz; fishing the furthest peg upstream. Being pegged upstream typically has seen anglers placed with the lowest weights during a match – so well done Dave!
Once again, thank you to all anglers who managed to make it out for the day, the match results are as follows
Weights at the end of the night as follows
We had an interesting season with long dry spells early on, with freak weather on match days which saw us postpone, then very cold weather through winter – it certainly made interesting reading for the weights caught and turn out of anglers,
A full report, tables and final positions of the 2018-2019 Senior Championships!can be found here.
Congratulations to Craig Whelan on winning the 2018-2019 Senior Championship, It was a very close call in those top three placings, our extended congratulations to Stewart Randell and Alex Compiani for their continued turn out to matches and spirit – we hope to see you on the bank next season.
Our thanks of course goes to all anglers and supporters of the club – if you wish to fish and want to know more before committing, please contact Craig Whelan on 07525 966 187, or the club via Facebook.
Our next match will be the 2019-2020 Evening Series, dates and venue to be confirmed.
Results and report from the 4th match of the BDAC Senior Championship. Three members were able to make it out for our match yesterday; welcomed to the banks by 20mph winds gusting to in excess of 40mph – and it wasn’t exactly warm either.
Water had good colour and flow, any other day this could have been a good thing…
However, we all struggled, Stew hooked up with a minnow and small Chub, with a combined weight of no more than 4oz, with Craig and Dave having caught nothing with 10 minutes to go.
Craig chose to hit the margins and see what occurred…two fish that didn’t even register bites on the tip (or couldn’t be seen due to the wind maybe?!)! Unfortunately no bigger than Stews catches.
A tough day on the bank; our best wishes to those who weren’t able to make it due to ill health and family commitments – hope to see you all for the last match of the Championship at the end of February.
Returning to Nutford for the 3rd time, we pegged from permanent pegs 13 up stream to the very corned of Field 1. There had been a distinct dip in temperature in the previous week and it’s thought this impacted the days fishing, our contingent of anglers reported using all tactics available (stick, waggler, ledger, feeder, pole) and exploring all depths across all areas of the swim (margin, seams, near/mid/far, trotting through) … and the results are telling.
Our experienced anglers stuck out a long day with Tony Beddingfield enjoying a significant turn around to last months catch, hauling in an impressive 1lb 8oz on the day. Impressive given the next best effort was Alex Compiani with 12oz followed by a draw for 3rd place with Liam Tuck and Dave O’Loughlin bringing in 4oz each.
Congratulations to Tony – it was hard fishing, seeing 3 of our anglers blank (some noting not even registering a bite!); not detracting from Tony’s efforts though – the fish still need to find their way on to the hook and in to the net! Well done.
Once again, thank you to all anglers who managed to make it out for the day.
Fishing Nutford Farm again for the second match in the Senior Championship drew in the usual crowd with the welcome appearance of Club President, John Moody.
Pegged out between permanent pegs 1 – 13 saw our 7 anglers with plenty of choice for swims and variety between each peg. Those in deeper water found the fishing plentiful, Alex Compiani once again leading the weigh in with 7lb on the nose, with Craig Whelan bagging up 4lb 5oz and Stewart Randell and Dave Litchfield tying for 3rd place on 1lb 4oz.
Once again, thank you to all anglers who managed to make it out for the day.
We had half a dozen anglers turn up for the much anticipated first match of the 2018-2019 Senior Championship; weather extremes through the summer caused the first two matches to be postponed. We were happy to see old faces back at the bank and also welcome new anglers to the club matches.
Our first match was held across the first 13 pegs of field 1 at Nutford Farm; an ideal stretch with plenty of opportunity and capable of hosting many anglers if the numbers turn out. Reasonable bags of Roach and Perch were had across the banks with Alex Compiani using the whip to great effect and bagging some superb examples of the rivers offerings.
Well done Alex on a superb bag – the best we’ve seen during a match for some years! A well presented stick float or waggler rig with maggot prove to be a reliable combination on this classic river stretch.
For our fifth and final match of the 2018-2019 Evening Series was held at Crown Meadows, given the performance of last week and the opportunity to finish up slightly earlier to the pub to chat over the Series. Still no rain to be had, so levels low, with clear water and very little pace, we held the match in cooler, overcast conditions.
We’d use the same pegs as last week (from the sty past ‘The Poplars’ downstream), with pegs 3 and 4 being pegged this week, however 4 was not drawn, 6 anglers fished this week.
Either end of the drawn pegs seeing very different bags of fish, not huge weights and certainly not anything like last week, Roach were to be found near the sty end, and to the far end (downstream) the Perch were hiding with Dace to be found in all pegs. The Chub didn’t really make an appearance this week as they did toward the end of the session like last week – and this is a great example of the variety of river fishing!
The results were quite a surprise, to see three anglers all catch 2lb 12oz which saw very little movement on the final tables for the Series. Waggler was of favour again, with Terry Greenslade opting to use the bomb to get to the very depths of what water there was.
For our fourth match in the 2018-2019 Evening Series we changed venue to Crown Meadows, after a visit over the prior weekend to ensure suitability and confirm we had enough pegs to fish the, decision was made (thank you for being patient with our decision making). We had 6 anglers arrive to fish this wonderful venue.
Pegs were placed from the sty past ‘The Poplars’ downstream, a variety of swims with high and low bank features, reed beds and coverage from trees on the far bank in places. Making the effort to get to this stretch of river is worth it for the spectacle of it alone – not to mention when pegging out shoals of fish could be seen in most of the pegs, this was going to be a good evening of fishing – IF we could get the fishing feeding.
Slightly cloudy with a breeze, still experiencing warmer temperatures and no rain – this could be tough going. However, a few of our anglers found that the fish were biting at the first cast and those lucky enough to keep the fish in their pegs and keep them biting had a busy evening.
A mixed bag of Roach, Perch and Chub were the staple for the catches during the evening. Waggler with maggot or worm proving successful with feeding of hemp and/or maggot keeping the fish rooted to the peg. Worm was definitely working for those looking to attract Perch in the depths – Crown Meadows is certainly holding deeper water than Nutford.
A continued dry spell wasn’t going to make the fishing any easier this evening, and coupled with a clash with an England international football match…turn out and the fishing was going to be hard going. 6 anglers attended the third match of our Evening Series, we decided to run the match across the middle pegs in the first field given the abundance of weed in the second field swims (despite maintenance prior to opening the coarse season). The weather was slightly cloudy but warm and still no rain meant water levels were lower still this week.
Variation on catches between pegs was massive as seen by the tabled results below. Terry finally found his form and put 2lb of fish in the net, a brilliant result given increasingly difficulty conditions. Tony and David proving also the fish were to be found, with a couple of reasonable Perch and Roach to be found. Running line proving of favour, with waggler and single white or double red maggot attracting the fish where they were to be found.
We’re quite unsure what happened between Stewart, Liam and Craig this week, questions were asked if hooks were attached to line!
We saw 7 anglers return for round 2 of our Evening Series, the continued warm weather certainly causing some concern of being able to catch at all by those who turned up. Very little visible flow, a reducing river level and an expectation that the fish just wouldn’t be feeding at all certainly was the talk before the draw.
Well the theory was proven right – it was a tough night for all. Having pegged out of the top half of the 1st field from Peg 13 (as marked) upwards, there was plenty of variation between pegs to mix thing up a little. The Perch were to be found if you came equipped with worm and some patience. Various sizes were to be had with Liam and Stewart both catching reasonably sized specimens during the 3 hours of fishing, reasonable being circa 1lb.
The far bank was providing catches for all who ventured there, with the risk of getting caught up in either the overhang if your cast wasn’t accurate or snagging on some of the reeds and lilies on the return to recast. Small Dace, Roach and Perch to be picked off if you could get through the Minnows!
We opened the Evening Series with a superb turnout of 11 anglers, more than any single turn out of last seasons Evening Series – so firstly a thank you to all of you who turned up.
An exceptionally fine evening saw us at Nutford Farm in the first field, pegged out between Peg 1 to Peg 14, with 12 pegs marked out for anglers. A draw at 18:00 prompt saw anglers off to their peg to enjoy freshly cleared swims and feature rich from the close seasons inactivity. The water was low and clear, visibility of 18 inches easily in places, and as ever the flow at Nutford was on the slower side of pacey.
General feedback during weigh in was a steady start to proceedings with a tailing off of activity towards sunset, a very slow last hour amongst many. Favoured methods during the evening were waggler and stick float with worm and bread punch attracting those able to lure the shy fish to the banks and of course maggot ever present in the anglers armoury.