Month: October 2017

River Isle – V.E.S. Precision League 2 – 29th October 2017

We were back on the river this week for the rescheduled V.E.S. match and I was hoping I might finally draw a peg at Isle Brewers or Redbridge but with fifteen anglers booked in for this one, Rob had to put some pegs in at Upper and Lower Coxes. After we’d all finished eating breakfast and paid our pools, it was nearly

Summerhayes – Champion of Champions Silvers Final – 27th October 2017

I’d been looking forward to this match since I qualified way back in April and thankfully when I woke up, my back didn’t feel too bad. I stopped in the Little Chef for brekkie on the way and arrived in good time. As I went to pay my pools, it was lovely to see the legend that is Charlie Barnes had come along to

Dillington Pond – 22nd October 2017

We were supposed to be on the river for this match but the arrival of Storm Brian and a fair bit of rain on Saturday night saw the decision made to switch it to the pond, if I’m honest, I felt it was a little premature as these days the river rises very quickly but by the same token it drops equally

Summerhayes – Open – 20th October 2017

I’d booked the Friday off work for a little practice before the Champion of Champions Final next week and after not fishing last Sunday, I was gagging to get back on the bank. My back was still not 100% but a lot better than it was so I decided to give it a go as I was climbing the walls at home! The

The Archives – Part 2 – Influences and my first match win (1981-82)

So Part 1 detailed my introduction into fishing and my first tentative steps onto the junior match scene in 1980, Part 2 takes up the story on June 17th 1981. There was still a close season in place and I can only describe the countdown to June 16th as something akin to the excitement of waiting for Xmas day. I can’t remember why I didn’t

The Archives – Part 1 – Where It All Began (1980)

A few people have said they’d be interested in reading some stuff from the memory banks and I’ve been meaning to do something for a while now, so with my recent incapacitation due to doing my back in and in a bid to stave off boredom, here is the first instalment. As ever, I’d love to hear your thoughts and any constructive

River Isle – IBC Winter League 2 – 15th October 2017

After struggling in the first two Isle matches, I was praying for rain (which was looking unlikely) but failing that, a draw at Isle Brewers would do me as that’s where the top weights have been coming from. As ever I was really looking forward to my next fishing fix but during the week, I had to go out and about on site

ThermoNet Buff Review

If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you’ll know I’m a big fan of Buff products from when they contacted me back in early 2015 to ask if I’d like to review one of their Polar Buff’s from the new angler range. To be honest I didn’t really know too much about the firm at that time, so some research was required. Looking

River Isle – V.E.S. Precision League 1 – 8th October 2017

I always look forward to the V.E.S. Precision league and although I’ve got a pretty good record in it, I’ve only actually ever won it once, with more anglers fishing the river it’s a tough league to win and Adie did brilliantly to win it on his first attempt last year! We were back at the Bowling Club for the draw this week

A Masterclass By The Master – Billy Makin

My latest guest blog is something a little different, Billy Makin has been posting some brilliant stories on Facebook from the golden age of match fishing, I contacted him and asked if I could publish them on the blog and he said yes, so for those of you that don’t use Facebook or haven’t seen this yet, sit back, read and enjoy!