Category: Longs

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Summerhayes – Open – 30th August 2021

For my second of three matches in as many days I’d booked into Summerhayes on Bank Holiday Monday. After a disappointing result yesterday, I didn’t have high hopes for today as I’ve been struggling for any kind of form for a long time and have rather lost my way with catching silvers. I met Terry and Steve for breakfast at the Brewers

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Summerhayes – Open – 31st May 2021

Another Bank Holiday means another match at Summerhayes and what a difference compared to the last one when the weather was bloody awful and the carnage caused by the wind resulted in Captain Morgan’s pole ending up in the pond and he had to launch the boat to retrieve it. The thirty or so minutes that followed were possibly the funniest I

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Summerhayes – Open – 3rd May 2021

For the Bank Holiday matches, Pete splits the pools equally between carp and silvers which I think is a great idea. Originally it was going to be on Sellicks which I was really looking forward to as it’s my favourite lake but it was moved to Longs. The weather forecast for Monday was atrocious with 50mph winds predicted and heavy rain –

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Summerhayes – 25th April 2021

The next Stoke match was on Longs at Summerhayes and it generated lots of interest with 23 anglers booking in. A few of us met at Greggs in Bridgwater (my third different one in as many weeks!) before we headed to the fishery in convoy with Mr Parker in the lead. We turned right coming out of the services which was fine

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Summerhayes – Open – 2nd April 2021

Even though it’s only been three months (just like the old closed season), it’s felt like a lifetime but match fishing is finally back! It was starting to look like matches would resume from 29th March, so with Easter weekend coming up, I booked into Summerhayes on Good Friday and the Monday with an Ilminster match at Dillington on the Sunday. I

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Summerhayes – Charlie Barnes Memorial Match – 17th October 2020

Two matches this weekend that I was really looking forward to, Charlie’s Memorial at Summerhayes on Saturday and then Ilminster v Stoke on the Isle the following day. Charlie’s match is silvers only and one I would love to do well in, although I’ve really struggled to avoid the carp this year which I’m sure Charlie would find very amusing! Up early,

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Summerhayes – Open – 16th August 2020

It was back to Summerhayes and Longs on Sunday and after the last match where I’d struggled on 33, I was hoping to avoid the 30’s and maybe have a change of scenery down on the bottom bank which seems to be the place to draw for silvers at the moment. I met Steve ‘The Pole’, Terry ‘The Toast’ and ‘Bombardier’ Payne

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Summerhayes – Open – 2nd August 2020

I booked me and Steve P in for our first match here for a while and the day got off to a great start with a cracking breakfast at the bowling club (thanks to Drew and Julie for looking after us). Arriving at the venue it was nice to see some faces I hadn’t seen for a while although there was a

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Summerhayes – Open – 14th June 2020

I’d finally managed to get care sorted on a Sunday for dad but then I couldn’t find a match to fish! I messaged/phoned every venue I could think of and they were either full up or not running matches yet but then Roy H came to the rescue when he said he’d organise one at Summerhayes. It filled up quickly with 21

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Summerhayes – Champion of Champions Silvers Final – 29th September 2019

I think these ‘All Winners’ style matches are a great idea, they create a real buzz with lots of people trying to qualify and there’s usually a decent prize pot. This is the third year I’ve qualified and it’s a match I’d love to win, although so far, fifth is the best I’ve managed. The forecast for Saturday night and Sunday was