Category: Longs

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Summerhayes – Open – 26th March 2014

I haven’t fished a Wednesday match for a fair old while and as I had a few day’s leave to use up I booked in for this one. It was a lovely day too with the sun shining and hardly any wind for the first time in ages. On my arrival, I collected some keepnets before grabbing a coffee and then Pete

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Summerhayes – Open – 16th March 2014

I was looking forward to fishing Longs this week as the silvers weights have been steadily improving with over 18lb needed to win it in the last match. Rob Cox also fancied giving it a go for the first time so I met him at the Little Chef in Ilminster and off we went. There was a good turnout with over twenty

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Summerhayes – Open – 29th December 2013

Well this was my final match of the year and after my last two visits I wasn’t feeling very confident, especially as we’d had a frost overnight, there were twenty booked in for this match on Longs including Mark ‘The Hoff’ Hollister who was fishing the venue for the first time. Scotty and Ash were also fishing and so was Roger and Adam

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Summerhayes – Open – 22nd December 2013

I was still feeling pretty rough and the alarm going off at 6:30 didn’t help much, on the plus side, the weather wasn’t going to be as bad as it has been the last few days. At the draw it was nice to catch up with some of the regulars who I hadn’t seen for a while and Bill ‘Redfin’ Hopping even

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Summerhayes – Open -22nd September 2013

Pete had put the draw time back to 9:00 now the nights are drawing in, so the good news is that my blog shouldn’t be too late from now on. Also the forecast was looking good for this match so all I needed to do was catch a few fish! I picked Janders up and on arriving at the fishery, it was

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Summerhayes – Open – 8th September 2013

After a long (but enjoyable) day yesterday, I slept like a log and all too soon it was time to get up and go fishing yet again. I picked Janders up and then met some more of the Chard posse at the garage, namely Oz, Butch and Picky who were fishing Summerhayes for the first time today. Although a nice day, the

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Summerhayes – Festival Day 2 – 26th August 2013

After a great result yesterday, I really wanted to do well today and Pete announced the draw for Longs first, I hung back a bit hoping peg 39 would go as it’s a peg I never do well on, although Charlie Barnes did well off it yesterday. Steve Martin drew it today and I pulled out peg 17 which I was pretty

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Summerhayes – Open – 4th August 2013

The match was on Longs today and it would be really interesting to see how it fished after Pete lost a lot of skimmers due to low oxygen a couple of weeks back. He phoned me just after it happened and he was gutted and I was gutted for him as I’ve really enjoyed the silvers fishing on Longs. He said he

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Summerhayes – Open – 21st July 2013

I was really looking forward to this one as I haven’t fished Longs for ages, speaking to Scotty who has been doing really well with silvers in the last two matches (weighing 46lb and 67lb), he had been catching on paste really short and said that my usual expander approach would just get ragged out by small fish. I decided to give


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