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Summerhayes – Open – 18th December 2022

Well, this won’t take long! The big freeze hit us with matches being cancelled all over the place due to thick ice and I feared the worst when Pete phoned to say that Sellicks was frozen over but he said we could still fish if we wanted to break the ice. I met Steve P at the bowling club for probably the

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Ilminster Angling Association – Committee Cup

I’m reaching the end of the list of IAA trophies, I couldn’t find a few of them to get photos and there are some gaps where I couldn’t find some of the names but as I go through the paperwork and records a bit more thoroughly, hopefully I’ll come across some of the missing winners. As the name suggests, this trophy was

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Summerhayes – Xmas Match – 11th December 2022

I was booked into Stoke’s Xmas Fayre on Sunday which was being held on two ponds and a stretch of river but then the cold snap hit us and with the stillwaters frozen over, the decision was made to cancel/postpone. The club made the call early which was the right thing to do so people can arrange or try to find something

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Revels Fishery – Open – 6th December 2022

Another chilly start for my next Tuesday outing, after a ‘Billy No Mates’ breakfast in Yeovil, I was soon pulling into the car park at Revels. A few less this week but still a dozen names on the list including John Barker and Big Al who was on for a hat-trick after winning the Xmas Match on Sunday and the previous Tuesday

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River Isle – Chris Patten Xmas Fayre – 4th December 2022

The river was back to being low and clear for the Chris Patten Xmas Fayre and after struggling last week, I was hoping for a better draw today, preferably a chub peg! We met at the bowling club for breakfast and were well looked after by Charlotte. There’s always a good turnout for the Xmas Fayre and this year there were 22

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Acorn Fishery – Charlie Barnes Memorial Match – 3rd December 2022

Charlie loved his silvers fishing and another venue he used to frequent was Acorn Fishery up near Kingston Seymour. I’ve been wanting to fish it for ages and when I saw there was a memorial match for Charlie I phoned up and booked in. I get a real buzz fishing new venues and spoke to a few people to get an idea

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Revels Fishery – Open – 29th November 2022

I’ve been dying to get back to Revels so booked a few Tuesday’s off work leading up to Xmas. Steve P fancied it as well so we met at the Airfield Tavern in Yeovil for breakfast. Normally very good, it was disappointing on our last visit but I asked for my bacon well done this time around and it was really nice

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Summerhayes – Open – 27th November 2022

Before I get on to this weeks match, we had Ruthie’s Cup presentation last night and as promised I’ve updated the results and added some photos to the post from the last match which can be found here – Ruthie’s Cup We had heavy rain and strong winds all day on Saturday but thankfully the forecast was much better for today. After

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Ilminster Angling Association – The Xmas Fayre

There never used to be a trophy for the Xmas Fayre but as it’s one of the bigger matches on the IAA calendar, I thought it might be worthwhile compiling a list of winners over the years (I’ll do the same for IAA Open as well). There are a few gaps where I couldn’t find results. For the last few years the

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Ilminster Angling Association – Heaviest Match Weight Trophy

Winners of the Heaviest Match Weight Trophy. I think this one was presented for the top weight over the winter league series on the river, fairly modest weights in the earlier years and even though they began to increase in the 80’s, 20lb weights were yet to be a regular occurrence. It would be interesting to compare the weights to more modern

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