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Acorn Fishery – Open – 14th October 2023

Saturday was the final match in Chris Fox’s summer series which Gareth Boycott had sown up with a match to spare. After breakfast we got to the fishery in good time and had a look round the now complete lake which brings the number of pegs up to 40 (I think!). Chris announced the draw and after delving into the bag, I

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Dillington Pond – Bob Hammond Memorial Match – 8th October 2023

This is the fifth year we’ve fished Bob’s match (where does the time go?) and it’s one I always look forward to as it’s rod only and I rarely get the opportunity to fish the feeder these days. Most of us met at the bowling club for breakfast and were well looked after as always (thanks Charlotte). The draw time arrived and

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Revels Fishery – Open – 3rd October 2023

I love the silvers fishing at Revels and as I haven’t been for a few weeks I booked a day off work to fish the Tuesday open. First up was breakfast at Greggs in Yeovil with Parker ‘The Pole’ which was good before we headed to the venue. The car park was really busy again with 22 anglers fishing today which is

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Summerhayes – Open – 1st October 2023

Sunday it was back to Summerhayes but on Longs this time, Nick and me had a lovely brekkie at the bowling club (thanks Charlotte) which set us up for the day (unlike yesterdays effort!). 17 fishing and the golden peg today was number 26, I got called up to draw and only pulled out the bonus ball again! It’s towards the bottom

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Summerhayes – Silvers Open – 30th September 2023

A double header at Summerhayes this weekend, starting with a silvers open on Sellicks. Nick and me stopped at the new McDonalds in Ilminster for breakfast which wasn’t great and didn’t really fill me up! Quite a busy car park again with 14 anglers fishing this one which is a decent number for Sellicks. Pete got the draw underway and when it

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Stathe Drain – Dave’s Match Cup – 24th September 2023

I’d really enjoyed fishing this match for the first time last year and managed a third place thanks to a late bonus tench (you can read that match report here). Dan Baldwin was the first name on the trophy with a lovely net of hemp roach weighing 16lb 14oz, so who would be next? The day started off well with a nice

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Acorn Fishery – Open – 23rd September 2023

On Saturday I was back at Acorn for the latest of Chris Fox’s matches, my last visit was six weeks ago but I’d been keeping an eye on the results and peg 40 has been the one to draw for silvers. After breakfast, Nick and me were at the fishery in good time to get some bait along with bits and bobs

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River Parrett – J. Irish Trophy – 17th September 2023

On Sunday we were back on the Parrett for the J. Irish trophy which was also the culmination of the Memorial Shield (six river matches with the best five results to count). This was my fourth year fishing it and since finishing second to Bob Newbury three years ago, I’ve been in the mix right up until the penultimate rounds when my

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Dorset Stour – Air Ambulance Open – 16th September 2023

One of my favourite matches of the year, I always look forward to this one, after meeting Nick we made good time and were soon arriving at the pub for breakfast followed by the draw. There was a great turnout of 60+ including lots of familiar faces including Steve Maynard who was on his way back to Cornwall after fishing the festival

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Coombe Farm – IAA Summer League 6 – 10th September 2023

Sunday we were at Coombe for the final round of the IAA Summer League (very kindly sponsored by the SPAR, Ilminster). After five matches, there were only two anglers in with a shout of winning it, Norts and Bagger Burton. If Chris won his section again, he couldn’t be caught but if he finished second and Ian won his three peg section,

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