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Ilminster Canal – 22nd December 2019

With the crazy amount of rain we’ve been getting I don’t think anyone expected to get on the river this week and we went from having nine or ten booked in to just six and when I walked into the bowling club on Sunday morning we were down to just four, so a knock up then! For a change we thought we’d

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Hebditch’s Pond – Chris Patten Xmas Fayre – 15th December 2019

Earlier in the week I had thought there was a really good chance of us fishing the Xmas Fayre on the river but loads of rain as we approached the weekend soon put paid to that. As I was fishing Todber on Saturday, Hurf and Rob said they’d have a look and let me know what the state of play was. To

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Todber Manor Xmas Match – 14th December 2019

I’ve really enjoyed fishing Todber and would like to fish it a lot more so when I saw the Xmas Match advertised on Facebook, I stuck my name down and the 90 pegs sold out in no time. I was really looking forward to it although the weather leading up to the weekend was horrendous and although Saturday was supposed to be

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River Parrett – Ilminster Warehouse League 5 – 8th December 2019

For round five we decided to use Midelney and Muchelney, two of my favourite stretches that are rammed with fish, they are SLAC waters so we can’t close them for the match but I popped down on Saturday to have a look and put some pegs in. I had originally planned to put three above and below the bridge at Midelney and

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Thermos Stainless King Flask Review

Most of us at some point have experienced that horrible feeling when you grab your flask out of your carryall on a cold day and you’re looking forward to a nice hot drink only to hear that horrible broken glass rattle of another dead flask. Stainless steel all but solved that problem and I’ve had some that have lasted me years but

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River Isle – V.E.S. Precision League 3 – 1st December 2019

After heavy rain earlier in the week, it finally abated and things were looking good for the river although the temperature did drop a few degrees as the weekend approached. Waking up Sunday morning, we’d had a frost and winter had definitely arrived. After a hearty breakfast at the bowling club, it was time to draw and on my mental wishlist for

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Dillington Pond – Ilminster Warehouse League 4 – 24th November 2019

Loads of rain towards the end of the week scuppered river matches all over the place and the Isle was one of the casualties so we were back on the pond again. Andy Saunders was fishing again and it was nice to see Baz Morgan and Scotty Russell who were both fishing their first Ilminster matches for a while. We hadn’t had

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River Isle – V.E.S. Precision League 2 – 17th November 2019

With rain towards the end of the week putting some colour in the river and the forecast for the weekend dry, everything looked set for a good match on the river. I met Rob Saturday afternoon and we walked the lower end and decided to put some pegs in at Hambridge which looked spot on along with Isle Brewers and a couple

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Dillington Pond – Ilminster vs Stoke – 10th November 2019

Although some rain was forecast for the weekend, it was still looking good for a river match and Terry ‘The Toast’ said he’d come down and help me peg it on the Saturday. Torrential rain overnight had me worried and when we got to Coxes it was up and raging, Isle Brewers was spot on but all that extra water hadn’t got

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FOX Match Carryall – A Fond Goodbye

I suppose this is a review of sorts although you can’t actually buy this product anymore! Most reviews you see are all about the latest kit with lots of glossy photos highlighting all the high tech features and snazzy graphics. To be fair some of the magazines do ‘Tried and tested’ or ‘Used and abused’ style articles where they look at items

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