Match Reports

Match Reports 2019

Ribbon Lake - Sun 31st March


18 out for this 2nd round and with the island out of use due to the bridge being under water! strange one that as we have had a dry period of weather , yet water is pouring out of the lake and across the road overflowing into the nearby ditch! something leaking into it somewhere me thinks? maybe the new Betty's lake above and beyond is leaching into ribbon,? who knows? the management team certainly dont let on. So only the outside to use , we just about had enough pegs to fit on albeit we excluded the two bridge pegs as they make a fair test impossible ,as so many fish congregate there. At this point i must mention i used one of Colin Temple's new bite detection gadget's for the match! they are brilliant; a small filament wire connected to the hook via infra red to a small bulb on the bait table! as soon as a fish mouth's the bait it lights up ,and boom there on, Wicked. I know he only has a short supply left so be quick to order one if you have a spare tenner in your pocket. So onto the match; well we were promised a dry day and so it was , however one side of the lake was blustery wind affected, while the other side in comparison calm making things very tricky for a few battling in the ever changing swirling wind. very chilly too ,but the water has warmed a little and the newly introduced carp failed to show, and so a mixed silver match ensued with Chub, Tench,Barbel being the bonus fish on the day , and several of each where caught around the lake.others went all out for a roach /skimmer attack and although they are improving in size and numbers, hard it is, to catch enough without the odd bonus or two. Don listened to his gran-daughter and did as instructed avoiding the Chump tag on the day, well done gran dad...................nobody played there Niff-card on this occasion, so no real jumps in the leader board at this time ,however the Mitchell cup was drawn at brecky at the Pineapple , so all the draw ,and results of the match are on the web site herein...............Poor Cheryl had a bad back, Clive said he had been up all night Tending to her! although it was very windy i couldn't hear him that well it could have bending her i'm not sure! ! .................So all to play for the next round on a natural water venue, namely Weir Wood res, and a jolly little trip across the water by boat, mainly roach and skimmers with odd Bream . Good luck and tight lines Hacker Huggy and Rosie, WOOF...............................

Spring Lake-Warwick Wold - Sun 10th March


First round proper of this year’s campaign, and 13 turned out after a very wet night with some flooding on the roads and a lot of cold water permeating through the local Surrey chalk hills, giving the water there an ominous chalky /cold look!, After drawing for pegs at Dream lake, we put down our gear partly set up, then went back to the clubhouse for a very nice brecky prepared by the very helpful fishery staff there. So far so good! On our return the constant drone of the motorway traffic was partly obscured by the now gale force wind that blew for the remainder of the match! many gave up on the pole and it almost became a feeder match, apart from some sheltered areas notably the two end pegs who could in the lull of the gale get the odd go on the pole, However three large carp for 17lb on the method gave victory to Kezza in the middle of the lake, followed by the end pegs with 13lb and 12lb. The new points system after section points and placing points are added gives a clear starting lead to the victors, and will be interesting to see how it all pans out.

There is also a new fly in the ointment shortly to be announced by Gary, so I will briefly mention that the brainchild of Niff (our scouse invader); is to run alongside the league system , a one off chance for each angler to play there "JOKER" or NIFF-CARD as it may be called! They declare it prior to the draw on a given match, and there total points for that match are Doubled...So in theory if you played your card, won the match, it could gain you a massive 16 points for the day!!!!!...................If of course you only scored 1 point on the day then 2 points would be your bonus score...So a massive boost in the league, could be on for you if you play your cards right...............GOOD GAME.......etc, etc....It would also run hand in hand with the knock out cups etc.....

So what happened on the day, it blew a gale, was cold, hardly any bites in the middle section of the lake, and those that fed were very tentative indeed! The other lakes on the complex also struggled on the day, for the local anglers so it would seem the weather had its evil way all round, Back to the Prince Albert for after match tiff-in, And the locals thought they had been visited by a group of SAS part timers, because as I was informed the general consensus in the bar who see us occasionally pass through after our fishing had agreed we were SAS on manoeuvres Why I asked? "Cos you all wearing hoodies" they said! Personally I've not seen many SAS in our age group! But you know the village pub gossip!!............... Not to mention most times we have a couple of woman in tow! I suppose they are SOWS? Tut, tut, do you think our elite forces eat crisps/nuts for lunch? Answers to Kipper C/O manoeuvres secretary..............Looking forward to our next match Sumner's Ribbon Lake, which now has been stocked with carp as well. Tight lines Hacker Huggy and Rosie WOOF.............................P.S. don’t forget if you’re gonna play your one off NIFFY! Do it before the draw!! ................................


Friendly Doubles Match - Sun 24th February


With the start of the new season getting ever closer, the current trend is to hold a pre-season doubles, just to get everyone warmed up and dusted for the season to come , and so we were all booked in on the local Five Oaks fishery .Originally half on each lake , but some all night bivvie boys put an oar in the works , so we were all pegged around the larger bottom lake instead. No problem, after a nice brecky at tiffanies Gary organised a random draw for partners/pegs and away we went.This time last year we were in the grips of the beast from the east Brrrrr! and had suffered cancelled matches and horrid conditions. This Feb, talk about a difference, Hot sun flat still all day, one side of the lake down to the buff whilst the other side still comfy in the shade... Although the conditions made it tricky for roach/skimmers many were caught, and the carp were conspicuous by there absence, there was a slight problem at the weigh in as my partner Gary (son of Don) was to be drug tested ! Usual procedure for athletics you might think?...but in this case he had been slipped some white pills , He claimed were mints! but his competitive neighbor for the match insisted they may be Viagra, But as the test proved negative, it seems it was just wind. the smiling was just cos he was getting bites! ! .So triumphant in the doubles Keith/Gary Big Mac/Graham were hot on there heels. Cheryl quite popular on the day as she had so many partners(technical hitch).Held her own on the day , runner up in the Mitchell cup last season, This year Watch out !. Her minder Clive of India; has his hands full, keeping up! Apparently. ah hum or is that just a rumor......................Tight lines all, looking forward to the first match proper where our glorious leader sets out to protect his league leader status! who would challenge? watch this space for all the Gory details to follow.....Hacker Huggy and Rosie.................WOOF.................. P>S for those unaware the format for the league this year has been changed; No longer do we need to catch species to score, However the section points system will remain which is excellent , as it works so well , so sections of five ,thats two each side of Ya! to beat, Good luck all , fingers crossed this weather continues.................................




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