On Damsel, Paul Herron caught 2 to 15-07 and 2 bream. Roy Driver banked 3 to 21-07, Danny 7 to 23-05 and Damon 5 to 17lb all to Mainline Banoffee. Mike Lucas caught 5 to 18lb, Matthew Lucas 3 to 17lb and Ben lucas 2 to 15-08. Kevin Burton bagged 5 to 20lb and 3 bream and James Wallace 4 to 22-08.
On Carp Lake, Finlay Shepherd caught 2 to 16lb. Martin Walker an 18-02 and 2 tench to 5lb using small solid bags a single fake corn. Steven Freear had 4 to 16-08. Steve Ginn caught 3 to 21lb Gareth Hancock 4 to 18lb and Ryan Hancock 2 to 16lb. Andy Uhl caught the black and white koi at 16-09. Stephen Chambers caught his PB at 23lb on his first night session on the lake
On Becks, Matthew Cornwall bagged 6 mid doubles and a 20-07 mirror on Pineapple boilies. Jake Balaan 3 mid doubles and a 24lb. Jack Chance 4 to 18lb and lots of bream around 6lb. Terry Benford fishing for bream or tench with a quiver tip and sweetcorn hooked and landed a 18lb common. Lee had a 20lb and some big bream. James McArdle 3 including a 17-08 and a 18-08. Chris Leader a 21-02
On Winters, Kevin Tingey had 5 including a 22-15 and a 24-07. Howard Carter caught a 22-04 common on a chod. Craig Daniels a 24-14 on a bottom bait over particles. Lee Turner banked 19lb common to a yellow pop up on a stiff hinged rig. Louis Andrews bagged four twenties to 27lb. A 21-10 mirror fell to Tom Wright and a 15-05 common to Stuart. Tony Pullen smashed his previous PB of 21lb with a 27-04 common. Tony Virgo bagged a 24-03 and Josh Virgo a 19-03 and Marcin Wozniak a 25lb common.
Booneys is back on form after a lean spell. Kenny Langrish had two twenties to 22lb to Cell bottom bait. Darren Mullin 3 twenties to 24lb all commons. Tony James a 19-01 common and a 16-11 mirror. Phil White bagged 5 including a 21lb and a 27-04 using Denham Baits. Gabriel Prodan caught a 24lb mirror and James Ingram bagged a 18lb and a 28-06.
The first match of the Autumn Open Series saw Paul Kyle in first place with 81-12 on peg 9, Alan Laney second with 61-04 on peg 17 and Steve Hill third with 57-12 on peg 11.
Ridge Monkey is delighted to announce that reigning Midlands and British Carp Cup Champions Callum Gutteridge and Karl Palmer have joined RidgeMonkey as part of our sponsored RidgeMonkey Pro team. The prolific pair are well respected on the carp match scene and have an enviable record in recent years, with outstanding results from all kinds of waters across the country.
About the appointment, Callum quoted “to be approached by a forward thinking company like RidgeMonkey is an absolute honour and they’re really looking forward to getting stuck in and working alongside the other RidgeMonkey Pros. they’ve seen first-hand that the company already has some very capable anglers on board so they’ll be doing our best to raise the bar even higher!!”
Karl added “I’ve used many RidgeMonkey items in recent years and they’ve all been top notch – I’ve recently spooled up with the RM-Tec Fluoro mainline and have been very impressed with its performance so far. Myself and Callum both just love getting out there and catching carp, regardless of size, and to receive the backing of a brand like RidgeMonkey is remarkable. They’ll be involved in the testing and development of the full RM-Tec range and have had a sneak preview of some of the items already, it’s fair to say we’re both very excited about what’s to come!!”
The DNA Baits backed pairing will be a big asset to the brand and will bring an intimate knowledge of big hit style carping to the ever expanding RM-Tec end tackle range. Welcome aboard fellas!!
With a new postcode and a new challenging venue to boot, Dan Whitford has signed a contract to join Wychwood, ensuring he can focus solely on outwitting the lakes residents.
Having fished for two decades now, Daniel Whitford landed his first 20lb carp at just 13 years old, and from that day his lifelong passion and obsession has just grown stronger. He’s worked various jobs in the trade from tackle shops to his current position at bait manufacturer CC Moore. Having lived in Essex until recently he’s banked some very sought-after carp from The Essex Manor, including George’s and The Peach, both fish well in excess of 45lb. And despite just nine nights on the venue throughout the season he landed a staggering four forties and two thirties from the ultra-tricky venue.
Now based in Dorset with his girlfriend, Dan’s recently got his hands on a 13-acre gravel pit ticket he dearly wanted, and with the backing of Wychwood he can now focus solely on targeting the somewhat elusive residents safe in the knowledge he has all the tackle support he needs. Several trips have yielded fish thus far and we’re excited to help Dan on his journey, as well as document his success and work closely with him on upcoming product development.
Here’s what Dan Whitford had to say, “I’m very excited and a little overwhelmed to be approached by such a large and respected tackle company, not only does this help to remove a large expense from my angling allowing me to concentrate on catching carp, but it also gives me the backing and support to improve and progress my angling. I’m looking forward to learning from the rest of the well-respected Wychwood team, helping out with testing and developing new products and enjoying my fishing surrounded by like-minded people.”
Here’s what Wychwood comms co-ordinator Karl Jenkinson had to say, “I’ve worked with Dan briefly in the past for Advanced Carp Fishing magazine and his passion for carp fishing was clear to see. Here at Wychwood we look for keen anglers to act as brand ambassadors to use, develop and advertise the entire catalogue of product, which has a reputation for being incredibly good value for money. We’re excited to see Dan’s campaign play out, as well as his video blogs which they will be bringing to Wychwood's Youtube and Facebook channels in the near future.”
Damsel has come back into form here at Manor Farm but the denizens of Carp Lake were playing hard to get this weekend. 2 anglers broke their PB on Winters this week and both went on to break it again on the same session. Please remember that the best tactic, particularly on Carp Lake and Winters, is a chod with a scattering of boilies or a solid bag. Spodding in loads of bait is often counter-productive and in the summer months can quickly sour the water. Less is more! Please take all excess bait home or chuck it in the bins provided, not in the lakes. Please be aware that we are now asking all anglers to dip their nets, slings and mats in the tanks outside the shop prior to fishing.
Damsel: First time on the bank in 25 years for Darren Purdham saw him catch one at 17-05 and one at 17-02. Lee Whitby having done his homework on this lake put in another good performance with 12 carp to 17lb and 5 bream to 8lb. Also having a good weekend were Matthew Lucas, his dad and his friend Ben. Dad had 7 to 17-08, Ben 4 to around 15lbs and Matthew banked a low double and a twenty, and there were 8 good sized bream between them. Most fish came to a handful of corn sprinkled along the margin and a hookbait fished over it. Paul Scott had a good session with 6 to 18lb and Roger Scott had 2 to 16lb. Luke Reedman banked a 17-02.
Anglers on Carp Lake were struggling this weekend due, I suspect, to the carp being pre-occupied with eating their own fry. Amongst those who managed a fish were Stuart with 3 mid doubles, Lee Morgan with 4 to 16-08 and Brian Morgan with some pasties and a welcome 14-08. Malcolm Campbell was relieved to avoid a blank with a 14-08. Gary Denham caught a 19-08 fully scaled and a 16lb. At the beginning of the week, Jonny Roberts caught 3 to 16-05 on pop-ups.
On Becks, Josh caught his first tench at 5lb and 3 bream. Rob Lamont fishing the car park end bagged a 15-08 common. Stuart banked a 16lb common and Duane 2 mid doubles. while Scott Lawson bagged 9 bream and a tench.
On his first time on Winters Glenn Barrable was 'blown away' he broke his PB with a 25-12 common and went on to break it again by snaring Scar at 30-05. He also had a 17-12 common. All fish falling to a solid bag. Rade Maksimovic banked The Big Fully on Saturday at 26-04. Dave McKay fished a 48-hour session in the week. He banked 9 fish 14lb to 28lb. He broke his PB twice, his new PB now 28-02. Worth getting a bit damp for, he said.
Stuart Minney was back on Booneys and banked 4 fish including 2 twenties, one of which a stunning fully scaled. On his first time on Booneys Reece Jackson banked a 12lb common.
On Blunham Stuart Raby banked 3 bream to 6lb and an 11lb carp, all on the pellet. Neil French banked 5 to 11lb, Ryan and Gary Gardner 8 carp to 15lb and 3 bream. Dennis Holliday was preparing for Wednesday's match and finished up with 82 roach on the pole fishing caster and maggot. Steve Berrington fished Blunham on Wednesday and caught 9 carp in a 4-hour session between 9lb and 15-05, all to floating baits.
Saturday saw a match on Match Canal with Isabella Mioch on peg 5 just beating John Patmore into 2nd place. Izzy had a good bag of bream to 33-12. John on peg 19 weighed in at 32-12. 3rd place went to Paul Nicholson with 19lb.
Pewsey Vale children make a splash at Marlborough with Fishing 4 Schools
Pupils from Pewsey Vale School in Wiltshire have been learning to fly fish at Marlborough College’s fantastic angling facilities on the River Kennet this term, thanks to a collaboration between the two schools and the National Fishing 4 Schools (F4S) project.
Six key stage three pupils – Callum Dawson, Zak Awoodun, George Prout, Kahlan and Raye Colgate and Joe Long – visited the prestigious private school each Tuesday to take part in the six-week course, with professional angler and F4S founder, Charles Jardine, Colin Smith and Sean Dempster from the college and F4S instructors Lee Hooper, Rob Doyle and Julie Wicks.
The short course taught them about the anatomy of the fish; they surveyed the river’s aquatic insect life, using microscopes to inspect what they found and learnt to tie flies and cast.
Marlborough College teacher Sean Dempster had the idea after meeting Charles Jardine at a country show. He said: “It can be difficult to gain access to fly fishing and it can be prohibitively expensive for children to take part, but it offers some very valuable skills. This F4S course is an opportunity to get children out in the great outdoors and offers a combination of maths, biology and ecology – all without them knowing they are doing it!”
Pewsey Vale student George Prout said; “The course was lots of fun. I caught one trout which was a big achievement!”
And a spokesman for Pewsey Vale School added: “Thank you to Marlborough College and Fishing 4 Schools for the fantastic opportunity our students were able to experience. We look forward to working with them all again in the future.”
F4S is a charitable project administered by The Countryside Alliance Foundation that offers short fishing courses that fit into the school curriculum offering an alternative way of learning for children who struggle in a classroom environment.
On Carp Lake Martin Bochenek landed his PB at 25-08. Lee Piper bagged a common at 29lb, had 3 other 20’s to 22-10 and 6 others between 15-08 and 18-09, all to float fished luncheon meat over halibut pellets. Lee says it was the best days fishing he’s ever had. The Ferguson family had a great day; Steve catching a 17-06 mirror, Lucy a 20lb PB and Meggan, aged 14, a 29-08 PB all on Essentila Cell wafter. Aaron Jones landed 2 to 24-08. Liam Nash 3 to 19-13, Richard Saunders a 15-02 common to a white Manilla pop up. Francis Jervis an 18lb common to a chod rig, Carl Clark enjoyed another successful weekend bagging 12 to 25-06 using Hydrabits on a Ronnie Rig. Tommy Atkins netted 3 to 23-08
Over on Becks Lake Steve Ibbot caught 3 carp to 19-06, 4 bream to 8-08 and a tench. Tony Wilson had a 13lb common and a 6lb tench. Charlie Tokeley 2 commons at 14lb and 16lb. Kain landed one at just under 21lb. Brian Morgan netted 2 to 18-08 and 2 bream around 6lb.
On Booneys Ben Stockwell took a 19lb and a 20-08 common to a pink pop up. Paul Weston an 11-0 and a 16-08. Leigh Amer a chunky 13lb common. Dan Tuck 20-09 mirror, and Graham Simmonds an 18-12 common. Andy Stapleton bagged up with 3 to 28lbs
Earlier in the week on Winters Andy Baker had a good session taking a 28-08 common, a 29-05 common and a 30-08 scaley. Adam Calvert landed a 29-12 common to 2 grains of maize flicked to nearby marginal reeds. Lewis Waldren banked a 2 commons at 32-08 and 29lb to Spicy Crab pop up on a chod PVA mesh bag with 5 Manilla boilies.
Blunham held the 4th Open Match, coming 1st was Dennis Page on peg 1 with 44-08, 2nd was Darren Tait on peg 23 with 18-08, 3rd Paul Boltryk on peg 15 with 17-08, 4th Dave Carter on peg 11 with 16-08.
Solar Tackle Team member Jake Anderson has landed three near 40lb UK carp in one weekend from a Mid Kent Fisheries water, landing both of his target fish, and all while out testing some new bait samples for the first time.
Jake explains: “I arrived at the lake after work on Thursday afternoon for a 48-hour session. After choosing to fish a new swim, not the one I had been baited for the weekend, I baited with around 3Ž4 kilo of boilies over the two rods, the first time I’d been out with some new Quench bait samples that we’re working on at Solar Tackle. One rod was baited with an Aniseed & Bunspice pop up and the other a matching bottom bait tipped half a Quench Corker.
“By Friday evening the rods had remained motionless, but I sat on my hands avoiding a recast. 4am on Saturday morning soon came and I was up drinking a cuppa and listening for any signs of carp out in the darkness, desperate to get on the fish if they gave themselves up. Just 30 minutes later my right-hand E.C.U alarm let out a series of bleeps followed by the rod hooping over. I lifted into what was obviously a heavy fish, it held deep and put up a good fight for around 15 minutes before finally hitting the net.
“I knew it was a good fish, but when I gazed into the mesh I saw the Upfront Fully sulking in the folds of the net. I couldn’t believe it, one of my main target fish for the year was mine. After help from Stuart Gray on the weighing, the needle settled on 39lb 7oz! What a result. With the photos done I cut my session short and packed up straight away so that after being away for 24hrs I could return earlier the next session and follow up on this result. The venue has a strict 48-hour rule.
The Upfront Fully
“Returning Sunday at around 11am I had a good look around and after an hour I pushed the barrow back to the swim where I had luck the previous trip. Twenty minutes after standing in the swim a fish crashed just half a rod length out in the margin to my right over some deep silt. I walked up the bank and under-arm flicked a bait into the rings left on the surface followed by 6 or 7 freebies, again using the Quench samples.
“Line sunk and alarm on, I readied the other rod and cast it back into position on the same spot that I landed the Upfront Fully from. Less than half hour after the margin rod was placed the alarm screamed and I learnt into a hard fighting carp. The fight was hectic and lasted a good 20 minutes before a fish I recognised broke the surface. It was one called ‘The One Pelvic Common’. The fish weighed in at 36lb 8oz and I couldn’t believe my luck. The rod was put back on the spot and I sat back waiting.
The One Pelvic Common
“Five hours past and my right-hand rod was away this time. A more dogged fight ensued and my heart was in my mouth as I saw another fully scaled twisting just under the surface. I started to shake as I knew what this one could be. I managed to net the fish and there lay The Big fully, my main target for 2017. A truly beautiful carp a little down in weight at 39lb 4oz, not that it mattered, I was ecstatic.”
Did you know that just about anybody can learn to fish? Fishing really is a four-season leisure pastime, and one of its joys is that in each season there are different and exciting fish to catch.
Fishing transports you to the heart of nature and the many, intriguing plants and animals that live there. By attending an organised event this summer during the National Fishing Month Silver Jubilee, you could experience the joys of fishing yourself.
Angling takes you into the fresh, unpolluted air, promoting healthy lung function and a sense of well-being. Recent research clearly shows that getting out on the bank can be good for you and the family. These health benefits also extend to the mind, and angling is well-known for its therapeutic, mental effects. It really is a perfect hobby to get you away from the daily stresses faced by both time-poor adults and children growing up in the twenty first century.
Dean Macey, Olympian and Big Fish Off presenter has no doubt about why he is an enthusiastic angler: “I have been fishing for as long as I can remember and wherever I go in the world, I will always bump into someone who also loves fishing. It’s such a great hobby - you get to spend time outdoors, appreciate Mother Nature, meet some great people and, if you’re lucky, witness some marvellous creatures at close hand.”
Dean continued: “When I was a kid, I found it hard to get my head around school work or any kind of discipline. If it wasn’t for fishing and athletics I dread to think where I would be right now. Between them, they gave me something to focus on and kept me off the streets.
“Throughout my athletics career, fishing helped me unwind mentally and I’m sure without it, I would have burnt myself out. Whether it’s a day on a river, sleeping under the stars on a stillwater for a few days or jumping on a plane to fuel my passion abroad, I don’t mind, I love it all. That’s why I support National Fishing Month and urge everyone to get involved and take part. Everyone I have ever taken fishing has fallen in love with the sport. Give it a go - you owe it to yourself!”
It doesn’t matter what age you start. Children can take part on equal terms with their grandparents. You can fish alone, with friends or in an organised group for an hour or two or for a whole day – you have the freedom to choose.
Enjoy yourself this summer, get outdoors and get healthy - take part in a National Fishing Month registered event and follow thousands of young people, parents, grandparents and friends who enjoy quality family time together at the waterside over the holiday period. Book your place now at www.nationalfishingmonth.com.
For 25 years now, National Fishing Month has helped introduce nearly 300,000 people into the incredible sport of angling. It’s a hugely satisfying way to strengthen relationships and get active together, and it often leads to lasting participation in and a passion for angling.
National Fishing Month 2017 runs between 21st July and 3rd September.
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