I fished the Garbolino silver fish league at Woodland View and finished about 6th or 7th. I won the section with 10lb 14oz but I failed to catch over the joker I fed so I chucked the waggler to the island.I caught mostly roach on caster but as carp do not count, I was chucking them back. I let 10 little ones go only to find out that Mark Pollard weighed three in and won the match with 14lb. DOH!!!!Everything is going in the net next time!
Thanks I'll use your good idea for a report on today, A new venue report and a mini-fish in meet lol.
Sorry Im so late, but I have been asleep for 4 hours since returning home, probably worn out by watching our pro-active fuehrer!
The venue.- Cromwell Lakes, Cromwell , Nr Newark. Notts.
Easy to find, (follow sign to Cromwell off A1,just a few miles N. of Newark) Lane next to farm shop in centre of Village. Sapphire lakes 1/2 mile round corner by the way, another 3 lake comm.fishery.
Cromwell is an extremely well managed 5 per 12 hour day(7-7) with night fishing allowed fri sat sun again 5 7-7.
A 17 acre Lake, with 60 good pegs and space between to share many others if you go as a group.
Contains Carp 30lb + Bream, Tench,Roach, Perch and our quarry today Pike , best this year 33lbs!
Spring fed , the water amazed us in the highest gales of the year, by retaining crystal clarity, despite waves reaching sea like proportions, smashing against the north bank.
Innovative ideas at Cromwell:- pegs can be pre-booked by phone, map in Bailiffs hut showing lake contours,toilets,Free barrows for kit transport!(no need to pack a trolley, just take a good barrow man!!
Well, today was again a great day and I had arranged to meet our leader, big Dave Webbo at 7.30.
Amazingly (twice John) I was early and Dave arrived spot on time. We had planned a Trent visit, but with the extreme weather,the Trent was running over the banks in places and not only ruined our river fishing, but the fall back lake on that stretch became inaccessible as the track flooded. So desperate for a venue,on sunday I drove 80 miles and researched Cromwell!
On arriving we made our way from the Car Park (on hands and knees through the wind) to the Bailiffs hut. There, 1 other hardy soul, quickly made his exit claiming he was going to the only sheltered peg before we had a chance!
We checked the map and decided on the top left corner (a longish walk, before we even knew about free barrows! lol, (but Dave doesnt let things like that put him off!)
Loading up we set off (well! loaded up! Dave had the barrow, all our kit and I carried his ginormous landing net!)
Arriving at pegs 42-39, we decided to fish between 40 (claimed to have been pre-booked) and 39, round the corner,as this gave us ample space to fish in comfort, close enough to chat.
Sea baits only are allowed and Dave had Herring, I a 1/3rd mackerel and a spratt that was slightly carp shaped!
Casting out, we were amazed that the water within a few feet shelved dramatically to 20 feet beneath our feet and the line angle from the rod tip was acute.
We set to talking and , like all my experiences with meeting mds,soon were chatting away as though we had known each other for years. I believe that nearly every fishing story you hear ,you can relate to. If you havent had a similar experience, you can imagine it, or see how it could happen and the funniness of the disasters, or downsides (The Zippy specialities) only serve to accentuate the good side.
And Learn!, Dave in a short space of time increased my fishing knowledge (PVA Tape,interesting as a string user, cork pop ups on the large herring, hhhmm!,and the injection of fish oil as opposed to my spray on).
Then I had a captive audience for my computer questions! and when he wasnt talking alphabet,http,url,asp,mysql!in a Yorkie accent, I was able to pose 'and now for an idiots explanation' questions that he patiently explained.
All this while, above our heads, an Unbelieveably strong wind howled, moaned and drove huge waves crashing across the far bank!
Whilst we sat on a promontory haven, snug, warm and without even a brolly (let alone a bivvy) taken out of the bags!
In fact Dave had even undone his jacket, after barrow duty brought a rosy glow yo his features!(and his net hadn't even got heavy!)
Dave is very pro-active, and after 2 hours and no runs,searched round the corner and discovered 2 20lb+ carp lieing doggo in about 3ft of water near a sunken branch.
So rod 1 removed, freelined piece of a conveniant sandwich and for 1/2 an hour I watched him dapping for carp, on Jan 28th , middle of winter, in a storm force 10 gale!!
Sadly, they did not respond and as the day wore on neither the wind, or the fish relented and despite moving to the unclaimed, pre-booked? no.40 peg and attempting to float fish a herring, neither Dave or I had as much as a run.
Incidentally, Peg40 is the extreme point of a promontory, and when Dave put the float into the main lake, we witnessed the undertow,against the wind direction,pull his 1lb herring along,at a speed equal to normal stick float trotting!!
Such were the conditions that only hardy anglers such as Dave and I enjoyed!
I believe we can put down his Izaak bivvy to the ale lol!
At 4.00 pm we pulled the plug,talked to to other Anglers in the car park swims(no walking for them!) and discovered that all 5 Anglers present had not 1 run between them.
Stopping at the nearest pub, Dave further ruined his reputation by buying my Guinness! and after a pleasant warm by a roaring fire, we both set of, Fishless, but content with the shared experience and looking forward to better days.
Thanks a million , Dave, and I look forward to exploring the Wharfe with you 1 day and getting the conditions right to show you that Trent perform!
If too , I bombard you with pictures, Well you showed me that miraculous little digi camera!
An excellent write up to an excellent day. Who needs fish with company like yours?
I'll have the photo's zipped over to you shortly and if you don't mind I'll copy your report into the 'Been Fishing' section of the site.
I think there is a little confusion over what are carp, brown goldfish and carassio. Nobody is sure but instead of putting them in my net, I chucked them back. Some anglers did the same, others didn't and having watched the weigh in, I am still none the wiser. I am just going to put everything in the net from now on. The thing that confuses me is the fact that these fish were all stocked recently because they are winter feeding fish. Why not let anglers weigh them and just discount carp as everyone can tell the difference between them. I don't agree with banning carp but I accept that anglers tend to go all out for them so I can see why they do not count. Nevertheless, last year in this league I finished third in one match, having thrown back four carp from 5oz up to about a pound and a half, only to be beaten by an angler who weighed in a 6lb barbel!
for Company, kind remarks and photo's!
If you are thinking on same lines as me?, I reckon Malc made a good post here and we could all report back each venue, every time we fish, good or bad , and perhaps in the modern education system of multiple choice questions, ie wind/temp/rain etc (tick box style) and build up a comprehensive coverage of venues!
Complete with method/bait (and in my case disasters lol) and we may all chose better in future!
Went to Hardwick Hall off Junc29 M1. Went to try a deadbait at same time as waggler! Water milk chocolate colored! and swim only 2 feet deep (sheltered bank)
Tried it for an hour then packed and moved to Press Manor, set up by 12.
Waggler fished to try new rod, double red maggs over disco pinkies and hemp. Caught about 30 bits, gudgeon,roach ,rudd,perch, 1 small koi1 1/2 lb roach. Downpour at 4.00, packed up, car got stuck in mud AGAIN 40 call out.Shouldnt happen to a dog!
Well last week set me back 67, for a new 3 section, a new 4 section and a sleeve for old 3 section repair!( I ordered the spares in case it happens again at a more critical time)
So , with only 40 going out this week, Could you say I'm improving?
When I get around to doing my profile, you'll see why I have the Luck I do!
Ziptrev your resident
Edited by - Ziptrev on 02 February 2002 8:17:05 PM
Malc, are my platforms still standing at stockton res? Problems with poles eh trev. i remember when i lost three sections to
the top flight of a double decker bus. Two shatered by the big red monster and the other breaking in my hand leaving me nice carbon fingers - it bloody hurt. So they laughed all day at me (evening open on the river lea at rifles section). The ironic thing is it happened 45 mins into the match and i packed up - would have won the section if tony marti had brought his pet tench!!
Five hours sitting in a peg that was so muddy that it resembled the Somme.Howling wind from right to left vereing occaisionaly to head on,while the rain went straight under the brolly and the bait tried its best to restage the great escape.
All this for 1lb 14ozs of micro roach,skimmers & a couple of pongos,the best of which may have weighed 8drms.With any luck the kit may dry out for next weekend so i can do it all over again!
Dont you just love it!