Maggotdrowning Pairs Matches & Pleasure Fishing days - Alders Farm 2021

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chris1967

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Hi Martin, it was a pleasure to meet you and I am glad my lack of experience didn't hinder us too much. Now I have 12 months to hone my new skills and next year I will be aiming for section wins not seconds ;) there again, in reality I have more chance of winning Mr Universe than a maggot drowners match :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
hey we can all dream bud ..... i think you'd make an excellent mr universe lol
 

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well i enjoyed meeting a few new members over the weekend..as for the fishing was a total disaster...drew peg 29 on ash..216lb came off the peg friday..so thought i might catch afew...it was afew...had 56lb 11oz..thought cant get any worse...famous last words..drew peg 11 on pines..130lb plus came from it sat...everyone said margins margins margins..my favourite place margins...get there nearly fell over twice before my kit was on my plattform...then quick change connector decided not to work..fixed eventually...started off on my left had edge...had my first carp after about 20 minutes...then 2 hours later my second carp from right marggin...then cupping kit broke...so that was end of cupping in...heard a bump..looked round couldnt see anything...then went to put on 6mm pellet that was the bump..6mm pellets in the lake except for about 50..i could see dave(red leader bagging up on method and chris1967 bagging up on peg 12..eventuall had 2 more carp..for a grand total of 11lb 3oz...so enjoyed it apart from fishing..lol
allways next year..i think i can only improve..cant get much worse....can it?lol
 
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By the way - sorry I couldn't stay for the presentations but SWMBO phoned just as I finished loading the car & wanted me to pick up a takeaway.
 

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Gents, Thank you all for your attendance, much appreciated and I trust that all enjoyed themselves despite the weather trying its hardest to put a dampener on proceedings.
For next year, while I will happily continue to draw the Pairings I will be standing down from drawing the pegs for all as it's getting a bit disheartening drawing flyers for others and mediocre pegs for myself.. :(

Friday, I found myself on Ash 17 on the dam wall, wrong end of the lake with the wind blowing up the other end of the lake, the saving grace was the bush to my right and a long margin to my left as peg 18 wasn't in. Now I'm not sure if anyone mentioned it already but it rained, so much so that my brolly had an outing for just the 2nd time in 3 years 😲. Sport was far from fast and furious with the bush providing frustration with way to many foul hookers and snags. The 6mtr line offered just half a dozen carp all day but a good view of Chefster on peg 8 catching regularly. The saving grace was that the fish finally rocked up in the left hand margin with 90 minutes to go, however there were a few to many if anything meaning that liners and foul hookers were still a problem. A longer rig finally sorted it out, laying it out so that the bait settled on the slope dropping away from the margin which produced a steady run of fish giving me a final weight of 103lbs which allowed me to salvage a Nugget from Dave and Chefster.

Saturday and it was Pines 25, yet again the wrong end on the day with the wind pushing up to the opposite end. Oh yes, yet again it rained 🌧️ The main hope was that some fish would turn up in the margins at some point but with both Dave and Chefster on Ash (pegs 4 and 28) Nugget prospects looked poor. A comfy 6mtr line provided a few carp but yet again nowhere near the required amount. Entertainment was provided by Davered5 over on peg 2 playing knit one, pearl one with assorted carp in the reeds of his left hand margin, in fact he got so frustrated at one point that he stopped fishing and went and got a couple of bottles of Bud :drink:
With a couple of hours to go the right hand margin finally produced.......................a Perch, not what was required and that was soon sacked off. :( The saving grace proved once again to be my left hand margin which finally produced a few carp in the final hour allowing me to weigh 76lbs in the end and a bonus 2nd in section, though £2 of that went to Dave and Chester as Nuggets. :cry:

Sunday and the draw was no kinder Ash peg 10, yep you guessed wrong end of the lake again, not a ripple and what little breeze there was blowing up into the flyers, it said it all when Trev (911 the fishery manager) told me it was probably the worst draw of the day(n) .
As already mentioned, slipping over wasn't the greatest start and with just a solitary skimmer after the first hour and just a further 2 small carp in the next hour amongst , yes you guessed it........further rain showers, just another 3 small carp in the next 2 hours and it wasn't till the final 20 minutes that the margins finally produced, a mere consolation as I ended with a paltry 37lbs 8ozs to show for my efforts and waved farewell to two further Nuggets. 😥

However results aren't everything, as with all MD's events the banter and laughs over the course of the 3 days were epic, one of the highlights being the live crab that Godber found in the bottom of his net bag on Sunday morning 🦀.
Good as always to catch up with both old and new faces, and as always a big Thank You to the Owners and Staff at Alders Farm who as always are ready to go the extra mile to make our visits the success they are. Now if someone can just have a word in the ear of the Weather God for next year I'm sure we would all be truly grateful.:upthumb:
 

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Gents, Thank you all for your attendance, much appreciated and I trust that all enjoyed themselves despite the weather trying its hardest to put a dampener on proceedings.
For next year, while I will happily continue to draw the Pairings I will be standing down from drawing the pegs for all as it's getting a bit disheartening drawing flyers for others and mediocre pegs for myself.. :(

Friday, I found myself on Ash 17 on the dam wall, wrong end of the lake with the wind blowing up the other end of the lake, the saving grace was the bush to my right and a long margin to my left as peg 18 wasn't in. Now I'm not sure if anyone mentioned it already but it rained, so much so that my brolly had an outing for just the 2nd time in 3 years 😲. Sport was far from fast and furious with the bush providing frustration with way to many foul hookers and snags. The 6mtr line offered just half a dozen carp all day but a good view of Chefster on peg 8 catching regularly. The saving grace was that the fish finally rocked up in the left hand margin with 90 minutes to go, however there were a few to many if anything meaning that liners and foul hookers were still a problem. A longer rig finally sorted it out, laying it out so that the bait settled on the slope dropping away from the margin which produced a steady run of fish giving me a final weight of 103lbs which allowed me to salvage a Nugget from Dave and Chefster.

Saturday and it was Pines 25, yet again the wrong end on the day with the wind pushing up to the opposite end. Oh yes, yet again it rained 🌧️ The main hope was that some fish would turn up in the margins at some point but with both Dave and Chefster on Ash (pegs 4 and 28) Nugget prospects looked poor. A comfy 6mtr line provided a few carp but yet again nowhere near the required amount. Entertainment was provided by Davered5 over on peg 2 playing knit one, pearl one with assorted carp in the reeds of his left hand margin, in fact he got so frustrated at one point that he stopped fishing and went and got a couple of bottles of Bud :drink:
With a couple of hours to go the right hand margin finally produced.......................a Perch, not what was required and that was soon sacked off. :( The saving grace proved once again to be my left hand margin which finally produced a few carp in the final hour allowing me to weigh 76lbs in the end and a bonus 2nd in section, though £2 of that went to Dave and Chester as Nuggets. :cry:

Sunday and the draw was no kinder Ash peg 10, yep you guessed wrong end of the lake again, not a ripple and what little breeze there was blowing up into the flyers, it said it all when Trev (911 the fishery manager) told me it was probably the worst draw of the day(n) .
As already mentioned, slipping over wasn't the greatest start and with just a solitary skimmer after the first hour and just a further 2 small carp in the next hour amongst , yes you guessed it........further rain showers, just another 3 small carp in the next 2 hours and it wasn't till the final 20 minutes that the margins finally produced, a mere consolation as I ended with a paltry 37lbs 8ozs to show for my efforts and waved farewell to two further Nuggets. 😥

However results aren't everything, as with all MD's events the banter and laughs over the course of the 3 days were epic, one of the highlights being the live crab that Godber found in the bottom of his net bag on Sunday morning 🦀.
Good as always to catch up with both old and new faces, and as always a big Thank You to the Owners and Staff at Alders Farm who as always are ready to go the extra mile to make our visits the success they are. Now if someone can just have a word in the ear of the Weather God for next year I'm sure we would all be truly grateful.:upthumb:
That was one hell of a tough crab. Been in the bottom of my stink bag for a week, been dipped in Alders net dip and l did put the actual bag in the dip and left i[ a few minutes whilst l went to the shop. God knows where it went though, as they say in Wales 'There it was, gone!'😁
 

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Another brilliantly organised and run weekend. Many thanks to @Dave and @Peter.

Despite my numerous dramas over the weekend requiring the help of heavy vehicles and strong men I had a cracking time. Really enjoyed the company and the fishing. I am a total newbie to match fishing but my meagre weights (50lb on Ash and 34lb on Pines) gave me some satisfaction. At least I didn’t blank. Top bunch of lads and I’ll be looking forward to the Fur and Feather now.
Get yerself a new tent?????
 

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Mick, it was probably related to the crayfish that mullered my bait on every hard spot i found.
They were a problem weren't they. I couldnt put a bait in the edge by the reads without it getting clobbered.
 

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I think all the none match anglers did really well
Even myself a novice 😉. Seriously though should be chuffed with ya sens it’s always going to be hard when your pegged next to a half decent match angler . It’s always easier when you only fish commercials any one who says it’s easy fishing clearly has no idea
I enjoyed it as it made a change to not fishing for money and taking a little more enjoyment from the sport
 

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For next year, while I will happily continue to draw the Pairings I will be standing down from drawing the pegs for all as it's getting a bit disheartening drawing flyers for others and mediocre pegs for myself..
I think I'll designate @Nickp69 to do the draw next year then we can all have fliers

An absolute brilliant weekend despite the rain - who needs a brolly were my famous words on Saturday just minutes before an absolute deluge of rain that turned my waterproofs into blotting paper. Wet T shirt, wet jeans, but it still didn't dampen my spirits, although I saw a few of the liquid spirits being downed on the Saturday night along with a few MD'ers who found gravity and JD doesn't mix lol

Friday saw me driving down to Alders having left Leeds just before 6am. Arriving there and it was into the net dip, into the shop, into Trev's maggot parlour, into the cafe for breakfast, (what time's the draw?) , into the field to pitch my bivvy, trolley down the field laden with enough tackle to fill a small shop (mostly unused :) ) and on to the registration, pools and draw and to present Trev with his birthday cake, more a work of art than a cake tbh. Awesome.

The Friday match was spread over Ash and Pines and Peter kindly drew me peg 2 on Pines, it was a fix to ensure he retained at least one nugget over the weekend. It wasn't the best peg in the world for me with rushes on either side and a brolly overhead it was a bit restrictive but still a good time was had.
Chefster and Peter both did me for a nugget

After a soggy weigh-in I abandoned my tackle and headed to the pub with @Peter, @nomorelongwalks, @fatpike and @Auto where we had a bite to eat along with a couple of pints and plenty of chat before heading back....
Turning into the field the Hilux slid down the bank towards the Oaks lake where despite efforts to drive out, low-ratio 4wd, diff-locks, and someone's cast-off clothing the pickup was also abandoned until the morning - whoops

Saturday saw it being pulled out with the Mule by a small audience of about 20 'drowners, however without photos it didn't happen ;)
This time despite the mud the drive into the field was successful but short as @Markywhizz came to see me as he too had become a victim to the muddy slope and got his van stuck. Hilux to the rescue and out it came the way it went in :)

Saturday's draw was held in the cafe, first the Pairs were drawn, then the pegs by Peter's able hand. He was kind and drew me Ash 4 where I managed to relieve him of the nugget he took from me earlier, however it was soon to be added to @chefster's tally. 2-0 to the chef
Again it rained, including some mighty heavy deluges, water was running down the bank like a small stream alongside me

Following the weigh-in it was BBQ time, burgers, hot dogs, spare ribs, steak, sausage, more burgers, if it didn't have veggie on it it was cooked :)
Plenty of socialising was had by all, a few drinks, and let's just say... what happens at Alders, stays at Alders :D

Bed and up again for day three - it had stopped raining finally, @Godber was trying to raise the @Len Wade from a JD induced coma in the next tent, I had time for a wash before heading for breakfast and then on for a wander round up to the shop to pay Lewis for the weekend.
I stopped at the maggot parlour to ask Trev if he could drag my trolley with the Mule from Ash to Pines as the hill would have done me in, and off he went only to find that @Brainy (Richard) had already wheeled it up there for me - an absolute gentleman and many thanks Richard, much appreciated (y)

Peter once again drew me Pines 10 which I was told was a flier, I hate being told that it certainly puts the pressure on. I strolled up the hill to find my trolley waiting for me on my peg, massive thanks once again Richard.
Peg 10 wasn't that kind to me however but still managed to put 43lb on the scales to relieve Peter of another nugget, and donate the third of the weekend to chef's scalpings :)
The weather was better on Sunday though, it still rained but not as heavy :)

The sun even came out for the weigh-in which made a nice change from sorting out the results on soggy paper, and back down to the cafe to do the presentations, sections pay-outs, and say goodbye to everyone.

I was the last out of the field and everyone had managed to leave without too much drama thanks to some boards and stuff Lewis had put in place. Load up the tackle, bid farewell to the Alders family, and onwards and upwards back home.... same time again next year, I can't wait :D

It was great meeting up with everyone, new and old. The numbers had increased quite a bit compared to previous years and it was brilliant, despite the rain clouds that seem to come out for the occasion :)

Anyway, enough of my waffle, here's some photos, please feel free to comment on them...
 

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They were a problem weren't they. I couldnt put a bait in the edge by the reads without it getting clobbered.
I hope something is done with them otherwise Oaks lake will be ruined. All you will catch is the 7lbish match carp. No real reason to have a specimen lake.
 

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Brilliant write up Dave and thank you for organising it!

My last Maggot Drowners get together was a good 8 or 9 years ago so it was great to see some old friends and meet some new ones!

Can’t wait for the next one, please count me in for the Fur and Feather! (y)
 

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I think I'll designate @Nickp69 to do the draw next year then we can all have fliers

An absolute brilliant weekend despite the rain - who needs a brolly were my famous words on Saturday just minutes before an absolute deluge of rain that turned my waterproofs into blotting paper. Wet T shirt, wet jeans, but it still didn't dampen my spirits, although I saw a few of the liquid spirits being downed on the Saturday night along with a few MD'ers who found gravity and JD doesn't mix lol

Friday saw me driving down to Alders having left Leeds just before 6am. Arriving there and it was into the net dip, into the shop, into Trev's maggot parlour, into the cafe for breakfast, (what time's the draw?) , into the field to pitch my bivvy, trolley down the field laden with enough tackle to fill a small shop (mostly unused :) ) and on to the registration, pools and draw and to present Trev with his birthday cake, more a work of art than a cake tbh. Awesome.

The Friday match was spread over Ash and Pines and Peter kindly drew me peg 2 on Pines, it was a fix to ensure he retained at least one nugget over the weekend. It wasn't the best peg in the world for me with rushes on either side and a brolly overhead it was a bit restrictive but still a good time was had.
Chefster and Peter both did me for a nugget

After a soggy weigh-in I abandoned my tackle and headed to the pub with @Peter, @nomorelongwalks, @fatpike and @Auto where we had a bite to eat along with a couple of pints and plenty of chat before heading back....
Turning into the field the Hilux slid down the bank towards the Oaks lake where despite efforts to drive out, low-ratio 4wd, diff-locks, and someone's cast-off clothing the pickup was also abandoned until the morning - whoops

Saturday saw it being pulled out with the Mule by a small audience of about 20 'drowners, however without photos it didn't happen ;)
This time despite the mud the drive into the field was successful but short as @Markywhizz came to see me as he too had become a victim to the muddy slope and got his van stuck. Hilux to the rescue and out it came the way it went in :)

Saturday's draw was held in the cafe, first the Pairs were drawn, then the pegs by Peter's able hand. He was kind and drew me Ash 4 where I managed to relieve him of the nugget he took from me earlier, however it was soon to be added to @chefster's tally. 2-0 to the chef
Again it rained, including some mighty heavy deluges, water was running down the bank like a small stream alongside me

Following the weigh-in it was BBQ time, burgers, hot dogs, spare ribs, steak, sausage, more burgers, if it didn't have veggie on it it was cooked :)
Plenty of socialising was had by all, a few drinks, and let's just say... what happens at Alders, stays at Alders :D

Bed and up again for day three - it had stopped raining finally, @Godber was trying to raise the @Len Wade from a JD induced coma in the next tent, I had time for a wash before heading for breakfast and then on for a wander round up to the shop to pay Lewis for the weekend.
I stopped at the maggot parlour to ask Trev if he could drag my trolley with the Mule from Ash to Pines as the hill would have done me in, and off he went only to find that @Brainy (Richard) had already wheeled it up there for me - an absolute gentleman and many thanks Richard, much appreciated (y)

Peter once again drew me Pines 10 which I was told was a flier, I hate being told that it certainly puts the pressure on. I strolled up the hill to find my trolley waiting for me on my peg, massive thanks once again Richard.
Peg 10 wasn't that kind to me however but still managed to put 43lb on the scales to relieve Peter of another nugget, and donate the third of the weekend to chef's scalpings :)
The weather was better on Sunday though, it still rained but not as heavy :)

The sun even came out for the weigh-in which made a nice change from sorting out the results on soggy paper, and back down to the cafe to do the presentations, sections pay-outs, and say goodbye to everyone.

I was the last out of the field and everyone had managed to leave without too much drama thanks to some boards and stuff Lewis had put in place. Load up the tackle, bid farewell to the Alders family, and onwards and upwards back home.... same time again next year, I can't wait :D

It was great meeting up with everyone, new and old. The numbers had increased quite a bit compared to previous years and it was brilliant, despite the rain clouds that seem to come out for the occasion :)

Anyway, enough of my waffle, here's some photos, please feel free to comment on them...
As the 4x4 slipped towards the lake i was looking at Terry and Paul sat between both, thinking which one am I climbing over when the water starts pouring in !
 

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Great weekend again. Thanks to Alders farm for their hospitality, the breakfasts are excellent. Cheers to Dave Pete Trev for another fantastic weekend. 👍
So got there Friday about a minute before the gates opened😁 and made my way down to the Carpers, Arky and John step. A quick chat and it was time for my first of many trips to the portaloo, a very pleasant and honestly quite fragrant portaloo........ it was anything but fragrant this morning though🤮 After meeting old mates and making new ones we got down to the fishing. Peg 17 on Pines, a nice but snaggy looking tree bush thing. Tip rod set up and two pole lines, left hand margin and top 2 + 2 in front. The tip was excellent, hybrid feeder with micros and a banded wafter saw quite a few fish in the first two hours grace my net until l got ragged through the roots and lost the lot😣 I 'd been feeding great big handfuls of maggot down the margin since the start so dropped in on it with a great big bunch of reds on a 12. Float buried, a firm strike which rezulted in a 3 oz perch, put him back, not wasting a net for a few perch, 2nd drop in, float buries....... stripey😩 so decided to bin the maggots and started feeding 8mm pellets instead, first drop in and into carp straight away and l stayed there for the rest of the match, it was solid, no exaggeration 5 secods was a long time to wait for a bite. 172lb for a lake win and section, chuffed.

Mystery pairs and l get Trev Drakes, well happy😊 good angler, l hope he was happy with me😁 Peg 11 Pines and had a mare. Snapped my pole before the start😖 telescoped it but not enough of an overlap and it folded over whilst playing a carp. It was a funny day with me not getting the fish's heads down to munch. Floating reeds were a pain, staying in my peg all day, big reeds with the roots still attached. Anyway l fished like a muppet for 69lb.....sorry Trev☹️ Miffed.
Sunday peg 4 Ash. Happy. Restricted because of the breakage to my pole, top2 +1, l wasn't that upset to see my peg, overhanging tree to my left and right🌲😊🌴. Fed 4mm's and fished a 6mm on the hook, 4 fish for 18lb ish in the first 10 minutes and then it died, really struggled for a bite but could hear Dave, Red5, next to me catching on the tip. Got my rod bag, took out the rod eeek! I hadn't rerigged it after snapping off on friday. Quickly set it up and soaked some micro's and a gentle underarm 5m lob............ AND PUT IT ON THE CLIP!!!!! 🤬 Dont ask, l dont know why, force of habit, fecking eejit and the first fish ragged me and took the lot🤬🤬🤬 set it up again and this time fished at 25m and managed to snag 5 or 6 carp at a very quiet time close in. My right hand margin that i'd been feeding with 4mm's started to colour so binned the rod and dropped in, a steady succesion of carp saw me weigh 99lb😕 for 4th on the pond and a section win. Chuffed.
At the presentation both me and Trev were very pleasantly surprised to find out were joint 2nd in the mystery pairs with two other pairs😊 Chuffed, great weekend, great fishing, great bunch of folk.
Got some photos and videos coming but l'm going for a shower first.
Well done ,some brilliant fishing
 

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Well having had my feet depart from under me this morning getting down to peg 10 on Ash and landing flat on my back, somehow avoiding a twisted ankle that I first feared. Thankfully Mark Skeggs and Slaner came to my aid, Thanks Lads. :upthumb:
A tad detuned, by just a solitary skimmer in the first hour not helped by a shoulder that started to seize up (Thank goodness for the Ibuprofen That my good lady added to a first aid kit she insists I have with me) it didn't get a lot better until the carp finally rocked up in my left hand margin...........with just 20 minutes to go 😥😡

Not the best trip home either nursing a motor with a CV joint that had started to play up on the way down, but it did me proud making it back the whole 135 miles to Barnsley. Aching and knackered now, so further thoughts tomorrow. ;)
Bet that was relief to get home without breakdown Peter
 
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