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Simon R

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May 19, 2002
Match 7 of the season and our second visit of the season to one of my favourite venues – Rising Sun Fishery near Aldwark in North Yorkshire. This was our annual joint match with Guisborough AC and a change from Brafferton where we’d held this match for the last three or four years.

The two match lakes are just basic oblongs with 14 pegs on each - both are stocked very similarly other than there’s more crucians on pond 2 and more skimmers in pond 3 – although they have become a little more mixed since I first fished the place about five years ago. Both lakes have good numbers of ide - of a decent average size too – and mental carp that go to mid-doubles but are generally 2-8lb.

Initially I had about 22 names down but last-minute withdrawals and no-shows reduced that number to 16 – 12 from Stokesley and 4 from Guisborough – it did mean we could spread out a bit and avoid having to use the pegs on the ends of the lake, or the two on pond two that have developed a bit of a slope.
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I pulled out corner peg eight on pond two – I’ve fished it before and caught well fishing tight into the corner – an area which, due to the recent high temperatures and a lack of rainfall is currently dry-land. There were a number of twigs and small branches standing proud of the water just in the edge and the owner fetched a garden rake to retrieve them for me, however during the course of the match I did manage to fish out a veritable forest of other twigs. Up against the bank was only 6” deep so I was fairly confident that if I dumped a bit of bait in that area I’d be able to see if any fish arrived.

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It was a little deeper under the tree to my left and about 3’ from 2+2 all the way out to 10m+ straight out in front. After potting in some pellets, corn and casters to both margins I commenced fishing on the 2+2 line with a light rig looking for ide or crucians with maggot on the hook and just loose-feeding maggot. I caught three small perch so started loose feeding 4mm pellet instead. The perch lost interest and I got a chunky 8oz ide before all went quiet again – the next bite resulted in 20 feet of elastic streaming out of the pole as an angry carp headed for the next county. I don’t what they feed them on but the carp don’t half pull – the owner reckons it’s the water quality.

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I got another couple at intervals but I was struggling to catch silvers and also losing rather more carp than I was happy about - one bust me (on 0.18mm hooklength) and the hook pulled twice - one I’m fairly sure was foul-hooked but the other I almost had to the net when I lost it. I had a little wander along to speak to Tony and George who were both getting a few – Tony getting a decent skimmer on paste and George a chunky ide.

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Opposite me Jeff, Ian and Andy were doing battle with carp from time to time, copious amounts of elastic emanating from poles.

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I’d avoided the margin due to the bright sunshine that was shining straight into it, however the sun vanished and the wind picked up a bit so I thought it worth feeding again. Unfortunately, two almost fully grown ducklings spotted me and in less than a foot of water had no problem in hoovering it all up. The only way to dissuade them was to fish there myself so I fed again and sat waiting for some fish to arrive. Luckily I didn’t have to wait too long before I spotted some indications, banded pellet didn’t produce any bites but switching to a big bunch of maggots (half-a-dozen on a size 12) saw the float vanish, the water erupt and a sizeable carp heading out into the middle of the lake. Other than a single tench all the rest of the fish I caught were carp – varying from three to maybe eight pounds. I fed after each fish or each missed bite – a big pouch of casters and the same of 4mm pellets.

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With about an hour to go it started raining – varying from light drizzle to annoyingly heavy and persistent – and it never let up for the next three hours.

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In shallow water, despite fishing over depth, foul hooked fish are always likely and I landed one that I hooked in the tail and another that I hooked in the flank – a couple of others came off as the elastic bottomed out on their first run so were presumably also not hooked in the mouth. I wasn’t likely to get bust again as, due to the proximity of all the tree-roots – which none of the hooked fish headed for anyway – the rig I was using terminated in 8lb fluorocarbon – it’s a little more robust than nylon and would hopefully give me some protection if it rubbed against the exposed roots. The last fish I caught I bullied into the net in double-quick time in the hope I’d get another before the whistle but sadly that was it.

We started the weigh-in round at SteveR on peg one and after a short delay whilst we switched scales he dropped 43lb 13oz onto the scales.

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SteveW on the next peg just pipped him with 45lb 12oz

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Bob, one of the Guisborough contingent had a real mixed bag for 18lb 4oz

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Ian on peg 4 had 44lb dead

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Jeff on peg 5 took the lead with 50lb 4oz

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Andy on peg 6 dropped 33lb 12oz onto the scales

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I was next on peg 8 and was thinking I might have 40lb – I only had 2lb 10oz of silvers but fortunately had more carp than I thought and finished with 48lb 2oz

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Andy (another of the Guisborough lads) was behind me on pond 3 and he also weighed 48lb 2oz

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George was the last on pond two and although he had plenty of fish they were a smaller average size and he weighed 30lb dead

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Tony reckoned he’d clicked 80lb and he’s usually pretty accurate – although on this occasion a little more cautious than normal, weighing in 77lb 6oz

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Chris from Guisborough was on peg two and weighed 27lb dead.

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Round to the other side and Ade the final member of the Guisborough contingent had 10lb 4oz from peg 14.

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Juliet had 13lb dead from peg 12

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The only challengers to Tony’s weight would likely be from the next three pegs, Matty had plenty of carp and weighed 67lb 14oz from peg 11

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Paul had a load of silvers but less carp and claimed second spot with 71lb 8oz

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Finally Barry had broken two Stillwater Blues during the process of catching 64lb – sadly the rain killed my camera so the last couple of shots are not too clear.

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All told we hauled 693lb to the scales which I don’t recall ever occurring before – there are actually people who say there’s no fish in this place – possibly looking for excuses when they catch nowt.



Next match we're off to Brafferton again - Spring Lake this time - pegs 1-30



Staff member
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Sep 18, 2001
Great report and pictures as always Simon.
Great to see some decent weights on the scales. :upthumb:


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Jul 19, 2020
A hard fought match by the looks of it and some tidy weights too - thanks for the great report


Regular member
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Nov 26, 2019
Those carp at Rising Sun really are crackers 🤪🤪🤪 I had a few go off like rockets on the pole last summer.