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The Glorious 16th !!!!

Call me a sentimental old fart, but I still look forward to the 16th of June with relish, and always have to go visit the river generally looking for Chub on the waggler or the stick. So, as per usual, was up early on the 16th to head off to Biddenham for some Chub bashing on the waggler and the stick


and was rewarded with these beauties up 4lb 10oz




This year the 16th happened to fall on a Tuesday so immediately after my river session it was back to How End for the evening league, this week on Dani’s

Will talk about the match shortly, but firstly I’ve got to shout out some foot attire. Now, over the years, I’ve seen some strange things on the bank but the recent fashion for Crocs seems to have taken it to a whole new level of bad taste. And the set attached to one of our members on this evenings match was just off the scale. I’ve heard of yellow polker dot bikini’s, but White polka dot Crocs are just vile. And talking of good taste, isn’t it rather strange that one of our banker friends was attached to them πŸ™‚ I’ll leave it to you to name and shame !!!!



To the fishing bit (it is after all supposed to be a match blog πŸ™‚

Dani’s had been fishing well up to now, so good things were expected and it didn’t disappoint. Our evening lake record holder, Ben Lawrence, who smashed the record last year with an amazing 89lb in 3 hours off Dani’s, had honoured us with his presence and the draw bag put him next to me, so I expected a great battle. As it turned out, the fish seemed to hug the main island so I had a bit of an advantage over Ben as he was on corner peg 17. Pete the Pirate stormed off on a flier off peg 4 catching one a bung, he had 9 carp in the net in 20 minutes on the pellet wagg and we all thought the record was going to go, then Pirate Power kicked in and he managed to trash all his rigs in record time, plus being a pirate with limited vision couldn’t see to tie any more, so that was the end of the ‘skull and crossbones’ which slowly sank under the waves. Meanwhile, round the corner, following on from my own early disaster which saw a How End Turbo Nutter B*****d carp tear off taking my whole rig and the elastic as well pulling it straight off the side puller never to be seen again, I finally got going on my usual caster which I employed together with a shallow rig at 14.5 mtr and waggler for further out when they backed off to put together a nice bag of 54lb 14oz, narrowly pipping Colin Fosdick who weighed in 51lb 12oz in corner peg 7. Another close match and with the glorious weather we had, one to enjoy

Top 4 on the night were:

1) Phil ‘Pebs’ Stone – 54lb 14oz

2) Colin Fosdick – 51lb 12oz

3) Mark ‘Titch’ Wilson – 48lb 2oz

4) Pete ‘Pirate’ Nash – 44lb 4oz (should have bought some shop tied hooklengths !!! πŸ™‚ )

All in all, a great way to top off the ‘Glorious16th’

Tight lines this season to everyone, just not as tight as mine if you’re fishing against me πŸ™‚




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Posted by on June 24, 2015 in Uncategorized


How End Open – June 13th – Yasis

Good turnout for the open, which sort of stuffed me up as I under estimated the caster order. Ah well, I’ve never been one for being fussy about bait and it seemed since I had an excess of maggot, it only seemed right to have a go with last years star invention by yours truly which seemed to sort the Ide out. So 4 pints of red maggots and 10 minutes later in a blender topped off with a copious amount of Predator Plus and I had a nice pot full of Pebs famous Maggot Mush. Now, this stuff really ought to come with a health warning. I purposely put it in a rather large bowl so I can scoop it up in a my kinder pot without EVER putting my hands in it. My peg always seems to resemble one of those cartoon characters surrounded by flies as they’re the only living creatures that seem to like it bar Berties and Ide that just can’t get enough of it. Its especially deadly on those dead still days when nothing seems to be moving and I’m sure its down to the cloud that makes the fish comfortable in it and today suited it perfectly following my rule of ripple = loose feed, flat calm = cloud that always serves me well.

Anyhow, to the fishing, I figured there wasn’t enough water to make the Ide comfortable in the shallow water over as the lake was still down following the recent leak, so I fed the mush coming down the far shelf in about 2 feet of water, thinking I’d target the carp in the shallow water over. This proved to be a wise decision as I managed to keep Berties and Ide coming for 4 hours before the carp on the far shelf that were constantly sticking their heads out of the water after the loose fed pellets I was putting in proved too much of a temptation as I was determined to suss them out. Despite having sussed the Ide and Berties out, I’ve never yet achieved the consistency of my good friend Pete Bailey when it came to the Carp, so I was determined to get to grips with them in the last 2 hours which ultimately proved my downfall in the match as it took me an hour to suss it out although I still managed to get to grips with them in the end so despite loosing out to Colin Fosdick who pipped me by a brilliant 68lb 8oz to my 66lb exactly, top bombing Col, it was worthwhile and with Tony Sal coming in third with 65lb exactly, it was an excellent close fought match. Top 6 were:

1) Colin ‘Caster’ Fosdick – 68lb 8oz

2) Phil ‘Pebs’ Stone – 66lb 0oz

3) Tony Sal – 65lb 0oz

4) Matthew Grant – 49lb 8oz

5) Darren James – 48lb 8oz

6) Richard Fulam – 44lb 0oz

7) Steve P – 43lb 8oz

8) Neil ‘New dad’ Smith – 41lb 4oz

I know I said top 6 but I felt they all needed a mention, brilliantly close match, well done guys πŸ™‚

Next blog, June 16th, new season and I still love it

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Posted by on June 22, 2015 in Uncategorized


How End Evening League Round 3 – Yasi’s – June 9th

After missing last weeks match due to a 50th birthday party and narrowly missing out the week before by making a fatal mistake, I was out for some revenge come round 3 of the evening league and a chance to get back to grips with our Titch who was running away with the title. Back on Yasi’s and it was bound to Bertie and Ide fun, although come draw time and I got the only peg on the lake I really didn’t fancy, 13. Still, with lots of space I had half a chance even though Titch was on peg 16, Bertie city πŸ™‚

My usual attack of caster, yes I know, I can’t help myself and I was nearly ready for the off on time. Quite unlike myself. Was a steady evenings fishing, even though I never had a proper run where they come as soon as the float goes in, you had to wait a few minutes between bites.

Come the all out, I felt I’d fished a good match, Titch, for once had had a mare, so I knew I’d won my side of the lake but with Simon, Mike and Tony on the footpath bank and Darren in the flier 1 you never knew.

Darren had a bad match with only 29-15, then Simon weighed 51-10 which made us laugh as he estimated 35 and by the new estimation tax rule he was nearly 50% out and bound to cop for the tax, happy days. Not only that,but he also managed to beat Nick Rowe’s week old Barbel record with a fantastic 4lb 8oz specimen, they ain’t half eating all the pies.



Simon lead upΒ to my peg and with everyone asking what my estimate was I hedged my bets and put down 46lb thinking I was bound to not get clobbered with that. How wrong was I, as usual my estimating abilities were rubbish and I out % Simon to be exactly 50% out and get hit by the tax with 69lb 2oz. A great evenings fishing and at least the charity jar gained at my expense. More importantly, it put me back in contention with Titch in the league. Roll on round 4 πŸ™‚



Top 4 on the night were:

1) Phil ‘Pebs’ Stone – 69lb 2oz

2) Simon ‘Oompa’ Drozdziol – 51lb 10oz

3) Tony Sal – 41lb 10oz

4) Mike ‘Groundsman’ Clarke – 41lb 6oz

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Posted by on June 22, 2015 in Uncategorized


Old Hatfield Angling and Nordis A C – Sunday 31st May

Sunday saw the return of both Old Hatfield Angling and Nordis A C to How End and with the weather taking a bit of a dive, we expected the fishing to do likewise, but quite the reverse happened with a fantastic weight of 91lb 8oz winning Dani’s in the Old Hatfield A C match, a bit of a turn around from the previous day!!!

Top 3 on Dani’s were:

1) Graham Hall – peg 1 – 91lb 8oz

2) Neil Anderson – peg 15 – 52lb 8oz

3) Simon George – peg 8 – 50lb 8oz



Meanwhile, on Yasi’s, Nordis A C were also fighting the weather withΒ Bob Harris finally taking top weight with 44lb. Top 3 were:

1) Bob Harris – 44lb 0oz

2) Steve Groves – 43lb 12oz

3) Bill Noble – 34lb 12oz

Tuesday sees round 2 of the How End Evening League, this time on Dani’s, phone Phil on 07753 743802 if you want to fish !!!

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Posted by on June 1, 2015 in Uncategorized


How End Open – May 30th

Second open of the season and this time on Yasi’s and again the carp weren’t really showing though the silvers once again made up for it with some cracking weights of Ide and Barbel topped off by Colin Fosdick on peg 7 with a great weight of 87lb exactly, mostly caught on caster in the deeper track. Top 5 on the day were:

1) Colin Fosdick – peg 7 – 87lb 0oz

2) Richard Fullam – peg 3 – 77lb 4oz

3) Nick Rowe – peg 16 – 59lb 14oz

4) Tony Sal – peg 15 – 56lb 12oz

5) Trev Jeans – peg 13 – 50lb 4oz

The footpath bank once again produced the goods which definitely seems the place to be at the moment having won the last 3 How End matches on Yasi’s.

On Dani’s our friends from Monarch A C were having a bit of a greuler with M Baker pipping C Vincent to top spot with 24lb 12oz to 24lb 0oz, tough day at the office !!!

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Posted by on June 1, 2015 in Uncategorized


How End Evening League Round 1 – 25th May

Lots of news and results to catch up on and here’s the first. The How End Evening League is a series I look forward to all year and never seems to let us down. The fish seem to lose all inhibitions and have a proper munch in the evening leading to some spectacular sport which culminated in a last years top weights of 89lb by Ben Lawrence on Dani’s and 96lb by yours truly of Barbel on Yasi’s, all in just 3 hours. Its a bit of a rush and you tend to have to get it right straight off or lose, but that’s half the fun. Visits from Barn Owl’s and Bats when it goes dark just make it all the more perfect on a Summers evening. But as ever, I digress, first evening league on Yasi’s and with the carp still yet to spawn, it was always going to be about Barbel and Ide and thats what it was for the most part with some great weights coming out as usual topped off by the top 3 as follows:

1) Alan Oakes – 68lb 5oz

2) Mark ‘Titch’ Wilson – 59lb 8oz

3) Phil ‘Pebs’ Stone – 57lb 0oz

Top sport, roll on the next one !!!!


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Posted by on June 1, 2015 in Uncategorized


How End Open – Yasi’s – May 16th

First open of the new season on Yasi’s and even though we’d lost some water due to a leak (now fixed) there were plenty of fish showing so everyone expected a good day. And if you targeted silvers, that was the case with lots of Ide and Barbel showing although the carp had an off day (no doubt getting ready for spawning)

Our own Pip Bowlam took individual honours beating none other that Amer Jarad off the next peg to take his first win of the season catching Barbel, Ide and Carp down the edge to record top weight of 67lb 1oz narrowly beating Amer who had a big bag of Ide plus a few Berties and Carp to weigh 66lb 8oz, only 9oz behind.

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Top 6 on the day were:

1) Pip Bowlam – 67lb 1oz

2) Amer Jarad – 66lb 8oz

3) Darryl Anderson – 60lb 6oz

4) Colin Fossdick – 53lb 11oz

5) Titch ‘Bloody’ Wilson – 43lb 6oz

6) Neil ‘Smiler’ Smith – 42lb 12oz

Nick Rowe also managed to smash the Bertie record with a stunning 4lb 2oz beauty, Super Gudgeon to tackle wreckers in 4 years .. wow



This Sunday sees the first Summer League match over both lakes and as I type we still have 2 spaces available so if you fancy giving it a go, get in touch. Full dates are on the web site for all Summer League and normal opens.

And then this Tuesday coming, the 26th, sees the first Evening league which if its anything like last year will be brilliant with top weights coming out of 96lb Barbel on Yasi’s and 89lb of Carp on Dani’s in just 3 hours. Welcome Summer πŸ™‚

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Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Uncategorized