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Club Match – River Ouse, Newton Blossomville – 17th November 2013
‘Andy takes the honours ’
Misty rain but a much milder day than expected greeted the anglers for the latest club match on the Paddocks section of the clubs water at Newton Blossomville.
The river looked in perfect condition with some colour, a gentle flow and the odd fish topping.
However, early signs were not good with only the odd fish being caught throughout the match length. Various tactics were employed, some anglers switching to the straight lead and feeder tactics, others fishing the waggler or stick float and most fishing the pole at various lengths and depths to try and locate the elusive fish.
The most successful approach of the day was to feed plenty of ground bait and fish over the top with maggot. This tactic was adopted by the top three rods on the day and also by some others who were not as successful.
Andy Webster took the honours on the day weighing in 9lb 6oz from Peg 1, which included a lovely Perch of 3lb 4oz, which led Andy a merry dance on his light elastic, along with a mixed bag of roach, dace and chublets. On the next peg to Andy, Pete Laughton also had a mixed bag of fish and if not for Mr Perch would have pushed Andy close. Down on peg 9 Brian Beard found 4lb of roach using red and bronze maggot and double pinkie as hook bait to take third place.
Several anglers despite catching a few small fish did not weigh in on a disappointing day on the Ouse for most.
1st – Andy Webster – 9lb 6oz
2nd –Pete Laughton – 5lb 4oz
3rd – Brian Beard – 4lb 1oz
Club Match – Long Pound, Stoke Bruerne – 27th October 2013
‘A day of bream and barges ’
On a blustery day the 14 anglers just about managed to squeeze in between the many boats that were moored up tight along the long pound in readiness for the predicted storm.
All was going well for the first 30 minutes or so and most were catching consistently that is until further barges arrived looking to moor up and jockey for position in the vacant spaces. This particularly the case at the far end of the match length as boats revved their engines churning up the canal turning the water a dirty brown and black colour as well as swinging across right in front of the anglers in that section putting pay to any chance of a decent net of fish.
Andy Law had managed to net 3lb of skimmers in that first 30 minutes or so but was to add only another 10 ounces after the intervention of the barges and Paul Ramsden packed up after a couple of hours as things were so bad.
However, at the start of the match length Ron Coles was pegged near the lock gates and didn’t let the boats that were coming through put him off as he netted 13 decent skimmers and a few bits for a creditable 11lb 1oz. Not far away Dave Gibbins landed 2 decent Perch with some silvers for 7lb 8oz and in the middle of the match length Andy Webster found several skimmers late on in the match for 6lb 4oz and third place. Chris Howard was only a few ounces behind Andy with several skimmers and a couple of lovely roach both pushing the pound mark.
The increased boat activity along the match length certainly affected the final weights as on another day I’m sure there would have been several double figure weights recorded.
1st – Ron Coles - 11lb 1oz
2nd –Dave Gibbins - 7lb 8oz
3rd – Andy Webster – 6lb 4oz
Club Match – Stockton Reservoir – 29th September 2013
‘Brian finds the right method’
On a very hot late September day the club paid its first visit to Stockton Reservoir for the latest club match. Pegged on the near bank (63-49) the 13 anglers didn’t have too far to walk from the car park to get to the pegs
Although the first few hours were slow for most, Brian Beard, pegged near the first island caught half a dozen carp on the method feeder (8mm hard pellet and meat) casting close to the island, before most had got going. However things then slowed down for Brian as others started to catch as the carp moved in. He added two more later on in the afternoon to register 54lb on the scales
Tom Newberry didn’t have his first carp until 12.45pm but then managed to catch another four on his pole line with cubes of red meat as bait. His five carp weighing in at 43lb.
John Balhatchet also had five carp on his feeder line but his five carp weighing less than Toms at 36lb 14oz.
Everyone who fished caught, most having a couple of carp and some silvers as back up. Chris Howard didn’t catch any carp but had a good day catching 21lb of roach and perch on maggot.
1st – Brian Beard - 54lb 0oz
2nd –Tom Newberry - 43lb 0oz
3rd – John Balhatchet -36lb 14oz
Club Match – River Ouse – Newton Blossomville – 8th September 2013
‘Bonus fish seal it for Paul’
On a sunny early autumnal morning the eleven anglers were pegged in the paddocks section of the clubs stretch of the Ouse at Newton Blossomville. With a lack of rain in recent weeks the river was hardly moving and would have also benefited from a bit of colour as well.
Fish were generally hard to come by throughout the match, and the normal expected catches of roach did not materialise.
Paul Ramsden on the end peg fished caster all day on a 7m line and managed to snare a 4lb Tench and a 2lb Perch late on in the match which when added to the other bits he caught saw 7lb 13oz on the scales.
John Balhatchet on the next peg to Paul literally had a ‘ruffe’ day, catching a dozen or so of them and along with several perch recorded 4lb 8oz at the weigh in.
On peg 2 Tom Newberry caught a mixed bag of fish for 3lb 1oz.
Although a disappointing day, everyone caught, most around the pound and half mark and hopefully the river will be in better condition for the club match in November.
1st – Paul Ramsden - 7lb 13oz
2nd –John Balhatchet - 4lb 8oz
3rd – Tom Newberry - 3lb 1oz
Club Match – White Bishop Lake – Bishops Bowl – 25th August 2013
‘John nicks it in a close finish’
This was the clubs second match of the season on the White Bishop Lake at the Bishops Bowl fishery.
Allocated pegs 7 to 21 the eleven anglers were spread out between these numbers on an overcast start to the match which brightened up during the afternoon.
It turned out to be a close match for the top four anglers with only a few pounds separating them at the scales.
Pegged on the road side bank John Balhatchet used feeder tactics to catch a mixed bag of carp and silvers for 35lb 4oz.
Opposite John on the far bank and end peg Bob Eales landed a few decent carp along with a few smaller specimens on small cubes of meat to record 33lb 8oz on the scales
Mr Consistency Gerald Green, coming third yet again, caught a decent net of bream on method feeder tactics to go along with a few small carp to weigh 32lb 11oz
Just out of the frame Paul Ramsden, on end peg roadside bank, found the carp starting to feed just too late in the day for him, falling just short of Gerald with 31lb 15oz.
1st – John Balhatchet - 35lb 4oz
2nd –Bob Eales - 33lb 8oz
3rd – Gerald Green - 32lb 11oz
Club Match – Marshes 1 – Bishops Bowl – 11th August 2013
‘Dave goes top with latest win’
Sunshine and a warm wind was the order of the day for the latest club match and also for the clubs second visit of the season to the Bishops Bowl fishery.
As there was only a dozen anglers fishing, everyone was pegged around Marshes 1 (Marshes 2 is normally used as well if the turn out is better). Pegs 1 to 3 and also peg 14 at one end of the lake had 2ft-3ft of depth where as other pegs around the lake had a few feet more of depth to fish in and this is where the better weights came from.
Dave Gibbins found a few decent sized carp in the 5lb-6lb bracket, mainly caught on bread to go with a few smaller specimens and some silvers for 34lb 8oz.
John Balhatchet concentrated his efforts with the method feeder to the reeds opposite his peg to catch a decent number of smaller carp for 32lb 2 oz.
Paul Ramsden drawing the peg he had last year caught steadily throughout the match including a couple of decent bream and plenty of silvers but also lost a decent bream that would have probably won the match for him, Paul having to settle for third place with 31lb 4oz.
With Ron Collins not fishing this match, Daves win takes him to the top of the points table for the time being, with Ron, Paul Ramsden and Gerald Green in close contention.
One lighter moment during the match happened when Paul Minney put his pole down and turned round to get a cup of tea only to turn back to see his pole disappearing into the lake, pulled in ‘by a whopper’ according to Paul! Thanks to Chris Howard on the next peg who managed to retrieve the pole sections complete with Pauls only pole float but no fish attached!
1st – Dave Gibbins – 34lb 8oz
2nd –John Balhatchet - 32lb 2oz
3rd – Paul Ramsden – 31lb 4oz
Club Match – Toft Fishery- Silver Lake – 28th July 2013
‘Pauls pleasure session makes it two in a row’
The overnight storms and heavy rain had blown away in time for the latest club match on the Silver Lake at Toft, a new water for Nene AC club matches.
The club had pegs 1 – 14, the wind and the sun at the anglers backs. Previous matches on this venue in the preceding months had shown the lake was fishing well. A stock of smaller carp had been added pre season to go with the large head of silver fish already in the lake.
Paul Ramsden made the most of his draw, with an empty peg either side of him, he fished caster on the hook as well as feeding three pints of casters ‘down the track’ to weigh in an excellent 74lb 10oz of carp and silvers.
John Balhatchet concentrated his efforts with the method feeder to the far bank reeds using dead red maggot and pellet in paste as his main baits with all but 2lb of his 62lb being made up of carp.
Chris Howard fed several pints of hemp and some maggot using double maggot on the hook close in to account for his 58lb 4oz of carp and silvers and was closely followed by Gerald Green who had 55lb 12oz of carp and silvers on the method.
So the top three anglers on the day all used different baits and tactics to record excellent nets of fish, Paul Ramsden coming out on top and John Balhatchet second as per last weeks match, Chris Howard just pipping Gerald Green to third place.
1st – Paul Ramsden – 74lb 10oz
2nd –John Balhatchet - 62lb 2oz
3rd – Chris Howard – 58lb 4oz
Club Match – Canons Ashby- Top Lake – 21st July 2013
‘Pauls Golden spell takes the honours’
The latest club match of the season took place on an overcast but warm day on the top lake at Canons Ashby, making a pleasant change from the extreme heat of the proceeding week and more comfortable fishing conditions.
Action was slow in the early stages of the match, the odd carp was being caught and indeed a few were lost. Skimmer bream were being landed as the anglers waited for the carp to move in and feed as the match progressed.
Paul Ramsden had drawn the ‘golden peg’ and much fancied peg 12 and made the most his draw to catch 10 carp close in during the last couple of hours of the match for 81lb to go with his 12lb net of skimmer bream.
John Balhatchet immediately to Pauls right managed to land half a dozen carp and skimmer bream as did Ron Collins on Pauls left, Ron also losing several decent fish which in the end was the difference between second and third place.
Several other anglers caught a few carp for weights in the 20lb and 30lb bracket but on the day the top weights came from the far bank pegs in the trees. Paul not only picked up the pools for winning the match but also has a cheque on the way for winning the match on the golden peg! Well done Paul.
1st – Paul Ramsden – 93lb 10oz
2nd –John Balhatchet - 49lb 14oz
3rd – Ron Collins – 43lb 12oz
Club Match – Waterloo Lake – 7th July 2013
Dick is ‘a pole’ apart to win by more than a margin
The latest club match took place at a sun baked Waterloo Farm. The best turn out of the season to date saw 13 anglers fishing between pegs 11 and 31 around the main island on the lake.
Throughout the entire match there was the constant sound of carp splashing and crashing around on the surface of the lake, but unfortunately the vast majority of this noise was not down to the clever tactics of the anglers fooling their intended prey, but the fact that ‘mating season’ had arrived, brought on by the recent hot weather no doubt, so the majority of the Waterloo carp had other things on their mind than taking the various baits on offer.
Dick Shellard however on end peg 17 fishing across to the end of the island did manage to temp a dozen or so carp on both his feeder and pole lines for a very creditable weight of 60lb 14oz. Dick was forced to fish most the match on his feeder line as before the match had even started, Dick had watched in disbelief as Bob Eales drove over the end sections of his margin pole as he had unfortunately laid out his pole to near to the edge of the road. Opportunist tactics by Bob, I’m sure he’s not like that is he?
Ron Collins made the most of his end peg on the other side of the lake to take five or six carp and some crucians for 38lb 4oz and second place, Ron caught his carp on the deck which was unusual taking the conditions into account. Mr Consistency Gerald Green, peg 28, also had a similar catch of carp for 34lb 2oz and third place. That’s three times Gerald has come third in the first three matches.
The extremely hot weather definitely had a bearing on the fishing as the spawning carp proved very difficult to catch which was reflected at the weigh in as there was at least 4 DNWs (did not weigh) and several other low back up weights.
1st – Dick Shellard – 60lb 14oz
2nd – Ron Collins - 38lb 4oz
3rd – Gerald Green – 34lb 2oz
We once again have come across another incident where an angler has been approached and charged for fishing our waters by a bogus bailiff. All Northamptonneneac bailiffs and officers carry an identity badge which has a photo and an identity no. for that bailiff or officer, also on that card is a phone no for the head bailiff . Bailiffs will only sell you a day ticket from a properly printed and numbered book. Always ask to see identity card and if in any doubt ring the head bailiff for verification.
If you are approached by what you think is a bogus bailiff any information you can remember and pass on to us would be greatly appreciated.
Northamptonneneac receives Clubmark accreditation
Ron Collins collects award on behalf of NNAC
Trophies awarded at NNAC AGM
John Balhatchet and Steve Johnson collect trophies for 1st and 2nd in the NNAC points series
2012/3 final points and 2013/4 club match calendar
A close finish to the club match points was decided on the last match which John Balhatchet won to clinch the top spot by 1 point from Steve Johnson and third was Paul Ramsden
New season club matches start on May 12th with a match on the Grand Union at Grafton Regis
Please contact Chris Howard on 07711 086436 or 01604 414791
or Paul Minney on 01604 587382
If you have any news or catches to report please ring Mick on 07833967186 or Email at email@example.com
Also a recent match at Stoke reported 2 zander being caught one about 2lbs and one at 2inches. We are interested in logging any zander catches and would appreciate any reports of this species coming from our water holdings.
Canal latest news
10/01/13 During the last week or so anglers have been out and about through our canal stretch with some fair bags recorded. Neil fishing down at Grafton was having a fair day early on catching perch sprinkled with a few small chub, the perch ranging from 12ozs up to 1 and 1/4 lbs until the cut started pushing through. By switching to the lead he managed to winkle out a few perch more although catch rate dropped, all fish came to double red maggot. Up at Stoke a couple of lads had bags of skimmers weighing in excess of 15lbs and 8lbs. Up at Heyford the Nene open recorded top three weights from 9lb 8oz to 6lb7oz. Make the most of it as we have cold weather and snow forecast for this weekend.
10/01/13 Unfortunately have received no news off the Nene but have received news that during the past week although the Ouse was running well at Newton decent bags of roach were being caught in the fast water. Anglers thinking they were smart and fishing the slacks were left behind in the catch rates.
Please note all club waters on the Great Ouse are only fishable by full club card holders only (no day tickets).
10/01/13 All still waters have high levels but look very fishable. Once again on visits to the waters have not come across any anglers so no news for the latest reports.