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Hi for all those who been wondering why I haven’t been blogging my match reports since start of the year. I have been on a Holiday to Thailand to taste the culture and checkout the great fishing to be had there. Having seen and checked out the local venues of Pattaya and fished a few I can say it is something different. Catching loads of different species including Carp, Tilapia’s (Perch type fish) and a huge range of catfish all on Bread baits. So for my followers I have decided to go back for a winter break until next June and promote the British way of fishing including introducing natural baits, maggots, worms and my range of Goldmedal Groundbait and Boilies. I have planned a few matches with the locals and ex patriots something new in Thailand but must be careful as Gambling is unlawful. So keep an eye on my blog as I report back how get on...

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Wye Winter League

Just a quick re-cap on the Wye Winter League 2016/17 Unfortunately I missed the last two rounds due to me being away on Holiday however I gather I didn't miss much with the river out of condition for a few weeks and the fish shoaling up on a few pegs. As predicted Shakespeare team was the run away winner and local team Woody's  second but the good news that Nomads held on to 3rd place for some cash prize. Roll on next year.... 

5th Round Wye Winter League

As I predicted last week a little rain and milder temperatures and what a difference a week makes to this great river. Fishing it’s very best again with some fantastic weights throughout the match length I drew peg 83 which is opposite the excellent dace pegs of 59 and 60. Although my peg was a tight one above and below and no features plus double banked I knew I had to attack the swim to get any advantage over the competition. On the whistle I balled in 8 flat balls of molehill and my river mix laced with chopped worm, casters and hemp on the inside line. Knowing there was a likelihood of the river rising after some rain the day before I decided to start on the bread this side middle of the river and with my special Chub mix Groundbait I catapulted a tennis ball size every chuck down. Knowing that only small pieces of bread on the hook works best on this stretch due to the small size of the chub I squeezed a thumbnail size onto a size 8 hook and on my first cast the float shot under and not being attentive with a bow in the line I missed it. Fishing 6” of the bottom I knew it was bite so I was hopeful of more to come. Casting my bread offering into the cloud of catapulted Groundbait I was into my first chub about a pound on my third trot down. Although it started slow with a fish every 4th or 5th trot I was starting to build a weight and drew ahead of the anglers around me who were all catching fish. Loose feeding hemp and maggot over my inside swim I noticed the angler above me starting to catch on the same inside line so after an hour 30 minutes and 15 chub in my net on the bread I quickly had a look on the inside swim and realising that the loose feed was taking any fish further down my swim I started to introduce small hard knobs of Groundbait, keeping this going as I alternated between the two swims I was kept busy. As the river was rising the outside swim started to quicken and the fish dried up so my concentration for the rest of the match was on the inside swim, pinning the fish down on the Groundbait I had a decent run of chubblets on my 5gram boly float combined with a couple of 1lb roach 12oz perch and a few dace when suddenly the rod was almost bent in half and after a few anxious minutes on my size 16 hook a bonus 4lb+ chub was in the net. Finishing the match with a nice mixed net of fish for 43lb 14oz and another section win and just like the match two weeks before I was beaten by barbel for the top prize by the bottom end peg 102 Steve Mayer who caught on the feeder for 48lb. To prove the river fished its head off 3rd weight was also a good net of barbel from peg 11 by Brian Jones who weighed 41lb and with a string of 30lb weights throughout most anglers had a good day. Top team on the day was Woody’s angling while our Cardiff Nomad team came 2nd and have held on to 3rd position.

My 43lb 14oz Section win and 2nd overall                                 CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE

4th Round Belmont Wye winter league

Arriving at the Rugby club for the draw this Sunday I noticed the temperature at minus 6 degrees and possibly the coldest day so far this winter anticipating the fishing was going to be hard with a low clear river so a draw in the nineties was favourite as over the last few weeks the fish have accumulated in this area. Unfortunately I made the draw for the team and ended up picking out peg 28 for myself which was not a good draw. This peg has shown poor form lately and twice dry netted recently and it was no surprise giving the conditions that I blanked for the first time in a few years. In fact over 50% of the field didn’t catch a fish and with one minnow from peg 2 ironically by Michael Johnstone former Nomad member on advice from his dad Paul that I gave him when I fished the festival just a few weeks previously that minnows were living on the far bank slack. That was the only fish caught down to peg 36 and helped the Wizard team into first place who just beat our team Nomads A into first place See league positions below. The next match is next week and with a little rain forecast I am hoping for a much better match than this one which was the worst for over 20 years..Come back to see my report next week.....

3Rd Round Wye Winter League

After having last weekend off to follow the Riverfest final I was eager to fish this Sundays Wye winter league and hoping for a decent draw I wasn’t disappointed. Peg 93 just below the boat house and just above the road bridge however it is a known snag pit that shallows up in front of you. And recently it hasn’t shown any form so I drew on my past experience and devised a plan of attack.  As soon as the whistle went I balled in half a dozen flat molehill and roaring river mix laced with caster and hemp out at 3 rod lengths. Conversely I started on my main attack using the bread with a 9 swan white loafer fishing the middle and catapulting a ball of Special Chub mix and flake offerings whilst casting my size 8 hook with a flat piece of bread flake into the cloud of Groundbait. After just 10 minutes the chublets responded and I started to catch every other trot down and for the first 45 minutes I was slowly catching. Noticing the angler above me Mike Bradley from Drennan match group starting to catch on the stick on a regular basis I soon changed my plan and came in on that same line as I had been feeding it regular from the start. For the next 3 hours it was a fish for fish battle and Mike who is a previous festival winner on here was certainly giving me a run for my money. After catching a string of chublets the perch moved in and then I gave the worm a go but that seemed a bit slow so I was quickly back onto my favourite double red maggot on a size 14 and catching well nonetheless with a few chublets being taken by big pike the swim died a death suddenly. With an hour to go I quickly switched back to the middle of the river and fed balls of molehill and caster, the fish responded with my 10bb Avon float and I was pleasantly surprised to see a string of 1lb roach slipping into my landing net. Mike followed my tactic but by then it was too late and I pulled ahead of him ending up with 39lb 8oz. The news along the bank was that generally the fishing was poor and it looked at one point I may have won the match, however Brian Rigby on peg 2 had a field day catching 52lb of chub on the feeder and the ironic thing is that was the peg I blanked off just a week ago that cost me dearly in the Wye festival. (See my previous Blog) All in all it was a good match for me and not just winning my section but a 2nd overall and Mike Bradley ended up 3rd with 32lb. Back here next week for the 4th round of the league... come back and see how I get on......

My 39lb 8oz mixed bag 2nd overall