Thursday, May 28, 2009

Dillington Pond - Evening League - 27th May 2009

We'd talked about holding some evening matches for ages, just to see how it fished and Robin finally got his act together. We would fish six matches, every other week, fishing from six until nine. We met at the pond at 5 'o' clock and it was disappointing when only four turned up, several others had expressed an interest but there was just me, Janders, Alvin Jones and Robin Cox. Rob wisely decided to space us out and I really fancied having a go at peg 1, by the bush but drew peg 11 instead.

I got to my peg but there was weed stretching out to about six metres, so after talking to Alvin it was agreed that I would fish peg 12 instead. The wind was fairly strong and blowing straight in my face, although thankfully the earlier rain was holding off for now. I started setting up and was amazed when three young lads turned up and proceeded to have a swim from the disabled peg (which wasn't in), rather them than me as the weather was still decidedly parky! I didn't have long to set up so quickly mixed up half a bag of Sensas Lake Black and set up a 0.5 gram Drennan Roach float with 0.12mm bottom and size 18 B611.

On the whistle I cupped in two balls at 11.5 metres to my left and two at the same distance to my right. I started with caster on the hook and was quite surprised when bites didn't come straight away. I eventually caught my first roach from the right hand swim and at 4oz was a better stamp than we'd been getting. I caught my next fish from the left hand swim and then hooked a smaller fish and as I shipped back to unship at the top three, I looked up and there was blue hydro everywhere! A big perch had grabbed the smaller fish on the way in, I stuck some more sections on but it let go. The small, shell shocked perch came to the top and was then grabbed again, it wasn't long though before it was spat out again. I eventually swung in a rather bedraggled little fella! Still at least I knew there were a few bigger fish around.

I was feeding a pinch of caster and hemp every put in and slowly but surely my catch rate improved. Most of my fish were coming from the left hand swim as the rig was settling. By the end of the first hour I had around ten fish including a slightly better perch of 6oz. From what I could see Janders opposite on peg 3 hadn't had much and although I couldn't see Rob in hot peg 1, I hadn't seen his landing net poke out from behind the bushes. I shouted up to Alvin asking if he'd had any chub yet and he replied in the negative.

The second hour saw my catch rate improve a little more and I was catching mainly roach with the odd perch and I even had to net a couple of the roach around the 8oz mark. I reckoned if I could carry on catching at this rate that 6lb was achievable. Then Alvin shouted something and I looked up to see loads of elastic stretching out before he netted and held up a perch that looked to be around 3lb. That put a spanner in the works somewhat, I just got my head down and hoped that a bonus would turn up for me.

Going into the last hour I was still catching well although I'd also seen both Janders and Rob net good fish too. Then with half an hour to go I started struggling even though there were more fish topping. I shallowed the rig to half depth thinking this might be the answer but three tiny rudd suggested otherwise. I deepened up again and finished with a flourish catching two more roach, one on the whistle. My final tally was 45 fish which I thought would give me 3-4lb.

I quickly packed up and with the light failing we weighed Alvin first, he put 5lb 9oz on the scales and I said he stood a good chance of winning with that. His perch weighed 2lb 15oz, a lovely fish and a very handy bonus! I weighed 4lb 11oz which I was quite pleased with although if it hadn't been for that dodgy half an hour I could have been pushing Alvin. When the results came back from the other side, Janders had struggled for 1lb 1oz and I pocketed another £1 and Rob weighed 4lb 3oz, he had one chub but had lost several which would have won it.

I picked up £20 for second and really enjoyed it, we're back here for the second round of the Summer League on Sunday so lets see if I can go one better then.

1 - Alvin Jones (Chard) - 5lb 9oz
2 - Jamie Rich (Against Men and Fish) - 4lb 11oz
3 - Robin Cox (Ilminster) - 4lb 3oz

Monday, May 25, 2009

Perry St Pond - Spring League - 24th May 2009

The weather was the complete opposite to last weeks wind and driving rain, the sun was out and everything looked set for a good day. This was penultimate round of the Haines Angling Spring league and as I was currently lying in third place I really needed a good result to keep me in the running. Big Les announced the draw and promptly drew peg 10, some things never change! I pulled out a peg and slowly opened my fingers to reveal peg 12, not a great peg, some things never change! Picky drew peg 11 and Bushy had peg 13 and I reckoned I was in for a battering on both sides.

I drew this peg earlier in the series and got out of jail when the pond fished poorly and I caught a few fish up in the water for decent points, I couldn't see it happening again. As I was setting up Chanter came round doing his photographer bit which is great 'cos I only ever take a couple of photos, so its thanks to Steve once again for the photos in this report.

As you can see I wasn't overly impressed with my peg!

On arrival at my peg my attention was drawn to a blinding white light across the pond, on closer inspection it was just the Hoff (Mark Hollister) stripping down to his skiddies to get in the pond to retrieve his landing net which he'd dropped in. I've never seen such white legs and what a fine figure of a man! It was just a good job there weren't any ladies about or he'd have been mobbed!

You even get a free striptease show at Perry St!

The Hoff living up to his name! (although I don't think he was rescuing a swimmer)

I set up a 0.4 gram Drennan Carp float with 0.12mm bottom and size 18 Tubertini 808 for fishing out at 11.5 metres and a little Trabucco dibber style float for fishing the margins and up in the water, again with 0.12mm bottom and another size 18 808. For bait I had maggots, pinkies, pellets and corn and on the whistle I cupped in some on the long line and both margins. I started out with double red maggot, just putting small amounts of bait in via a little pole pot fixed to the pole tip. I waited longer than usual for a bite and then promptly bumped it! I caught a couple of small roach and a little skimmer but it wasn't really happening. Terry Green opposite on peg 9 started like an express train and had two carp quite quickly, this was a bit of a worry as he was only two points behind me in the league.

I then hooked a decent fish which turned out to be a 6oz eel, not exactly what I was hoping for. Bushy then had a couple of carp and when Les on 10 added one of his own, I started to think I was in trouble. Les had just come back from a festival at Stafford Moor and struggled, spending most of it on Josephs, so catching a carp today must have been a new experience! I added another eel and a couple more small fish but was itching to try the inside lines.

Les the mystery man on peg 10!

After an hour I tried the right hand margin but only had a couple of rudd on maggot so I tried corn but this didn't seem to be the answer, a quick look on the other inside saw me drop off a better rudd and I was already all out of ideas. Bushy was still getting the odd carp although he was losing a few as well and I could feel third place slipping away and with Terry having a few as well I could be dropping right down the rankings. My only saving grace at the moment was that Picky still hadn't caught on peg 11.

Bushy was flying on peg 13

Then Picky caught a carp and I was slowly resigning myself to a very low points score. From what I could see it looked like Bushy was hooking some of his carp up in the water, so I shipped out the shallow rig with a soft pellet on the hook and started firing out some 4mm pellets. After half an hour and no bites I gave this up for a bad job, back on the inside saw me add a couple of perch to my bulging net! I did hook a carp which tore off and snapped me up, things were going from bad to worse. We were now at the halfway point of the match and I hadn't got a pound yet. I could see odd carp cruising so it was back out with the shallow rig but it was pointless, the carp just didn't like the pole over their heads. I think Les had the right idea, he was fishing a pellet waggler and although he wasn't bagging he had two or three carp.

A couple of times I saw carp taking stuff off the surface and plonked the bait right in front of them but they'd just bow wave away. Then finally one showed some interest and I lifted the float and the fish was on, after playing it with kid gloves I netted a carp of about 5lb - phew. The trouble was I was still a long way behind Bushy, Terry and Les and Picky was now on two fish. He'd lost a couple of fish as well, I thought he was fishing paste but evidence may now suggest otherwise!

Picky likes his pussy!

After an hour and a half of constantly feeding pellets and lifting and dropping the rig I'd had no more inquiries. With only an hour left I decided to concentrate on my right hand inside line with corn on the hook. First drop in and the float dipped a few times before sliding away, a good fish was on and it went airborne at one point before I netted a lovely tench of about 3lb. I then missed a couple of good bites before hooking a decent carp which turned out to be foulhooked in the tail, but at 5lb it was a welcome bonus. Picky had seen I was getting bites and he too started fishing to his left and was soon into fish as well. I added another small carp of 1lb and next put in the float went before it had fully settled and another big fish was on. After a long scrap I netted a fish of about 7lb, foulhooked in the side of the head. I was praying for one more but aside from a couple of indications, that was the last of the action.

I still thought I hadn't done very well though as Picky ended with five carp, Les had eight or so, Terry had nine and Bushy had twelve although he reckons he lost the same number too. I packed up and as I walked back to the car, all the anglers to the left of Bushy had struggled so maybe I hadn't done as badly as I thought. As always the scales started at peg one, they weren't there for long however as Rocking Roy didn't bother weighing and Dunner on peg two had 6lb 6oz so hopefully I'd pull a few points on him. Janders had 3lb and paid me a £1, Oz had 5lb and the Hoff was the top weight of the early pegs with 17lb (I reckon the fish were attracted by his lily white legs!).

I thought Janders was at Perry St but it looks more like Vietnam!

Chanter had 10lb 2oz of peg six and Darren Roberts a level 11lb next door, Mr T (Mike Thomas) had a bad day at the office weighing 1lb 6oz and then Terry Green-Niblett plonked 19lb 4oz on the scales to go into the lead although I thought he had more than that. Terrys lead didn't last long though as Les weighed 21lb 10oz which wasn't bad considering he'd only caught tiny fish! Picky then stuck five more small fish on the scales for 20lb 4oz, then it was my turn and as I pulled my net out Les reckoned I'd beaten him but the needle stopped on a level 20lb and Picky had beaten me by a poxy 4oz - bugger.

The ritual handing over of the £1

Bushy's twelve fish went 25lb 2oz to take the lead and that's where he stayed as the top weight for the rest of the pegs was Chris Haines with 11lb 6oz. At the results I won my section by double default again and picked up £20. More importantly I'd got out of jail again with 17 points and although Bushy had leap frogged me and Dunner to go into second place, I'd also overtaken him so I was still in third place. It's all very tight though and will go down to the wire in the last match. Chris Haines and Terry Green both won their semi finals and will face each other in the individual knock out final at the last match.

Another section win for yours truely

The top three from left to right - Les Braunton, Steve Bush and Picky

1 - Steve Bush (Chard) - 25lb 2oz
2 - Les Braunton (Chard) - 21lb 10oz
3 - Alan Gage (Chard) - 20lb 4oz

1 - Mark Hollister (Chard) - 17lb
2 - Terry Green (Sillybait) - 19lb 4oz
3 - Jamie Rich (Against Men and Fish) - 20lb
4 - Chris Haines (Haines Angling) - 11lb 6oz

The league positions dropping the worst result after 7 matches

Chris Haines - 102
Steve Bush - 97
Jamie Rich - 94
Alan Dunn - 92
Terry Green - 91
Alan Gage - 89
Les Braunton - 86

Next up is an evening match at Dillington on Wednesday, lets hope it fishes better than last Sunday!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Dillington Pond - Summer League - 17th May 2009

I was really looking forward to this one after reports that it had been fishing well, although the weather forecast wasn't too good. While sorting my gear out in the morning, the weather didn't look that bad although it was a little blustery. At the draw there was a decent turnout of 12 anglers including Scotty and Ashley from Yeovil Angling Centre so it looked like we were to be mugged again!

The golden peg was drawn and it was number 4, everybody wanted the flier that is peg 1 and when Scotty drew it the talk was all about if he would break the Dillington match record which he set a while back at 27lb 8oz. For my sins I drew the golden peg and knew it was safe for today! We all got to the pond and started setting up, my peg was in a bit of a corner and I couldn't really fish the waggler as I would be casting across Roger Russell's (who was on my left) peg. So I just set up two pole rigs, one deep and one shallow. The first rig was a 0.5 gram Drennan Roach float with 0.12mm bottom and size 18 B611, the shallow rig was a Drennan Squatt float with 0.08mm bottom and size 20 B511.

I plumbed up and found there was a nice depth at 11.5 metres but decided to fish at 10 because the wind was already starting to get up. I mixed up some groundbait, a 50-50 mix of Sensas Matchblend and Lake Black and added a few casters, maggots and a pinch of hemp. On the whistle I cupped in three balls at 10 metres and another at 11.5 metres in case the wind dropped and also to give me somewhere else to go if the bites dried up.

I slipped on a caster and shipped out, the rig settled and I fully expected the float to go straight under, it didn't and I waited and waited. Finally the float slid away and I bumped it! I missed another bite before catching a small roach, great they had arrived - wrong! Robin Cox was on my right and neither he or Roger had caught, it looked like it was going to be rock hard. The gusting wind was making it nigh on impossible to hold the pole and then the freezing rain started. Was I having fun? - nope. By the end of the first hour I had two small roach and a tiny rudd and I was doing well!

The wind was now hideous and I was so cold I had to put my gloves on, after two hours I had only added another roach and rudd, both on maggot. It was time to see how Scotty was getting on. I was surprised when he said he'd only caught a couple of perch although the wind was hitting him hard too. Phil 'Digger' Denslow next to him had only caught a few fish but Ashley on peg 20 was catching small roach well and already had around 30 fish and was looking good for a frame place.

I went back and immediately bumped another fish before catching another small roach and then it died again. I tried my shallow rig as a few small fish were topping but never had a bite on it. I also tried fishing two sections to hand where I had been flicking the odd bit of feed since the start but never had a bite there either. Then out of the blue the float slid away and the strike saw several inches of blue hydro came out of the pole! after carefully shipping back I netted a 4oz eel. Wary of several holes in my keepnet I put it in a bait box before filling it with water and putting it in my keepnet.

To be honest I just wanted the whistle to blow to signal the end, I had a soaking wet ass and when I heard that Janders had a chub I knew I was going to lose a £1 as well. Luckily we had decided to only fish for five hours and it was a relief when Robin finally blew his whistle. I ended up with 6 roach, 2 rudd and that eel, I told you it had been hard. Even with my meagre catch I thought I might be in with a chance of my section! Rob had dry netted and Roger and Alvin next to him had only caught one fish apiece. Digger had around 9 fish and Scotty had finally found a chub after losing two and I reckoned he would frame with that. I just needed to beat Digger for the section.

Rob had the scales and I was first to weigh, my haul went 12oz despite Digger protesting I had brought the eel with me! Digger weighed 9oz and Scotty had 2lb 2oz (just missing out on the match record!) and I just needed him to frame to pick up the section by default. Roger and Alvin both had an ounce apiece, Dave Lawrence had 5oz and Janders gave me a spanking with 1lb 8oz. The pegs on the other side had fished slightly better, Ashley paralysed the match with 4lb 4oz, Bob Hammond had 1lb 6oz and Terry Morgan 12oz. Graham Field on the other side of the bush from Scotty had really struggled for 3oz.

Twelve very soggy anglers awaited the results and Ashley and Scotty were read out as first and second (yep, mugged again!) and Janders was third and seemed more delighted with the pound off me than his pools money! I won my section and picked up £20 and Bob won the other section. Despite everything I actually got off to quite a good start to the league with two section points.

The top three (from left to right, Janders, Ashley and Scotty)

1 - Ashley Tomkins (Yeovil and District Angling Centre) - 4lb 4oz
2 - Scott Russell (YDAC) - 2lb 2oz
3 - John Anderson (Chard Minnows) - 1lb 8oz

A - Jamie Rich (Against Men and Fish) - 12oz
B - Bob Hammond (Ilminster) - 1lb 6oz

Next week is the penultimate round of Chard's Spring League and I really need a good result to keep me in the running so keep your fingers (and everything else!) crossed for me.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Perry St Pond - Spring League - 10th May 2009

First of all I would like to say a huge thanks to everybody who came to my birthday party on Friday. Yes Jamie has reached 40 in one piece, let life begin! I had a great time at my party and the band 'No Closure' were fantastic. I had some great prezzies including a sweatshirt and hoodie emblazoned with the name of my blog - so thanks to Janders and Les.

I know it's shame the model wasn't better looking!

It looked like it was going to be a really hot day and as everybody had now drawn a corner peg, we were all in with a chance of getting one in an open draw. Everybody was hoping for peg 10 as this has been really consistent over the last few matches. I stuck my hand in the bucket and although I didn't get 10, I got peg 1 which is a corner and should be worth good points (as long as I didn't cock it up!). Mark Hollister (The Hoff) got the fabled peg 10.

The Hoff drew peg 10, but how would he fare?

I got to my peg and it looked nice, I had Janders opposite on peg 20 and Chris Haines was next to me on 2, not a great peg but he still fancied his chances against me as he wanted a £1 side bet. This could be an expensive day what with side bets with Chris, Janders and Picky.

At least I'd be able to keep an eye on Janders!

Chris was stripped and ready for action!

I set up a 0.4 Drennan Carp float for open water at 11.5 metres and two identical Trabucco dibber rigs for fishing into the lions den.

Peg 1 (the lion's den), plenty of cover for the carp!

On the whistle I cupped in some maggots, pinkies, pellets and a pinch of corn on my long line and the same on the inside at about 9 metres. My thinking was that as the fish tend to back off during the day I would try and catch them as short as possible and then follow them as bites dried up. I started out, with double red maggot on the hook and started getting bites straight away, I bumped a couple of fish before swinging in a 4oz perch. More perch and roach followed but the inside beckoned and I couldn't wait to try it. After half an hour I've gone in there and caught a couple more perch, roach and a small skimmer. I then lost a carp which I only had on briefly (foulhooked!), before switching to corn. I had a 3lb carp quite quickly which took the bait as soon as it settled. I then had a small one about 1.5lb, again on corn.

After an hour I was well pleased with how my match was going, I was still getting little knocks on corn but nothing I could strike at. Nobody around me was getting much although reports were coming in that Terry Green-Niblett on peg 4 was catching well. Things slowed up for me so it was time to try further along the cover, this didn't bring the response I'd hoped for and I never had a bite! Also there was loads of floating fluff being blown into mine and Janders pegs which was making it really difficult to get a rig in the water. Janders had caught a carp as had Mark Leahy next to him and he'd lost a couple too. Steve 'Oz' Osborne on 18 was struggling and although Chris Haines hadn't landed a carp, he was catching enough silver fish to worry me.

I had by now tried 11.5 and 13 metres along the inside cover without adding any more fish to my net. Coming back on my original inside line saw me catch a tiny bootlace eel which I was sure wouldn't be there come the weigh in. With half the match gone it was time to bite the bullet and fish past the lilies you can see in the picture at 14.5 metres. I cupped in some feed and went over it with corn on the hook. I didn't have to wait long before hooking a carp which came off on the way in - great!

The fluff was now horrendous and the only bait I could get through it was a grain of corn, I did land a couple more small carp but unless things improved dramatically I wouldn't be getting decent points today. Chris was still catching silvers and the odd eel and the pound was heading his way, also Hoff on 10 was catching although Chanter on 11 seemed to be suffering the same fate as me a couple of weeks ago as he only had a couple of carp.

Despite having a bit of a 'mare, the lovely Steve Chant was still smiling

With a couple hours to go I hit a purple patch and landed another three carp and lost one (which trashed my rig) and started thinking a good last hour could see me sneak into the frame. Time was ticking by though and things slowed again, Janders hadn't added anymore but Chris was still catching silvers and landed a carp on his light rig just before the end, had he done me? Les called the all out and I ended with 7 carp plus perch, roach, a small skimmer and that eel for about 14lb which I thought could put me well down.

Les had to weigh Picky in on peg 7 first because he had to rush off somewhere, he'd had a good day to weigh 35lb 8oz and I handed over a £1 before walking back to weigh my fish in. My fish went 16lb 12oz which was better than I thought but not good enough.

Picky had a good day weighing 35lb 8oz (and taking a £1 off me)

Chris weighed 7lb 8oz so I had finally beaten the great Mr Haines and I would treasure the pound (well 97p and a biscuit to be precise) that he gave me. Mind you to be fair I would have needed my balls cutting off if I couldn't beat him from my peg! Dave Abrams struggled off peg 3 with 2lb 8oz despite a rather fetching hat!

Nice hat Dave!

Terry Green did rather better off peg 4 weighing 37lb 10oz of carp on the paste, although I reckon that after seeing his body the fish just gave up!

Perry St Pond's very own Tarzan!

Steve Bush did well off peg 6 with 22lb odd to drop me down another place before the weights dropped until we got to Hoff on 10, he had 28lb 14oz of carp and tench. Mike Hosgood came close on peg 13 with 28lb 10oz including one beauty of 12lb 10oz.

Mike Hosgood came close

Les also had a good fish of 12lb 4oz in his 25lb 14oz total to push me even further down. Luckily I managed to beat the remaining five pegs (taking a another £1 off Janders who had 1lb 14oz) to give me 14 points. I also picked up my section (by default again) and pocketed another £20.

Me with my section winnings

So after six matches and dropping the worst result Chris Haines still leads with 88 pts closely followed by Alan Dunn on 83 and Steve Bush and me, both on 77.

Two of the top three on the day (Terry Green and Mark Hollister)

1 - Terry Green (Sillybait) - 37lb 10oz
2 - Alan Gage (Chard) - 35lb 8oz
3 - Mark Hollister (Chard) - 28lb 14oz

A - Jamie Rich (Against Men and Fish) - 16lb 12oz
B - Steve Bush (Chard) - 22lb 6oz
C - Mike Hosgood (Chard Raiders) - 28lb 10oz
D - Butch Baker (Chard Minnows) - 4lb 4oz

Next week sees the start of Ilminster's Summer League at Dillington and by all accounts it's fishing well so tune in next week to see how I got on.

Monday, May 04, 2009

River Ebro, Spain - 26th April to 2nd May 2009

When I heard Scott Russell and Ashley Tomkins was planning to go fishing for catfish in Spain I jumped at the chance to tag along. It was bloody hard work with us all being on the bank for up to 18 hours a day with most nights only getting 4 hours sleep (Scotty's snoring didn't help!). My main aims were to catch a catfish and beat my biggest fish, a carp of 28lb 4oz caught on Chard Resi. I achieved both these aims but didn't manage to hook into that fish of a lifetime, a ton plus cat. Our guide, Ashley Scott was fantastic and a really nice guy, also in our group were two brummies, Simon and Gavin and a geordie called John. We all got along great and hopefully we'll meet up again soon.

Day 1

We fished the Ebro all day and apart from me catching a small carp, we never had a sniff - not a great start!

My first Spanish carp but at 5lb not what I'd hoped for!

Day 2

A 6 'o' clock start saw us heading for a stretch of the Ebro called the Top Lake, an area with lots of smaller cats so hopefully we'd see some action. Our guide told us it was actually the same swim that Robson Green fished whilst filming his Extreme Fishing series and that he had been Robson's guide. Ash and Scott had some decent carp on the carp rods and both recorded personal bests with fish between 23 and 24lb. Then Si's cat rod went off and he was into a big fish, after a decent battle, John gloved the fish and what a fish it was! It fell agonisingly short of the ton, weighing 99lb but we had at last seen a catfish.

Si hooks into the first cat of the trip

Si with his 99lb cat

Shortly after my rod went off and I had a cat on, it was nowhere as big as Si's but at 35lb it was my biggest fish ever.

My 35lb cat

There were a few more carp caught but no more cat action, still I won 5 euros each off Scott and Ashley for catching the first cat between us.

Day 3

For our third day we headed back to the Top Lake but couldn't get back on the swim so ended up in another which was soon christened 'Pebble Beach'. The action was fast and furious for a bit and everybody who hadn't caught cats soon had them on the bank. Ashley had one of 25lb, John 44lb 8oz, Gavin 38lb 8oz and Scott had one of 50lb. The best fish of the day was once again caught by Si, who had another beast of 92lb, he also had the best carp at 31lb. It was a bit slow for me and I only had one carp of 17lb 8oz.

Ash's 25lb cat

Gavin with his 38lb 8oz catfish

John had one of 44lb 8oz

Scotty's went 50lb

Si put another beast on the bank, this one weighed 92lb

My 17lb 8oz carp

Day 4

We fished the River Segre on day 4 as the other group had banked some good cats around the 140lb mark. But the only action we saw was on Ash's John Wilson travel rod, we all had a go and caught some lovely roach and rudd all over 1lb with Scott landing a fantastic rudd of 3lb 4oz.

Day 5

After the poor sport the day before we were back on the Top Lake and once again the action was pretty consistent in the morning before dying off in the afternoon. I had a 20lb cat and a nice carp of 21lb 8oz. We had quite a few small cats with the best ones caught by John (45lb) and Si had a nice one of 41lb 8oz on a carp rod.

Waiting for a bite

Day 6

For our last days fishing we decided to have another go at the elusive 100lb cats on the Segre but apart from a few roach on the 'Johnny Wilson' we saw no sign of a big fish and it was a bit of an anti climax. The other group landed a monster of 189lb from further up the river so they were about, it just wasn't to be for us.

From left to right - Ashley Scott (our guide), Gavin, John, Scott and Ashley

The gang from left to right - John, Gavin, Si, Scott, Ash and me

In summary I had a great time and met some great people and caught my first catfish and my biggest fish ever along with some good carp. Would I do it again?, I'm not sure I'd want to do a week as I'm absolutely knackered but I would like to give it another bash for a few days to try and catch a 100lb+ cat. I'm back in blighty now and quite looking forward to Perry St next week, I wonder if the carp out there will take a string of 22mm pellets?!

The business end of a catfish rig