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Match Reports 2009

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16th January 2010

End of Season

I was asked the other evening if I was going to write an end of season review. To be honest it had quite slipped my mind, playing second fiddle to Christmas, New Year, decorating and a marathon session updating the website ready for 2010. I was actually quite pleased though because it showed that my scrawlings do get read and it did nurse my ego somewhat.

2009 has been a great year for Lee Green A.C. We have been fortunate enough to attract some excellent new members who have fitted in really well and also had some regular guest anglers who look as though they may join us in 2010. Between us we have

  • raised the club record for the total weight of fish caught in the season to 13,765-12-0 an increase of over 2,000 lbs on last seasons record year
  • caught an average of over 45 lbs of fish per angler per outing
  • 4 of us caught over 1,000 lbs of fish each
  • broken or set 9 club venue records
  • 9 different anglers have won at least one of the 20 matches

After a bit of a dodgy start to the season one angler has stood out by his tenacity and application to his fishing and has gone on to give us our first new Club Champion for 6 years. After just being pipped at the post at the last match last year Mark Beard has truly made 2009 his own with 6 wins, and a host of other close run results. Many congratulations Mark. You are going to be very busy dusting trophies this year.

Not that Mark has had it all his own way. Biagio put in a very strong challenge all through the year, Bob E was not going to surrender his trophies without a strong fight, and Bob G had his best season yet.

But it is not all about superlatives. Some of the best days out have been enjoyed by some of our least experienced anglers who were happy to spend a day out catching fish with some friends. I should give special mention here to Liam Stuart who showed us all how to do it by winning at Monks Lake 3. I have also been struck by the kindness and consideration shown by some of our members to some of our less able bodied members especially when getting tackle to and from our swims. As one who has on occasion benefitted from this, I sincerely thank you all.

From the phone calls and emails I have received, some of you are already well under way preparing for the new season. I'm really looking forward to it but, apart from parting with some of my hard earned for some new kit, have not had much time to prepare yet. Except that I have arranged another day out with Bob Nudd in mid April. Just hope it doesn't rain so hard this time.

I look forward to seeing you all at the waters edge throughout 2010.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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13th December 2009

Sam's - Bottom Lake

We broke with tradition this year by fishing our last match of the season at Sam's Lakes near Smarden in Kent and boy oh boy did we pick a good day! It started raining at the 'all in' and continued almost non-stop until the final whistle when the sun came out. I salute the lunatics, sorry fellow anglers, who fished all day without a brolly. You truly need your bumps felt.

Fortunately the fishing did gradually improve and some were lucky enough to catch a carp or two before the end, in my case only 5 minutes before the whistle. The only exception to the generally poor catches was Simon who managed to put together over 41 lbs which was 30 lbs ahead of Biagio in second place.

I'm still not sure about this venue. We have fished it on some bad days weatherwise so perhaps it is a bit early to tell but it does seem well overpriced.

Some good news about Nupers Hatch as we were contacted this week by the new owner. It appears that, contrary to what we had been told by the previous owner, it is open for fishing. Some of us are planning a trip between Christmas and the New Year to check it out. Better take the icebreaking gear with us though.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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29th November 2009

Pittlands

Dear Dougie Watts,
You know how much we all love you but I must admit that my feelings were a little soured today when you had the temerity to win our match at Pittlands beating all the members of the club to which you aspire to join by quite a long way. For someone who until recently only fished for a week each year this was quite an achievement.

My chagrin was made even stronger because you nicked the pools money from under our noses and only left a pittance for me in second place when I had sat for the third match running staring into the teeth of a gale and heavy rain.

I will have to have a word with the committee because we are obviously allowing anglers of too high a calibre join our ranks!

Seriously though Dougie, very well done. It's great to see the enthusiasm with which you fish when you are out with us.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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22nd November 2009

Monks Lake 2

Are we all mad? I'm begining to think so. For the second match on the trot I was pegged facing straight on to a very boisterous wind and pouring rain for most of the day. Deep joy. No point in using an umbrella as it would have blown inside out in seconds and the rain would have come straight in underneath anyway so I battened down the hatches and toughed it out sitting on a feeder for most of the day.

I was amazed to find at the weigh in that I had come in a lonely third place. I do hope the weather is better next week at Pittlands. Last year it snowed there.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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8th November 2009

Willow Lake, Tyler's Common

This is a popular lake and we had to wait quite a long while to get a booking. A few practise sessions had shown that weights well over 100lb were on the cards, but we had reckoned without the sudden change in the weather with low temeratures overnight and the inevitable wind once the sun had come up. I assumed my usual position, head on into the wind, and by 11am I was ready to go home especially as Dave B in the next swim was catching steadily while I was only getting the occasional fish. Anyway, after a walk around to warm up a bit, I did get stuck in and put together a reasonable bag so I wasn't completely disgraced.

In fact the results were pretty good in the end with Biagio winning with over a 100lb and several other weights close behind. I just hope that next time we go there I end up with a bit of shelter.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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25th October 2009

Buxted

Unfortunately Buxted did not live up to it's usual standard and the fishing was really pretty poor and produced our lowest weights this season but those with the top weights showed once again that with skill and persistence you can still achieve a match winning performance.

A big thank you in particular to Terry B and Liam who were kind enough to help some of us less physically able, especially Bob E who is still recovering from a recent knee op, to get our gear to and from our swims.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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11th October 2009

Arrans

Arrans is always a favourite because of the prolific catches of decent sized carp and this outing was no exception. Bacause of the fishery rule that fish over 5lb must be weighed and returned to the water straight away, we had 5 sets of scales set up and inevitably I drew a peg with a set of scales. To make matters worse I was drawn in between Mark B and Bob E, and spent a large part of the day recording the weights of their larger fish, plus a couple of my own. 37 in all. That's my excuse for only catching just over 100lb and I'm sticking to it.

At the end of the day Mark B won with a new Personal best of 287-2-0, Bob E was second with 255-9-0 and Simon 3rd with a new Personal Best of 205-11-0. In addition new Personal Bests were also set by Mark G and John S. The record for the club total weight for the day was also pushed up to 1634-1-8 by the 14 anglers present. We have also already surpassed last years record catch for the season with a total so far of 12,210-9-8 and still 5 matches to go. Quite a remarkable days fishing.

Well done everybody.

All I have to do now is figure out a way of recording the weights without me ending up with 10 sheets of paper with numbers all over them so that it doesn't take me 2 hours to work out the results.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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6th September 2009

Chart

This is one of my favourite venues, not only because I set my PB of 183-14-8 there last year, but because it is such a well cared for fishery with a rapidly growing stock of hard fighting carp and it certainly fulfilled expectations again this year. Between 16 of us we caught well over 1,550lbs of fish and many of us had our best catch of the season so far.

I had a distict feeling of deja vu. Last year I was pegged next to Bob Edwards and we literally fought fish for fish throughout the match and I only beat him by a little over 2-8-0. This year I was pegged next to Bob Gaylard and had a similar experience but this time losing by 13lbs.

A great day out for pretty well everybody. If you missed it this year then make sure you are there next.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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23rd August 2009

A12 Cutons

On our only previous visit here in 2007 we were more than a little disappointed with the fishing so decided to wait a while before we tried it again. The weather had been pretty good over the preceeding days so we were all quite hopeful about the outcome. Unfortunately the lake did not live up to our expectations again.

A total weight of under 340lbs between 19 anglers says it all which is a shame because it is actually quite a nice fishery with a good number of pegs for disabled anglers and easy access to the swims. I only have two real criticisms, apart from the fishing. Firstly the platforms are a bit on the small side for the average match angler with all the gear we carry nowadays and secondly that the close proximity to the A12 makes a set of earplugs essential because of the continuous traffic noise.

I don't think we will be back.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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9th August 2009

Buxted

This is always a popular venue and this year was no exception. Unfortunately the lake is a bit on the small side which makes it virtually impossible to fish more than 12 swims in a match. Access to some of the swims is a bit hazardous and some of the platforms could do with some maintenance but otherwise it is a lovely water which throws up some good weights although this year it did not perform as well as on previous visits. Probably down to the weather over the last few days.

Nevertheless Mark Beard proved once again that if you put a good angler in a good swim then there is no stopping him. His winning weight of 106-9-0 was a mile ahead of the rest of us. Mick Howard deserves a special mention for his second place which is his best result over the last four years. Another special mention goes to John Stuart who achieved 9th place and 4 points and thereby had his best result since joining the club.

We also all owe a big thank you to the members who volunteered not to fish because of the limited number of swims.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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26th July 2009

Sumners Ponds Match Lake

We last fished this lake back in November 2007 when the fishing was very patchy so I was not particularly looking forward to this match in spite of the lake's good reputation. I am pleased to say that I was proved wrong and it turned out to be one of our best matches so far this season with about half the anglers beating their best weights so far. Mark Beard won with a catch frustratingly just short of 200 lbs but there were plenty of creditable catches all around the lake.

Most of the catches consisted of carp in the 5 to 10 lbs bracket and all were in terrific condition. It was unusual for so many members to comment so favourably on, not only the condition of the fish, but also how well the fishery is maintained. It's always a good sign when the bailiff comes round with you when you are weighing in. It shows that they really care and are not just in it for the money. A truly pleasurable experience and as a result I have awarded our top 5 Star rating.

It was even nicer to be thanked by the bailiff for how well we treated the fish when we were weighing in. Unfortunately some clubs are not so careful and as a result they don't get asked back again.

The only downside to the fishery being so good is that you have to book 2 years in advance. Still I'm sure it will be worth the wait.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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5th July 2009

Hartleylands - Bramley Lake

The weather was very hot and sunny all day apart from the occasional passing cloud. Bramley is quite a small lake with an island down the middle. The day started well with lots of bites but I didn't manage to land any for the first hour which was very frustrating. Anyway I eventually managed to sort out the problem and put a few in the net.

The trouble was that as the sun moved round, so did the shadows, and the fish followed them and the bites dried up around our side of the island.

I did eventually manage to put together a catch of some silverfish to add to the small carp I had caught in the morning but generally speaking it wa a pretty frustrating day. Roll on Bridgnorth!

Tight lines.

The Edge

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21st June 2009

Monks Lake 3

It was the first time we had fished this lake so we weren't quite sure what to expect except that it was supposed to be similar to Lake 2. The fishing turned out to be quite difficult in some areas but frankly I didn't care. I was just glad to be out fishing again after a 10 week layoff.

But the real delight for all of us was that, after a recount, it was won by Liam Stuart with a fine 72-2-0 bag of mostly carp. As Liam's previous personal best was only 18-6-0 and this was his first win, he was, quite justifiably, pretty pleased with himself (even though at the time of writing this report he still thinks that he came second to Dave. Sorry guys I added it up wrong.)

Also, because it was the first time we had fished there, he set a new club venue record. Not a bad days work. WELL DONE LIAM.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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14th June 2009

Hartleylands Reservoir

The weather was very hot and sunny, and again I had to miss the match. From the results I'm starting to get the impression that this lake is a bit peggy but congratulations to Mark B who put up the best weight of the season so far with 214-4-0.

Everybody caught though some chose not to weigh in and it was good to see some of our new members getting stuck in again.

Apologies to my pairs partner, Bryan, for completely letting him down and well done to him for not coming in last.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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31st May 2009

Monks Lake 2

I'm fed up, browned off, and any other similar expressions that you can think off. I had been really looking forward to this match as it was my first chance to get out for 6 weeks but family duties intervened again. Still, it was our best attended match for over 4 years with 18 members and 5 guests and despite the very hot, sunny, but gusty, weather the results were pretty impressive generally speaking.

Everybody caught though some of our guests chose not to weigh in and it was good to see some of our new members getting stuck in, in particular Richard and Simon who both only just missed out on getting a ton. (Note to Chairman: We must be more careful who we let join. Some of them are too good!) A special mention for Dennis who seems to be getting back on tune with 93-0-0 of silverfish.

Apologies to my pairs partner, Bryan, for letting him down again, and to Team 'A' who could only manage 2nd place again without me.

Roll on Hartleylands.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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10th May 2009

Woodpecker

I'm glad to say that I missed this match as I gather it was a bit of a grueller. The weather was OK but the fish apparently weren't playing ball.

Apparently John H tried to lighten the mood by attempting to perfect the backstroke again but without much success!!

Tight lines.

The Edge

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19th April 2009

Ash Lake, Tylers Common

On the last couple of occasions when we have fished this lake it has pretty cold and windy. This year looked as though it was going to be the same but after the sun came out in late morning at least it warmed up even though the wind persisted. The quality of the fishing matched the temperature. In the morning, following the cold overnight temperatures, the fishing was pretty indifferent, but after it warmed up the fish started feeding quite freely though you had to work at it.

Bob Edwards winning weight of 128-1-0 was fairly typical in that he only had 26-11-0 at lunchtime. The hardest part was finding out which bait they would take and everybody seemed to come up with different solutions. I must admit that Bob E was popping so many painkillers for his dodgy back, leg, brain etc that I used this as an excuse to go and check on him every so often so that I could try to find out what he was using. I might as well have saved my time. He had such a vast array of baits as usual and seemed to be catching on all of them.

It was good to see such a good turnout with our new members and visitors much in evidence.

I'm beginning to like this lake.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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5th April 2009

Rayne Lodge

There is only one word for this match. Disappointing. We have all heard so much about this venue which is new to us this year. Some of us had managed to get in a day or two fishing prior to the match and it had seemed very promising. On the day of the match the weather forecast was good and for once was correct with a cold start to the day but it warmed up pretty quickly. Unfortunately the fishing did not do the same. A top weight of only 56-9-0 and total catch for the day of 333-6-0 says it all. It wasn't just us. The 6 hour match on the other side of the lake only had a top weight of just over 30lbs.

I hope it fishes better next time.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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22nd March 2009

Arrans

Arrans rarely disappoints and this match was no exception. The weather was mostly sunny but pretty cold so most of us got a suntan but didn't even notice. It was difficult to get any bait past the roach and rudd who seem to be thriving on the carp baits which are going in but, if you did manage to get past them, them most people were able to find a few decent carp although there were inevitably a few exceptions.

I managed to get the poison chalice again, otherwise known as the 'Golden Peg' and drew the swim which, last time I fished it, had my umbrella in it all afternoon.

It was really good to have so many new members, and a guest, out with us and although they mostly struggled with an unfamiliar water I'm pretty sure they all enjoyed themselves.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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8th March 2009

Horsmonden

After 3 months of ice, snow, and generally bad weather we were all looking forward to our first match of the new season, even if this venue has not always been the kindest to us. Some of our members enthuse about it whilst others, myself included, think that it is well over-rated.

At least I managed to draw close to where I had parked the car but was disappointed to find that I had drawn the same swim as on the last outing there were I had struggled for most of the day except for an all too brief 2 hour period. One of the problems with the swim is that, even on a bright sunny day, you sit in shadow all day shivering whilst over on the other side they are in T shirts because it is so warm. So it was on this occasion. Unfortunately the fish, in particular the carp, decided that they preferred it over on the sunny side of the lake and, apart from a 3-8-0 koi carp caught early on, most of my best efforts were wasted. I have rarely known a days fishing pass so slowly.

Despite this a number of us in less secluded swims had a fair day with Bryan C taking the honours with 36-6-0 of mostly carp. Well done Bryan.

One of the strengths, and also the main weakness, of the venue is that it is in a bowl with very steep sides surrounded by trees. This means that although you are generally well sheltered from the elements it is very difficult, and in some cases downright dangerous, to get to your swims especially with the amount of tackle that an average match angler takes with them nowadays. Even though some steps have been cut into the banks since last year many of the swims are a real liability.

Unfortunately I have come to the conclusion that, especially bearing in mind how much we have to pay to use the lake, it is not up to it and I shall not be fishing there again and I know that I am not the only one.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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