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12th December 2010

Brook Farm

As expected we had to break the ice again this time out except that this time it was 2" thick rather than the 1" at Milton Pools. After a few days relatively warm weather we had been quite hopeful but the sudden drop in temperature overnight soon put a stop to any hopes of some reasonable catches.

I finally had had enough by 12:30 but the remainder of the hardy souls (otherwise known as "mugs") decided to tough it out and for Terry at least it was a good decision because he won his first match since joining the club with 1-13-0. The only other person to catch was inevitably Mark B with a last gasp 5oz roach. Very well done Terry for sticking it out.

The Edge

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28th November 2010

Milton Pools - Len's Lake

Well we usually have to break the ice at least once in the year and hopefully this was it although the current weather forecast sounds as though we may have to do so next time out as well. With some help from the owners followed up by some exercise on our part we eventually managed to create enough swims for the 7 members who turned up. With one exception we all caught though not in great numbers but then what can you expect when the temperature was -6 deg C. We had deliberately picked this venue because we were looking for somewhere else to fish in the colder months.

Everyone agreed that it was a very nice fishery that they would like to try out in the Summer though not necessarily in a match, and the owners could not have been more helpful. I shall definitely be back at some time.

The Edge

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14th November 2010

Pittlands

I'm not sure if I'm pleased that I missed this match or not. On the one hand the weather was lousy as has become the norm here but, on the other hand, there was a whole bunch of specimen fish which look like they could be trophy winners.

Ross started it off with a 2oz 'gonk'. Quite a rarity in these days when the Thames no longer seems to produce those magic bags of yesteryear. Next came Mark G with a 1-0-6 roach which equalled one caught earlier in the season by Ross but Dave beat them both with a roach of 1-6-0. Finally Mark B, with his last cast of a rather dire match by his standards, landed a 19-12-0 carp which was over 6 1/2 lbs better than the previous best by Mark G and John H.

Love it or hate it you have to admit that it does produce some excellent fish.

The Edge

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31st October 2010

Monks - Puma Lake

Unfortunately this match had to be cancelled on the morning of the match because the normally well oiled organisation at Monks let us down despite the match being booked over a year in advance and the booking having been reconfirmed a few days before. The only way it could have gone ahead was if we were spread out all around the lake pegged in between the bivvies.

In the end a few members did stay on at Monks and apparently had a good day. Others went up to Cackle Hill and had a pretty indifferent day. Another went home, and I went to one of my other club lakes which I had all to myself and where I managed to put together a good bag of mainly carp but with a lot of roach and perch and even a couple of crucians; nearly all on red maggot.

So most of us had a decent days fishing but not at all what we wanted. We have also had to rearrange some of the competitions to fit in with the match dates which remain in the year.

The Edge

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17th October 2010

Arrans

Once again Arrans lived up to it's reputation of throwing up some really good weights or breaking your heart. I suspect that many of us have landed our first 'ton' here. In fact I had forgotten just how many I've had here myself but I was still left with the feeling that I should have done better even though I broke the 'ton' again.

Mark B showed us how to do it with a new top weight of the season of 255-13-0 and Liam S set a new PB with 137-2-8. Our first time visitor, George B, caught 102-12-0 on only his second visit there. Altogether a pretty good day.

The Edge

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3rd October 2010

Chart

I have had a warm place in my heart for Chart since my first visit and have been lucky enough to have a 1st and 2nd place there over the last 2 years including with my current PB. Unfortunately I could only creep into 5th place this time but the lake certainly lived up to it's reputation as a brilliant fishery.

In spite of the persistant rain throughout the afternoon, which fortunately was not as bad as forecast, there were personal bests from the winner, Bob Gaylard (218-7-0), Ross McGilvery (2nd with 199-12-0) and Mark Gaylard (110-0-0). Bob G's weight was also a new club venue record. In addition the first 8 all weighed in over 100 lb. All this at one of the best kept fisheries we visit.

Quite a day. Can't wait for next year.

The Edge

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12th and 19th September 2010

Oast Farm Buxted

Unfortunately I had to abandon my visit to Buxted with a severe case of 'Man Flu' but once again Buxted demonstrated why it is such a popular venue with several best weights of the season and a new personal best for Ross. Mark B won the match with 230-7-8 which unfortunately for him will not count as the Best Weight of the Season, so far, as the results from the Buxted match do not count towards any competitions except the Champions League. This also applies to any specimen fish caught. Well done everyone anyway.

Also missing was John Noonan who is laid up in hospital and getting very bored. Hope we see you on the bankside very soon John.

I hope I can make it next year.

The Edge

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27th August 2010

Pat's Carp

It's not often that I include news from outside LGAC in these pages but I couldn't resist this. I work with a guy called Patrick Quinn who had never been fishing until last Friday in spite of me regularly boring him with tales of my weekends success, or lack off. Anyway last Friday he was finally persuaded by a long time friend and neighbour to go night fishing at Brook Farm which we fished back in July.

First cast ever and first fish. A 16-8-0 common carp. His mates were gobsmacked. As he said afterwards "Trouble is everything else I caught seemed inadequate after a first fish like that". I know what you mean Pat. Nice one mate.

The Edge

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22nd August 2010

Newland Hall

This has always been a popular venue due to the large catches which are possible, however this year it was not quite so simple. Apart from some fairly heavy rain when we started to set up the weather was generally OK but the fish decided that they weren't really hungry to start with so that at the lunchtime weigh in I was stone last with only 2-13-8 in the net

When we restarted though it was just as if somebody had thrown a switch and suddenly I was catching one a chuck and eventually finished 5th with over 50lbs. Others were not quite so lucky.

This is one of the most expensive waters that we fish and frankly the results over the last couple of years make me wonder if it is worth the big outlay. Certainly worth thinking about when we are making our future bookings.

The Edge

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15th August 2010

Horseshoe Lake, Tylers Common

It was good for me to be out again after having missed the match at Cackle Hill although I could have done without the trudge up and down the hills.

I have only fished this lake once before when I managed to win our Charity Match here back in 2007 and lo and behold I drew the same peg again! Not that it did me much good. I managed to hold my own in the morning but, after the 12 noon weigh-in, I might as well have gone home because the fish had mostly moved on and I fairly rapidly dropped down to 6th place.

Well done to Mark B who managed to set a new Club Venue Record with 106-11-0.

The Edge

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1st August 2010

Cackle Hill

Unfortunately I couldn't make it this match having done my back in carrying my tackle indoors after the last match. Have you ever thought about the amount of stuff that we carry with us "just in case"? I certainly have over the last week and I will be having a good sort out before my next outing.

Anyway it seems that the fishing was by no means easy although a few good weights came out to those who persevered and I notice that Ross got himself in the frame again. It's becoming a welcome habit.

Look forward to seeing you all at Tylers.

The Edge

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25th July 2010

Brook Farm

Wow!!! We are half way through the season already. The season is flying by.

Reports on the fishing at Brook Farm had sounded very promising even though the water level is a bit low at the moment due to the lack of rain. Due to this we had to take the unusual step of calling all carp at 3lbs and returning them to the water straight away otherwise we would have had to weigh every individual fish over 3lbs which would have been very tedious. In the event, I think, it worked out very well and certainly saved a lot of messing about.

I was drawn on the Golden Peg 13 and suffered the "curse of the Golden Peg" next to Mark B and had to look on helplessly while he landed 10 carp in the first hour and I couldn't buy a bite though I did catch up a bit in the end. Mark finished with 51 carp (or 153-0-0) and if he had had to weigh them he would not have caught so many though he may well have ended up with a higher weight because many of them were certainly well over 3lbs

Fortunes elsewhere were a bit mixed as usual and a few nice bream came out. Overall I think it was not a bad day and well worth another visit.

The Edge

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20th June 2010

Monks Lake 4

It was only the second time that we have fished this lake at Monks and last time I had ended up in a corner peg which looked good but produced very little. Unfortunately for John H he ended up in the same swim with similar results. Fortunately for me my pairs partner, Simon, was in the swim next door and continued his winning streak with a fine catch of almost 115lb closely followed by Bob E with 90-12-8. Elsewhere there were some very creditable weights, in particular for Ross who is proving that practice does pay off, and also a PB for John P with 58-2-0.

Generally it was quite a pleasant day with everybody catching fairly steadily all day.

The Edge

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6th June 2010

Woodpecker

I have always had a love/hate relationship with this fishery. The lakes always look good and well cared for; the fishing can be difficult but the quality of fish is always good; and then there is the walk from the car park but I won't go over that one again.

Generally you need a draw opposite the island to get a good weight but, although I didn't manage that, I did get a nice patch of lillies to aim at with carp thrashing around in it. I managed to catch for most of the day, although it was difficult to keep the fish in one spot, and ended up in 2nd place, with 50-0-0 of carp and skimmers, behind my pairs partner Simon, with 75-7-0, who was right facing me and was catching all day without much of a break. Even the heavy thunderstorm in mid afternoon didn't put them off in my swim although others didn't get a bite after that.

My best result of the season so far. I might even avoid being relegated to the 3rd division in the MiniLeague at this rate.

The Edge

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23rd May 2010

Monks Lake 3

There is only one way to describe the weather on this outing 'too blooming hot'. As a result of the heat, and the fish being in a spawning mood, the fishing was not too hot though a few nice fish did come out.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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9th May 2010

Rockell's Farm

We haven't fished here since 2006 so we were not sure what to expect but we needn't have worried, if anything it was nicer than ever and the fish have grown even bigger. Unfortunately the weather had deteriorated during the week but it was still quite a nice day even without much sun.

I spent most of the morning session getting a steady flow of small carp while others had found their bigger brethren. At the end of the day Bob E had turned in one of his usual performances and broke the Club Venue Record with 206-10-8. Followed a long way behind by Bob G and Mark B. Mick H made an all to rare appearance in the top 4 with 104-5-0. I could only manage 41-7-0 and 12th place. Must be a bit ring rusty.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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25th April 2010

Rayne Lodge

Can't say much about this match as I wasn't there but apparently the rain put in an appearance on what was otherwise a very nice day

Special congratulations go to Simon Glendinning who broke his second Club Venue Record this year with a weight of 142-10-0. I think that anyone with an eye on the Club Championship this year had better keep a keen eye on Simon!

Tight lines.

The Edge

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11th April 2010

Hartleyland, Bramley

Cold and windy.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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28th March 2010

Arrans

I wasn't able to get to this one due to family committments which was a bit of a bind as I always look forward to Arrans even though I have never had great success there. For those that did make it there was generally a bit of a slow morning but a much livelier afternoon.

Apart from Bob E winning the 'Golden Peg' (yah, boo, sucks) there was a notable performance from John Helling in 4th place which included a 13-2-0 carp first cast. Well done John. It's been a long time coming.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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14th March 2010

Cackle Hill

Due to other commitments, and dodgy weather, I haven't been able to get out since our last match in December so I was really looking forward to this one. The weather forecast was quite reasonable so things looked good. Unfortunately nobody told the fish so by lunchtime I was on my way home having had just one small skimmer which was more than many had had.

The hardier souls were rewarded with a few more fish later on but a total weight for the day of 87-9-8 says it all.

I must add a word of congratulation for our new Captain and Vice-Captain and our new Scalesmen for a job well done.

Roll on Arrans.

Tight lines.

The Edge

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