Venue: BORDER FISHERIES MATCH LAKE AND SPECIMEN LAKE
Another gorgeous summer’s day greeted 31 SMAC anglers for the 9th match of the 2018 season. The Border fisheries complex is probably one of the most picturesque, well-kept fisheries on our match calendar with some very nice views! We were split across the Match Lake and Specimen Lake with plenty of space for everyone. The Match lake has been used a couple of times in the past and pretty much everyone was hoping for a draw on there as the Specimen Lake was a complete unknown entity. The Match Lake ended up fishing pretty well with some good weights showing but the Specimen Lake was pretty poor to be honest with only 36lb winning the lake! Oh dear!
There’s one more match to post a weight in the pairs competition and things are changing around for the 3rd and 4th place positions with everything to play for at the next Heronbrook match….. usually a big weight venue which could throw up a few upsets!
Section A – Match Lake Pegs 2 – 10
1st = Ian Clarkson 70lb 6oz
2Nd = Gary Marsland 59lb 2oz
Section A on the match lake is a renowned skimmer area – Gary Marsland picked up second in the section with 59lb of them! What a weight of silvers, nice one Gary, bet you still stink of skimmer slime now! Ian Clarkson topped the section from a very fishy looking peg 10 with lilies knocking like mad at the start of the match Ian made the most of his peg to weigh in an impressive 70lb of mainly carp caught to the lilies, well done Ian….. will you consider going in the pools soon?
Section B – Match Lake Pegs 13 – 24
1st = Carl O’Brien 93lb 3oz
2nd = Rodger Dimmock 50lb 5oz
Carl O’Brien continues his run at the top of the league with a superb performance from peg 16. Carl fished the majority of the match in the margins to win the section by a comfortable margin of 43lb, this is Carl’s 5th section win on the trot – is anyone man enough to take him down? Rodger Dimmock gave it a good crack and fished a top match which also pushes himself and partner into third spot in the pairs, nice one Rodger a great days fishing!
Section C – Match Lake Pegs 26 – 34
1st = Pete Boggiano 135lb 13oz
2nd = Phil Zahra 98lb 1oz
Pete Boggiano knows this water reasonably well and knew the margins would play a big part in a winning weight, Pete fished a traditional waggler for the first 2 hours and took about 30lb into the closing stages of the match which was when the margin munters tuned up and Pete put just over 100lb in the net in the last 3 hours which was enough for his first overall match win of the year and keeps him on joint points with Carl at the top. Phil Zahra can’t seem to catch a break this year – after finishing 3rd in his section at lindholme with a huge weight he now finishes second overall in the match but only got to pick up 5 points as he also came second in the section, unlucky mate but well done on a cracking weight!
Section D – Match Lake Pegs 36 – 46
1st = Tony Webb 81lb 1oz
2nd = Alan Hesling 62lb 10oz
Tony Webb had about 10 carp mulling about right at his feet before the all in, it was unreal! They didn’t seem to mind him setting up and chucking his net over their heads! Maybe they knew who it was and thought they must be safe cos he’s useless! It turns out he managed to snare a few to win the section – once again making the most of very active margins, nice work Tony! Well done to Alan Hesling on picking up second place only 9oz in front of Mick Abdy!
Section E – Specimen Lake pegs 2 – 10 & 26 - 27
1st = Chris Gabz 36lb 10oz
2nd = Joe Zahra 16lb 2oz
The guys on the specimen lake had a much tougher day with the fishing being nowhere near as good as the match lake. Chris Gabz continues his fantastic season with another section win, his 4th of the season and also a Lake win to boot. Chris finds himself in 4th position in the league after only dropping out of the top 2 in his section 3 times this year – it’s the sort of consistency which earned Steve Tomo the valued runner up trophy last year; can Chris go one better in 2018?! Second place went to Joe Zahra who lost a load of big fish resulting in a very low section second weight of 16lb, well done for sticking it out guys!
Section F – Specimen Lake pegs 17 – 24
1st = Steve Tomo 35lb 0oz
2nd = Ged Smith 29lb 11oz
Steve Tomo seems to be finding some really good form at the minute and has another section win under his belt – another poor performing area was won with only 35lb which is a shame as walking round the lake before the match I really thought a big weight or two could be had. Ged Came second in section F dropping a point which means he leaves the top spot for the first time in 4 matches – let’s see if he can pull it back at Heronbrook!
Below are the photos taken on the day:
Venue: PARTRIDGE LAKES: COVEY 6 AND RIBBON
After a recent long dry spell with the hottest summer since ’76 turning up at a match with a misty rain in the air was actually a relief! Tony Webb still put his umbrella up though because he’s a massive pussy. Another huge attendance saw 37 anglers at the draw which was a bit strange with almost everyone hanging back waiting for ribbon to be filled up before putting their hand in the bag, it turned out to fish pretty well though with 2 out of the top 4 weights coming from this lake…. Shows what we know eh!
The word from partridge recently has been shallow, shallow, shallow….. maggots or caster doing the damage and plenty of them, this was the approach adopted by most but it was pretty tough going up in the water with bites coming thick and fast one minute, then drying up for long spells, strange really must have been the touch of rain pushing them down a bit….. Either that or we’re all shit at shallow fishing!!
A quick Word on the pairs and the team leagues before the report:
Pairs League – the top 4 are now highlighted as the pairs in the top 4 places after match 10 will go into the semi-final which is fished over matches 11 and 12 with each anglers best weight from one of the two matches going towards their total for a place in the final which is fished on either match 13, 14 or 15. Each angler’s worst 2 weights from the first 10 matches are yet to be included in the total so things could change when this is included after the next match!
Teams of 4 – the top 3 teams are highlighted as the top 3 teams get paid out at the end of the season. The points are run in direct correlation to the main league and the competition runs until the end of the year so 7 matches to go it’s all to play for!
Section A – Covey 6 Pegs 133 – 136 & 165-166
1st = Andy Webb 95lb 6oz
2Nd = Steve Hammerton 45lb 2oz
Massive day for Andy Webb, after joining the club last year the best result Andy has managed has been a couple of section seconds, unlucky at the time to come out on top…. Not this time though. Andy put in a mega performance from peg 133 fishing punched bread over micros down the margin to put his highest ever match weight on the scales at 95lb 6oz which wasn’t only good enough for a section win but good enough to top the match overall which is brilliant mate, well done and unlucky not to get the magic ton!! Second in the section went to Ste Hammerton who made the most of a good draw to fatten his wallet even further with the massive £10 winnings for second place
Section B – Covey 6 Pegs 138 – 146
1st = Pete Boggiano 73lb 2oz
2nd = Andy Sonley 62lb 14oz
Section B was an interesting section having 2 of the current league leaders pegged next to each other. A cracking match ensued with Andy and Pete battling it out for the 6 points. Andy opted to fish for carp in the mudholes of peg 140 with groundbait and maggots and Pete went down the shallow route. It was a close finish with both claiming 50lb at the weigh in, Pete swearing down to telling the truth but is obviously full of shit. Andy can’t be accused of being full of shit but those clickers definitely are!
Section C – Covey 6 Pegs 148 - 155
1st = Ged Smith 61lb 13oz
2nd = Tommy Edwards 46lb 7oz
Ged Smith nearly had a disaster when loads of his casters were floating before the all in… he managed to skim off the floaters and fished a good shallow match from the wrong end of the lake to claim his 5th section win of the season securing his place in the top spot in the league shared with 2 others, nice one Ged! Tommy Edwards came second with his 4th section second place on the bounce but continues a proper solid start to the season with a healthy average to take into the second half of the year.
Section D – Covey 6 Pegs 157 - 163
1st = Carl O’Brien 83lb 2oz
2nd = Gary Marsland 33lb 12oz
Carl O’Brien continues an impressive run with 4 section wins on the trot. Carl was struggling until the last hour when he fished a short paste line to pick up a steady run of 18 F1’s to top the section and is holding onto the top spot being over 100lb in front on weight! Well done Carl. Second in the section went to Gary Marsland who’s fresh back from holiday and now up to 10th in the league, nice one Gary!
Section E – Covey 6 Pegs 167 - 173
1st = Steve Tomo 77lb 1oz
2nd = Tony Webb 56lb 14oz
It was a battle of the mouths in section E. Over the bridge Tomo and Tony carried on their verbal abuse of each other following on from the first match of the year, Tomo giving it the big gob for the first two hours whilst he was catching, then the noise shifted down to Tony’s end of the spit when his chub disappeared and some decent fish turned up…. After he put his granny brolly down cos it was spitting. Pussy. Tomo came out on top with a well put together 2 hour 77lb and Tony came second with a lucky 56lb. I’ve no idea how either of them fished as I couldn’t bring myself to ask them cos I’d heard enough of them both throughout the day!
Section F – Ribbon Pegs 2 - 10
1st = Jason Suggett 79lb 4oz
2nd = Alan Hesling 47lb 5oz
Everyone wanted to avoid drawing on Ribbon after the poor weights earlier in the season, but ten people did, and it did fish reasonably well, but can never match the catches from the Coveys.
Section F on Ribbon was won by in-form Jason Suggett from peg 20, next to the lake winner, with 79-4. When you’re drawn on fish, you’re drawn on fish! All credit to J, he fished a tidy match. Alan Hesling was 2nd in section with 47-13 off peg 8, mainly F1s tight across again, only a large F1 ahead of Mick Abdy on 10 who had 43-5, who caught across and on the Zhara paste line later in the match.
Section F – Ribbon Pegs 12 - 20
1st = Ady Wood 89lb 13oz
2nd = Eric Quinn 38lb 12oz
Ady Wood won the lake fishing dead reds over ground bait for 89-13 off peg 20, mostly F1s across. Second in this section was Eric Quinn, recovering from a hernia operation to tip a painful 38-12 on the scales, again F1s from across to a far bank rush bed on peg 12. Highlight of the day was a smallish carp that pulled Phil Topham’s feeder rod off his rest and into the drink when Phil was “otherwise occupied” making up rigs just off his box. That was his excuse anyway. Apparently he’s got form for this happening and it’s not the first time he’s potentially waved goodbye to £200-worth of rod and reel combo. It did have a happy ending after the match though, when throwing out part of a trolley on some borrowed rope he managed to retrieve the rod. Happy days, it made up for almost coming last in the section with 11-4!
Below are the photos taken on the day:
Venue: LINDHOLME LAKES: STRIP AND BEECHES
Well what a red letter day for most of the 30 anglers that attended the 7th Match of the SMAC 2018 season! Proper record breaking match with 12 ton+ weights, close to 2600lb of fish caught and a new SMAC individual match record was broken and then broken again! Several anglers managed their personal best weights also! Unbelievable fishing with an average of 86lb per angler, not to mention the flies, the pesky roach and some numpty dropping all his gear in the lake and having to swim around to recover it hahaha!!
The individual league has now had dropped points added as we are halfway through and it makes for very interesting reading, the top 5 anglers are all on the same points with only weight separating their positions and the top 10 in the league are only split by 4 points, it’s going to be a tight second half of the season for sure!
Section A – Strip pegs 2 – 12
1st = Chris Gabz 169lb 7oz
2Nd = Ian Clarkson 137lb 1oz
What an unbelievable weight from Chris to win section A! This broke the current SMAC match record by just over 10lb! Chris had most of his fish short on the paste line which was a method used by loads on the day, this is a new personal best for Chris and will surely be a day for him to remember, well done buddy this moves you into the joint top spot in the league amongst 4 others! Second in the section went to Ian Clarkson with another personal best weight of 137lb 1oz well done Ian, cracking weight! A word must be said for Paul Tighe who weighed in 133lb even though he dropped his gear in and also Dave Bennett who had a 17lb 7oz carp on his first put in which is going to be a tough one to beat for the biggest fish award and he also weighed in 100lb for 4th in the section! Unreal! Well done everyone!
Section B – Strip pegs 14 – 24
1st = Phil Topham 152lb 3oz
2nd = Tommy Edwards 82lb 2oz
Phil Topham is having an great season so far, this is his second 150lb+ weight and his 3rd section win of the year which moves him upto 8th in the league in the tightly spaced chasing pack, Phil started on the method feeder and then moved onto the paste line to make up his cracking net of fish, well done Phil. Tommy Edwards keeps the ball rolling with another solid performance and has now dropped more points than any other angler which is a good sign for later in the year, this means for the time being, Tommy is just out of the top 5 but I’m sure that will change before too long, keep it up team mate!
Section C – Beeches pegs 1 - 6
1st = Carl O’Brien 127lb 6oz
2nd = Stu Brown 79lb 13oz
Last year’s champion Carlos O’Brien had a slow start to 2018 but already finds himself topping the league, with his first 2 matches dropped and in the bin Carl is 100% focussed on retaining his title which is bad news for everyone else! Carl started shallow but got fed up of catching stockies and then moved onto his paste line and destroyed the section handsomely, well done Carl. Second in the section was big Stu Brown who had the majority of his fish on the method feeder across to some trees on the far bank, nice one Stu!
Section D – Beeches pegs 8 - 15
1st = Derek Wood 102lb 15oz
2nd =Pete Boggiano 102lb 10oz
OOOOOOHHHHH this was a close one!!!! Derek and Pete fought out a great battle throughout the match both anglers fancied it shallow but it just wasn’t happening, Derek went down the edge early on and Pete followed suit shortly after both getting pestered by tiny roach but both anglers managed to crack the 100lb barrier and only 5oz separated them! Well done guys a great battle!
Section E – Beeches pegs 16 - 26
1st = Andy Sonley 156lb 7oz
2nd = Tony Webb 98lb 14oz
If Andy Sonley’s clickers were to be believed we would have witnessed the first ever SMAC 300lb+ weight….. LOL just kidding Andy – you really need to calibrate your clicker finger though and stop putting 1lb down for them 6oz roach…. Relax, don’t do it, think of Tony Webbs arse and hold it in man! Andy, who’s been renamed ‘Muggy Andy’ fished his favoured method mugging carp all over his peg 4” deep to weigh in his personal best weight of 156lb 7oz which moves him into second place in the league…. What a guy! Nice one mate, you’re brilliant….. When will my hooklengths be ready???? Second in the section was another over excited angler in Tony Webb who had a half hour battle with a ‘20lb’ carp only to find out at the weigh in it would barely even register on the scales! Tony fished a great match to come close to the 100lb mark and now finds himself 9th in the league only 2 points of first place though! Steve Tomo would have pushed Tony closer but his 3rd net dropped in which apparently had 100lb in it?!
Section F – Beeches Pegs 27 - 37
1st = Ady Wood 187lb 3oz
2nd = Ian Coleman 136lb 8oz
There are 3 signs to tell when Ady has had a good day:
All joking aside though this is an amazing performance from Adrian, Chris Gabz broke the record first and then it was beaten again with a huge weight of 187lb 3oz, nice one Ady what a day! Ady fished dead reds and groundbait into a newly dug mudhole to his left and took first place overall in the greatest SMAC match of all time! Well done Ady nice one. Ian Coleman put his personal best weight on the scales with 136lb 8oz only good enough for second place, congratulations Ian! And Phil Zahra came back to life but could only manage 3rd in his section with 122lb 15oz. Bizarre!
A massive well done to everyone who broke their own personal records and a big thanks to everyone for making the extended journey…. I’m sure you’ll all agree it was worth it…. Even Daz gabz who came last on the day picked up a free rod from Lindholme so well done Daz and thanks to Lindholme for the donation!
Below are the photos taken on the day
Venue: HAMPTON SPRINGS – MEADOW, LONG ISLAND & OASIS
A bright sunny day greeted 32 SMAC members for match number 6, the last match on the calendar before a month break for the annual fishing holiday break at Manor Farm Leisure which we are all looking forward to! Before I go into the report I’d just like to wish Carl O’Brien the best of luck in the clubman championship final at Barston Lakes this week – he’ll be flying the flag for South Manchester Angling Club and we all hope he lifts the title, either way he’s done us proud being the first SMAC member to make it through, nice 1 Carlos!!!
After last years’ match everyone was hoping to avoid the strip section on Long Island and not many were keen on drawing Oasis pool even though the winning weight came off there last year! There was loads of space with 3 lakes offering us 86 pegs to really spread out the pegging and even though the fishing wasn’t amazing for most it was a lovely summers day to be on the bank.
Section A – Meadow pegs 1 – 13
1st = Ged Smith 59lb 5oz
2Nd = Paul Hirst 49lb 6oz
Ged is flying high this year and moves himself upto the top spot in the individual league with his 4th section win on the trot, Ged is also topping the pairs league with new member Andy Sonley although their weight has been caught up slightly after they were way in front after the last match. Ged fished a tidy match to win his section and also post the highest weight on Meadow pool, well Done Blue! Second in the section and also second on the lake was Paul hirst with a 49lb catch to be proud of!
Section B – Meadow pegs 17 - 30
1st = Pete Boggiano 33lb 12oz
2nd = Tommy Edwards 28lb 4oz
Pete Boggiano drew what looked to be a stonking peg with fish cruising all over the place – it turned out they weren’t interested in feeding at all which resulted in a very low section winning weight from a hard, but closely contested section. Second place went to Tommy Edwards, who’s recent birthday lesson from Jamie Hughes has started paying back already.
Section C – Long Island pegs 3 - 14
1st = Steve Barlow 90lb 6oz
2nd = Chris Gabz 34lb 13oz
A cracking weight of 90lb won the dreaded strip section on long island which was posted by new member for 2018 Steve Barlow, this is his first section win for Steve after a run of second place finishes so well done mate, a cracking weight from a terrible section (trust me I know how bad it can be!) Chris Gabz continues a fine start to the year and marches on to 4th in the league with 27 points and 228lb to his name it’s a great foundation for it all to go downhill from here LOL!
Section D – Long Island pegs 16 - 27
1st = Carl O’Brien 122lb 6oz
2nd = Jason Suggett 69lb 5oz
Carl is getting into the zone for his Barston final with an immense weight of bomb and pellet waggler fish from fancied peg 16, points wise Carl hasn’t had a great start to the year and finds himself in 5th place at the moment – he has however caught 65lb more fish than anyone else which shows he’s definitely going to be in the running later on in the year. Carl is the 5th person this year his name added to the SMAC 100lb+ hall of fame which is currently the 3rd time he's on the list - definitely not the last! Jason Suggett missed out on the flyer but managed to nick some fish to put an impressive 70lb on the scales for second in the section, well done Jay.
Section E – Long Island pegs 29 - 39
1st = Ste Hammerton 62lb 4oz
2nd = Martin Cook 57lb 2oz
Another new member for 2018 picked up his first section win of the year from peg 37 on long island, Ste has had a great start to the year and finds himself in 6th place in the league – hope you can keep it up buddy! Martin Cook fished his last match before heading off to get married so we may never see him again LOL! Martin pushed Ste close for the top spot but missed out narrowly, unlucky mate!
Section F – Oasis Pegs 1 - 15
1st = Andy Sonley 46lb 7oz
2nd = Phil Topham 26lb 14oz
Andy Sonley drew last year’s winning peg and managed to top the lake with carp caught across on pellet and he also managed to mug a few to top up his 46lb weight from an unfancied lake, well done Andy, another new guy who’s started with a bang! Phil Topham came second on the lake with 27lb so well done to him!
Below are the photos taken on the day
Venue: HERONBROOK – MEADOW & ISLAND
Our first outing of the year to the ever popular Heronbrook fisheries was set to throw up some big weights, 34 members attended with the majority hoping to draw on Meadow which generally shows better form. Strangely enough it was one section on Island which tested the scales as you’ll read below. The average weight of 56lb per angler proves why this fishery is one of our favourites!
The first phase of the pair’s competition is halfway through now with Andy Sonley and Ged Smith flying high at the top with the next 6 only separated by 100lb it should be tight as to who finishes in the top 4 for the semi-final places. The teams of 4 competition is looking good also with team Boggiano/Edwards/Quinn/D Gabz out in front and only 10 points separating the next 5 teams – we’re only 1/3rd of the way through this competition yet though so a lot can happen between now and the end of the season!
Section A – Meadow pegs 1 – 11
1st = Tommy Edwards 86lb 5oz
2Nd = Ste Hammerton 59lb 9oz
Tommy Edwards rarely smiles but when he drew peg 9 on Meadow nothing could hold back the grin on his face, he literally sprinted to his peg knowing it was fishing well after recent reports from practice sessions during the week. Tommy didn’t disappoint and topped the section with what would have been the best weight on the lake had he not been docked 2lb 6oz for going over in one net, well done Tommy a cracking start to the year see’s you in second place in the individual league. Well done also to Ste Hammerton who wasn’t overly keen on the idea of being pegged between Tommy and Carl but managed a second in his section with 59lb. Nice one.
Section B – Meadow pegs 13 - 23
1st = Carl O’Brien 86lb 14oz
2nd = Tony Webb 86lb 2oz
Carl made up for being ounced out at the last match by ouncing out Tony Webb in this match which is something we all enjoy doing! Carl seems to be finding his form again after a rather shaky start to 2018 following on from his title last year….. That lesson with Jamie Hughes seems to be paying off already, oh sorry Carl I didn’t know it was a secret hahaha! Well done to Tony also who I usually give loads of grief to but he helped out this week so he’s safe xx
Section C – Meadow pegs 25 - 32
1st = Ged Smith 80lb 3oz
2nd = Steve Tomo 71lb 3oz
Ged Smith is now flying high in the league just behind Tommy on weight after a string of 3 section wins takes him to 23 points also. After a bit of a shaky start to the year Ged is showing us he’s got all the gear and potentially a bit of an idea also – let’s see what the rest of the season holds and if he gets through 9 poles and 25 seatboxes again! Well done to Steve Tomo on the section second who’s another top scorer from last year who has had a poor start by his standards.
Section D – Meadow pegs 34 - 45
1st = Daz Gabz 70lb 2oz
2nd = Rodger Dimmock 52lb 14oz
Daz Gabz pulled out the bonus peg 34 which looked awesome and when he put 70lb 2oz on the scales some tight bastard [no prizes for guessing who] told him he’d won the bonus money….. out of order LOL!!! Just to rub salt in his wounds Ged had his picture took with Daz’s fish for his section win only to launch them back before Daz had his chance, on dear hopefully the section win made up for all this Daz! Second Place was Rodger with 53lb from peg 40; well done Rodge nice work partner!
Section E – Island pegs 1 - 7
1st = Pete Boggiano 70lb 15oz
2nd = Andy Webb 39lb 14oz
Probably the worst performing section of the day with very little ripple on the water and the wind blowing the wrong way for most pegs was topped by Pete Boggiano who struggled for 4 hours before plundering the margins to weigh in some big old munters for 70lb. Well done to Andy Webb for his second place narrowly beating Dave Coleman off the next peg
Section F – Island pegs 11 - 20
1st = Andy Sonley 125lb 04oz
2nd = Gary Marsland 121lb 13oz
The Big surprise on the day was section F on Island where 3 tons were recorded, first Ady Woods weighed in 118lb, then Gary Marsland weighed in 121lb then Andy Sonley blasted it with 125lb! Mental! Andy fished a cracking match dobbing some huge fish in the first hour one of which snapped his elastic with the next 5 hours picking off the odd fish from here and there, top weight mate, really good performance which won the match on the day. Well done to the others in this section who tonned up you’ll all be on the SMAC hall of fame!!
Below are the photos taken on the day [sorry Daz!]
Venue: PARTRIDGE LAKES – COVEY 6 AND RIBBON
35 Members joined us for match 4 of the 2018 calendar at Partridge lakes utilising Covey 6 and Ribbon where 7 sections were used for the first time, 5 men in each section with 10 on Ribbon and 25 on Covey 6. The weather was lovely for sitting in the garden drinking beer but hardly perfect for fishing with bright sunshine and a cool breeze only hitting parts of each lake with any consistency, this meant some areas hugely out fished others.
Section A – Covey 6 pegs 133 – 136 & 165 - 166
1st = Ged Smith 90lb 14oz
2Nd = Tommy Edwards 66lb 13oz
Section A on covey 6 saw the largest average weight recorded on the day with most anglers opting to fish caster shallow following on from recent reports that this method was doing the damage. Ged Smith picks up his second section win on the bounce with a cracking weight of 91lb caught shallow under the bridge whilst Tommy Edwards fought off close competition from Dave Bennett to pick up second place.
Section B – Covey 6 pegs 138 - 146
1st = Eamonn Bolger 31lb 6oz
2nd = Ste Hammerton 30lb 12oz
Eamonn Bolger picked up his first section win with SMAC registering 31lb 6oz from peg 140 down the back stretch which is usually the most difficult area of this lake so well done to him on that achievement and also well done to Ste Hammerton with a well-earned close second with 30lb 12oz – not far behind!
Section C – Covey 6 pegs 148 - 155
1st = Daz Gabz 18lb 14oz
2nd = Martin Cook 14lb 10oz
Section D was a really tough section with some very low winning weights. Daz Gabz picked up the victory from peg 151 which I think may also have been his first SMAC section win but not 100% sure so a massive well done to him! Martin Cook came second continuing a solid start to the year which sees him take the top spot in the individual league on weight. Well done guys!
Section D – Covey 6 pegs 157 - 163
1st = Ady Wood 31lb 14oz
2nd = Phil Zahra 20lb 1oz
Ady Woods topped section D with a good performance yet again scratching around to weigh in a respectable weight for the area and Phil Zahra picks up his first section frame of the year which is a very disappointing start for the multiple title winning SMAC legend!
Section E – Covey 6 pegs 167 - 173
1st = Gary Marsland 55lb 11oz
2nd = Steve Thomasobn 29lb 10oz
Gary Marsland continues a cracking start to his first season with SMAC picking up his 3rd section win on the trot with a top performance off peg 172 weighing in a net full of carp caught on caster on his top kit! This moves Gary onto joint points with Martin at the top of the table only behind by 3lb on weight. Well done Gary. Second went to Steve Tomo off the next peg with 29lb made up of mainly silvers.
Section F – Ribbon pegs 2 - 10
1st = Pete Boggiano 40lb 11oz
2nd = Carl O’Brien 40lb 5oz
Pete Boggiano was back in action after missing the last match and ounced out last year’s champion Carl O’Brien to take the top spot in section F on Ribbon. Pete and Carl both fished similar tactics including worms and casters but trying to get a run of fish together was very difficult. Pete won the section with a foul hooked 6oz stockie which leapt from his net as he landed it but was safely landed the second time – jammy bastard!
Section E – Ribbon pegs 12 - 20
1st = Tony Webb 29lb 2oz
2nd = Chris Gabz 6lb 0oz
This was a horrific section! I really can’t believe how bad it fished – walking round doing the weigh in I had to be on suicide watch with 4 out of the 5 anglers failing to register double figures; Phil Topham followed his record breaking catch from the last match with 2lb 2oz!!! Steve Barlow only had 1 fish all day and that was on his first put in and Derek Wood who can usually whittle fish out of thin air in tough conditions really struggled too! Chris Gabz came second in the section with just 6lb and Tony Webb won it with 29lb which was where they must have all been hiding! Unlucky draw guys and well done for sticking it out!!
Below are the photos taken on the day
Venue: HALL LANE BESS’S
The third match of the 2018 season took us to the immaculate hall lane fisheries on the popular bess’s lake, having booked 50 pegs we was again told that there was another match on the remaining 25 pegs and again same as last year the other club didn’t show which makes me believe that the owner doesn’t want us spread about so just tells us that there’s another match on? It was another cold day with a strong north easterly wind and with reports of both good and bad previous match weights over recent weeks most of us wasn’t sure what to expect. Another unbelievable turn out of 37 anglers made some pegs quite tight but everyone was up for it so it was game on
Section A –Pegs 1-11
1st = Ged Smith 59lb 5oz
2Nd = Steve Barlow 49lb 3oz
3rd = Jay Suggett 42lb 4oz
This was the most fancied section of the lot and getting his hand in the bag early Ged pulls out the dolly peg 1 “decent draw at last” he said to me and he didn’t disappoint catching mainly carp at 14 meters down the edge Ged wins his 1st section of the season, 2nd in the section and his 3rd on the bounce was new boy Steve catching on the far shelf with pellets which shoots him into 1st position in the league with 15 points, definitely one to keep an eye on well done chaps
Section B – Pegs 12-22
1st = Phil Topham 147lb (161lb 11oz)
2nd = Carl O Brien 74lb 8oz
3rd = Dave Coleman 35lb 6oz
Yes you read that right a massive 161lb, committed smac and steering group member Phil absolutely smashes the match catching all his fish from peg 12 on the feeder and didn’t once pick up his pole, unfortunately for Phil 2 of his nets went over the tiny 50lb net limit rule that hall lane enforces which means they are docked down to 50lb but you can’t take nothing away from this guy the last 2 years has seen Phil go from strength to strength I don’t think there’s a better angler in the club if there having it on the tip. A new personal best weight for Phil and not taking into consideration the 14lb he’s been docked this is the best match weight caught by any member of a smac match ever and it just gets better this Huge haul of fish was caught in a match 1/2 hour less in duration than the 3 previous highest weights. Well done mate epic performance from a top bloke 2 section wins from 2 matches I’ll put money on you finishing in the top 5 this season.
2nd place went to last year’s champion Carl who’s finally found his form catching all his fish on the far bank from peg 18
Section C – pegs 24 to 31
1st = Gary Marsland 18lb 8oz
2nd =Paul Tighe 16lb 7oz
3rd = Ady Wood 15lb 6oz
Section C was by far the worst preforming section on the day which is surprising as reports from the lads said that early in the morning before the draw it was solid with carp sucking the scum from the top of the water. Nevertheless last matches overall winner Gary fished a tidy match from peg 30 catching anything that swims on his favourite chopped worm method giving him an impressive joint 3rd league position just beating Paul Tighe from the peg next door but one fishing a similar method, Paul’s carp switched on in literally the last 15mins of the match but it’s was to late to catch up Gary
Section D – pegs 33 to 41
1st = Martin Cook 75lb 3oz
2nd = Ian Coleman 72lb 1oz
3rd = Joe Zahra 55lb 4oz
Martin fished peg 35 and pulled out the 2nd best overall weight on the day catching carp on the far shelf, this now boost him into 2nd place in the league just 1 point behind Steve Barlow excellent skills mate, This is a solid performance from a historically poor area and beating off very close competition from club treasurer Ian on the next peg along who also caught long swapping from corn and expander the keep bites coming after a poor start.
Section E – pegs 43 to 50
1st = Tommy Edwards 70lb 4oz
2nd = Eric Quinn 29lb 10oz
3rd = Paul Pannett 28lb 15oz
Tommy pulled out end peg 50 and took the section by storm catching carp on pellet down the track, it’s not often you see him with a smile from ear to ear but after taking home cash from the section and super pools with 6 points to got with it he was all smiles on the journey home, a great win catching carp in a different style to everyone else from the deep water, Tommy’s 1st section win makes him jump up into top 10.
2nd on the day was the inform Eric catching anything that swims from corner peg 49 this shoots him into joint 2nd place just behind Martin on overall weight
Below are the photos taken on the day [apologies to Gary Marsland for missing yours out]
Venue: OLD HOUGH FISHERIES; UPPER BENBO, PROSPECT & GOOSE
The highest turnout for a SMAC match in recent years saw 38 out of 40 members attending Old Hough fisheries which was split across 3 lakes; Upper Benbo, Prospect and Goose. Most at the draw were fancying Upper Benbo with some decent weights the day before on the open and the car park side was, as always the sought after area. With a cold, strong wind blowing across the lakes fishing was really difficult for most and presenting a bait to the far bank was nigh on impossible on the pegs where the wind was hitting the worst.
As it turned out Upper Benbo was a big disappointment with some really low weights from the usual hot pegs and the winning weights in both sections A and B came from the complete opposite end than expected. The other two lakes were just as tough with only one or two pegs producing decent weights. Fishing in spring is always a bit odd, the fish never seem to settle into a regular feeding pattern or depth and after the winter we’ve had it’s not surprising it’s taking longer than usual for the fish to get their heads down to feed.
The teams of 4 competition is off to a good start and as the draw was seeded so well it’s looking like it could be a really close competition with only 10 points separating the entire league; hopefully it will stay this close throughout the year and we’ll enjoy a nice climax to the first year of this competition. Climax….. Love that word, oooo eeeerr missus.
Section A – Upper Benbo Pegs 1-12
1st = Phil Topham 59lb 6oz
2nd = Stuart Ford 36lb 12oz
Travelling companions Phil and Stu attended their first match of 2018 after missing the first due to smashing the opens down at whiteacres and both managed to frame in section A from pegs 12 and 6 respectively. As the rain was pouring down I didn’t get chance to ask the guys how they caught but I’d wager a tenner Phil caught on the method feeder and Stu caught down the margins on Paste. After a cracking season last year Stu is now the go to man in the club for paste advice [Mr Zahra may need to see you soon haha] and Phil Topham is steady away no fuss, no messing – cast out the feeder and smoke 20 fags, easy this fishing lark isn’t it! Well done spud guy’s.
Section B– Upper Benbo Pegs 13-24
1st = Gary Marsland 60lb 8oz
2nd = Jason Suggett 36lb 2oz
New Member Gary Marsland tipped 60lb on the scales which picked up his first section win and also an overall match win from peg 13 which he fished in the winter league but through 2ft of ice! I’d like to say conditions were a bit better for this match but they weren’t – well done Gary, a great performance. Jason Suggett puts his hand in the bag and pulls out the peg you’d choose to pleasure fish if you had the entire fishery to go at; and he does it every time…. How he does this nobody knows, maybe we’re all afraid to say he can actually fish a bit…. Errrrr no chance, he’s just a drawbag – no wonder he’s got all the best gear, bet he wins the lottery every week. Just kidding Jay, great performance from the wrong end of the lake, well done buddy.
Section C – Prospect pegs 1 to 8
1st = Ady Wood 48lb 5oz
2nd = Pete Boggiano 43lb 14oz
Ady Woods fished his first match of the year after missing the first one due to attending the high vis vest sales at Matalan, fortunately he was sat far enough away from me so I didn’t have to hear how he caught every fish as he landed it; oh my God did I just say that out loud?! Well done Adrian – definitely a title contender this year. Pete Boggiano came second - according to the ladies he always comes second, boom!
Section D – Prospect pegs 9 to 16
1st = Ian Clarkson 24lb 8oz
2nd = Alan Hesling 12lb 1oz
Well, what a shit section this was! With some class anglers along the bank not troubling double figures it’s a sure sign the section was low on fish numbers. Lanky Bollocks Clarkson didn’t enter the pools due to the pressure of potentially winning a life changing £35 getting into his head to much, this resulted in a much calmer approach and also resulted in a section win…. Come on bully, show us what he could have won! Alan Hesling continues his steady start to the season with his second section second and he’s second in the league, hang on a second, how many times can you type second in a sentence?! Well done to all the guys in this section, it really was shit.
Section E – Goose pegs 1-5 & 17-18
1st = Eric Quinn 32lb 5oz
2nd = Ian Coleman 28lb 6oz
Contrary to popular belief when Eric is catching fish he’s actually quite a nice guy, which meant today he was being exceptionally lovely to all passers-by, quite strange I know. Eric made use of a good draw on peg 5 to win the lake with 32lb followed closely by Ian Coleman on the next peg who is keen to show us all he’s the best of the Coleman bunch after Brother Dave was crowned winter league champion. Well done again Dave, you’re the best – Ian, pull your finger out man!!!!
Section F – Goose pegs 7-15
1st = Chris Gabz 23lb 5oz
2nd = Steve Barlow 20lb 8oz
Some low weights in this section were expected to be honest, this part of the lake usually fishes much more difficult than the early pegs and the bridge pegs. Chris Gabz won the section with 23lb which is his second section win on the bounce and all is looking rosy as he sits at the top of the league on maximum points, nice one Chris, well done mate. Steve Barlow finished second in the section after his second at Bradshaws he’s another who’s steady away into the 2018 season, well done guys.
Below are the photos taken on the day [missing Tony Webb’s arse as he only weighed in 4lb off a flyer and took off in a right mood hahaha]:
Venue: BRADSHAW HALL FISHERIES – LAKES 3 & 4
Welcome to the 2018 SMAC season to all our members especially the new guys who we hope
Date: 01.04.2018enjoy fishing with us. We had a really good turnout of 34 anglers for the first match split into 5 sections over lakes 3 and 4 at Bradshaws. Pretty much everyone was hoping for a lake 4 draw with pegs 5 to 15 being the most fancied area, Lake 3 is a bit of a weird lake and although some recent open results were looking decent the weather was shocking for this time of year with wind chill factors down to -3 which definitely effected the fishing…. It’s spring! Where’s the sunshine?!
There’s a new competition which everyone is involved in, the teams of 4 competition is set to be a big hit with plenty talking about it at the draw, good luck to all teams and good luck also in the individual leagues and pairs leagues to everyone!
I’m uploading the reports slightly differently this year – I’m putting a gallery at the bottom of each report with all the pictures in rather than under each section write up as last year I ran out of space on the webpage – this gives us the opportunity to upload more pictures so if anyone takes any random pics at the matches please feel free to send them over to me and I’ll add them in….. as long as they don’t contain a naked Tony Webb that is.
Section A – Lake 4 Pegs 3 to 10
1st = Andy Sonley 85lb 0oz
2nd = Alan Hesling 74lb 0oz
3rd = Daz Gabz 60lb 5oz
Andy Sonley fishes his first SMAC summer league match after joining us for a few winter league matches and ends up winning the overall match! Andy fished a good match on the long pole shallow to weigh in a hefty 85lb to win the section and the match, well done mate and welcome to the club…. Any more ‘ringer’ performances though and Tony Might get his bare arse even closer to your head; god help you I bet it stinks! Alan Hesling wasn’t too far behind fishing a similar method from peg 7 to pick up second in section and second overall and Daz Gabz surprised us all with a 60lb net – well done guys!
Section B – Lake 4 Pegs 12 to 23
1st = Chris Gabz 65lb 12oz
2nd = Derek Wood 45lb 3oz
3rd = Mick Abdy 44lb 18oz
Chris Gabz allways seems to do well on Lake 4 and didn’t disappoint this time weighing in close to 66lb for a section win and third overall, I didn’t find out exactly how Chris fished the match but I suspect a method feeder may have been involved? Second in section was Derek wood from the early pegs on the wall side and third went to Mick Abdy on the unfancied causeway pegs – well done guys!
Section C – Lake 4 pegs 24 to 33
1st = Martin Cook 47lb 2oz
2nd = Steve Barlow 37lb 1oz
3rd = Tommy Edwards 33lb 2oz
The cold wind was properly hitting this side of the lake and you can see the weights dropped compared to the early pegs on the other side. Martin Cook fished with a bad back and ended up catching short to win the section – well done mate! New member Steve Barlow gets in the section frame with a second placed weight of 37lb and Tommy Edwards surprised himself with a 3rd place position, hopefully you’ve all warmed up a bit!
Section D – Lake 3 pegs 1 to 10
1st = Tony Webb 32lb 1oz
2nd = Pete Boggiano 31lb 0oz
3rd = Steve Tomo 26lb 11oz
The cold wind also effected this section on Lake 3 with frost being the only thing biting with any consistency…. Steve Tomo and Tony Webb kept themselves warm by being a pair of bitches moaning about who was casting into who’s peg, I was hoping it would turn into a real fight at one point as I like seeing Tony get his arse kicked hahaha. Throughout all the moaning Tony ended up winning the section with 32lb of feeder caught fish from Tomo’s swim…. He actually had his picture taken with Tomo’s fish just to rub it in! Pete Boggiano was second in section from the worst peg on the complex [haha no prizes for guessing who’s writing this] and Tomo was 3rd with 26lb of Tony’s fish. Well done guys!
Section D – Lake 3 pegs 12 to 27
1st = Dave Bennett 40lb 13oz
2nd = Stu Brown 33lb 11oz
3rd = Pete Ransome 23lb 8oz
A busy day in this section for some with silvers making up the majority of the decent weight which suited Dave Bennett down to a tee – Dave weighed in an impressive 41lb of silvers from the causeway side which included the biggest fish of the year so far…. Believe it or not a 3lb 12oz perch found its way into Dave’s net, hopefully for everyone this doesn’t win the trophy! Stu Brown finished second from fancied peg 22 and Pete Ransome had a busy day from the other causeway peg. Well done to everyone in this section as it was by far the worst on the day.
Below are the photos taken on the day:
2017/18 Winter League Champion - Dave Coleman
Massive Congratulations to Dave Coleman for winning the SMAC 2017/18 winter league. This year was the closest ever with 6 people in the frame to pick up the trophy on the last match which was a tough day’s fishing in horrendous conditions.
3 anglers ended up tied on 28 points at the top of the league; Derek Wood [last year’s champion] Tony Webb and Dave Coleman. Dave won the title based on his weight of just over 70lb with Tony coming in second with nearly 57lb and then Derek Wood on 56lb! The entire winter has been a proper struggle with some of the worst and coldest weather we’ve ran matches in so thanks to everyone who managed to make the matches ….. Roll On Summer!!
Congratulations Dave Coleman!!