Match Results 2022
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Top 12 Final 2nd October Summerhayes
Pairs Match 6th November Grand Western Canal
Christmas Match 27th November Grand Western Canal
Points Table 2022
1st Points 23rd January 2022 Grand Western Canal
The opening match of the 2022 season was held on Sunday at Tidcombe with 30anglers turning out to do battle once again. Conditions were perfect, but the water was clear, making the fishing tough with many anglers struggling to catch a pound. The fish, mainly small roach with the odd scattering of skimmers, seemed to appear in pockets along the match stretch which extended from the wires to Warnicombe.
However, a few guys did manage to put a few bites together not least of which was our winner on the day, Mark Branson, who weighed in with 1.575kg. Mark drew peg 14 just past the famous holly bush and caught 8 small skimmers plus a few tiny roach all at 8m on pole fished bread punch. He also had 4 perch from across on maggot and worm. Well done Mark !
Runner up on the day from peg 7, near the 2nd set of wires, was Dave Pulman with 1.320kg. Dave caught 60 to 70 tiny roach on the whip followed up with a few better roach and perch from the far bank on both pinkie as well as caster. Well done Dave !
In 3rd spot was Ian Brookes from peg 13 with 1.275kg. Ian had 4 skimmers fishing an 8m pole with big bread punch plus several tiny roach across to the far bank using a dot punch.
4th place went to Bruce Hunt on peg 8, next but one to the wires, who weighed 1.120kg. Bruce had several small roach on the punch plus a small jack pike on worm.
A Section Dom Garnett 1.080kg
B Section Paul Sagar 1.075kg
C Section Rich Higgs 0.975kg
D Section Gary Butler 1.020kg
Next club match is on Taunton Canal at Creech on February 6th. Draw will be in the Creech canalside car park at 8.30am, fishing 10 till 3pm.
M5 and off t J25, taking a right onto the A358. Go past the Toby Inn and then take first left after the Premier Inn heading for Ruishton. Go through the village and follow the signs for Creech St Michael.
When you arrive at Creech, you will go over the R Tone and you must then turn right followed by 1st left into Vicarage Lane. Just follow the sign to the canalside car park (coloured in brown).
2nd Points 6th February 2022 Taunton Canal
The club's second points match of the season was held yesterday on the Taunton canal at Creech with 37 anglers taking part on what was the highest points match turnout for several years. Conditions were bad, though, with early heavy rain and strong blustery winds. However, there was a good tinge of colour in the water and most anglers managed to catch despite the conditions.
Winner on the day from peg 9 was Les Lloyd with 3.325kg. Les, using an 8m pole, caught small roach and tiny skimmers on the bread punch down the track for the early part of the match. He later switched to fishing the worm over chopped worm and caster, again down the middle but away from the bread swim, and duly managed to catch good perch plus two small jacks for a fine win on the day. Well done Les !
Runner-up was Paul Elworthy from peg 6 with 2.290kg. Paul fished the waggler down the middle and caught roach and skimmers throughout the match on the punch, again, over liquidise. Paul used a size 16 hook and big punch just tripping bottom and his catch did include several good net roach.
In 3rd spot was Dave Pulman from peg 5 next door with 1.870kg. Dave caught steadily from the off on a 3.5m whip, and later by changing to a 4.5m whip, managed to keep the small roach and blades coming throughout the rest of the match. Successful bait was again the punch over a very small amount of liquidise.
4th - Robert Ridgeway- 1.700kg ( catch included a lovely 2lb perch )
5th - Martin Heard - 1.415kg ( small roach on 5m whip )
6th - Mark Branson - 1.400kg ( small roach/bleak all on pinkie via pole/whip )
Section A Ian Brooks 1.175kg
B Eric Priest 1.060kg
C Ken Penberthy 1.350kg
D Bruce Hunt 1.350kg
The club's next points match is in 2 weeks time on the 20th February. Please note the venue for this has been changed from Manley to that of Greenway, Halberton. Draw 8.30am, fishing 10 till 3.
3rd Points 27th Feburay 2022 Grand Western Canal
Sunday's club match, held at Greenway, was well supported with 35 anglers in attendance. Conditions were fair although there was a cold, stiff breeze affecting some sections of the match. There was a good tinge of colour following a mild spell and catches were quite good generally considering the time of year. But it was the tench that surprised everyone; indeed, it was tench that comprised the top 5 spots on the day with Dave Pulman taking the honours with 14.880kg. Dave, drawn on permanent peg 19 just off Sellake bay, caught a total of 11 tench with the biggest running to 6.5 lb. Fishing well across, Dave pole fished worm and pinkie throughout over chopped worm and caster feed. His rig was a 16 hook to 0.13mm hook length via 0.17 mainline to 14 Preston hybrid elastic. Stunning catch Dave !
Runner up was Rich Higgs, from peg 23, with 12.510kg. Rich's catch comprised 7 tench and, again, had several around the 6lb mark. Successful hook bait was worm and caster on a size 16 hook fished at 11 metres over chopped worm and caster. Well done Rich !
3rd place went to Gary Butler, from peg 20 next to the winner, with 12.420kg. Gary managed 9 tench in total, 6 caught on worm and 3 on treble maggot. Gary fished well across on a 11 m pole over ground bait containing chopped worm and dead maggots. Great day's fishing Gary !
4th place Baz Barrell peg 22 5.500kg ( 2 tench + a 5lb bream on worm and caster)
5th place Martin Heard peg 7 3.730kg ( 3 tench on single maggot to a 16 )
A Ian Brooks 3.410kg
B Brian Sussex 3.280kg
C Paul Carnell 3.180kg
D Ken Penberthy 2.580kg
Well done to everyone for taking part in our club matches which are ever growing in numbers and a special mention goes to our treasurer, Mike Edwards; it's great to see him back in the fold and slowly recovering after his recent illness.
Next club match is on Sunday, again, at Greenway. Sign in in the usual way.
4th Points 6th March 2022 Grand Western Canal
The turnout was down slightly on last week with 29 anglers in attendance at yesterday's club match held, again, at Greenway. Conditions were not so favourable as last week with a really cold and gusty East wind making bait presentation difficult. However, some anglers still managed to find a few feeding tench not least of whom was Baz Barrell on permanent peg 23 in the bay. Baz won the match convincingly with 7 tench and a few roach and perch for 10.060kg. He fished a 13m pole across to the far bank and caught most fish on worm and caster cocktail over groundbait laced with chopped worm and caster. He did have one tench on corn. Pole rig comprised a size 14 hook to 5lb hook length using 8lb mainline to a 15 Preston slip elastic. Congratulations Baz !
Runner up on the day from peg 38 was Eric Priest with 7.700kg. EP, having found the roach not playing ball, decided to fish the worm well across on a long pole and found several small perch and a 2lb Jackpike early on. But the surprise came towards the end when he hooked a large pike on his tench rig; after a real struggle he managed to land what was a pike of around 12lb. Thankfully for him, the pike was hooked right in the scissors.
In 3rd spot was Bruce Hunt from peg 24, next to the winner, with 6.500kg. Bruce caught 3 tench plus a few bits all on worm and maggot cocktail fished at 14metres over ground bait with choppie and maggot therein. Well done Bruce !
4th place went to man- in- form, Dave Pulman, from peg 6 with 5.530kg. Dave managed 4 tench plus a few perch and rudd. Successful method was worm/fluoro pinkie combo fished at 11m. Most tench came late in the match.
A Dom Garnett 5.450kg
B Martin Heard 4.920kg
C Sam Williams 5.300kg
Dave Pulman's result, yesterday, keeps him in top spot on the points leader board with 38 points followed by Bruce Hunt in 2nd with 33 points. The next club match is at Oaktree fishery on 3rd April.
5th Points 3rd April 2022 Oaktree
Sunday's match at Oaktree proved a dour affair with most anglers struggling for bites. 27 anglers attended and the match was spread across the 3 ponds with 9 on each. The day began with heavy frost and minus 3 degrees, which certainly did not help the fishing, but at least the rain stayed away for the day.
Bottom pond Winner on the day with 12.300kg and a well deserved 10 points was Phil Madans from a peg opposite the gorse bush. Phil's catch comprised 6 carp and all were caught on long pole using worm hook bait over dead maggots. Well done Phil ! Runner up, on the next peg, was Dom Garnett who managed 4 carp for a total weight of 8.625kg. Dom had 3 fish on pinkie with the 4th one coming by way of mugging with bread. 3rd spot was won by Tim Vigus with 5.850kg who was pegged middle of the pond on the car park bank. Nice one Tim !
Middle pond Top spot here was taken by Paul Blake with 12.975kg. Paul was pegged over on the steps and managed 3 good carp all taken on method feeder and yellow wafter fished up against the margin. Well done to Paul ! Runner up was Mike Pickford with 8.225kg. Mike, who was pegged on the corner far dam side, caught a good sized carp late on in the match, again on feeder tactics.
Ian Brooks managed 3rd, to complete the trio, and again had a decent carp on the feeder.
Top pond Winner was Mark Webber with 17.600kg. Mark was drawn middle of the dam and had the best catch of the day with 7 carp. He caught most of these, close in, at bottom of the right hand shelf over ground bait Best bait was worm with some coming on corn and maggot. Well done Mark ! Runner up from a peg up in the shallows was Elliot Fay with 7.200kg. His catch comprised 3 carp all caught on big pellet close in to the margins. 3rd place was taken by Simon Maunder with 6.900kg. Simon was pegged mid way up the left hand bank and caught some fish on maggot feeder with the rest coming on long pole and worm.
Well done to everyone for enduring such a hard match ! Let's hope the weather warms up for the next points match which is at Trinity fishery on 1st May.
6th Points 1st May 2022 Trinity
Sunday's match at Trinity was attended by 27 anglers and the match was split into 3 sections of 9; two on Woodland and one on Ash. Conditions were good for fishing with little wind, an overcast sky and gentle drizzle but overall the match was hard going with most of the carp coming in the last hour or so.
Winner in section A was Les Lloyd from permanent peg 16 with 21 kg. Les caught 6 carp on varied hook baits fished close in over pellet during the last 2 hours to take the section from runner up, Mark Webber on peg 2, who managed 3 big carp and a few skimmers and tench for 15.150kg. 3rd place went to Ian Williams next door on peg 3 with 3 carp for 14.090kg.
Section B was won by Mark Branson from peg 18 with 23.660kg. Mark's catch comprised 6 carp and were all caught on a short pole in the margins over lots of 6mm pellet. Best bait was corn and double red maggot. Runner up from peg 28 was Gary Butler with 22.725kg. Gary had a few skimmers and 4 carp in total, 3 of which came in the last hour caught on short pole in the margins using corn. 3rd place went to Sam Williams from peg 31 with 21.775kg. Sam had 4 carp fishing pellet shallow using the slapping method.
Section C on Ash was won by Elliot Fay from peg 3 near the footbridge with 13.300kg. Elliot fished long pole tight against the far bank and had 5 carp all caught on 6mm hard pellet over loose fed pellet. Runner up was Martin Heard from peg 13 by the footbridge opposite and Martin also had 5 carp for a total of 10.525kg. Best bait was luncheon meat over meat and pellet. 3rd spot went to Phil Madans from peg 17 with 4 carp for 9.575kg. Well done to all 9 anglers who came out on top on the day !
At the half way stage of this year's championship, the current leader is Bruce Hunt on 46 points closely followed by Martin Heard on 45 points. Overall though, things are incredibly tight at the top with only 6 points covering the top 10 anglers, so I reckon we are in for a great tussle ahead to determine , not only this year's champion, but also placements for the club final in October.
Finally, the 2 Day Jubilee Festival, planned in June, has been cancelled due to the lack of entrants.
7th Points 29th May 2022 Grand Western Canal
Sunday's match at Greenway/Sellake did show up some decent weights but the tench, particularly, didn't show in numbers- probably due to the impending spawning season. A total of 29 anglers turned up for this latest round in what was decent conditions- fair weather and a decent tinge to the water. Thankfully, the canal wardens had done a decent job in weed clearing ( many thanks to Craig ) two weeks prior to the match.
The match was split into 3 sections along the permanently pegged stretch and it was Richard Higgs on end peg 44, nearest Greenway bridge, which carried off the spoils with a winning weight of 10.300kg. He fished corn over ground bait down the track for his first tench but later switched pole to the far bank at 11 metres and caught a further 5 tench over a bed of chopped worm and caster. Best hook bait was double caster. Well done Rich !
Runner up from end peg 35, in section C, was Elliot Fay with 7.920kg comprising 4 bream and a few bits all caught on worm and maggot cocktail. Elliot fished the pole at 11m over ground bait and chopped worm.
3rd spot went to Sam Williams from peg 7 in section A down at Sellake with 7.250kg. Sam managed 3 tench, one skimmer plus an eel and a few perch for his weight and these were all caught on caster and/or worm fished far across on long pole. Main feed was chopped worm and caster.
4th place went to Dave Chapman from peg 17 in section B,with 6.460kg. Dave's catch was made up of all bream and included eight skimmers plus 4 better stamp fish. Successful method was caster and worm fished across over groundbait laced with caster and maggot.
Section A Paul Marks peg 2 3.850kg
Section B Gary Butler peg 23 2.900kg
Section C Martin Heard peg 40 3.820kg
Well done to all those above, the next club match is in 2 weeks time on 12th June at Summerhayes fishery, please book in in the usual way. Finally, as the Jubilee tournament is cancelled, an extra match is planned for those interested on Sunday at Little Yeo fishery. Please contact match secretary, Phil, if you wish to book in.
5th June 2022 Little Yeo, Bobs Lake
8th Points 12th June 2022 Summerhayse
The club's latest match, held at Summerhayes, was well supported once again with 25 anglers turning out to do battle. Conditions were bright and sunny but a gusty, West wind made bait presentation to the far island difficult at times. Top angler on the day from permanent peg 27 was Elliot Fay with 36.320kg. Elliot caught a total of 25 carp fishing hair rigged 6mm pellet on long pole to the island. Main feed was 4mm and 6mm pellet fed sparingly throughout. Well done Elliot !
Runner-up was Martin Heard from peg 35 with 27.500kg. Martin also caught the bulk of his catch with long pole well across to the island using 6mm hard pellet and feeding same. Switching to fishing the margin during the last hour he had a few better stamp carp on paste over 4mm pellet. Nice one Martin !
3rd place went to Sam Williams from peg 20 with 21.640kg. Sam fished the long pole across to the island but his main bait attack was that of caster fished shallow. Sam got through several pints of caster via catapult. Well done Sam !
4th spot was won by Mark Branson from peg 9 with 21.375kg. Mark had several carp across on hard pellet but most of his fish came on the inside margin where he found some better sized fish. Main bait was soft pellet. Well fished Mark !
A Section Bruce Hunt 20.750kg
B Section Gary Butler 17.970kg
C Section Paul Elworthy 17.300kg
The next club match is in three weeks time on 3rd July at Avalon fishery. Please book in in the usual way at Culm Valley Angling.
9th Points 3rd July 2022 Avalon
Sunday's match was held at Avalon fishery at Shapwick in Somerset with 23 club anglers turning out to do battle for points once more. Generally, it proved to be a hard match with many anglers finding it difficult to string too many bites together, especially for some on the far side where a strong, gusty wind made it almost impossible to present a float to the far bank. Indeed, it was the pellet waggler fished shallow which prevailed on the day with the top 3 weights coming via this method.
Winner on the day, from peg 22, was Martin Heard with a total weight of 46.100kg. Martin caught over 20 carp fishing the waggler, 12 inches deep, to the island to secure the win. He used an 8mm pellet to a size 16 hair rig tied to 0.20 dia line and loose fed over 5 pints of 8mm's during the match. Congratulations Martin on a fine win !
Runner-up from peg 17 was Bruce Hunt with 43.180kg. Bruce totalled 14 carp, 12 of which came via the same method as Martin but with a sllghtly bigger size 14 hair rig. He did catch 2 carp in the last hour fishing paste on a 11m pole over micro's. Well done Bruce !
In 3rd spot was Sam Williams from peg 7 with 39.980kg. Again, Sam caught all his fish ( 15 carp ) fishing the pellet waggler tight to the island. He used 8mm pellet fished 18" deep and fed 4 pints of same during the match. Nice one Sam !
4th place went to Gary Butler from peg 12 with 37.710kg. Gary managed 15 carp in total and had 4 fish via the pellet waggler with 10 carp coming on a straight bomb and 8mm pellet. He did catch one carp down the edge on meat. Well done Gary !
Section A Phil Madans 13.700kg
Section B Dom Garnett 16.220kg
Section C Ian Williams 15.480kg
With the 2022 series now three quarters of the way through, the clear leader is Martin Heard with 73 points followed by Gary Butler on 68 points. Joint 3rd with 65 points are Sam Williams, Bruce Hunt and Eric Priest.
The next match is in 2 weeks time on Lakeside/Little Yeo. Please sign in at Culm Valley Angling in the usual way.
10th Points 17th July 2022 Lakeside / Little Yeo
Sunday's match was a rather heated affair with temperatures well in the 30's but catches were surprisingly good, considering the conditions. 26 anglers took part and the match was split into two with one section at Lakeside and the other at Little Yeo ( Bobslake ).
Lakeside Winner was Elliot Fay from peg 4 with 8.875kg. Elliot pole fished the pellet shallow and caught 3 carp in the first hour including a 13 pounder which, thankfully, he managed to land to give him the outright win. Runner up, from peg 12, was Les Lloyd with 8.700kg. Having been bite-less for the first hour, Les decided to fish a small feeder with worm and maggot combo and duly caught 4 bream to give him second spot. 3rd on the day from peg 7 was Eric Priest with 7.475kg. Eric followed in Elliot's footsteps by landing an 11 pound carp early on. He added a small carp and a few silvers in the last hour to ensure third place. 4th place went to Mark Branson, from peg 10 on the point, with 6.427kg. Mark's catch comprised 2 worm caught bream plus 2 small carp on a 10m pole.
Little Yeo As expected, weights here were much higher with the top 4 breaking 20kg. Clear winner on the day from peg 20 was Martin Heard with 40.850kg. Martin fished a small method feeder for the bulk of the match using 8mm pellet on the hair rig. He caught carp steadily throughout but then switched to long pole in the last hour to continue catching on 6mm pellet, fishing shallow. Runner-up from peg 6 was Mark Webber with 25.600kg. Mark fished the caster shallow via the pole at 11m. He fed caster intermittently and found 3 casters on the hook the most successful. 3rd place went to Phil Bailey from peg 3 with 24.625kg. Phil had the bulk of his catch fishing sweetcorn in the margins on strong gear. 4th spot went to Sam Williams on peg 20 with 23.650kg. Sam caught most of his carp using long pole and pellet fished shallow.
Well done to everyone for surviving the hot day, let's hope it's somewhat cooler at our next outing which is at Upper Tamar lake next month.
11th points 21st August Upper Tamar
The penultimate club points match was held at Upper Tamar on Sunday with 25 anglers taking part. The match, which was split into 3 sections, was held on the Devon bank with good weights coming all the way through the stretch from either the feeder or the whip.
Top weight on the day from peg 15 near the gorse bush was Brian Sussex with 20.675kg. Brian fished a small feeder throughout the day, and with the water level being way down this Summer, he only needed to fish a short distance out at around 25yds to connect with the bream. Brian used the worm almost exclusively and caught a good stamp of skimmers and roach to gain a fine win. Congratulations Brian !
Runner-up from peg 8 was Paul Elworthy with 20.525kg. Paul fished a cage feeder throughout and caught good sized skimmers and roach all on sweetcorn fished on a hair rig to a size 16 hook. He fed mainly corn capped off with ground bait. Well done Paul !
3rd spot went to Mark Branson on peg 16, next to the winner with 18.750kg. Mark fished a 5m whip for a while and had some good roach and perch but then switched to the feeder and got stuck into a much better stamp of skimmers and roach using corn and worm over groundbait. Nice one Mark !
4th place went to Ian Brooks from peg 21 with 15.100kg. Ian started on a long whip but found the fish, mainly perch, easier to come by fishing a top 2 in 18 inches of water. Feeding maggot lightly, he had over 500 fish on a single maggot to a 14 hook. Well done Ian !
Section A Dom Garnett peg 6 14.700kg
Section B Elliot Fay peg 11 14.825kg
Section C Les Lloyd peg 24 14.600kg
The final points match is in two weeks and will almost certainly be held on the canal at Greenway/Sellake, owing to the extremely low water levels currently at Lakeside and Little Yeo.
To this end, the club is planning a work party on Saturday morning ( 27th Aug ) to prepare all the pegs. We would appreciate your help if you are free please bring rakes and drags to meet at Greenway bridge from 8.30am.
12th points 4th September 2022 Grand Western Canal
The final points match of the series was held on Sunday on the canal at Greenway with 27 anglers battling for a top ten place in the club match final in October. Conditions were reasonable, although the colour had dropped out quite markedly in the higher peg numbers which meant the fishing was tough and bites were even more at a premium than normal.
The best weights came from the Sellake area with Craig Morris taking top spot on the day, from permanent peg 20, with 7.500kg. Craig fished a 13m pole to the far bank and caught 3 bream plus a few roach and perch all on worm to a size 14 hook over fishmeal ground bait. Big Congrats Craig !
Runner-up, from peg 7, was Mark Webber with 6.975kg. Mark, having lost a couple of tench in the weed, managed to land 4 good fish to give him 2nd spot on the day. He caught 2 on double maggot and 2 on worm all fished across over bread crumb containing caster and chopped worm.
3rd place went to Paul Carnell from peg 21, next to the winner, with 3.525kg. Paul, fishing a long pole, managed 2 bream plus 4 perch all caught on worm/maggot cocktail. Main feed was chopped worm and caster.
4th spot, from peg 4, was Dave Chapman with 3.475kg. Dave caught 3 tench plus a big rudd all on the worm. Main feed again was chopped worm and maggot with ground bait.
Section A peg 9 Sam Williams 2.975kg
" B peg 24 John Hill 2.650kg
" C peg 36 Eric Priest 0.975kg
With the series now complete, big congratulations goes to Martin Heard who is this year's club match champion with 78 points some 5 points clear of his nearest rival, Sam Williams. I must say that this year the competition has been fierce, but very enjoyable as well as friendly, with only a few points separating the top 10 spots. Well done to everyone for making it so and long may it continue as this friendliness is the hallmark of the club.
Next match is the club's Top12 qualifier on the 18th at Oaktree bottom pond, whereby those guys finishing 11th to 20th in the points do battle to determine the last two places for the club's Top 12 finale at Summerhayes in October.