Winter League round 4

Carp Under the Ice

Sunday 3rd January 2010

Round 4 of the Winter league saw the lake being frozen again. The carp could be seen swimming under the ice. Slightly earlier the draw got under way as to allow time for Ice Breaking. Some of the pegs on the car park bank had been fished the day before so they wouldn’t need much breaking but one peg didn’t need any, peg 34.. Ian McCullock drew it but still went and helped other break the ice. Fair play.

I would not say Winter fishing is a spectators sport but 2 people came down to view the action (or lack of it)

Gemma Doyle trying to bring Simon some luck on peg 32.

Danny on peg 10 had his Dad for company.

Fishing was hard to say the least. Only 5 carp were caught during the match but also some were hooked and lost. Jon Walker on 26 managed 2 carp, Ian McCullock managed 1 from peg 34 and Derek Hammond on peg 24 managed 2 carp. Derek also managed to win with the help of those carp.


A Section
1st Ian McCullock peg 34 11-10 RD
2nd Ron Allam peg 38 1-8 MFS
3rd John Bennett peg 40 0-2 RG
4th Steve Wilson peg 7 0-1 A
5th Paul Jay peg 4 DNW RP
6th Earnie Mason peg 2 DNW TS
B Section
1st Neal Riddy peg 9 11-6 RP
2nd Simon Mound peg 32 2-10 A
3rd Steve Palmer peg 30 1-10 TS
4th Mick Lane peg 13 1-8 RG
5th Dan Blackwell peg 10 0-13 MFS
6th Mike Stimpson peg 28 0-6 RD
C Section
1st Derek Hammond peg 24 17-4 RD
2nd Jon Walker peg 26 15-4 RD
3rd Phil Powell peg 22 1-12 RG
4th Ricky peg 16 0-6 MFS
5th Clive Pritchard peg 18 DNW A
6th Lloyd Moss peg 14 DNW TS
1st Rolfs Diamond 12 RD
2nd Rolfs Platinum 12 RP
3rd Rolfs Gold 11 RG
4th Match Fishing Scene 10 MFS
5th Assassins 8 A
6th Team Spro 4 TS


1st Rolfs Gold 54 RG
2nd Rolfs Diamond 51 RD
3rd Rolfs Platinum 40 RP
4th Assassins 32 A
5th Match Fishing Scene 28 MFS
6th Team Spro 24 TS

Simon’s Perch that he caught after just 1 minute.

Some of Jon Walkers Excellent Handmade Floats.

The next match is on the 17th January.


Winter League round 3.

20th December 2009

Today was the 3rd Winter league match. This time I was to be fishing in C section, the little lake. There was a layer of ice over the lake also today so ice breaking was going to be needed for everyone. John wanted to get the draw done as quickly as possible to allow time for this. I have not had much ice breaking experience so this was going to be a learning curve for me.

At the draw since I was last in my section on match 2 meant I had what was left in the bag after everyone else from C Section had drawn, that was to be peg 4. I have fished peg before but that was in the summer. I had brought my trolley today with the possibility of a long walk.

First job when getting to my peg was to break the ice and make a nice area to fish in. I have to say even though it was freezing cold breaking ice soon warms you up.

My Icebreaker, the only thing I could find. Seem to do the job ok but needed a bit of chain on it which I did not have.

Pictures are click-able for larger version

Simps Ice Breaker

Peg 4

Ice broke out in front

Left Margin Swim

Right Margin swim which froze up again

It was a lovely sunny day. Shame peg 4 had a great big bush blocking the sun from me.

Sunny Day

Some of the ice, pushed the rest under the ice and platform.

I knew this was going to be a hard match and I was not wrong, at the all in I shipped out right in front of me with a single red maggot and waited for a bite and waited and waited. 15 mins later still not even a touch. I had thrown 2 maggots and 2 casters in my left margin swim and thought I would drop in there and see if it was any better. It was not but after an hour the float moved and then sank, the result was a 3oz perch. The smile on my face was massive.

I fed again and only had to wait another half an hour for another perch. By this time my feet were so cold I could not feel them so I decided to have a walk round the lake in a bid to warm up a bit. Walking round and talking to the other anglers it was clear to see just how hard it was fishing. A lot of people were blanking. So my 2 perch didn’t seem that bad after all.

After my walk I had warmed up and was ready to try again, without feeding I had another perch right away and slowly caught another 11 perch, 1 of which was nearly a lb. I was hoping for a carp to come along but they all seemed to be in hiding.

At the all out I felt like I had about 4lb but the scales revealed I had 3lb 4oz. I was not last in my section again and had managed to catch some fish so I was quite happy with that considering I have never broke ice before.

A few more pictures from the day and then the results…

Ian McCullock. C Section Winner.

Sunrise on the frozen lake.

John Bennett ice breaking.

The frozen Little lake.

Just before the results. John and Pauline had laid on some hot tomato soup and hotdogs for after the match. Many thanks for that, it was much needed.

Pauline handing out the Hotdogs.

The next match is on the 3rd January 2010. I am hoping for no ice hehe.

A Section
1st Mick Lane peg 7 26-4 RG
2nd Neal Riddy peg 40 8-6 RP
3rd Steve Palmer peg 34 4-10 TS
4th Simon Mound peg 4 3-4 A
5th Derek Hammond peg 2 0-8 RD
B Section
1st Pete Archer peg 28 3-12 RD
2nd Phil Powell peg 30 1-7 RG
Clive Pritchard peg 10 A
Lloyd Moss peg 13 TS
Mark Orchard peg 9 RP
C Section
1st Ian McCullock peg 14 20-10 RD
2nd Paul Jay peg 16 1-8 RP
3rd Ernie M peg 24 0-1 TS
Steve Wilson peg 26 A
John Bennett peg 18 RG
1st Rolfs Diamond 14 RD
2nd Rolfs Gold 11 RG
3rd Rolfs Platinum 10 RP
4th Team Spro 8 TS
5th Assassins 3 A
6th Match Fishing Scene 0 MFS


1st Rolfs Gold 43 RG
2nd Rolfs Diamond 39 RD
3rd Rolfs Platinum 28 RP
4th Assassins 24 A
5th Team Spro 20 TS
6th Match Fishing Scene 18 MFS

Winter League round 2

6th December 2009.

This morning saw the second winter league match. The weather at the lake was surprisingly nice. Clear sky’s with a slight wind from the car park bank over towards the motorway bank. The draw format was that the person that won each section on the first match drew first, second drew second and so on.

John Bennett hoping to draw peg 9

But Steve Wilson Drew it instead.

The draw was only a few minutes late today meaning the match was due to start at 10.15am and finish at 3.15pm.

After the first hour of the match it seems more carp were been caught today, mainly from the bar up in the top end of the big lake. Pegs 14 round to peg 24 were having plenty (for winter) of carp. I was on peg 26 and seems I was just off the fish but had fun watching everyone else catching. I could see John Bennett from my peg, he was on the peg I was on last match, peg 30 and was struggling with liners but managed to catch a few silvers. With the weigh in done it was clear to see how much better the big lake had fished today up the top end.

A Section Winner.. Phil Powell. Rolfslake Gold.

B Section Winner.. Ian McCullock. Rolfslake Diamond.

C Section Winner.. Mick Lane. Rolfslake Gold.

Full Match Results…

A Section
1st Phil Powell peg 34 62-0 RG
2nd Derek Hammond peg 7 29-8 RD
3rd Dave Bull peg 40 17-8 MFS
4th Clive Pritchard peg 4 11-0 A
5th Lloyd Moss peg 2 2-8 TS
6th Mark Orchard peg 38 1-0 RP
B Section
1st Ian McCullock peg 13 49-12 RD
2nd Mark D peg 28 14-2 MFS
3rd Steve Wilson peg 9 13-4 A
4th Paul Jay peg 10 6-4 RP
5th John Bennett peg 30 3-12 RG
6th Ernie M peg 32 2-0 TS
C Section
1st Mick Lane peg 18 67-0 RG
2nd Mike Stimpson peg 24 61-8 RD
3rd Geoff Ashcroft peg 14 52-4 TS
4th Ron Allen peg 16 44-8 RP
5th Herbie Hornby peg 22 23-12 MFS
6th Simon Mound peg 26 19-8 A
1st Rolfs Diamond 16 RD
2nd Rolfs Gold 14 RG
3rd MFS 11 MFS
4th Assassins 8 A
5th Rolfs Platinum 7 RP
6th Team Spro 7 TS


1st Rolfs Gold 32 RG
2nd Rolfs Diamond 25 RD
3rd Assassins 21 A
4th Rolfs Platinum 18 RP
5th MFS 18 MFS
6th Team Spro 12 TS

Rolfslake Gold. Mick Lane and Phil Powell. They wouldn’t let John on the picture as he caught bugger all 🙂

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