We fished our last match of this season at a new venue for us Beeding Manor Pond. Set on farmland just to the north of the village of Beeding this well kept fishery is similar to snake type lake in design with a bit of a difference. Although ideal for the pole angler it also offers scope to those that prefer a rod and line with float or feeder. We had pre-ordered bacon sandwiches and a couple of our anglers with larger appetites had ordered two. However when they came out it was soon obvious that even Steve J would only manage one.
Talking about Steve this is quite likely to be his last match with the club as he is looking to move down to the west country. Steve has been a stalwart of the club match scene for quite a number of years although his club activity has tailed off over the last year as he has he found himself down west for most weekends. I would like to thank Steve for all the help and assistance he has given me over the years and I am sure my fellow match anglers will join me in wishing Steve all the very best for the future.
Anyway back to the fishing, here we were faced with a new venue that we have never seen before, although I am told that a couple (including Mr Riley) had sneaked up to see what was going on! After the draw we settled into our pegs and Jeff the owner was happy to come round and give everyone a few tips about their peg and where they might find a few fish. It was unfortunately quite windy which did make one or two pegs quite tricky to fish to their best
Vince was drawn with a small bay at the end of one of the arms of the lake all to himself and he made good use of it putting together a mixed bag but with a predominance of small carp. All caught on the pole with maggot as the bait Vince’s bag of 27 – 8 – 0 was easily enough for first place.
The aforementioned Mr Riley – Glen to his friends! Was drawn on the ‘worm’ peg. For some reason this peg responds well to worms and it is the best way to fish it. Glen used this knowledge to good advantage and brought an all carp net of 16 – 11 – 0 to the scales for second place.
Mark P was drawn on a corner peg with plenty of features over and he concentrated in this area and had a good mixed bag of small carp and silver fish with a bonus larger carp (probably around 7lb) for a total weight of 15 – 4 – 0 and third place.
What about the rest of us, well looking at the weights overall we averaged nearly 10lb a man, nobody blanked, John W stayed to the end, but didn’t weigh in and Rab started like a train with 4 fish in the net before anyone else had caught but he couldn’t keep them going. I think we all had a very pleasant day and it is always good to find a nice new local fishery.
By the way, if you are interested Jeff who owns the fishery asked me to mention that they have ‘knockup’ matches most Saturday’s on the venue. All are welcome obviously subject to the number of pegs. If you want more information contact Jeff on 07702 427552.