2013 Tackle Trader Evening Rover Series Match Reports
1st Match - Wed 15 May 2013
Seven anglers assembled at Wheel at 5:30pm on a cool but thankfully dry evening for the first match in the series.
The draw for position was quickly made, swims chosen and everyone moved off to get ready for the start of the match less than half an hour away at 6pm. Mark Saunders had the last choice, so he was on the bonus peg.
Duncan Arnold arrived just after the draw, so he quickly paid his pools, chose his peg and got ready to fish.
With no sign of carp in the early stages, several of the angler started to go for the silver fish and bites started to come. Elliot Fay, Mike Smith, Dave Way, Duncan Arnold and Mark Saunders were all catching steadily, mostly perch and roach, including some better roach to 100g. Phil Bailey, Shaun Grierson and Nigel Jeffery mostly stuck it out for the carp, but they just didn't seem to want to play ball that night!
After 3 hours of tough fishing, fortunately enlivened by some entertaining banter between Messrs Fay, Smith and Way particularly, it was time for the weigh-in.
Mark took an early lead with his 860g of small perch and roach but was rueing being broken by the only carp hooked on the night, and this on the bonus peg! He mentioned later that he had noticed a knot in his hook length but hadn't changed it. A lesson there I think!
Elliot weighed in 1.040kg to take the lead, but not for long because Dave put 1.280kg of whip caught fish on the scales.
Last to weigh was Duncan who, despite his late start, put 1.360kg of whip caught fish on the scales for a win in the first ever match!
Battle will resume at Wheel on Wednesday 22nd May 2013. Just be there at 5:30pm for a chance to draw the bonus peg. But if you are too late for that don't worry - just ask Duncan!
The £8 in the bonus pool was not won, so it is carried forward into this match. Just come along by 5:30, pay your pound and try to win it!
Hope to see you there.
2nd Match - Wed 22nd May 2013
Thirteen anglers assembled at Wheel for the 5:30pm draw of the second match of the series. The evening was dry and sunny but there was a strong, cold, northerly wind blowing down the pond. Everyone had surveyed the pond to assess where they thought the fish would be or just where they could get out of the increasingly bitter wind!
The draw was made, swims chosen and the anglers moved off quickly to their pegs to get ready for the start of the match less than half an hour away at 6pm.
No carp were caught in the first match of the series, so the question in most anglers' minds was 'should I go for carp, silvers or a combination of the two'?
This question was largely answered when after an hour Sam Powell, one of the clubs most promising young anglers, gazing wistfully across the pond felt a tug on the end of his pole fished down the near margin and turned to see several feet of brightly coloured elastic streaming from the end it! Sam duly landed a carp which he thought was about 2kg and when match organiser Paul Gay conveyed this news to the rest of the field, tactics began to change!
The next to strike was Shaun Steer who detected an unusually gentle pull on his quivertip as a carp picked up his krill flavoured mini-boilie fished in a pellet feeder cast to the far bank. After a spirited struggle Shaun netted what looked like a slightly bigger fish than Sam's, so went into a probable lead.
The roach and other silver fish were not feeding well in the cold, windy conditions, so everyone still fishing for them now knew they had only 3rd place to go for. Even this was taken away from them half an hour from the end of the match when Gary Webber, one the clubs leading anglers, hooked a carp on his pole fished close to a far bank reed bed, in a peg he had cunningly chosen to be sheltered from the wind! It initially looked touch and go whether Gary would land it, as he had to call on all his skill and experience to extricate it from the reed bed it had instantly tried to bury itself in. He eventually managed to do this and netted his prize, which with a few hard won silvers caught earlier in the match looked to have given him the lead.
No more carp were caught before the all-out at 9pm, so the match was going to be between Sam, Shaun and Gary.
Sam was the first to weigh and his carp took the scales around to 2.160kg. Next came Shaun to take the lead with a carp of 2.670kg. And finally Gary, who put 3.700kg on the scales to win the match, and this included the biggest fish of the series so far of 2.960kg.
The match was fished in good spirits by everyone despite the unseasonal conditions, but special mention must be made of young JJ Holt. He forgot to bring along his coat but still fished on the windiest part of the lake to the bitter end in just his tee-shirt!!
The bonus pool wasn't won, so £21 will be carried forward into the next match at Wheel on Wednesday 5th June 2013. Just be there at 5:30pm if you want a chance to draw the bonus peg.
Tackle Trader have generously donated trophies and prizes for the biggest catch and fish of the series and Gary has now set early marks for both of these. So why not come along to the next match and see if you can beat them - you only need one good fish to do it!
A glorious summer's evening greeted the 15 anglers who assembled at Wheel Pond for the 5:30pm draw for the 3rd match of the series. The prematch talk was all about whether the tench and ghost carp that the club had stocked into the pond in the week before would show in the match and, more importantly, where! The draw was made, swims chosen and everyone marched off to get ready by the 6pm start.
Elliot Fay chose peg 17 for his bonus peg, and would try to win the match off the last choice of peg to collect the £36 in the bonus pool!
The new tench soon started to get caught on the pole and pellet feeder but it became clear that one of the resident carp was also going to be needed to make the frame. 4 anglers managed to snare one and so the match was going to be between them.
Ricky Johnson, one of the clubs top anglers fishing his first match of the series, had got one on paste on the pole in the near margin of peg 9 and also had 3 tench. But this was matched by Phil Bailey fishing corn on the pole to the far bank of peg 19. Stuart Cole had taken a carp and a tench fishing the pole down the middle of peg 16. And Mike Smith had caught a good carp against the far bank of peg 6 on the pole with meat, but had nothing to go with it.
Shaun Steer was out of luck when after catching 3 tench on the pellet feeder against the far bank of peg 5 he hooked one of the pond's bigger carp only to see it instantly career off and break his line, taking his chance of winning with it!
The all-out was called at 9pm and the anglers with carp in their nets waited tensely to see if they had done enough to get into the top 3.
Smith was the first to weigh and his lone carp from peg 6 pulled the scales around to 2.250kg to set an early target.
Next was Johnson on peg 9, where his carp and 3 tench weighed 3.850kg to take a clear lead.
Cole's carp and tench from peg 16 weighed 2.350kg, an agonising 100g ahead of Smith for 2nd. But would it be enough to stay there with Bailey yet to weigh?
This question was soon answered at peg 19 when Bailey put 2.880kg on the scales to take 2nd in the match. Cole was 3rd and poor Smith was first out of the frame by that 100g!
Johnson's winning weight of 3.850kg also set a new mark in the race to win the Tackle Trader prize for the best catch of the series. Gary Webber still has the lead for the biggest fish prize with his 2.960kg carp from the last match, but this will surely be beaten in the remaining 6 matches.
Fay didn't weigh, so the £36 in the bonus pool carries forward into the 4th match of the series on Wheel on Wednesday 12 June 2013.
4th Match - Wed 12th June 2013
'10 anglers braved the wet and windy conditions to gather at Wheel Pond for the 5:30pm draw of the 4th match in the Newton Abbot Fishing Association Tackle Trader Evening Rover Series. The prematch talk was about whether the carp would feed in earnest now that they had finished spawning and would the newly stocked tench and golden orfe show.
The last choice of peg was drawn by match newcomer Stuart Cole, so he picked 16 for his bonus peg. Cole had come 3rd from there in the previous round but knew that he would need to win this time if he was to pick up the £46 in the bonus pool.
After the draw everyone moved off smartly to their pegs to be ready for the all-in at 6pm.
Top club matchman Mike Smith made the first major move after 45 minutes when he landed a kilo plus carp on pole fished luncheon meat tight against the far bank of peg 12. But this was then matched 5 minutes later by Cole who had a similar sized tench on the pellet feeder fished to the far side of peg 16.
Shaun Steer took a carp of around a kilo on the pellet feeder from peg 5 and Gary Webber had a slightly smaller tench on the pole against the far bank reeds in peg 3.
Smith then scored again just after half way, this time with a 2kg plus carp again caught on his pole-fished meat to take a clear lead.
But half an hour from the end of the match Cole struck what turned out to be the decisive blow. Whilst fishing his pellet feeder against the far bank he had been priming a near-side swim by regularly feeding pellets there. He gently swung his feeder rig baited with an 8mm Red Robin pellet on to his new line, in amongst what he hoped would be by now confidently feeding fish. He was not to be disappointed as soon the tip of his rod arched around and he connected with what was obviously a good carp.
Cole showed admirable poise as he calmly parried each lunge of his powerful adversary during the prolonged fight before finally putting his net under what looked to be a match-winning fish.
All the while Dave Way had been amassing a net of small fish from peg 17 when something considerably larger grabbed his pole fished double pinkie. During the spirited fight that followed the bright orange flashes under the water left Way in no doubt that he had hooked a golden orfe. The senior club record is vacant for this species so Way knew that if he landed it the record could be his. The tiny size 18 hook held and Way eventually slipped his net under his prize.
Duncan Arnold got a tench on corn on the pellet feeder from peg 19 just before the all-out at 9pm but it was clearly going to be between Smith and Cole for the frame places.
Smith's two carp pulled the scales around to 3.240kg but would this be enough to beat Cole? This was soon answered when Cole pulled his net from the water to reveal what was clearly the biggest fish of the series so far. His carp thumped the scales down to 4.740kg and with his tench took his catch to 5.690kg to win the match and also take the leads in the races for the Tackle Trader prizes for the biggest fish and catch of the series.
As Cole was on the bonus peg he collected the bonus pool to take his total winnings for the match to £71, all for his modest £6 outlay!
Way's golden orfe weighed 1.100kg and he will submit a claim to the club for the senior golden orfe record.
The next match in the series will be at Wheel on Wednesday 26 June. Just be there by 5:30pm if you want a chance to draw the bonus peg like Cole, but remember that the bonus pool will now have to start again!'
5th Match - Wed 26th June 2013
Ten anglers gathered at Wheel Pond, Rackerhayes in glorious sunshine for the 5:30pm draw of the fifth Newton Abbot Fishing Association Tackle Trader Evening Rover Series match. Everyone was wondering if they would be able to deceive the carp in the bright conditions or whether it would be better to target the newly stocked tench and golden orfe.
Occasional match angler and newcomer to the series Alan Hippsley, affectionately known as Papa Smurf, got the last choice of swim and so picked 20 for his bonus peg.
The draw completed, everyone rushed off to make sure that they would be ready for the all-in at 6pm.
As soon as the match began it became clear that Hippsley had made the right decision. Fishing his pole down the middle of his swim with a 6mm pellet covered in paste over micro pellets, he was soon into tench as the rest of the field struggled. After 45 minutes he had taken four to well over a kilo with the rest of the field yet to register a significant fish!
Top club matchman Mike Smith then managed to tempt a tench to take his cube of luncheon meat expertly presented on the long pole tight against the far bank of peg 10. But Hippsley added another two by the halfway stage to take his lead over the field to six tench to one! It already looked like the bonus money was going to be won for the second match running, unless someone could latch into one or two of Wheel's bigger carp.
Then Steve Thieman, fishing his first ever match, did just that as a good fish took his pellet fished on the pole against the far bank of peg 16. But after a dogged struggle the fish managed to bury itself in a patch of tough weed and Thieman's chance was gone.
Just after 8pm Smith struck again, this time with a golden orfe taken down his near margin on pole-fished meat over dead maggot. Dave Way looked on anxiously as he wondered whether the club senior golden orfe record that he had set at 1.100kg in the last match was going to be beaten after just two weeks!
Hippsley and Smith were now clearly in first and second positions but both knew that this could all be undone by just one good carp taken as the light faded and they began to lose their caution.
As the end of the match approached Stuart Cole, winner of the last match in the series, had yet to have a bite on peg 19. So, with a last throw of the dice, he switched from fishing his pellet feeder against the far bank of peg 19 to down the middle. His gamble paid off shortly before the all-out at 9pm when his quivertip sprang into life and he was into a fish. After a spirited struggle he put his net under a good carp that looked as if it might challenge Smith for second place.
Smith was the first to weigh and put exactly 2kg on the scales. His golden orfe weighed 1.100kg, exactly the same as Wey's record, and so the club would now have joint senior record holders!
Next it was Cole' turn and his carp pulled the needle around to 2.200kg, edging out Smith for second place.
The last to weigh was Hippsley, with everyone wondering whether he could challenge Cole's mark of 5.690kg for the best catch of the series so far. He fell just short of this but his 4.900kg was easily enough to win the match and also take the bonus pool money.'
6th Match - Wed 3rd July 2013
'A magnificent 17 anglers gathered in glorious mid-summer sunshine at Wheel Pond, Rackerhayes for the 5:30pm draw of the sixth Newton Abbot Fishing Association Tackle Trader Evening Rover Series match.
Beneath the lively prematch banter most were trying to decide if the spawning of the carp brought on again by the warm weather had now finished and would allow them to feed, or whether it would be better to target the smaller but usually more obliging tench.
Jamie Holt pulled out the last choice of swim from the bag and so selected peg 3 for the bonus peg. The draw completed, everyone moved off smartly to be ready for the start of the match in less than half an hour at 6pm.
Some questions were soon answered when Stuart Cole had a near 1kg tench on his first cast with his pellet feeder to the far bank of peg 16. Shortly after, master paste angler Ricky Johnson had a tench on his favourite bait fished on the pole tight against the reeds in the far margin of peg 5. He then followed this quickly with another to take an early lead.
Half an hour in, fast improving young angler JJ Holt caught a tench on pole-fished pellet close to the far bank of his peg 20 after having lost the first one he had connected with. Five minutes later JJ's father Jamie Holt started to threaten off the bonus peg with a tench taken on pellet fished near far bank reeds and Duncan Arnold had a tench also on pellet under a waggler float fished against a patch of lily pads.
Then, after an hour JJ Holt struck again to join Johnson on two tench and was unlucky to lose another shortly after when his hook came out before he could net it.
In the meantime, Newton Abbot's star angler Gary Webber had lost two fish as they ploughed through the dense reeds in peg 19. But it proved to be third time lucky for Webber who, after some difficulty, managed to extricate a tench that had tried the same tactics by the skilled and dextrous handling of his powerful pole tackle.
Howard Watts had a tench on pole-fished corn in the far margin of peg 4 and Shaun Steer another on paste fished down the middle of peg 6, so the race was truly on to get to the two tench mark.
After an hour, Johnson added to his tally with his third tench and confirmed his position at the top of the leader board. Webber then changed tactics to luncheon meat fished long down his near left-hand margin and this proved successful after half way when he netted a second tench and joined Johnson and JJ Holt in the framing positions.
With an hour to go Alan Hippsley had a near kilo tench on pole-fished meat against weeds down the middle of his swim on peg 15. But at this stage in previous matches the tench fishing had started to slow down so many were thinking about going on to their carefully prepared near side carp lines, particularly as one of these larger fish could easily give them the lead over three tench!
The last hour proved to be tense as everyone knew that just one dip of the float or pull on the quivertip could see them hook into the match winner. Alas, all the preparation and concentration proved to be in vain as the carp obviously still had other things on their minds!
The all-out was called at 9pm and it was clear that the match was going to be between JJ Holt, Webber and Johnson, who were the only anglers to catch more than one tench.
First to weigh was JJ Holt whose two tench went 1.300kg. When Webber weighed next it became clear that he had used his experience to go for a few roach and perch in the last hour rather than try for those elusive carp. These smaller fish with his two tench were just enough to swing matters in his favour over Holt as he put 1.560kg on to the scales. Finally, it was Johnson's turn to weigh his three tench and these pulled the needle around to 2.080kg, which meant he had recorded his second win of the series.
The bonus money was not won so it carries forward to the next match which will be on Wednesday, July 17. Just be at Wheel Pond for the 5:30pm draw to try and win it. By then the carp will hopefully be feeding again and you can challenge Cole's leading marks of 4.740kg for the biggest fish and 5.690kg for the biggest catch of the series prizes, which each win £25 Tackle Trader vouchers.'
7th Match - Wed 17th July
'Twelve anglers gathered at Wheel Pond, Rackerhayes on the hottest day of the year so far to contest the 7th match in the Newton Abbot Fishing Association Tackle Trader Evening Rover Series.
Anticipation was high because the club had recently stocked the water with rudd, crucian carp and skimmer bream. If these fed along with the resident tench and carp that had now finished spawning then a weight to beat Stuart Cole's series best to date of 5.690kg was surely on the cards!
The all-in was called at 6pm. Sean Steer made his first cast on the pellet feeder, long down the pond from peg 13 into an unoccupied corner where the carp had retreated. Minutes later his tip wrenched around and he was into a good fish. He managed to bring the fish under his rod tip where it fought doggedly for 10 minutes before he was able put his net under a 3kg plus carp and take an early lead.
Dave Matthews was on bonus peg 3 and also started well. He fished paste down the middle of his swim and was immediately rewarded with a near 1kg tench, swiftly followed by another. What a start - the match was truly on!
Half an hour in and Matthews struck again with a 1.5kg carp and was now threatening Steers lead. Matthews' pace began to slow but he did add a nice 300gr rudd to his net before getting another tench at the half way point to go past Steer.
In the meantime Newton Abbot's top angler Gary Webber had made a slow start on peg 4 next to Matthews, with just a small tench to show for his efforts. But Webber had been feeding a line tight against the Norfolk reeds on the far side of his swim and this suddenly came to life. At the start of the last hour, carp of 1kg and 2kg fell in quick succession to his pole-fished corn and together with some nice rudd meant he was now disputing the lead with Matthews.
Matthews hadn't caught any more tench or carp since his good start, so he changed from fishing paste to maggots and was soon adding a procession of rudd to 200gr to his net to try and keep up with Webber. But with half an hour to go Webber added a 1kg ghost carp to his haul and confirmed his position at the top of the leader board.
Steer had been struggling for bites since his good start and so he cast his feeder into a far bank swim he had been feeding with pellets. With the match entering its final stages his rod was nearly pulled from its rests as a very large fish charged off down the pond. Despite applying maximum pressure he couldn't stop the fish from reaching the sanctuary of a weed bed and breaking his hook length. This left him to ruefully muse over what might have been, as it proved to be his last bite!
Webber then delivered the coup de grace with a near 3kg carp as the all-out was being called at 9pm.
Despite several other tench and carp having been caught, and lost, by the rest of the field it was clear that the frame was going to be made up of Steer, Matthews and Webber.
Steer was the first to weigh and his carp went 3.460kg. Next it was Matthews' turn and his catch took the scales around to 5.180kg to take the lead off the bonus peg, but with Webber still to weigh!
When Webber pulled his net from water it was clear that Cole's best match weight of the series to date had been well beaten. It took two weighs and some totting up before it was confirmed that Webber had set a new mark of 10.190kg and had taken a comfortable match win.
With Matthews having just failed to win off the bonus peg, the bonus pool of £34 was carried forward to the next and penultimate match in the series on Wednesday 24th July at Wheel Pond.'
8th Match - Wed 24th July
'Eleven anglers assembled at Wheel Pond, Rackerhayes on a warm, humid evening to contest the 8th match in the Newton Abbot Tackle Trader Evening Rover Series.
Many were trying to work out where the recently stocked tench and rudd were going to feed but were also hoping to snare one of the pond's larger resident carp, if one came along. The draw was completed, decisions were made and the anglers all set off for their chosen pegs to be ready for the shout of "All-in!" at 6pm.
Soon after the start the rudd started to be caught, mostly on corn and luncheon meat baits fished on medium strength pole tackle that would be fine enough to fool them but would also, hopefully, cope with a carp.
A quarter of an hour in and local match ace Mike Smith landed the first tench of the match, a nice 1kg fish that took his luncheon meat fished tight against the far bank reeds of peg 5. Shortly after Stuart Cole, who only started match fishing at the beginning of this series, had one on corn fished down the middle of peg 1.
On the half hour Mike Smith lost a good carp when his tiny size 16 barbless hook came free and shortly after Angling Trust coach Howard Watts lost one that he couldn't stop from burying itself in a weed bed in peg 21. Then Newton Abbot's top angler Gary Webber lost a carp on peg 4 when he inadvertently touched the line with his landing net and across the pond on peg 15 Jamie Holt had a savage bite on his pellet feeder only for a large fish to promptly break his hook length. Minutes later Watts lost another carp which also broke him, which meant that the score was now 5 - 0 in the carp's favour!
After three quarters of an hour Cole caught his second tench and ten minutes later his third to take a clear lead in the match. Watts then had a tench on luncheon meat against the far bank of his swim to contest second spot with Smith.
The tench action slowed in the second hour but some lovely rudd up to 350gr were still being taken.
As the last hour approached Tackle Trader proprietor and series sponsor Max Palmer hooked a large fish on corn fished in the near left-hand margin of peg 8. It immediately shot off across the pond and ran along the far bank streaming metres of heavy black pole elastic behind it. Palmer followed it and gained some measure of control by coaxing it into the centre of the pond. There it ploughed up and down for about ten minutes, during which he caught occasional glimpses of a near 5kg common carp - a true match-winner!
As the fish eventually began to tire he made a couple of attempts to land it but each time it summoned renewed reserves of energy to power away from the net. Before he could make a third attempt disaster struck when his hook unaccountably lost its hold and he could then only watch in despair as this leviathan slipped back into the depths.
Undaunted, Palmer set about his task again and was rewarded ten minutes later when his float slid away and he was into another good fish. The gods were with him this time because after a spirited struggle he managed to put his net under a near 3kg carp to dispute the lead with Cole.
Into the last half an hour Smith lost a small ghost carp at his net and with just five minutes of the match remaining Watts landed his second tench. Would those two events prove to be critical in their battle for third place?
The all-out was called at 9pm and it was clear that it was going to be between Cole and Palmer for first place and between Smith and Watts for third.
The first to weigh was Smith, whose lone tench together with some rudd went 2.350kg. Then it was Watts' turn and he put 3.060kg into the weigh net to secure third place.
The scales moved to Palmer and his carp with some rudd pulled the needle around to 4.070kg. But would this be enough to beat Cole? When Cole pulled his net from the water everyone could see it was going to be very close indeed. The scales man studied the dial intently for agonising moments as the needle hovered just past the 4kg mark before finally announcing a weight of 4.150kg. So Cole had done it and had taken his second win of the series by a mere 80gr.
The bonus money wasn't won, so £45 was carried forward to the final match of the series on Wednesday 31 July 2013.
Final Match - Wed 31st July