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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Garbolino Club Angler of the Year - Lindholme Lakes - Wednesday 22nd April 2015

Due to winning the Robin Hood AC points last year, I was put forward to fish the Garbolino Club Angler of the Year qualifier at Lindholme Lakes, Epworth.

I arrived in good time and found out that all lakes were in apart from Benny's.  Pre-draw I wanted to ideally draw a peg that I could reach the island with 16m pole (max) or some open water for fishing shallow, I didn't want to be on Beeches (as I have never faired very well on there), nor did I want to be on Loco (as I had only fished it once on a Fisho qualifier years ago and again, didn't do very well - general theme for my matches).

By the time of the draw, there were about 140 anglers present.  I was near the front of the draw queue and put my hand in the lucky bag and out came Loco peg 25.  Eeeewww.

I looked on the peg board and saw that I had an empty peg to my left (peg 26) and for some reason had peg 23 in my mind.  I went to my peg and had a quick chat with Tim Moran who advised me to fish pellet wag at 25yards feeding and fishing 6mm pellets, whilst feeding 4mm pellets at 14m or so with the intention of catching shallow - there are loads of 2lb+ F1's plus some big munter carp to be had.  My peg had a nice looking reed bed to my right, which I was almost sitting on.  I had Phil Limbert (not Lambert as named in Match Fishing Magazine) for company on peg 21.

After about 20 mins of setting up, Gary Matthews appeared and said 'Mick, you are on my peg'.  I said 'No, I am not'.  A quick call to Neil 'Uncle Fester' Grantham confirmed that I was.... on the wrong peg.  I was on peg 25, not 23.  Damn, lost my nice looking reed bed. Don't know why I thought that I was on peg 23.

Gary helped me move my gear to my new peg and I continued setting up.

I set up a pellet waggler rod and 3 shallow kits and 1 margin rig as follows:

2 x Jigga rigs - one to fish between 8" - 18" deep and the other to fish as deep as 3ft.
1 x Drennan Crystal shallow rig to fish about 2ft deep.
All hooklengths were .13 Preston Powerline to a size 16 C1 hook.

My margin rig was a Cralusso inline float on .17 Preston Powerline direct to a size 14 Colmic B501.

For bait, I had a couple of tins of corn and 1 bag of micro pellets and 2 bags each of 4mm and 6mm pellets.

That was it, time to start.

I pinged a few pellets out on the pellet waggler line and cast out over the top and worked on this line for the next 20-25 minutes and never had a liner or an indication or anything.  All the while, I was feeding the pole line.  I decided to have a look on that line instead.

I baited up the jigga rig and lowered the rig in and catapulted some pellets over the top, a couple of slaps with the rig and oooosh, I was in.  My first fish - an F1 about 6oz.  I repeated the process and caught another fish of the same stamp.  I wondered if I could catch them closer....???

I fed at 13m and dropped the rig in, a couple of minutes later, I was in again.  I wondered if I could catch them closer...., so chucked some pellets in about 5/6m out and lowered the rig in on that line, nothing, so I went back out to 13m whilst still feeding 5/6m line.

After every fish at 13m, I would drop the rig on the 5/6m line whilst shipping back out.  On my 4th time at dropping in, oooooosssshhh, I was in at 5/6m.

I fished this line for the duration of the match, having a peg to peg battle with Steve Riley who was to my left hand side on peg 27.

At one point, I hooked a zoo creature that took off up the lake, taking my top kit with it....Crap!!!!  The section must have worked loose whilst slapping??!!

Both Gary and Phil were struggling to catch.  Gary was even fishing in my reed bed LOL.

At the all out, Steve Riley came to have a chat and we both said that we had beaten each other, he said to me that at one point I was catching 5 fish to his one and vice versa.  It was going to be close to call between us both.  I estimated that I had about 200 fish for about 90 - 100lb ish.  Pure estimation.

By the time that the scales arrived, Gavin Maguire was winning it with 124lb 8oz from Oasis peg 53with a couple of other 100lb back ups.  I didn't have that.

I lifted my first net out which weighed about 60lb total. I lifted my 2nd net out (which had a similar weight) for 65lb for a total weight of 125lb 6oz.  I was the new leader.  Now it was the turn of Steve on peg 27, he had a few weighs and his fish totalled 100lb 6oz.  I was the new leader.  I was told to stay at my peg with half of my catch for a catch photo should I actually win the qualifier.

I waited for what seemed like hours, but was probably about 30 mins when Alex Bones came to me to tell me that I had won and he wanted a catch photo.

I was made up.  I thoroughly enjoyed my days fishing.

Now to start planning for Barston.



Thursday, January 15, 2015

Match 30 - Final Club Match of the Season - Stock Pond, Sykehouse Lakes

Sunday 26th October 2014

This was the final match  of our 30 match series and the Individual Knockout, Individual Club Champion points and the Club Team weights would all be finalised during this match.  I was leading the individual points with Dave Webster and Stuart Wilson hanging onto my coat tails and my team were about 25lb in front on the team weights front, just leading Dave Horsfall and his band of merry men.  Stuart Wilson and Big Macca were battling it out for the Individual Knockout trophy.  Stuart was carrying about a 50lb weight advantage going into today's knockout match.  Macca was up against it today.

I had fished this lake once before and drew peg 15 on the top bank, opposite where you come in and all the weights came from the pegs in the 20's.

There was a very very strong wind blowing from about peg 5/6 diagonally across the lake to about peg 20.  Pegs 3 - 6/7 had the wind more or less off the back and peg 20 - 23 had the wind in their faces, for everyone else, it was a nasty side on wind.

I put my hand in the lucky bag and drew peg 17, a couple of pegs away from where I was last time.  I arrived at my peg to find that I had peg 16 empty, team member Craig McKenny was on peg 15 and I had Mark 'The Bomb' Wright next to me (Again!!) on peg 18.  Eric drew peg 23 (ish), Andy Limp-Biscuit drew peg 6.

I set up a pellet waggler rig, a bomb rig and two short line pole rigs to fish in about 7ft of water (top 5) and one margin rig to fish in about 4ft of water.  Stuart Wilson drew peg 13 round to my left and Dave Webster drew peg 26 ish.

The match got under way and I could see the odd fish topping at about 30 yards +, so cast out with the pellet waggler set at 5ft deep. The float settled, then started going sideways - due to the wind...time to re-cast me thinks.  I cast out again, the float shot under and I was in.  A carp about 3lb was soon in the keepnet.  The Bomb at the side of me started to get one or two fish on bomb and pellet.  I could not get any more bites.  Andy Limp-Biscuit and Paul 'Castaway' Wilson who were both more or less opposite me, were both catching fish on the pellet waggler, due to seeing them catching this way, I persevered with the pellet waggler, but could not get any bites.

I had one carp and The Bomb had about 7 or 8 carp.  I was getting battered off the next peg.

I decided to cast out my bomb rig - nothing, not even a liner.  I could not get a bite.

We were halfway into the match and I only had 1 carp in the net.  I could see Stuart Wilson catching on peg 13, The Bomb was still getting the odd fish, Castaway and Limp-Biscuit were still getting the odd fish on pellet waggler.

I persevered on the bomb a bit longer, but to no avail.  We were now into the last 90 minutes of the match and I decided to have a look on the top 5 rig.  I lowered in a 6mm expander, the float settled, shot under and skimmer about 4oz was soon in the net.  I dropped in again, and a roach about the same size was also soon in the net.  I was going nowhere.  I changed over to a hard 8mm banded pellet and lowered that in and started to flick a few 8mm pellets over the top.

I waited about 5-10 minutes and the float shot under and about 10ft of elastic came out of the pole tip, this was no skimmer.  After a brief tussle, carp number 2 was soon in the net, this one was about 5/6lb.  I stayed on this line for the duration of the match, catching carp quite regular.  That was it match over.

I could see that I had been beaten by The Bomb, Stuart Wilson, Castaway Wilson and Limp-Biscuit at least.  I was not sure who else had beaten me.

The scales arrived at my peg and Castaway was leading with 101lb, Stuart Wilson had 95lb, Limp-Biscuit had 80lb, now it was my turn.  I was very surprised when the scales went round and settled at 51lb.  The Bomb on the next peg had battered me and put 76lb on the scales.  Webster had struggled and managed to put 15lb on the scales.

Full Result:
1.  Paul Wilson (Peg 4) - 101lb 4oz
2.  Stuart Wilson (Peg 13) - 95lb 4oz
3.  Andy Limbert (Peg 6) - 80lb
4.  Mark Wright (Peg 18) - 76lb 2oz

I had come 6th as I had also been beaten by Frank Brook.

Given that Stuart Wilson had weighed in 95lb and come 2nd, that confirmed his position as ROBIN HOOD AC KNOCKOUT CHAMPION 2014.

My result today confirmed that I was ROBIN HOOD AC CLUB CHAMPION for 2014 amassing 214 points.  Stuart Wilson was 2nd  with 194pts and Dave Webster was 3rd with 190pts.

On the team front, we had managed to maintain our weight advantage and added to it to also be ROBIN HOOD AC TEAM CHAMPIONS for 2014.  Over the 30 match series, my team consisting of Andy Limbert, Eric White, Craig McKenny, Charlie Colefax and myself had a team total weight of 4500lb 11oz.  2nd place team was Dave Horsfall, Ian Waddell, Alan Hunter and Stuart Wilson who had managed to catch a combined total of 4447lb 13oz.

Well done everyone.

Tightlines over winter, I will post updates of how I get on.

Friday, December 05, 2014


I recently featured in the Anglers Mails' -Tales From The Riverbank' and this reminded me of a one or two things....

  • When I was about 12 years old, I was fishing on the River Wharfe at Boston Spa near where I lived on the West End bank and I was fishing with my friend.  It was the height of summer and fish were topping in front of us and no matter what, we could not catch them, so my friend and I hatched a plan.  We got a small stick and tied it to our lines and then caught a couple of blue bottle flies and managed to hook them so as not to kill the fly.  We cast out our 'fly-fishing' tackle and watched as the fly was buzzing away on the river's surface.  A fish came up and rose at my fly, I struck and missed it.   A fish then rose at my friends fly, I said to leave it until it sails away.  Two attempts later the fly disappeared and the stick shot off.  After a brief tussle the biggest chub I had ever seen was in the landing net.  We weighed it, it was just over 5lb - 5lb 3oz to be exact.  We then spent the rest of the day fishing this way and had a couple of dace for our troubles.

  • About 10 - 15 years ago, I used to fish with a club in Leeds called Moorside Angling Club. Moorside Angling Club were pretty much out and out river anglers with maybe 1 or two matches on ponds. Let me ask a question........ In your fishing career to date, how many times have you come 'Joint First' on fishing matches.   I know that when I run the open matches at The Oaks, Thirsk, for about 10 years in that time, there was probably about 3 or 4 joint first anglers - TOPS!!!!  In my first year with Moorside Angling Club, I was never the scales person BUT, somehow managed to come joint first 5 times in my first year with the club.  We were on a match at Nayburn Lock and I drew just below the barge and had 4lb 10oz of small roach on waggler.  The Sandbank pegs were generally where you wanted to draw.  There was a good angler on one of those pegs and when it came to weighing him in, I could see the scales settle about 4lb 7oz and the scales man called the weight at 4lb 10oz - Joint First AGAIN!!!!.  I objected and was over-ruled.  In my first year with the club, I won 11 matches.  At the presentation night, I took a carrier bag with me for all my trophies LOL.  I was the Club and Knockout Champion in my first year with them.  The following year, I got my friend to join Moorside with me and between us we won 13 out of 20 matches.  I left them at the end of my second year. 

  • When I was about 8 or 9 years old, I used to just 'pop down the chute' and go fishing.  The chute was the rainwater run-off pipe from the West End estate in Boston Spa and to get there, I walked across a little meadow at the back of my house and I was more or less on the riverbank.  The amount of times that I would go home with stories of 'should have seen the one that got away' or 'it was this BIG!!!, Honest' to mum and dad, so one day, I thought that I would show them.  I was fishing away and caught a couple of roach on little pieces of earthworm and set up my pike gear and live-baited a small roach.  After about 10 minutes, I got a run on the pike gear and after a 10 minute battle (I was piking with 3lb line and a 7lb hooklength) I had a pike about 4lb in the landing net.  I quickly ran home with the pike in the landing net - it took all of 3 or 4 minutes - to show my mum.  Mum wasn't in.  So I did something.......  Mum arrived home and I was really excited.  I said to mum - 'Mum, come have a look at what I caught'.  So mum followed me and when she saw the pike she screamed.  Not because I had caught a pike.  It was because, I had filled up the bath tub with water and put the pike in the bath.

Got a few more stories to share....

Monday, December 01, 2014

Match 29 - The Penultimate Match - Bottom Pond, Barnburgh Lakes

Match No. 29 - Sunday 19th October 2014

2nd to last match in the Robin Hood AC Summer League was taking place on the bottom pond at Barnburgh lakes.

We have had 3 matches in total, 2 club matches on the middle lake and 1 'knock up' on the bottom lake, and I was favourite to win it as I had won all previous club matches here.  The pressure was on.

Given the way that the wind was blowing I wanted to be on peg 1 - 5 (wind off my back) or pegs 14 - 17 (wind in my face).  I put my hand in the lucky bag and drew peg 23.  Dave Horsfall, Ian 'Sid' Waddell and Paul 'Wilco' Wilson were on pegs 1 - 5 and the Hunter Bros (Alan and Barry) had drawn pegs 14 - 17.  I got to my peg and found that I had Method Michelle to my right and I had lots of room to my left.

I set up 4 rigs and never used a plummet with any of them.  2 x jigga rigs and 2 x standard shallow rigs.  1 x jigga and 1 x shallow to fish at 2.5ft deep and 1 x jigga and 1 x shallow to fish 12-18" deep.  All of the rigs were set to fish with banded 6mm pellet on the hook.  For bait I had 2 bags of venue's own 4mm pellets.

On the team front, there was only Eric the Pheasant and I there.  Eric asked me about his peg.  After I had set up, I went to help out Eric.  I lent him my light hooklength wallet to use as needed as he was fishing maggot, maggot and more maggot down the edge.  We were carrying a 90lb weight advantage in the team event (4058lb - Team Herrington to 3968lb - Team Horsfall).  Team Horsfall had 3 anglers present today.

The match was under way. By the time that I had caught my first fish, Michelle had managed 4 fish on her deep jigga rig.  The wind was blowing at an angle towards my right shoulder and I was throwing 4mm pellets as far as I could, which was only about 7m or so.  I eventually got into a rhythm of feeding and catching fish and every so often, when the swim went quite, I went shallow to the next platform, where I had also been throwing in pellets frequently.

When I had a quick look around every now and again, everyone seemed to be catching fish, this was going to be a close one with some good weights.

That was it match over.  I had caught a few.  Dave Horsfall set the ball rolling with 108lb from peg 1.  Then there were various weights between 69lb (Eric) to 130lb.  Dave Webster set the bar high with a weight of 162lb 3oz.  Frank Brook, thought he had similar and put 113lb on the scales.  Next to weigh was Alan Hunter, after 2 weighs, he managed to snare 136lb 3oz, which is his first 100lb+ weight.  Barry was admitting to a little bit more...and managed to put 174lb 1oz on the scales - holy crap, where did all that come from.  Colin the Worm had 130lb.  Now it was Michelle's turn, she put 64lb 2oz on the scales, I thought that she had more than that.  Now it was my turn.  after 3 weighs, I had managed to amass a total of 194lb 5oz and a win.  This weight is my best ever match weight.

On the team front, Eric and I amassed just shy of 265lb between us.  Team Horsfall made huge inroads into our lead with a team total of just under 325lb - well done guys.

Next match is the last in the series and will conclude all titles up for grabs.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


The home straight - matches 26 - 28

Match 26 - Willows Lake, Lindholme Lakes, Epworth

Sunday 28th September 2014

For this match we had pegs 1 to about 30 and there were 18 of us in attendance.  I was hoping for either peg 2 or the end of one of the spits.  In all of the matches that we have fished on either Laurels or Willows lakes (both of which are similar in shape), I have never drawn towards the end of a spit, I am usually in a corner and today... was no exception.  I drew peg  12 which looking on the map, looked to be at the end of a spit, but when I actually got to the peg, it was a corner peg.  I had peg 13 empty  with big Macca on peg 14 on the point, Dave Wath behind me in the other corner. Alan Hunter was to the front of me on another spit.  Stewpot Wilson was on peg 2 looking down the lake with no one on 1, 3, 4, 5, this was primarily down to the design and pegging of the lake.  Woofer was on point peg 7, Pid drew next to him on peg 8.  Upon arriving at his peg, Pid felt that he could not fish his peg due to the bush that was considerably close to the right side of his peg.  He could get up, have a pee in the bush then sit down again without moving his feet.

It was agreed that he could move, but where to?  One option was to the empty peg at the side of me, but due to the way that I was plumbing and some strategically placed pole rollers courtesy of Macca, it was agreed that peg 13 was not suitable.  By the time that it was agreed on a peg to fish, he was the last man on our match (as the other club relinquished one of their pegs) and he ended up on about peg 33 or so.

I set up 4 pole rigs, 1 rig for top 2 + 2 at the base of the near slope, one rig to fish into the corner and 2 shallow rigs.  For bait, I had 4 tins of 6mm cubed meat, and 2 bags of venue 6mm pellets and a tub of my own hard 6mm pellets for the band.

At the start of the match, I fed some meat on the short line and dropped the rig in whilst feeding the shallow pole line at about 13m at an angle pointing towards the opposite point.  After 15 minutes on the short line, I had 3 gudgeon and no carp to show for my efforts.  I decided to go shallow and see if there was anything there.

First drop in, I caught an F1 about 1lb or so.  Over the next hour or so, I caught F1's reasonably steadily, but I was not breaking any records.  I started to feed another area at 13m to my right, still in open water to try to catch fish off both lines.  I was still catching, but it did not seem to be any quicker, if anything, it seemed to be slowing down.  I went down the side on the pole rig and caught a couple of carp, but was also getting liners as it was about 3ft deep.  i decided to have a go on a shallow rig down the side.  The float shot under straight away and another F1 was soon in the net.  I caught steadily until the end of the match, fishing at 13m to open water and also at 14.5m down the side - all on shallow rigs.

I watched Stewpot and he appeared to have bagged throughout the match, fishing down both sides of his peg, Dave Wathen at the back of me had caught well late on.  I was not sure who else had caught.

Pid was the first to weigh and he set the ball rolling by putting 53lb 14oz on the scales, then there were quite a few weights between 20 - 40lb ish.  Andy Limpbiscuit had 45lb.  The scales arrived at Dave Wathen who, for some reason or other, is known as Mary to his associates put 54lb on the scales and was leading the match.  The scales arrived at my peg and I managed to have two weighs for a total of 98lb 2oz.  There were weights of 30 - 50lb before the scales arrived at Stewpots peg who by all accounts had over 100lb.  Stewpots first weight went 57lb odd.  He lifted his 2nd net out, this was going to be close.  His 2nd net went 35lb odd for total of 93lb 11oz.  I had won.  Dave Webster who was on about peg 25 or so had a mare of a day and ended up with 28lb odd.

Full Result
1.  Mike Herrington - 98lb 2oz
2.  Stuart Wilson - 93lb 11oz
3.  Dave Wathen - 54lb 4oz
4.  Paul Farley - 53lb 14oz

Following my recent run of form (3 wins, 1 second and a 3rd from my last 6 matches), I had now managed to sneak into the lead in the club champion points with 188pts, Stuart Wilson was 2nd with 164 pts and Dave Webster was in 3rd with 163 points.  My team were also still leading the team weights with 3965lb and Dave Horsfall's team was in 2nd place with 3786lb.

4 matches to go.....

Match 27 - Pond 1, Wholesea Grange, Howden

Sunday 5th October 2014
I have a real love hate relationship with this place.  It either fishes well generally or it fishes naff.   The wind was blowing from peg 15 towards peg 1, as per normal.   I put my hand in the lucky bag and peg 10 stuck to my hand.  I was indifferent about the peg, there was no real features or anything and the wind was quite strong.  To my left I had stewpot Wilson on peg 9 and my team mate, Eric was to my right on peg 11.  The match in itself was a real struggle.  I managed to snare about 6 carp and couple of chub, roach and ide.  Stewpot had caught well fishing to a big lily pad to his left towards peg 8 and had a few small carp out.

First to weigh was Method Michelle who had drawn peg 2 and she put just under 29lb on the scales. Next to weigh was husband and travelling partner Dave Webster who was on peg 3, after 1 weigh, he managed to put 31lb on the scales.  Then there were weights of between 19lb to about 30lb by the time the scales arrived at Stewpots peg.  Stewpot put his fish on the scales and we had a new leader as he managed to snare 35lb on the scales.  Now it was my turn.....I struggled like mad all day for a total weight of 12lb 2oz.  Eric at the side of me had 11lb, Dave Horsfall had 4lb, Bomb'N'Pellet had 9lb, then Paul Wilco Wilson put 14lb on the scales.  Pid on peg 15 put 35lb 9oz on the scales to take the lead with 2 to weigh.  Craig McKenny was just about opposite me and put 8lb on the scales.  Last to weigh was Alan Hunter who had drawn peg 1.  After a tense minute or so, the scales settled on 36lb 6oz making Alan the winner.

Full Result:
1.  Alan Hunter - 36lb 6oz
2.  Paul Farley - 35lb 9oz
3.  Stuart Wilson - 35lb 4oz
4.  Dave Webster - 31lb 2oz.

I had come 11th.  What a mare of a day.

Match 28 - Cedar Lake, The Oaks Lakes, Sessay - Robin Hood AC Fur and Feather

Sunday 12th October 2014

I came up the day before and fished the Saturday open match on this lake and came 6th from peg 79 with a weight of 70lb and ended up winning my section.  There were a couple of weights from peg 69 and 72, other than that it was a struggle on the high numbers.  The consistent pegs were the low numbers.  A quick chat with Tom and it was agreed that we could have the low numbers, pegs 1 - 27 for our match.

In view of this match being the Fur and Feather, the peg fee was subsidised and we only had pools to pay on the day. I put my hand in the lucky bag and managed to get peg 26, which put me as the end peg.  A quick check of the weights from this area yesterday and it showed that they were nearer last than first with most weights coming from peg 2 round to peg 15.  I managed to pick up the odd fish from here and there - mainly across on the shelf - for a total weight of 33lb, beaten by Woofer, Webster and Stewpot.

Full Result

1.  Stuart Wilson - peg 15 - 56lb
2.  Paul Clough - Peg 6 - 49lb 8oz
3.  Dave Webster - 36lb 10oz
4.  Mike Herrington - 33lb 10oz.