it’s Saturday night and what have we got on the TV?, strictly come dancing on
the beeb (Err; No I don’t think so) Rugby on ITV (Err; Definitely not), I have
one hundred and thirty odd channels to choose from and can’t find a thing worth
watching, so I’ve plumped for deadliest catch on the Discovery Channel.
top of all that I’ve got four grandkids running around the house causing mayhem
(I love it really).
while their having fun with play-do etc., I’m sitting here trying to get
inspired to write a newsletter covering the two of the worst matches of the
season. The first match at Pitsford I couldn’t make because of holiday
commitments, but according to all reports “I chose the right match to miss”,
the second was the fur and feather at Foremark, “I wished I’d have missed that
one as well”.
got the feeling on the day that quite a few of the members fishing it would be
happy to see a change of venue for this one. A couple of suggestions that were
brandished about after the match were Blithfield with the meal and presentation
at The Crown in Abbotts Bromley or Ravensthorpe with the meal and presentation
at The Chequers Inn, in Ravensthorpe Village (just think, Steak and Kidney
Pudding), so it looks like we will have to put this to a vote at the AGM along
with anymore suggestions you may have.
if you cannot make the AGM which this year is on November the 17th
at the Wilsthorpe Tavern, either Email or post me your choice so that I have
your vote in writing, and please do this ASAP in time to cast your vote.
let’s get down to trying to write a few good things about the matches, the
Pitsford match I cannot write to much about as I said earlier I wasn’t there,
and by all accounts the match was dire with no one catching any fish in great
numbers, even Rob Dobson and Mike Smith had to revert to a bit of back
dragging, so things must have been bad.
results of the match were as follows:-
1st Rob Dobson 7fish 15lb 10oz
Vic Byrne 5 fish 10lb 09oz
John Marshall 5 fish 9lb 00oz
Geoff Savidge 4 fish 8lb 13oz
Ian Footman 3 fish 5lb 09oz
Mike Smith 2 fish 4lb 11oz
Steve Hill 1 fish 2lb 11oz
Pat Caine 1 fish 1lb 140z
Best fish – Rainbow of 3lb 12oz to Rob Dobson...
Ward; Dave Johnson & Colin Marriott all Blanked.
results of the boat pairs were as follows:-
Rob Dobson/Jeff Savidge
John Marshall/Ian Footman
Vic Byrne/Steve Hill
done to everyone who caught fish in very testing conditions, unfortunately I
have no photo of the winner/winners as my press officer for the day forgot to
supply me with any.
(a big long pause, because again I think of anything to write about, this
another dead loss), I know “who tried to kill Robert in Emmerdale? My money is
on Paddy, what do you think”, and “do you think they’ll find Callum’s body in
these questions have got to be more interesting than the farce we had at
Foremark, on a positive note though “Errrr!!” Nice day for sun bathing
especially in October, I nearly stripped down to my Speedo’s.
though, apart from the lack of water in the reservoir, the sun and the flat
calm for most of the day, everything seemed poised for a perfect day’s trout
the off some of our boats made for the valve tower and others for Carvers
rocks, Ian Footman fishing with Vic close to the draw off tower, hooked into
one first cast whilst the rest of us struggled on most of the day, I hooked one
which slipped the hook after a aerobatic display, Baz got his first not long
after that and I swear that it was my fish, but I let him have it anyway.
Elsewhere Terry Smith managed a couple of fish to nymph’s, Colin; Vic; Dave
Johnson & Kev Slater all managed one a piece, whilst the rest of us all
blanked even though I did manage a couple of nice Perch.
really disappointing day which earlier looked really promising, the match
results were as follows:-
Ian Footman 3 fish 8lb 10oz
a rainbow of 4lb 06oz)
Baz Street 2 fish 6lb 12oz
a rainbow of 4lb 07oz)
Terry Smith 2 fish 3lb 13oz
Kevin Slater 1 fish 2lb 13oz
Vic Byrne 1 fish 2lb 00oz
Colin Marriott 1 fish 1lb 10oz
Dave Johnson 1 fish 1lb 08oz
Lewin; Steve Hill; Mike Smith; Rob Dobson; Graham Moore & Pete Fleming all
I said earlier in this newsletter, this venue has got to be up for review, as
well as the venue for the meal afterwards, which again was not the best we’ve
had and at nine pound a head rather than two for twelve quid as it has been in
the past, the one saving grace being the sociable waitress Sarah, who looked
need to put this one at top of the agenda for next year’s match calendar, I’m
happy with either of the two suggestions that have been put forward.
done to those that caught fish on the day, the rest of us “must try harder”.
forget later this month (November 17th) it is the AGM, kick off at
8p.m. until about 10p.m. ish, if you have any issues to raise now’s the time to
get your thinking caps on, one issue I would like to raise, and I’m telling you
now so that you may have a chance to think about it and come up with some
idea’s, and that is how do we attract new members into the club, as year on
year it seems like we are losing people from the club, I know we are all
getting on a bit, (well most of you are) but at this rate it makes you wonder
if there will be a club left in five to ten years’ time. So please have a think
about it and put forward your suggestions at the meeting, don’t forget it’s
your club and we want it to be around for years to come.
match secretaries Steve Hill and I would like to thank all those that managed
to get out and fish the matches, I know they have not all been easy (especially
the last two) but thank you anyway and we hope we can all improve on this, next
as you will see with the league tables attached to this newsletter, we have a
new club champion, “well done Mr Marshall, consistent angling throughout the