LEVAS Annual outing match at Blythe waters
The Canal and Rivers Trust owned Bridge Pool at Blythe Waters was the venue for LEVAS’s annual outing. The 23 participating anglers enjoyed a full English breakfast and a evening carvery at a nearby hostelry.
The mild summer temperatures remain relativity stable but with a addition of unpredictable sunshine and showers, some thundery at times. Match day was no exception, only a slight rain shower but no thunder and lighting as forecast. Some areas of the Pool did have a some ripple on the surface due to a light wind.
Blythe Waters fishery has five mature lakes which cater for match, pleasure and specimen carp anglers. The fishery is situated between the villages of Knowle and Hampton-in-Arden in the west midlands. Carp are the predominant species but decent sized bream are also present, and so are the resident crayfish!
Nigel Brailsford continues with is good run of results by beating his last weeks second placing to take the Winners place on this annual match. Once again Nigel demonstrated his pragmatic approach with the method feeder. Making full use of a island (peg 18) and casting tight up to bank enabled Nigel to placed a mostly carp catch on the scales for 67-10-0.
Regular club match angler Brian Leafe fished his favoured pole style of fishing to nail the second place with a mostly carp, and one 7lb bream net of fish for 63-12-0 from peg 22. Brian caught most of his fish in the margins using corn hookbaits. Fishing the long pole at the start of the match only produced a couple of carp before the swim died,
The third placing was taken on the opposite side of the pool near car park by Rob Pembridge on peg 13. Rob caught the bulk of is catch pole fishing at 8m on paste, apart from a couple of carp caught early on the method feeder. The 45-8-0 net of fish Rob placed on the scales was enough to secure the third placing.
Steve Hoult continues to catch well (3rd. last week) to finish fourth with 42-6-0 for peg 16. The bulk of his weight caught in the last hour in the margins. Dave Lewis took fifth place with 40-10-0 of mostly decent sized bream (only one carp) from peg 30. Paul Richardson took the final sixth place with 35-12-0 from peg 34.
I struggled a bit in a corner peg, even when a light wind was blowing into it. The overhanging trees near the aerator rope only gave one carp on the method feeder. The other five carp and one tench were caught down the right hand margin. As normal for me I fish for carp when on this occasion I may have had more fish if I had scaled down and fished for anything. Dave Lewis on the next peg, apart from one carp, the rest were bream and he weighed 40lbs odd!.
Next Weeks Match
We are back on the Kingfisher at Beechwood next week on a Soldiers and Sailors AC match.