Every year i like having a look through my match results to see what i have done well but more importantly the things that i have done wrong or need to improve on , i know a lot of anglers don’t keep a diary of their results so do not have an exact record on which to look at but it is something that i do every year and find that it improves my fishing a great deal but each to his own.
First i had a look at my Balmoral AC results ;
April 20th Partridge spey canal , third overall with 26lb and a section win
May 4th Blundells pine canal , third overall with 22lb and a section win
June 1st Sycamore rowans canal , match win with 48lb and a section win
June 15th Widdows fishery , sixth with just 13lb
July Hall lane merlins , second overall with 45lb and a section win
August 3rd Orrcherton , 4th overall with 40lb
August 10th Partridge ribbon , 5th overall with 34lb and a section win
August 24th Lathom pond one , second overall with 94lb and a section win
A reasonable set of results in my last year with the club and 6 out of 8 pick ups , but two missed matches cost me any chance of winning the club so i had to make do with second place missing out by a solitary point . Lost fish and bad decisions cost me in the end but thats fishing for you .
I then had a look at my weekend open results from the smaller matches that i had fished with between 15-30 anglers , i personally don’t call matches with less than 15 anglers a proper match and just a light-hearted knock up .
March 29th Highfield practice for the super cup and my first ever visit to the venue resulted in fourth overall and section win with 16lb
April 3rd Highfield fourth overall and section win with 19lb
April 5th Highfield second in section with just 11lb and team through to next round of the super cup
June 7th Chapel pool new match record for me with 114lb
June 8th Sycamore rowans canal , fourth overall with 23lb and only 2lb from getting second
July 5th Sycamore rowans canal , second on the lake with 56lb
August 31st Sycamore rowans canal , just 17lb and only 30lb needed to frame
September 14th Sycamore rowans canal , , first with 60lb
September 28th Sycamore silver birch , first with 22lb
October 5th Sycamore rowans canal , first with 45lb
October 13th Sycamore rowans canal ,first with 98lb
October 28th Sycamore rowans canal only 14lb
November 2nd Sycamore rowans canal only 13lb
These results make very interesting reading as including my club matches that i have fished , twenty matches in total with between 15-30 anglers attending ;
Just at Sycamore fisheries i fished nine matches
So does this make me a better angler when contesting these size of matches ? let’s have a look at my Partridge lakes results were there is always over 40 fishing so i can compare them .
Jan 12th won section with 17lb and 22lb won the lake from peg 73 covey 3
Jan 19th dnw from peg 89 covey 4
Feb 2nd won section with just 3lb from peg 63 covey 3
March 2nd second in section with 22lb just one f1 away , peg 62 covey 3
March 9th second in section with 45lb , peg 137 covey 6
March 23rd 22lb for nowhere , peg 27 covey 2
April 13th dnw
May 11th 53lb second in section , peg 57 covey 3
Sept 13th section win with 64lb , peg 23 covey 2
Oct 4th second in section and lake with 64lb , peg 65 covey 3
Oct 11th section win with 44lb , peg 59 covey 3
Nov 1st only had 34lb , peg 81 covey 4
Nov 9th second in section with 38lb , peg 98 covey 4
Nov 11th only 18lb , peg 111 covey 5
Nov 23rd section win , lake second and 7th out of 90 anglers with 42lb , peg 105 covey 5
Out of 15 matches at Partridge lakes i had ,
Five section wins
Five section seconds
Which i don’t think is a to bad open record on these highly competitive matches , my overall open record this year is ten pick ups out of 24 matches and if you add my club record to it then it is 16 out of 32 when i am fishing at the weekend when the better class of anglers turn up . But on my evening and mid-week matches are totally different and i put this down to the fact that you need to get a bigger weight to be in contention i need to improve on this for next year ;
Sycamore 0/5 Partridge 0/4
May 14th rowan 28lb April 15th 43lb peg 56 covey 3
June 4th rowan 36lb April 17th 76lb peg 87 covey 4
June 13th silverbirch 47lb July 3rd 68lb peg 1 covey 1
July 2nd silver birch 40lb Sept 6th 36lb peg 4 covey 1
July 9th silverbirch 31lb
On my three big 90 plus matches i strangely did ok and a lot better than my previous year ;
Fisho partridge lakes , peg 133 covey 6 i had 57lb for second on the lake and a top ten finish out of 180 attending
Maver partridge lakes , peg 105 covey 5 i had only 35lb and really struggled 130 contested the match
Partridge lakes open match , peg 105 covey 5 i had 42lb for a section win , second on the lake and 7th out of 90 anglers
My best months to fish this year was ;
Sept where i had 4 matches with 2 wins at sycamore and a section at partridge
Oct where i had 5 matches with 2 wins at sycamore and 2 sections at partridge
Overall it has been a really good year with lots of highlights these are just a few of them ;
1, my first attempt at the Angling times super cup with Farnworth tackle managing to get through the first round at Highfield fishery before being knocked out at chapel house by Allied and Leicester who managed to reach the northern final but i did manage my biggest ever match win with 114lb .
2, Best ever result in the fisho qualifier at partridge lakes getting second on my lake and finishing in the top ten out of 180 anglers contesting the match .
3, Winning four consecutive matches at sycamore fishery which not many people have achieved , culminating in my best ever weight on their with 98 lb .
4, Finishing my club career with balmoral AC and finishing a close second even after missing a couple of matches , ending with my biggest club weight with 94lb at lathom fishery .
So that was my 2014 fishing season and i hope my 2015 season can eclipse it because i have big plans with big matches in the pipeline , so keep coming back to see how i get on and have a Happy new year .