Well another year has flown past and i have had an indifferent season yet again , i always like having a look at how my matches have been won or lost for me and how i could change things to improve my results ;
At the beginning of the year i finished off my 2015-2016 winter league at Old Hough fishery framing on the three remaining matches , which helped me finish third overall although in the back of my mind i felt that i should have won it because i missed out on a better place by ounces on a few of the contests .
In February i stood in for the last couple of rounds for Jeffs floats team of four at Horns dam fishery this was another venue that i had not seen before and it was also all silvers on a big lake so i was rather out of my comfort zone , it took me awhile to get used to things but i improved on every round with a 4th , 3rd then 2nd in section on the last round this helped to push the team from bottom of the league to finish 5th which was a mid table position .
March + April revolved around fishing the Angling times Supercup this year i was in the Stockton heath team which had a very tough draw away against multiple finalists Trafford angling , they took us to a small lake on the outskirts of Manchester called Goose green fishery there was very little in the way of information on the internet but a couple of practice sessions helped point us in the right way ,on the day of the match i was on the dam wall and i plugged away all match catching small silvers shallow ending up with 15lb for a comfortable section win the team ended up losing 4-2 but at least i kept up my record of winning my section on every round of the Supercup that i had fished .
May had me travelling down to Herronbrook for a bit of practice for the upcoming Fisho qualifier as i hadn’t seen the place before and on my first visit to the venue i managed my first ton of the season from the match lake , my other trips also went quite well averaging 70lb a visit so i was quite confident of doing ok but the fisho was all over at the draw as i drew a very poor area on canal and had my first early dart of the year .
June was a busy month with a visit to a new venue every week ,Cunneries s canal managed 70lb for second in section , Tunnel barn jennies pool bit of a struggle for 40lb , Oaks fisho on ash pool had 60lb but lack of venue knowledge cost me as i was sat next to the winner , Partridge fishery for the fisho and managed second in section with 70lb and last up was a trip to Weston pools were i had 60lb but fished the wrong bait on belvedere .
July + August had me staying local as i had a few weeks on Blundells trio were i managed 400lb in five visits including two tons , two trips too Partridge resulted in a couple of narrow section seconds catching over 60lb both times and finally i had my first ton at Weston pools catching 110lb shallow from Stretton pool including 40lb of crucians .
September had me travelling back to Tunnel barn for the annual North vs South match and yet again i managed second in my 12 peg section catching 80lb of f1s on pellets this helped the North win yet again , my other trip had me off to Weston pools fishery for the natural bait two-day festival this is always my highlight of the year and on the first day i drew Weir pool i was quite surprised to catch 145lb for the lake win which had me up towards the top of the leader board , the second day had me on a good peg on Stretton and after a slow start i managed another ton mainly caught in the margin this had me 5th on the lake but one more fish would have put me third , back at the cabin i ended up joint 8th for my best moment in fishing so far but it was tinged with a bit of disappointment because just 3lb would have got me 4th overall .
October and i were staying local again as i had a couple of matches at Partridge lakes managing a third overall with nearly 90lb plus two section wins , it was then time for the start of the winter league at Old Hough and my first match saw me catch 50lb of silvers for the match win which was a good start .
November and in between the Old Hough winter league i was also doing the team of four at Partridge lakes with 2+2 team but the mixture of f1 + silver fishing wasnt great for me because i struggled at Partridge managing two 4ths and a 3rd in section , at Old Hough i had a third and last in section .
December and i decided to just concentrate at Old Hough for the time being this worked really well because i framed on the remaining matches including a win on the last round , which helped me to finish 5th overall in the winter league but the last in section plus missing a couple of matches cost me in the end and it was still very tight at the top with just a few points separating those anglers .
Overall this year i have fished 51 matches on 11 different venues in the country managing to pick up money on 20 of them , but what i need to concentrate on is my last hour in contests which always seems to let me down because i have finished second in section on at least a dozen matches and i don’t think that is to bad as apart from my winter league every competition has had over thirty anglers competing plus i have managed seven tons which is my best total in a season so far .
I am going to start the year at Partridge lakes till April fishing the teams of four + individual leagues and i think that staying at the same venue for a few months will keep me in touch with the fish helping get better results , after that i will probably be either going to blundells , herronbrook or weston pools for the summer+autumn then back at Old Hough for the winter league and i have also decided not to do any big qualifiers preferring to concentrate on the festivals as i feel that they give you a better chance of a day’s fishing rather than cramming two hundred anglers onto fisheries that just can not cope .