Another near sell-out saw 18 anglers competing for the George Bingham Shield in difficult conditions. The winner was Steve Bull who took 5 Carp for a total weight of 23lb 2oz from peg 5. Warren Bates banked an 8lb 7oz bag of silver fish from peg 20 to take the runner-up spot for the third year running. Third place was Stuart with 3lb 3oz from peg 7. Nine anglers caught.
At a Committee meeting the following night it was widely accepted that this was the best Christmas Match turn-out since the heady days of the 1980's when 50-odd anglers would huddle around a flooded River Chew in dreadful conditions looking for an odd bootlace or Minnow to win the Shield!
Thanks to all who entered and to George Clark for organising the Match.
30th Sep 2006 • All-Night Carp Match - Century Ponds - 2pm To 8am
1st - George Hurrell-Smith - 26lb 5oz (peg 15)
2nd - Ian Tucker - 24lb 10oz (peg 22)
3rd - Craig Clark - 21lb 14oz (peg 8)
Biggest fish - Del - 15lb Common (peg 14)
The latest All-Night Carp Match at Century saw a total of 19 anglers competing on both Ponds. A night of torrential rain and thunderstorms caused bankside flooding, making conditions difficult. The fish were scarcer than of late, with 18 Carp showing. The winner was George Hurrell-Smith who landed Carp totalling 26lb 5oz from peg 15. Runner-up was Ian Tucker with 24lb 10oz from peg 22, with Craig Clark taking 3rd place with 21lb 14oz from peg 8.
Whilst the rain gave most of the anglers a good soaking during the night, it was Paul Mogg who got the wettest after he decided to go for a fully-clothed midnight swim! George Clark reported seeing Paul's leger rod pulled in by a fish, then hearing a large splash, followed by the sight of a pair of wellies emerging from the dark depths.
A bruised and cut Mr Mogg was eventually returned to terra firma, whilst his missing rod was recoverd 3 pegs down - with a small Eel on the hook!! As a consolation, Paul was awarded his 25 metre swimming badge for his efforts!
13th Aug 2006 • Inter-Club Match Vs Golden Valley - Century Ponds - 2pm To 7pm
1st - Paul Mogg (KAA) - 24lb 12oz (peg 24)
2nd - Eddie Perkins (GVAC) - 17lb 8oz (peg 4)
3rd - Steve Nethercott (KAA) - 14lb 6oz (peg 23)
4th - Roger Webb (GVAC) - 9lb 9oz (peg 20)
5th - Simon Belcham (GVAC) - 8lb 12oz (peg 22)
Biggest fish - Paul Mogg (KAA) - 12lb 15oz
KAA total weight - 52lb 11oz
GVAC total weight - 60lb 6oz
A total of 17 anglers fished this Inter-Club Match with Golden Valley Angling Club (9 KAA, 8 GVAC). With a strong north westerly whipping up the ripples, the Carp made a selected appearance. Paul Mogg banked two Mirrors and a handful of silvers for a total of 24lb 12oz on peg 24 to win the Match.
GVAC's Eddie Perkins landed two smaller Carp from peg 4 along with the odd pound of silver fish for a second-placed 17lb 8oz. Steve Nethercott (KAA) caught the first fish of the day in the shape of an 8lb 5oz Mirror, to which he added a couple of portly Skimmers and a handful of Roach for a third-placed 14lb 6oz from peg 23.
Overall, there was a fairly good showing of Roach and Gudgeon, a few good Skimmers and, unusually, quite a few Eels. Golden Valley AC take a 7lb 11oz lead into the second leg Match on the River Avon at Swineford on Saturday 16th September.
A total of 15 anglers entered the latest Bristol Bait Supplies-sponsored All-Night Carp Match - the first contest to use both Ponds. The winner was Jamie Seymour on peg 24 with 59lb 1oz, which included the biggest fish of the Match at 14lb 14oz.
Runner-up was Jamie's brother Alex Seymour on peg 13 with 52lb 3oz. In third place was Paul Mogg who fished peg 5 on the pole to land 45lb 9oz. A grand total of 41 Carp were banked, averaging 6-8lb each. Only one angler blanked. Special thanks to George Clark for organising the Match and for spending most of the night weighing other anglers fish!
Jun 2006 • Spring Silver Fish Series - Century Island Pond - Final Top 6 Positions
1st - Warren Bates - 10 pts - (2+4+7+1+2+1 minus 7)
2nd - Phil Seymour - 13 pts - (3+2+1+3+7+4 minus 7)
3rd - Dave Atcherley - 16 pts - (6+1+2+4+3+6 minus 6)
4th - Bob Teakle - 20 pts - (5+5+3+6+5+2 minus 6)
5th - Mike Taylor - 21 pts - (4+3+6+5+4+5 minus 6)
6th - Ian Tucker - 23 pts - (8+5+2+5+3)
(1 point for 1st, 2 for 2nd etc - best 5 results count)
The first Silver Fish Series in a long while saw a very close finish, coming down to the final Match to decide the overall winner. Warren Bates took the Series title, winning 2 rounds and finishing runner-up in another 2 Matches.
Phil Seymour came a close second, just 3 points adrift of the winner, while Dave Atcherley grabbed the 'bronze medal' position with 16 points. The Wednesday Matches saw few Skimmers showing and a variety of weather conditions that included a heat wave, two thunderstorms and heavy rain.
Well done to all anglers who entered and thanks to Warren Bates for organising the Series. All Matches fished 6pm to 9pm. Individual rounds are listed below.
29th Apr 2006 • All-Night Carp Match - Century Old Pond - 2pm To 8am
1st - Craig Andrews - 47lb 5oz (peg 6)
2nd - Alex Seymour - 33lb 0oz (peg 3)
3rd - Sonny Hacker - 28lb 12oz (peg 12)
4th - Craig Clark - 27lb 15oz (peg 10)
Biggest fish - Craig Clark - 17lb 1oz
Second Biggest fish - George Clark - 15lb 5oz
Nine anglers entered this Bristol Bait Supplies-sponsored All-Night Carp Match, which saw a total of 24 Carp banked, approximately 220lb of fish. Everyone caught fish despite the biting north easterly wind during the day followed by a cold, still night.
The Juniors showed the Adults how to catch Carp by taking the top 4 places and the biggeest fish. Craig Andrews took the top spot with a 47lb 5oz haul. Alex Seymour led the runners-up with 33lb, third was Sonny Hacker with 28lb 12oz from peg 12, with Craig Clark in fourth with 27lb 15oz.
Congratulations also go to Junior Member Sean Clark who beat his personal best by 4oz with an 11lb 8oz specimen. Thanks as ever to George Clark for running the Match.
18th Mar 2006 • All-Night Carp Match - Century Old Pond - 2pm To 8am
1st - George Clark - 35lb 8oz
2nd - Ian Tucker - 23lb 8oz
Seven brave anglers entered what was the coldest All-Night Carp Match to date, with a wind chill factor that would give a polar bear a runny nose. The severe conditions forced half of the pack to retire early for the sanctuary of a warm bed.
George Clark took the honours with a 35lb 8oz haul, with Ian Tucker runner up with 22lb 8oz. George also won the award for the most bottles of camping gas ever used in a single night (four bottles) in his luxury centrally-heated bivvy!
Several of the Association's waters are near overhead power lines carrying up to 132,000 volts. These lines are within reach of rods and poles. Members must maintain a safe fishing distance and must NOT carry assembled rods or poles under these power lines. Always look up.
The next Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 2nd October 2017 at Keynsham Cricket Club, 7:30pm prompt. All Members are eligible to attend.