well it soon comes around and this year we headed with a full coach off to our first stop royal leamington spa. we were very lucky with the weather as it poured down the day before and the day after. at lemmington we dropped off all the none fishermen and conky!
off they all trudged to find the best watering holes and off the coach went again. this time heading for stockton reservoir . on arriving we met up with colin horner and john goode who had made their own way there. we made the draw on the coach to save time. nula berrow drew colins and john's peg plus the golden peg which was sealed away in an envelope and tucked away in nula's handbag to be opened in the pub later. i drew peg 16 and had tony kibble and stan for company.now i have never done any good at an annual yet and i never do any good when pegged next to tony so i knew from the start this was going to be a bloody long day!
anyway whistle blown and off we went. i started down the edge on maggots and was catching bits from the off. i decided after an hour to go down to an 18 hook and a 2lb bottom as i kept bumping off tiddlers on a 14 hook. rig changed and in it went . first put in and a bloody great big big carp took my bait and roared off into tony's peg before breaking my line like it was a piece of cotton
. stan kept on banging out tiddlers to my left and to my right tony's sweetcorn bait wasn't working at all
. i decided to chase the carp instead of catching tiddlers as one carp could win this match which is what happened but sadly it wasn't me that caught it
oh well thats fishing. at the whistle the rumours going around was that jim and colin horner had both caught a big carp each, as for the rest of us well when micky and john poole blank you know it was hard going.in the end colin came out on top and was the only one of us to get into double figures!!!!!!!!!!!
colin had beaten jim by a few ouces with mark third and john goode fourth. a special mention for colin hewitt who came 5th on the day well done mate. it was the first time colin horner had ever won a match so a big well done to colin.
below we find stuart with a big smile on his face as nula struggles along the bank with his tackle. we should all get our wifes to do that
next we find mr gordon showing off his tackle as per normal
and here is his sister carol who came along as a guest for the day and beat most of us!
the lump setting up !
winner on the day big bad colin horner
and in the next peg runner up jim langston well done mate.
next we find gordon who is mr consistant always seems to finish between 6th and 10th place.
and here we find stan the man in the next peg to me.
and the sweetcorn kid still has a smile on his face after a day he'd rather forget
john goode had another good day coming 4th on the day well done john.
shoulders back young man
there's some fish in there somewher david
now don't laugh tony worked really hard for these monsters
my turn, move on quickly
stans turn on the scales
and now it's gordons turn
stuart puts a few fish on the scales.
jim in the money again can anyone stop this man ? well done sir
colins turn to weigh in his winning catch.
mr poole junior is having a good year 3rd this time out.
one of our star men mr preece at the weigh in.
well that was the fishing over and done with, (thank god!!!!
) coach reloaded and back to leamington for a few beers with the rest of the gang,
must say a big thank you to the girls who sorted out the mix up with the pub booking, well done you lot. we ended up in the jug and jester a very nice weatherspoon pub in the centre of leamington.
here we find nula choosing a well earned meal after stuart made her carry all his bloody fishing tackle
tracie doing the rounds taking another card around, well done young lady.
looks like john's found a new mate!
in fact i think it's love!
not addmitting to knowing these strange people
or this lot
conky and sue with the only fish he's seen this year
how do you put up with him sue ?
those chairs are either very large or geoff and mark are midgets!
and the other two piss heads, looks like micks got ear ache listening to tony!
my boss and future daughter in law
the beast out in the garden
mr evans and his gang knocking back the booze.
micky on baby sitting duty!
dave taking a dump in the pub! stupid boy
geoff and mark getting very close!
geoff pissed again!
tracie showing off her new handcuffs!
good luck dave
cheer up dave
you tell her kel
cuckoo corner on tour!
there still talking then , after stuart made her carry all his tackle
jim and pete enjoying a drink
what can you say about this pair ? nothing so i won't
ian's turn to babysit
me and my lad aaron
words of wisdom from h and dave
and it looks like they've pulled
shirley enjoying herself
one of the star men on the lake today mr hewitt
and together with mrs h
stop laughing at tony you pair he just had a bad day!
another 3 wise men
well thats it for another year, thanks to everyone for supporting the fishing club once again, see you all next year and we'll do it all again. sorry about the odd spelling mistake but i ain't going through that lot again, thanks for the pictures john brillant as always.