Williams' ten-carp catch gives him the edge at Bathampton
BATHAMPTON AA's Main Lake at Hunstrete is in top winter form and fishing its head off.
During the past ten days, plenty of double-figure carp have been caught with regular visitor Rob Williams taking the lion's share.
The Trowbridge-based carper's best day was a ten-carp catch weighing up to 17lb and included a superbly conditioned brace of ten-pound common carp taken at the same time, but on separate rods. All of his fish fell for CELL 14mm Pop-Ups baits.
On the same day Jamie O'Sullivan made a trip from Midsomer Norton worthwhile with the capture of mirror carp weighing 10lb, 14lb, and 19.8-0 all taken with ledgered sweetcorn, while bailiff, Ed Gillard fooled carp weighing up to14lb using the same bait.
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A bright sun and ice-cold conditions put the Kennet and Avon Canal in dour mood for the final round of the Bristol Commercial House Winter League.
With Preston Innovations Thatchers' A team clinching overall team victory along with both the promoted and relegated positions being decided in last week's penultimate round, every angler's interest was centred around who would be the top individual of the series.
And it was Nick Chedzoy who clinched the victory and gave his team, Preston Innovations Thatchers Team A, a double-tops billing. He used bread, chopped worm and caster to tempt a superb 16-10-0 of skimmers, perch and eels from an end peg at Limpley Stoke.
Chedzoy's team-mate Gary O'Shea filled the runners-up spot from an end peg situated near the Bathampton George Inn, where he used a bread and bloodworm to tempt an 8-13-0 catch of skimmers and roach.
Martin Rayet, of BTM Services, finished third on the day and beat Bathampton's Kevin Dicks to second place in the individual league on weight with an 8-1-0 catch of perch and roach.
Result. Overall: 1, Nick Chedzoy (Preston Innovations Thatchers A) 16-10-0; 2, Gary O'Shea (Preston Innovations Thatchers A) 8-13-0; 3, Martin Rayet (BTM Services) 8-1-0; 4, G Hunt (Maver Bathampton Invincible) 7-2-0; 5, Darren Gilman (Maver Bathampton Elite) 7-1-0; 6, Shaun Townsend (Maver Bathampton Invincible) 6-15-0. Division A: 1, Maver Bathampton Elite 23pts; 2, Preston Innovations Thatchers A 22; 3, Preston Innovations Thatchers B) 17; 4, Maver Bathampton Invincible 14; 5, BTM Services 13. Division B: 1, Premier Angling Gold 26; 2= Sensas Wiltshire Angling Blue & Sensas Wiltshire Angling Red, both 20; 4= M&N Services, Premier Angling Black and D&W Builders, all 19.
Leagues. Division A: 1, Preston Innovations Thatchers A 26.5pts; 2, Maver Bathampton Elite 20.5; 3, Preston Innovations Thatchers B 17.5; 4, BTM Services 16; 5, Maver Bathampton Invincible 9.6. Division B: 1, M&N Services 26pts; 2, Sensas Wiltshire Angling Blue 22.5; 3, Premier Angling Gold 21; 4, Sensas Wiltshire Angling Red 20.5; 5, Premier Angling Black 20; 6, D&W Builders 16. Individual League (series): 1, Nick Chedzoy 54pts; 2, Martin Rayet 53 (on weight); 3, Kevin Dicks 53. Knockout Cup: Neil Mercer.
Only three members of the South West Disabled and Over-50s AC bothered to weigh in fish in the club's weekend 'Rover' match fished on an ice covered Paddock Match Lake at Kingston Seymour.
With a noisy half-hour of ice breaking and swim clearing preceding the five-hour match it was obvious that weights were going to be very low.
And top of a small weight scoresheet was local rod and Bath tackle dealer Dave Bacon, who poled pinkie straight down the middle and close to the bridge at peg 21 on long bank and converted his only three bites of the match into three small carp totalling exactly 4lb.
He said: "My name was fifth out of the hat and with most of the top four pegs already taken I picked what I considered to be the best of the rest.
"It took almost three hours for me to get my first bite which was from a 2lb mirror carp.
"Fifteen minutes later, I took the lead when I hooked and landed a 1-0-0 common. By the time I had netted my third and last fish of the day several of the contestants were already packing up.
"Several other anglers had caught a few carp, but I had no idea how big they were so the match went right to the wire."
The runner-up was South West Disabled and Over-50s AC member Mike Chapman, who poled the humble maggot into every possible fish holding crevice at Bridge Peg 33 and weighed-in a three carp catch totalling 3-1-0
Third was Ian Cole at neighbouring Bridge Peg 34 and weighed in a solitary common carp worth 1-8-0.
Result. 1, Dave Bacon (Bacon's Tackle Box) 4-0-0, peg 21; 2, Mike Chapman (South West Disabled & Over 50's AC) 3-1-0, peg 33; 3, Ian Cole 1-8-0, (South West Disabled & Over 50's AC) 1-8-0, peg 34; 4= John Thompson, Bob Feltham and Dave Blakemore, DNW (did not weigh-in).