July 12, 2012

  • Rolfs Lake. Holton. Oxfordshire.

    Simple Match Fishing
    2 Day Summer Challenge
    2012

    SimpsRolfs.jpg Rolfs SMF

    Today (Thursday) sees me travelling back to Oxford where I’m spending 3 days at Rolfs Lake. The first 2 days are to take part in the Simple Match Fishing 2 Day Summer Challenge which has been organised by Simon Mound for members of his forum Simple Match Fishing. Simon is a regular on The Jinx Series at Rolfs and along with Eddie Taylor-Green they are responsible for the Rolfs Lake Blog . After this on the Saturday I’ll be fishing the 3rd of this years Jinx Series matches.

    With this being a weekday trip I had the car loaded and was away early as along with the rush hour traffic to contend with it was the first day that the traffic lights in London had been re-phased for the Olympics. Actually it wasn’t a bad trip up as I was going against the flow for most of the journey and it was just after 10am when I pulled into the car park at Rolfs . A good few of the anglers were already there and settling in, erecting bivvies and sorting their kit, while others had travelled up on Wednesday and fished yesterdays Open match .

    One of the first I chatted to was Dave Wall who was waiting at the gate to guide in Gavin (Gavalar) Lee who was paying his first visit to the venue. The forecast for the days ahead wasn’t good with rain forecast and I had decided to once again sleep in the car as I find it pretty comfortable and less aggro than a bivvie. Right now though we had a bit of sunshine , so I grabbed a cup of coffee and caught up with the gossip and checked out what had been caught from the various pegs the previous day……

    Thursday.jpg Thursday morning 1

    A lot of the chat revolved where everyone wanted to draw, the format for the 2 Dayer being that the match would be decided on section points and weight in the event of a tie meaning that consistency would be rewarded .

    Thursday.jpg Thursday morning 1

    Pretty soon we had everyone in attendance apart from Malc who would be arriving later so around midday Simon got the draw underway and I found myself in B section having drawn peg 29 on the car park bank……

    SMFThursdayPegPlan.jpg SMF Thursday Peg Plan

    At least it was a short walk with my kit, around 15 yards from where the car was parked. Surprise surprise, guess who I had next door on peg 28, yep Neil Riddy, the two of us seem to be almost constantly drawn together recently, but it ensures that the banter always flows during a match and today was double or nothing on the Golden Nugget I’d had off Neil on the previous Jinx Match . To my left was new boy Lee on peg 31 who was on for a Nugget with me along with Dave Wall down on peg 40 for the second day running having had a ‘Ton’ from it in the Open yesterday and looking to reclaim a Nugget from me and The Minx was on peg 25 and we always have a Nugget as well .

    Settingup.jpg getting ready

    As I settled into my peg it was still quite bright and warm, but the clouds were starting to build ominously. All the rain previously had raised the level despite John having run the pump to keep it in check, so with a couple of hours to set up I decided to make up some new rigs. A couple of Nick Gilbert’s handmade 0·5g Power Pencils were made up on 0·21 Ultima power match with size 14 Guru MWG’s at the sharp end to cover the five metre line (top2 + 2) along with a 0.3 NG Edger again on 0·21 Ultima power match straight through to a size 16 Kamasan B911X for the margin where there was about 18 inches tight against the grass. Bait was a mix of 4 and 6mm fishery pellet for feed, some of which was well wetted down. Hookbaits would be 6 and 8mm’s to band along with some soft hookers and corn.

    2pm saw the All-In called and before I could even ship out a pot of pellet Neil was in to his first fish of the day !!!!!!!! He soon had it in the net, a carp and it already looked like I would be needing snookers today. I finally managed to get a bait in the water but couldn’t match Neil’s effort though others seemed to be in action quite quickly, most notably young Michael Corsini over on Peg 13 who appeared to be sitting on a shed full today. 15 minutes in and my float slid away, not the hoped for carp but a bream but at least I was off the mark . Another followed then a small carp in the next 30 minutes meaning I had at least caught up with Neil as he hadn’t had another bite after his fast start.

    Budgie was up on peg 32 and appeared to be having a rare old tussle with what was obviously a decent fish intent on giving him the runaround. Gavin with no previous experience of Rolfs had started on purple Hydro and we had been waiting to see what would happen when he hooked his first carp. We didn’t have long to wait and he was soon watching an awful lot of elastic streaming from his top kit. Fair play to him though he didn’t panic and finally managed to land the fish, though the look on his face told us that he was shocked at the power of the fight ……

    Settingup.jpg getting ready

    Rumour had it that Section A was the place to be today though with Ant on peg 34, Terry on peg 4 and young Mat on peg 7 setting the early pace down there ……

    Settingup.jpg getting ready

    Nick on peg 9 seemed to be connecting with a lot of fish, but the truth was that most of them were foul hookers and he was having a real struggle trying to get one in the net . Michael seemed to be suffering in a similar fashion, but at least he was getting a few in the net.

    Around 3 pm the rain started putting a dampener on proceedings and for me it was just a case of plugging away on the 5mtr line where I kept picking up the odd fish. Neil had started looking at his other lines and managed two gudgeon in two put ins from the bush to his right . Malc arrived just after 4pm, a sure signal that the weather wouldn’t improve and took a slow stroll to peg 22. Daughter Gem was having a grueller on peg 25, the first carp she hooked snagged Paul Corsini’s rig on the next peg and promptly snagged her under the bush and her mood probably wasn’t improved by having to watch fiancée Simon catching opposite on peg 16 ……

    Settingup.jpg getting ready

    The whole of the car park bank wasn’t exactly setting the place alight, but Budgie seemed to be having the best of it on end peg 32. For me it was just a question of waiting for the odd bite and making the most of it, a couple of looks down the margin had proved fruitless but I felt that I was doing enough to stay ahead of Neil and Lee. Clive had started to put a few fish together late on over on peg 14, but as he was in Section C today I wasn’t too worried ……

    Settingup.jpg getting ready

    The margin finally produce for me with half an hour to go, just the one fish, a weigher of 11lbs but welcome none the less but I have to say I was happy to hear the All-Out at 7pm as the rain continued to fall. Packing away a load of soaking wet kit is never fun and most seemed glad that it was over. The look on Gem’s face said it all as she walked past , not happy at all with just a bream and a roach to show for her five hours of effort.

    With the gear packed away it was time for the Weigh-In and Ant was first to weigh in Section A recording 134½lbs followed by Dai with 109lbs. Dave W had only managed 68¼lbs from peg 40 today. Pete T had 52¼lbs while Terry had 128½lbs from peg 4 . Geoff had 84¼lbs and Mat 111lbs. Onto the first half of Section B and Dave C had 44¼lbs.
    Nick had a real frustrating match on peg 9 with just 26lbs to show for his efforts and Simon W put 43¾lbs. Michael put 106¼lbs on the scales and we moved on to Section C.
    Clive had 89lbs and Simon 75¾lbs while Kev had 25lbs from peg 18. Round to Malc who had 34¾lbs and Dave M with 12½lbs. Poor Gem could only muster 3¼lbs so no Minxings today and Paul C ended the section with 19lbs. The second half of Section B saw Neil record 52½lbs while my weight was 78½lbs . Gavin’s first Rolfs weigh in saw him put 56¼lbs on the scales and Budgie finished things off with 95¼lbs .

    Back to the hut with the rain still falling and Ant, Michael C and Clive were in the pound seats with 1 point each for their section wins, with Terry, Budgie and Simon sitting on 2 points. I’d managed a 3rd in section but had picked up a few Golden Nuggets so all wasn’t lost and with the top 4 weights today all coming from Section A today, it was pretty obvious where most people were hoping to draw tomorrow .

    A few of us had decided to retire to The Harvester after the match for a meal so after getting changed we set off for a pint and a meal . It was good to get out of the rain in all honesty and relax and chat about the days events over a meal and when we got back just after 10 pm with the rain still falling I was quite happy to climb into my sleeping bag and get some much needed sleep ahead of the match tomorrow………………

    Thursday Result

    Position

    Peg

    Angler

    Weight

     1st Peg 34 Ant Haywood  134lbs 08ozs
     2nd Peg 4 Terry Goff  128lbs 08ozs
     3rd Peg 7 Mat Edwards  111lbs 00ozs
     4th Peg 38 Dai Thomas  109lbs 00ozs
     5th Peg 13 Michael Corsini  106lbs 04ozs
     6th Peg 32 Marcus Burgess   95lbs 04ozs
     7th Peg 14 Clive Pritchard   89lbs 00ozs
     8th Peg 6 Geoff Palmer   84lbs 04ozs
     9th Peg 29 Peter Morton   78lbs 08ozs
     10th Peg 16 Simon Mound   75lbs 12ozs
     11th Peg 40 Dave Wall   68lbs 04ozs
     12th Peg 31 Gavin Lee   56lbs 04ozs
     13th Peg 28 Neil Riddy   52lbs 08ozs
     14th Peg 2 Pete Tapp   52lbs 04ozs
     15th Peg 8 Dave Collier   44lbs 04ozs
     16th Peg 10 Simon Watkins   43lbs 12ozs
     17th Peg 22 Malc (The Jinx) Doyle   34lbs 12ozs
     18th Peg 9 Nick Williams   26lbs 00ozs
     19th Peg 18 Kevin Loveland   25lbs 00ozs
     20th Peg 26 Paul Corsini   19lbs 00ozs
     21st Peg 23 Dave Moore   12lbs 08ozs
     22nd Peg 25 Gem (The Minx) Doyle    3lbs 04ozs

    Section A

    Position

    Peg

    Angler

    Weight

    Points

     1st Peg 34 Ant Haywood  134lbs 08ozs

    1

     2nd Peg 4 Terry Goff  128lbs 08ozs

    2

     3rd Peg 7 Mat Edwards  111lbs 00ozs

    3

     4th Peg 38 Dai Thomas  109lbs 00ozs

    4

     5th Peg 6 Geoff Palmer   84lbs 04ozs

    5

     6th Peg 40 Dave Wall   68lbs 04ozs

    6

     7th Peg 2 Pete Tapp   52lbs 04ozs

    7

    Section B

    Position

    Peg

    Angler

    Weight

    Points

     1st Peg 13 Michael Corsini  106lbs 04ozs

    1

     2nd Peg 32 Marcus Burgess   95lbs 04ozs

    2

     3rd Peg 29 Peter Morton   78lbs 08ozs

    3

     4th Peg 31 Gavin Lee   56lbs 04ozs

    4

     5th Peg 28 Neil Riddy   52lbs 08ozs

    5

     6th Peg 8 Dave Collier   44lbs 04ozs

    6

     7th Peg 10 Simon Watkins   43lbs 12ozs

    7

     8th Peg 9 Nick Williams   26lbs 00ozs

    8

    Section C

    Position

    Peg

    Angler

    Weight

    Points

     1st Peg 14 Clive Pritchard   89lbs 00ozs

    1

     2nd Peg 16 Simon Mound   75lbs 12ozs

    2

     3rd Peg 22 Malc (The Jinx) Doyle   34lbs 12ozs

    3

     4th Peg 18 Kevin Loveland   25lbs 00ozs

    4

     5th Peg 26 Paul Corsini   19lbs 00ozs

    5

     6th Peg 23 Dave Moore   12lbs 08ozs

    6

     7th Peg 25 Gem (The Minx) Doyle    3lbs 04ozs

    7

     

    Day 2

    6am on Friday morning and I woke to a blackbird singing away on the bonnet of the car and realised that it had stopped raining . First things first and the stove was fired up and a coffee brewed before strolling over to the lake and taking in the atmosphere. It’s a great time of the day to be down by the lake watching the ducks and moorhens going about their business with their fledglings .

    Slowly but surely people stirred from their slumbers, bracing themselves for the day ahead. Some started to prepare their kit and their bait for the day ahead while others took a stroll trying to decide which peg they would like to draw. I took the opportunity to pop down to Asda’s with Geoff and his lad and get a bit of shopping and by the time we returned everyone seemed to be up and about. Gem had decided not to fish today and spend some time with her sister Crystal who’d come down with Malc but Dave C’s son in law Nick was coming down and would fish in her place .

    Dave and Gavin decided to go double or quits in an effort to recover their Nuggets from yesterday and Neil had accepted double or quits as well, so 8 Golden Nuggets hung in the balance . Although it was cloudy there were enough breaks in it to allow some sun through and if it stayed like that it could be a decent day and offer the chance to dry the kit out a bit. There was definitely a good buzz today with everyone eager to get going and Simon called the draw before 12 o’clock so everyone had time to get sorted. I still fancied Section A and when I drew peg 6 I was more than happy as up till that point I had never fished it on all my trips down to Rolfs .

    SMFFridayPegPlan.jpg SMF Friday Peg Plan

    Having collected my kit I set off round the lake. Geoff who’d fished peg 6 yesterday was on peg 34 today, so I stopped for a chat to find out how he’d fished it. Neil was down on peg 38 so I would be able to keep an eye on him while Ant was on peg 40. Pete Tapp had drawn peg 2 for the second day running (Clive had also drawn peg 14 again ) and Dave the Fish was on peg 4, while Terry was on peg 7 to my left to complete the section.

    Setting up was relatively simple, just a question of shortening up yesterdays rigs as it’s shallower in the Little Lake and once again I was going to concentrate on a couple of 5mtr lines and the margin to my right toward peg 5 with the same baits as well.

    2pm and the all in saw me feeding a cup of pellets with a few grains of corn at 5mtrs and a handful of wetted pellets into the right hand margin before shipping a banded 6mm out to 5mtrs. and after about 5 minutes the float slid away and I connected with my first carp of the day, not a big fish at around 7lbs but a nice way to get off the mark . This was followed by a couple of bream, one of which launched itself like a Polaris missile when it felt the hook. Another carp soon followed, a weigher this time at around 10½lbs prompting a comment from Terry to slow down and give others a chance .

    I then suffered a period that’s all to easy to happen at Rolfs, 3 foul hooked carp in a row that charged around the swim before the hook came back with just a scale attached and a couple of bream that rolled off the hook before they were in netting range . Meanwhile over on peg 34 Geoff had started to put a few in the net ……

    SMFROLFS007.jpg Geoff on peg 34

    I stuck with the 5mtr line however as I didn’t want to disturb the margin line to early as I wanted any fish to settle there for later. I could see that Neil over on peg 38 was having a quiet time. It’s one of those pegs where the fish can suddenly turn up often late in a match as they’d done for Dai the previous day ……

    SMFROLFS007.jpg Geoff on peg 34

    I could see that Dave the Fish was getting a few down on peg 4 and that Pete T was also starting to find a few on peg 2 for the second day running. Ant on peg 40 was fishing long down the edge toward the platform on peg 39 and seemed to be getting some action as well ……

    SMFROLFS007.jpg Geoff on peg 34

    In fact the only person who seemed to be struggling in our section was Terry on peg 7 and to make matters worse for him Mat on peg 8 was starting to catch as well. Another couple of weighers put my match back on track though the bites were proving a little harder to come by and another couple of bream helped to keep things ticking over. I took a quick look down the margin at around 4·30pm and took a couple of quick fish, the second being a weigher of 11½lbs but went back to the 5mtr line to let it settle, increasing the feed at the same time.

    The fish had settled at 5mtrs again and I started to put a run of weighers together, all around the 10-11½lbs mark and at the same time I noticed that the fish had started to show up for Neil over on peg 38 ……

    SMFROLFS007.jpg Geoff on peg 34

    As I went up to the scales with another fish there was an almighty BANG from peg 9 A carp had taken Kev’s rig straight through the bush and his topkit and number 4 had collapsed under the strain, reducing the top kit to 8 pieces which may well be a new record at Rolfs ……

    At the same time Simon was on his way to the scales with a decent Mirror that weighed 15½lbs so I took a quick picture for him ……..

    SMFROLFS007.jpg Geoff on peg 34

    Elsewhere along the Bank Simon W had taken a nice Common of 17½lbs and luckily Malc was on hand to do the honours with a photo ……

    SMFROLFS007.jpg Geoff on peg 34

    With just over an hour to go the bites had started to fade on the 5mtr line so it was time to target the margin. An 8mm pellet was banded and dropped in resulting in an instant take and yet another weigher. Terry popped round to see what I was doing as he was still struggling for bites on 8mm pellets. I suggested he tried 6mm’s instead and It seemed to do the trick for him as it finally produced a few fish ……..

    SMFROLFS007.jpg Geoff on peg 34

    I had a really strong end to the match with another 7 weighers, the biggest being 13½lbs before the All-Out was called at 7pm. Dave the Fish added up the fish on the board to find I had 166lbs and with 5 net fish and a few Bream I was hopeful that I may have my second Rolfs ‘Double Ton . Packing the kit away was a leisurely affair as I would be fishing A section in The Jinx Match tomorrow so was going to leave my kit behind the peg tonight.

    The weigh-In was soon under way in Section A, Geoff kicked things off with 119lbs a new PB match weight for him . Neil put 124¾lbs on the scales but was pipped by Ant with 128¾lbs. Pete T had trebled his Day 1 weight from peg 2 with 159½lbs and Dave C was just short of a ‘Ton’ with 99½lbs. My weight proved to be a very pleasing 204½lbs and Terry managed 73¾lbs. The first half of Section B saw Mat put 170¾lbs on the scales followed by Kev with 22½lbs and Simon with a level 124lbs. Malc had 44¼lbs from peg 13 and then it was onto Section C where Clive on peg 14 for the second day recorded 121½lbs . Paul C had 40½lbs and Simon W 78lbs. Round to the car park bank where Dave Wall put 63½lbs on the scales followed by Michael C with 66¾lbs, Gavin was chuffed to have his first Rolfs Ton with 100½lbs and Nick W 46lbs. The final part of section B was finished of by Budgie with 89lbs, Dave M with 102¾lbs. Dai had 61lbs and Nick B finished up with 67½lbs.

    Back to the hut and while Simon collated the results from the two days the banter flowed as usual ……

    SMFROLFS007.jpg Geoff on peg 34

    Soon the results were in which Simon announced in reverse order and in third place was Mat Edwards with 4 points and a total weight of 281¾lbs ……..

    SMFROLFS007.jpg Geoff on peg 34

    In second place with 4 points and a total weight of 283lbs was your truly ‘Mugger’ (got to love those Bream ) ……

    SMFROLFS007.jpg Geoff on peg 34

    And in first place with a perfect score of 2 points from 2 section wins and a weight of 223½lbs was Clive ……..

    SMFROLFS007.jpg Geoff on peg 34

    So a BIG THANK YOU to Simon, I think it’s fair to say that for a first attempt at organising a match it was a first class effort and I’m sure that I speak for every one in voting it a huge success and it looks like the SMF 2 Day Summer Challenge will become a permanent fixture in years to come. Another bunch of Golden Nuggets had come my way thanks to Dave W, Gavin and Neil and while a few were heading home and farewells were bid the majority were staying over for The Jinx Match tomorrow.

    Once again some of us went to The Harvester for a meal and a pint while we chatted over the events of the last two days. and this continued into the night when we returned and ended up chatting to the rest till about 1am, when once again I climbed into the sleeping bag for a kip ………

    Friday Result

    Position

    Peg

    Angler

    Weight

     1st Peg 6 Peter Morton  204lbs 08ozs
     2nd Peg 8 Mat Edwards  170lbs 12ozs
     3rd Peg 2 Pete Tapp  159lbs 08ozs
     4th Peg 40 Ant Haywood  128lbs 12ozs
     5th Peg 38 Neil Riddy  124lbs 12ozs
     6th Peg 10 Simon Mound  124lbs 00ozs
     7th Peg 14 Clive Pritchard  121lbs 08ozs
     8th Peg 34 Geoff Palmer  119lbs 08ozs
     9th Peg 29 Dave Moore  102lbs 12ozs
     10th Peg 25 Gavin Lee  100lbs 08ozs
     11th Peg 4 Dave Collier   99lbs 08ozs
     12th Peg 28 Marcus Burgess   89lbs 00ozs
     13th Peg 18 Simon Watkins   78lbs 00ozs
     14th Peg 7 Terry Goff   73lbs 12ozs
     15th Peg32 Nick Bondeu   67lbs 08ozs
     16th Peg 23 Michael Corsini   66lbs 12ozs
     17th Peg 22 Dave Wall   63lbs 08ozs
     18th Peg 31 Dai Thomas   61lbs 00ozs
     19th Peg 26 Nick Williams   46lbs 00ozs
     20th Peg13 Malc (The Jinx) Doyle   44lbs 04ozs
     21st Peg 16 Paul Corsini   40lbs 08ozs
     22nd Peg 9 Kevin Loveland   22lbs 08ozs

    Section A

    Position

    Peg

    Angler

    Weight

    Points

     1st Peg 6 Peter Morton  204lbs 08ozs

    1

     2nd Peg 2 Pete Tapp  159lbs 08ozs

    2

     3rd Peg 40 Ant Haywood  128lbs 12ozs

    3

     4th Peg 38 Neil Riddy  124lbs 12ozs

    4

     5th Peg 34 Geoff Palmer  119lbs 08ozs

    5

     6th Peg 4 Dave Collier   99lbs 08ozs

    6

     7th Peg 7 Terry Goff   73lbs 12ozs

    7

    Section B

    Position

    Peg

    Angler

    Weight

    Points

     1st Peg 8 Mat Edwards  170lbs 12ozs

    1

     2nd Peg 10 Simon Mound  124lbs 00ozs

    2

     3rd Peg 29 Dave Moore  102lbs 12ozs

    3

     4th Peg 28 Marcus Burgess   89lbs 00ozs

    4

     5th Peg32 Nick Bondeu   67lbs 08ozs

    5

     6th Peg 31 Dai Thomas   61lbs 00ozs

    6

     7th Peg13 Malc (The Jinx) Doyle   44lbs 04ozs

    7

     8th Peg 9 Kevin Loveland   22lbs 08ozs

    8

    Section C

    Position

    Peg

    Angler

    Weight

    Points

     1st Peg 14 Clive Pritchard  121lbs 08ozs

    1

     2nd Peg 25 Gavin Lee  100lbs 08ozs

    2

     3rd Peg 18 Simon Watkins   78lbs 00ozs

    3

     4th Peg 23 Michael Corsini   66lbs 12ozs

    4

     5th Peg 22 Dave Wall   63lbs 08ozs

    5

     6th Peg 26 Nick Williams   46lbs 00ozs

    6

     7th Peg 16 Paul Corsini   40lbs 08ozs

    7

    Overall Result

    Position

    Angler

    Points

    Weight

     1st Clive Pritchard

    2

      223lbs 08ozs
     2nd Peter Morton

    4

      283lbs 00ozs
     3rd Mat Edwards

    4

      281lbs 12ozs
     4th Ant Haywood

    4

      263lbs 04ozs
     5th Simon Mound

    4

      199lbs 12ozs
     6th Michael Corsini

    5

      173lbs 00ozs
     7th Marcus Burgess

    6

      184lbs 04ozs
     8th Gavin Lee 

    6

      156lbs 12ozs
     9th Pete Tapp

    9

      211lbs 12ozs
     10th Terry Goff

    9

      202lbs 04ozs
     11th Neil Riddy

    9

      177lbs 04ozs
     12th Dave Moore

    9

      115lbs 04ozs
     13th Geoff Palmer

    10

      203lbs 12ozs
     14th Dai Thomas

    10

      170lbs 00ozs
     15th Simon Watkins

    10

      121lbs 12ozs
     16th Malc (The Jinx) Doyle

    10

       79lbs 00ozs
     17th Dave Wall

    11

      131lbs 12ozs
     18th Dave Collier

    12

      143lbs 12ozs
     19th Paul Corsini

    12

       59lbs 08ozs
     20th Kevin Loveland

    12

       47lbs 04ozs
     21st Nick Williams

    14

       72lbs 00ozs
     22nd Nick Bondeu

    14

       67lbs 08ozs
     23rd Gem (The Minx) Doyle

    16

         3lbs 04ozs

     

     

Comments (4)

  • Nice report and pics Pete noticed me in the background of the matt pic holding on lol. Im struggling to keep up with my blogs.

  • @davewall - LOL. that’s not you Dave, It’s Pete Tapp (crayfishtraps) on peg 2. I’m having a bit of trouble getting on here at the moment as well as I’m having to use a proxy to access the Blog. See you Saturday.

  • No thats me mate peg 40,peg 2 right in the corner.

  • @davewall - Apologies Dave, I’ve just blown up the original picture and it is you. Didn’t recognise you actually playing a fish……….LOL

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