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Report on the Ian Chapple Memorial Open fished on Sunday 28thJuly at Whitehouse Farm.

22 people booked in for the match, only had 3 no shows and one other turned up giving 20 anglers for the match. 10 pegs on each lake. The work parties during June and July had managed to clear a great deal of the Georges weed, a lot of overhanging branches cut on Margarets and also the peg number boards had been added on the island.

The match started at 10:30. Ted Bethall and Bruce Taylor had a few carp  on either side of the little island on George’s and Bob Price had a carp early doors. It didn’t look like Georges was fishing that well but as usual there were the stories of lost fish. The carp in this lake fight like something else and there are a lot of good double figure fish, definitely a number of 20’s and who knows maybe a few closing in on the upper 20’s.

Weigh in began at peg G1 a corner peg with all of the dam wall end open to it, Paul Preston was here and he as many others had lost several carp, but he still weighed in nearly 32lb including 2 very nice gold fish, Steve Dawson was next on G3 weighing in just under 10lbs of silvers, Julie on G4 lost a few carp and weighed in close to 7lbs, Bob Price on G7 had a couple of carp and silvers for just over 15lbs, then Bruce on G10 had just over 15lbs (1 ounce less than Bob), Phil Coulan on G11 had done well and weighed in just under 24lbs.

Margaret’s lake hadn’t fished much better and only 2 weights were notably higher than Georges. Bill Knight on peg M17, weighed in just over 55lbs, John Dursley on M14 pushed him close with 52lbs, Bill Ferris had a nice net of silvers making up 13lbs of his total of 19lbs, Clive Hewson on M11 had just short of 16lbs, then the rest of the pegs along the island bank had poor weights compared to normal, the chub not showing.

Comparing last year to this year’s match, weights were similar, although the top few weights have been 10lb higher this year, and we raised a slightly greater amount for charity.

Result,
1st Bill Knight M17, 55lbs 2ozs
2nd John Dursley M14, 52lbs
3rd Paul Preston G1, 31lbs 14ozs
Silvers – Bill Ferris M13, 19lbs 9ozs
Margarets lake Section (By Default) – Clive Hewson M11, 15lbs 12ozs
Georges lake Section (By Default) – Phil Coulan G11, 23lbs 14ozs

Whilst the pools and entry money was being taken, raffle money was also collected. Raffle prizes kindly donated by Scott Angling, Veal’s, Bristol Angling Centre, Enterprise Angling and a few other prizes from some of the anglers. In total from the entry fee and the raffle we raised a grand total of £252.00 for Cancer Research.

Report on Xmas match fished at Whitehouse Farm on 2nd Decmber 2018.
At the draw there were 15 anglers split into two sections putting 7 anglers on Georges and 8 on Margaret’s.
On Margarets Bill Ferris on peg 8 had a reasonable net of silvers going just over 6lbs, Bill’s brother Norman had 3lbs plus, then Tony Welsby just short of 4lbs. On Georges apart from Bob Price on peg 3 who had caught but didn’t weigh in, the weights were fairly close with Steve Dawson coming out on top with 8lbs 7ozs winning the match and also the Golden Peg (£100.00). Georges Lake had 4 of the first top 5 places.
Full Result:
1st Peg G13 – Steve Dawson, 8lbs 7ozs – Match winner.
2nd Peg M8 – Bill Ferris, 6lbs 3ozs – Second Place.
3rd Peg G12 – Terry Southcott, 6lbs – Third Place.
4th Peg G4 – Paul Pitt, 5lbs 12ozs – Silvers winner by default.
5th Peg G14 – Bill Knight, 4lbs 11ozs – Section A Winner by default.
6th Peg M17 – Tony Welsby, 3lbs 15ozs – Section B Winner by default.

Report on first winter league match Margaret’s Lake 18th November 2018.
At the draw we had 10 anglers but only 6 able to take part in the winter league itself, the others having other commitments. At the weigh in at Norman Ferris on peg 15 had just over 2lb of very small silvers, Tony Welsby on peg 8 weighed in just over 6lbs. Bill Knight had 1oz more than Norman, Steve Dawson weighed in at peg 10 he had 8lb plus of silvers which included a bream of at least 3lbs, he had lost the carp at the net when the hook pulled out. Clive on peg 12 had struggled for only a few ounces, Paul Pitt on peg 13 weighed in just over 2lbs, surprisingly low weights along these deeper pegs and not much caught to the island. Bill Ferris on unfancied peg 15 had caught a decent net of silvers going just over 3lb.
Again it had been a poor day’s fishing possibly due to a cold night and the colour had dropped out of the water, water depth probably not helping either. The chub didn’t appear in numbers, they appear to have split up again maybe due to the shallow water against the island and lack of colour.
Result:
1st Steve Dawson peg 10 – 8lbs 8ozs
2nd Tony Welsby peg 8 – 6lbs 2ozs
3rd Bill Ferris peg 15 – 3lb 1oz
4th Bill Knight peg 9 – 2lbs 8ozs (silvers)
5th Norman Ferris peg 7 – 2lbs 7ozs (Section A)
6th Paul Pitt peg 13 – 2lbs 5ozs (Section B)

Report on Poppy Match at Whitehouse Farm on 4th November 2018.
The match was split into two very nearly equal sections across both lakes. We had 13 anglers so  pegs 2, 3, 4, 5, 13 and 14 on Georges, with pegs 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, and 17 on Margaret’s all going into the bag.
Norman Ferris hooked a carp on his silvers rig and managed to land it, it was a cracker which he brought over for weighing as it was obviously a double, which we always weigh in during the match and return, it went 11lbs 6ozs.
At the weigh in I started at Norman Ferris on Georges peg 6 he had managed to catch a few silvers for 3lb’ish to add to his big carp.,Tony Welsby on 4 weighed in just short of 9lbs. Over on Margarets John Treasure on peg 17 had a good mix of carp and silvers with one or two chub for a total of just over 20lbs, Brian Lloyd on peg 14 had 2lbs 14ozs with a chub which was at least 2lbs 13ozs, Steve Dawson on peg 13 had his usual net of silvers which went 17 and half pound and a small carp for a total of just over 21lbs. The chub hadn’t shown on the island pegs Bill Knight doing the best here with a good mixed net of fish for 11 and a half pound which included a cracking perch of nearly 2lb.
Final Result:
1st Steve Dawson – Peg13 Margaret’s – 21lbs 1oz
2nd John Treasure – Peg17 Margaret’s – 20lbs 6 ½ ozs
3rd Norman Ferris – Peg5 Georges – 14lbs 12ozs
Silvers – Tony Welsby – Peg4 Georges – 8lbs 14ozs
Section A (Georges Lake) – Bob Hole – 7lb 12 ½ ozs
Section B (Margaret’s Lake) – Bill Knight – 11lbs 8 ½ ozs
There was a total collection made of £80.62 towards the Poppy Appeal.

Report on Autumn match fished on the Lido 28th October 2018.
Fortunately there were only 8 anglers as the level was very low, clear and weedy so pegs were difficult to allot.
At the weigh in Steve Dawson and Trev Smith on suicide straight didn’t weigh in although they both had a fish each, Clive Hewson on peg 2 had just short of a pound, Tony Welsby weighed in 3 and a half pound, John Treasure on the island had just short of a pound, Steve Brown had 3ozs, Bill Ferris didn’t weigh and Terry Southcott had just short of a pound.
Result:
1st – Tony Welsby – peg 1 – 3lbs 7 ½ozs
2nd– John Treasure – peg 8 – 15ozs
3rd– Clive Hewson – peg 2 – 13 ½ozs
3rd – Terry Southcott – Peg 5 – 13 ½ozs
5th – Steve Brown – Peg 7 – 3ozs

Report on match between Alcove AC and Silver Bream AC fished at Whitehouse Farm on 14th October 2018.
At the draw there were 13 Silver Bream anglers and 5 from Alcove, 9 anglers were on each lake to make two even sections. Not long into the match Andy Brookman walked over with a massive fish from Georges for weighing in, it was a cracking mirror of 19lbs 11ozs. Pete Barnett also of Silver Bream came over to weigh in a carp of 14lbs 4½ozs.
Starting at Tony Styles on Peg 17 Margarets had a few carp and some silvers for a total close to 14lbs. Tony Welsby weighed in just over 3lbs on the next peg, Norman Ferris had a carp of 8lbs 10 ozs to give him near 13lbs with his silvers, on the next peg at no 12 Steve “Silvers” Dawson had just short of 17lbs with close to 13lbs of silvers, Nige Hopkins on peg 8 had a few chub and other silvers to weigh in 8lbs. Over on Georges Steve Pierce on peg 6 put in the new leading weight just under 20lbs, Tyler Szmaglik on peg 3 had just over 12lbs of silvers, on peg 2 Andy Brookman weighed in just over 22lbs, on peg 1 Pete Barnett weighed in a little over 17lbs.

Result:
1st – Andy Brookman peg 2G – 22lbs 3½ozs £50.00
2nd – Steve Pierce peg 6G – 19lbs 15ozs £40.00
3rd – Peter Barnett peg1G – 17lbs 6½ozs £25.00
Silvers – Steve Dawson peg 12M – 16lbs 13ozs £25.00
Section A – Tyler Szmaglik peg 3G – 12lbs 4ozs £20.00
Section B – Tony Styles peg 17M – 14lbs 9½ozs £20.00

Silver Bream AC – 90lbs 2ozs (13 anglers)
Alcove AC – 56lbs 2ozs (5 anglers).

WHITEHOUSE FARM PATH

I am pleased to be able to announce that we have been successful in obtaining a grant from the Angling Improvement Fund (Angling Trust) under the Access For All initiative to carry out repairs to the path between the two lakes at Whitehouse Farm. This will entail flattening the path, installing drainage, topping with soil and laying plastic suitable for disabled vehicle access and making it much easier for walking. We are in the process of working on a detailed project plan to complete the work by, at the very latest, 31st March 2019. The grant provides partial funding, which covers most material costs, and we are to provide most of the grunt so keep your eyes peeled for when volunteers may be required. This is a long lasting upgrade of the access that should be good for many years and we will not continually need to keep filling the holes with wood chippings. There may inevitably be some disruption to access to the lakes whilst the work takes place but both lakes should remain open although you may have to walk around Margarets to get to Georges – avoiding the path. I will keep you informed of the proposed dates on which work will be taking place and when you  may be needed to volunteer some manual labour.

Report on Sunday 2nd September match on the river Avon at Keynsham “The Crane”.
As is usually the case with these river matches the turn out wasn’t good, only 4 of us. So at the draw what was considered the best 4 out of the seven pegged were chosen. Peg 7 being what looked to be the best on the bend and a known area for catching the odd bream.
I started the weigh in at Peg 1 where John Treasure had 2lbs 9 ozs of roach and skimmers, I weighed in 6lbs 14ozs, Paul Pitt on peg 4 weighed in 3lbs 12ozs and finally Steve Dawson on peg 7 had 14lbs 11ozs of just about everything.
Final result:
1st Steve Dawson- Peg 7 – 14lbs 11ozs
2nd Tony Welsby – Peg 2 – 6lbs 14ozs (Incl a pike of about 3lb)
3rd Paul Pitt – Peg 4 – 3lbs 12ozs
4th John Treasure – Peg 1 – 2lbs 9ozs

Report on the Bert Elsom Memorial match fished on Sunday 26th August 2018 on Georges Lake at Whitehouse Farm.
The weather forecast for the day was not good, rain all day and fairly strong winds. Needless to say this probably had an impact on numbers, only 8 anglers turning up. It rained and blew continuously through the match, so as has become usual in recent times I was soaked through to the skin yet again. John Treasure now has a permanently tilted umbrella having been bent in the wind.
Opposite me Paul Pitt was able to fish open water on the method and landed most of the fish he hooked including one of 11lbs 1oz. It looked like he was going to be hard to beat. John Treasure to my left had a big carp on which he played on the pole for a good five minutes, which in the end got off. Bill Ferris on peg 2 seemed to be catching silvers at a good rate throughout the match on the whip.
At the weigh in I started at peg 17 with Clive Hewson who had a few silvers and 1 carp giving him just over 11lbs. Next was Bill Knight on peg 14, he’d only fished for silvers and had 2lbs 10ozs. On peg 12 I had 2lbs 13ozs a brown goldfish and perch, with carp weighing in at over 16lbs giving me a total just short of 20lbs. Then on the opposite bank was Paul Pitt on peg 4 (the peg I really fancied), he weighed in 6lbs plus of silvers and then over 44lbs of carp, giving him just short of 51lbs. Bob hole on peg 3 weighed in 5lb 13ozs of silvers. The golden Peg with Bill Ferris who had just short of 15lbs of whip caught silvers. Finally on peg 1 was Terry Southcott who’d lost a few in the corner lily pad, he weighed in 6lbs of silvers and a carp of 11lbs 7ozs.
Final result:
1st Peg 4 – Paul Pitt – 50lbs 13ozs
2nd Peg 12 – Tony Welsby – 19lbs 6ozs
3rd Peg 1 – Terry Southcott – 17lbs 8ozs
4th Peg 2 – Bill Ferris – 14lbs 15ozs – Silvers winner

Report on Sunday 19th August 2018 Match at the Clamp.
First thing that was obvious was the surface of the Clamp had a covering of green algae. My first worry was that it might not be fishable, but there was fish movement. When Steve Dawson arrived he confirmed that fish had been caught through it over the course of the week, it was very fine and the bait and shot line etc fell through it easily. Steve will treat it as soon as he can, he has a liquid treatment that will clear it with no adverse effect on the water or fish. Steve’s floating island addition was looking good and should become quite a feature once it matures.
At the draw there were 9 anglers, but Noel hadn’t turned up as was expected, Peg 7 had just been drawn for the golden peg by Bob Hole, with 9 pegs in the bag when Noel turned up. So a redraw was done with another peg in the bag, so Bob picked again and lo and behold out pops peg 7 again.
This was going to be another quick weigh in and because it was obvious that the weights were going to be low I decided to use the grams scale on the digital scales, this would make it easier to separate any close weights.
Final result:
1st Trevor Smith- Peg 12 – 2 Kilo’s 75gms – 4lbs 9ozs
2nd Noel Fletcher – Peg 11 – 1 Kilo 175gms – 2lbs 9ozs
3rd Bill Ferris – Peg 7 – 800gms – 1lb 4ozs
4th Tony Welsby – Peg 13 – 475gms – 1lb 1oz – Silvers by default
A Section winner by default – Bob Hole – Peg 5 – 225gms – 8ozs
B Section winner by default – Steve Dawson- Peg 16 – 375gms – 13ozs

Report on the Inter club match between Alcove AC and the RBL Kingswood, fished at Whitehouse Farm on Sunday 6th August.
The weather was set to be good, light winds and warm again, there were 16 anglers at the draw which made it 8 aside, a bit more balanced than in recent encounters.
At the weigh in there were some good nets of fish from those of us facing the island from peg 6 to peg 9, just over 110lbs between four of us, and another 4 nets over 20lbs around the two lakes. Total weight for the 16 anglers was 258lbs 6ozs an average of about 16lbs per man. There some decent weights on Georges Lake as well but tales of the ones that got away in the lily pads as usual.
Final result
RBL 135lbs 10ozs with Alcove AC 13lbs behind with 122lbs 12ozs. Individual honours went to:
1st Bill Knight – Peg M9 – 30lbs 7ozs Including carp of 20lb 11oz.
2nd Paul Pitt – Peg M8 – 29lbs 11ozs
3rd Clive Hewson – Peg G5 – 29lbs 6ozs
Silvers Winner – Don Searle – Peg M7 – 22lbs
Margarets Lake – Tony Welsby – Peg M6 – 28lbs 14ozs
Georges Lake – Steve Dawson – Peg G3 – 21lbs 2ozs

Report on the Ian Chapple Memorial Open fished on Sunday 29th July 2018 at Whitehouse Farm.
Weather Forecast was for 40mph winds and possible thunderstorm later in the day. There 28 people booked in for the match but, due to the weather forecast and a few other very good reasons for not being available, we only had 19 anglers taking part. 10 pegs were put in on each lake. As for the weather the storms etc never turned up it was breezy on occasion but not too much rain, only a few light showers.
The weigh-in started with Mike Teakle on G16, who had about 3lbs, the first notable weight was Andy Brookman on G13 who weighed in well over 40lbs of mostly carp, having probably lost almost as much as he had caught. Bill Ferris on G5 had a reasonable net going almost 14lbs and on G1 John Thompson had a good net of fish going just short of 20lbs. Margaret’s lake had fished far better as was expected and 6 weights out of the 9 were higher than second on Georges. Don Searle on peg M14 had nearly 34lbs of carp from mainly his left hand margin. Steve Dawson on M12 had just short of 20lbs of silvers, Paul Pitt a good mixed net going 35lbs exactly and Bob Hole on M6 had a silvers net of just short of 25lbs mainly Chub, he had run out of maggot, using 3 pints, and would have done even better if he’d had more.
Result
1st Andy Brookman G13, 45lbs 7ozs
2nd Don Searle M14, 40lbs 13ozs
3rd Paul Pitt M9, 35lbs
Silvers – Bob Hole M6, 24lbs 14ozs
Margaret’s lake (By Default) – Steve Dawson M12, 24lbs 7ozs
Georges Lake (By Default) – John Thompson G1, 19lbs 13ozs
Totting everything up at the end of the match and after completing the raffle we had raised £190.00 from the match entry fee’s and a further £47.00 from the raffle, giving us a grand total of £237.00 to give to a cancer charity. We had prizes kindly donated by Scott Tackle, Veals, Bristol Angling Centre and Fish & Field.

 Bob Hole with his net of chub

Result of Charlie Coggins Memorial Match fished at the Lido on 24th June.
At the draw we had 10 anglers. Weather forecast – Very sunny with a slight breeze.
At the weigh in I started at peg 12, Trev didn’t weigh on the island swim and Martin Alexander (golden peg) in the corner peg 11 had a few silvers and a tench., Steve on peg 10 had a really good net of silvers as usual with several tench in his 16lb net of fish. I weighed in next with just over 8lb, Bill on the pump-house had a little over 6lb and the pegs on the straight didn’t do to well. Bob Hole on peg 2 had a good net of fish going just over 9lb and Paul Pitt had a great net of fish on peg 1 containing several tench, weighing in close to 18lbs.
Final Result:
1st Paul Pitt peg 1 – 17lb 8ozs
2nd Steve Dawson peg 10 – 16lbs 1oz
3rd Bob Hole peg 2 – 9lbs 6ozs
Silvers Tony Welsby peg 9 – 8lbs 5ozs
Section A Bob Price peg 5 -3lbs
Section B Bill Ferris peg 7 -6lbs 3ozs

Report on Sunday’s match 10th June on Margarets lake. The Presidents Shield.
Attended by 15 anglers. This meant that the pegging was spread right around the lake, leaving out a few corner pegs and a couple down the straight alongside the access road.
At the weigh in not many carp had been caught, but a few very nice nets of silvers. Steve Dawson having an extremely fine net of about 36lb of chub, bream etc. Steve Brown and Bill Ferris also having good mixed nets.
Final result:
1st Steve Dawson peg 7 – 47lbs 5ozs
2nd Steve Brown peg 15 – 14lbs 14ozs
3rd Bill Ferris peg 18 – 14lbs 6ozs
Silvers Bob Hole peg 8 – 7lbs 7ozs
Section A Andy Brookman peg 5 – 10lbs 4ozs
Section B Bob Price peg 20 – 10lb

  

Report on the match at the Lido last Sunday 8th April 2018.
Water level was way up on usual levels.  There were only 3 of us.
Anyway the weather was good, next to no wind and only a few very light showers. No signs of any quality fish from anyone. No tench or carp caught, although I think we were just enjoying the roach and skimmer fishing.
Result:
1st Steve Brown peg 9 – 6lbs 14ozs.
2nd Terry Southcott peg 11 – 5lbs 12ozs.
3rd Tony Welsby peg 1 – 5lbs.

Result of Rover#2 held 11th March 2018 at The Clamp.
7 anglers turned up. Steve Dawson had first choice then Bob Price, then Tony Welsby, Martin Alexander, Trevor Smith, Bill Ferris and finally Terry Southcott. Tony chose peg 6 which turned out to be the golden peg with £90 in the kitty.
Result:
1st Steve Dawson – peg 15 – 725gms
2nd Martin Alexander – peg 12 – 550gms
3rd Tony Welsby – peg 6 – 475gms
4th Terry Southcott – peg 16 – 275gms
5th Bill Ferris – peg 9 – 75gms
6th Trev Smith – peg 5 – 25gms
7th Bob Price – peg 8 – DNW

Result of the 1st Rover Match held on the Whitehouse Farm lakes on Sunday 25th Feb 2018
6 anglers on a day when the forecast was for a very cold wind. Bill Knight drew No 1 and chose peg 13, Martin Alexander drew No 2 and chose peg 14, Steve Dawson drew No 3 (Golden Peg) and chose peg 12, Paul Pitt drew no 4 and chose peg 8, Tony Welsby drew No 5 and chose peg 17 and finally Steve Brown drew No 6 and chose peg No 11.
As for the weather it wasn’t too bad there was a light breeze that was cold, but the sunshine was good enough to provide a warming effect.
Final result:
1st Paul Pitt peg 8, 19lbs 4ozs including that 15lb 1 oz carp.
2nd Bill Knight peg 13, 12lbs 12ozs, a nice mixed bag.
3rd Tony Welsby peg 17, 9lbs 2ozs, all chub.
the other three anglers didn’t catch.

Final round of the Alcove Winter league 4th February 2108 , fished on Margaret’s lake.
We had 12 anglers for the match with 7 of the anglers in the league and 5 other anglers making up the numbers. Pegs 5 around to 17, peg 8 coming out as the golden peg.
To say it was hard would be an understatement, it appeared nobody was catching the chub at all.
At the weigh in, because it was going to be close I decided to take the weights in grams and also lbs because the readings in grams were going to be more accurate especially for those very low weights. 1 fish, an F1, weighing in at 1lb (450g), Steve Brown on peg 12 had 2lbs 12ozs of roach and skimmers (1,250g), Noel on peg 11 had 14ozs (400g), Tony Welsby had 1lb 7ozs (650g), Bill Knight on peg 9 had a reasonable net of fish which included 2 very nice skimmers, his total weight was 3lbs 12ozs (1,700g), Martin on the golden peg had 5ozs (150g), Steve Dawson had struggled catching a chub on his first cast and then only adding a few small roach for 1lb 5ozs (600g), Paul Pitt on peg 6 had 9ozs (250g) and finally Rich Payne on the peg that I would have pulled out if we had 1 less angler had caught on his final cast a carp of 4lbs 10ozs to win the match.
Result of the match:
1st Rich Payne peg 5 – 4lbs 10ozs
2nd Bill Knight peg 8 – 3lbs 12ozs
3rd Steve Brown peg 12 – 2lbs 12ozs
Silvers – Tony Welsby peg 10 – 1lb 7ozs
Section A – Steve Dawson peg 7 – 1lb 5ozs
Section B – John Treasure peg 13 – 1lb
Winter League Match result:
1st Tony Welsby – 1lb 7ozs – 25pts
2nd Steve Dawson – 1lb 5ozs – 24pts
3rd John Treasure – 1lb – 23pts
4th Paul Pitt – 9ozs – 22pts
5th Martin Alexander – 5ozs – 21pts
6th Terry Southcott – 4ozs – 20pts
6th Bob Price – 4ozs – 20pts
8th Barry Summers – DNW – 18pts
Final League positions, showing match placings:
1st Steve Dawson 2, 1, 2, 2, 2 – Total weight 27lbs 8ozs 97pts
2nd John Treasure 1, 4, 1, 3, 3 –  27lbs 4ozs 96pts
3rd Tony Welsby 4, 3, 0, 1, 1  – 21lbs 6ozs 95pts

Match #4 January 21st at Whitehouse Farm on Georges Lake
8 fished. Due to the weather forecast of high gusts of winds and continuous rain all of the available pegs on the high number bank were used plus one on the dam wall peg 18.
At the weigh in the results were:
1st Tony Welsby peg 18 – 4lbs 15ozs (WL 1st = 25pts).
2nd Steve Dawson peg 16 – 4lbs 9ozs (WL 2nd = 24pts).
3rd John Treasure peg 11 – 2lbs 13ozs (WL 3rd = 23pts).
4th Paul Pitt peg 14 – 1lb 12ozs (WL 4th = 22pts).
Jt 5th Terry Southcott peg 13 – 1lb 3ozs (WL 5th = 21pts).
Jt 5th Rich Payne peg 12 – 1lb 3ozs
7th Steve Brown peg 15 – 15ozs
8th Noel Fletcher peg 17 – 4ozs

League Match#3 January 7th at The Clamp – 8 anglers fished.
The match was pegged evenly 4 pegs on each side of the lake to try and make it as comfortable as possible. The lake looked to be in good condition, plenty of water and it was fairly mild, so we thought that a few fish would be caught. That was to be completely wrong, only 4 of the 8 anglers caught and then it was only a few fish.
Overall Result:
1st John treasure peg 8 – 8ozs (WL 1st = 25pts).
2nd Steve Dawson peg 12 – 4ozs (WL 2nd = 24pts).
Jt 3rd Martin Alexander peg 7 – 1oz (WL 3rd = 23pts).
Jt 3rd Rich Payne peg 15 – 1oz
The other 4 anglers did not weigh in. (WL 4th = 22pts)

League Match#2 December 17th at Whitehouse Farm on Georges Lake – 12 anglers fished.
It was a breaking the ice day. The match was split into 2 sections either side of the lake, the low numbers facing into a cold wind and battling with floating ice for most of the match. The high numbers with the wind of their backs produced the weights and the first 5 places came from these 6 pegs. John Treasure doing the best in the low numbers, considering the conditions 1lb 14ozs was a commendable weight.

Overall Result:
1st Steve Dawson peg 15 – 6lbs 12ozs (WL 1st = 25pts)
2nd Steve Brown peg 12 – 3lbs 8ozs
3rd Barry Summers peg 16 – 3lbs (WL 2nd = 24pts)
4th Steve Tanner peg 13 – 2lbs 15ozs (Silvers)
5th Tony Welsby peg 17 – 1lb 15ozs (WL 3rd = 23pts)
6th John Treasure peg 3 – 1lb 14ozs (WL 4th = 22pts)
7th Terry Southcott peg 14 – 1lb 8ozs (WL 5th = 21pts)
8th Rich Payne peg 1 – 11ozs
The other 4 anglers did not weigh in. (WL 6th = 20pts)

Report on Winter League match #1 on Margaret’s Lake 19th November 2017. 
We had 10 anglers turn up for the initial winter league match.
As the match started it became obvious that it would be a slow start as the water temperature had dropped overnight even further than it had been. There were only a few carp caught and they were in the 3 to 4 lb size bracket.
At the weigh in the the best weights were:
1st John Treasure Peg 14 21lbs 9ozs (chub);
2nd Steve Dawson Peg 9 18lbs 7ozs;
3rd Martin Alexander Peg 17 14lbs 8ozs;
Silvers Tony Welsby Peg 11 13lbs 1oz;
Section A Pete Watkins Peg 6 12lbs 13ozs;
Section B Terry Southcott Peg 12 8lbs 1oz.

Report on Christmas Match 3rd December 2017
We had a good turnout of 18 anglers for the match to be fished across both Whitehouse Farm lakes. It was a bit chilly overnight but not too bad on the day.
At the draw, the fancied pegs were basically the 6 pegs on Margaret’s, with Bill Knight drawing peg 17, which was also the “Golden Peg”. During the match Bill weighed in a double figure carp of 12lbs 11ozs and a 1lb 8oz roach.  First to weigh was Noel Fletcher who had 4lbs 8ozs (4 chub), Steve Dawson on 9 had 9lbs of mixed silvers, on 13 Martin Alexander had 7lbs, haIf of which was a small carp, Tony Welsby 1lbs 13ozs of silvers on 14. Moving over to Georges Lake starting at Peg 1, most had caught low weights of silvers, best in the first section was Barry Summers on 2 with 4lbs 14ozs and in the second section Steve Brown had 3lb 4oz on 15, John Treasure on 14 had a cracking Golden Orfe of over 2lbs.
Final Positions:
1st Bill Knight – M17 – 14lbs 5ozs (Golden Peg – £100.00)
2nd Steve Dawson – M9 – 9lbs
3rd Martin Alexander – M13 – 7lbs
4th Barry Summers – G2 – 4lbs 14ozs (Silvers)
5th Noel Fletcher – M8 – 4lbs 8ozs (Section C)
6th Steve Brown – G15 – 3lbs 4ozs (Section B)
7th John Treasure G14 – 2lbs 10ozs
8th Bill Croom  – 2lbs 1oz (Section A)

Poppy Day Match result all Whitehouse 5th November 2017.
We had a really good turn out of 21 anglers. Margaret’s fished well as usual and Georges was hard work even for the silvers.  Total raised for the Poppy Appeal was £110.00.
Top weights:
1st Norman Ferris peg M8 28lbs 3ozs.
2nd Bill Knight peg M7 16lbs 10ozs.
3rd John Treasure M6 12lbs 14ozs.
Silvers Steve Dawson G12 8lbs 14ozs.
Sections – A:  Bob Hole M14 8lbs 3ozs. B: Barry Summers G6 5lbs 6ozs. C: Tony Welsby G17 5lbs.

Result of inter club match with the Silver Bream AC 15th October 2017.
We had a good turnout 19 anglers. 8 anglers on Margarets and 11 on Georges.
At the weigh in 3 carp had been caught over 14lbs the biggest going 16lbs 6ozs from peg 17 on Margarets. Best net of carp only was caught by Bob Price on peg 12 Georges with 35lbs 8ozs, closely followed by Paul Barnett with 34lbs 1oz. There was a noticeable shortage of chub caught on Margarets only Paul on 17 getting a few. Paul Pitt on Georges had a Golden Orfe which must gave been close to 3lb. Top weights were as follows:
1st Paul Barnett peg M17 42lbs 8ozs
2nd Bob Price peg G12 37lbs 10ozs
3rd Julie Taylor peg M9 27lbs 11ozs
4th Rod Gabb peg G6 24lbs 12ozs
5th Tony Welsby peg G4 21lbs 6ozs
Best Silvers Steve Dawson peg G16 12lbs 5ozs.

Result for the Ken Davies Memorial match fished at The Lido on Sunday 1st of October 2017.
At the weigh in Terry on the island weighed 4lbs 1oz of silvers and a 4lb 7oz Pike for 8lbs 8ozs; in the tree swim Alex had 2lbs 3ozs of small silvers. Steve Dawson was next in Smithies with 9lbs 14ozs of silvers with quite a few decent skimmers in the mix. Next was Bob /Price on the pontoon swim, he had 9lbs 8ozs which included some quality fish, Trev had 1lb 4ozs on the pumphouse and Tony weighed in 6lbs 10ozs of roach.
The days fishing was generally pretty good and the “weather” never turned up apart from one very light shower.
Final Scores:
1st Steve Dawson – Smithies – 9lbs 14ozs
2nd Bob Price – Pontoon – 9lbs 8ozs
3rd Terry Southcott – Island – 8lbs 8ozs
4th Tony Welsby – Suicide Straight (8) – 6lbs 10ozs
5th Alex Smith – Tree Swim – 2lbs 3ozs
6th Trev Smith – Pumphouse – 1lb 4ozs

Report on Sunday’s Match Alcove AC v Kingswood RBL.
We had a good turnout of 18 anglers for this interclub match to be fished across both Whitehouse farm lakes. To make it an even contest I allocated 9 pegs to each lake and alternated the pegs between Alcove and RBL anglers.
During the match Bill Knight had to weigh in two double figure carp one at 13lbs 11ozs and a corker of 18lbs 2ozs. Martin Alexander also weighed in a double of 12lbs 13ozs.
At the weigh in I started on Margaret’s at peg 5 with Ian Brice, who had a mixed bag of carp and silvers for 12lbs 9ozs, this was pretty much the story for everyone on Margaret’s lake nearly everyone getting carp and silvers. Paul Pitt on peg 7 got the chub feeding and went through 3 pints of maggot to get nearly 20lbs of them his total weight was 33lbs 8ozs including 13lbs 11ozs of carp. Further round at peg 12 Martin Alexander weighed in 39lbs 15ozs made up mainly of 34lbs 1oz of several carp, Bill Knight on peg 13 had a cracking net of carp weighing a total of 48lbs 5ozs with a backing weight of silvers of 4lbs 7ozs. Bob Price next door had 37lbs of carp. Georges lake was completely different, I started the weigh in at peg 6 with Bob Hole who weighed 8lbs 3ozs all silvers, everyone on Georges had just Silvers apart from a solitary carp of 5lbs for Steve Dawson. My net of silvers went 13lbs and Steve’s net of silvers went to 18lbs 10ozs with some quality skimmers in his net (expanders doing the trick).
RBL won with 140lbs 13ozs and Alcove came second with 135lbs 8ozs.
Thanks to everyone who turned up it was a great days fishing even though we struggled a little on Georges.
1st Bill Knight. Carp 48lb 05oz, Silvers 4lb 07oz, Total 52lb 12oz. Peg 13 Margarets.
2nd Martin Alexander. 34lb 01oz, 5lb 14oz, 39lb 15oz. Peg 12 Margarets.
3rd Bob Price.  37lb, 1lb 03oz, 38lb 03oz. Peg 14 Margarets.
Silvers. Paul Pitt. 13lb 11oz, 19lb 13oz, 33lb 08oz. Peg 7 Margarets.
Georges. Steve Dawson. 5lb, 18lb 10oz, 23lb 10oz. Peg 15.
Margarets. Ian Brice. 3lb 04oz, 9lb 05oz, 12lb 09oz. Peg 5.

Ian Chappell Memorial Match Whitehouse 30th July 2017
The weigh in started at peg 6 where Tony Welsby had 21lbs 12ozs of chub and a solitary carp of 4lbs 2ozs giving a total of 25lbs 14ozs. Clive Hewson on peg 8 had 20lbs 15ozs mostly carp from short of the island and then Steve Sewell on peg 9 weighed in 14lbs 11ozs of silvers and 26lbs 3ozs of carp a total of 40lbs 14ozs. Ricky Mills on peg 14 had 2 early carp weighing in at 26lbs 3ozs and a further 34lbs 10ozs with smaller carp to give him a total of 60lbs 13ozs. Then to John Treasure who had one of the two pegs with no island chuck but managed 24lbs 7ozs of margin caught fish. So that was Margaret’s weighed in and the expected swims producing. Georges lake was a different story, main problem here had been the story of lost fish in the lily pads. The early pegs had the weights, Peg 1 was Tom baker weighing in 20lbs 2ozs and Paul Haynes on peg 3 weighing in 23lbs 8ozs. Steve Dawson on peg 7 was the only other double figure weight with 12lbs 13ozs of silvers.
The final figures for the charity money raised was £290 from the entry fees and a further £92.00 from the raffle money making a grand total of £382.00. Many thanks to all those who took part in the match and thanks also to the tackle shops: Veal’s, Scott’s, Bristol Angling Centre, Premier Angling Centre Keynsham and others, Terry Southcott and Andy Brookman who donated raffle prizes.
1st Ricky Mills 60lb 13oz
2nd Steve Sewell 40lb 14oz
3rd Tony Welsby 25lb 14oz
Silvers Steve Dawson 12lb 13oz
Georges Lake Paul Haynes 23lb 8oz
Margarets Lake John Treasure 24lb 7oz
Sections  Clive Hewson 20lb 15oz, Mike Hibberd 9lb 5oz, Tom Baker 20lb 2oz, Norman Ferris 5lb 6oz, Bob Hole 6lb 13oz.Report on Sunday June 25th, Charlie Coggins Memorial held at The Lido.
At the weigh in Tony Welsby had 11lbs 3ozs, next good weight was Bill Ferris on peg 2 with 9lbs 3ozs and then Brett whose net of fish looked like it might go double figures but it only went 6lbs 12ozs, the tench didn’t seem to have much weight to them. Steve Dawson at peg 16 on the island swim had 7lbs 15ozs and then Terry in the tree swim had 5lbs 8ozs, it was starting to look like I might have it, but Martin was still to weigh and he had been catching quite well, his net went 10lbs 13ozs only 6ozs short of my weight. Making my wallet fuller by £127.00.
Top weight and positions:
1st Tony Welsby – peg 7 – 11lbs 3ozs – “Golden Peg
2nd Martin Alexander – peg 10 – 10lbs 13ozs
3rd Bill Ferris – Peg 2 – 9lbs 3ozs
Silvers – Terry Southcott –Peg 14 – 5lbs 8ozs
Section A – Brett Hibberd – Peg 1 – 6lbs 12ozs
Section B – Steve Dawson – Peg 16 – 7lbs 15ozsResult Rover Fished on “The Clamp” on Sunday 12th March 2017.
10 anglers turned up on the day. The lake looked in good shape, water coloured as usual and fairly calm. The weather held up all day with a very slight breeze and slightly overcast, only one very light shower.
Full result:
1st peg 6 – Steve Dawson – 4lbs 14ozs
2nd peg 15 – Steve Brown – 3lbs 6 ozs
3rd peg 12 – Tony Welsby – 3lbs 2ozs
4th peg 17 – Andy Gard – 1lb 12ozs
5th peg 4 – Glyn Sage – 11ozs
6th peg 7 – Clive Hewson – 7ozs
the rest didn’t weigh in their catches.Result of first Rover match of the season.
This match was fished across both lakes at Whitehouse farm. With the way the draw is carried out for a rover it was possible to pick a decent peg without facing into the wind.
Myself and Steve had a good days fishing on Georges catching steadily all the way through the match. I had 2 F1’s and the rest were all small roach caught on maggot over groundbait. Steve had a really good mixed bag of quality fish caught on expander pellets over pellet and groundbait. He also had a near 10lb carp on pellet. On Margarets Andy Gard on peg 1, had a nice net of chub and other silvers, Clive Hewson was the only angler fishing the low number pegs with a chuck to the island but lost several carp and only managed to land the chub. Bill Knight on peg 16 had a nice net of fish with a late carp caught on his last cast of the match.
Results:
1st Steve Dawson on G13 – 28lbs 9ozs
2nd Bill Knight on M16 – 18lbs 12ozs
3rd Tony Welsby on G14 – 10lbs 1oz
4th Andy Gard on M1 – 10lbs
Winter LeagueFinal League positions:
1st Graham Beevor – 95pts – 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd
2nd Tony Welsby – 93pts – 1st, 5th, 1st, 4th
3rd Steve Tanner – 91pts – 6th, 1st, 3rd, 3rdResult Winter League match #5 held on Margarets Lake.
Several anglers were in with a chance of the title on this the final match of the series. Graham drew peg 6 facing the island with a nice easy chuck to it, Rich was on peg 13 in the middle of the trees and Tony was on 17 which was also the Golden Peg, Steve Tanner was on 12 and Steve Dawson on 14.
At the weigh in Paul Cook on peg 5 weighed in 13lbs 14ozs of a few chub and 4 small carp. Next on peg 6 was Graham who weighed in 10lbs 15ozs of mainly chub. Steve Tanner on peg 12 weighed in 9lb 6ozs of mainly skimmers and roach. Steve Dawson on Peg 14 weighed in 14lbs 7ozs with a late carp weighing in at 7lbs 11ozs. Finally on peg 17 Tony weighed in 7lbs 8ozs;  4lbs 15ozs of chub and a 2lbs 9oz carp.Final match places:
1st Steve Dawson – peg 14 – 14lbs 7ozs.
2nd Paul Cook – peg 5 – 13lbs 14ozs. (not in the league).
3rd Graham Beevor – peg 6 – 10lbs 15ozs.
4th Steve Tanner – peg 12 – 9lb 6ozs.Match #4 held on Georges Lake.
Steve Tanner weighed in 4lbs 3ozs with some decent skimmers caught late, Rich Payne weighed in 1lb 12ozs pipping Noel Fletcher by 2ozs in the dying minutes of the match. Graham Beevor had a nice net of fish weighing in at 7lbs 14 ozs. Only Steve Dawson and Paul Pitt had managed to catch on my bank. My silvers went 4ozs and the carp weighed 9lbs 1oz giving me a winning weight of 9lbs 5ozs. Golden Peg was not won so remains up for grabs.
Top results:
1 Tony Welsby – peg 11 – 9lbs 5ozs
2 Graham Beevor – peg 18 – 7lbs 14ozs
3 Steve Tanner – peg 4 – 4lbs 3ozs
4 Rich Payne – peg 3 – 1lb 12ozsCurrent League position with 1 match to go and worst result to be dropped:
1 Tony Welsby – 91 points (6th, 1st, 5th, 1st) – jt 1st with worst dropped
2 Rich Payne – 88 points (1st, 4th, 7th, 4th) – 3rd with worst dropped
3 Graham Beevor – 86 points (11th, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd) – jt 1st with worst dropped

Result Of Christmas Fur and Feather match at Whitehouse 11th December
First thoughts on arrival was to have a walk round and check the lakes to see how much ice was on the lakes. Fortunately it wasn’t too bad and i was able to get 14 of the good pegs with no ice on them which was enough for the 13 anglers who attended. 8 pegs on Margaret’s and 5 on George’s, which was pretty much covered in ice apart from the corner where peg 1 is. It was a good turn out considering the recent cold weather and good to see some new faces.
Rich Payne had a few carp, a small one then one of 10lbs 6ozs, then right on the whistle he landed another of 14lbs 12ozs. Steve Dawson flogged the waggler at range for an exceptional bag of silvers.
At the weigh-in even the usual productive island pegs hadn’t succeeded in providing any good weights, and the chub and other silvers had not been feeding. Georges on the other hand had provided some reasonable nets of silvers considering the conditions.

1st Rich Payne – 36lbs 1oz, peg 13, Margaret’s.
2nd Steve Dawson – 12lbs 6ozs, peg 4, Georges.
3rd Noel Fletcher – 8lbs 15ozs, peg 2, Georges.
4th Graham Beevor – 8lbs 3ozs, peg 20, Georges. (Silvers)
5th Tony Welsby – 8lbs 2ozs, Peg 12, Margaret’s. (Section win)
6th Terry Southcott – 7lbs 12ozs, Peg 8, Margaret’s. (Section win)
7th Steve Brown – 4lbs 9ozs, peg 3, Georges. (Section win)

Result of Poppy Day match at Whitehouse Farm Sunday 6th November
We had 19 anglers arrive for this match to be held across both lakes. Which mean’t that we raised £190.00 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
The forecast was for a dry cold and windy day, we got the first two, the wind wasn’t actually too bad, but we did get caught out by the rain during the weigh in. The actual match turned out to be fairly hard going as the water temperature had plummeted over the last few days, but there were still some fairly decent weights caught. The chub were the obvious target on Margaret’s and the winning weight was caught by Bill Croom on peg 10 fishing to the island with a maggot feeder and catching an all chub net. Alex Smith had a single chub and a few silvers in his net, the chub going at least 2lbs. There were only a couple of carp caught the biggest a little over 4lbs.
1st                                Bill Croome        18lb 4oz  Margarets
2nd                              Steve Dawson     9lb 10oz  (Carp 4lb 4oz)  Georges
3rd                               Bob Hole             9lb 8oz  Margarets
Silvers                         Bill Knight          5lb 14oz Margarets
Section A  Margarets  Steve Brown        5lb 10oz         John Treasure   5lb  1oz  (Carp 3lb 7oz)
Section B  Georges      Graham Beevor and Paul Pitt    5lb 9oz.

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Bill Croome with his Poppy match winning net of chub.

Result of Inter club match with Silver Bream AC at Whitehouse Farm on Sunday 16th October.
At the weigh in I started with myself and my net went 9lbs 13ozs all silvers, on the next peg (peg 7), Nigel Hopkins of the Silver Bream had a net exactly the same as mine, which was made up of just chub caught across to the island. Clive Hewson on peg 8 had a net of silvers and also a few carp which gave him an early lead on 14lbs exactly. Pete Barnett on peg 9 had a few silvers and some carp for 9lbs 6ozs, Glyn Sage on peg 13 got close to Clive with a mixed net for 13lbs 6ozs, and Andy Gard on peg 17 had an all silvers net of 7lbs 12 ozs. The weights on Margarets had been pretty close. Georges didn’t fish as well, the best weight was Steve Dawsons an all silvers net of 16lbs 1oz, the next best weight was 9lbs to Andy Gabb on 19, John Treasure on peg 4 had a cracking Golden Orfe close to 2lbs.

Results: Alcove AC – 76lbs 13 ozs       Silver Bream AC – 50lbs
1st – Steve Dawson, peg G18, 16lbs 1oz
2nd – Clive Hewson, peg M8, 14lbs
3rd – Glyn Sage, peg M13, 13lbs 6ozs
Section 1 Joint – Tony Welsby, peg M5, 9lbs 13ozs. Nigel Hopkins, peg M7 9lbs 13ozs
Section 2 – Dave Rugman, peg G1, 7lbs 12ozs
Section 3 – Andy Gabb, Peg G19, 9lbs
Silvers joint – Tony Welsby & Nigel Hopkins. 9lbs 13ozs