Finally after what seems like a 40 days and 40 nights worth of rain, and practice matches being cancelled, I have finally been able to get back onto the Bristol Avon! But the matches I have fished over the last couple of weeks at Newbridge have been bream affairs, and with bream it's all about location, location, location! In last weekend's match I drew Peg 96 in the trees and only caught two roach – and they were on a Cralusso Torpedo flat float, with 5g needed to get any control!
After two and a half hours I was terribly bored so up I got and went on a scouting mission. Anyone who had caught any amount of fish had gone down the route of just setting up one rod and pointing it skywards, my old mate Ian Paulley coming out on top with 36lb of bream from Peg 74, two below Newton St Lowe railway bridge.
This weekend's match was sponsored by the Environment Agency, to the tune of £2,000, so with big money on offer for the first six places, being positive would be the name of the game. And with the knowledge gained from last weekend’s jaunt I decided to fish a very different match to they way I have fished Newbridge in the Super League matches I’ve fished there over the years. My peg for the day was 26, at the start of the straight. Des shipp fished Peg 24 in this month's Match Fishing magazine and bagged up, so I was hoping that there may be a few bream left in the area!
On the whistle I cast the feeder past half way and followed that with eight balls of Sensas Bream 3000, Lake and brown crumb. Then, in went eight more at 11 metres for the pole.
After 45 minutes I was still fishing the tip, having had three perch, when I noticed Maver Bathampton’s Graham Hunt on Peg 24 playing a bream on the pole. Thinking I might have a go at that myself, I picked up the feeder rod to find myself attached to a 5lb-plus bream! Maybe the pole could wait?
A 3lber 30 minutes later, got me excited. Half an hour later No3 was in the net, but alas, that was it for me and bream. A 12oz chub and a couple more perch was all I could muster, and at the end I weighed 14lb 2oz. That was enough for a double-defaulted section win, worth £100 as Sensas Thyers' Mike Owen had four bream for 21lb from Peg 28 and Maver Lobbies' Shaun Bryan had 18 bream for a whopping 87lb 4oz from Peg 33 to win the match.
With back-up weights of 62lb and 51lb (which included a 10lb 9oz bream!) this could be the place everyone will want to draw come the day of the National on 18th of August!