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BFTA EVENTS => Reports 2019 => Topic started by: andre on June 18, 2019, 02:53:04 PM

Title: Ladybower Report
Post by: andre on June 18, 2019, 02:53:04 PM
Ladybower Reservoir is establishing itself as a firm favourite on the BFTA's venue list. Richard and his team offer a warm welcome, the water is easily accessed and there is always a good head of fish in the lake.

Today was no different, a generally overcast day with a gentle breeze offered perfect conditions for the start of this meeting. Unfortunately with about an hour to go to weigh in the heavens opened and we were treated to some of the torrential rain that the poor folk of Lincolnshire have been experiencing.

We had a superb turnout for this event, fourteen good anglers, as good a turnout that we've seen for some time. Gary H is now settling in as one of our new members and now that his probationary period is over it was felt that he could take a share of the famous BFTA banter, he seemed to take it in good grace, let's see if he turns up for Thornton and/or Toft Newton !

The fish were in a taking mood from the off today. Personally I had three fish to the net in the first twenty minutes - Sweet Susan on the point of a clear intermediate doing the damage. The competitors basically split in to two groups after launch, the majority heading for the cage and dam end three or four opting for the causeway and far bank. Rods were seen bending in all areas. Gary C made his way pretty quickly toward the dam, this is his favourite area of the lake and to be fair he usually does very well here and manages to snag some of the bigger specimens that Ladybower has to offer. Iain was in his usual spot just in front of the cage and yet again he topped the catch list for the day landing twenty seven fish in the session. Ric too has a favourite spot on the far side of the cage, his approach is to go for quality over quantity and at one point this looked to be a sound tactic as two of his fish went over seven pounds, if he'd of 'knocked a couple of the two pound plus fish he latterly returned he may have secured a vital win, however it was not to be. Ric was on Crunchers and Diawl Bachs on an extremely long leader as is his style, he also had the best pull of the day and I witnessed it, his back cast nicely embedded in the cage ! Catching up with Gary C at the dam it was established that yet again he had made contact with the better fish, unfortunately though he hadn't managed to bag one losing a very good fish at the net. Nine fish to the net by lunchtime though was a good return and he didn't show any sign of slowing up in the afternoon session so a definite contender for the points today. Gary's favourite set-up for Ladybower is the Sweet Susan intermediate line approach and is the very reason I started the day on this set up. Basically you have the gaudy fly on the point and fish a couple of nymphs on the middle and top droppers, today for me it was montana and cormorant I think for Gaz it was damsel and possibly diawl bach. As the afternoon session went on we were joined by Steve F, Gary H, Bob and Ken. These had mixed results in this area, Steve had a slow start to the day but started catching well near the dam and at one point had a triple hook up ! He was fishing a washing line set up the same as Gaz and I however he had an olive booby on the point. Gary H and Bob were plugging away manfully with varying degrees of success, both were treated to an expertly tied sweet susan and for sure Gary took a fish on it, not sure about Bob because I didn't catch up with him before I left the fishery.

So to the weigh in, as you can see from the results post good numbers of fish were brought to the net today but ultimately the competition was decided on the weight of the fish killed to a maximum of four fish and only four anglers had actually knocked four. So what I thought was a fairly modest bag of fish, my largest was three pounds twelve ounces  I managed to grab first place and a very welcome fourteen points, Paul, Mick and Gary C picking up the next three places.

The highlight of the day for most of us was the sight of a Lancaster Bomber coming up the far arm at one hundred to one hundred and fifty feet, turning over Ric and myself and running to the dam ! an absolutely magnificent sight and a sound that made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up ! sorry Tony that just beats tha c**p out of any nature as far as I'm concerned !

Our sincere thanks go to Richard and his team for yet another great day on Ladybower, we will return !


Title: Re: Ladybower Report
Post by: Ric the Red on June 18, 2019, 09:51:52 PM
Good report comrade chairman,  congrats on the win and congrats to Ian on a magnificent bag of fish brilliant angling  mate.

Title: Re: Ladybower Report
Post by: davec on June 19, 2019, 09:20:54 AM
Good report Andre and we'll doneed on the win sorRyanair I missed it it looks like the majority had a good day we'll done to Iain he always does well here.

Title: Re: Ladybower Report
Post by: Montanajoe on June 19, 2019, 10:19:31 AM
Great report Andre. Ladybower living up to its growing reputation for quality fishing. It's a great water for float tubing. A mention must go out to the old mariner Mick Woodcock who cleaned up fishing an old school muddler. I wouldn't have had so many if it wasn't for Mick's advice.


Title: Re: Ladybower Report
Post by: bracken on June 20, 2019, 10:34:06 AM
Well Andre you are getting close to gaining an English GCSE for creative writing - keep trying son and concentrate on the punctuation! An interesting report and seems like a good day was had by all.

I would love to have seen the Lancaster. (I used to work with a navigator who was one of the replacement crews in the squadron after the dams raid - he was an incredibly self-effacing man, who survived around a 100 raids in Lancaster's. Most men did thirty trips and were then grounded if they survived that long! My fathers brother was shot down and killed in a Lancaster off the Denmark coast near Esjberg).

Title: Re: Ladybower Report
Post by: buzzerman on June 20, 2019, 03:38:16 PM
Good report Mr Chairman good to see the Doncaster 2 and Ken I got it on Bury market back. There was good news for Dave C no ice cream van so he didn’t miss out except for the excellent bacon butties. Due to the weather it was not a good day on the Lycra front for all those interested in bird watching.