Hillview Sunday Open match WIN with 141lb 0oz


This Sunday I fancied a change of venue for my fishing. I’ve been going to the regular Sunday opens at Woodland View pretty much all Summer with limited success and I fancied a return to Hillview, I venue that suits me well.

The match was held over Moorhen and the first canal. I really fancied fishing a canal as I’ve not fished one since lockdown but I found Moorhen 15 home for the day. I was pretty happy with that but the other anglers at the draw had said Moorhen hadn’t been fishing well for a while and only 30lb had come off it the day before. With bright weather and high pressure I wasn’t expecting a good day but I still liked Moorhen 15 its a peg I’ve won off before so hoped for a good days fishing.

The plan was to fish short with meat on the deck, pellets long on the bottom and shallow plus the margins with meat or corn over two bags of fishery micro pellet. The margins can be good and at the all-in I potted in micro’s hoping to fish it early in the match but starting short on 2+2 with meat.

I was soon into fish. A carp around 5lb graced the landing net after 10 minutes, followed by several small F1’s in the next half hour. It was a good start but the angler on the next peg had caught several big fish out long at 13 metres and was pulling away from me. I needed to react to that. So out to 13 metres I went fishing a 6mm pellet and loose feeding 4mm’s over the top. That was what the other angler was doing and I just copied him! and I soon began to catch some Carp and F1’s. I manged to draw the fish off him and while I was now catching him up he was also slowing down. All was good I had around 30lb after the first hour and I was winning the pool.

The 2nd hour was still good but I was caught more F1’s than Carp. I wanted some bigger fish so in between feeding the 4mm’s I catapulted in a few 6mm’s. This worked and my carp to F1’s ratio improved and it also kept them on the bottom as they were beginning to come up in the water.

Bagging

3 hours in and I’d clicked to 50lb in the first net and was beginning to fill the 2nd keepnet. The fishing was good and I began feeding my left hand margin with fishery micro’s. As I was catching well at 13 metres there was now no need to try the margin early and I was now planning save it for the last hour.

4 hours in and I’d clicked 50lb into the 2nd keepnet the fishing was still good on the 13 metre line but slowing down a little and my thoughts were turning to be margin. I’d seem a few swirls now and I couldn’t help myself. In I went with 8mm meat. The float ripped away with a foul hooker that I lost. At least I knew some fish where there, and probably bigger! In I went again but again hooked another foul hooker. Then several missed bites. They were clearly there but it wasn’t right and my catch rated had dropped.

Decision time

Do I stick with margin with potentially bigger carp or go back to the 13 metre pellet line? I knew I was easily winning the pool if not the match. I didn’t need any big carp. I just needed to be adding to my weight with F1’s and the odd carp. I’d now clicked the 2nd 50lb net and had started my 3rd keep net. I made the decision to bin off the margin and continue fishing at long range. The line had been rested for 20 minutes and I’d still been feeding it. So for the last hour I continued to catch more F1’s and the odd carp. They had began to come up in the water and I just beginning to get a few foul hookers. Feeding more 6mm’s between the 4mm’s seemed to push them back down but I was fishing a strung out bulk and I caught several on the drop. I felt there was no need to go out with my shallow rig as I was still catching well and had easily won the pool already!

The Weigh in, with expert clicking!

Some days it all goes right. I’d clicked 50lb for the first keep net and I weighed in at 50lb on the nose. Out came my 2nd net which again I clicked to 50lb. The scales went round to 50lb on the nose again. Amazing! My total weight on my clicker was 141lb so I was happy anyway but the 3rd keepnet weighted in at 41lb which gave me a total weight of 141lb Even more amazing!!

This was easily enough to win the Moorhen pool. Then with the best weight from canal 1 being 123lb I’d won the match outright. It all went right today and my clicking was just unbelievable.

Best rig of the day

I caught virtually all my fish on the same rig in 5 foot of water. This was a 4×14 Preston Carp Pellet because it was a calm day with no wind. This was set up on 0.17mm Guru N-Gauge with a sprung out no.8’s and 10’s as the shotting pattern, (3 inch gaps) above a size 14 Guru SLWG 0.15mm 6 inch banned Ready rig. set up on yellow 17 Preston Dura Slip through a side puller. 6mm fishery pellet as hook bait and feeding 4mm & 6mm fishery feed pellet.

Size 14 0.15mm Guru SLWG banned ready rig. tying your own is old skool these days
4x x14 Preston Carp Pellet. The 2inch Bristle is key. These mass produced floats are super strong these days.
17 Yellow Preston Dura Sip. Simply the best elastic on the market for is price and durability

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Hillview Saturday Open – an enjoyable day catching shallow, but I neglected a good margin, weighing in 80lb


This weekend with it being Fathers day on the Sunday and the Mrs had planned a meal out down the pub on the Sunday for her aunties 81st birthday. I dropped into Hillview for the Saturday Open.

This Saturday saw a poor turnout of only 15 anglers, which is strange for such a prolific venue that Hillview is. But this did mean we were spread over the Moorhen and Heron pools. This was good as we all had plenty of room and because of the low turnout there was no section on one of the canal pools which generally fish better and record better weights. So all fair with something to fish for this week with all anglers on a level playing field.

I drew on the Heron pool, peg 22 this can be OK with good margins left and right. I planned to start on a short pole line with meat moving out further out if it was slow going. Pellets on the bottom on my long pole line, several shallow kits for up in the water again with pellets and a rig for down the left hand margin.

At the all in I fed pot of fishery micro in the margin early and started on the short line. Rig wise there wasn’t much depth at 2+2 and 2+3, only about 3 foot so I set up a small 4×10 Preston Carp pellet on 0.17mm Guru N-Gauge main line with stung out no.10’s above a size 16 0.13mm 6 inch GPM Ready rig. I should have cut this down to 4 inches as the the water was so shallow, mistake 1 !

Preston 15 Dura Slip elastic
Preston Carp Pellet

This was set up on red 15 Preston Dura Slip and cad potted in some 6mm cubed meat with a 6mm cube on the hook. This produced several F1’s in the first hour re feeding after every fish but it wasn’t prolific and I’d noticed the angler to my left had begun to catch some F1’s shallow. So I began to prime my long shallow line with some fishery 4mm’s before trying shallow after playing around for 30 minutes trying to catch with pellets on the bottom with no success.

Shallow fishing

It wasn’t long before I began to catch a few F1’s. I have four shallow short stop kits I keep ready made up in the holdall set up a various depths because F1’s can sit at various depths shallow but the 0.3g dibber rig set up at 12 inch proved to be the best. I’ve been using Preston’s new light green 11 Dura Slip through theses short stop kits this year and I’ve been really impressed with it. Plenty of stretch for the hooked fish to swim away from the shoal without spooking them but once it powers up, a couple of pulls and their ready for the landing net. There’s plenty of give in the elastic for a size 18 Guru SLWG banded 0.13mm Ready rig cut down to 4 inches.

Garbo Short Stop kits, great for F1’s Shallow
11 Green Dura Slip again great for F1’s Shallow

My big mistake!!

I really enjoyed catching these F1’s shallow and that’s where I made my mistake this week. Because I was catching well shallow and really enjoying the sport I neglected my margin. I’d been feeding it with big pots of fishery micro every hour and I didn’t go on it until the last 45 minutes. Big mistake!

When I did, I caught some carp straight away with Sonubaits soft 8mm expanders and a few more on double corn. I was geared up to catch some big carp here with an 4×14 Preston Edge float set up on 0.19mm Guru N-Gauge to cut down 4 inch size 14 0.17mm SXH Ready Rig on 17 Dura Slip. I probably did 25lb in these last 45 minutes and really should have fished it earlier for some big boys.

So lessons learnt for next time. I had a good margin peg but I got blinkered into catching small F1’s Shallow for most of the day! The match was won with 120lb of shallow caught F1’s and if I’d gone down the edge they were there to be caught! So no brown envelopes this week but at least I enjoyed the day catching a few.

Andy Mitchell wins the Hillview Saturday Open


This weekend Jubilee Nomads were in action over both days on different venues on a cold winter weekend.

Saturday saw Andy and Robin travel down to Tewkesbury for the usual Saturday Open match at Hillview spread over the two main pools, Heron and Moorhen. Andy drew peg 39 on Heron and after a slow start on the maggot feeder he went long on the pole to find carp and F1’s feeding at 13 metres, where he caught well, placing 72lb on the scales to win the match. Robin also caught well finishing 2nd in his section with 32lb 8oz.

Sunday saw Phil, Mark and Robin at Solhampton for the Open on Valley and Jackdaw pools while Andy and Stu fished the Woodland View’s Open on Deans. Phil was top Nomad weight on Jackdaw at Solhampton finishing 4th on the pool with 45lb 8oz while Mark and Robin pegged on Valley caught 20lb+ weights.Over at Woodland View Andy and Stu drew on a tough section on a difficult day and struggled to catch. But well done Andy on the Saturday win flying the Nomad flag this weekend.

Rob Butcher picks up a section win at Hillview’s Sunday Open


This week five of us Nomads returned to Hillview for the Sunday Open. This week with 21 anglers spread over the two main pools, Moorhen and Heron 

Rob, Robin and Andy drew on the Moorhen pool while Phil and Stu drew on the Heron pool. It was Rob that was the star Nomad this week, winning his section from peg 15 with 59lb 0oz, to also pick up the Nomad Superpool.Andy finally drew flyer peg 9 but after confusion at the drew with the numbers fishing peg 10 also ended up the match restricting Andy’s changes. Andy still caught 31lb 8oz but it was a struggle with the tight pegging. Robin drew peg 3 but struggled this week.Over on the the Heron pool Phil caught 42lb and Stu weighed in 30lb but didn’t frame.

Rob Butcher wins his Section at Hillviews Saturday Open


This week, Saturday was the main day for the Nomads with Phil, Rob, Andy and Stu fished Hillviews Saturday Open spread over Moorhen, Heron and Canal 1. 

Andy and Robin were in one section and Stu and Phil in another on the Moorhen pool while Rob drew on canal one. Rob won his section on canal 1 with 44lb 8oz to take the Nomad Super pool and Andy finished 2nd in his section with 34lb 8oz, Robin has 21lb. Stu and Phi’s section had a very close finish with Stu just missing the section by 8 oz and Phil was only one good fish away, finishing on 18lb 8oz

Sunday saw Phil and Andy at Woodland View for the latest round of the Winter Pairs League. Andy on Deans and Phil on High this week. Its not going well for the pair this year with both finishing down there pools. Andy had 25lb and Phil 21lb. Robin took a trip to Manor Farm Leisure for their Sunday Open, Robin drew on the Ash 18 and caught 34llb 

Andy Mitchell, 2nd placed at Hillviews Saturday Open


This week we Nomads fished on different days and venues again between the Hillview Opens on Saturday and Sunday and a Bears match at Hawford Bridge. 

Andy was the star performer this week. Andy, Phil and Robin fished the Open at Hillview on Saturday spread across the two main pools, Moorhen and Heron plus the 1st canal. They all drew on separate pools this time, Phil on Heron where he struggled. Robin on Moorhen which again was a struggle while Andy drew on canal 1. Andy won his section and was also 2nd overall in the match. Weighting in 39lb 0oz in a generally close finish were the winner caught 42lb, to take home Phil and Robins pound coins.

Sunday saw Phil and Robin back at Hillview for the Sunday Open. Hoping to catch some fish this time! The Open was spread over all four of the pools this time. Phil draw canal 4 (for the first time) and caught well catching 40lb 0oz while Robin had a poor draw on canal 2 where he caught 21lb. The match was won off the 4th canal end peg 95 with 60lb. Rob and Mark went back to Hawford Bridge to fish a Bears match on the Broomhill pool. Mark caught well again there winning the match with an excellent 116lb with Rob not to far behind in 2nd place with 94lb, exceptional weights considering its January and after a heavy overnight frost.

Phil Seedhouse wins his section at Hillviews Saturday Open


This week the Nomads were split around different venues. Robin and Phil fished Hillviews Saturday open. Sunday saw Rob and Mark at Hawford Bridge, Robin went to Manor Farm Leisure and Phil and Andy were at Woodland View for the Winter pairs league. 

Phil was the star Nomad over the weekend winning his section from canal 1 at Hillview with 48lb 8oz. Plus Robins Pound!  Mark and Rob went to a Bears match at Hawford Bridge on the Bridge pool. It was a close match with several 50lb+ weights and Rob won the match with 63lb. Phil and Andy fished their pairs match at  Woodland View, Phil on Front Deans for 18lb and Andy on High for 31lb but it was no good for them this week. While Robin fished the Open at Manor Farm Leisure, catching 31lb
 Woodland View WInter Pairs League1st J Harvey. Pi. H11. 77-8 2nd P wedge. Mosella select. D6. 64-6 3rd A Newton. Milo. D21. 59-12 4th D Parry woodlands. D8. 49-8

Pairs on day J Harvey A Crocker 2 D baker. M Williams 6 /W panting. R Camden 6 J east k Johnson 7Pairs after 4 J Harvey. A Crocker 16 S tibbits t Jones 31 H Scott. D wilding. 35 P wedge p sibley. 36 D baker. M Williams 36

Phil Seedhouse and Andy Mitchell pick up Section wins at Hillview


This weekend was the start of the festive period with the Jubilee Nomads fishing Fur and Feather matches at Woodland View on the Saturday and Hillview on Sunday 

Sunday saw Phil, Robin, Andy, Stu and Mark at Hillview. With 49 anglers fishing, both the Moorhen and Heron pools plus the 4 canals were in. Phil and Robin drew well finding themselves pegged side by side on canal 3. Phil weighted in 70lb to Robins 65lb with Phil winning the Section.  Andy Mark and Rob drew on the Heron pool while Stu was on the canal 1.  Andys 35lb was enough to also pick up his section. 

After the match the venue provided Beefburgers for all that fished and everyone had a chance in the raffle which had some great tackle prizes, even a new Seat box on offer for the first peg drawn. Andys peg came out the bag later and he went home with some new fishing tackle plus his Fur the Feather prizes. Phil won the Nomad Super pool and every angler fishing went home with a Christmas box. 

Andy Mitchell wins Hillviews Saturday Open with a tonne


This week Andy and Phil opted to fish the Open at Hillview on Saturday due to being at Woodland View for the Winter Pairs league on the Sunday while Robin, Rob and Stu fished the Sunday Open at Hillview. 

On Saturday both the Moorhen and Heron pools were in plus the 3rd Canal. Both Andy and Phil drew on the 3rd canal. Phil drawing peg 81 for the 4th time in recent months and Andy on peg 77. The canal proved to be the place to draw and after a slow start both Nomads began catching well in what proved to be a close section.  Andy weighed in 100lb and Phil 94lb 0oz. Andy’s tonne was enough to win the match by a pound with Phil ending up in 4th overall. Sunday saw Robin, Rob and Stu at Hillview while Phil and Andy where at Woodland View. 3 canals, 1, 3 and 4 where in. Stu and Robin on the 1st canal and Rob on the 4th canal. Rob took the Nomad pound coins weighing in 80lb while Robin had 49lb and Stu 28lb Over at Woodland View Andy drew well, Deans 47 to end up with 36lb and 3rd on his pool. Phil struggled on High 25 for 14lb 8oz which was 9th on the pool giving them 12 points this week. 

Woodland View Winter Pairs R2 – 20 pairs fishing over Front & Back Deans, High and Arles pools1st S Wright. Woodlands. A31. 89-2 2nd O Boswell. Mosella select. A14. 77-12 3rd A Crocker. Wales d26. 62-12 4th B Hobbs. Woodlands. H17. 58- Teams on day S write D parry 3 S tibbits. T Jones. 4 A Crocker. J Harvey 4Teams after 2 rounds A Crocker 2 J Harvey 7 S tibbits. T Jones. 8 H Scott. D welding. 16 T whitcher. R Willson. 16

Jubilee Nomads frame at 4 different matches over the weekend


This week us Jubilee Nomads were split around different matches spreading the Nomad name at matches at Tunnel Barn Farm, Hillview and Hawford Bridge 

Robin Ballard was the star man at Hillviews Saturday open with 18 anglers spread over the Moorhen and Heron pools Robin drew on peg 23 on the Heron pool where he caught 72lb which was 2nd overall in the match and he took section money plus pounds from Phil and Andy. Fresh from picking up a section win on Thursday at Manor Farm Leisure, Phil fished the Friday Flyer open up at Tunnel Barn Farm on House pool. After a heavy frost the fishing was hard but Phil’s 18lb 4oz was enough to also finish in 2nd place. Phil followed that up by catching a tonne on Sunday and finishing joint 1st with Andy who also caught 100lb at a Bears match on the Broomhill pool at Hawford Bridge. So Phil and Andy shared the Nomad Super Pool. Robin also fished well coming 3rd  with 41lb 8oz giving the Nomads the top 3 places. Mark was fishing just on the Sunday, fishing an Evesham Jubilee A.S match on the 3rd and 4th Canals at Hillview. Mark flew the Nomad flag and won the match with 53lb 2oz. well done Mark. So a good weekend for the Jubilee Nomads 2 wins, 2 seconds and top 3 at Hawford Bridge. Well done Lads 

Andy Mitchell, top Nomad at Hillview with a tonne


The Nomads were at Hillview over the Weekend. Fishing the Open on Saturday over the Moorhen and Heron pools and then over the Canals on the Sunday. 

Saturday saw Phil, Robin and Stu in action. All drew on the Heron pool with Phil taking home the Nomad super pool, coming 2nd in section from Heron 34 with 60lb 0oz. Robin weighed in 41lb from peg 32 and Stu caught 35lb from peg 28.Sunday saw Andy, Phil, Mark, Robin and Rob on the Open spread over the 4 canals. Andy on canal one, peg 44 had a great match catching a tonne, weighing in 111lb oz which was 2nd in the section and took home the Nomad  super pool. Robin pegged next to Andy also caught well weighing in 78lb. Phil, Mark and Rob all drew on the 2nd canal and caught fish before the pool switched off, as it normally does! Mark had the top weigh of 62lb, Phil had 50lb and Rob 39lb Hillview continues to fish well with 8 tones recorded on the Sunday match. However you do need to draw on the 3rd or 4th canal at the moment it seems. 

Stu Thomson wins a section at Hillviews Sunday Open


Stu Thomson was the Star Nomad flying Nomad flag this week fishing Hillviews Sunday Open with Robin and Mark over the Moorhen and Heron pools. The venue fished hard after a lot of heavy rain. Stu drew on Moorhen 19 and caught 32lb 0oz to take the Section win.  Robin and Mark drew on the Heron pool which again fished hard with them only catching a few fish 

Andy and Phil were away at Woodland View for the 3rd round of the Winter Pairs League, The whole complex fished hard and the draw bag gods were again unkind with Andy drawing 5 on Front Deans which was a struggle and Phil drawing Arles 25 for 4th on the pool with 15lb giving the pair 13 points this week. 

Winter Pairs League Round 3 Result A Williams. Wales. H6. 57-8 B Whitley. Matrix. D50. 54-8 P sibley. Mosella select a6. 38-8 D gray. Woodlands. D14. 34-8 I Swanson. Milo. D 22. 34-2 Pairs on the day D gray Martin Harrell 3 A Crocker. J Harvey 7 P sibley. P wedge. 8League standings after 3 rounds A Crocker. J Harvey. 14 S tibbits. T Jones 19 H Scott d wilding 25 P sibley. P wedge 25

Section win, Hillview Sunday Open, 81lb 0oz


This match was spread over the Moorhen and Heron pools plus the 3rd Canal   

The plan was to fish maggots long and short and soft pellet in the margin over micro’s. I was also thinking the Bread and Bomb could be a good tactic after a frost the day before. The weather had turned a lot colder with a high of 5 degrees forecast after heavy cold rain the day before. The forecast for today was OK with no more rain forecast.   

I drew on Heron 39, an average peg but it had a good depth of water at 4-5 foot compared with the rest of the pool. I started the 1st hour of the match on the Bread and Bomb. The business end of this rig was three 10mm bread discs on a size 18 15 inch Preston KKM-B Rapid stop, Ready rig with a 20g ICS match cube on 6lb main line.  This produced a carp around 7lb in the first 20 minutes and then another smaller one 10 minutes later. So a good start but I added nothing for the next 30 minutes and it was time to try the pole. 

I’d been catapulting a few maggots out to 13 metres during the 1st hour on the bomb. So I shipped out here for a look next. It wasn’t long before I started to catch some carp. I was catching a carp about every 15 minutes and they were a good stamp of fish. I was just feeding about 15 maggots every 5 minutes. I didn’t want to over feed these fish. I wasn’t catching any silvers here so with no silvers in the peg I kept the feeding low. I had a good 2nd and 3rd hours of the match catching these carp but then things slowed down on the 13 metre line. 

It was time to come in close on my top2+2 line. I’d also been feeding maggots here since to start of the match. I cupped some mirco’s into the margin at this point for later in the match and started on the short pole line. I caught two more carp here after a while but my catch rate had really slowed down now and I was beginning to get caught up by the other anglers. I only had an hour and a half left in the match. It was time for a look in the margins but nothing happened here either with soft pellets or maggots. I’d still been feeding maggots on the 13 metres line so I when back here next hoping the rest and feeding would have brought the carp back, but no they weren’t there. The carp had clearly moved away so I opted to go back to the short pole line with 45 minutes left in the match. I had a good weight in my keep nets and I just needed to add a bit more. I was getting bites but I wasn’t hooking them now. I guessed these were silvers so I upped the feed hoping to bring in some carp. This didn’t work this time but I did catch a few chub and at least something was going into the keep nets!

Coming the weigh in I had 70lb on my clicker and I was claiming 65lb when the asked ha ha!! These carp were I bit bigger than I thought and I weighed in at 81lb which was enough to pick up the section win.   

Maggot rig – 0.4g Nick Gilbert XT Gimp Wire pole float in 4-5 foot of water set up on 0.15mm Guru N-Gauge mainline with No.8 stotz’s strung out at 3 inch gaps followed by 3 no. 10 stotz’s again at 3 inch gaps above the 6 inch hook length which was a size 18 – 0.11mm Preston GPM-B Ready Rig.  Set up on Preston 11H Hollo 

Section Win, Hillview Sunday Open – 81lb oz


This match was spread over the Moorhen and Heron pools plus the 3rd Canal. The plan was to fish maggots long and short and soft pellet in the margin over micro’s. I was also thinking the Bread and Bomb could be a good tactic after a frost the day before. The weather had turned a lot colder with a high of 5 degrees forecast after heavy cold rain the day before. The forecast for today was OK with no more rain forecast.   

I drew on Heron 39, an average peg but it had a good depth of water at 4-5 foot compared with the rest of the pool. I started the 1st hour of the match on the Bread and Bomb. The business end of this rig was three 10mm bread discs on a size 18 15 inch Preston KKM-B Rapid stop, Ready rig with a 20g ICS match cube on 6lb main line.  This produced a carp around 7lb in the first 20 minutes and then another smaller one 10 minutes later. So a good start but I added nothing for the next 30 minutes and it was time to try the pole. 

I’d been catapulting a few maggots out to 13 metres during the 1st hour on the bomb. So I shipped out here for a look next. It wasn’t long before I started to catch some carp. I was catching a carp about every 15 minutes and they were a good stamp of fish. I was just feeding about 15 maggots every 5 minutes. I didn’t want to over feed these fish. I wasn’t catching any silvers here so with no silvers in the peg I kept the feeding low. I had a good 2nd and 3rd hours of the match catching these carp but then things slowed down on the 13 metre line. 

It was time to come in close on my top2+2 line. I’d also been feeding maggots here since to start of the match. I cupped some mirco’s into the margin at this point for later in the match and started on the short pole line. I caught two more carp here after a while but my catch rate had really slowed down now and I was beginning to get caught up by the other anglers. I only had an hour and a half left in the match. It was time for a look in the margins but nothing happened here either with soft pellets or maggots. I’d still been feeding maggots on the 13 metres line so I when back here next hoping the rest and feeding would have brought the carp back, but no they weren’t there. The carp had clearly moved away so I opted to go back to the short pole line with 45 minutes left in the match. I had a good weight in my keep nets and I just needed to add a bit more. I was getting bites but I wasn’t hooking them now. I guessed these were silvers so I upped the feed hoping to bring in some carp. This didn’t work this time but I did catch a few chub and at least something was going into the keep nets!

Coming the weigh in I had 70lb on my clicker and I was claiming 65lb when the asked ha ha!! These carp were I bit bigger than I thought and I weighed in at 81lb which was enough to pick up the section win.   

Maggot rig – 0.4g Nick Gilbert XT Gimp Wire pole float in 4-5 foot of water set up on 0.15mm Guru N-Gauge mainline with No.8 stotz’s strung out at 3 inch gaps followed by 3 no. 10 stotz’s again at 3 inch gaps above the 6 inch hook length which was a size 18 – 0.11mm Preston GPM-B Ready Rig.  Set up on Preston 11H Hollo 

Phil Seedhouse wins his section at Hillviews Sunday Open


This week Phil, Mark, Stu, Robin, Rob and Andy fished Hillviews Sunday Open which was on Moorhen, Heron and Canal 3 this week.

All the Nomads found themselves all pegged on the Heron pool. Something that has never happened before! After Saturdays frost and heavy rain all day plus a Cormorant swimming around the pool while setting up good weights weren’t really expected. But Hillview is an excellent winter venue and it still fished good with 5 tonnes recorded, especially the 3rd canal which saw 4 tonnes recorded, with 154lb winning the match. Phil and Andy had good matches, Phil Won his section with 81lb 0oz but it was Andy that picked up the Nomad super pool this week, weighing in 84lb.All the rest of the Nomads caught fish. Mark 53lb, Stu 37lb. Robin 36lb, Rob 47lb There can’t be many venues that see 6 of us Nomads catch 338lb of fish between us in November after all that cold rain going in the day before. Hillview fished really well.

Robin Ballard wins Hillviews Sunday Open with a tonne+


This week Robin, Stu, Rob, Mark and Phil fished Hillviews Sunday Open match, held this week on the Moorhen and Heron pools. 

Robin, Stu and Mark drew on Moorhen while Phil and Rob found themselves on the Heron pool. It was Robin who took the Nomad Super pool this week and he also won the match outright fishing maggots to weigh in 117lb from peg 6. All the other Nomads caught fish with both Mark and Stu weighing in 60lb+ while over on the Heron pool Rob and Phil struggled but still caught a few fish. Well done Robin

Rob Butcher returns to form with a section win at Hillview


This week 5 Jubilee Nomads, Rob, Phil, Andy, Stu and Robin fished Hillview’s Sunday Open, held on the Heron pool and the 3rd and 4th canals.

Robin drew on the Heron pool, Andy finally drew on canal 4 while Rob, Stu and Phil found canal 3 home for the day.  Andy (108lb) and Phil (106lb) each caught over a 100lb pound in the match, but this still wasn’t good enough to beat that man Rob Butcher who won his section with 125lb from peg 70 (his 16th tonne+ weight of the year) on the 3rd canal to take home the Nomad pound coin kitty as normal. All the Nomads caught fish though, just not enough as Rob, but we’re used to that now!! Hillview continues to fish well for the time of year with 9 tonne plus weights recorded in the match.

Andy Mitchell, 2nd placed, Hillview Sunday Open with 113lb


This Sunday just 3 Nomads Andy, Phil and Rob met up at Hillview for the Sunday Open on the Heron pool. 

The weather forecast was for rain all day but after a damp start the weather improved. Andy drawn on peg 29 had a good match catching fish down the right hand margin and then late on top2+1 to weigh in 113lb to take 2nd overall in the match. Phil and Rob where drawn opposite each other at the other end of the pool, where Phil  weighed in 70lb and Rob……….wait for it………struggled !! So a different name to write about this week!Robin fished the Saturday open and did well winning his section on the Moorhen pool with 80lb. Well done Andy and Robin 

Rob Butcher wins the Sunday Open match at Hillview


That man Rob Butcher continues to dominate, fresh from winning the 3 day Somerset Leveller Festival last week with two match wins. This week he won Hillview’s Sunday Open.

Drawn on unfancied Moorhen 19, Rob fished his favoured paste method to land some big fish to win the Nomad pound kitty and the match with 168lb. Stu Thomson also caught well to finish in 3rd place and picked up a section win off Heron 32 with 146lb Robin 72lb , Andy 87lb  and Phil 42lb  also caught fish but were the also ran’s this week.Well done Rob and Stu flying the Nomad flag this week

Phil Seedhouse, top Nomad at Hillview with a tonne


This week 5 Nomads returned to Hillview for their Sunday Open, this week held on the four canals. 

This week Phil returned home with the pound coin kitty catching 125lb from canal 3 for 2nd in section. Rob weighted in 171lb but had one net disqualified so only 90lb counted in the match. Probably the only way we can beat Rob at moment with his trusted paste method!! Andy also  broke the tonne barrier off canal 1 with 101lb which was just short to win the section. While Robin and Stu also caught fish.