Andy Mitchell wins at Tirley Court with 212lb

This week us Jubilee Nomads fished our own match with a few invited guests on the awesome Pete’s pool at Tirley Court.

We always look forward to fishing the two matches we are able to book on this venue each year as the fishing is always prolific here and actually booking a match here is difficult. Unfortunately Stu had to miss the match as he was having to self isolate due to covid but all the other Jubilee Nomads fished plus a few invited guests.

Tirley Court is a big weigh venue and has a 50lb keepnet limit. So plenty of keepnets are required and the owner insists on a weigh-in halfway through the match. Given that we were all fishing on the hottest day of the year with temperature’s in the 30’s it was most important that we did the double weigh-in so the fish weren’t in the keep nets to long.

Brollys were a must today and as Pete’s pool has very shallow pegs most of us donned shorts, fishing with bare feet and placed our seat boxes in the water. This was most welcome on this hot day and having water lapping around your feet all day kept us cool. But plenty of drinking water was needed.

The first half of the match was patchy and Phil set the early pace weighing in 94lb for the first couple of hours from half way along the grass bank area. Next weigh two pegs down was Andy who placed 56lb on the scales. But this meant only 50lb was recorded.

The second half of the match started and the fishing became better for most as the day processed. However it was for difficult for some to feed off the small Rudd. Andy began to catch Phil up now and also Rob in between Phil and Andy who was now catching well.

Come the end of the match, Tirley returned some excellent weighs as it normally does. Andy claimed top spot, winning the match with 212lb 4oz dispite earlier going over the 50lb keep net limit on his first weigh. Phil continued to add to his first weigh of 94lb and finished the match with 184lb 8oz to claim 2nd place.

Section Winners were Rob with 134lb which was also 3rd overall and the other section was secured by Robin on the ‘Stones’ section with 132lb.

Generally all anglers dispite the hot weather all caught fish and had a good day. 7 tonne plus weighs were recorded from the 12 anglers fishing. Tirley Court really is a awesome bagging venue and one we look forward to every year.

Andy Mitchell wins Back Deans at Woodland View Sunday Open

Just three of us Jubilee Nomads fished the open at Woodland View this week. Andy, Phil and Doug. Despite recent good attendances lately numbers were down this week but there were still some good anglers present. So the match was held on Back Deans and High pools.

Phil and Doug drew on the High pool while Andy found Back Dean’s 63 home for the day. Andy continued his recent good form at the venue and went on to win Back Deans with 93lb despite arriving late and not having much time set up. But he still had time to edge out Guru’s Mark Taylor by 8oz. Phil also lost out by 8oz on High pool weighing in 51lb to see the section being won with 51lb 8oz. Doug decided to throw back knowing anglers in his section had more than his 60 odd pound.


Back Deans and High pools
1st C hill Mosella. H31. 132-8
2nd A penn. H11. 113-8
3rd Andy Mitchell Jubilee Noamds. D63 93-8
4th M Taylor. Guru. D35. 93-0

Phil Seedhouse 2nd overall at Woodland View Sunday Open

The recent good Jubilee Nomad form at Woodland View continues. After Andy’s 2nd place finish last Sunday, it was Phil’s turn to frame this Sunday.

This Sundays open was held over Front and Back Deans with just Phil, Andy and Doug in attendance for the Nomads. Stu and Rob had decided to travel to Hillview for their open while Robin and Mark were off doing other things.

With the recent good weather the fish had just finished spawning at Woodland View and the fish weren’t in the mood for feeding and the weights were generally poor from the venue.

Phil, Andy and Doug all drew on Front Deans this week and the fishing was tough for all. Phil took the Nomad super pool by coming 2nd overall in the match with 67lb, just 2lb short of the winner who had 69lb. Doug had 50lb and Andy 48lb.

Over at Hillview Rob had a good days fishing the 4th canal to post another tonne plus weight of 121lb but no cigar this week.

Doug Smith wins his section at Woodland View Sunday Open

This Sundays Open match saw another excellent turnout of 45 anglers spread over Front Deans, Hay, High and Arles pools, with many using the match as a practise for the Golden Reel qualifier next Saturday.

Five of us Jubilee Nomads were in attendance dispite the weather forecast which saw blustery conditions with heavy rain forecast for later in the day. It felt like we were back to winter fishing! The good news was you could now sit in the cafe before the draw after more of the Covid restrictions being lifted but as normal the draw was done my Adi outside.

Doug, Rob and Phil drew on Front Deans while Andy and Robin found Arles pool home for the day. Doug was the star Nomad this week winning his section from Front Deans and also taking the Nomad super pool from his end peg 2 with 97lb closely followed up by Rob on the next peg who had 92lb, hoping for another pick up after the previous days section win!

Phil, further down the section through back 40lb wanting to get back home before the rain and for the final days football fixtures on the TV while over on Arles pool Andy and Robin caught a few but were really never in the race drawing Arles, with only a section win really up for grabs.

On the plus side, given the forecast for heavy rain later in the day, we escaped the worse of the weather and all our kit was back in the cars before the heavens opened and Woodland View continues to fish well.

Sunday open hay Arles f/deans high 45 fished
1st Ash price. Woodlands. D29. 150-8
2nd Ash ski. Peg one. Hay8. 137-4
3rd J Powell. Peg one. Hay 17. 131-12
4th S Campbell. Stourport. High26. 116-6
5th C Cameron. Midi. High34. 109-
6th K sheldon. Dudley. D27. 103-8

Rob Butcher wins the Woodland View Saturday Open, as the Nomads frame on both days this weekend

This weekend saw brown envelopes for Rob, Robin and Doug at Woodland View.

Saturday saw the Open on High pool where Rob and Robin framed in the top three. Rob winning the match from peg 22 with 93lb 6oz and Robin coming 3rd from peg 4 down the other end of the pool with 70lb 8oz.

Sunday saw the other Nomads join them for the open match on Front/Back Deans and Hay pools. This time Doug was the star Nomad taking the Nomad Superpool winning his section from peg 32 on Front Deans with another tonne+ weight of 111lb 0oz. Stu had 72lb from Hay, caught 60lb from Front Deans while Rob, Andy and Robin struggled on Back Deans but still caught 40-50lb each. So still a good day.

Saturday 15/5 high pool
Rob butcher. Jubilee Nomads. H22. 93-4
Rob Camden colmic select. H34. 78-8
Robin Ballard. Jubilee Nomads. H4. 70-8
Ash ski. Peg one. H16. 66-12

Sunday open 16/5 35
S Tibbits. Peg one. Hay 8. 142-4
Kev Slade. Peg one. D8. 137-8
Jim Pendrey. Peg one. Hay11. 128-12
G Clark. Colmic select. H20. 119-6
Doug smith. Jubilee Nomads. D32. 111-
H summer woodlands. D4. 106-4
B Whitley matrix. D30. 104-
D eke. Woodlands. Hay 17. 101-8
S Harris matrix. D1. 100-2
G pickton. Garbolino. D63. 100-2

Andy Mitchell continues to pick up at Woodland View

Andy’s the star Jubilee Nomad at the moment and has really got Woodland View sorted recently, picking up most weeks lately.

Sunday’s Open match at Woodland View saw Andy joined by Phil, Robin and Stu this week while Rob, Mark and Doug were fishing the 5 day Spring Festival at Solhampton. The Open at Woodland View saw an excellent turn out of 39 anglers fishing. So the match was held over Back Deans, High and Ghost pool. Andy and Phil on Back Deans, Robin on Ghost and Stu on High pool.

They all caught well as did most anglers fishing but Andy flew the Nomad flag again catching well in the margins after a slow start for all. This time Andy won his section on Back Deans with another tonne plus weight, 126lb for 4th in the match and only losing the pool win by 4oz. Phil was also a little unlucky just missing the other section win on Back Deans needing one more fish but weighted in 75lb 8ox for 2nd on the bank.

Robin drew on Ghost were he produced another big weight of 98lb despite losing several big fish which would have given him a framing place and Stu still had a 50lb+ weight on High pool. So overall a good days fishing for the Jubilee Nomads.

Woodland View Sunday open, High Ghost and Back deans – 39 anglers fished.

1st S Roberts. Telford. H24. 155-122

2nd B Brett Whitley matrix. H28. 141-12

3rd H summers woodlands. D35. 126-4

4th A Mitchell. Jubilee Nomads. D40. 126-

5th M Sidwell woodlands. G6. 121-12

6th J Powell. Peg one. H17. 121-

7th R Willson. Peg one. G7. 113-12

8th T Whitcher. Peg one. G9. 112-12

9th S Tibbits. Woodlands. H15. 112-6

Over at Solhampton, Doug Rob and Mark fished the festival all week in some pretty unseasonal weather conditions which made the fishing tough. With all the Nomads catching plenty of fish during the 5 days but all finished out of the money this time.

Solhampton Fishery May Festival Results1st Simon Dicken 535.00 lb 2. Carl Jones 526.06lb 3. Chris Hill 484.00lb 4. Sam Parker 469.07lb

Andy Mitchell wins Woodland Views big money Open

Saturday saw Andy, Robin, Doug and Rob book into the the Big money Open at Woodland View, Fished over Front and Back Deans.

Andy continued his recent excellent form at the venue after finishing 3rd the previous week with 122lb off Hay pool by topping that with 151lb 9oz off Front Deans peg 2 to win the match outright this time, picking up a very nice large and heavy brown envelope.

Andy then completed a hat-trick of pick ups from his last 3 matches at the venue by drawing on High pool for the Sunday Open. This time wining his section with 39lb on a day when the fish didn’t want to feed. But Andy didn’t pick up the Nomad Superpool this time. That honour fell to Doug on Front Deans who caught well catching 85lb 2oz and claimed 4th place and a section win.

Saturday Big Payout Open Match

Fished both Deans

1st Andy Mitchell D2 151.8lbs

2.Paul Ellis D27 121lbs

3.Jim Pendry D11 110lbs

4.Jason Powell D35 108lbs

5.Mat Walker D24 101.6lbs

Sunday Open Match

Front Deans & High

1 Rob Wilson D8 154lbs

2.Andy Pollard H30 120.8lbs

3.K Sheldon D29 119.

4lbs4.Doug Smith D5 85.2lbs

5.Jim Pendry D21 76.12lbs

Rob Butcher main frames at Woodland View Sunday Open

This week 6 Jubilee Nomads fished the Sunday Open at Woodland View. A good turnout saw 30 anglers spread out across Front and Back Deans this week. Weather wise it melt like back to winter fishing with snow and hail showers blowing in all day with a cold easterly wind in between sunny spells. But we all caught fish. Some more than others.

Rob and Robin drew Back Deans while Phil, Stu and Doug found them selves pegged together on the low numbers on Front Deans opposite Andy also on Front Deans. Rob was this weeks star Nomad, taking the Nomad Super pool and also main framing in the match catching some large Carp from peg 38 to finish 3rd overall in the match with 81lb 8oz. Well done Rob.

Andy did well catching a 50lb plus weight again. while Robin chipped in with 34lb. Over on the lower numbers on Front Deans Doug was top Nomad weight between himself, Stu and Phil, all pegged together, weighing in 30lb to Stu’s 15lb and Phil’s 24lb.
Woodland View Sunday Open Result 11th April

1st Mark Taylor. Guru. D21. 97-1

2nd Kevin Slade. Peg one. D25. 85-8

3rd Rob Butcher. Jubilee Nomads. D38. 81-8

4th T Whitcher. Peg one. D63. 73-4

Jubilee Nomads get back to match fishing winning ways!!

Thankfully we Jubilee Nomads got back to match fishing over the long Easter weekend now that organised sport is allowed. With most of us fishing a couple of days. Phil, Andy, Robin, Stu and Doug fished the Saturday Open at Woodland view on Front and Back Deans where they all caught fish.

Robin was took the Nomad pound coins winning his section from Front Deans with 97lb 12oz. Doug just missed out on his section on Back Deans but caught well, weighing in 84lb while Andy and Phil had around 60lb each with Phil also just missing a section win.

Sunday saw Rob join Andy, Stu and Doug at Solhampton fishing Buzzard and Jackdaw pools. Andy was the starman here winning the Buzzard pool with 99lb 14oz pushing Doug into 2nd place with 91lb 4oz. Giving us a Nomad top Two. While Stu finished in 4th with 73lb. Over on the Jackdaw pool Rob was 4th with 72lb. It’s just great that we are all back match fishing, after such a long wait!!

One word sums up 2020, Coronavirus!

Despite 2 lockdowns during the year and currently in our 3rd one now, we were still able to spend time on the bank fishing matches. Early in the year before the first lockdown we fished matches at Hawford Bridge, The Jam Factory, Hillview, Moorlands Farm and Manor Farm Leisure. We were all pretty successful with Phil, Andy and Mark winning matches with the other Nomads picking up several sections wins from these venues before the March Lockdown. 

Finally after several weeks pleasure fishing was allowed and matches began again with social distancing soon after that. But this was to late to save our annual 3 day Spring festival down in Somerset. But we were just happy to be able to fishing again.   

After this enforced break we began to visit Solhampton regularly, fishing their open matches. Rob dominated here winning several matches topped with a 233lb haul from the Valley pool. Solhampton fished extremely well after the lockdown with 100lb+ weights recorded by all Nomads. 

As the summer progressed we enjoyed two trips to the prolific Pete’s pool at Tirley Court. We arrange these matches ourselves as its not a commercial but a big weight venue we all enjoy. We invited a few guests to help us with the cost of booking the pool and we had two great matches there. Star performer was Rob again. His draw arm pulled at the same peg he had the previous year when he set the Nomad match record of 440lb. He won the match again with 308lb. Andy fished very well here on the second match, winning it and also setting a new PB of 288lb.

Robin Ballard, 2020 Worcesterset Champion
Robin Ballard, 2020 Worcesterset Champion

As the summer began to end we looked forward to our 3 day autumn festival down in Somerset as we couldn’t travel down to Somerset in the Spring. However we all had reversions about going. We still had the Covid restrictions to deal with and our accommodation wasn’t looking good as the bar was closed and we felt it was best to cancel the trip. A big part of this festival is the banter between us in the evenings and with no bar this just wasn’t going to be as good as previous years. We still wanted to fish and the time was still booked off work for us so Mark was given the task of arranging ‘Worcesterset’ a short notice 3 day local festival for us. He did well arranging matches at the Jam Factory on the Friday, Cob Hose on the Saturday and finishing with Hawford Bridge on the Sunday. Andy won the first day on the Ash pool at the Jammer with 125lb to set the pace but Robin fished brilliantly winning at Cob house on the Laurel pool the next day with 183lb. Robin just needed a section win on the last day at Hawford Bridge. The Bridge pool fished a lot harder for all that day but Robins 39lb not only took the important section win, he won this match as well. Crowning him 2020 Worcesterset Champion.  

Then for the remainder of the year we carried on fishing local Opens. Rob continued to dominate at Solhampton backed up with section wins from all Nomads. Andy won an open at Hillview and Phil and Andy picked up with 2nd’s at Woodland View. As we went into December Lockdown came again. We had intended to fish the Solhampton winter league. This was rearranged once we were back fishing matches and two rounds took place. Mark did really well here winning his pool on the first round and then picking up a section win on the 2nd round. This saw him topping the standings in the league at the turn of the year. As we go to January now on the 3rd lockdown who knows if the league will be finished off. We ended the year fishing a couple of fur and feather matches at Hillview and Woodland View. Phil picked up a section and ate well over Christmas! 

So that was our Nomad year. Another great year dispite all the social distancing and Covid regulations disrupting our fishing for a large part of the year. Lets hope 2021 will be a better year for all. 

Robin Ballard 2nd at Woodland View Sunday Open

Our first match of the New year saw four of us fishing the Sunday Open at Woodland View. Worcestershire is currently a Tier 3 area so we were able to match fish but who knows how long this will be able to continue.

The match was on Front and Back Deans on a bitterly cold winters day with overnight snow surrounding the venue. We all drew on Front Deans this week. Phil and Rob on the low numbers on the first bank while Robin and Andy were pegged on the opposite bank. Stu, Mark and Doug had more sense and stayed at home in the warm in what proved to be a extremely difficult match. The aerators had been on all night, so no ice breaking was needed but the fishing was hard for most with several dry nets and anglers packing up early. Everybody was in winter fishing mode with many starting the match on bomb and Bread and this week it was Robins time to shine from peg 25. He caught several carp on the bread before changing to corn later in the match. He won the pool easily, taking the Nomad Super pool and also ended the match in overall 2nd place with 75lb. Rob did well catching a few fish, weighing in five carp for 28lb, being the only angler to weigh in on his bank. But Andy and Phil struggled, as did most anglers today, it was a really hard days fishing.

Mark Birbeck top of Solhampton winter League after pool win

This Christmas week saw a few of us Jubilee Nomads in action. Rob, Robin and Mark continued with the 2nd round of the Solhampton individual winter league on Sunday 27th and it was Mark that put in the star Nomad performance again after winning his section on the first round. This time Mark, drawn on Duck won his pool picking up his 2nd section win of the league, catching 51lb while Robin and Rob struggled for bites on the Valley and Badger pools. So after two rounds Mark tops the League standings. Well done Mark. Andy and Stu travelled over to Woodland View for the Open on Ghost and High pools. Andy had a good day catching 44lb while Stu struggled on High but neither picked up this week.

Phil Seedhouse wins his section at Woodland View’s Fur & Feather

This week we Jubilee Nomads fished two Christmas matches with Fur and Feather’s at Woodland View and Hillview.

Saturday saw Phil, Robin, Rob and Andy travel over to Woodland View for one of their fur and feather matches. A good turn out of 30 anglers were spread over Front and Back Deans this time and all anglers returned home with a Christmas box of goodies after a complimentary bowl of soup and Bread before the prizes were handed out.Phil and Andy drew on Front Deans where Phil won his section with 27lb while Andy who had a bigger weight, 51lb took the Nomad pound coins finishing 2nd in his section. Robin and Rob were pegged together on Back Deans where it fished harder and they struggled but still caught a few fish.

Section winner goodie bag, Many thanks Woodland View
Section winner goodie bag, Many thanks Woodland View

Then on Sunday Stu joined us as we fished Hillview’s Fur and Feather match. This match saw over 50 anglers fishing on all pools on the complex. All anglers returned home of goodie bags of fishing tackle. At Hillview they have a draw after the match where some tackle vouchers are up for grabs. The peg number you draw for the match also goes into a draw for the prizes. There was a 1st prize of a £200.00 fishing voucher and several £100, £50 and £20 vouchers to be won. This is a great idea and gives even the not so good anglers a fair chance of winning a prize and probably why they have such a great turn out for this match. Unfortunately none of us Jubilee Nomads won anything!!Top Nomad on the day was Robin and from canal 1 with 62lb who just missed a section win. Phil also caught well from canal 2 weighing in 46lb and also just missed a section win. Andy, Rob and Stu all caught but didn’t have good draws. In fact Stu’s 13lb was only a couple of lb off a section win on his pool!!

Woodland View Result1st Simon Nicholas senses. D21. 85-42nd Andy pollard. Dgl. D50. 80-123rd Andy Powell. Lobbies. D47. 79-04th Stuart Tibbits. Woodlands. D8. 73-8

Phil Seedhouse 2nd placed, Woodland View Sunday Open

his week we fished at two different venues. Phil, Andy and Doug fished the Open at Woodland View while Robin, Rob and Mark fished the first round of the Solhampton Individual winter league.

Phil was the star Nomad this week flying the Nomad flag, drawing on Front Deans 5 at Woodland View on a bitterly cold winters day. The fishing was tough for all but he had the advantage of plenty of room on an end peg this week and made it count, weighing in 9 Carp and a few Silvers for 39lb 0oz. This was enough to win the pool and also 2nd overall in the match. Andy and Doug drew on Back Deans but at the wrong end and struggled, but Andy put his head down on a poor peg and just missing a section win by a few ounces. Weighing in 19lb.

Over at Solhampton Robin, Rob and Mark fished the first round of the delayed individual winter league. Mark was the top Nomad there collecting the Nomad pound coins by finishing 2nd on his pool, Dragonfly with 47lb 8oz. This was enough for the all important section win. So a good start to the league for Mark. Robin and Rob also caught fish but struggled on the Kingfisher pool this time.

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.

Doug Smith frames twice at Solhampton Opens this weekend

This weekend saw some of the Nomads fished both Opens at Solhampton. Saturday saw Doug, Robin and Rob in action on the Badger and Dragonfly pools. All caught well with Robin and Doug posting tonne plus weights off the Badger pool. Doug’s 124lb was enough to finish 2nd while Robin wasn’t far away. Over on the Dragonfly Rob framed as usual finishing 3rd with 54lb

Saturday ResultDragonfly pool 1st Mark Hingley 95-08 2nd Stu Campbell 66-04 3rd Rob Butcher 54-00Badger pool 1st Dave Johnson 129-14 2nd Doug Smith 124-12 3rd Carl Jones 120-02Sunday saw Phil join Doug, Robin and Rob. Doug drew well again having the Badger pool home for the day again, finishing 3rd this time with 93lb giving him a double pick up weekend plus the Nomad super pool. Rob caught 55lb while Phil finished 5th on the Jackdaw pool with 45lb

Sunday ResultBadger pool 1st Chris Hill 123-12 2nd. Karl Stephens 107-08 3rd. Doug Smith 93-08Valley pool 1st. Rich Green 81-10 2nd. Ken Turner 73-10 3rd. Mike Groves 68-13Jackdaw pool 1st. Jamie Hughes 95-14 2nd. Simon Dicken 95-06 3rd. Stu Campbell 71-00

Rob Butcher wins (again) at Solhampton Sunday Open

This week six of us Jubilee Nomads returned to Solhampton for the Sunday Open, this week with 20 anglers spread over Jackdaw and Buzzard pools. Phil, Robin, Andy and Stu drew on the Jackdaw pool while Rob and Doug drew on Buzzard. Rob continued his excellent form at this venue with another win catching 125lb and picked up the Nomad Super pool. Doug also did well finishing in the money, coming 3rd on the pool with 91lb. Over on the Jackdaw, Phil was top Nomad finishing 4th on the pool just out of the money catching 80lb while Andy and Robin and Stu all had 50lb+ weights. More on Jubilee Nomads HERE Jackdaw pool 1st Carl Jones 118-12 2nd Al Buchanan 91-00 3rd Alex Fulloway 90-12Buzzard pool 1st Rob Butcher 125-08 2nd Geoff Darlow 102-04 3rd Doug Smith 93-00

Rob Butcher continues to dominate at Solhampton with another win

This Sunday 6 of us Jubilee Nomads fished the open at Solhampton. A good turnout this week saw anglers spread over Valley, Kingfisher and Jackdaw pools this week. The draw put two of us Nomads on each pool, Rob and Robin on Jackdaw, Phil and Mark on Kingfisher while Andy and Doug drew on the Valley pool, Rob completed a personal hat-trick over the last 3 Sundays racking up another win, this time off the Jackdaw pool with 83lb to claim the Nomad Super pool. while Robin drew poorly and struggled for 31lb.The Kingfisher saw a close finish with only 14oz separating the top 3 anglers. Phil ended up 3rd on the pool, picking up a framing place with 69lb 0oz with 69lb 14oz winning the pool and 69lb 10oz coming second. Mark wasn’t far behind finishing up with 60lb+ Over on the Valley Andy was 4th just out of the money with 70lb 14oz while Doug weighed in 51lb

ResultsValley pool 1st Al Buchanan 82-12 1st Jeff Hodge 82-12 3rd Dave Hill 79-08Jackdaw pool 1st Rob Butcher 83-00 2nd Dave Baker 72-08 3rd Simon Dicken 68-00Kingfisher pool 1st Karl Stephens 69-14 2nd Derek Silk 69-10 3rd Phil Seedhouse 69-00

Rob Butcher wins the Solhampton Sunday Open with a tonne

This Sunday 4 Jubilee Nomads braved the wet weather with Rob, Doug and Robin heading the Solhampton while Andy booked in to the Open at Woodland View.

Over at Solhampton all 3 Nomads found Buzzard home for the day. All caught fish with Rob winning the pool from peg 13 catching exactly 100lb. Doug finished in 3rd with 67lb 8oz while Robin wasn’t far behind finished up 4th with 65lb 8oz. Giving the Jubilee Nomads a top 3 finish.

Over at Woodland View Andy on Front Deans Andy also did well finishing in 4th place and picking up a section win from FD7 with 49lb 10oz.

Solhampton Sunday Open, Buzzard Pool Result1st Rob Butcher 100lb 0oz2nd K Stephens 70lb 8oz3rd Doug Smith 67lb 8ozWoodland View Sunday Open Result 1.Chris Senter F/Deans 68lb 4oz. 2.Stu Tibbetts F/Deans 56lb 4oz 3.Pete Bailey F/Deans 52lb 4oz 4.Andy Mitchell F/Deans 49lb 10oz

Robin Ballard crowned 2020 Somerset Leveller Champion

This years 3 day Somerset Leveller festival was a little different this year. Due to Coronavirus it became a local 3 day festival aptly called Worcesterset.

A big part of previous Somerset festivals is the banter at the digs in the evenings over a few pints discussing the days fishing and taking the mickey out of the daily wooden spoon winners but with no bar and food available and having to adhere to the groups of six rule. This year we decided still fish three venues over the three days as normal. Last minute organising saw the Jam Factory, Cob House and Hawford Bridge used as this years venues. The league is run on small sections over the three days.

The first day saw us all meet at the Jam Factory for a match on the Ash pool. The weather wasn’t kind to us this time and strong winds made the fishing difficult. Andy Mitchell won this match with 125lb claiming a section win, with reigning champion Rob Butcher, 81lb and Robin Ballard, 77lb winning the other sections. Phil Seedhouse picked up the days wooden spoon!

Day two was on the Laurel pool at Cob House, the weather was much kinder and this produced some excellent weights and all anglers caught well. Robin Ballard won this match with an excellent weight of 183lb while the other two section winners were Rob Butcher, 113lb and Doug Smith also with 113lb. Graham Scott picked up the days wooden spoon.

Going into the last match on the Bridge pool at Hawford Bridge. Robin Ballard and Rob Butcher had a perfect 2 section wins and were each on 2 points closely followed by Andy Mitchell on 3 points who also had a good aggregate weight of 252lb. Doug Smith and Mark Birbeck were sitting on 4 points and it was all to play for on the final match. A cold night made the fishing hard at Hawford Bridge on the Bridge pool and bright conditions kept the weights down and the fishing was a struggle for all anglers. It became a straight fight out between Robin and Rob as they were both pegged in the same section this time with Robin last to weigh in. Rob was first to weigh and put 30lb 12oz on the scales. Robin was also claiming around 30lb so it was going to be a close finish. The other two sections were won by Graham Scott, 32lb and Stu Thomson who also had 32lb. Robin was last to weight in as we all gathered around but still with social distancing! Robins fish weighed 39lb which gave him the all important section win to take the festival win and also his 2nd match win of the festival. Doug Smith picked up the days wooden spoon. At the presentation of all the prizes festival organiser Mark Birbeck was thanked by all for his hard work. Especially harder this year having to cancel hotel rooms and fishery bookings due to Covid 19 and with the social distancing rules this year it wasn’t easy and then finding new venues to fish locally at short notice. So another Somerset festival was enjoyed by all even though this year it was Worcesterset!!Well done Robin.