2nd placed on Pete’s pool, Tirley Court with 184lb

The prolific Pete’s pool at Tirley Court is a venue I always look forward to match fishing every year. It never disappoints!

It’s not a commercial venue just a pool on a farm. But by-god it’s simply awesome. The fishing here is far superior to any commercial venue I know. Its just a large pool on a farm just south of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire that allows clubs bookings for matches on it. However booking it may prove hard as its sold out most of the year, the fishing that good. I’ve been fishing it now for around 10 years. Mainly once a year and it I’m lucky twice a year and I don’t recall catching less than 100lb in the matches I’ve fished their. I go there now with the Jubilee Nomads and bag up every time. One of our matches a couple of years ago was actually won with a phenomenal 440lb.

Pete’s Pool – Tirley Court (commonly called the stones section)

But how would it fish today on the hottest day of the year with temperature’s in the 30’s. Today was definitely a brolly day to keep out of the sun and the good thing about Pete’s pool is that half the lake has very shallow margins sloping from nothing to 2 foot before you get out into the deeper water. These areas are commonly called the Stones, the grass bank and then there is the deeps on the other side of the lake. I drew half way along the grass bank area. So it was a case of wearing a pair of shorts and going in bare footed to place my seat box in the shallow water. So although it was the hottest day of the year, I was cool all day long and I had the foresight to freeze a couple of bottles of water overnight which were lovely and cool as the sun thawed them out.


When you arrive at Tirley the fish are literally crawling up the bank in inches of water but they can be very hard to catch in this very shallow water. It’s much better to ignore them and fish a pole a little further out, generally 2+2 in about 3 foot of water is best. I set up for fishing hard 6mm pellets with a 4×10 Preston Carp pellet pole float on 0.17mm Guru N-Gauge mainline with a small bulk of no.10’s and one no.10 dropper above a size 14 (0.15mm) Guru banded SLWG Ready rig (no need to tie your own these days) An identical rig was also set up with a size 14 Preston GPM Ready rig for fishing soft pellet or corn if a change of bait was needed. But this also meant I had a spare rig plumbed up ready to go if the first rig got damaged as I expected a catch a lot of fish. I also set up a margin rig but this was only going to come into play if needed.

Size 14 (0.15mm) Guru SLWG Banded Ready Rigs
Preston 4×10 Carp Pellet (3 foot of water)

This was going to be a 6mm hard pellet attack throwing in by hand. I had some soft pellets and micro pellet for the margin and corn as a bait change if needed but I felt confident fishing hard pellets from fishing the venue for 10 years.

A great start

At Tirley the fishing’s that good the owner insists in weighing in half way through the match. At the all-in I began to fish on the bottom in about 3 foot of water and fed 6mm’s by hand and it wasn’t long before I was catching carp. During the next two hours the fishing was great. Easy fishing, just throwing a few pellets at the float every couple of minutes to keep the fish in my swim. Come the mid way weigh-in I placed 94lb of carp on the scales. The next best weigh was 50lb so I great start to the match. I just needed to carry it now.

Rudd’ed out

After the mid match weigh-in I carried on where I left off, fishing hard pellets at 2+2 and even after a spell of not feeding anything while the weigh-in took place I continued to catch carp. All was good then small Rudd began to be a problem. Up until now they hadn’t been a problem for me but they had been for other anglers. My carp catch rate was dropping so I primed my margin line with a big pot of micro and corn. The fish were on it straight away and seeing tails swirling in the margin I just couldn’t leave it. They proved difficult to catch here as expected due to the shallow water and I caught a couple on double corn but I was waiting for bites for to long and the other anglers were now catching me up.

So I returned to the 2+2 line which had been rested for 30 minutes now but still fed. I changed hook bait to double corn thinking this larger bait would see off the Rudd. This was good I caught a few more carp and this seemed the way forward. But no the Rudd returned and were attacking the double corn hook bait straight away. I couldn’t get my hook bait through them. I moved my bulk to 6 inches from the hook but still had the problem Rudd to deal with. My catch rate had slowed right down now. So I returned to the hard pellet hook bait and increased the free offerings hoping to feed off the Rudd. This worked to some degree. I caught some more carp but I still had the Rudd problem although pellets were much better than corn. Now with 30 minutes left. Do I try the margin again? My 2+2 line was producing carp when I could get through the Rudd. I couldn’t help myself though, seeing all these swirling tails breaking the water. I tried it again but for little return so I returned to the 2+2 line for a few more carp until the end of the match.

The weigh-in

Come the weigh in, given my good start with my 94lb on the midway weigh-in leading the match, I had a 40 odd pound weight advantage over Andy Mitchell two pegs away. But I knew he’d had a good 2nd half of the match, much better than me and had caught well. He weighed in 212lb 8oz. An excellent weight. Did I have enough to beat that. I placed 90lb on the scales this time giving me a total weight of 184lb 8oz. A bit short and I had to settle for 2nd place overall. The time spent in the margin chasing tails had really cost me. But that’s fishing, it could have been good in the margin. If you don’t try it you never know. But really I spent to much time in the margins, costing me the match. However I was happy with how the day went considering it was the hottest day of the year so far in the 30’s which can effect the fishing. But Tirley never disappoints, its the ultimate bagging venue. If your lucky enough to fish a match here you are in for a excellent days fishing. Take plenty of keepnets, you’ll need them!

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 at Tirley Court with 288lb

15 Anglers, combined between us Jubilee Nomads and invited guests returned to fish Pete’s Pool at Tirley Court this week.

Andy Mitchell drawn at the top end of the pool in the deeps continued his recent good form by winning the match with another new personal best of 288lb 0oz.

At Tirley at this time of the year you have to weigh in at the half way point through the match. Most anglers struggled early on but not Andy who put 136lb on the scales followed by 152lb for the win. 2nd placed was another Jubilee Nomad on good form, Robin Ballard who posted weights of 97lb and 162lb to record an excellent 259lb 0oz. We had 3 sections with invited guest Tim Hunt recording 80lb and 101lb from both weigh in’s for a total weight of 180lb 0oz. The grass bank section was won by regular Nomad framer, Rob Butcher recording 45lb first weigh in and then catching well in the 2nd half of the match with 182lb for a combined weight of 227lb 0oz. The 3rd section in the deeps was won by Mark Birbeck catching 45lb first weigh in followed by 123lb for an overall weight of 168lb. All anglers caught fish with 14 out of the 15 that fished catching over 100lb.

Rob Butcher wins at Tirley Court with 308lb

This week 16 Jubilee Nomads and guests held our own match on Pete’s pool at Tirley Court.

When Rob drew the same peg as last year where he took the venue apart with 440lb we all knew he was going to be the man to beat. But history repeated it’s self with Rob winning the match with another big weight from the venue, this time with 308lb. Guest Jason Powell drawn on the grass bank 2 pegs from the end pushed Rob all the way, coming 2nd with an excellent bag of fish weighing in at 281lb.We had 3 sections outside the main two places. Andy drawn on the stones won the section setting a new personal best of 273lb while Robin 237lb and Stu 192lb posted good weights in the section. Over on the grass bank section, Doug’s 204lb took the section while Phil and Mark still recorded 100lb+ weights, Phil 152lb and Mark 113lb.The deeps section had all guests fishing where Lol took the section with 125lb.In all there were 12 tonne plus weights on this prolific big weight venue and all anglers had a great days fishing, and the best news is were back their next week!

Rob Butcher wins at Tirley Court with an awesome 440lb !!

This week the Jubilee Nomads and guests fished Pete’s pool at Tirley Court. The pool fished fantastic with every angler catching over 100lb with several personal best weights recorded. 

The match saw the Nomad match record smashed several times over and it was Rob Butcher who went on to win the match, setting the new Nomad match record and a personal best with an awesome 440lb of fish. Mark Birbeck was 2nd also setting a personal best of 274lb which won the section. Andy Mitchell won the other section again with a new personal best of 217lb.3rd in the match was Robin Ballard who weighed in 255lb for another personal best. Stu Thomson was joint 4th with 212lb, again setting a personal best. 11 anglers fished the match and 2387lb of fish was caught, giving a average of 212lb an angler. The bottom weight was still a normally impressive 138lb  but not today!!

Rob Butcher wins on Pete’s pool Tirley Court with 155lb

This week the Jubilee Nomads shared a match venue, Pete’s Pool at Tirley Court with Portabello AC. 

Rob Butcher won the match recording his 2nd 100lb+ weight in as many weeks with 155lb of paste caught fish from the end of the grass bank, narrowly beating Robin Ballard pegged on the opposite side of the pool in the deeps, who weighed in 151lb 4oz, all caught on the hard pellet short on his first visit to the venue.Doug Smith won his section with 98lb from the stones area and Big and Little Gary from Portabello picked up the other two sections, weighing in 88lb and 85lb.