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Dovetail Fishing League - June Week 4 Tournament Details
This is the part where things get serious. With just two weeks left in the June Dovetail Fishing League Season anglers will be looking to make a push up the leaderboards or cement their places at the top. Here's how things stand at the moment. Xbox One Big Bass Tour The Big Bass Tour's trip to Lake Johnson ended in victory for AlbertTrotter helping him to close in on the top 3. PhillyBass 1965 holds on to the top spot but good results for Mr Perfect 1967 and WicksySPY442 are really putting the pressure on. Week Winner: AlbertTrotter Season leader: PhillyBass 1965 Season 2nd place: Mr Perfect 1967 Season 3rd place: WicksySPY442 Carp Championship DazzerB05 jumped to the top of the Carp Championship leaderboard with a win at Jezioro Bestii. He now sits ahead of FlashCat and they have been joined by AlbertTrotter who now sits third. Week Winner: DazzerB05 Season leader: DazzerB05 Season 2nd place: FlashCat Season 3rd place: AlbertTrotter Match Series Bobcin3 came out on top at Lake Williams in the Match Series in week 3 and will be hoping for a similar result this week to close in on the top 3. It was all change in the season leaderboard as FlashCat has moved up to top spot in the season leaderboard. AlbertTrotter and Bigtimer J joined the top 3 and are now in second and third respectively. Week winner: bobcin3 Season leader: FlashCat Season 2nd place: AlbertTrotter Season 3rd place: l Bigtimer J l Predator Challenge AlbertTrotter extended his lead at the top of the Predator Challenge leaderboard with a win at Grand Union Canal. Second Place is still held by v NaTHaN 96 and he now has ScoobyHaze420 behind him in third after Scooby finished second in week 3. Week winner: AlbertTrotter Season leader: AlbertTrotter Season 2nd place: v NaTHaN 96 Season 3rd place: ScoobyHaze420 Global standings Sitting in the top three in three of the series means that AlbertTrotter holds onto his lead in the global standings. DazzerB05 has moved up into second ahead of SithLord5678 who has been bumped out of the top three by ScoobyHaze420. Leader: AlbertTrotter 2nd Place: DazzerB05 3rd Place: ScoobyHaze420 PlayStation 4 Big Bass Tour The victory in the Big Bass Tour was taken by hyt5rik2xz in week 3. A second place finish for kartoffel6 has now put them level on points with PHILLY-BASS-1965 in second place in the season standings. Stumain holds on to top spot while cous-34 has been promoted into third. Week Winner: hyt5rik2xz Season leader: stumain Season 2nd place: PHILLY-BASS-1965/kartoffel6 Season 3rd place: cous-34 Carp Championship A win for stumain in the Carp Championship have put him in the lead in the season standings. SMOKEYMON-G-313 has also moved up in the standings and now sits second. MLT24 now occupies third place. Week Winner: stumain Season leader: stumain Season 2nd place: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Season 3rd place: MLT24 Match Series Bobcin3 put pressure on the leaders with a win in the Match Series in week 3. SMOKEYMON-G-313 was able to extend his lead over stumain following a second place in week 3. MLT24 sits behind them in third. Week winner: bobcin3 Season leader: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Season 2nd place: stumain Season 3rd place: MLT24 Predator Challenge SMOKEYMON-G-313 took the win in the Predator Challenge in week 3 to extend his lead at the top. Perex62 has joined the top 3 in second place ahead of MLT24 in third. Week winner: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Season leader: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Season 2nd place: perex62 Season 3rd place: MLT24 Global standings SMOKEYMON-G-313 is in a strong position going in to week 4 as he continues to occupy the top spot in the global leaderboard. It's not over though and stumain or MLT24 could still catch up. Leader: SMOKEYMON-G-313 2nd Place: stumain 3rd Place: MLT24 Steam Big Bass Tour MilkinBad was the winner in the Big Bass Tour in week 3, making it three from three and extending his lead at the top of the leaderboard. KYA-Beast holds on to second place while facadedavid has joined them in the top 3. Week Winner: MilkinBad Season leader: MilkinBad Season 2nd place: KYA-Beast Season 3rd place: facadedavid Carp Championship It was another good week in the Carp Championship for MilkinBad as he took the victory. BeasleyGreenwald moved up into second in the standings ahead of MachineX who has joined them in the top 3. Week Winner: MilkinBad Season leader: MilkinBad Season 2nd place: BeasleyGreenwald Season 3rd place: MachineX Match Series Making it another hat-trick of wins, MilkinBad took the win in the Match Series in week 3. We are unchanged in the top 3 this weke with BeasleyGreenwald and vert maintaining their positions in second and third. Week winner: MilkinBad Season leader: MilkinBad Season 2nd place: BeasleyGreenwald Season 3rd place: vert Predator Challenge Completing the clean sweep of victories in week 3, MilkinBad was the winner in the Predator Challenge. The tournament standings mirroring the season standings with BeasleyGreenwald finishing second and kensauter20 in third. Week winner: MilkinBad Season leader: MilkinBad Season 2nd place: BeasleyGreenwald Season 3rd place: kensauter20 Global standings With the lead in all four of the series, MilkinBad is currently in a commanding position in the global standings. BeasleyGreenwald leads the chase sitting in second place. MachineX has moved up in to third to complete the top 3. Leader: MilkinBad 2nd Place: BeasleyGreenwald 3rd Place: MachineX With two weeks of tournaments left to fish, there's still opportunities to claim valuable points and make that push up the leaderboards. Those at the top will be looking to hold on to their positions with strong finishes in the remaining two weeks. Big Bass Tour: Lake Seminole is a popular venue in the real world bass tours and in the Big Bass Tour. We head there this week for a sunset tournament with a forecast of heavy rain. Carp Championship: We travel to the famous Gigantica Main Lake this week. This tournament will be taking place at sunset with clear skies. Match Series: The Match Series takes us to Austria this week with a trip to Bergsee on the cards. There's a light cloud covering for this tournament being held at sunrise. Predator Challenge: We're going deep in to the Amazon Rainforest for the Predator Challenge this week. Laguna Iquitos plays host to an afternoon tournament with dynamic weather.
12 days ago
Dovetail Fishing League - June Week 3 Tournament Details
Two down, three to go for the June Dovetail Fishing League. The standings are still finding their shape with so much fishing time left in the season but we can check in on how the leaderboards are currently looking. Xbox One Big Bass Tour Mr Perfect 1967 took victory in the Big Bass Tour on Lake Miller in Week 2 to put himself up in to second in the season standings. PhillyBass 1965 followed up his win last week with a second place to strengthen his place at the top. WicksySPY442 drops down in to third place. Week Winner: Mr Perfect 1967 Season leader: PhillyBass 1965 Season 2nd place: Mr Perfect 1967 Season 3rd place: WicksySPY442 Carp Championship SithLord5678 was the winner at Gigantica Road Lake in the Carp Championship, a result that brings them up in to third in the season leaderboard. FlashCat holds on to the lead while Assassin8331's second place finish has put them in second place for the season so far. Week Winner: SithLord5678 Season leader: FlashCat Season 2nd place: Assassin8331 Season 3rd place: SithLord5678 Match Series It was another win for SithLord5678 in the Match series at Wraysbury as they shared the spoils with Assassin8331 for first place. That win giving SithLord the lead in the season standings by just 5 points ahead of FlashCat who came in second following their win in the previous week. Things are very close at the top there as Assassin sits just 2 points behind them in third. Week winner: SithLord5678/Assassin8331 Season leader: SithLord5678 Season 2nd place: FlashCat Season 3rd place: Assassin8331 Predator Challenge AlbertTrotter came away with the victory at Lake Boulder in the Predator Challenge allowing them to leapfrog v NaTHaN 96 at the top of the season standings. Brutality7134 has now joined the top three in the leaderboard after a third place finish in week 2. Week winner: AlbertTrotter Season leader: AlbertTrotter Season 2nd place: v NaTHaN 96 Season 3rd place: Brutality7134 Global standings His performances in Week 2 have given AlbertTrotter the lead in the global standings. SithLord has joined them in the top three slotting in to second place while DazzerB05 has dropped down to third place. Leader: AlbertTrotter 2nd Place: SithLord5678 3rd Place: DazzerB05 PlayStation 4 Big Bass Tour It was a win for PHILLY-BASS-1965 in week 2 of the Big Bass Tour giving them second place in the standings. Continuing their strong form, stumain finished second following their win last week to hold on to the top spot. Completing the top 3 in third place is kartoffel6. Week Winner: PHILLY-BASS-1965 Season leader: stumain Season 2nd place: PHILLY-BASS-1965 Season 3rd place: kartoffel6 Carp Championship SMOKEYMON-G-313 hit back with a win in week 2 to enter the top 3 in third position in the season leaderboard. At the top, Ginger-Beard90 has moved ahead of JONBOY81068 to lead the standings. Week Winner: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Season leader: Ginger-Beard90 Season 2nd place: JONBOY81068 Season 3rd place: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Match Series The Match Series victory was shared by stumain and SMOKEYMON-G-313 in week 2. A second win in a row for SMOKEYMON-G-313 maintains their lead at the top. For stumain it means he moves clear of MLT24 in second place in the standings. Week winner: stumain/SMOKEYMON-G-313 Season leader: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Season 2nd place: stumain Season 3rd place: MLT24 Predator Challenge SMOKEYMON-G-313 moves ahead of MLT24 in the standings following their win in week 2 of the Predator Challenge. A third place for cous-34 has pushed them in to third place in the season leaderboard. Week winner: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Season leader: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Season 2nd place: MLT24 Season 3rd place: cous-34 Global standings SMOKEYMON-G-313 has taken over the lead of the global standings after three wins this week. Not far behind is stumain in second with MLT24 following in third. Leader: SMOKEYMON-G-313 2nd Place: stumain 3rd Place: MLT24 Steam Big Bass Tour It was two wins in a row for MilkinBad as he extends his lead at the top of the Big Bass Tour standings. KYA-Beast stays second following their second place finish in week 2. Third now belongs to highwiretx. Week Winner: MilkinBad Season leader: MilkinBad Season 2nd place: KYA-Beast Season 3rd place: highwiretx Carp Championship Week 2 was a good week as a whole for MilkinBad, their second win of the week came in the Carp Championship moving them up in to first in the season standings. Rave45 drops in to second while BeasleyGreenwald occupies third place in the top 3. Week Winner: MilkinBad Season leader: MilkinBad Season 2nd place: Rave45 Season 3rd place: BeasleyGreenwald Match Series MilkinBad made it a hat-trick of wins with victory in the Match Series in week 2. BeasleyGreenwald finished second in week 2 to join the top 3 in second place. Vert stays in third place. Week winner: MilkinBad Season leader: MilkinBad Season 2nd place: BeasleyGreenwald Season 3rd place: vert Predator Challenge Completing the full sweep for the week, MilkinBad was the victor in the Predator Challenge. BeasleyGreenwald holds on to second place while kensauter20 has joined the top 3 follwing his second place finish in week 2. Week winner: MilkinBad Season leader: MilkinBad Season 2nd place: BeasleyGreenwald Season 3rd place: kensauter20 Global standings MilkinBad extended his lead at the top of the global standings following 4 wins this week. In such form he will take some catching. BeasleyGreenwald is in second place still overall and now hsa facadedavid behind him in third. Leader: MilkinBad 2nd Place: BeasleyGreenwald 3rd Place: facadedavid With plenty to play for in the remaining three weeks of the season, let's check in on where we'll be travelling to this week. Big Bass Tour: We're heading to Florida this week for the Big Bass Tour at Lake Johnson. The skies are clear for this morning tournament. Carp Championship: Jezioro Bestii plays host to the Carp Championship this week. This week it's a sunrise tournament with clear skies overhead. Match Series: Lake Williams is our destination for the Match Series taking place at sunset. The weather forecasts clear skies for this event. Predator Challenge: The Predator Challenge visits the Grand Union Canal this week. The weather is going to be dynamic for this tournament taking place in the morning.
19 days ago
Dovetail Fishing League - June Week 2 Tournament Details
We're in to week 2 of the June season of the Dovetail Fishing League. With the week 1 results in the bag let's see who made the best start to the month. Xbox One Big Bass Tour PhillyBass made a great start to the season taking the win at Lake Guntersville in the Big Bass Tour. Following him in second was WicksySPY442 with ScoobyHaze420 in third. Week 1 winner: PhillyBass 1965 Week 1 2nd place: WicksySPY442 Week 1 3rd place: ScoobyHaze420 Carp Championship FlashCat was the winner in the Carp Championship at Gillhams Fishing Resort in week 1. Second place went to Lavindathar with DazzerB05 in third. Week 1 winner: FlashCat Week 1 2nd place: Lavindathar Week 1 3rd place: DazzerB05 Match Series Starting as he means to go on in defending his title, Bigtimer J took victory in the Match Series at Manor Farm. DazzerB05 finished in second and FlashCat was our third place finisher. Week 1 winner: l Bigtimer J l Week 1 2nd place: DazzerB05 Week 1 3rd place: FlashCat Predator Challenge It was a good week for v NaTHaN 96 as he was the winner on Lake Jordan in the Predator Challenge. Second place went to AlbertTrotter with defending champion Bigtimer J finishing third. Week 1 winner: v NaTHaN 96 Week 1 2nd place: AlbertTrotter Week 1 3rd place: l Bigtimer J l Global standings Following week 1 of the June Dovetail Fishing League Season we've got DazzerB05 sat at the top of the global leaderboard. Last month's Angler of the Month Bigtimer J is sat in second and has AlbertTrotter behind him in third. Leader: DazzerB05 2nd Place: l Bigtimer J l 3rd Place: AlbertTrotter PlayStation 4 Big Bass Tour Stumain started his challenge for the Big Bass Tour in style with the week 1 win. Kartoffel6 finished second ahead of cous-34 in third. Week 1 winner: stumain Week 1 2nd place: kartoffel6 Week 1 3rd place: cous-34 Carp Championship A new challenger emerges with JONBOY81068 winning in week 1 in the Carp Championship. It was second place for Ginger-Beard90 and Giusesera finished third. Week 1 winner: JONBOY81068 Week 1 2nd place: Ginger-Beard90 Week 1 3rd place: Giusesera Match Series After such a close finish in the May season, SMOKEYMON-G-313 wanted to make a statement for the start of the June season. He took the win in week 1 ahead of stumain and last month's winner MLT24, both of them shared second place. Ginger-Beard completed the top 3 in third. Week 1 winner: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Week 1 2nd place: stumain/MLT24 Week 1 3rd place: Ginger-Beard90 Predator Challenge MLT24 made the best start to the Predator Challenge for this month. He took the win in week 1 with last week's winner SMOKEYMON-G-313 in second. It was another third place finish for Ginger-Beard90. Week 1 winner: MLT24 Week 1 2nd place: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Week 1 3rd place: Ginger-Beard90 Global standings A strong start from stumain has put him in the overall lead of the global standings. He's got last defending champion SMOKEYMON-G-313 behind him in second and Ginger-Beard90 sits third after some good results. Leader: stumain 2nd Place: SMOKEYMON-G-313 3rd Place: Ginger-Beard90 Steam Big Bass Tour After his clean sweep of the titles last month, MilkinBad started off well taking a win in the Big Bass Tour in week 1. Second place went to KYA-Beast and BeasleyGreenwald took third place. Week 1 winner: MilkinBad Week 1 2nd place: KYA-Beast Week 1 3rd place: BeasleyGreenwald Carp Championship Rave45 was the winner in week 1 of the Carp Championship ahead of defending champion MilkinBad. BeasleyGreenwald was the third place finisher for last week. Week 1 winner: Rave45 Week 1 2nd place: MilkinBad Week 1 3rd place: BeasleyGreenwald Match Series With another title to defend, MilkinBad started his defence with a win in the Match Series. A new face in MachineX entered the fray with a second place finish. Vert started their challenge with a third place. Week 1 winner: MilkinBad Week 1 2nd place: MachineX Week 1 3rd place: vert Predator Challenge MilkinBad started his defence of the Predator Challenge with a victory in week 1 of the Predator Challenge. BeasleyGreenwald is leading the chase in second place and facadedavid is backing him up in third place. Week 1 winner: MilkinBad Week 1 2nd place: BeasleyGreenwald Week 1 3rd place: facadedavid Global standings Defending champion MilkinBad has started his season on the right foot with three wins in week 1 putting him at the top of the global leaderboard. BeasleyGreenwald is on his tail in second place and Mat is there in third place. Leader: MilkinBad 2nd Place: BeasleyGreenwald 3rd Place: Mat The battle commences in week 2, have a look at where you'll be heading in the tournaments this week. Big Bass Tour: The Big Bass Tour is on its way to Lake Miller this week for the Big Bass Tour. This afternoon tournament will have dynamic weather so be prepared to change up your approach. Carp Championship: The famous Gigantica complex hosts the Carp Championship as we head to the Road Lake for week 2. It's a morning of light cloud in this tournament. Match Series: The hugely popular Wraysbury 1 South Lake is the venue for the Match Series this week. Taking place at sunrise with dynamic weather. Catch as many fish as you can. Predator Challenge: In the Predator Challenge we're travelling to Lake Boulder for a tournament at sunset. There's heavy rain forecast here which could make for some challenging conditions.
a month ago
Dave Levy - The Last of the Kings Part 3
Having netted one of the previously uncaught carp in part 2, Dave was hungry for more and returned to the reservoir to see what else he could pull out of the water. The Last of the Kings continued A week later I found the carp spawning and I counted 26 carp, I watched them for the whole day as they went about their business, I estimated a good few were 25 to 30 pounds with ten being 30s. At least three of them were around 40lb, the big common was a short angry looking carp but two of the mirrors there that looked like big 30s were almost fully scaled. There was at least five small carp too. I didn’t get back down for a few weeks due to a family holiday but the day after we got back I was back at the five mile and looking, I was starting to get a good idea of where to start looking now and found the big common and a small mirror swimming along one of the long banks, I got a single rod and run until I was 30 yards past them, quickly I flicked a rod out with a bright hook bait on, feeling a lead down on to a concrete slab under water gave a whole new meaning to getting a donk! They were getting closer and as they got to within ten feet of the bright bait they both made a b line for it, I was sat down saying “come on” the spool burst in to life and I didn’t know what fish was on until the mirror came up, after a short scrap I netted it. Again it was as perfect a carp as your ever see and just over 22lb. I returned her quickly from the heat of the day. I didn’t see another carp that day. I did spend a few days fishing baited areas but this never did any takes and I learned that the Reservoir was littered was Crayfish of both species and large mitten crabs. A hook bait would most times last a few hours. It had been a few weeks since the 22 and I had started to see them jumping at about 150 yards out off the same point every morning, I brought the big rods down the next session and at 9am a fish showed in the same place, I cast a stinger to the area the hook bait was tigers as the crays didn’t like these as much. The rod had only been out half hour when the alarm went in to meltdown soon another 20 mirror was in the net, at 24lb it was a strange long looking carp not at all like the other two. We were now in to the month of October and I was thinking I’ll give it a few weeks before pulling off for the winter. The mornings were getting cold and dark making the concrete slopes quite dangerous. I had to keep the life jacket on now as slipping on that wet moss was a real possibility. I set a spod up at 160 yards it was just over 20ft deep at that range and over the next week I drove down twice just to bait using tiger and crumbed boilie. I got down in the dark a few days after baiting and I sat waiting for day light. I saw the first carp show at 7am and it was maybe 500 yards out, even at that range I could see it was a small one, the next fish show 20 minutes later at around 300 yards, I hoped they would keep coming this way. I had all three rods out at about two at 160 and one as a single hook bait at about 170. I saw another two fish a lot closer to the bait through the morning and both looked big. At 1 in the afternoon I was sat chatting on the phone to a good friend Terry when the line on the middle rod lifted, I said I’ve got to go Terry and put the phone down slipping on my life jacket, I knew something was going to happen, the line began to lift and I didn’t wait lifting the rod I was expecting to bend in to the carp but the rod wrenched over as it took line fast and just kept going, I knew this was no 20! It kited round right and I gained a lot of line back the fight was just crazy and a few times I thought I’m not going to land this but it was now ten yards out and slowly coming up the margin shelf, As she rolled I saw it was one of the big scaly mirrors, I had to sit on my back side and ease myself down to the waters edge where the waves were lapping in on the concrete, it was hairy stuff but I netted the carp first go. I left it in the net and got everything sorted. There was a worker on the reservoir and had seen me playing the carp and came over offering a much needed helping hand. I laid the mat on the shelf and slid the carp up on to it in the net, the guy pulled me back up using the landing net pole and we carried the carp on to the grass. I weighed her at 35lb 12oz. I can’t even begin to tell you how beautiful the carp was with it’d apple slice scales, and yellow brown colours. After the photos I lifted the mat and let her slide away she was a very old carp and she sat for a few minutes before disappearing beneath the waves. I did a few more day sessions but never saw another carp and the Five mile pit locked away her secrets again for another long winter. Circumstances changed on the big pit and I never retuned again the next year. I never showed many other people the photos or told them the story of the Five mile pit, until now. This is our third and final part of the Last of the Kings chapter from Dave’s book Fallen Kings. It is available now if you want to read more about his angling adventures https://www.gifts4anglers.co.uk/Fallen-Kings-Dave-Levy.html
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Dovetail Fishing League May 2020 Angler of the Month
The final week has left us with some unbelievably close finishes in the May 2020 Dovetail Fishing League Season. It has been a great effort from everyone taking part and June promises to be another fantastic month in the DFL. Xbox One DazzerB05 sealed the series win in the Big Bass Tour with a win at Lake Williams in week 4. It was a win for Assassin8331 in the final week of the Carp Championship but they were not able to reel in series winner mafioso filho in the end. AlbertTrotter closed out the season with a win in the Match Series at Wraysbury 1 South Lake as Bigtimer J was crowned the series winner. A win in week 4 at Laguna Iquitos for Bigtimer J allowed him to secure the win in the Predator Challenge. The Angler of the Month for the May 2020 Dovetail Fishing League season is Bigtimer J! Two series wins and strong placements in the other series give him the win overall this month. Angler of the Month: l Bigtimer J Series Winners Big Bass Tour: DazzerB05 Carp Championship: mafioso filho Match Series: l Bigtimer J l Predator Challenge: l Bigtimer J l PlayStation 4 It was a good month for SMOKEYMON-G-313 in the Big Bass Tour, they just missed out on 4 straight wins as kartoffel6 took the week 4 victory but his performances in the previous weeks were enough to take the series win. SMOKEYMON-G-313 finished ahead of Johnnij87 in week 4 to be able to move clear of them and take the win in the Carp Championship by just 12 points. MLT24's win was not quite enough to bring them level with the leaders. If the Carp Championship was close, the Match Series was something else! There were only 4 points separating our top 3 and the series win decided by a single point. MLT24 took the week 4 win to rocket into first place and claim the win in the series. In the Predator Challenge, SMOKEYMON-G-313 was able to make sure of the series win with a victory in week 4. Congratulations to our PlayStation 4 Angler of the Month for May - SMOKEYMON-G-313! Three series wins and second place in the Match Series give him a comfortable win in the end in the global standings. Angler of the Month: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Series Winners Big Bass Tour: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Carp Championship: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Match Series: MLT24 Predator Challenge: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Steam A massive congratulations needs to go to MilkinBad this month. Follwing a dominant performance in the final week of the season they are crowned not just Angler of the Month but the season winner across each series as well. Who will be challenging them in the June Dovetail Fishing League season? Angler of the Month: MilkinBad Series Winners Big Bass Tour: MilkinBad Carp Championship: MilkinBad Match Series: MilkinBad Predator Challenge: MilkinBad We want to say a huge thank you to everyone that continues to take part in the Dovetail Fishing League each week and also congratulations to all of our winners. June should be another great month in the Dovetail Fishing League. Before we go let's see where the June season will be starting us off in week 1 with our tournament details. Big Bass Tour: A favourite location for many bass anglers and the host venue for the Bassmaster Classic multiple times, we are heading to Lake Guntersville this week in the Big Bass Tour. This sunset tournament has clear skies so get out there and get the best bag of 5 bass you can. Carp Championship: A holiday destination and a famous fishing lake in one, Gillhams Fishing Resort is playing host to the Carp Championship this week with an afternoon tournament under clear skies. Match Series: Manor Farm at the Linear Fisheries Complex is our location of choice for the Match Series in week 1. A morning of heavy rain is forecast for this tournament but don't let the conditions put you off. Predator Challenge: This week's Predator Challenge is being held at Lake Jordan, a regular fixture on the real world bass tours. Sunrise with dynamic clouds means you may have to try out different lures for success here.
a month ago
Dave Levy - The Last of the Kings Part 2
With permission to fish the reservoir, Dave’s attention now turned to hunting down the fabled uncaught carp in the reservoir. The Last of the Kings Continued Where do you start on 485 acres of long featureless concrete banks? I thought the best place to start would be the prevailing wind ward bank; this would be the south west bank. I baited a corner and a few spots along that 2 and a half mile stretch, I used mixed baited thinking if there are any carp left in here they may never have seen a boilie let alone a hook and if they had then it wouldn't have been for years, although I have no doubt before the security was increased the reservoir could have been pouched. I used a lot of tiger nuts as they don’t rot like boilies and I could spend weeks checked the baited spots, and that’s just how long they sat there in six feet of gin clear water not even the bird life knew what they were. The days were starting to get warm and I still hadn’t seen a single carp and doubts started to creep in that I was wasting my time. One day while walking round I bumped in to a guy who worked on the res, he was bird watching and he started chatting away and to be honest I wasn’t overly interested I had already covered four miles of walking and wanted to get another lap in. He asked why I was up on the reservoir and I said I was looking for carp, he laughed saying “you won’t see them up here”, I didn’t see them till June last year. What! Suddenly I was interested. I questioned him about what he’d seen. Oh yes he says, last June I saw four big carp in the far corner, big old dark shapes they were but not enough to fish for in here these days. One of the right size was enough! Well I was buzzing there was at least four carp and likely more, ok not a lot in so much water but they were here. I kept walking until I reached my baited corner. I looked in and it was all gone leaving a long line cleared out on the bottom. It could have been bird life, or it could have gone off and floated away, but It may have been carp, massive uncaught carp! My mind was buzzing and I could hardly sleep that night so when the morning came and the sun was shining I jumped in the car and drove back to the five mile pit. I had my little girl Lottie with me who loves nature so we walked the banks bird/carp watching but after a few miles Lottie had enough and I had to bribe her with the promise of MacDonald’s! I reach the baited corner and deposited half a kilo of Tiger nuts and about 500 Mainline Hybrid boilies, everything again was put fairly close in about 6ft of water, the wind was blowing in and there was a build up of floating rubbished, this was made up of all sorts strange stuff from dolls heads, plastic bottle tops, sticks and old crisp packs. I didn’t see any carp but I’d got the bait in, I then had to give Lottie a piggy back most of the way back if anything the Five mile pit was getting me fit. I’d now been changed on to shift work and this meant I could get back to fishing week days so on the Monday instead of fighting my way through Traffic on the M25 I drove the hour long trip to the Five mile pit. The sun was shining and while I drove along I was thinking what it would mean to catch a huge uncaught carp, worth ten of any other other carp to me. After parking up I started walking the banks in search of the unknown, by lunch time it had turn out to be a warm day and as I approached the baited corner I don’t know why, I got a feeling come over me, maybe a sixth sense. I said to myself, keep down low there is going something in the corner. I dropped to my knees and crawled up to the bank side and looked down the slope in to the clear water, I could hardly believe my eyes they were here! Three carp all feeding, two big mirrors and a common. I watched the biggest a mirror with a large cream belly, it was very close in. It was hard to put a weight on them but they were all looked big. I slowly backed off before standing up. I had two rods with me but the only problem was they were about a mile and a half away in my car. I took off my top and began to jog, the jog turned in to a run and before long I was looking like Mo Farah running in the Olympics. Ok, Ok, stop right there. I’m getting carried away, I looked nothing like Mo Farah, in fact by the time I reach the car I resembled someone who needed medical assistance! I pulled the gear out the car and downed some water before starting the run back. When I got within 100 yards of where I’d seen the carp I slowed down taking a moment to get my breath back Just as a Van came driving along the track and stopped. It was a mate I used to work with and he said what the hell is wrong with you? I replied “carp….seen a carp”…. He then says, so. “why you running about this place I told you you could drive round”! He’d never bloody mentioned that! He then said let me see these carp I told him to get down and we both crawled to the edge and looked over. They were gone! He laughed and said the sun is getting to you, with this he jumped in his Van and drove off. Would they be back? I wasted no more time thinking about it and lowered a snowman rig a few feet from the bank right where I’d seen the big mirror feed, I then laid the rod on the floor undoing the clutch and walked the other rod 20 yards to the left lowering it in then chucking a hand full of baits over the top. I laid down on the grass listening to the waves hit the banks, it had been about 25 minutes when I spotted a bow wave on the surface about 60 yards away, I grabbed the left hand rod and quickly moved to where the carp was heading, it came in I could see it was the common from the three earlier carp. Then the other mirror was just behind it, I could clearly see the mirror had no pelvic fins! they weren't feeding but were just picking at the green slime weed growing up the slope. I needed to get the other rod so looked over to where it was laying on the floor, I couldn’t believe what I saw. The rod was dragging along the margin and the spool was a blur, a carp had been hooked! I sprinted over to the rod and lifted in to it, the carp was heading out in to the obsess and stripping line from the spool at a ridiculous rate, I put my finger on the spool and slowed it down, gradually the line began to lift in the water until at about 60 yards out a big mirror rolled over. I can tell you now my heart was pounding big time! I hadn’t hooked a carp in three months so I wanted it in the net. I kept it coming slowly not putting too much of a rend in the rod, It looked a good 20 another few rod lengths closer and I’m thinking this could be a bit bigger than I first thought and imagined an uncaught 30! When it cursed under the rod tip it bolted down deep but I could see in to the tap clear water watching, and praying he’d stay on. Coming back up the slope it twisted and turned in a last bid for freedom before breaking the surface ten feet out, I pushed the net out and in he went. I looked in the net trying to gage its size as it was a lot wider then I first noticed it had to be an easy 30. I couldn’t believe it. I lifted the carp out and laid it on the mat. It was a male fish with rough skin but dark across the back with small pin scales nestled among the plated scales along the flanks. I had sorted the scaled while waiting for my mate Paul and we lifted the scales I was thinking it must be over 35lb but when the needle kept going passed 40 I could hardly believe my eyes, settling on 41lb 4oz. not just any forty the uncaught 40 we all dream of! After the photos I lowered my mat to the waters edge and slowly let him slide off, he righted himself in the margin before slowly swimming away, It was an awesome site and I wondered if he would ever be caught again. We’ll be bringing you the full chapter on Dave’s hunt for the elusive carp in the coming weeks. If you want to hear more about his angling adventures check out his book Fallen Kings which is available now https://www.gifts4anglers.co.uk/Fallen-Kings-Dave-Levy.html [https://www.gifts4anglers.co.uk/Fallen-Kings-Dave-Levy.html]
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Dovetail Fishing League - May Week 4 Tournament Details
It's the deciding week of the May Dovetail Fishing League Season and it's going down to the wire in the battle for Angler of the Month. Who will come out on top on each platform? Xbox One Big Bass Tour I AM BASSZILLA is doing his best to claim that Big Bass Tour title, a win in week 3 on Lago del mundo has put him into second place in the standings and not far behind DazzerB05 who has climbed to the to the top. SithLord5678 drops down to 3rd place but is very much still in the running to be the champion. Week Winner: I AM BASSZILLA Season leader: DazzerB05 Season 2nd place: I AM BASSZILLA Season 3rd place: SithLord5678 Carp Championship Victory at Bergsee went to mafioso filho in the Carp Championship as they strengthen their grip on first place in the standings. Assassin8331 has jumped up into second place followed by Bigtimer J as they bump SithLord5678 out of the top 3. Will they be able to catch mafioso in week 4? Week Winner: mafioso filho Season leader: mafioso filho Season 2nd place: Assassin8331 Season 3rd place: l Bigtimer J l Match Series A strong performance from v NaTHaN 96 saw them take the victory at Lake Miller in the the Match Series and pushed them into the top 3 of the standings. Bigtimer J was also on the move, his second place finish in week 3 has now put him at the top of the standings. Assassin8331 is sitting in third with everything to play for in the final week. Week winner: v NaTHaN 96 Season leader: l Bigtimer J l Season 2nd place: v NaTHaN 96 Season 3rd place: Assassin8331 Predator Challenge ScoobyCheat was the winner at Jezioro Bestii in the Predator Challenge in week 3. It wasn't quite enough to bring them in to top 3 contention though. A second place finish for Bigtimer J has helped him stay ahead of the rest. Third place for MOHAMMED CURAY brought him into top 3 contention as he now sits behind bobcin3. Week winner: ScoobyCheat Season leader: l Bigtimer J l Season 2nd place: bobcin3 Season 3rd place: MOHAMMED CURAY Global standings Bigtimer J is now leading the way in the global standings as we move into week 4 of the May season but it's far from settled up there. SithLord5678 is not far behind in second place so it's all set up for a tense finish. Assassin8331 will be trying to sneak ahead of them both in week 4. Leader: l Bigtimer J l 2nd Place: SithLord5678 3rd Place: Assassin8331 PlayStation 4 Big Bass Tour SMOKEYMON-G-313 took his third straight win in the Big Bass Tour this season as he extended his lead at the top of the standings. PHILLY-BASS-1965 put some space between himself in second and stumain in third. Will any of them be able to catch SMOKEYMON-G-313 at the top? Week Winner: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Season leader: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Season 2nd place: PHILLY-BASS-1965 Season 3rd place: stumain Carp Championship It doesn't get much closer than this as we head into the final week of the season. Johnnij87's win in week 3 has put them level with SMOKEYMON-G-313 at the top of the Carp Championship leaderboard. They'll both have to be on top form to try and secure the victory. Bobcin3 is sitting in second with MLT24 just 6 points behind them in third. Week Winner: Johnnij87 Season leader: Johnij87/SMOKEYMON-G-313 Season 2nd place: bobcin3 Season 3rd place: MLT24 Match Series Kartoffel6 is in a strong position for the final week having after a win in the Match Series in week 3. Stumain now sits in second ahead of SMOKEYMON-G-313 in third. They will both be hoping for good performances in week 4 to try and make a last minute dash for first place. Week winner: kartoffel6 Season leader: kartoffel6 Season 2nd place: stumain Season 3rd place: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Predator Challenge SMOKEYMON-G-313 took the victory in the Predator Challenge in week 3 to move clear of Ginger-Beard90 at the top of the standings. Third place is now occupied by stumain as MLT24 has been pushed out of the top 3. Week winner: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Season leader: SMOKEYMON-G-313 Season 2nd place: Ginger-Beard90 Season 3rd place: stumain Global standings Battling it out at the top of each of the series has meant that SMOKEYMON-G-313 is in a good position to take another Angler of the Month trophy. Stumain has moved up to second and will be trying to chase him down in the final week. Kartoffel6 has joined them in the top 3 and will also be looking to get their name in the running for the overall win. Leader: SMOKEYMON-G-313 2nd Place: stumain 3rd Place: kartoffel6 Steam Big Bass Tour A win for fametis in week 3 put a halt to MilkinBad's perfect start to the season. MilkinBad had to settle for second place this week but it leaves them in a great place heading in to the final week. KYA-Beast is second with djpablo73 trailing them in third. Week Winner: fametis Season leader: MilkinBad Season 2nd place: KYA-Beast Season 3rd place: djpablo73 Carp Championship MilkinBad stretched their lead over BeasleyGreenwald at the top of the Carp Championship with a win in week 3. Vert sits in third but was able to close the gap to second place in the standings with their second place finish in week 2. Week Winner: MilkinBad Season leader: MilkinBad Season 2nd place: BeasleyGreenwald Season 3rd place: vert Match Series The lead for the season standings in the Match Series now belongs to MilkinBad again after their win in week 3. A second place finish for BeasleyGreenwald sees them leapfrog sly54nancy into third place. Facadedavid has dropped into second place in the leaderboard but will be looking to finish the season with a win. Week winner: MilkinBad Season leader: MilkinBad Season 2nd place: facadedavid Season 3rd place: BeasleyGreenwald Predator Challenge Facadedavid was the victor in week 3 of the Predator Challenge as he looks reel in MilkinBad at the top of the standings. He has now joined the top 3 in second place along with Mat who sits in third place. Week winner: facadedavid Season leader: MilkinBad Season 2nd place: facadedavid Season 3rd place: Mat Global standings With MilkinBad at the top of each series leaderboard it is no surprise to see them occupying first place in the overall standings. Facadedavid in second and BeasleyGreenwald in third will have a real challenge on their hands to try and close the gap at the top. Leader: MilkinBad 2nd Place: facadedavid 3rd Place: BeasleyGreenwald We're all set for some seriously close finishes in week 4 of the May Dovetail Fishing League season. Let's see where the tournaments in the final week will be playing out: Big Bass Tour: Lake Williams will be hosting the finale to the Big Bass Tour for May. Admire the sunset while you try to catch that bag of huge bass. There is a light cloud covering for this tournament. Carp Championship: The Carp Championship will reach its conclusion at Gigantica Road Lake this week. The clear morning skies will provide a great backdrop for the fishing taking place. Match Series: The Legendary venue that is Wraysbury 1 South Lake plays host to week 4 of the Match Series. Taking place in the afternoon with some light cloud, you'll be trying to catch as many fish as you can. Every species counts. Predator Challenge: You'll be getting up early for the Predator Challenge this week as we are on Laguna Iquitos at sunrise. You will need to adjust your lures to account for the light clouds here.
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