Could 2017 be the first year since 2011 ... (30 Nov 2017)
... that we've managed to record a Society gudgeon in every month of the year? We've had fish logged for all eleven months so far and we have several very
sad and stupid
brave and resilient members so unless December throws some extraordinarily bad conditions at us, we're confident that we'll see at least one fish on the books for the month.
UPDATE (1 Dec 2017) A very quick answer to that question today when ShEr (Eric Sharman) and WiNe (Neil Williams) each caught several gudgeon at Old Fishery Lane, Boxmoor.
Another new Society award - the Whitbread Gozo Tankard (29 Nov 2017)
The Tankard will be held by the most recent member(s) to fail to catch a gudgeon during a canal session even if the current holder is not present at the session. In fact, even members fishing on their own are in danger of picking up the award if they don't manage a single gudgeon ... always assuming that they're honest enough to own up.
UPDATE (6 Dec 2017) The first holder of the Tankard is ShEr (Eric Sharman) who today failed to catch a gudgeon in two hours fishing at Dixons Gap on the Aylesbury Arm. Well done, Eric!
YES - A FIFTY!!! (28 May 2017)
PaRo (Rob Payne) finally ended over seven years of waiting when he caught 50.8g Oh Jesus
near Little Heath Lane bridge, Bourne End, this morning. WiNe (Neil Williams) was present to witness this momentous milesone in the Society's history and to take part in much hugging and high-fiveing!
First-ever GUGGSter to be dismembered (30 Sep 2016)
WaBi (Bill Ward) has been dismembered from the Society. He knows why.
A new winner of the GotM award (31 May 2016)
Congratulations to EmRo (Robin Emerson) for topping the May 'Gobio of the Month' award with 43.0g Nautilus
caught just below Berko's Bottom Side lock. He caught 40.2g Nessie
from the same swim a few days earlier and his son EmSa (Sam) scraped into the Forty Club with 40.0g Neptune
from there too.
The LAA stretches north of Winkwell bridge proved a good new venue, producing numerous thirties topped by 39.2g Nathan
caught by PaRo (Rob Payne). SaCh (Chris Savage) reports several decent fish caught from Newground by him & his mates on a few occasions but he always forgets his scales - aaaagh!
Tring Anglers waters are still difficult, not producing gudgeon of any great size or quantity. The top end of the Aylesbury Arm has been pretty much a "don't bother" area.
Neil catches Neil (30 Apr 2016)
Our first thirty of the year was 32.5g Neil
, the only gudgeon of a short session at new venue Northchurch for WiNe (Neil Williams).
Welcome back, PaRo (31 Mar 2016)
Rob Payne resumed his regular visits to Tring waters and was rewarded by heading the March 'Gobio of the Month' list with the 20.0g fish he caught from Cooks Wharf.
Wet, wet, wet ... and chilly (29 Feb 2016)
The naff weather apparently kept GUGGSters off the banks in February as no fish were recorded for the entire month.
Plenty of thirties but no closer to the mythical fifty! (31 Dec 2015)
Not a good year for big gudgeon but GobioMania returned (31 Dec 2014)
Just eight specimen fish were recorded in 2014 with none of them topping 40g. Rather strangely, the biggest fish which was WiNe's 37.3g Lulu
was caught in Novemer, a month not usually known for quality fish.
Better news was the return of GobioMania in September - let's hope we can keep that going as an annual event.
Lots of battery wasters but very few clonkers (1 Aug 2014)
The spring and summer months have produced plenty of gudgeon but sizeable fish have been difficult to come by. WiNe's 33.8g Lurgimus
remains the only specimen caught so far this year so let's hope the larger ones reappear during the autumn.
On a brighter note we've signed up several new members; see recent entries on the Pictures page.
GUGGS in Angling Times (6 May 2014)
AT has devoted today's edition's centre-page spread to Dominic Garnett's article describing the afternoon he & his mate Russell Hilton spent fishing (and drinking) with us last May. It captures the Society's spirit perfectly and describes us as "Britain's most eccentric fishing club". It takes one to know one, Dom!
That afternoon session also features in Dom's newly-published book "CANAL FISHING - A Practical Guide" which we have reviewed here.
At last - a New (?) Year gudgeon! (16 Feb 2014)
BeTo (Tony Beadle) reported our first fish of 2014 when he caught several gudgeon to 25.4g during Tring Anglers' match at Langlebury today. AlAn (Andy Allday) claimed to have caught "a whopper" but sadly it was weighed with his other fish then put back.
2013 brought us no closer to a 50 (31 Dec 2013)
Winner of the annual Gobel Prize was WiNe with his 40.1g specimen Keira
being the only 40 of the year. Oh well, there's always next year ...
Well done, WaBi, and exciting new venues (6 Sep 2013)
Congratulations to WaBi (Bill Ward) for topping the August GotM list with 32.6g Kranky
. He caught him at Stockers Lock, Rickmansworth (RicSto) along with several other good fish so it's a venue that should be explored further.
Bill also played a big part in the discovering the potential of the Berkhamsted sewage works stretch (BerSew) when reports of a clonker came to his ears. We have fished there a couple of times since and, although it produces far more nuisance perch & roach than gudgeon, the sizes are impressive.
So far we've caught nothing below 22.2g with the two largest being WiNe's 37.9g Kiki
and RoJu's 33.1g Kylie
- definitely worth further visits.
New rule - GotM fish get names (1 August 2013)
Starting with last month, the fish which wins the Gobio of the Month award may be given a name regardless of whether it's a 30g+ specimen. The first member to benefit from this is WePe (Pete Weedon) who took the July award with a 24.8g fish which he has named Katy
Getting better but slowwwwwwwwwly on the Arm (4 July 2013)
Sport on the main canal is now back to normal after the prolonged coldish weather and MarFl5 gave WiNe our first forty of the year, 40.1g Keira
, which went on to claim the July GotM award. Absence of boat traffic is still affecting the fishing on the Aylesbury Arm though with several stretches yet to produce a Society gudgeon including, ridiculously, WilGud i.e. the gudgeon stream!
Kim tops the May GotM list (5 June 2013)
Despite being caught so early in the month, PaRo's 33.1g fish named after his wife remained the best gudgeon landed during May.
Sublime to the ridiculous ... (5 May 2013)
PaRo was today trying to stretch his Gobel Prize lead even further but he blanked despite trying FIVE different swims. How can two consecutive days with such similar-looking conditions be so different?
At last - a 30 ... (4 May 2013)
... caught by PaRo (Rob Payne) today during his first fishing trip for several months. His 33.1g clonker caught from DixBel is our first specimen fish of 2013 and is named after Rob's wife, Kim. Nice one, PaRo!!!
The Second Battle of Dixons Gap (3 May 2013)
Recent form told us that DixBel was the place to take Society wannabees journalist Dom Garnett & journalist's mate Russ Hilton when they visited us today en route from Sheffield to Exeter at the end of their week-long canal tour.
They both caught several gudgeon to become GaDo & HiRu but Russ in particular was hampered by having to remove lots of nuisance bream from his swim so the Best of the Session award (and all the 50 pences) went to local hero MaPh (Phil Madley) for his 28.3g fish. After MaPh, MoCo & WePe had left for the Half Moon, WoRi (Richard Woollard) landed a fish of 28.4g with almost his last cast.
GaDo & HiRu then also decamped to the Half Moon with WiNe & RoJu before the long drive back to Devon.
The Battle of Dixons Gap (1 May 2013)
This afternoon saw Colin Moore, Tony Bradbury and Neil Williams all using their knowledge of recent form to fish DixBel. Each topped their 2013 PABs with fish of 24.7g (MoCo), 28.1g (BrTo) and 29.1g (WiNe) thus setting a cracking standard on the first day of the month.
Prayers answered! (30 Apr 2013)
Thankfully, April brought better weather and better sport. The GotM list had a full Top Ten with BrTo's 27.8g fish taking the award. Best stretches were MarChu, DixBel, MarBla and CooBot but some adjacent stretches such as MarBWY and MarWat still refused to produce fish even at the end of the month.
March GotM = ONLY Gudgeon of the Month (5 Apr 2013)
At least we managed to record one gudgeon in March, one more than in February. WiNe's 13.2g fish caught by Wilstone wooden bridge gave him the monthly award. PLEASE can we have some better weather in April - 10ºC would do for a start!
A poor start to the year (4 Mar 2013)
It has again been hard work catching gudgeon for those hardy enough to even try. BuDa (Dave Burton) took the January GotM award with a 22.5g fish caught during a TTA match at Langleybury, one of the few fish recorded that month. February was even worse with NO fish whatsoever on the book.
2012 Gobel Prize (1 Jan 2013)
Congratulations to BuDa (Dave Burton) for taking the sought-after award for the second year running. He caught 42.2g Jasmine
from Marshcroft Lane on the main canal on June 15th.
Second and third places went to WiNe (Neil Williams) with 41.0g Jiminy
and TuGa (Gareth Tully) with 40.1g Jackie
, both fish caught from Watery Lane within a few days of each other.
Oct / Nov / Dec (1 Jan 2013)
The dodgy weather arrived early and, given that most of us are fair-weather fishermen, that really slowed down Society activity. Only the brave (or stupid) were still out there on the bank and we're not saying which
of those categories PaRo (Rob Payne) falls into but his efforts were rewarded by the October and December GotM awards with fish of 14.6g and 15.3g respectively. To our shame, we didn't have a single fish recorded for November.