Date        : 2nd September 2018

Venue      : Alban Lakes - match lake

Match      : Championship #7

 

Write Up by Stan Kiddle:

It was 26c on a bright clear day and with water levels still down our lake booking was restricted to just the west (wood) bank. A lot of confusing talk at the draw about best pegs, best methods and how many blanks to expect (thanks Neil).

I was unable to fish but, being local, popped down to run the draw and collect the monies. Neil was delighted with end peg 23 and Steve Mears drew flyer no.2 (no.1 was taken out as "too easy"). And it was Dan, on his first visit to the venue, who drew 12, the peg that was currently 'hot'.

I was able to stay around for the first 30 minutes and it soon became clear that some were on fish and many were not. Kev Laird had four fish in 30 minutes. He ended the day on just five so the following 5 & 1/2 hours were mostly uneventful. Whereas Brian, on 13, didn't have a bite until the last 30 minutes then landed 27lb of carp plus pulled out of three more. Pole & paste at 8m working eventually.

Neil caught steady through the day, as did Dan. Both were casting method feeders 80yds+. Dan was using a baitrunner and simply waiting until he could hear the line pulling off. Simple technique and yet very successful as his three nets of carp and bream went 94.06.

Close behind Neil, not literally, were Richard Wylie and Dave McGrath. Both had some carp mid match on a multitude of tactics but couldn't keep the fish coming quick enough. Dave just missed out on second despite having a run of good bream on the pole line at the end. And, in 4th, coming from almost no-where was Rich McCorry who simply flicked a straight lead and 8mm pellet over loose pellet at 25m. Fish after fish came to this tactic in the last hour or so, adding 30lb+ to what he had caught in the first five hours giving him 4th place.

 

Elsewhere, some had already packed up or tipped back at the whistle their few small fish. Phil Rule never had as much as a liner and Andy Trigg finally got a carp 20 minutes from the whistle. Overall it probably fished better than many had expected but it's still tough on those who did everything right yet had little to show for it. With Colin slipping back a bit and a good result for Neil (who collected the Super Pool as well) the Championship has tightened up with Neil now top.

In two weeks it's Newlands Hall. More carp but also difficult to catch in numbers for some. See you there.

 

NAME

WEIGHT

POINTS

Peg

COMMENTS

1

Dan Patrick

94.06

100

12

 

2

Neil Anderson

63.15

95

23

 

3

Richard Wylie

58.10

90

19

 

4

Dave McGrath

52.03

85

10

 

5

Rich McCorry

44.09

80

21

 

6

Steve Mears

34.05

75

2

 

7

Julien Fletcher

30.10

70

11

 

8

Steve Burfoot

30.09

65

3

 

9

Brian Lakin

27.10

60

13

 

10

Alan Gardner

26.13

55

7

 

11

Colin Rennison

22.04

50

20

 

12

Kev Laird

17.08

45

5

 

13

Chris Stride

15.00

40

9

 

14

Dave Aris

8.10

35

6

 

15

Andy Trigg

5.14

30

14

 

16

Barrie Cowley

DNW

0

4

 

17

Simon Jee

DNW

0

22

 

18

Ash Adams

DNW

0

16

 

19

Roger Brown

DNW

0

8

 

20

Phil Rule

DNW

0

17

 

Fished

 

527.14