Date        : 22nd July

Venue      : Alders Farm - Ash Lake

Match      : Championship #4

 

Write Up by Stan Kiddle:

Alders has always been a popular venue for VAC matches; not too far for most of us and with plenty of fish to be had....plus a great breakfast. Shame that for various reasons a few had to drop out at the last minute, 19 fishing from the original 25.

With the continuing heat wave; temps of 30c+ forecast for the day, some were more interested in a draw out of the sun being a priority. There are precious few of these on Ash Lake but peg 30 is in the trees and one of the fliers. Today this was drawn by Clive Bailey and Brian Lakin took 29. On the pump house side the low numbers are favoured and Lee Ripper, who never seems to get a bad draw, pulled out 4...with his form on these sort of waters he was also a favourite for a win. Peg 18 on the causeway was also one that many wanted and it was Roger Brown who found this one in the bag...with empty pegs both sides he was sure to do well.

As expected the fishing was slow to start after the initial fish or two. From where I was sitting, on peg 7, I could see John McCarthy on 20 was an exception as corn fished at 8m was bringing a steady stream of carp, much the the frustration of Neil on 21. Neil felt that a shallow and long approach would be best. He stuck with it for a few hours but his plan came unstuck, literally, when the top six of his pole was pulled off by a small carp and was soon heading for the island 100m away. Neil had no choice but to strip off to his posing pouch and swim out for it.

To my left, on 8, was new VAC member Jon Owen. He seemed to have got things sussed early on as banded pellet at 5m was bring fish at a steady rate. As the match progressed one of the fishery team suggested that the biggest weights from peg 8 came from the left-hand reeds. So Jon swapped rigs and very soon this line was producing a steady stream of fish that would take him to 4th place on the day.

By the last hour everyone seemed to have plenty of fish in the margins but for most, the suggested maggot over groundbait approach didn't work due to the endless number of micro-perch. The exception turned out to be Clive who reported very few perch but endless carp on bunches of maggots in the margins and a clear win; his 233-11 being well clear of Brian's 191lb caught close on paste.

It was ounces between Lee and Jon, both having thrown back silvers. Jon had to settle for 4th as Lee had 180.14 to beat Jon's 180.11. Fifth and sixth were equally close and Steve Burfoot, on 12th was the first of those who didn't break the ton.

 

 

NAME

WEIGHT

POINTS

Peg

COMMENTS

1

Clive Bailey

233.11

100

30

 

2

Brian Lakin

190.14

95

29

 

3

Lee Ripper

180.14

90

4

 

4

Jon Owen

180.11

85

8

 

5

Roger Brown

173.10

80

18

 

5

Colin Rennison

173.10

80

24

 

7

Neil Anderson

168.09

70

21

 

8

Stan Kiddle

157.14

65

7

 

9

Steve McCarthy

138.00

60

1

 

10

 Alan Thomas

117.12

55

12

 

11

John McCarthy

116.00

50

20

 

12

Steve Burfoot

99.13

45

2

 

13

Barry Cowley

99.05

40

6

 

14

Andy Trigg

71.00

35

5

 

15

Martin Boddy

57.07

30

22

 

16

Pete Mooney

57.02

25

10

 

17

Dave Lawson

53.06

20

27

 

18

Steve Mears

52.12

15

28

 

19

Phil Rule

40.14

10

25

 

Fished

19

 2,129lb