Date        : 16th September

Venue      : Newland Hall

Match      : Championship #8

 

Write Up by Stan Kiddle:

With perfect weather the small number who turned up today were hopeful for a good day's fishing. Back in July we had to complain to the owners due to the poor state of the fishery so it was good to see that some new platforms had been constructed and some of the brambles, trees and undergrowth removed. Not perfect by any means but good to see and hopefully more improvements will continue.

A bigger problem is the depth or lack of it. We could see that water had been pumped in from the adjoining large lake but the level was still down 5-6 inches leaving most with no more than a foot of water, just enough to cover the rings of the keepnets.

Fish were active around the lake and with plenty of space, the signs were good. At the draw most were hopeful of getting a peg on the tree-bank from where most of the best weights came from last match. I was fortunate to draw peg 22, I think I've been lucky to draw on this bank almost every VAC match. Also pleased with his draw was Colin who really has the lucky hand this season, getting a flyer on every fixture.

I started with a few chucks on the feeder without a nibble but to my right Colin did the same and scored some early carp but mostly small. Over in the corner on 11 Neil was suddenly quiet as he enjoyed a stream of early fish, mostly small carp  and, to his left, Richard W was sat biteless. Indeed, after the first hour or so he was still on just two fish whereas to his left, Rich Mc was getting into a rhythm, catching from long down to left margin. However, from the cries that carried across the water he was losing plenty.

As the match progressed I noticed plenty of clouding and the odd tailfin tight to my r/h margin where I had been feeding steadily so I dropped in with my paste rig and quickly scored the first of many better sized fish. Most were around 3lb+ but I had three real lumps over 8lb. It was only as the last hour approached that the pattern changed and despite fish moving through the peg I struggled to add to my tally. Next door Colin reported similar with only four fish in the last hour yet over on the other bank Rich was now catching on corn every put-in.

With only 12 fishing and two sets of scales the weigh-in went quickly and it became clear that Brian and Dave, on the bottom and top banks, had also done well. Brian was just shy of the ton and the following weights also respectable with Richard W having got to grips with his peg whereas Neil was now in despair with his. Regardless, with the top nine scoring 70lb + the majority had a good day.

 
Stan with part of his 188lb

 

 

NAME

WEIGHT

POINTS

Peg

COMMENTS

1

Stan Kiddle

188.05

100

22

 60+ carp to nearly 9lb

2

Colin Rennison

137.03

95

23

 

3

Dave McGrath

126.10

90

30

 

4

Rich McCorry

105.01

85

7

 

5

Brian Lakin

98.08

80

14

 

6

Richard Wylie

86.02

75

8

 

7

Steve Burfoot

81.08

70

20

 

8

Alan Gardner

76.05

65

1

 

9

Neil Anderson

72.07

60

11

 

10

Kev Hawes

33.15

55

19

 

11

Phil Rule

18.13

50

19

 

12

Paul Dyra

6.08

45

5

 

           

Fished

 

 1,031lb