Date        : 24 Sep 2017         

Venue      : Newlands Hall

Match      : Championship #8

 

Match Write-up: by Stan Kiddle

 

With agreement to change the match times to six hours, ending at 4pm, there was an expectation of some big weights. Plus there was an extra six inches of water compared to our previous visit. Not that it made it that much better, some pegs still had no more than 18". I was fortunate to draw 26, the first (or last) on the wood bank and that end (causeway) is a little deeper compared to the far end (pegs 12-15). For me it was about 2ft.

 

It looked like the promised peg improvements had been made with fresh decking platforms in what were previously precarious pegs. Unfortunately little or no effort in many pegs to cut back the trees, bushes and roots. And where they had, much of the debris was still in the peg which caused problems for Allan and a few others.

 

Things started slowly, as they often do on this water. On peg 1 Colin had a run of small carp (1lb or so) on the method and on 4 Steve Burfoot had a run of fish early but also smallish. From what I could see, once those early fish had been netted, the lake seemed to shut up shop for the next few hours. I started at 6m with a plan to bring the fish closer. The first hour got me about five small carp and a couple of crucians for perhaps 6lb and the next few hours were much the same although bigger fish could be seen cruising below the surface.

 

Here and there splashes could be heard and, in particular, Alan Gardner on peg 30 was catching steady, dragging small carp from the reeds. As his peg died others woke up and I found I could now get proper (2-6lb) carp in close on top-4's. As the match entered the last two hours I began to catch steady and, so it seemed, so did a few others, in particular Colin who was catching big fish under his right-hand margin.

 

Out of the blue I got one on an expander that simply rose to the surface and put up the white flag. It was an easy double so I was well pleased. But a few fish later I got a good fish, perhaps 7lb, that would not give up. Twice it was almost in the net before powering off again, finally running to the tree roots to my left where it became stuck. I quickly tried to get the net under it but, in doing so, the fish shook its head and was gone, leaving my landing net stuck in the thorny roots.

 

A fresh rig was put out and instantly another good fish was on. Slightly smaller this time and another to escape the net as the hook pulled at the last minute. On a tough day, not good. But the balance was restored as a large fish cruised by and, to my amazement, I was able to mug it. Another double with no fight...so much easier. Across the the other bank Colin was now getting some hippos and, although I couldn't see him, John Mc was getting 6lb+ fish on corn tight to his margin.

 

As we entered the last hour there were still some who had caught very little. Would the bonus hour bring them fish? Well yes in the case of Alan Thomas who had perhaps 50 of his 57lb in the last hour. My two lines were now full of fish, too many as I was foul-hooking and losing them on paste. I tried a new line a little further out and caught a few. Strangely there seemed to be no nuisance roach here. Everywhere else I was fishing, pretty much any bait was attacked by 1oz roach. I took a gamble and dumped in a load of dead maggot. It sort of worked in that I quickly caught three more decent fish on bunches of dead maggots but then back-fired as the swim became infested with roach.

 

For me the match ended with three lost foul-hookers in a row with a last fish, on the whistle, hooked properly and around 4lb. Would it be enough, had those I couldn't see done well.? The scales soon resolved the doubt as I was 12lb clear of Colin who himself was just one carp ahead of John. It was then all very close with Al G on 59lb in 4th down to Chris on 52lb in 7th, just one or two good fish makes a lot of difference and having had six hours most felt that it was a frustrating day and somehow we should all have done better.

 

 

 

NAME

WEIGHT

POINTS

Peg

COMMENTS

1

Stan Kiddle

78.15

100

26

 

2

Colin Rennison

67.00

95

1

 

3

John McCarthy

65.07

90

6

 

4

Alan Gardner

58.15

85

1

 

5

Alan Thomas

57.00

80

14

 

6

Rich McCorry

52.11

75

11

 

7

Chris Stride

52.04

70

18

 

8

Allan Bayman

47.02

65

13

 

9

Kev Hawes

39.10

60

5

 

10

Steve Burfoot

30.01

55

4

 

11

Steve McCarthy

29.13

50

19

 

12

Andy Trigg

26.12

45

8

 

13

Phil Rule

20.04

40

25

 

14

Chris Budden

20.00

35

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fished

14

645.14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 DNW = Did Not Weigh, DNS = Did Not Show