Date        : 19th August 2018

Venue      : Riverside

Match      : Championship #6

 

Write Up by Stan Kiddle:

 

In years to come those who were fortunate to be at this match will still be talking about the venue record being obliterated. Especially those like myself who had a grandstand view of former crucian carp record holder Josh Blavins net 132.12 to beat the old record by over 50lb.

It really was a case of right man on the right peg on the right day as peg 30, the scene of Josh's triumph can be very difficult. It commands a large amount of open water but the only features are the reeds in the margins. And it was here that a very focussed Josh went for it with 2kg of groundbait and a couple of pint of maggot. With little trouble from small fish he plundered probably 50lb in the first hour or so, every fish a lump, none of the little turbo pasties that feature in many other pegs.

As the day progress things understandably slowed and a switch to his left margin brought a few extra fish. For the last hour or so it was more of a struggle as several foul-hookers were lost but it was clear that the day, and the record, was his.

Also beating the old record was Colin. Again the right angler for the peg (no.18) as Colin instinctively knew to go on method feeder to the floating islands opposite. He caught a mix of fish, no real lumps, on the method to record 82.12 for an easy second and also beating Richard Wylie into 3rd. Sweet revenge as Richard narrowly beat Colin on the last match at Southend Farm.

Peg 22 has possibly won more matches at Riverside over the last ten years than any other but this summer form has been poor due perhaps to low water levels. Richard Wylie found it looking better than of late as recent rains had added depth and, with an empty peg to his left he was able to extract fish here, there and everywhere. At times using 18m of pole. By contrast to the top two his 44lb was distinctly average but it was a good weight on a day when Riverside was back to its usual self and not giving the silly 30-carp catches that those practising had reported.

At the other end of the fishery, another flyer, peg 51, was the home for the day for Rich McCorry. But, after two hours he hadn't had a fish. By patiently working his left-hand margin bites started to happen and his 31.05 was just one or two good fish ahead of the six anglers behind him.

If proof were needed as to how Riverside can tease, a number of good anglers, on good pegs, opted to tip back their lacklustre catches; almost all from pegs that have won matches in the past. Maybe if the likes of Josh and Colin had drawn one of those pegs the overall result would have been very different but, as history will record, it was what it was and the new venue record may last for many years.

 

NAME

WEIGHT

POINTS

Peg

COMMENTS

1

Josh Blavins

132.12

100

30

New venue record

2

Colin Rennison

82.12

95

18

 

3

Richard Wylie

44.12

90

22

 

4

Rich McCorry

31.05

85

51

 

5

Jon Owen

30.10

80

59

section

6

Dan Patrick

29.01

75

49

section

7

Alan Gardner

27.15

70

4

section

8

Andy Zneimer

27.12

65

55

 

9

Stan Kiddle

24.11

60

53

 

10

Neil Anderson

24.04

55

34

 

11

Ash Adams

18.03

50

24

 

12

Chris Budden

16.15

45

28

Section

13

Steve Burfoot

15.02

40

32

 

14

Chris Stride

14.04

35

29

 

15

Brian Lakin

14.03

30

31

 

16

Steve Mears

13.00

25

14

 

17

Roger Brown

12.07

20

38

 

18

Kev Laird

11.06

15

9

 

19

Kev Hawes

9.08

10

25

 

20

Martin Boddy

8.11

5

2

 

21

Andy K

6.00

1

45

 

22

Ken Kempsell

3.14

1

11

 

23

John McCarthy

2.12

1

19

 

24

Kev Wilder

DNW

0

52

 

25

Barrie Cowley

DNW

0

7

 

26

Julien Fletcher

DNW

0

20

 

27

Cliff Hoy

DNW

0

35

 

28

Mark Jones

DNW

0

37

 

29

Mark Gloster

DNW

0

16

 

30

 

 

 

 

 

31

 

 

 

 

 

Fished