Date        : 29th June 2017         

Venue      : Riverside

Match      : Evening League #3

 

Match Write-up: by Stan Kiddle

 

Our evening match series is such a joy when the weather is kind, the light good and the fish are feeding. For our 3rd match all those boxes were ticked and with 46lb winning the 1st match expectations were high.

The prolonged dry spell was now affecting Riverside and the level was down well over 14" meaning some of the prolific margin pegs were not likely to be so good with less water over the fishes heads. However, with so many good pegs now it's no longer clear at the draw where the winner might come from.

With all those booked-in arriving early we were able to draw and start 15 mins ahead of schedule which is a great help when doing the weigh-in three hours later. Current league leader, new boy Andy Zneimer, was one of the first to draw and grabbed peg 2....a classic RR top peg. Could Andy frame yet again on his beloved Method from what is normally a pole peg?

Mark drew 24, always good for plenty of fish and Neil had the walk down to 22 which has won more matches than most. Dave McGrath was on 37, where there's plenty of room and Rich got 19 which has been fishing well.

The penultimate number in the bag went to Allan; peg 14 is one he was expected to do well from due to the numbers of bream that often show there. This left 54 to me, not one I've ever fished before in a match or for pleasure.

At the all-in it seemed to start slow for some. I quickly found that roach were going to be problem as they were having my expander pellet but with some heavy feeding I got through them to get my first small carp fishing short at 4m. To my right on peg 2 Andy was netting his first carp and fishery manager Dan on 31 was picking up small carp from the floating island on 31.

Fish seemed to come steady and there was the usual cussing and cursing as fish were lost. Andy Z was missing bites on the method (liners) and others were finding bites were slowing down. I rotated between a line at 11m and another to my left at 4m to pick up small carp and the odd bream. With no snags to worry about I didn't lose any fish, aside from one flying bream throwing the hook and a couple of bumped foul-hookers denying me of a 40lb+ weight.

Andy Z was less lucky, losing two complete rigs as was Allan who found some good carp but failed to get them to the net. Alan T, next to Dan, found that big lumps of paste and patience would bring decent fish but it was to little, to late. Over on 38, where Andy had scored 46lb last time, Steve Burfoot had also lost a number of fish and was disappointed with his catch. The scales would revel the truth.

I was first to weigh-in and my 39.07 was somewhat more than I had expected. Dave put 24.09 on the scales for 2nd and it turned out that Steve's 21.03 was good enough for 2nd. There was then just a 1oz difference for 4th place and Andy weighed in 21.02, still good points and keeping him up there in the evening league championship.

Whilst many reported frustrating fishing with problems from crayfish the results still look very good with just three out of 17 fishing not breaking double figures. Compare that to a few years ago to see how things have improved.

 

NAME

WEIGHT

POINTS

Peg

COMMENTS

1

Stan Kiddle

39.07

100

54

 

2

Dave McGrath

24.09

95

37

 

3

Steve Burfoot

21.03

90

38

 

4

Andy Zneimer

21.02

85

2

 

5

Cliff Myers

19.07

80

53

 

6

Paul Bangs

18.05

75

28

 

7

Alan Thomas

17.14

70

32

 

8

Mark Jones

15.09

65

24

 

9

Neil Anderson

13.07

60

22

 

10

Dan Patrick

11.15

55

31

 

11

Andy Trigg

11.05

50

20

 

12

Barrie Cowley

10.10

45

16

 

13

Rich McCorry

10.08

40

19

 

14

Allan Bayman

9.09

35

14

 

15

Chris Smith

7.05

30

30

 

16

Daryl Jones

7.00

25

51

 

17

Martin Boddy

4.01

20

25

 

fished

17

255.12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 DNW = Did Not Weigh, DNS = Did Not Show