Date        : 5th August 2018

Venue      : Southend Farm - Main Lake

Match      : Championship #5

 

Write Up by Alan Thomas & Stan Kiddle:

 

Our 5th championship match was held at Southend Farm on the match lake, it has 32 pegs, however it is not possible to use all the pegs as cross-overs will occur. We decided to cap this at 22 to accommodate as many as possible. We researched the venue during the week to confirm which pegs were the best to use and also confirm that the cafe will be open at 07.00. I personally spoke to the fishery managers and a few regular match anglers and between us we determined the best pegs to use. The venue is such that there is no way to avoid some casting issues unless it is restricted to  fewer anglers,  hopefully common sense will prevail. We were aware of the issue with the aerators and the fishery managers confirmed that they will be switched off before the match, unfortunately they changed their minds due to the hot weather and concerns of fish welfare, so we have to support that, albeit not ideal.

There are some flier pegs along with a few not so good, Andy Z drew bang on with peg 2 also Colin and Richard W should have a good day from pegs 22 and 20 respective. Anywhere on the far bank or car park bank is the place to be as there is plenty of room and with that, plenty of options. The right and left hand banks are not so good. Alan T drew peg 9 which just happened to be the peg he used on Tuesday.

The aerators had a massive impact on the match as they are so powerful they created a washing machine effect making fishing the pole tricky unless you fished shallow.

Fish were caught from the off and the top 5 or so managed to keep fish coming and some decent specimens were amongst them, Alan T had the largest at 17-10 and Colin had four weighers (carp over 8lb had to be weighed and returned) which went 57lb - see screen shot from his Go-Pro below. Click on the picture to go to Colin's blog and watch the whole video.

Various methods worked on the day, Waggler, shallow, method and Colin caught well down the edge on the pole. There were a few lower weights from the pegs that had little option other than to fish the pole on the deck.

It was a decent close match with plenty of fish caught ( and lost ). In the end it was very close with Richard's steady bagging on the waggler beating Colin's fewer but bigger carp. Remarkable was Andy Zneimer's 120lb 3rd place. His first time at the venue he fished to his strengths (method feeder) and bagged 66lb of carp to over 12lb plus 54lb of bream, about forty he said. If only Andy had been a little less laid back and worked a bit harder to get his line back out he could easily have had a few more bream and a deserved win.

Thanks to everyone for their support on the day and thanks to Simon George for donating his section money to our chosen charity.

Next match is at Riverside Road, so an easier option for most, please book on early to avoid disappointment.

 

 

NAME

WEIGHT

POINTS

Peg

COMMENTS

1

Richard Wylie

 125.01

100

20

 

2

Colin Rennison

 122.10

95

22

 

3

Andy Zneimer

 120.09

90

2

 

4

Alan Thomas

 97.01

85

9

 

5

Simon George

 91.04

80

12

 

5

Steve Burfoot

 75.00

80

31

 

7

Roger Brown

 70.09

70

23

 

8

Rich McCorry

 69.02

65

19

 

9

Stan Kiddle

 60.09

60

4

 

10

Chris Budden

 52.08

55

18

 

11

Simon Jee

 48.02

50

6

 

12

Neil Anderson

 46.02

45

8

 

13

Phil Rule

 43.06

40

10

 

14

Julien Fletcher

 37.04

35

11

 

15

Barry Cowley

 24.11

30

27

 

16

Chris Stride

 24.04

25

25

 

17

Martin Funnell

 22.00

20

29

 

18

Brian Lakin

 19.15

15

6

 

19

Paul Dyra

 19.02

10

1

 

20

Andy Trigg

 11.12

15

13

 

21

Steve Mears

 2.04

10

3

 

Fished

21