Date        : 27 May 2017         

Venue      : Alders Farm

Match      : Champion of Champions

 

Match Write-up: by Stan Kiddle

 

We were last at Alders Farm back in August last year when Connor McGrath had almost 200lb, nearly 50lb more than 2nd & 3rd place. Although Connor had therefore qualified for a place at this Champ of Champs match he was unable to fish. With a few others absent on the day, including organizer Allan, we had just 15 fishing and elected to have eight on the low numbers and seven on the top numbers giving us two equal sections. Pegs 1 and 30 where therefore what everyone wanted and Al T and Kev H were the lucky pluckers.

 

With gorgeous weather, following heavy storms the night before, the carp proved moody to start with, some reporting empty nets after the first hour had passed. Andy Z was an exception. On his first visit to the venue he stuck with what he does best and fished the method in close. This gave him a steady run of carp from the off and he had about twenty before I had reached the five mark.

 

Al T was catching a few as was Neil and Brian. Even Pete Moony was keeping the carp coming whilst Ash and I were neck and neck on lost foul-hookers. Ash opted to lob a feeder and I went down to a light rig and 4mm expander....almost winter tactics. By cutting back on the feed I started to get proper bites and a run of carp, plus some surprise bream, where did they come from? As the three hour mark passed it was if a switch had been flicked and all around the lake elastics could be seen stretching as the carp suddenly went on the munch and barren margins became full of tail-waiving lumps.

 

Pre-match the word was that maggots over groundbait would be the tactic. Some much for that; most found that corn over 4mm pellet was best tactic with banded pellet and expander equally productive for a few. My last hour was mostly on paste in about 16" of water. But, to be fair, no-where on my peg up to about 8m out was more than 2ft. Much the same along the high numbers from what others were saying.

 

As the temperature soared past 26c the clocked reached 3pm and the all-out was sounded. It was far from clear, from my peg, who had won but Kevin was thinking he had about 160lb and suggested that Alan, opposite, had "double that". With two sets of scales and plenty of helping hands the weigh-in was quickly sorted. Last to weigh-in was Alan T with his four nets...containing a total of 171.15, well clear of second place Kevin with 137.14. Some way back in 3rd was Colin with 119.06 but fourth place Andy admitted to missing his keepnet with four of his method-caught carp so instead of the 114.10 he recorded he should have had at least 122lb. As a consolation he picked up the section money for the low numbers as did Neil for the high numbers with his 111.13.

 

 

 

NAME

WEIGHT

Peg

COMMENTS

1

Alan Thomas

171,15

1

 Champion of Champions

2

Kev Hawes

137.14

30

 

3

Colin Rennison

119.06

5

 

4

Andy Zneimer

114.10

6

 Threw four back

5

Neil Anderson

111.13

28

 

6

Steve Burfoot

103.08

24

 

7

Stan Kiddle

99.03

27

 

8

Brian Lakin

90.11

29

 

9

John McCarthy

71.15

12

 

10

Chris Smith

71.13

21

 

11

Ash Adams

71.01

27

 

12

Pete Mooney

68.00

28

 

13

Steve McCarthy

56.04

20

 

14

Andy Trigg

43.06

2

 

15

Phil Rule

33.00

3

 

fished

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 DNW = Did Not Weigh, DNS = Did Not Show