Verulam Angling Club

Match Result

Date : 21 July 2013

Venue : Clavering Match & Silver Fish lakes

Match : Championship #4

Commentary by Allan Bayman:

Allan tips back his small ones on the Silver fish lake @ Clavering

We had to switch venue at short notice to avoid a mind numbing five hours of no fish and traffic noise at Kempston so Brian did well to book Clavering at short notice. Due to the numbers we had to put few people on both the match and silvers lake which does hold carp but not in the numbers the match lake does.  It had been a bit cooler the last two days and a bit overcast so wasnít sure if the cooing down would be good or not. It was really good to see some many people and a few fairly new faces as weíve seen a number of new people starting to fish the VAC matches which is excellent.

 

At the draw I drew peg 25 the last on the silvers lake and was pretty disappointed having fished the match lake last week and caught loads of carp, f1s and big roach so felt that Iíd be missing out on some prolific fishing. AlanG, Colin and Paul Bangs were at the far end of the match lake that often does well on pegs 9,10 and 11, so I expected them to challenge for the win. Stan was in the nearside corner of the far bank and Brian was on the causeway bank which is a bit shallow but is often the area to beat.

 

Plumbing up on the silvers lake, Steve and myself were a bit shocked to find 6-9 inches of water in the margins and around 3ft at its deepest at around 10-11m. Even a few meters from the banks was very shallow.

 

At the off I started on the method which produced nothing at all. I pinged over the top continually for around 20 mins until the odd fish swirled them went out fishing shallow 6mm pellet and eventually picked up the odd small carp. Not much was happening elsewhere apart from AndyK getting a few silvers and then a couple of better fish.

 

Neil on peg 15 of the match lake was getting the odd fish but found he had to keep changing to keep them coming. AlanG was also getting a few but according to early reports it was fishing pretty dire.

 

I carried on pinging continually and picked up the odd fish but they were very wise avoiding the hookbait, many of the bites were the elastic flying out the top of the pole type. Steve to my left went out on the method and there was a huge black cloud of silvers around his feeder as he caught a stream of small skimmers. The odd fish was coming out but nothing like we were expecting.

 

At the halfway point it really sounded like it was not going to be a good day for most. Fish were being caught but they were not really getting their heads down are chasing the feed just grabbing the odd bit. The big roach on the match lake also seemed to be missing in action.

 

The second half of the match I found the carp starting to back off  bit and picked up the odd f1 and a coupe of nice orange goldfish. AlanG was getting some better fish in close on maggot and both Neil and Colin Rennison were also catching in bursts. Stan had a lump in the net with a few smaller carp.

 

The last hour saw the clouds burn off and the sun come out and that was pretty much the end of my shallow line as the carp seemed to be spooked by the pole, having to chase them further out but still needing to ping continually. Steve had a decent bream on the pole to hard pellet but was getting plagued by small roach which a lot of people found troublesome. A switch to the lovely looking left margin just got me roach and the water was alive with them, so I piled in the corn to my right and only by using 4 bits of corn and a size 10 could I get past the roach to get 3 carp and a bream in the last 20 minutes.

I was the first to weigh in and had 58lb 7oz which was a bit less than I thought but I was happy with that. The other weights on the silvers lake were mainly in the teens. Moving onto the match lake it had really not fished as there were a number of single and low double figure weights.
   
The low number pegs had fished super hard producing just 18lb 6oz across five good anglers with 3 DNWs.  In a peg to peg battle AlanT and Kev were spilt by one fish, Alan on 16lb 4oz and Kev on 17lb 1oz. At the far end of the lake AlanG and Colin had both got over around 30lb Alan with a 35lb dead weight and Colin on 29lb 4oz. Silver fish guru Paul Bangs had a couple of carp and only  few small roach showing that the big roach were simply not having it today. Neil Anderson had been catching by switching and his net looked very close to AlanGs. Neil was a fish or two ahead with 36lb 14oz Richard W had 19lb, Steve McCarthy next door 20lb dead. Stan had 28lb which just beat Brian.

Iím not sure why it fished so bad as a match I fished earlier in the year needed 70-80lb to win so maybe the hot weather was just touch too hot for too long depleting oxygen levels. With 25 anglers weighing in an average of around 16lb it was certainly not one of our best outings but at least we didnít get sunburnt or soaked.

 

 

POSITION

NAME

WEIGHT

POINTS

Peg

COMMENTS

1

Allan Bayman

58.7.0

100

25

 Silver Fish Lake

2

Neil Anderson

36.14.0

95

15

 

3

Alan Gardener

35.0.0

90

9

 

4

Colin Rennison

29.4.0

85

10

 

5

Stan Kiddle

28.0.0

80

17

 

6

Steve McCarthy

20.0.0

75

13

 

7

Richard Wheatland

19.0.0

70

12

 

8

Brian Lakin

18.14.0

65

18

 

9

Kevin Hawes

17.1.0

60

7

 

10

Alan Thomas

16.4.0

55

6

 

11

John McCarthy

14.7.0

50

21

 

12

Andy K

13.14.0

45

22

 

13

Steve Burfoot

13.0.0

40

24

 

14

Dave Gordon-Smith

12.7.0

35

8

 

15

Andy Trigg

11.7.0

30

23

 

16

Paul Bangs

11.2.0

25

11

 

17

Paul Dyra

10.3.0

20

20

 

18

Tom Bedford

10.0.0

15

2

 

19

Peter Fell

8.6.0

10

3

 

20

Mick Johnson

7.5.0

5

16

 

21=

Brian Bangs

5.14.0

1

14

 

21=

Phil Rule

5.14.0

1

19

 

23

Kevin Laird

DNW

1

1

 

24

Steve Clark

DNW

1

4

 

25

Jay M

DNW

1

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 fished

 Total Weight

409lb 9oz