Date        : 08 Oct 2017         

Venue      : Entire Farm, Arran's lake

Match      : Championship #9

 

Match Write-up: by Allan Bayman

 

We had a lower turn out than recent years with a large number of our regulars at White Acres and a few grumblers about this place not being fishing. Whatever you think about these big weight venues what is not in question is that you can easily blow a very good peg or end up with a good weight depending on the choices you make on the day.. so no different to most places just the effects are amplified.

 

With a slight drop in temps I really wanted a draw on the causeway bank as some of the pegs are deep right up against the bank or drop off quickly unlike much of the lake. Peg 1 was always going to be a run to peg but the be fair to the venue it is pretty even.

 

I got peg 15 which turned out to be the same peg I had last year and did over 800lb from. Alan Thomas, Rich McCorry, Phil Rule and Ash were all in the middle of the deeper causeway bank which I fancied for a good result and Stan was tucked in the corner with some space around him so expected him to be the danger man.

 

The view from Stan's peg. you can just see Allan's flyer peg on the right.

The first half of the match saw plenty of fish caught but nowhere near the level of sport we’d had in previous years. Only 9 weights over 100lb and top by some way was Allan Bayman’s 192lb 14oz. The chasing pack were John McCarthy, Alan Thomas, Rich McCorry and Colin Rennison all with between 132 and 138lb. What was also very noticeable was the lack of larger fish in some areas as well as the generally skinny look of most of the carp unlike last year when the fish all looked plump and healthy.

 

So after a half time weigh in it was round 2. A fairly radical change of tactics now saw Alan Thomas catching and a vastly increased rate and big fish too. Rich and Ash on the causeway bank were catching well and Stan was not far off their pace and over on peg 5, John McCarthy was continuing to catch well in a peg to peg battle with his brother, on peg 6. I was finding some good bursts of fish which were a bit bigger but rarely anything over 3lb and I was finding fishing shallow just not working where as Alan Thomas had switched from fishing on the deck to up in the water and was now absolutely flying !

 

As the final whistle went it seemed the main battle was Al v Al but the next few places were be far too close to call.

 

Rich McCorry looked a bit stunned after his first visit and put a personal best 339lb 10oz on the scales, just ahead of Ash next door who has 329lb 6oz who in turn was 20lb ahead of Stan on the next peg with an ounce shy of 310lb. Splitting Stan and Ash though was John McCarthy who had 318lb 8oz nearly doubling his brother on the next peg.

 

Alan Thomas had has an epic second half of the match having about two and half times what he had in the first half to record an arm aching 471lb 3oz. which would be top and the only other person to break 400lb was Allan Bayman who had a moderately better second half but finished 53lb shy of Alan Thomas.

 

Massive thank you and well done to everyone mucking in on the weigh-in which appeared to run like clockwork.

 

Next match is at Slough House on the 22nd of October. Please book in with me as normal although I won’t be able to fish we may need someone to volunteer to run the match on the day.

 

 

 

NAME

WEIGHT

POINTS

Peg

COMMENTS

1

Alan Thomas

471.03

100

9

 

2

Allan Bayman

418.01

95

15

 

3

Rich McCorry

339.10

90

11

 

4

Ash Adams

329.06

85

12

 

5

John McCarthy

318.08

80

5

 

6

Stan Kiddle

309.15

75

13

 

7

Steve Burfoot

285.11

70

14

 

8

Colin Rennison

244.14

65

4

 

9

Maerk Gloster

222.05

60

16

 

10

Andy Trigg

211.15

55

3

 

11

Chris Smith

200.08

50

2

 

12

Martin Boddy

190.02

45

8

 

13

Phil Rule

176.14

40

10

 

14

Steve McCarthy

175.00

35

6

 

15

Paul Dyra

147.15

30

1

 

16

Mick Johnson

77.06

25

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fished

16

3828.05

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 DNW = Did Not Weigh, DNS = Did Not Show