Date †††††† : 24 June 2018††††††††

Venue †††† : Frogmore

Match †††† : Championship #2

 

Write-up by Allan Bayman

 

Frogmore can be rather moody at times, as most of us know. One day you can feel like a fishing god, whipping the water to a froth with F1s after F1s, bream, roach and carp and then a few days later youíd think you were at a different fishery such is the contrast.

 

With 25 booked on and reserves waiting to take up any drop outs, I thought it would be challenging.. being polite. I was genuinely delighted to see so much demand for this match like the previous. I thought the draw would play a major part with pegs 11,14,19,23 or 27 taking the win in my mind.

 

Chris Stride was on the hot favourite 23, Stan on 13, Paul Dyra on 14, Lee Ripper was on 9 and Andy K on 11. Chris Budden was on my favourite peg 27 that holds the match record of 95lb plus. I was very happy to get peg 19. Not the out an out flyer like 23 but a solid reliable peg in the deep bowl

 

The match started rather slowly. OK it was dead. Eventually I got a few indications shallow long and had a couple of carp but they would not settle. Not much else seemed to be happening but them it looked like Josh on 24 was getting carp. Lee caught early on again. Most people were struggling to even catch silvers on a maggot rig.

 

Around the fishery the odd fish was being caught mainly carp early on then a few people picked off the odd skimmer mainly fishing maggot whilst the roach appeared to be very inactive.

 

As the match progressed the odd carp was moving around and I managed to pick off a couple more and around the half was mark managed to mug one of around 12lb. This was to be the last ones Iíd land as bites dried up as the sun came up and it became really hot.

 

Stan was now starting to pick of the odd carp on maggot tight to the tree to his left. The odd decent fish was showing. Steve Burfoot had found a couple of carp both around 9lb each and Alan Gardner had a double. Josh was finding his margin very snaggy losing a few carp and then a top kit which he later went swimming for after the match.

The 2nd half of the match saw Stan string together a few carp. The carp had now moved out of range so I ended up fishing for the silvers shallow and picked up a big hybrid and few roach and an f1 to add 3lb plus to the carp.

 

The last hour seemed pretty dead and there were a lot of fish now just sitting just below the surface, motionless, not remotely interested in feeding.

 

The final whistle went to end a very tough day. Colin and AlanG both had double figures. Josh was first to break the 20lb mark with 26lb 1oz from peg 24. My net went 35lb 9oz mainly thanks to the 12lb carp and Lee Ripper again framing with 28lb 8oz for second. Stan took 4th with 19lb 14oz.

 Allan with his mug fish

 

Thanks to all who arrived, parked sensibly and got here in good time. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves despite the hard fishing. Maybe Englandís 6-1 win and Lewis Hamiltonís win was enough to turn a tough day into a good one.

 

Next match at Newlands Hall on Saturday 6th July.

                          

 

POSITION

NAME

WEIGHT

POINTS

Peg

COMMENTS

1

Allan Bayman

35.09

100

19

Carp to 12lb

2

Lee Ripper

28.08

95

9

 

3

Josh Blavins

26.01

90

24

 

4

Stan Kiddle

19.14

85

13

 

5

Alan Gardner

19.01

80

28

Carp 10.03

6

Steve Burfoot

18.04

75

7

 

7

Colin Rennison

14.15

70

29

Bream 4lb 1oz

8

Barrie Cowley

13.04

65

5

 

n

Chris Stride

11.11

60

23

 

10

Julien Fletcher

11.02

55

26

 

11

Dan Patrick

10.01

50

10

 

12

Neil Anderson

8.07

45

18

 

13

John McCarthy

6.03

40

6

 

14

Vic Potter

5.09

35

20

 

15

Kev Laird

3.14

30

3

 

16

Rich McCorry

3.08

25

25

 

17

Andy K

2.14

20

11

 

17

Paul Dyra

2.14

20

14

 

19

Andy Trigg

2.09

10

30

 

20

Chris Budden

2.01

5

27

 

21

Phil Rule

1.12

1

4

 

22

Alan Thomas

DNW

0

21

 

23

Roger Brown

DNW

0

2

 

24

Richard Wylie

DNW

0

17

 

25

Ash Adams

DNS

0

1

 

Fished

24

258.01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 DNW = Did Not Weigh, DNS = Did Not Show