Verulam Angling Club

Match Result

Date : 23 June 2013

Venue : Newland Hall

Match : Championship #3

Commentary by Allan Bayman:

The view from Alan Thomas's peg

 

We had 21 turn up on this glorious summers day to fish the shallow Moat lake. A number of members took advantage of the burger van to take in a bit of breakfast.   I am not a fan of the sun as I tend to suffer in the heat so was praying for a draw in the shady far bank which I got. Stan was to my right in the nice looking corner. Brain was in the other far corner of the shady bank. Colin was to my left and I could see AlanT along the short bank. Method man AlanT had got an island chuck on his draw so he must have been happy. Was in the area of the sunny bank with some nearside cover.  

 

On the whistle I potted in a load of bait as did most people. Pretty much instantly I could hear reports of AlanG getting a fish on the method, then another, and another. He looked to be making a good start. I was missing bites and my paste was not quite right it was a bit too soft and not as sticky as I like it. I was encouraged that despite the very sunny weather that a few fish were being caught early on and I started to get into a rhythm getting a good number of small carp and crucians but nothing of more than about a pound. AlanT was looking a bit bored getting the odd fish but he was really struggling trying to catch in open water. Stan as also struggling to my right but Colin to my left was getting an impressive run of crucians. Stan came over to see what was going on and when he went back seemed to start catching. Brian was also fishing paste as was AlanT but Brian was catching where Alan was pretty motionless and starting to look bored.  

 

The middle section of the match saw my catch rate slow as I tried a few things like meat which really didnt work and wasted a lot of time.  Also my rigs were not right tangling far too much due to the long bristle on the paste float. Getting back into a feeding rhythm eventually started me catching still fishing my 30 second paste. I was getting a lot of bites within a few seconds of the bait hitting the bottom. Stan to my right sounding like he was flying now. AlanT was trying he right margin but with little result switched to a very snaggy left hand margin and started to catch , and they were much better with a average sized fish of around 4lb where as for me 2lb was a bigger fish.  

 

AlanG was still catching in bursts and Brian was catching well. Over on the sunny side a few fish were being caught but not as many apart from Steve Clark who had a long bushy margin.   The last third of the match saw AlanT really step up a gear and get into some good fish to maybe 7 or 8lb and catch well in bursts in between replacing rigs, 10 in all, as he tried to get some of the bigger carp out form the snaggy margin. Stan was still catching well and I was getting some good bursts of fish but far too many missed bites and liners. A switch to the inside got me a couple of better fish but they were not there in the numbers expected as my margin was very shallow. It was noticeable that several times in the match everyone seemed to be catching then not then we all caught again. There were a number of times where everyone I could see was playing a fish at the same time.   I had no idea who had what. Stan sounded like hed had loads. AlanT looked to be up there. It sounded like AlanG and Brian would be in the mix too. I had no idea how much I had as its very hard to estimate when the size of the carp varies form 4oz to 5lb but thought maybe 50lb..ish.  

 

At the weigh in Brian set the benchmark with a healthy 57lb dead weight with some decent fish. There were a few fill in weights all respectable of mainly small carp and crucians. Colin Rennison had lot of crucians on corn for 33lb plus My nets went a tiny bit ahead of Brian with 58lb 12oz . Stan was next. His first net got nearly 40lb so was thinking hed have 70-80lb. His second net was much lighter but still got him into the 50lb bracket with 51lb 10z. AlanT was next and his fish were in a different class , proper lumps and credit to him for persevering with such a snaggy area to record 69lb 15oz of proper carp. AlanG on the sunny side split Brian and myself with 57lb 5oz. How close was that ! Steve Clark made the most of the marginal cover of his peg on the sunny side to join the 50lb club with and ounce to spare.  Steve Burfoot was not far off the pack with 43lb and both the McCarthys got 30lb plus with Steve beating John by around 5lb.  

 

So AlanT took top, AllanB second and AlanG third. Brian was just 5 ounces behind for a good fourth, a small bit ahead of Stan and Steve Clark. Overall it fished surprisingly well considering the weather which I thought was going to ruin the days fishing.

 

POSITION

NAME

WEIGHT

POINTS

Peg

 

1

Alan Thomas

69.15.0

100

 29

 

2

Allan Bayman

58.12.0

95

 26

 

3

Alan Gardener

57.5.0

90

 4

 

4

Brian Lakin

57.0.0

85

 18

 

5

Stan Kiddle

51.10.0

80

 27

 

6

Steve Clark

50.1.0

75

 6

 

7

Steve Burfoot

43.12.0

70

 9

 

8

Steve McCarthy

37.11.0

65

  11

 

9

Colin Rennison

33.4.0

60

 25

 

10

John McCarthy

32.8.0

55

1

 

11

Cliff Myers

30.6.0

50

7

 

12

Kevin Wilder

25.3.0

45

30

 

13

Paul Bangs

24.9.0

40

 22

 

 14

Richard Wheatland

20.12.0

 35

 8

 

 15

Jay M

20.5.0

 30

 3

 

 16

Phil Rule

20.3.0

 25

 16

 

17

Dave G-Smith

19.12.0

 20

 23

 

18

Peter Fell

15.11.0

 15

 24

 

19

Tom Bedford

7.8.0

 10

 19

 

20

Mick Johnson

6.10.0

 5

5

 

21

Andy Trigg

4.5.0

1

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Total Weight

687lb 2oz