Date †††††† : 10 June 2018††††††††

Venue †††† : Riverside

Match †††† : Championship #1

 

Write-up by Allan Bayman

 

We had massive demand for our first championship match of the year which as tradition dictates is at our main fishery, Riverside Road. It was great to see a number of new faces with the matches appearing to attract some new members to join VAC.

 

It was also great to showcase the new facilities; Brian Lakin and Kev Hawes stepped in at short notice to sort out breakfast. Thanks guys !

 

Now with a full match there will always be a few more ď challenging pegsĒ but hey thatís the luck of the draw.

 

I reckoned before the match that pegs 2, 20, 22, 34 or 37 were best placed for the win along with pegs 51 to 54. Of course I drew an area I have become familiar with, pegs 11-12 where carp are rare visitors. Drawn next to Alan G at least I was in good company and drawn opposite pegs 30, 28 and with a view down to pegs 50 at least I would be able to see everyone else catching ! Josh pulled out peg 2 which was going to be hard to beat. For once Neil surely didnít have anything to moan about pulling out peg 34 that pushed the venue record to over 80lb. Alan Thomas was less than happy about peg 28 and I wasnít sure he was going to fish. More about that later.

 

From the off a number of people were quickly into fish. Lee Ripper had three carp in three put ins. Steve Mears on peg 30 was in contact with carp and bream early on. I decided to fish for the silvers knowing chances of carp were very slim.

 

Alan Thomas on peg 28 decided to tough it out but found some carp on peg 28 and looked to be catching in bursts, very well. Rumours suggested Josh was bagging on peg 2 and Neil was also catching OK on peg 34. Most people seemed to be making contact with the odd carp or two. I could only watch people catching carp but was happy catching some quality roach and rudd.

 

Alan Gardner and I had a pound between us and whilst I took an early lead, Alan started to pick of some small carp and brown goldfish threatening my pound but I managed to pick of a few bonus bream fishing caster shallow in amongst the roach and rudd.

 

Andy Z on peg 16 was hooking carp but loosing most of them in the snags. Phil Rule was mastering the tench but the carp were proving more adept at escaping.

 

As the match progressed Alan T looked be flying but as the sun got up around the halfway mark it seemed noticeable that all the visible anglers started to slow down almost to a grinding halt.

 

Josh was still catching and Alan T was rotating lines and picking of the odd fish left , then right then on the feeder really working the space he had available to him. Chris Stride next to him was getting the odd carp and one didnít want to be caught and smashed his top kit to bits trying to make good its escape.

 

Iíd given up fishing long as it was producing very little action unlike my short shallow line that was at times boiling with fish visible under the surface. Bites has slowed down but I was still picking off the odd fish in bursts.

 

The last hour saw a number of carp grace anglers nets. Steve Burfoot had a good run and Alan T picked off a few more and Josh was streaking toward the venue record before the horn was sounded.

 

At the end the scales showed, as expected, Josh had amassed a great weight just shy of the venue record with 80lb 9oz. Alan Thomas was a solid second with 34lb 12oz and Neil Anderson 3rd with 31lb 13oz. There were 12 weights over 20lb which was great. My all silvers net went 21lb 13oz v Alan Gardnerís 16lb 11oz so the pound was mine. I was also happy to find out I picked up section too.

 

Overall the day was run very well with Alan Thomas doing a blinding job. Big thanks to everyone for mucking in with the weigh-in and also big up to Brian Lakin and Kev Hawes for breakfast.

 

Next match is Frogmore on the 24th.

                           

 

POSITION

NAME

WEIGHT

POINTS

Peg

COMMENTS

1

Josh Blavins

80.09

100

2

 

2

Alan Thomas

34.12

95

28

 

3

Neil Anderson

31.13

90

34

 

4

Lee Ripper

28.12

85

7

 

5

Richard Lear

26.10

80

25

 

6

Steve Burfoot

26.00

75

31

 

7

Paul Bangs

23.02

70

48

 

8

John McCarthy

23.00

65

45

 

n

Roger Smith

22.10

60

22

 

10

Mark Jones

22.03

55

21

 

11

Allan Bayman

21.13

50

12

 

12

Dan Patrick

21.10

45

24

 

13

Steve Mears

19.06

40

30

 

14

Kev Laird

18.09

35

32

 

15

Alan Gardner

16.11

30

11

 

16

Chris Stride

16.00

25

27

 

17

Andy Zneimer

14.10

20

16

 

18

Andy Trigg

12.06

15

20

 

19

Colin Rennison

12.03

10

43

 

20

Roger Brown

11.13

5

1

 

21

Cliff Myers

11.08

1

9

 

22

Brian Lakin

10.08

1

37

 

23

Rich McCorry

10.00

1

35

 

24

Andy Killinger

9.12

1

54

 

25

Ash Adams

8.15

1

52

 

26

Andy Karzcmarek

8.03

1

51

 

27

Phil Rule

6.12

1

14

 

28

Barry Killinger

4.07

1

53

 

29

Martin Boddy

4.04

1

19

 

30

Julien Fletcher

DNW

0

18

 

31

Kev Hawes

DNW

0

5

 

32

John Smith

DNW

0

38

 

33

Victor Potter

DNW

0

36

 

Fished

 

547.05

 

 

 

 

 

 

 DNW = Did Not Weigh, DNS = Did Not Show