Date        : 10 December 2017         

Venue      : Riverside

Match      : Championship #13

 

Write-up by Stan Kiddle

The forecast was rain and 30mph winds all day. So it was a surprise to all to wake up to several inches of snow, more falling and very difficult driving conditions. No surprise that a number of the 28 expected had to drop out and two of the 19 who got to the fishery opted to simply pay their dues (including the charity monies and raffle), have a bite of breakfast and then work their way home.

Good to see some fresh faces as well, Bradley and Jack are more into specimen fishing so credit to them for giving it a go, albeit for just an hour or so. Without a pole to lower a line into an ice hole it was almost impossible. As it was everyone was forced to fish at 5m or less as the heavy snow had formed a thick 'slush-puppy' layer on the surface which returned within minutes of being cleared in some areas.

I took last number in the bag, peg 7. Not one I've ever fished before but Simon Jee won from it the previous Tuesday so I knew fish were in the area. Having got everything organised I was rather late to my own peg and was far from ready at the 9.30 start. I managed to pot in a little mashed maggot and bread crumb five sections out down a saucer-sized hole and then spent another 30 minutes setting up and struggling to get a line to sink down the hole. Amazingly, after just a few minutes the float dipped a fraction and I lifted out a 2" wasp (perch). By 11am I'd had a fat roach, a 3oz perch and another fish that came off in the slush. For me that was the end of my match - no more fish or bites.

Not too boring though as I could see Colin on peg 55 start to string together a few roach and perch, fishing a whip about 2m out. To my right, on 9, was Roger Smith. He reported losing a 3lb bream but did land a big crucian and a few smaller fish for 3.06. Behind me on 11 was Phil Rule. Phil was 2nd last year so his smile widened through the day as single red maggot caught a few fat roach, a pound-plus perch along with some others and the only carp of the day...all 4oz of it. His 3.15 proved enough to beat last year's winner Brian Lakin who managed 3.09. Brian put a lot of effort into clearing the slush from peg 51 and was eventually rewarded with the biggest fish of the day; a 1.11 perch - plus a 1lb chub and a few roach. Again, red maggot was the bait. Given that Brian had worked hard converting the old meeting room into a kitchen, serving 19 breakfasts and then having to return the next day to tidy everything up you could say his result was good Karma.

Colin had perhaps the best catch of the day in that he had a fair few roach and perch...but failed to get one of the bigger fish needed and had to settle for 4th, still good points as he chases that Championship title. Also worth mentioning that Steve McCarthy had over a dozen gudgeon from peg 53...the most anyone has been known to get in a match.

From a personal perspective, as a veteran of over 20 Riverside Christmas matches and numerous blanks, given the conditions the scores on the day were impressive. If only that snow had gone north as promised....

Not that you can see him but in the gloom is Phil Rule. His first fish of the day fell off as he tied to get it out of the slush capping 99% of the fishery. But he stuck with it for a good winning bag on the day.

POSITION

NAME

WEIGHT

POINTS

Peg

COMMENTS

1

Phil Rule

3.15

100

11

1.02 perch

2

Brian Lakin

3.09

95

57

1.11 perch

3

Roger Smith

3.06

90

9

1.05 crucian

4

Colin Rennison

2.09

85

55

 

5

Steve Burfoot

1.12

80

38

1.03 perch

6

Steve McCarthy

1.10

75

53

 including over 12 gudgeon

6

Mark Jones

1.10

75

32

 

8

John McCarthy

1.03

65

25

 

9

Simon Jee

1.02

60

37

 

10

Stan Kiddle

0.12

55

7

 

11

Paul Bangs

0.03

50

19

 

 12

Andy Trigg

DNW

1

24

 

 13

Kev Hawes

DNW

1

45

 

 14

Martin Boddy

DNW

1

12

 

 15

Dan Patrick

DNW

1

28

 

 16

Jack Gunner

DNW

1

34

 

17

Bradley Wiffin

DNW

1

16

 

Fished

17

21.07

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 DNW = Did Not Weigh, DNS = Did Not Show