Date        : 22 Oct 2017         

Venue      : Slough House Lake, Bulphen, Essex

Match      : Championship #10

 

Match Write-up: by Allan Bayman

 

We had 15 for Slough House which I was really looking forward to. With match weights reaching 168lb of all bream earlier in the month and then follow-on weights of 80lb plus it appeared to be in good form. However we were to find the tail of Storm Brian caused a fair few issues.

 

There are a couple of well know flyer pegs. Peg 51 is very good and the end pegs tend to be a little better where you have some extra room. I was on 47, a decent area but, with a horrendous wind in the face, my peg looked more like the north sea than Essex !

 

At the start it appeared to be a rather slow start. My first bite resulted in a hooked carp and a very big on too. I it had on for some time before it swam across the lake with me unable to slow it down it broke me. There would be a fair few other lost carp as the match progressed.

 

Most people were catching….slowly. It proved terrible compared to normal and I suspected the strong wind was causes a massive undertow making presentation tough. The branches falling off the trees around me were a bit worrying too.

 

Meanwhile down the spit it was t-shirt and sun cream weather with most of the pegs sheltered from the worst of the wind. Alan Thomas was targeting the carp that run big in here and had one small carp early on. Brian Lakin also had a big F1 and Colin Rennison was catching small skimmers on expander and Ash was getting a few too.

 

Eventually the wind got the better of me and my back was starting to hurt too much so a switch to the tip over my main pole line got me 3 proper skimmers and left me wondering why I didn’t do that earlier.

 

Rich on 51 was getting some good bream and skimmers long but was getting beaten up by the big carp, loosing several but managing to get one in his net. Alan Thomas was fishing for them on heavy gear and managed  four but lost a few including one that sounded massive ! Kev Hawes manage to get one small carp loosing a few.

 

At the end there looked to be a clear winner and as expected Rich on peg 51 did the business with 31lb of mainly bream on meat. Alan Thomas was next up with 23lb 2oz of mainly carp on maggot with one fish just shy of 11lb and Ash Adams was third with 14lb 11oz just ahead of Coin Rennison.

 

Overall highly disappointing knowing how prolific this venue is. We seem to be unlucky with the weather on this venue. Next year we are here later in the year so hopefully that will make a difference.

 

NAME

WEIGHT

POINTS

Peg

COMMENTS

1

Rich McCorry

31.00

100

51

 

2

Alan Thomas

23.02

95

45

 

3

Ash Adams

14.11

90

57

 

4

Colin Rennison

14.06

85

41

 

5

Kev Hawes

11.14

80

80

 

6

Richard Lear

11.07

75

50

 

7

Brian Lakin

9.15

70

44

 

8

Chris Stride

9.04

65

35

 

9

Allan Bayman

8.02

60

47

 

10

Dan Patrick

8.01

55

49

 

11

Andy Trigg

5.00

50

48

 

12

Josh Blavins

4.14

45

52

 

13

Phil Rule

3.14

40

39

 

14

Paul Dyra

0.12

35

43

 

15

Chris Budden

DNW

0

40

 

16

 

 

 

 

 

fished

15

167.07

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 DNW = Did Not Weigh, DNS = Did Not Show