I arrived at the water with 15 minutes to the start and by the time i had everything on the trolley and got to the peg , the match had started. I then proceeded to plumb up and have 4 match tops for up in the water and margins with 2 for full depth. Since the match did'nt start till 10:00 AM , it was 10:45 by the time i had baited up for the first time. Then the angler to my left told me i would be better of going to the island to my right which i remarked : 'but i will cast by the person to my right ' , he said no as the number of my peg was on a post on the island ! ......never heard of that !. So quickly i organised my light feeder Maver 10' feeder rod with an arsley bomb and 15 inch link to an hair rigged 8mm RINGERS red boilie.
Then i was 11:10 and i made a cast under the tree and fired out 15-20 8mm pellets and finally organised my bait table and set up other gear. Whilst doing this the rod was ripped of its rest and i picked it up in the water and started to play a rather large carp .........Slow but good start .
Panic button ! - trying to get set up at top speed - stress !
11:15 and i finally start ........with a fish , biggest fish of the day for me.
Phew ! - this carp is a good fight
Get in there !
A brut !
That will do nicely
My good buddy Chris Aaston cme down later to watch
More please !
The odd skimmer
The pub provided breakfast toasties which were huge ! ......i had jaw ache just eating it.
Put that breakfast material down - i'm in again !
A few nice Barbel came out
John Kilby on peg 7 and 2nd place 38-6
Huge friend of the years Tom Watt with some nice chub
Best fish of Daren Mores 36-8 and 3rd place on peg27
Terry Dobson had a bad day at the office
WINNER Mick Luman with 52-1 on peg 32
4th place on peg 34 with 35-9 - ouch ! should have fished from 10:00am !!
Fishery owner Dave Fletcher in his office domain
Well stocked shop - no need to shop anywhere else
In time honoured tradition we took a pint after the macth in the pub next door !