As we travelled to the Anchor Pub over at Hathern just outside Loughborough on the morning of the match we passed over several vantage points of the soar and could see an increased colour in the water which suggested we could be looking at a rise of several inches , it was.
Match started well as i caught small fish after the initial bombardment of 7 balls of 50/50 leam/Gros gardonnes laced with chop , dead pinkie and hemp .
The fish however did come in small and i did wonder if it was the right tactic as i noticed several anglers to my left go straight on the feeder and catch , a few lumps ! . Wish i had brought mine along , bad mistake !
However as the match progressed i caught many pairs of eyes and a whole string of species like bull head , minnow , gudgeon , bleak , perch , roach , skimmer , hybrid , chublette. With 2 hours to play and starting to claw back on fish with more bites showing disaster struck as my no.8 joint broke and i spent 3 dodgy minutes rescuing from the surface of the water as for a few heart stopping moments the top 7 and a bit of the no.8 drifted out from the bank . Thanks to Stan piecha to my right for words of encouragement in the rescue process.
On the match section to my left Sean Ashby was performing Tai-chi with his feeder rod as it looked to be his main line of attack which ultimately in the end did prove to be the match winning catch with a staggering 11 kilos ! several bream and skimmers.
Weighing in our section :
I finished 3rd in section with 2,5 kilos and needed the bonus fish , lost the one decent fish a bream on the flat float so i could have competed on the day but made a bad mistake of not setting up a feeder , silly mistake.
Bring on the next round !