Last of the Winter league (6) and the team were really geared up for a return to a position that we had attained earlier in the series when we had a 4th . So everyone wanted to irradiate the last match 8th position out of our minds and gain a respectful result. How would we fair ?
For my troubles i drew peg 71 at Sutton Bonnington and the walk was certainly respectable however the Soar lane resembled a bog after the day's end. Thats Winter fishing !
To my left i had Sam Merry and to my right was Stu Timpson proprietor of Bennets Tackle Mountsorrel .
The weather was very windy with expected gale force winds to 60mph ! So there was much debate whether anybody would get their pole out ! Sam did not and decided to use two feeder rods for his days work. I myself preferred 3 rigs , one for the Perch and animals and 2 at 1.5gr fishing fine to 0.08 / 20 and 22's . My attack consisted of SENSAS Lake / Super Black with a decilitre of floro pinkies and a few fine chopped worms with a few hundred casters with 25% leam . 6 balls only and decided since its the last match i would go for a positive approach even though the previous match had yielded low weights in the area.
Before the start my roost had blown over so i started to lay the rigs down but then changed to my right side with all the rigs on the floor !
My office which looks inviting and it is noted for some bream in the area .
The match was peppered with showers and they were not heavy just uncomfortable . My match started with inserting my 6 balls in at 10m and starting on the feeder for 15 mins which yielded nothing then i noticed Stu to my right took three small fish so my interest was high and i replaced the feeder with the pole and had fish straight the way on single / double pinkies . I caught well through out the day and took a nice skimmer of 10oz and Perch of about 6oz with lots of small roach and gudgeon. At the end of the match my fish counter read 74 for 4-4-8
3rd to weigh in was Stu.
Sam took a few nice sample for 4-13-8
Back at the HQ
John K - Clive - John H
MAS finished 5th on the day that supported by a excellent 22lb by Lee who caught a 18.5lb Carp on peg 2 of the 1860 section.!
TEAM - MAS presented Brian Hull who was retiring from organising the Winter League with a signed card from all the guys and a box of goodies.
Stu's Bennets had a great league and have risen through the ranks and are a team to be watched.
Individual champion for the 5th time was Quorn AC Top rod , Tony Marshall.