Prior to the first WL of 2017 there was a good dose of rain mid week and that created a few concerns if the river was to be in available . However the rain went through very quickly and left all the sections tap water clear be it with a little more pace.
I decided not to fish the first match but to perambulate on as many sections as possible to view the days events. The draw at the Waterside was breakfast-less due to change of management but i have been assured the food will be available for the next 5 matches.
First section visit was Cossington which eventually contained the day's top weight with a massive 10 kilos of predominately Perch for Starlets man Matt Parkin on end peg 7. Sileby next and Wigston - Shimano Steve Gardner took this on end peg with a handsome 5 kilos with a silvers dominated catch. My travels then took me to Waterside where i witnessed a fine 'Billy' for Ross Winfield of the Bennetts stable on peg 2 with 5+ kilos . I then went onto 1860 where Quorn VDE Davis ____ on peg 1 took the honours on pole and pole feeder .
I then carried onto Osiers where the weights were the largest on the day for any section with Quorn VDE Dave Petch taking best weight. Greens on pegs 6 + 7 was a Pike nightmare and the section was taken with 6 kilos plus for Sensas Starlets Sean Ashby on end peg 1. Finally i returned to Little Meadow where Quorn VDE Toby Bunting took the spoils with 4.9 kilos. I was not able to see Proctors / Kegworth / Normanton .
It obvious the evasive Penny wart weed is causing massive problems and you can be assured that all the controlling clubs are actively contacting the national bodies who are supposed to control this problem.
Up to the start of this Winter League there were members of the League out on the banks feverishly gaining pegs for us and they really do deserve a mention:
Tony Marshall and securing the ferry master services
Colmic Soar Tackle
Loughborough SAS - Brian Hulls lads also magnificent on creating pegs on Osiers
Pete Jayes and Adam Nurse -superb job on the finances
Kev Hales for the scales and boards
Ross Winfield with an excellent job on the draw
Rob Wootton and Darran Bickerton on the results analysis.
......if i have missed anyone .....i apologise !
............ PLEASE when your at the bar next after a WL ........Shake their hands and/or buy them a drink
See you on WL2