Open Match

Following the horrendous winds and the big drop in temperature, who would like to stand up and predict what the fishing would be like? Despite three no-shows, 17 anglers were evenly pegged on either side of the venue.

In short, the roach failed to show in their usual prolific numbers and the vast majority of weights were made up of bream and skimmers which fell to worm with 2 odd exceptions. The bream stayed on the lower part of the lake where the wind hit the top of the island and Paul Chapman fished a superb match to net 18 bream and skimmers on the feeder and worm for a winning 21lbs 1oz from peg 39.

Opposite Paul ‘Ernie’ Sattler on peg 7 alternated between the long pole and feeder for a second place weight of 19lbs 4ozs. Further along the same bank, on peg 16, James Lewis fished an impeccable match for his third place weight of 14lbs 7ozs of long pole skimmers and one bonus tench to narrowly beat his dad Dave who netted 13lbs 15ozs of skimmers and bream from peg 38.

Personally, my appalling form of late continued and was well and truly battered and fried. That said, my saving grace was landing my best roach for some time. Which despite being battle-scarred from a cormorant strike, still tipped the scales at 1lb 5ozs 12drms, only 2ozs 4drms short of the club record!

In all, 142lbs 2ozs was weighed in after 2 DNW’s which equates to just a shade under a 9lb 7oz average – not bad for a hard day!