My peg has lily pads on either side but I would fish two 10 metre lines, one angled towards the right and the other straight out in front, as I had some meat I would also feed a 5 metre line but as I never fished it all day I won't mention it again. Steve Jackson was on my left with Glenn Bailey on peg 14. I set up two Malman Pencils, a 0.4 gram and a 0.6 gram both with 0.10mm bottoms and size 16 Tubertini 808's. The whistle went and I fed half a cup of micros on both 10 metre lines before starting on the right hand line with a Bait Tech 4mm expander on the hook and toss potted in a pinch of micros.
I didn't have to wait long for the first bite and a pleasing amount of blue hydro came out of the pole tip, with the fish going round in circles I was convinced it would be a crucian or small tench and was disappointed when a 8oz carp popped up. I then missed a couple of bites before losing what felt like a good skimmer as I shipped back. Next chuck I lost a foul hooked carp and things got even worse when I hooked another carp and just as I was about to net it, the hook length gave way. I did land a 2lb carp but after an hour I hadn't had a skimmer yet!
Steve and Glenn were getting odd carp but I couldn't see a lot happening on our side. I had intended to catch a couple of fish off each line and keep swapping between the two but although I was getting a few bites I wasn't putting much in the net. I did get a small skimmer to open my silvers account and then a little tench followed by a 4oz hybrid and was at least catching silvers now. Things got better when I had a 1.5lb crucian and shortly after it's twin brother. After two hours I was already 4 or 5 carp behind Jacko and Glenn and although I kept feeding the meat line, I thought my best chance was to concentrate on the silvers.
The last time I had this peg I caught quite a few carp but caught skimmers well in the last couple of hours and was hoping the same would happen today. I continued swapping between my two lines but was getting the odd nuisance carp and lost 4 or 5 foul hooked fish throughout the day. I did add my third crucian and thought I had about 4lb of silvers at the halfway point and felt I was doing okay. Going into the fourth hour I've had my first decent skimmer and was also getting odd blades as well. When I had another good skimmer to put me on about 6lb, I thought they had arrived and felt if I could get four more I would be in with a chance.
Apart from a couple more blades and more bloody carp the last part of the match was an anti climax for me. Steve and Glenn had caught well all day and I didn't think there was much between their weights. I packed up a little disappointed I hadn't caught more skimmers and took my kit back to the car before catching up with the scales. Bill 'Redfin' Hopping had 30lb 1oz from peg 2 and then Mark Hanham set the bar high with 73lb odd from peg 3. Glynn Wickham had 9lb 6oz of silvers from peg 5 and I knew I didn't have that, Heardy had 53lb of carp from peg 6 to go into second place before Janders had 3lb 5oz of silvers and 5lb 8oz of carp and conceded the pound when I said I had 5lb.
|Pete looking very smart doing the weigh in|
We got to Bruce Hunt and when he only had a silvers net in I thought he might have done well, he weighed 10lb 13oz to go into the silvers lead. Dave T had 6lb 2oz of silvers in 22 and peg 23 didn't weigh in so both me and Nigel just missed out.
|Todays weigh board|
1 - Mark Hanham (Summerhayes) - 73lb 2oz
2 - Glenn Bailey (Maver Bathampton) - 62lb 13oz
3 - Steve Jackson (Summerhayes) - 61lb
4 - Martin Heard (Summerhayes) - 53lb
1 - Bruce Hunt (Summerhayes) - 10lb 13oz
2 - Glynn Wickham (Summerhayes) - 9lb 6oz
So it had fished well with some good carp weights but it had been a bit of struggle for silvers, while waiting for the results we could see anglers bagging up on Longs and I can't wait to fish there again.
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