Another good turn out, the weather remained fine and dry, although once the sun disappeared the North Westerly wind was cold, but seasonal.
It was "fish bank holiday Wednesday", the fish had turned completed off . I could hear all sorts of reason why echoing around the lake - temperature dropped overnight, NW wind blowing, too bright, etc... The answer for me was simple, it was a near full Moon and the fish feed at night/early morning (this also happen yesterday to some extent).
I drew peg 42 for the second time and was happy with this as I caught some good Ronnies and Skimmers on the last visit. So naturally I started after the Ronnies with caster - not a bite. On to the maggot - not a bite!! I decided to focus on the Skimmers with 6mm GOT expander. The bites were extraordinary shy, but managed to put together 4lb 8oz of Skimmers by the close. However, due to the Silvers being so slow I spent 90% of the match on paste, at five metres (this is nearly half way according to Bob Price), which accounted for five Carp in the net and five lost - four were definite foul hookers, swimming about two foot about the deck. The five Carp weighed 34lb 6oz for a total of 38lb 14oz. This put me first overall by 1oz and a pick up of £25! When the matches fish hard, as today, it is usually a close affair.
Geoff Stones was runner up with 38lb 13oz from unfancied peg 72 (let that be a lesson to you Geoff!
The Silvers was won by John Bradford with 11lb 12oz from peg 49. John caught most of his fish in the first two hours - struggling for the rest of the match for 2lb.
1. Mike Nicholls 38-14-0 peg 42
2. Geoff Stones 38-13-0 peg 72
3. Bob "The Bread" Price 36-08-0 peg 55 (on paste)
4. Bob Warren 33-12-0 peg 62 (excellent result form this peg)
5. Bryan Sheppard 28-05-0 peg 43 (I now know where son Bob learnt his fishing - Bryan fished a tidy match)
6. Dave Bacon 27-03-0 peg 50
1. John Bradford 11-12-0 peg 49
2. Bill Ferris 11-0-0 peg 69