Captain Tom handed me peg 94 on Carey. I was well pleased with this as it has plenty of Silvers form. However, on discussing the peg with Tony Rixon he thought that I would struggle. I wasn’t convinced and was quite up beat. As I didn’t bring my ice breaker I borrowed one which I could only throw 7 metres. I spied Joss Garret on Lodge Monk swim and coaxed him round with the proviso that he could use my gloves. Joss was able to clear to 12 metres. This was enough for me.
I set up one rig a 4x14 Jolly with 0.1 hook length and 0.14 rig line. I had about five foot of water at 12 metres. I started by feeding a nugget of GB laced with a few Pinkies. The upshot was Tony was absolutely right I struggled so much I blanked, as did all the section. In fact only two caught on the Carey section each weighing 9oz! I couldn’t even win the draw for the section money. Some top tips I tried - Going for a walk – Drinking coffee whilst fishing – taking the keep net out (this usually works). I expected to catch in the last hour so I kept a nugget going in every hour throughout the match. But as luck would have it the light stayed with us today – is this sign of this dreadful winter coming to an end – I hope so.
Team wise we had three weigh out of five which was just above par and kept us in the top six overall, pulling more points on Avon Angling. Captain Tom won his lake and Fabio was fifth on Lodge. On my walk I took the short video (bottom of page) of Fabio doing the “double swing” on a small Ronnie.
The match was won by Chris Ware (pictured right) from peg 73 with 65lb 8oz. Chris fished double red maggot at 14.5 metres down his RH margin to the over hanging Willow landing six good Carp. Chris fed nothing all match using just 30 maggots as hook bait throughout. It was an amazing weight on the day when considering the second weight was a mere 17lb.
The Silvers was won by Matt Taynton (pictured lower right) with 13lb 10oz from peg 125 (next to Bela). Matt caught at 13 meters with maggot over GB, later Matt switched to 14.5 metres with caster or maggot over caster. Matt also added a small Carp which put him second overall and a pickup in both super pools – Bela and I didn’t get a drink though!!
1. Chris Ware 65-08-0 peg 73