Having had breakfast in Shipham’s Boudoir (back shed) where Bela, only known to Stella had a medium breakfast.
It was my turn in B section – the best section of all. I didn’t mind where I drew (this always helps) but peg 9 would have been my choice. Having fought off a couple of Thyers lads I managed to get in to the draw container first. Guess what, out comes peg 9 – yippee.
Once again I had Dave Poole on next peg 8 and it wasn’t until peg 12 that I had the next Angler – Tom Thick. Who on earth comes to a match wearing flip flops and shorts when the temperature is 2 degrees – the lad pictured right does – Tom was shivering from tip to toe when he came round to me during the weigh in.
I was pleased with the peg because I could fish the far bank with less than 11.5 metres. However, the wind was quite stiff and bloody cold, coming in at me at 1-o-clock. I went for two rigs: 1 - 4x12 Jolly for the fat bank with a 20 – 808 to fish corn, maggot and soft pellet, plus an optimistic 0.3 paste rig. I was ready to start fishing at 9-45 so had to waste time until the all in at 10-30.
I started by feeding a few micro at 10 metres out on front and at 2-o-clock where I found a flat shelf. Starting on the 4mm soft pellet resulted in no indications. So switched to the corn and what followed for the next 1½ hours was the most frustrating and baffling time I have had fishing for many a year. I must have had 40 bites missing the lot. I switch back to soft pellet thinking it was liners only for the float to sit there unregistering. The same was for maggot. Back on the frustrating corn and I had a small Skimmer followed by a F1. This was no good. So I picked up the paste rig and caught Carp straight off, landing six in six put in’s. That was it I decided that I would stay on this until the end opening a paste line down to the left on my top set. By switching between the two swim I kept Carp coming regularly to near the end. I wasted the last 15 minutes in the margin because my hands were no playng up knowing that I could catch another Carp or two during this tome fishing over – this cost me a section win as it happened.
My few Silvers weighed a generous 4lb which did include a anorexic Tench and my 19 Carp 98lb 10oz. This left me second overall with 102lb 10oz a section second by 1lb 13oz – bugger – why didn’t I go back over – I knew what I should have done at the time – bugger.
The match was won by junior Joe McMahon (pictured right with some of hi catch) from peg 40 with a credible 104lb 7oz. Joe caught over, shallow (18 inches) with banded pellet over loose fed hard pellet – well done Joe.
The Silvers was again won by Mark Broomsgrove (pictured lower right) with 34lb 6oz from Canal peg 3. Mark caught on maggot over GB.
1. Joe McMahon 104-07-0 peg 40
2. Mike Nicholls 102-10-0 peg 9
3. Tom Thick 68-08-0 peg 12
4. Matt Tomes 60-06-0 peg Canal 4
5. Lance Tucker 59-14-0 peg 4
6. Andy France 54-14-0 peg 13
1. Mark Broomsgrove 34-06-0 peg Canal 3
2. Pete Cassan 24-06-0 peg Canal 5
3. Glenn Calvert 22-02-0 peg Canal 8
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