With talk that big weights of Skimmers have been coming out on paste I was looking forward to this match. However, although I looked at the weather forecast including the wind speed which was predicted to be 18 mph, I wasn't prepared for what I was about to be faced with high gusting to gale force winds.
In to the draw bag and out comes peg 10 on the far bank which is usually a good peg for the Silvers. That said arriving at the peg the wind was driving directly into it – bugger.
I set up a Ronnie rig and two paste rigs one for the margin and the other to be fished out as far I dare, my choice of distance of 9 metres was far too ambitious as it proved and was a big mistake, 5 metres would have been my hindsight choice. Anyway I started on this line feeding two big pots of micro where I think I was soon getting some fizzing (hard to be sure with the wind driven waves). First put in with paste I had a Carp which even though it was only a 3lb Common it took an age to land because the water was 8 foot deep which necessitated for me to wind the elastic right in to reach it with the landing net from the high platform. I persevered with this line even though the float and paste was travelling with the wind, hence the need to hold the float back a bit which isn't easy in the wind. I found I was getting nibbles from small fish which I later took as small hybrids (2 to 4oz) that has suddenly put in an appearance on the venue. Because of the wind I decided to have a go on the paste in the RH margin and had four quick Carp again 3 lb Commons which fought like stink. The fifth in the margin was a much bigger Carp which after a long scrap wrecked my rig under the platform.
I suppose it had to happen sooner or later (I would have preferred much later) my hands were hurting so much due to the Arthritis and being off pain killers at the moment. I felt I had to stop fishing for the Carp as I could not keep up with these hard fighting fish and the speed at which I was catching them. I decided to stow away well behind me my paste top sets out of harms way and fish for Silvers on the Ronnie rig and caster. At least by fishing in the RH margin I would have the wind off my back. And that’s what I did for the rest of the match albeit some interruptions from the wind blowing my rig in to the edge vegetation – bloody wind. I think I was taking my frustration of my weakened hands out on the wind.
My five Carp weighed 13lb 7oz and my net of mainly small Hybrids and Ronnie Slime weighed 17lb 15oz. This put me third in the Silvers being beaten out of second place by two dubious Common Carp hybrids that supposedly didn’t have any barbules. You have to go with the scales man decision in such cases.
Even so my hands were still very sore (as was my face due to wind burn) during the night.
The match was won by Shaun Townsend (pictured right with some of his catch) with 163lb 11oz from peg 11 (next to me). Shaun caught on meat down to the empty platform peg 12 (as did Gordon Cannings from peg 13). Shaun fed his meat through the kinder pot. I think I made the right choice in swapping to the Silvers as I could not have played and landed that weight of fish today).
The Silvers was won by Craig Edmonds (pictured right with his net of Skimmers) with 26lb 8oz from peg 24. Craig caught on 8mm meat at 6 metres over lose fed meat. A great result considering he left his all tackle home except his rod holdall. You don't get the nick name Trigger for no reason.
- Shaun Townsend 163-11-0 peg 11
- Tony Rixon 115-01-0 peg 20
- Adrian Jeffery 113-01-0 peg 15
- Alan Oram 107-06-0 peg 31
- Glenn Bailey 106-0-0 peg 6
- Gordon Cannings 101-15-0 peg 15
- Craig Edmonds 26-08-0 peg 24
- Clint Wojtyle 22-03-0 peg 28
- Mike Nicholls 17-15-0 peg 10
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