With Bela being away sunny himself in
Spain last week
(strange he had no suntan I thought) he was eager for a match so we decided on
another venture to Ivy House – we have not been there for quite a while. I had
been playing football with my football mad Granddaughter Lily; unfortunately I
injured my knee again so it was hop-a-long today. We had the usual steady drive
up and after one big breakfast and one small devoured it was time for a dip in
the draw bag and out comes peg 11. Can you believe it the longest limp, but
happy with the peg, expectation was for Carp rather than the usual Silvers. For
company I had Alan Oram opposite on peg 10. The water colour was spot on for
the time of year and all the crap weather we have had during June.
Peg 11 is a corner peg against the new spit. So as I said Carp up to the end margin was the killer plan. So I set up a Barnett 0.3 gram paste float for this swim. Plumbing around I had to go to 11.5 metres to find a flattish spot, even so the bottom was up and down. I also set up a 4x16 Jolly to fish at both 9 and 10 metres where I found 7 foot of water with semi-hards over micro.
The other Lake was occupied by a Carp match with all the regalia goes with it – Bivvies, Ganga loads of walking around with food bags and socialising especially along the spit, which pissed me off some which I think effected my fishing.
After feeding a pot of wetted 4’s into the end margin swim I started with kindering a few wetted micros in at both 9 and 10 metres and started to catch 2lb Skimmers on the semis. I had a good two hours by switching and feeding and resting between the two lines catching about 20 lb of quality Silvers until I had a Carp which disrupted the Skimmers. Time to try the margin with paste and I was surprised to quickly add another 10 lb of Skimmers. I wished it would have lasted longer, but the Carp arrived and over the last three hours I landed thirteen Carp, losing two – one in a snag loosing the whole rig and another which I managed to get out the snag only to loose at the net. The Carp really fought hard today.
My Silvers weighed 31lb and my Carp 59lb 10oz for an overall weight of 90lb 10oz for second in the match.
Bela on peg 8, late on in the match introduced GB in his margin and was unlucky to finish second in the Silvers with 34lb of margin dwelling Bream.
The match was won by Anton Page with 98lb 12oz from peg 5. Anton explains in the short video below how he caught. Likewise Mike Etheridge who won the Silvers with 40lb on peg 17 also explains how he caught – well nearly!
- Anton Page 98-12-0 peg 5
- Mike Nicholls 90-10-0 peg 11
- Alan Oram 81-06-0 peg 10
- Mike Etheridge 40-0-0 peg 17
- Bela Bakos 34-02-0 peg 8