Post Match Report
We arrived at Sandhurst Lake Thursday afternoon. Whilst walking round pegging the lake we saw plenty of signs of fish showing themselves. Although it’s still early in the year the conditions weren’t too bad and it looked like there could be a few fish out.
With the Friday 9am draw complete all the anglers made their way to their pegs to get ready for the first hooter at 11am, which allows baiting and marking with the second hooter at noon which signifies the start of the match. We had a long wait for the first fish, but eventually it arrived early Saturday morning. It was a lovely chestnut mirror of 23lb 12oz caught by father and son duo, Terry and Stuart Boardman.
Again there was a long wait until Saturday night when the guys in the next peg landed a fish. Clifford Baker fishing with partner Peter Hale was looking very happy with himself and I could see why when we lifted his fish onto the scales. The needle shot round to 4ozs over 40lbs. This fish is known as Nigel’s fish and could well be a contender for this year’s biggest fish prize.
There were no more fish caught, and as we required 3 pairs for the Southern Final at Cottington’s Pepper Lake (Another big fish water) on August 4th, 5th and 6th. We had a cast off to determine 3rd place. After some good casting it was won by Nathan Crowder, which means he and partner Lee Bruce took the remaining place in the final.
Winners Peter Hale – Clifford Baker 40lb 4oz
Runners Up Terry Boardman – Stuart Boardman 23lb 12oz
3rd Place Lee Bruce – Nathan Crowder
By a Cast Off
L-R 3rd Lee Bruce – Nathan-Crowder 1st Clifford Baker – Peter Hale 2nd Terry and Stuart Boardman