Post Match Report
Clifford Baker and Peter Hale who landed 6 fish with a combined weight of 182lb 8oz became this year’s Southern Champions. Their last fish, a stunning mirror, was caught by Peter. It weighed in at 36lb 6oz and was the largest fish of the competition. The runners up were Steve Blow and Robert Burgess, who worked hard for a smaller stamp of fish, with 7 for 162lb 12oz. They also dropped what looked like a 20lb + within 20 minutes of the end. Third place was taken by Richie Collins and Kevin Locke who caught their three fish during a spell lasting a little over an hour starting Friday night around midnight. They then had to hang on for the rest of the match when the other pegs started to have fish. The last qualifying spot for the British Carp Cup Final was taken by Simon Bury and Jaye Carpmail who had a nice brace of thirties weighing 63lb 7oz. The winners received trophies and a prize of £2,000, runners up got trophies and £1,000, third also got trophies and £500. Fourth place were rewarded with qualification into the British Carp Cup Final at Orchard Place Farms lake 7 on the 22nd to 24th September 2017. This event will be filmed for BT Sport where it will be shown later in the year. Some footage from this weekends event along with the Midlands and Northern Finals will also feature in the hour long show mentioned above.
It was very hard to decide the highlight of this match with so much happening during the 48 hours. Darren Pearse fishing with brother in law Levi Letchford had to leave Friday night and go straight to the hospital as his partner went into labour. By the end of the event the baby still hadn’t arrived. As Levi was now fishing on his own he was only allowed to use two rods but still managed a fine brace of thirties and missed out on qualifying by a mere 4oz’s. Nine out of the twelve pairs competing in this final registered fish. There were twenty seven caught all in all for a total weight approaching 700lb giving an approx average of 26lb per fish. Eleven of these were 30lb +. We had personal bests being beaten, but for me the best thing that happened was 12 year old Finley Newnham, fishing with his uncle Russell Monk, catching both of their fish. The biggest one took the Reubens round to 30lb 5oz and was a pb. It was so nice to witness that special moment. The excitement on his face was brilliant to behold.
This is an absolute diamond of a venue, containing some real gems. On the last morning of this event anyone from ninth place up could still have qualified going into the last few hours.
Justin Shields – Tony Reynolds 29lb 8oz
Lee Bruce 20lb 5oz – Nathan Crowder 21lb 7oz
Russell Monk – Finley Newnham 30lb 5oz
Steve Lovell 19lb 8oz
Levi Letchford 31lb 1oz
Kevin Locke 31lb 10oz – Richie Collins
Rob Burgess 23lb 7oz – Steve Blow 28lb 13oz
Clifford Baker – Peter Hale 36lb 6oz
L-R 3rd Richie Collins – Kevin Locke 2nd Rob Burgess – Steve Blow 1st Peter Hale – Clifford Baker 4th Simon Bury – Jaye Carpmail