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Pre Match Report
Q Lake is unique in the sense that everyone fishes from the island outwards into the moat shaped lake. It is permanently divided into 13 pegs with defined boundary markers which can clearly be seen on the far bank even in the dark. The water holds fish up to 30lb + and also some grass carp which count in our competitions. It lends itself perfectly for hosting matches and is very fair and easy to manage. That’s one reason why we are holding our Northern Final there this year for the second time in four years.
Post Match Report
We have finally arrived at our last qualifier of the year. Q Lake normally produces the goods in matches. On this occasion however it was no was nowhere near as prolific as normal. With 13 permanent pegs and only seven pairs fishing they all had plenty of water to go at. As the anglers were ready and chomping at the bit, we decided we would start the match earlier and so it was all in at 11am instead of the usual noon start.
Even though Friday had one more fishing hour than usual it still only produced two fish up to midnight. Saturday faired no better, producing three fish for the day. At least we now had four individual pairs registering fish, meaning we had a result and wouldn’t require the dreaded cast off.
Sunday improved no end and by the 11am hooter we had as many fish on the scales as the previous two days put together. Pegs 13 and 2 were in first and second places with 3 fish apiece. Dave Knight and Jamie Craine had a brace early Sunday morning to consolidate their runners up spot. They also had me out in the boat at 6am to help with a weeded fish but unfortunately on this occasion I was unable to help.
Darren Wilcox and Jason Trought, previous two times Northern Champions, also had me out in the boat near the end but again they did not manage to land the fish as it cut them off in a fourth weed bed after previously being released three times. This however did not affect them winning the match. Christian Hughes and partner Daniel Holliday, peg 6, landed a nice 21lb 14oz common to put them in third place. This was the biggest fish of the weekend. While Lee Marshall fishing alone in peg 11 as partner Martin Howe was too ill to compete, took the last place in the final with a fine surface caught mirror weighing 18lb 9oz. This event was more a tale of fish lost than fish landed as pretty much every pair suffered from losses. The draw was also negated as he first three pairs out didn’t podium. The qualifiers all came out late once again proving that the draw is not always as important as we like to think. We now had our last four pairs to make up the twelve fishing the Northern Final at this same venue in three weeks time.