Post Match Report
This was our best match of the year by some margin. Not only was the weather glorious but the fishing proved to be excellent too. By Friday evening I was beginning to think otherwise as we had been fishing for almost seven hours before the first fish was landed. No sooner had we weighed, photographed and returned her it was like someone had opened the flood gates and it was pretty much action all the way from there on in.
The top five pegs all registered a hundred pound plus weights. There were 49 fish caught for a total weight of 806lb which gave an approximate 16.5lb average. The biggest fish was a 30lb 2oz common caught by Ashley Stokes in peg 1. His partner Adam Toner banked a 23lb 6oz common which made a great shot. We had 1 30lber, 11 x 20’s, 32 x doubles and 5 x singles and every peg in the competition had fish.
Three out of the top five pegs held the lead at various times throughout the weekend. Due to their domination on both nights the 2 Dan’s, Abbasian and Adshead, in peg 9, managed to take the victory by approximately 10lb. Which proved that coming out second in the draw and getting one of your top picks can be very beneficial. Steven Brown and Wesley Prestage came out fifth but still managed to bag runners up spot from peg 8. John Bowman was third out of the draw bag and picked peg 6, where after a slow first night made up for it on the second and took the third qualifying place from Aj Collier and Tom Derome who ended up in fourth from next door. In fifth place were Adam Toner and Ashley Stokes who had a better stamp of fish with a 30, 2 x 20’s and 2 doubles to creep just over the 100lb.
Good luck to the three qualifiers who made it through to the Barston final.
Simon Pearson 12lb 10oz – Lee Waring
Jon Grouse – Joe Sallis 17lb 9oz
Martin Howe – Lee Marshall 20lb 8oz
Simon Wheeler 18lb 15oz – Mark Sawyer
Adam Toner 23lb 6oz – Ashley Stokes 30lb 2oz
Tom Derome 25lb 15oz – Aj Collier
Jon Bowman 25lb 3oz
Steven Brown 15lb 5oz – Wesley Prestage 12lb 15oz
Daniel Abbasian 22lb 7oz – Dan Adshead 17lb 13oz
L-R 3rd Jon Bowman, 2nd Steven Brown-Wesley Prestage, 1st Daniel Abbasian-Dan Adshead