Post Match Report
The 2018 Mixed Carp Cup was an extremely tight match with an exhilarating finish in which there was only 3lb between the top three places. Fourth place was taken by our 2017 champions, the ever consistent Kay Holloway and Nathan Crowder.
New to the carp competition scene, Jennifer Garrett and Craig Hook, in peg 14 got off to a flyer by catching a 20lber for their first fish and carrying on that vein to take and hold the lead for the first 24 hours. Following that their swim slowed considerably and for a time they were out of the top four. By Sunday morning pegs 17 and 19 had started catching and were neck and neck and then peg 14 came back into the reckoning with a mid morning surge. The reigning champions on the opposite bank were also making steady progress and were now in touching distance of the three pace setters.
Jane Henthorn and Alan Atkinson were in the running on Saturday evening but their catch rate dropped off through the night and morning. However Candy and Lee Bruce in the next peg along had a great Saturday and Sunday morning catching steadily once the sun came up, but they just ran out of time when the hooter sounded at noon and ended up with a very credible weight just shy of the 200lb. There were lots of other fish out shared between 18 pegs which meant there were only 7 pairs not registering fish.
We had 190 fish grace the bank for a total weight in the event of almost 2,275lb. The top 4 weights were all in excess of 200lb and the next 4 were all 100lb+, which were made up of mostly doubles and some twenties. Willows Lake is a fantastic match venue when the conditions are right and this is easily one of the best competitions we have held on there. This event has a popular social aspect to it where we break the fishing up with a BBQ on the Saturday afternoon. This always seems a good idea as resting the swims for a few hours always produces fish once the anglers return to their pegs. We usually end the year with this one but this time it’s different as we are at Barston next weekend for our big one, The British Carp Cup final.
Brian Byford – Miranda Brown
Jack and Jenna Lamb
Jackie Potts – Mike Ryan
Jane Henthorn – Alan Atkinson
Jason Sandiford – Tania Williams
Jennifer Garrett – Craig Hook
Kay Holloway – Nathan Crowder
Lee and Candy Bruce
Mark Wozencroft – Natalie Chapman
Paula Marriott – Darren Pace
Sam Ely – Matt Oakley Biggest fish of the weekend 21lb
Sarah and Craig Davey
Shaun and Becky Sharman
Terry and Linzi Overend
Wayne Snodin – Ellen Beedham
L-R 3rd Craig Hook-Jennifer Garrett 2nd Brian Byford-Miranda Brown 1st Matt Oakley-Sam Ely