Post Match Report
This was our first time at Todber Manor Fisheries and Little Hayes lake proved to be an excellent place to launch our singles competition. In the 9am draw, Matt Wyld came out first and promptly picked end peg 1 (Did he know something we didn’t). We were told before the match that the middle area between the islands was the place to be. This was further confirmed by the competitors that came out 2nd and 3rd and chose that section of water. 4th out was Jason Adams, who selected peg 10 at the same end and opposite peg 1.
It took less than an hour for the first fish to be landed, a nice mirror of 24lb 10oz for Robert Lapham in peg 7. This was quickly followed by another stunning mirror which took the Reuben Heaton specimen hunters round to 25lb 2oz. This was caught by Matt Wyld in peg 1, what a start. Those first two fish turned out to be the biggest of the weekend. Once the fish started to come on a more regular basis it was clear they were on the back of the wind, with peg 1 on 4 fish for 68lb, peg 10 two fish behind on 31lb 4oz. Two other pegs had a fish apiece. When the wind eventually dropped during Friday night and early Saturday morning the fish started to move around and several other anglers registered catches. During the morning the windy conditions returned and normal service resumed. As Saturday was coming to a close, peg 1 had banked 11 fish for 192lb 1oz, while peg 10 had 5 fish for just over 80lb. The real fight now was for the 3rd qualifying place. Darren Smith in peg 4 was on 60lb 15oz and Nathan Crowder next door in peg 5 was close behind on 59lb 6oz. Next came peg 2 with Jamie Standbridge on 37lb 11oz but he was catching a smaller stamp of carp.
By first light Sunday morning the wind had reached gale force, with trees being broken and uprooted. A couple of the competitors suffered damaged bivvies. The conditions were getting gradually worse and it became increasingly more difficult to weigh the fish. Following a discussion with all 10 competitors it was decided to end the match 3 hours early for safety reasons. All the remaining fish were weighed and the scoreboard updated to give us a result. Only one peg didn’t weigh any fish, however he did lose a couple, so all in all, considering the difficulty with the weather it turned out to be a very good opening competition.
We had 45 fish caught. Producing a combined weight of 714lb 13oz which gave us an average of almost 16lb per fish. The top 3 from the scoreboard go through to the final at Albans Lakes in October.
Ryan Mullins 19lb 10oz
Robert Lapham 24lb 10oz
Nathan Crowder 14lb 11oz
Darryll Boden 15lb 13oz
Jamie Standbridge 15lb 3oz
Lee Bruce 17lb 3oz
3rd place Darren Smith 16lb 8oz
Runner Up Jason Adams 19lb
Winner Matt Wyld 25lb 2oz
R-L Winner Matt Wyld, Runner Up Jason Adams 3rd Darren Smith