Post Match Report
The pressure was due to drop down to the 900 s, so it was looking good for a few fish.
With the draw complete the anglers made their way to the swims to ready themselves for the 11am hooter which allows them to mark and bait up. The noon hooter starts the match. We didn t have to wait long for a couple of pairs to call for the scales. First up were brothers Tim and Andy Swain with a superb 30lb 3oz common. Quickly followed by Lee Bruce and Nathan Crowder with a 16lb 12oz mirror.
That was it till early evening, when Thorney bailiff Danny Martin and partner Darren Chalk landed another stunning mirror of 24lb 3oz. After a busy day myself and the other marshals got our heads down wondering what was to come in the rest of the match.
By 10am Saturday Lee Bruce and Nathan Crowder added two fish of 28lb 9oz and 19lb 10oz to put them firmly in the lead on 64lb 15oz. The rest of the day was pretty quiet after that until just after dark, when Daniel Holliday hit a run that turned out to be a Pike which took a static pop up and wiped out all three rods. He also lost two carp during the night, one of which looked a decent mirror. Poor Dan, some times the carp gods are simply not smiling on you. He was aiming to make a third appearance in this years finals as he has already reached the Northern and the Midlands Finals with 2 different partners.
Bobby and Harry Marvin, another pair of brothers fishing together were also suffering with lost fish and tench. Bobby was trying to make it to his second final as he had already reached the Midlands final fishing with Jamie Londors
About 10pm James Pither and Melvyn Lane banked a 15lb 8oz common to put them on the score sheet. The rest of the night was uneventful. At first light Sunday, I checked with Amanda Curtis and Carrot, who helped marshal the event but neither had anything to report.
Just before 7:30am I had a call from the Swain Bros to tell me they had a fish. By the time I got to the swim and prepared to weigh Andy s fish, Tim s alarm screamed out and he bent into what looked like a good fish. After some nervous playing action he managed to get it under control and it was eventually netted by Andy. Happy Days considering they had lost several fish in a snag they were fishing to and also landed some lovely tench into double figures. We got the fish on the scales, the first one was 26lb 13oz and the second 18lb 10oz, both mirrors. This put the guys in the lead on 75lb 10oz. There were no more fish landed so our last four qualifiers for the Southern final were now known. Tim Swain gave up being with his wife on their anniversary to fish this event, so it seemed quite fitting they were our winners in the end.
There were other fish lost during the course of the match and also nice tench caught on other pegs. This really is a good venue with some unknown surprises lying in wait.
Ian Vallintine of Colne Valley Tackle and Bait, our Trophy sponsor for the second year turned up for the presentation, where he handed out trophies to the top three pairs. The fourth pair got automatic qualification to the final.
Andy Swain-Tim Swain 30lb 3oz
Tim Swain 26lb 13oz-Andy Swain 18lb 10oz
Ian Vallintine with Andy and Tim Swain 1st Place
Lee Bruce-Nathan Crowder 28lb 9oz
Ian Vallintine with Nathan Crowder-Lee Bruce 2nd Place
Darren Chalk-Danny Martin 24lb 3oz
Darren Chalk-Danny Martin 3rd Place with Ian Vallintine
James Pither-Melvyn Lane 15lb 8oz
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