Post Match Report
The match kicked off at noon Friday and as with a lot of the venues we use, they shut up shop and go quiet for the early part of the contest. This is mostly due to the fact that although they do see a lot of angler pressure they very seldom see 24 anglers all casting 2 rods each in to the lake all at the same time. Nothing was caught until early evening when Jamie Simpson and partner Dean Allaway in peg 11 landed a pristine 23lb 10oz mirror to start the ball rolling. They preceded to follow this up with a bigger fish of 26lb 11oz before dark. By midnight 4 fish had been banked with the guys in peg 11 having 2 of them.
Jamie Craine managed to bank a 35lb 8oz pb from a weedy peg 4 to put him and partner Dave Knight right up there. There was one fish out to peg 9 just after midnight and then everything went quiet till 7am when Anthony Warrington and Jaye Carpmail informed us that they had just landed a decent fish. When we arrived in peg 6 Jaye was playing another, which judging by the bend in his rod looked like it could be something special. After a spirited fight it was subdued then netted and looked a fine specimen. We got prepared, put the fish in the sling and lifted it on to the scales. The needle on the Reuben’s went all the way round and settled on 35lb 10oz, what a fish. The original fish that was sulking in a retainer was then weighed and that went 28lb 1oz. We took several brace shots of the 2 fish, which produced a combined weight of 63lb 11oz and put this pair straight into the lead. less than 5 hours later we were back in peg 6 to weigh another fish. This time it was caught by Anthony and was a huge common which tipped the scales at 29lb 15oz and gave them a 3 fish total of 93lb 10oz. What an average!
Philip Higgins and Simon Bury had a 20lb+ common to go with a single they caught Friday evening to put them in the frame. Saturday afternoon, Jamie Simpson informed us that partner Dean Allaway had a fish that was buried deep in the weed and requested the boat to see if we could free it for him. The boat was launched from their peg and the fish was freed from several weed beds before it was eventually played to the net and safely landed from the bank. It was a lovely dark mirror weighing 26lb 12oz which consolidated their second spot and put them on 77lb 1oz for 3 fish.
We were now over half way through, but with heavy showers on and off and warm bright sun between, it was not ideal conditions for this big fish water. The pairs in first and second place seemed ok for the moment as they both had a good stamp of fish. Dave and Jamie in peg 4 were still in third place but still only had the one fish. Other pegs were now starting to catch more than one fish to pressure the third qualifying spot. None of the pairs in the top three were able to add to their tally’s, but Ste Alford fishing on his own in peg 7 now had 2 fish for 33lb 1oz. Closely followed by Simon Bury and Phil Higgins next door in peg 8 with 2 fish for 30lb 2oz. Chris Reed and Mike Baker in peg 10 also had two fish for 28lb 13oz but lost a big fish at the net which most certainly would have put them in a qualifying place. With only 2 minutes to go till the end of the match, Sam and Josh Airey landed their second fish but it only gave them a total of 23lb 8oz. That was the last of the action.
It was a cracking match with 16 fish landed for a total weight of 340lb 10oz giving an average weight per fish of 21lb 4oz. The biggest fish of the event was caught by Jaye Carpmail and weighed 35lb 10oz, which is only 1lb less than our current leader in the biggest fish of the year competition.
Of the 16 fish caught there were 2 x 30’s, 7 x 20’s, 6 x doubles and 1 single.
Anthony Warrington 28lb 1oz-Jaye Carpmail 35lb 10oz
Chris Reed-Mike Baker 17lb 8oz
Dean Allaway 26lb 12oz
Dean Allaway-Jamie Simpson 26lb 11oz
Jamie Craine 35lb 8oz-Dave Knight
John Paul King-Daniel Smith 18lb 15oz
Josh Airey-Sam Airey12lb 12oz
Phil Higgins-Simon Bury 20lb 8oz
Ste Alford 22lb 9oz
Qualifiers L-R 3rd Jamie Craine-Dave Knight, 2nd Dean Allaway-Jamie Simpson, 1st Jaye Carpmail-Anthony Warrington