Post Match Report
This event was being run by regular carp match competitor and former BCAC marshal Kieran McDonnell and fishing partner Ian Dixon as myself and Belinda were attending a good freinds wedding this weekend. On the Friday morning, following the sign in and draw everyone agreed to start and finish the match earlier. So a half hour baiting and marking session was started at 10:30am with the match beginning at 11am.
By Friday night the reigning Northern Carp Cup champions for the previous 2 years, Darren Wilcox and Jason Trought, had put seven fish on the scales for over 100lb in their favourite peg 13. Mean while in peg 4, Chris Donovan fishing on his own as partner Craig Ridge couldn’t make this one had three fish for 50lb. The only other pair to catch going into Friday night were Mike Herrington and Sam Harrison in peg 7 with one fish. The heavens opened and produced a deluge of rain, which put paid to any more fish gracing the bank till Saturday.
In a first light flurry, Chris Donovan added another 2 fish to his tally while Steve Blow and Simon Bury in peg 8 came onto the scoreboard for the first time. There were quite a few fish caught Saturday but the bulk were to the guys in peg 8 who between first light and 10pm had 25 fish for a weight in excess of 360lb to go to the top of the leader board. In second and third at this stage were pegs 13 and 4 with a mere 5lb’s between them both on over 150lb. Next came father and son, Neil and Tom Kirk with four fish, followed by Steve Carrie and Nick Davies with three fish, Sam Harrison and Mike Herrington 2 fish and finally Barry Cunningham and Chris Hainey with one fish. Barry and Chris fishing this event for Colne Valley Tackle and Bait along with Chris Donovan DNA Baits were part of this year’s team event and by catching had now earnt valuable points for their respective teams.
Sunday morning bought four more fish for Tom and Neil Kirk. Bringing their total to over 100lb. Steve and Simon added another leaving them only 1 fish short of the magical 400lb mark but giving them a resounding victory. Darren and Jason caught three more, taking them over 200lb and putting them in runners up spot and qualification to another Northern final. Fellow DNA pairing Steve Carrie and Nick Davies in the next peg caught their fourth fish of the weekend. Although Chris Donovan did not have any more action he had done enough to take third place by over 50lb.
Barry Cunningham-Chris Hainey 9lb 7oz
Chris Donovan 21lb 10oz
Darren Wilcox-Jason Trought 17lb 7oz and 19lb 3oz
Mike Herrington 14lb 5oz-Sam Harrison
Neil Kirk-Tom Kirk 14lb 8oz
Simon Bury 17lb 1oz-Steve Blow
Steve Carrie-Nick Davies16lb 1oz
L-R 2nd Darren Wilcox-Jason Trought 1st Steve Blow-Simon Bury 3rd Chris Donovan