Post Match Report
With air pressure in the high 1020’s all weekend, combined with dry, hot, sunny weather, the conditions were far from perfect. On Thursday evening we witnessed fish showing all over the lake. Once all the competitors were settled in their pegs and cast out at noon Friday, things were considerably quieter. Even so we only had to wait just under a couple of hours for the first fish to arrive and it was a pretty fully scaled mirror of 15lb+ which fell to the rods of Bryan Houghton and John Picking in the well known blue rope channel swim. No more fish were caught until the early hours of Saturday, when Bryan and John in peg 1 added another 3 fish to their tally by first light. All the other swims on the lake remained dormant, with the only action coming from peg 4 where Jack Lamb and Joey O’kelly lost a fish in some snags on Friday evening.
Sunday took the same shape as Saturday had with four fish out between the early hours and first light, but again three were banked by the leaders in peg 1. The fourth fish was caught by brothers William and Ricky Dummer, it was a common of 12lb 9oz. Which proved to be a very valuable catch in more ways than one. It gave the boys second place with a cheque for £1,000 to share and 22 points for Phatfish in the team event. This was crucial as it put them just 3 points behind DNA, with only the Northern Final left for teams to collect points.
Bryan and John secured a landslide victory from peg 1, also collecting maximum points for team Spomb to give then third place overall behind DNA and Phatfish, who will battle it out in next weeks final for the winners and runners up spot.
Jamie Londors / Bobby Marvin, Christian Hughes / Blain Pickering and Aj Collier / Josh Winfield all lost fish late Sunday morning, so a cast off to determine third and fourth place was now inevitable. After some truly consistent and accurate casting, Darren Pearse and Ashley Izzard took third place. While Cliff Kemp and Brian Byford settled in the fourth qualifying spot for the British Carp Cup final at Branston Water Park, Burton on Trent, on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th September.
Billy Dummer-Ricky Dummer 12lb 9oz
John Picking 21lb-Bryan Houghton
John Picking-Bryan Houghton 20lb 2oz
L-R 2nd Ricky and Billy Dummer-1st Bryan Houghton and John Picking-3rd Ashley Izzard and Darren Pearse-4th Cliff Kemp and Brian Byford