A fine sunny day at the lake. Wind blowing from big lake down to little lake
Another open match at the lake and 13 anglers turned up to fish. Pegs in the hat today were 34,38,40,2,4,6,7,8,9,13,14,16,18. With the wind blowing hard down into the little lake I think most people wanted a peg down in the little lake.
Waiting for the draw
Weather was nice for a change
Down in the little lake. Peg 3
Pegs 7 and 8. Good pegs if you can draw them
Mr 200lb (Mark Newbold) and his mate Dean
Stragglers in the car park
Justin Watkins on Facebook
John and Paul sorting the bait out
With the draw out the way Everyone set off to their pegs to set up. The match was started by Pauline ringing the bell at 1.15pm. Down in the little lake everyone except John on peg 2 had a carp right away but to their dismay that was most of the action as everyone pretty much struggled for the rest of the match.
In the big lake it was a slow start for eveyone also. I had started on a 5 meter line in front of me and was getting indications and a lot of liners indicating the fish were not on the bottom. I looked out and the top end of the big lake was black with fish cruising around like normal so I threw the pellet waggler out to see if they would bite and to my surprise without feeding I had a fish on. With plenty of feed making a noise on the water I managed 10 fish in the first hour. Justin on peg 16 had also switched to the pellet waggler and managed to hook a carp too. My bites were taking too long to come so I left the waggler line.
I rang John and he said the little lake was not fishing well at all. Mark on peg 40 was bagging up but not with carp, he was catching 2-3lb bream on his carp rigs. Just goes to show these fish are not shy 😀
Doug on peg 13 had found the carp and was catching well. Mick on 14 and Michael on 9 had also started catching well. I had caught 1 carp from each of my bush lines (4m and 11m) but after each carp the float was motionless, crazy. I then went out with the pole at 13m and started catching shallow but the fish were a lot smaller. At 2.5 hours in to the match all my swims had dried up.
It was a different story for Justin on peg 16 though. After only one fish in the first 2.5 hours he had moved to his margin swims and was catching regularly. So now it was the other way round, I was watching him catching 😀
Justin Watkins on peg 16
One of Justins margin Munters
I had only managed 4 carp in the last part of the match from my 5 meter line whilst Justin was catching very well so Knew it was going to be tight between me and him. John on peg 2 had managed to hook in to his first carp of the match a 5.45 with only 30 minutes of the match remaining. Pauline rang the bell for the all out at 6.15pm.
Onto the weigh in and the it was soon clear how hard the little lake had fished again. Dave Whiteman on one of his many visits to peg 6 had done a good weight of 58lb but Mark on 40 had caught 4 carp and a massive bag of bream, 46lb to be precise.
- Mark Newbold with one of his many bream
- The rest of Mark’s fish
- Dave Whiteman had also caught a nice bag of bream
- The rest of Daves fish
More bream came from peg 9 and 13. Amazing amount snotties caught today. The first ton of the day came from Doug on peg 13 (who also took the peg king title, well done) but was overtaken by Justin on 16 with 150lb and for the first time ever I had guessed my weight near enough perfect, I had guessed 170lb and put 173lb on the scales 😀
||84-8 inc 46lb of bream
Dont forget there is another open match on the 30th May which is also a Bank Holiday. Call John Bennett to book in please…. 07774 618688
Thanks for reading Eddie, Simon and John.