Pete Taylor (Larry Teepot) and his band of 21 merry men and one lady returned to the lake this weekend for their annual visit. The draw was supposed to be at 11am but due to an incident on the M40 the Cockneys we stuck and had to wait for the central reservation to be removed so they could turn round and be diverted past it.
The anglers who were already at the lake put the extra time to good use….getting drunk 😀 Eventually they turned up and the draw got underway at 1pm so fishing on Saturday was going to be from 2pm-7pm.
Onto the fishing. Mark and Matt down in the little lake were setting the pace for everyone else to follow but I think they were just having their own private match between each other 😛 😀 Danny on peg 40 was having a grueller but he did have about 20 beers before the start 😮 😀
The bowl was fishing ok but people were being plagued by foul hooked fish and loosing them. Me and Andy were also having our own match but everytime he got a fish so did I and visa versa. Tim on 32 was also catching well but loosing a lot of fish also. John Hague was having a battle with the resident carp on peg 9, failing to catch of the end of the bush he decided enough was enough and he would have to go to the stump. Only the brave or stupid do this 😛 (I will let you decide hehe) This proved successful. I think he won….. John 8 – Carp 2.
The top end of the big lake was fishing harder than normal. Marcus on peg 16 was catching well just behind Jay on peg 18. Gem on peg 20 was not having much luck in catching a carp, it was funny not hearing her usual bum clenching scream after she catches her first carp.
With the bell sounding the end of the match I knew it was going to be close in my section between me, Tim and Andy. Word was Matt had won the little lake and the grapevine was right. The big lake was another close finish also between Marcus and Jay. It turned out to be a close finish in all the sections with just one weigher separating first and second also second and third in section.
|8th||Dan – Lippy||40||DNW||–|
The draw today was set for 11am again with fishing from 12.30 – 4.30. The draw was on time this time too 😀 There were a few sleepy and drunk faces wandering around the lake before the draw also. The lake was blessed with the sun today with not a cloud in the sky so I wanted to draw on the carp park bank in the shade, I put my hand in the bag and pulled out peg 18 (bloody hot peg) Still I wasn’t moaning. Neil Riddy was fishing today in place of Dave Moore who fished yesterday but could not make it today, anyone who knows Neil will tell you he only draws Flyer pegs and today was no exception…..Into the bag goes his hand and out comes peg 32 😮 😯 Unreal 😀
On yesterdays winning peg was Andy had set his stall out to catch as many of the up in the water carp, Mark and Matt also had the same thing in mind. With the sun blazing there were a lot of carp cruising around. Most anglers today had a go at catching them shallow I think. Andy on peg 5 was setting the pace in the little lake today with Mark on peg 40 closely following.
In the bowl there was plenty of action coming from peg 9. Steve Wilson on peg 30 was playing catchup and doing a fine job too. His final weight was helped out by this 22lb carp.
Neil Riddy was catching well on peg 32 until Neil over on peg 10 lost his topkit with a fish attached, the float surfaced behind the bush in Neil’s swim. John Bennett and Paul Jay (Laurel and Hardie) were on the scene to try and get the top kit back and free it from the offending carp. Paul managed to get hold of the topkit and played what he said was a 20lb + carp before loosing it (typical Paul 😀 😛 ) This needless today put an end to Neil’s bush line.
In the big lake there was more fish being caught today. Jason Astle on peg 23 was catching very well and setting the pace for the rest of us. After catching 4 fish shallow I had started catching well off the bush on the right hand side of peg 18, nice and easy as they were all on my topkit. Justin on peg 20 was having a better time than Gem did on there yesterday. He had managed some carp shallow and had started putting together a nice run of fish fishing on the bush on the left. But then disaster struck, a fish took him in the bush and he lost his rig and could not get the new rig right.
On to the weigh in and it was Matt and Mark setting the pace in the little lake with fine catches but was soon overtaken by Andy who put a cracking weight of 226lb on the scales. Simon on peg 9 just fell short of the magical 200lb with 193lb to take the bowl section. There was a bit of drama when weighing in the top end of the big lake as I knew it was going to be close between me and Jason for the section. I had put 140lb on the scales but when we got round for the moment of truth at Jason’s peg we found the carp in his net did not want to hang around to be weighed. His net had fell in and all his carp had escaped leaving him with only a fine net of skimmers to weigh in and the fish on the board.
|5th||Danny – Lippy||16||22-0||5|
|3rd||Mark Malin||4 (Weight)|
I had managed to win my section giving me a score of 2 points which gave me the overall win, to say I was chuffed would have been an understatement. 🙂
Andy had come second with Mark beating Matt on a weight countback. Well done Lads.
Thanks to Larry for running a great weekend event. Had some great laughs with this great bunch of lads.
Thanks for reading. Eddie, Simon and John