What a difference a week makes.With sunny weather forecast this weeks match attracted a bumper entry of 27 members meaning Colin had to include a section on the far side of the big basin to cope with the numbers.
Trevor Dodson drew exactly the same peg as he had last week, left hand end of the Gate Basin, and wasn’t too optimistic after he struggled last week for 5lb. But he was pleasantly surprised to find the fish had returned to the Gate and he put 10lb 14oz on the scales to win this week. Trevor just pipped Roger Farmer who was next to him on the right hand end of the Gate and had 10lb 11oz for 2nd. Dennis Willis was in Kiddies Corner on the Big Basin where he caught 10lb 9oz for 3rd. So, the Crane basin didn’t produce a frame weight this week, and the fish seem to be more evenly spread out, hopefully some more of the quality fish will move in as the boat activity slows down in the yards for the winter.
Unluckiest angler this week has to be Denny Hammond who managed to drop his keep net in at the end of the match and lost virtually all his catch I think the air turned black as he realised what had happened.
Next week we have the Big Basin fully pegged as well so lets hope we see some good results from all areas. See you there…………..
There was a bigger turnout for this weeks match with 26 (eventually) anglers lining up around 2 basins and yet again the Crane basin was the place to draw. Mark Harmer cruised to his first win of the winter from peg 5 putting 9lb 13oz of small fish on the scales. Dave Edgerton was 2nd from peg 3 with 8lb 8oz which included 2 large perch (see photo) . Then in 3rd was Mark Charlwood from peg 7 with 6lb 13oz on the right hand end of the Crane. Pity those 12 poor people who drew the Gate basin! 5 blanked and only 1 (Trev Dodson – had to be didn’t it) broke 5lb. It certainly felt like a long 5hrs for some of us.
Anyway, looking forward to next week as things can only get better – can’t they??? Then in 2 weeks we can attack the big basin – and struggle in there too!!!! See you there………………….
Another grey and damp day greeted the 20 competitors for this weeks match. The forecast was for rain all day but it actually wasn’t quite as bad as predicted – and much better than last week. The Crane basin was the place to be once again with Derbyshire interloper, aka Steve Wilkinson, coming out in first place with 10lb 12oz from peg 6 on the crane. He only just beat Alex Watson, who had a busy day on the gate basin catching small roach at 13m for 10lb 11oz and 2nd. Another double figure weight for John Higginson at peg 1 took 3rd place with 10lb 5oz but the big perch he lost at the net would have been a big bonus.
Overall there were 4 double figure weights and 11 anglers had over 6lb so although not fantastic, there are fish to be caught.
Spare a thought for Trev Dodson who had the benefit of a fantastic demonstration of “high speed mooring” right on his peg – don’t know how he then managed to get 10lb 4oz. I reckon he just put his landing net in and scooped up the fish after they were dazed by the boat wash.
Never mind it all adds to the entertainment……… See you next week…..
So we are off with he winter series of matches at the boatyards. Mr Burton was the clear winner this week from his peg on the Crane Basin where he caught 10lb 9oz. Tony Wilkinson was 2nd from his peg at the end of the Crane with 8lb 13oz and Mark Seaman was 3rd from his peg next to the winner with 8lb 6oz. So the Crane was the place to be this opening Match but who knows how things can change over the coming weeks and once the big basin is in the mix. Next week is the David King Bowl – See you there
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