10th November 2019
A hard frost on Saturday night followed by bright sunshine are not the most favourable fishing conditions but no one expected the fishing to be such a contrast to last week. 21 members lined up for the draw this week and with plenty of space in the big basin there was much anticipation and talk of “jetties” and pegs “opposite the wet shed”. But in reality it was the Crane basin which was the place to be this week with all 3 framing places coming from pegs 1 to 5!
Alex Watson drew peg 1 and was thinking of going home when, after an hour and a half he caught a skimmer. This was the start of a good day, as he carried on and caught over a dozen more plus some bits to put a 20lb 8oz on the scales for a convincing win and he is now a member of the exclusive “20” club.
2 pegs away Dave Edgerton had been catching steadily from the off and had 10lb 5oz for 2nd. He was closely followed by Roger Farmer on peg 5 who had a level 10lb for 3rd.
So what of the jetties and the big basin in general, it can be summed up in one word DIRE!
Mark Charlwood won the basin off the 1st jetty with a meagre 3lb 1oz, Martin Littlefield had 3lb from between the boats facing the 1st jetty, and Dave Dearman had 2lb 14oz opposite the wet shed. No one else in the basin broke 2lb and there were 4 blanks. Why the fish weren’t feeding in here but fed in the Crane is a mystery and we will have to see what occurs next week…… See you there…….