2018 Christmas Match
Sunday 25th November, 2018 was a memorable day for one guy in particular, namely Mark Thorne, who blitzed the opposition, yesterday, to win the Tivvy club's Xmas match in style, picking up a big cash prize and huge turkey dinner. Pegged at school bay, Mark had a few roach on bread close in but then switched to long pole fishing dead pinkie over groundbait and proceded to catch some good sized bream as well as roach and small skimmers throughout the remainder of the match. The icing on the cake came when he landed a 4kg pike which had taken a roach on the way in, to give him an overall weight of 9.350kg. Congratulations Mark !
Runner -up on the day in a field of 68 anglers was Paul Ware, who was pegged by the wires ( 2nd set) at Glebelands. Paul weighed in with 3.270kg and his catch comprised around 9 small skimmers plus a few good roach. Successful bait was big punch on a 16 hook fished well on bottom. Interestingly, Paul fed almost 2 loaves of liquidised bread to attract the skimmers. Well done Paul !
In 3rd place, from peg 1 in the basin, was Phil Tucker with 2.380kg. Paul was thinking he would have to buy his own turkey dinner this year but ,with only 30mins to go, he latched into a bream and this was followed minutes later by another one, both were caught on single pinkie fished on the pole at 9m. Well done Phil !
4th place overall, from peg 21 just below wooden bridge, was Gary Butler with an all roach catch of 2.100kg. Gary caught small roach all through the match with the odd better stamp appearing now and again. He caught using big punch on an 18 to 0.08 bottom and fed half a loaf in total. Well done Gary, that was well earned !
5th overall was Malcolm Trump who weighed in with 1.950kg. Malc drew peg 72, 3 pegs past Warnicombe bridge, and caught some really good sized roach plus 4 small skimmers on a big punch over liquidised using size 16 hook to 0.08 bottom. Well done Malc, even though you don't fish much these days, you've still got it eh!
In 6th place and last of the major prizewinners was Bruce Hunt with 1.830kg. Bruce was pegged 2 pegs away from Malcolm at Warnicombe and had an all- roach catch fishing a 3m whip to begin with followed by 9m pole down the middle. Bruce fished 16 hook and 6mm punch and used 2pts of liquidised bread in total. Well done Bruce !
Pictured below are the individual section winners on the day ( 8 sections of 9 anglers) who all received cash prizes and, in keeping with tradition, every single angler on the day also received a good prize.
A special thanks goes to Julia Robinson and the girls for laying on the excellent breakfasts and sorting out the amazing array of prizes, not forgetting the lads- Steve Manley, Paul Elworthy, Ali Robinson and Mike Edwards and all the others who participated in helping to make what is now, by far, the best Xmas match in the South West.
I must also give a special vote of thanks to our sponsors, Kevin at the Exeter Angling Centre and Dave at Culm Valley Angling for their very generous donation of prizes.
Finally, thank you to all the 68 anglers for supporting the event, hope you had an enjoyable day and hope to see you all again next year.
A Section 1.750kg
B Section 1.500kg
C Section 0.600kg
D Section 1.590kg
E Section 1.500kg
F Section 1.590kg
G Section 1.000kg
H Section 1.200kg