1st Points 28th January 2018 Grand Western Canal
24 anglers turned out to do battle in the first club match of the season which was held along the Glebelands to Warnicombe stretch of the canal. Conditions were perfect for fishing on what was a mild winter's day with a south west breeze and an overcast, but dry, day.There was a good tinge of colour in the water following the recent rains and everyone was expecting to get plenty of bites, the question was would the bigger skimmers put in an appearance ? They certainly showed for a few anglers, but not in any great numbers.
The deserved winner on the day from peg 12 by the milestone was Elliot Fay with a weight of 2.490kg. Elliot fished the breadpunch over liquidised on a 9m pole and caught steadily throughout the match. His catch included 4 good skimmers backed up with roach to 6oz. Most of his fish came on a big punch using an 18 hook to 0.09 bottom. Elliot said he fed a loaf and a half of liquidised bread during the match.
In 2nd place, with a weight of 2.210kg, came Gary Butler from peg 3, (3 pegs past the wires). Gary managed to catch roach and skimmers, some 44 fish in total on large punch over liquidised. With things getting harder as the match went on, he decided to feed another swim down right and in doing so hooked a large skimmer well over 1lb on the first put in. Needless to say, it was squeaky bottom time for a minute or two!
To complete the frame, Keith Carpenter was 3rd from peg 6 with a weight of 1.840kg comprising mostly small roach. Keith caught the majority of his 143 fish on the whip using breadpunch with the rest coming on the pole. Well done Keith ! that is some catch with the average roach weighing less than half an ounce.
Section Winners were as follows:
Section A 1st Eric Priest 1.750kg (all roach catch)
2nd Phil Bailey 1.500kg (roach plus a 12oz skimmer)
Section B 1st Bruce Hunt 1.820kg (6 skimmers plus roach )
2nd Paul Marks 1.470kg (roach plus 1 skimmer )
The next match is in 3 weeks on 18th February. Draw will be Manley Bridge at 8.30am, fishing 10 till 3pm. ( Please note the draw time is to be 30mins earlier than published )