4th Points 8th March 2020 Grand Western Canal
The latest club match was held at Manley with 18 anglers pegged along the stretch between Warnicombe bridge and the sluice at Snakes wood. Conditions were fair to begin with but deteriorated during the day with more mini storms, as in previous matches this season, continuing to give the anglers a hard time. Needless to say, the fishing was hard and with the small roach failing to put in an appearance once again, it was the odd bonus fish which dictated whether you had a good day or an indifferent one.
One guy who did have a really good day was Mike Pickford who, for the second time in 8 days, won the match with tench. Mike was pegged right in the wood on peg 4 and weighed in 2 good tench for 2.700kg. Successful method was fishing the waggler half way across with double maggot on a size 20 hook to 0.12 hooklength. Well done Mike for doing the double !
Runner up, as per last week, was Martin Heard who also managed to land one good tench plus a few extras including a rudd, a skimmer, perch and a few tiny roach. Martin weighed in with 2.090kg and fished the bread punch for the first hour or so then switched to the worm and pinkie which resulted in the tench. Nice one Martin !
3rd spot went to Gary Butler, again as per last week, this time with with 1.990kg. Gary, fishing from peg 8, hooked and landed a 3lb bream on his first dob in using bread punch over liquidise. After that, he had one other small skimmer and a few roach to complete the catch. Well done Gary !
1st Dom Garnett (peg 1 ) 0.820kg
2nd Ben Hathaway ( peg 3 ) 0.270kg
1st Steve Manley ( peg 15 ) 1.880kg
2nd Mike Blake ( peg 16 ) 1.520kg
Next Sunday sees the start of the club pairs with the first round qualifier at Little Yeo, draw 8.30am, fishing 10 till 4pm.
With the club match points league now a third of the way through, Gary Butler is out in front with 33 points closely followed by Mike Pickford on 32. Martin Heard is well placed in 3rd spot on 30 points.
The next points match will be at Stafford Moor on 5th April.