Ninth Points Match Sunday 25th June 2017
Ian Brooks
Ian Brooks

Second on the day

Paul Ware
Paul Ware

Winner on the day with part of his 78lb 4 oz net

Eric Priest
Eric Priest

Third on the day

The club's latest match was held at the impressive Avalon Fishery, Shapwick, where 23 anglers turned out for what proved to be yet another challenging day for many. With good overcast weather conditions though, there were some outstanding catches on the day from the match lake.

   

The overall winner was Paul Ware, from permanent peg 3, who weighed in with 35.610kg. Paul's catch comprised 20 carp all caught on the pellet waggler against the island. Fishing 18inches deep with 8mm banded pellet, Paul caught steadily throughout the match. Paul said he started on a size 14 hook but found the bite rate improved greatly by switching to a size 18 later in the match.

 

Close behind in 2nd place was Ian Brooks from peg 32 with a weight of 33.560kg. Ian caught 13 carp plus a few skimmers fishing a bomb over against the island with 8mm banded pellet on a QM1 size 16 hook to 0.18 hook length. Ian found the going really hard and managed only 4 carp up to the halfway stage but things improved greatly in the last 2 hours and the carp really came on strong to give him second place and 10 match points. 

 

3rd spot went to Eric Priest from peg 11 who weighed in with 31.320kg. Eric fished a 9m pole for the first half of the match catching decent skimmers and the odd carp on meat and then switched to fishing a straight lead off the island to catch a further 9 carp using 8mm banded pellet.

   

Section winners were as follows:

   

Section A

 

Winner was Paul Elworthy from peg 7 with a weight of 22.850kg. Paul fished a 9m pole using his special paste mix and had a brilliant 32lb catch of skimmers, probably the best purist's catch of the day ( see photo below), plus 3 carp. Runner-up to Paul was Graham Coleman from peg 1 with 10.310kg. Graham managed 4 carp and several skimmers on the pole using luncheon meat.

   

Section B  

Winner here was Bruce Hunt from peg 30 who weighed in with 23.530kg. Bruce landed 11 carp on the pellet waggler fishing shallow with 8mm banded pellet on a size 16. Runner-up to Bruce was Steve Manley next door on peg 29 with 13.940kg. Again, successful method was pellet waggler against the island using 8mm banded pellet.

 

Worth a mention, Ray King landed a 11lb 8oz carp on his light pole gear see notable catches for picture. Also spare a thought for John on peg 24 who had a terrible day, firstly he lost a leg off his seatbox into the lake and if that was not bad enough, broke his pole in two places, commiserations John !

After nine matches, the battle for points is hotting up with anglers fighting for a top twelve place to qualify for the heavily sponsored Club Match Final in October. Remember, qualification will be based on the best 9 from 12 scores. Leading at the moment is Eric Priest with 67 points closely followed by Gary Butler with 63 and Steve Manley in 3rd with 56.

 

Finally, a special thanks to Vic at Avalon for laying on everything to ensure our first club visit was a memorable one, I'm sure this will be the first of many visits in the future.

   Tightlines 

 

Paul Elworthy
Paul Elworthy

First in section and best silver net with 32lb of Silvers

Graham Coleman
Graham Coleman

Second in Section

Bruce Hunt
Bruce Hunt

First In Section

Steve Manley
Steve Manley

Second in Section

Avalon Fishery