First things first was a quick look around the fishery as there was a practice match on, and to be fair it was fishing really well, ended up on woodpecker chatting to Chris davis who was having one of his legendary mares, losing over 20 carp, not to mention rigs hooks and snapped elastic, but he did have a couple of new jokes.
Steve Shaw won the match on about peg 18 on tanner's with 260lb.
Stayed at the chez moi guest house in beaford which is about 10 minutes from the fishery, lovely place and a top notch breakfast, have it a straight 5 last time, and after a good night's sleep it had the same this time. Lovely.
Got to the fishery a out 20 minutes after the rolling 8am draw, into the bag and out comes 16 on oak, not to disappointing as it's a nice lake with a good head of carp up to 5lb, the peg was just over halfway up the far side, my section was the 4 pegs to my left going to the end of the lake, and opposite form Dan white on 5 going back up to peg 1 and with some good anglers in the section it was going to be tough to qualify, especially with the wind blowing straight at us, whilst the anglers opposite had it off there backs, coupled with occasional rain showers it was always going to be uncomfortable.
To cut a long story short , it was hard going with presentation being all but impossible to achieve, and with fan opposite on 5 and Sam Powell on 4 both catching really well on paste that was the top 3 sorted , third place was the only option, first three hours was ok with most people catching some, but at the halfway point the lake switched off, I only had 5 fish in that period, with some not having any, so I pleased to clinch that third spot with 67lb, behind Dan with over 140 and Sam with 120+, so into the final for the first time. Weigh sheets below.
Back to the b and b where we met up with Brian shanks and Ron hardiman, who we had a good evening in the local for a nice burger followed by a cheeseboard, up a bit later this morning and got to the fishery ten minutes before draw time, and found myself at the back of the draw queue, and had to watch as most of the flyers came out at the near end of tanner's, Nikki miller on 20, and the irrepressible trig Edmunds on 1, that's done and used then, when I got there in I go with only.a couple of discs left in the bag, out comrs peg 9, oh well always next year, I did wander down to see trig and took a picture of the winner and his peg before the start.
Not much more to say really, I had a totally crap day ending up with 6carp for thirty two pounds and plum last in the match, one to forget, Steve ford to my right had 110lb but had a torrid day losing at least 40 lb and breaking several pole bits, to my left Sam Powell had 5 early fish on the conker and few more buying the day plus a lot of silvers to end up with 71lb, but as expected the other end was the place to be, with up and coming trig winning the grand with 193lb, it was a bit of a forgone conclusion really, he isn't blowing many, if any pegs recently , well done matey.
Well Judith and me.were.Soon beating a hasty retreat with a stop at burger king for a bit of comfort eating lol.
Must say it is as always a well run event with the coombes family doing a brilliant job. And the work is ongoing all the time so I can only see the fishery going from strength to strength, well done keep it up as it's a gem of a fishery. The only down side of the weekend was Paul tidball having his van broken into on the morning and having all his rods and pole stolen, luckily the site cctv seems to have caught the car on camera, so hopefully a good outcome.
Judith spent a large part of the weekend sat in the van , watching the grand prix, only one picture of her, on the first day just before the Brolly blew away.