Post Match Report
The first of the British Carp Cup Qualifiers at Orchard Place Farms normally prolific Lake 7 got under way at 11am Friday morning. We started an hour earlier to compensate for the clocks going forward during the course of the weekend. With the recent unpredictable weather conditions we were left wondering how this event would pan out.
The first fish came to the rods of Tony Reynolds and Ashley Izzard in peg 9 and was a common weighing 14lb 5oz. By midnight, Paul Michael Smith and Lee May, peg 7, were in front with 2 fish for 29lb 6oz. Brothers Billy and Ricky Dummer, peg 10, were in second with a lovely 29lb 1oz mirror. Third place was Mick Ledger and Dan Moorcroft on 23lb 5oz.
Saturday morning saw a flurry of action which added another 6 fish to the scoreboard. Peg 7 were now on 4 fish for 73lb 14oz followed by pegs 11, 10 and 9. 2 other pegs now bought fish to the scales and came onto the scoreboard. Before Saturday was out another 7 fish were caught, a fantastic brace of mirrors weighing 50lb 11oz for Tony and Ashley, put them firmly in the lead on 91lb 3oz. A slightly smaller brace for Mick and Dan put them in second with 83lb 5oz. The early leaders in peg 7 hadn’t caught anymore and were now down to third. Venue regulars the Dummer brothers had closed the gap and were now only 5oz behind third place on 73lb 9oz.
It was looking like Sunday morning would bring an exciting finale to the event with any three from 4 pegs in with a realistic chance of making the new style final at Barston. Tony Picardo and Jimmy Harris, peg 2, added a second fish which put them on 38lb 1oz, only 2 fish away from a top 3 place. Paul and Lee managed to net a high double to take them back to top spot by a mere 1oz. We were inside the last 20 minutes when Ricky Dummer, now fishing on his own as his brother had to leave early due to important family commitments, managed to hook and land a fish. It was a low double common but what effect would it have on the scores?
There was no more action after that which meant that Paul Michael Smith and Lee May took the victory with 5 fish for 91lb 4oz. The runners up with only an ounce less were Tony Reynolds and Ashley Izzard. Third qualifying place went to Billy and Ricky Dummer with 4 fish for 85lb 8oz. While Mick Ledger and Dan Moorcroft were pipped at the post and finished in fourth on 83lb 5oz.
Under the circumstances I don’t think we can be too disappointed with the outcome. We had 7 out of the 12 competing pairs registering fish. There were 22 fish caught consisting of 12 20lbers, 4 upper doubles and 6 lower doubles. There was less than 8lb separating 1st and 4th places which made it a very exciting and close match. The top 4 pairs changed around regularly during the 48 hours which made it very difficult to forecast right up to the final hooter.
Vernon Kearl 20lb 6oz – Paul Gordon
Jimmy Harris 19lb 11oz – Tony Picardo
Duncan Warmeant 22lb – Glen Wheatley
Mick Ledger – Dan Moorcroft 23lb 5oz
Billy Dummer-Ricky Dummer 29lb 1oz
Tony Reynolds 25lb 11oz – Ashley Izzard 25lb
Paul Smith 20lb 6oz – Lee May 24lb 2oz
L-R 3rd Ricky Dummer – 1st Paul Michael Smith and Lee May – 2nd Tony Reynolds and Ashley Izzard