Post Match Report
It’s nice to be back at this popular Northern venue where we have previously held a couple of televised finals. The water was still cold but fish were showing around the lake so things were looking good for a few bites. The first hooter, which signified baiting up and marking went at 11am on Friday followed by the second hooter an hour later and we were off.
It didn’t take very long for the first fish to grace the bank which was a 28lb 8oz mirror to venue experts Darren Wilcox and Jason Trought. The same pair who came 6th out of the draw bag and went in peg 8 had the next two fish and by evening were in a fairly comfortable position as no one else had caught. The temperature dropped significantly following the 3rd fish and there was nothing more caught until Saturday morning when Steve Carrie and Nick Davies came onto the scoreboard with a nice common of just over 20lb. The rest of the day passed without incident until the sun came out in the afternoon. This seemed to have the desired effect and produced 3 fish in a little under two hours. The first one fell to the rods of Ste Alford and Dean Crust, peg 11, and now meant we had a top three. The second fish was a new 30lb common and took the scales round to 33lb 8oz. Being a new 30 the capture was allowed to name the fish. It was caught by Carp Team Wales manager, Nick Davies who decided to name it Taff. The final fish of the flurry was another for peg 8, which helped to consolidate their lead.
Saturday night followed the same pattern as Friday and again the hours of darkness produced no fish. Well at least I was getting an undisturbed peaceful nights sleep.
Sunday morning saw Steve and Nick, peg 4, adding a third fish to their tally. Cliff Kemp in peg 13 dropped a fish just as it was about to be netted and as bites were at a premium he thought his chance had gone. He needn’t have worried as shortly after his partner, 2015 BYCAC champion Daniel Price, landed a 17lb 1oz mirror to put them in 3rd place.
Although fish could be seen cruising around the lake they were obviously not on the munch as I witnessed the anglers trying everything in their armoury to no avail. The fish that were caught had leeches on them, which makes me think they were only just waking up from their winter stupor. That was the last of the action and although this event wasn’t as prolific as previous year’s on the Q we still had a result and another three pairs through to the new look final at Barston on 5th, 6th and 7th October.
Ste Alford 13lb 5oz – Dean Crust
Daniel Price 17lb 1oz – Cliff Kemp
Steve Carrie – Nick Davies 20lb 8oz
Steve Carrie – Nick Davies 33lb 8oz ‘Taff’
Jason Trought 23lb 4oz – Darren Wilcox
Jason Trought – Darren Wilcox 25lb 8oz
L-R 1st Jason Trought-Darren Wilcox 2nd Steve Carrie-Nick Davies 3rd Daniel Price-Cliff Kemp