Post Match Report
On Thursday evening and Friday morning pegs 9, 10 and 11 on the far side of the island were alive with fish and not much showing elsewhere, but that was with no angling pressure on the lake. Our finals are out of the bag draws, so the guys who drew those pegs seemed very happy with the outcome. Following the draw all the anglers made their way to the pegs and started to get ready for the 12 noon hooter. It was a very quiet start to the match until Jamie Simpson and Dean Allaway in peg 5 landed the first fish of the contest. This came in the shape of an 11lb 10oz , mirror at 7:30pm. No more fish were forthcoming until the early hours of Saturday morning. Three pegs caught six fish between them before breakfast. Simon Bury fishing by himself in the point swim, peg 12, had three for 49lb 10oz. Marc Johnson and Jamie Price in peg 2 had 2 fish for 34lb 8oz. Anthony Warrington and Jaye Carpmail had the best of the bunch, a nice 21lb 3oz mirror. There was heavy rain and strong winds hacking into the road bank on Friday night. By morning the rain had eased but the wind was still in the same direction. Which seemed to liven up one particular area. Chris Donovan and Craig Ridge, in road bank peg 1 were yet to catch. But in a hectic spell between 10:30am and 7pm Saturday they banked six carp to storm into the lead. Along with the six fish landed they also had some tench and lost carp. Two more pegs had a brace apiece in the evening to join the scoreboard. Peg 7’s Dan Robson and Shane Fletcher and next door Shaun Atkinson and Gaz Elliott in peg 8. Now things were starting to get interesting with seven pegs having fish and a proper contest in the making. Coming into Saturday night the top four looked like this. Chris and Craig were in front followed by Simon Bury then Marc Johnson and Jamie Price, finally, Dan Robson and Shane Fletcher were coming into the equation. There were also other pegs now catching and snapping at their heals. By Sunday morning, Dan and Shane had added another two fish to their tally putting them in runners up spot for the briefest of periods, but a call from Simon Bury, in peg 12 opposite, changed all that as he had another fish in the net. At long last we had the first fish from the far side of the island as Mark Hardcastle slid the net under a lovely 20lb 10oz mirror for Chris Ehlert. This meant another pair were now on the board.
At this stage Chris and Craig were getting a little twitchy as they hadn’t seen a fish since 7pm on Saturday and other pegs were now starting to catch. The didn’t need to worry, at 10:30am they had the last fish of the event to cement their victory. At this point Nathan Allen, of Pixifly Media had the drone up and managed to film the whole thing from the air. Amongst their fish was a cracking 24lb 10oz common which was the biggest of the weekend. That win also gave DNA victory in the team event, adding another 24 points to their total.
Meanwhile Paul Monkman and Alan Atkinson suffered lost fish but didn’t manage to land any so couldn’t add to PhatFish’s team points. As well as qualifying for the British Carp Cup final, Marc Johnson ended up winning this year’s biggest fish competition with his capture of Cluster at 36lb 10oz from Tyram Fisheries in the first qualifier of the year in April.
We had a total of 22 fish caught during this final, which was shared between 8 pegs, even some of the 4 pegs that blanked lost fish during the weekend. So all in all it shouldn’t make a bad programme. Look out for it on BT Sport in November.
Chris Donovan 19lb 11oz-Craig Ridge
Simon Bury 17lb 5oz
Dan Robson 16lb 15oz-Shane Fletcher
Marc Johnson-Jamie Price 15lb 9oz
Chris Ehlert 20lb 10oz-Mark Hardcastle
Gaz Elliott 14lb 1oz-Shaun Atkinson
Jamie Simpson 11lb 10oz-Dean Allaway
Jaye Carpmail 21lb 3oz-Anthony Warrington
L-R 3rd Dan Robson and Shane Fletcher-2nd Simon Bury-1st Craig Ridge and Chris Donovan-4th Jamie Price and Marc Johnson