Post Match Report
Withing minutes of the start, Richard Collins had the first fish, a common of 15lb 3oz. He was fishing on his own because his partner Kevin Locke couldn’t make it this time. Ben Holland in peg 8 (who was also fishing on his own at this point, as partner Simon Gallier had to attend a funeral), had three fish in the first 2.5 hours to take a commanding lead. The third fish, a common carp of 27lb 5oz turned out to be the biggest of the weekend.
By Friday night Ben and Simon in peg 8 were still in the lead with 3 fish for 53lb 9oz but hadn’t managed to add to their early catch. Closing the gap behind in peg 4 were Callum Gutteridge and Karl Palmer, who also had three fish for 53lb 1oz. As well as Richard Collins, Paul Butler and Kevin Durling had managed a single fish but no-one else had caught. What would first light bring?
No fish were caught during the hours of darkness but as dawn arrived so did the bites, Between 7 and 11:30am we had another seven fish out. This put the boys in peg 4 in the lead with a fish of 20lb 2oz at 7:20am. Peg 9, now at full strength, as Simon Gallier had now returned and was still on three fish and in second place. Paul Butler and Kevin Durling in peg 6 had two fish putting them in third with 27lb 2oz. A match was now starting to develop and it was anybody’s guess who would take the top 4 places and qualify for Septembers British Carp Cup Final.
Saturday night the top two had not changed in either weight or position. The guys in peg 6 had not caught either and had been pushed into 5th by two other pairs with a brace each. Aj Collier and Josh Winfield were on 34lb 15oz, Joe Sallis and Jon Grouse were on 30lb 5oz. There were now five pairs following on behind with a fish apiece. This time we did have a fish out during the night. It was a mirror of 14lb 8oz and was claimed by the rods of Jamie and Bobby in peg 3 at 1:45am. That was the only action of the night. After yesterdays hectic dawn period, would the last remaining hours be the same with anything changing or would it be a quiet finale. We were about to find out. At 6:45 on the last morning, Callum and Karl called for the boat as they had a fish on which became irretrievably snagged in the far bank reeds. The boat was launched from their swim, the fish was safely released from the snag and played from the bank to the waiting net. It weighed 15lb 13oz and put them on a total weight of 89lb still in 1st place. Jamie and Bobby banked another two fish to go with the one they had in the night, putting them in runners up spot on 59lb. Ben and Simon who had not managed to catch again after their early spell were holding onto third place. With less than an hour to go, Paul and Kevin brought a 19lb 11oz mirror to the scales, putting them on a three fish total of 47lb 13oz.
Just like the previous morning we had seven fish out between 6:45 and just after 11am. There was less than 8lb dividing 5th and 9th places. Only 2 pegs blanked and 1 of those hooked and lost a fish, so all things considered it was a very fair and competitive competition. We had 26 fish caught over the weekend at a total weight of 425lb 10oz giving an average of 16lb 4oz per fish.
The only pair competing in this event who were representing their sponsor in our team event were Callum Gutteridge and Karl Palmer who earnt maximum double points for DNA Baits amounting to 24 to go with the 12 they got for winning their Midlands qualifier. Team DNA are now on a total of 37 points and moved from third to first place after this victory.
Ben Holland 27lb 5oz
Bobby Marvin-Jamie Londors 18lb 6oz
Callum Gutteridge 17lb 2oz-Karl Palmer 18lb 5oz
Darren Wilcox-Jason Trought 13lb 3oz
Jon Grouse 16lb 13oz-Joe Sallis
Kevin Durling 15lb 12oz-Paul Butler
Wesley Prestage 20lb 12oz-Tim Hickinbottom
Aj Collier 17lb 15oz-Josh Winfield
Paul Branfield 17lb 3oz-David Martin
Richie Collins 15lb 3oz
L-R 2nd Ben Holland-Simon Gallier, 1st Callum Gutteridge-Karl Palmer, 3rd Jamie Londors-Bobby Marvin At the back 4th place Paul Butler and Kevin Durling