Post Match Report
Following the start hooter at 12 noon on Friday, myself and the marshal crew were waiting in anticipation for the first fish to arrive as we could see alot of fish showing in spare peg 1 in front of the control tent. Within 25 minutes, peg 12, Duncan Warmeant and Glen Wheatley, who finished third in last years final caught the first fish. Quickly followed by Tim and Andy Swain in the next peg and Peter Leakey fishing on his own at the start as partner Wayne Mansford had work commitments. By tea time Peter had added another 2 fish putting them on over 51lb.
Ashley Izzard and Darren Pearse in peg 2 got off to a flyer. With a 30lb+ fish a piece amongst their catch putting them on 117lb by 7:30 Friday evening. Brothers Tim and Andy Swain, peg 13, with Fletch the dog (last years runners up) had brought 6 fish to the scales for a weight of 109lb 7oz. Next peg down, Duncan and Glen, third place finishers in last years final, had caught 66lb 15oz.
Apart from an odd fish here and there, that was pretty much how things stayed going into the night. At some point the wind turned around and the fish moved with it, leaving Tim and Andy without another fish for the rest of the match. By Saturday morning we had brothers Billy and Ricky Dummer on 10 fish for 152lb 13oz. Ashley and Darren now on 8 fish for 149lb+. Aj Collier and Josh Winfield weighed 7 fish for 109lb 14oz.
Again, other fish were coming out here and there but nothing to trouble the main movers and shakers. Danny Martin and partner Paul (Birdy) McDowell had a double take and both ended up landing catfish in excess of 50lb apiece.
By Saturday afternoon, every peg had caught fish just like last years match, and this is what makes this such a good venue for hosting these events. It now looked like the majority of the fish had left the shallower areas and not returned. The Dummer brothers in peg 11 were in a very commanding 1st place with 21 fish for 346lb 11oz followed by Ash and Darren in point peg 2 with 15 fish for 255lb 13oz. In 3rd place were the guys in peg 7, Aj and Josh who had put in a sterling effort as they were suffering with flu for the whole weekend, Josh had now landed the biggest fish at 34lb 4oz. In 4th place were Colin Gray and Dan Moorcroft in peg 3 who were catching a very good stamp of fish, the problem was they only had 8. Even so had a total of 155lb 7oz.
When we got up first light Sunday morning, every where was white over with a hazy mist rising from the lake, that put paid to any big catches during the night, but as the sun came out and started to warm up we had a few more fish before the finishing horn. None of the important positions changed but some of the guys in this years first ever team competition had collected valuable points.
Andy Swain-Tim Swain 26lb 4oz
Josh Winfield 21lb 12oz-Aj Collier 17lb 2oz
Ricky Dummer 21lb-Billy Dummer 20lb
Danny Martin 24lb-Paul McDowell 26lb 9oz
Duncan Warmeant-Glen Wheatley 18lb 14oz
Gary Hilsden-Alan Seamer 20lb 4oz
Mark Strevens 20lb 2oz-Bruce Larg
Darren Clarke 20lb 4oz-Neil Rivers
Ady Baumforth-Simon Tansley 21lb 5oz
Peter Leakey 14lb 1oz-Wayne Mansford 10lb 13oz
Colin Gray 21lb 3oz-Dan Moorcroft
Darren Pearse 21lb 13oz-Ashley Izzard 30lb 6oz