Post Match Report
We started proceedings with the draw at 9am Friday morning. Which was followed by the first hooter at 11am allowing optional baiting and marking to take place. noon saw the start of the match. Just over an hour in and we had our first fish, a small stockie caught by Kevin Durling and partner Paul Butler in peg 3. The next fish followed shortly after and it really was something special. It was a stunning 32lb 14oz original common carp, caught by Ricky Dummer and brother Billy in peg 9. What a start to the final. By 10:30pm we had peg 3 in the lead on 3 fish for 50lb+. Peg 9 were next in line with their big common and they were immediately followed by four other pegs all on a fish each.
Friday night was quiet with no more fish gracing the bank. Saturday morning saw four fish put on the scales but the match was still wide open. Late afternoon saw peg 6 and 7 sharing five fish between them. This resulted in completely altering the look of the scoreboard. Callum Gutteridge and Karl Palmer in 7 were the first to call us with a 21lb 8oz common. Then Darren Pearse and Ashley Izzard next door in peg 6 banked a 24lb 5oz common to get them off the mark and join the other pairs who had fish. Peg 7 then had a double take which produced a cracking brace of mirrors weighing 22lb 10oz and 19lb 5oz respectively. Finally, Darren had their second fish, a fantastic mirror of 32lb 9oz just an hour after darkness fell. The other pairs in contention had not added any further fish to their tally’s as they now appeared to be showing on the back of the wind.
Saturday was a wet night and equally as quiet as Friday. Sunday morning arrived and the weather brightened up. At this point Callum and Karl in peg 7 were in control with their five fish averaging 21lb + each. Darren and Ashley’s brace put them in second 50lb behind. Third was Paul Butler and Kevin Durling who had not seen a fish since Friday evening. The rest of the places right down to seventh there was nothing between. With another fish any of these following pairs could still make a podium appearance behind Callum and Karl, but it was not to be. Nobody managed another run and everything stayed the same. We had two fish less than last year’s final but the total weight for all fish was approximately 100lb more. With he average weight being 18.5lb per fish up by 4.5lb on last year.
It looks like the stocking of new fish has got the original strain feeding well as this year’s results prove we had more originals than stockies. The opposite to last year. This is a great fishery and can only get better with the professional management approach of Burton Mutual AA.
Brian Byford-Cliff Kemp 24lb
Josh Winfield 8lb 1oz
Chris Donovan 12lb 15oz
Dan Robson 26lb
Ricky Dummer 32lb 14oz-Billy Dummer
Kevin Durling-Paul Butler 27lb 11oz
Darren Pearse 32lb 9oz-Ashley Izzard
Karl Palmer 22lb 10oz-Callum Gutteridge 19lb 5oz
3rd Kevin Durling Paul Butler-1st Callum Gutteridge Karl Palmer-2nd Ashley Izzard Darren Pearse