Post Match Report
The 9am Friday morning draw was carried out amidst a torrential downpour which saw all the competitors and match officials crowded into the BCC HQ gazebo. Following the draw everyone beat a hasty retreat to their selected pegs where they had to set up in the continuing wet conditions. As usual we started proceedings at 12 noon with the air horn. I wondered what might be in store this year. By the time the rain stopped in the late afternoon we had not had one single report of a fish being landed, it was looking like a very slow start. With the recent weather conditions being what they were it was hardly surprising. The water level in the lake was down by approximately 18 inches and we had heard that the fishing had recently been hard.
Out of the blue we got a call from Emily Blake’s runner, Josh, to let us know there was a fish on the bank in peg 10. Emily was the runner up in last year’s contest, fishing from the same peg. This time round she came out first in the draw and had no hesitation in picking it again. It was beginning to look like she made a good decision. The first fish was just into double figures. It was followed by another mirror of 13lb 8oz, little more than an hour later.
We went into Friday night with Emily on 2 fish for 23lb 9oz and the other nine ladies all following and waiting for their first run. Before daylight Amanda Curtis (BCC marshal and last year’s 3rd place) banked a 20lb 14oz pb mirror, putting her only 2lb 11oz behind in second. Before breakfast England international Samantha Hoskins was seen playing a fish and by the time we got there she had it in the net. It was promptly weighed and it took the needle on the Reubens round to 14lb 7oz. We now had a top three, but with well over half the match still remaining it was anybody’s guess what the outcome would be.
Saturday followed Friday’s pattern with no action until early evening, when Emily had another two fish. The first one was her new pb and weighed in at 26lb 15oz. Congratulations Emily, we love seeing new pb’s at the BCC. The second was a lovely looking scaley, just an ounce under 12lb, leaving her well in front on 62lb 7oz.
We had four fish on Sunday morning and all of them before 7am. Debbie Taylor having two for 29lb 5oz. This took her into the runner up spot and pushed Amanda down into third. Was this a case of de ja vous. The other fish were both common’s, the first of which fell to the rod of reigning champion Elaine Taylor. The second to Lydia Jeffrey, who also fished last year’s event. Apart from these we had some lost fish but no more were landed. This gave us chance to dry our slings in the now warm sun which aids in the fight to prevent the spread of the deadly KHV.
After catching first, Emily never relinquished her lead. Debbie came from zero to hero on the last morning and Amanda had to settle for third place again. Which considering the strength of the field was a very good result.
Congratulations to the top three and all the other competitors. Keep a look out on BT Sport in November when you may see yourselves on TV.
Emily Blake 26lb 15oz new pb.
Debbie Taylor 19lb 14oz
Amanda Curtis 20lb 14oz new pb
Elaine Taylor 17lb
Samantha Hoskins 14lb 7oz
Lydia Jeffrey 11lb 6oz
L-R Kellie Margerrison-Ellen Beedham-Lydia Jeffrey-Amanda Curtis-Paula Marriott-Emily Blake-Debbie Taylor-Elaine Taylor-Sam Hoskins-Jane Henthorn