Thursday, 7 May 2015

Clearly I need to post more often !

It’s been a while since I have written anything on here and slightly disappointed that I have not kept the updates coming. Work has played a massive part in not finding the time but I have still managed to hit the bank on regular occasions. So what have I been doing since my last post?
My fishing has sort of taken a step in a different direction over the past year or so with regards to where I fish and how. Looking at my older posts you would have probably realised that I am spending more and more time now on the canals and rivers, and a direction I am currently enjoying. Don’t get me wrong I still like the odd commercial match and fish my fair share most months but my passion to get back on the natural venues is becoming more and more appealing.
I sort of look at it this way, when I’m on a canal and drop my float in you never know what you’re going to catch next depending on baits used (take for example fishing the far shelf on a canal with pinkie and groundbait, a method I enjoy knowing I can catch a steady rate of fish.  You start catching small fish then a bonus skimmer to 1 lb comes along which wasn’t expected) and in a match that could bump your weight up considerably as well as the enjoyment of catching it on small hooks and light lines/elastics. Granted it’s not every ones cup of tea but for me there is a certain skill involved with regards to reading the swim as well as presenting your bait.

I feel moving back to these sort of venues has also helped back on the commercial scene, and what I mean by that is certain lessons have been taken from the canals rivers and lakes adjusted accordingly looking more closely at my shotting patterns, floats, line and what I want to achieve suppose it can be described in one word as “watercraft”.

As for commercials there is still a time and a place that I make for to get out and about (you’re not always going to catch a shed load of fish on a natural venue so a day out catching carp is always a welcome after a hard match on say a canal (and just like a commercial it can be hard work some days) 

Another thing I have always looked at is venues (now I am no means a venue expert on any venue and don’t spend a lot of time fishing one stretch of the canal week in week out or a commercial for that matter) and like to spread my time out across a variety of venues and 9 times out of 10 will never fish the same venue/stretch twice in 1 month. I sort of enjoy getting round out and about. Take for example April/May I have fished the Sensas Kennet & Avon canal spring series  twice on 2 different stretches, I will have fished the Sensas Gloucester canal 3 times spring series (3 different stretches) Orchard lakes, also fished Todbur Manor, Witherington farm, Viaduct twice so I do my fair share of travelling to different venues and keeps me keen.Over the past few months I dread to think how far I’ve travelled in my car just to get to matches.

Since I last posted I’ve had my ups and downs in match fishing and I will be honest I’ve had some pretty crap results as well as some good ones. The winter league I did with Pewsey started of great with a section win but then found it hard going to put any decent run of results together for the rest of the matches. Still time on the bank has still taught me some valuable lessons. 

Couple of results that stick out was the Angling For Hero’s match held at Willinghurst fishery, drawing an un fancied lake in the form of pittance in a 90 peg match I managed to beat most coming 4th on the day using bomb and pellet tactics winning the section and lake. 

Looking back at the Army Angling Federation group 2 Fur & feather match at Witherington Farm on a 50 peg match I managed to squeeze a match win by 1 kilo becoming the group 2 Fur&Feather champion for that year which is by no mean easy considering the anglers that fish( that goes for them all to be honest)
Another one has to be the Sensas Commercial house league which was held on the K&A Canal at Bathampton on an 86 peg match which saw me take just under 10lb of skimmers to come 2nd overall and a day that I enjoyed having not seen the stretch before. 

There are other section frames and match wins on commercials and canals but I think the above stand out at the minute. So looking at what I’m currently doing and involved with, as I’ve mentioned above I am currently fishing the Sensas K&A Canal spring series teams of 4 with Sensas Cardiff Nomads as well as the Sensas Gloucester canal teams of 4 (which is a baptism of fire at the minute being a difficult venue to get your head round) before heading away with work for 2 months. On my return I have the Angling Trust Upper Thames winter league to deal with before potentially getting in on the action for the Pewsey teams of 4 series on the K&A Canal before hitting the Basingstoke Canal for their winter series teams of 4. Plus fishing a few commercials along the way where ver takes my fancy. 

Sunday sees me back on the Gloucester canal before hitting Viaduct fishery Wednesday before heading back to the K&A canal the Sunday after so at the minute and while I have the chance it’s all go with the fishing.

Friday, 26 September 2014

North Wessex Winter league Round 1 Bristol Avon Sutton Benger 21st Sept 14

Today saw me back on the Bristol Avon at Sutton Benger for the first round of the North Wessex winter league fishing for Pewsey team 2. After last week’s practise I was sort of confident I could put a few fish in the net and help the 6 man team out with regards to points.
This must have been the first time I have fished in a team for a winter league as I have always gone it alone in the past but with the chance to get some team fishing under my belt it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up and I thank Pewsey & District Angling Association for the chance. 

After a quick half hours car journey down to Lynham I seemed to be the first one there (must have been too keen) but it wasn’t long before the rest of the team showed. Having paid my entrance fee for the league and pools for the match it wasn’t long before the draw came around. Having managed to gain snippits of info throughout the week there were certain areas I wanted to stay away from and I preferred to be placed below the weir. 

With the draw done and Leo Pocock using his magical drawing arm we were placed on the end of every section which was a bonus. I had drawn E8 and with D section being from the weir down I was fearful I would end up on a bend where I didn’t want to be.
With a quick 10 minute ride in the car I was at the stretch, with kit out I made the 10 minute walk to my peg and noticed I had drawn just off the bend but in an area which didn’t produce the week before with anglers packing away and not weighing in. With a slight sigh I started getting my kit out understanding the fact that I was team fishing and the name of the game was to put as many fish in the net for points so was determined to give it a good go. 

First mess up of the day saw me throw my keep net out and decide not to hold onto it, so in slow motion I watched as the whole of my keepnet hit the water and started to sink slowly. With the bank being 4ft drop down to the water I quickly got the landing net handle out and prodded around to see how deep the water was. Another 4ft deep with a slight ledge close to the bank about 1 ft great I thought so with a quick balancing act I was of the bank and in the water trying to retrieve my keep net when the ledge gave way and I ended up to my thighs in water, still got my keepnet back and just about got back up the bank. Taking my wellies off and pouring out the water you could see the other anglers going to their pegs chuckling to themselves, oh well.

With me finally settled it was time to look at the swim. It had a slow flow with a nice colour in it and it looked deep (this was confirmed when I started plumbing around) I couldn’t really fish down the sides due to the vegetation and with me being 4ft up in the air on the bank I was sky lined from the start which didn’t help. I opted for 3 swims a 5m pole line 11m pole line and a 14 ½ meter pole line right up against an overhanging tree on the far bank, with the waggler setup as backup. There was a nice gap in the tress just up to my left which I could have reached with 16 meters but with the rule of no fishing up stream then it was out (shame as it looked as a good chub holding area) Looks like I would have to try and tempt them out and onto my 14 ½ m swim which was always going to be hard as they enjoy having overhead cover.

With all my lines they were 8ft deep so set up a 1gram, 2 gram and 2.5gram Sensas Jean Francois pole float starting with the lightest float near with the heaver floats moving out where the flow was at its best. All bulk was set 18 inches from the hook with the plan of changing it as I saw fit depending on the bites. The 1gram float was fished slightly over depth and this would be my worm line and wanted the worm planted to the bottom of the river. Feed for the other 2 lines would consist of lose feeding hemp, caster and bronze maggot with caster and red maggot being the hook bait of choice.
I did mix about half a kilo of groundbait but didn’t want to use it unless I was in trouble and the fishing was hard, as even though it does bring in the smaller fish I was after the larger stamp and plenty of them. Still with the peg not having much form it was something I had in the back of my mind that I might end up using it. 

With the all in called it was out with the worm on the short line fed via a bait dropper and a pouch of caster and hemp fed across. My match started slow with no initial run of fish coming to the net. I managed to catch fish of all 3 lines in the first hour but it was slow and it seemed the fish didn’t want to settle, yet the fish I was catching were of a good stamp. 

With half the match gone I was getting slightly worried I was being left behind in the section and with me not being able to see the rest of the section I opted to feed my groundbait on the short line to see if I could get the fish to move in and settle. This brought a quick run of fish  before the swim died yet again. Still with the odd fish coming from the other 2 swims and the odd fish of the waggler I opted to put my 16 meter section on and try and push the rig further towards the far bank over hanging tree and let it trot down. This brought a nice run of 5 chublet and a sigh of relief (a few more fish in the net and a good stamp at that) It was clear to see they had been feeding on my caster and hemp as their mouths were full of it. With an hour left I noticed one of the anglers to my left pack up and disappear (at least I wasn’t last in my section I thought to myself) A few more fish in the last hour and with the all out being called I thought I had blown it within the section and for the team. With Paul Giddings on the peg to my right in F section he was admitting to 4lb and I was admitting to 2lb it wasn’t long before the scales were on route round to me first. 

The general feeling was the section had fished poor and most had struggled and with the scales zeroed it was time to pull my net out and see what I had. A few eye brows were raised with the remarks “their quality fish” and considering I had to scratch around to find them I presently surprised to put 4lb2oz on the scales. With others saying they had struggled I followed the scales around the section as I had already packed my kit away.  As I followed them around it was clear to see most had struggled with very few quality fish in the net but at the same time quite a few small fish had been caught. With 3lb11oz the nearest to mine I had won my section and gained a valuable 8 points for the team. 

With Danny Jones taking F section and the rest of the team gaining mid section results it was interesting to see where we would finish overall. Back at the pub and with the scores being finalised Pewsey team 1 had come 2nd, Pewsey team 2 had finished 3rd and Pewsey team 3 had come joint 4th. Overall a good day had by all with stores of lost chub above the weir being the talk over a pint. Still a strong performance by th October. 
Pewsey & District Angling Association over the first round with some good results. The next round is being hosted by Clanfield on their home water on the river Thames on the 5

Before that though I find myself back on the K&A canal for the next round of Pewsey’s canal championships’ before shifting my attention back onto the commercials for a day at Willinghurst Fisheries for a charity Help 4 Hero’s match on the 4th October.  Winters coming and things are starting to get busy.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Saturday Open Bristol Avon at Sutton Benger 13th September 14

With the sun out and Phill Colins “easy lover” blasting over the car stereo plus getting some funny looks as I made my way through Marlborough it was just over an hour’s drive to Sutton Benger and the Bristol Avon for the Saturday open. I was keen to get on this when I found out they were running one as I am back there next weekend for the start of Wessex Winter league with Pewsey. Having never fished the stretch before it was sort of a throw away match with me looking to try and gauge how best to attack the venue and sort out the better stamp of fish.  

Having arrived I found out that we would be fishing the lower stretch from the weir down (meant nothing to me at the time but noticed the further downstream you went the less flow was around) I wanted to be as close to the weir as possible where there was plenty of flow and an area that screamed fish. Watching the locals get their kit out of the cars I noticed the lads had plenty of worms for bait (brought a kilo myself) and had already been told you need plenty of worm and maggots for the stretch, but lay off the groundbait or you will just get bitted out with small fish.

Having a quick chat with the other 2 Pewsey lads that had also booked on it wasn’t long before the draw, the golden peg was drawn and the locals said that if the right angler was on it then that would fall (well that wasn’t going to be me then) as I drew peg 16 at the weir, result ! just where I wanted to be. Whilst the peg looked uncomfortable setting up wise it had a few options to go at to find the fish with some good slack water close in and running water further out towards the far bank.
Plan was set 3 rigs up to hit the swim with the waggler as backup. I wanted to start short for as long as possible before having to move out, I noticed within the swim there was a load of weed and cabbage heads just off to my left and were clearly visible (nice perch holding area with the odd specimen lump hopefully lurking around) the next 2 lines would be concentrated in the faster moving water towards the far bank where there was a clear run off from the weir. The waggler was set up and would also be used on the far bank swim should the fish not want a pole over their heads. My rigs were as follows 

5 Meter swim straight out 7ft deep
Elastic number 8, Browning Cenex 0.12mm mainline, Sensas Jean Francoius 1gram float, 0.10mm 8inch hooklength finished off with a size 16 B520 hook. Rig to be fished 3inch laid on bottom to keep the bait still. 

11 Meter swim far bank 8ft deep Rig 1
Elastic number 8, Browning Cenex 0.10mm mainline, Sensas Jean Francoius 2.5gram float, 0.10mm 8inch hooklength finished off with a size 18 B520 hook. Bulk of weight 12 inches from hook. Heavy float in aid to get the bait down and hold back against the faster flowing water within the swim.

11 Meter swim far bank 8ft deep Rig 2
 Elastic number 8, Browning Cenex 0.10mm mainline, Dino Roach Royal 1 gram float, 0.10mm 8inch hooklength finished off with a size 18 B520 hook. Bulk of weight 12 inches from hook. Bait just touching bottom main purpose of the rig to trot it through and see if the fish preferred it running at them. 

Mainly for the far bank and set at half depth with the option going deeper should the fish be sitting towards the bottom. Kit used Champion choice 13ft match light rod matched to a Xitan MF 930 reel.
With the all in soon called it was straight out with a bait dropper full of chopped worm and caster on my 5 meter line. Leaving it to settle it was a pouch of bronze maggot and a pouch of hemp on my far bank swim before chucking the waggler over it and letting it slowly trot downstream. This brought a run of small fish but not what I was looking for. A shift to my 5 meter swim and it became apparent that the perch had moved in over my bait as a steady run of perch came in quick succession before the line died down. A quick re-feed through a bait dropper and again brought a run of quality perch to the net. Now in a rhythm of catching short whilst still feeding my far bank swim I hooked a nice perch, after a quick fight with it trying to head for cover and any snag within range I had its head up. I was just about to land it when smash a pike had gone for the perch getting the perch and cutting my hook length at the same time (perch must have been 1 ½ lb and the pike was a hell of a lot bigger).
New hooklength on and back out saw the line still producing but not as quickly as it had been doing. A run of yet more perch and a few more hooklegnths lost due to the know resident pike who was having his lunch on me the swim was now starting to slow to the point of the line taking too long to produce a fish and was becoming unproductive with regards to putting a weight together. With the far bank swim being fed for the last 2-3 hours I was hoping the fish would be lining up.

Shipping out and starting at the start of the run produced some good quality roach which were sure to build my weight but it wasn’t long before the pike had realised this and was still hungry for more. I was finding that some of the fish best responded to me slowing the bait down before inching it through and slowing it down towards the backend of the trot with the better stamp at the end of the swim. The only battle now was trying to get them in quickly enough before the pike had his tea as he had set up camp at the end of the swim as well. I adjusted all my rigs so I could break down and swing to hand on either my top 4 or 5 so I could get the fish in quicker but still the pike persisted and were quicker than me at times. With swim now starting to slow down I made the decision to rest it
before hitting the 5 meter line again.

Hopefully the perch were still there and the pike had moved off and this proved right with a big perch first put in to about a 1 ½ lb. Another steady run of perch and I was in again feeding far bank and quickly getting the fish out of the water on my 5 meter line. Once again it was evident that the pike had followed me back onto my 5 meter line and after a few more hooklengths and lost fish (one being my fault as the elastic streamed out of my pole with a bigger perch heading straight into the snags on the right of my swim) the swim again died. Back out on my far bank line for the last hour saw me frantically shipping in and out putting together another 2lb not knowing what everyone had as I was blinded from the rest further down the bank. 

With the all out called and a quick minute to reflect on the last 5 hours I felt I had spent too much time on my 5 meter line trying to make it work when clearly it had died and maybe lost a couple pounds across. Add that to the 2 lost perch reaching for a combined weight of 3 ½ - 4lb due to pike and one taking me into a snag I had lost a few pounds, still 85 fish and I reckoned I had 7lb. With no time to lose it was get the kit away and off downstream to do the weighing in. With the last 2 anglers on the stretch already passing me it looked like it had fished hard for some (still less to weigh in)
Going up the bank there were weights from 5lb-7lb and had a feeling it was going to be tight. With the scales coming round and my turn to weigh in, lifting my net I knew then I had more than 7lb and this was confirmed with 8lb14oz going onto the scales. A small smile on the face as I knew I had won the match but at the same time disappointed I hadn’t put double figures onto the scales. Still no need to beat myself up too much I had never seen the stretch before and it was good to come away with a result. 

Next weekend sees me back down where I think another simple approach will be required but at the same time fishing within a team means putting fish in the net and scoring points so depending on where I draw could mean same tactics or slightly refined one as to not let the team down.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Army Angling Federation Inter Corps Championship Westwood Lakes 31st Aug 14

Well it was a weekend road trip up to Westwood Lakes (nr Boston Lincolnshire) for the Army Angling Federation Inter Corps match. This match sees each arm of the British Army pit their wits against each other in a 6 man team shoot out, with the lowest points taking the title of inter corps champs and the braggin rights.
With me being in The Royal Artillery it was good to be on the bank once again fishing for my corps with braggin rights to be had and personal pride at stake, I see it as quite an important match which comes around once a year.
The journey started at around 2000hrs on the Friday with one of the team Simon Irwin turning up with the van to load my kit before the 4 ½ hour journey north bound. Simon was keen to show me the River Witham which he had fished as a kid and where he had learned to fish so a night by the river and camping beds out in the back of the van we were woken to the beautiful view of the River Witham first thing in the morning. Gutted we couldn’t get away first thing Friday morning as would of loved to have fished it for the day, still plans are afoot to come back soon and fish it for the weekend.
The plan for the rest of the weekend was to fish the Saturday open at Westwood lakes to try and 
gauge how the place fishes and what methods and baits work ready for the Inter Corps match on the Sunday, so Saturday was more like a throw away match. Meeting Rich Harris (another member of the team) it wasn’t long before we were tucking in to a large breakfast. The open was on Skylark and from what we could gauge it was full of F1’s and carp with a good head of silvers with pellet being the bait to use. With a verity of baits we wanted to see if we also catch on other baits that might just give us an edge on the Sunday or would we have to slog it out on pellet. With a roaming draw on the cards it was noted that whilst the 3 of us fancied the bottom end of the lake it was interesting to see the locals follow the wind and pick the top end of the lake (first note to myself). Having heard that chopped worm and caster can work on the lake I set about plumbing up the far bank at 11 ½ meters to find the shelf that I had been told about with about 2ft depth. A line down the track at its deepest of 5ft and another line down the margin saw me set up ready to go. Bait for the day was as mentioned chopped worm and caster, red maggot and sloppy fishmeal groundbait. With the all “All In” it was off to work and see how the peg would produce with the wind blowing off my back it was a comfortable days fishing with me working out what I thought would be an effective plan should I draw the lake again on the Sunday. With me catching 63lb of fish over the 5 hours most coming in the last hour or so I was happy with the day’s work. I wasn’t expecting to frame as I said it was a throw away match to gauge the fishing and come up with a plan and wasn’t surprised I was comfortably beaten by the locals on the top end of the lake with a ton plus taking first and a few 90lb weights going onto the scales.  With Craig and Felix turning up (another two of the 6 man team) it was time to put over a few ideas whilst in the bar at the fishery having a few cold pints before they had a fish themselves for a few hours. After a few more beers it was decided it was time to get our heads down before the match on Sunday.
With an early start it was back to the fishery with most of the teams there already it wasn’t long before the draw was made and we learned our fate as to which lake we would be fishing and who against.  The draw saw myself and H Harris on Skylark with the other 4 members of the team on Falcon lake.  As for the draw I was happy with the lake and found myself towards the top end of the lake where the locals had sat the day before. However getting to my bank I noticed the far bank was featureless with no reeds or cover that could possibly hold fish like some of the other pegs on the lake, still that was what the draw had produced so it was time to look at what other options I had.
My plan of attack would be 2 swims far bank at 13 meters one at 11 o’clock one at 2 o’clock. A swim at 12 o’clock 2 plus 2 and I would just one of the margins looking for around 1-2ft of water and somewhere where the fish could hide (empty peg to my right). Rigs for all the swims were as follows
11 o’clock swim 20 inches deep.

Browning yellow hollow elastic set slack on a pulla, Hillbilly Oliver 0.1g float 0.14mm Browning Cenex mainline to a 4inch 0.12mm hooklength fisnished off with a Tubertini size 18 808 hook.  Shot was number 12’s spread out. This would be my pellet line.
2 o’clock swim 20 inches deep
Browning Blue hollow elastic set pingy on a pulla, Hillbilly HK47 0.2g float 0.14mm Browning Cenex mainline to an 8inch 0.14mm hooklength finished off with a B911 size 16 hook. Shot was a simple bulk with 2 droppers. This would be my chopped worm and caster line and where I was hoping for a bigger stamp of fish.
12o’clock 2 plus 2 4ft deep
Browning Blue Hollow elastic on a pulla, Hillbilly Oliver 0.3g float, 0.14mm Browning Cenex mainline to a 4inch 0.12mm hooklength fisnished off with a Tubertini size 18 808 hook. Shotting was a bulk and 2 droppers and fed again with pellet.
12o’clock 2 plus 2 2ft deep (Shallow)
Browning yellow hollow elastic set slack on a pulla, jigga float 0.14mm Browning Cenex mainline to a 6inch 0.12mm hooklength fisnished off with a b511 size 18 hook with a banded hair.  Shot was number 12’s spread out. This would be my shallow pellet line should I be able to get them up in the water short.
Margin lines 1 ½ ft deep Right 7 meters down the bank fishing a ft from the bank.
Browning Blue Hollow elastic on a pulla, Hillbilly AK47 0.2g float, 0.16mm Browning Cenex mainline to a 6inch 0.14mm hooklength fisnished off with a b911X size 14 hook. Shotting was a bulk and 2 droppers fished with chopped worm only.
With a quick walk round the 2 sections on the lake I noticed that most had opted for pellet, ground bait and a few worms and maggots. With what I had learned yesterday with what I had on my tray either the pellet would work or the worm and caster. With the all in it was straight out onto the far bank with worm and caster not feeding my pellet line across or my margin swim. A handful of 4mm pellet thrown on top of my 2 plus 2 line and then time to settle on my worm and caster line across. With indications straight away that there were fish in the swim it was long before the float shot under and the elastic came ripping out shipping back saw the elastic go slack and fishless. This happened for the first 3-4 fish and it seems I was foul hooking them (looking back from yesterdays match I noticed that if I fed a lot then I ended up with a lot of fish in the swim but wouldn’t settle) today I had scaled down my feed but was getting the same problem. Over to the pellet swim and with 4-5 6mm pellet saw a return of fish and by the looks of it they were happy to get their heads down and feed. With my 2 plus 2 line now showing a few signs that fish were now short I opted for the shorter line to see if I could build a weight short instead of having to fish across. With my deck rig out it wasn’t long before I was picking off the odd fish but not in numbers like I had hoped, there were indications that the fish had come up in the water slightly so shifted to my jigga rig to search the water column and find out what depth they were at. This produced a few more fish but yet again the bites were cagey and they weren’t there in numbers.
Looking up and down the section it seemed I wasn’t the only one having problems and I could hear people saying it was fishing hard. Still perseverance and pride at stake it was time to scratch my head and start thinking about picking a few fish of each swim and then moving. With my trump card still to play down the right hand margin which I hadn’t been fed or looked at still in my pocket I wasn’t worried just yet that I could possibly blow out.
Looking back over the far bank on both the pellet and worm and caster swims produced a few more fish but yet again the bites weren’t frantic and forth coming, with time ticking on I notice a few anglers were looking to their margin swim and had started producing a run of fish. Still the plan was to keep going on my lines across and short before hitting the margin in the last hour. With about 15-20lb of small F1 carp in the net and with elastic starting to get pulled out from fish other anglers were catching it was time to play the trump card.
I believe what I had done is created a safe haven for the fish to sit down the right hand side, there had been plenty of pellet going in short and across and I feel the fish just wanted some space due to the pressure on the bank. With the lake being pegged 2 anglers miss a peg then another 2 and so on each angler had a free peg either to the left or right of them giving the fish space. I had looked at the margins yesterday and worked out that if I fed only worm I had a chance of catching carp, F1’s, Barbel and ide yet if I mixed it with caster in a groundbait slop the peg became too much and I was asking to foul hook the fish so a big pot of worm chopped up down the edge went in with half a worm over the top. Within 2 minutes the float shot under and a 4lb carp was in the net, Straight back out saw another carp hit the worm on the drop. This carried on for the last hour with the margin going berserk fish after fish was landed from quality Ide, Barbel up to 4lb and bream to 6lb and a good stamp of carp and a few bigger F1’s. The fish had turned on just at the right time and by the looks of things my trump card had paid off, still with the wind blowing left to right and watching the angler on the end peg to my right I had a feeling it was going to be close. After a frantic last hour I didn’t want the “all out” to be called as it was clear the fish had their heads down and wanted more. My Browning Z9 pole had taken a battering with my terminal tackle standing up to the job hitting fish and landing the quickly. With the all out called I wasn’t sure how I’d fair against the rest.
With the scales coming round and 15 kilo to beat I was confident I had caught more than that in the last hour alone. With 2 weigh ins due to split nets it became apparent that I had put 31 kilo onto the scales (68lb) and had not only won my section doubling 2nd place in sections weight I had also won the lake through the 2 sections with 19 kilo closest, Result !!
Rich Harris had done a 2nd in his section and with another section win from Felix, 2 3rds in sections from Si and Carl and a 6th in section from Craig from a difficult section we had 16 points and had a feeling we could creep into the top 3 as a team. With all of us trying to work out how many points each team had managed it wasn’t long before we were put out of our misery. With the teams being announced in reverse order and not hearing our name it was called that the top 3 teams had all drawn on points, us the AGC and the Royal Signals. To come out with a winner it then went down to placing which left the AGC team 3rd but we were still tied with the Royal Signals so the next port of call was weight count back and unfortunately we came up short with the Royal Signals taking the top spot leaving us in and respectful 2nd place. Close but not close enough, still considering we as the Royal Artillery didn’t enter a team into last year’s competition we sort of kept below the radar and with the result raised a few eye brows.
Having fished for the Royal Artillery (The Gunners) for a few years now, this has been our best result for some time and proves the talent within the team, we as a team now want to build on this having seen us come so close yet to be denied at last hurdle. Next year we want to win it and turn a few more heads.