This was the last of the silverfish only D H McCavish Shield matches and was fished at Bernies. Normally we use Bernies in the summer when there are good catches of carp along with some silverfish but this was the first time we had fished this time of the year and for silverfish only. So we were uncertain what to expect particularly as there had been heavy rain in the previous week and the temperature had again dropped but without a frost.
Temperatures were around 5 degrees on matchday but it was sunny which helped, although it did cloud over and the wind pick up. In the end the match turned out to be a success with reasonable weights of silverfish. The anglers were equally split between the two sides of the lake with the four corners being left out. Interestingly there were only odd carp caught although this may be due to the tactics used.
In first place fishing on the car park side was Mick Greenway who weighed in 5-14-0 of roach and skimmers. He started off using the whip to catch some good sized roach on pinkie fished over groundbait. He then switched to fishing the pole at 11 metres using large red maggot fished over groundbait to catch roach and a few skimmers.
Second place was taken by Paul Ward who was fishing on the solar farm side and caught 4-12-0 of mainly roach with the odd skimmer. He used big maggot fished over groundbait on the long pole.
Mike Kitchener pictured below was in third place and caught two sized skimmers. These with roach weighed 4-3-0.
Overall Mick Greenway won the D H McCavish Shield with 29 points from Keith Hughes with 24 points.
In the club championship it is very close in the Clubman with Mick Greenway (148 points) leading from Keith Hughes (146 points). In the Matchman and Weight Trophies Mick leads from Keith with 1306 points to 970 points and 301-5-4 to 219-1-0 respectively.