It was a pleasant surprise for the 10 anglers, who turned up for the match, that the temperature was 2 degrees C rather than the -2 degrees C forecast. However it meant that the path across to the fishery had not frozen over and was very heavy going pushing the trolleys across. Good news also that the lake was not frozen but it was another grey day with a slight drizzle at the beginning of the match.
The match was for silverfish only (no carp) and the best pegs for this type of fishing were chosen. This included some of the carp pegs which are also good for silverfish but most people tend to fish for carp on them as they provide heavier weights.
In the end it turned out to be a very good match with 6 of the anglers catching over 4 pounds of fish with some good sized roach caught topped by one of a pound plus caught by Andy May from Peg 7.In first place, fishing Peg 15, which is one of the noted carp pegs was Paul Ward. He used the long pole to catch 10-14-8 of roach and skimmers on maggot and pellets. He caught half of his catch in the last hour when the skimmers turned up and fed.
Mick Greenway fishing on Peg 8 was in second place and caught mainly roach weighing 6-8-8. These were caught whip fishing caster or red maggot although he did have a couple of skimmers on the long pole.
Fishing next to Mick, on Peg 7, was Vince Herringshaw who caught roach and skimmers weighing 5-14-8. The roach were mainly caught on the whip on maggots but he did manage to catch a few skimmers on the long pole when they moved in at the end of the match.