Unfortunately we ended up with an odd number turning out for the mixed pairs so I stepped down from the main competition. This also meant that I had the choice of two pegs (he he)!
We spread the pegs so one angler from each pair was on either side of the lake and left it down to the pairs to choose who fished where.
John Savage paired with Rab Butler drew the highly fancied reeds peg on the stream side of the match lake and had a brilliant first 15 minutes during which he managed to get two carp in the net, the downside being that he broke one of his pole top kits. Things went from bad to worse as he sat out pretty much the rest of the match without a bite.
John Williams chose to fish the end peg on the bank side of the pond and managed to find 4 carp from various likely looking spots and these together with a few bits gave him a match winning 11 – 1 – 0. Vince Herringshaw fished on the stream side towards the top end of the lake and had three carp and a few bits for second place with a weight of 10 – 6 – 4 and in third place was Steve Jeffery on the first peg on the stream side who managed one carp at extreme range on the pole that he then had to stir round the lilies, Steve also managed to keep a steady stream of bits going and ended up with 8 – 1 – 0. With both the pair being in the top three the fairly obvious overall winners were Steve and John. However Vince and his partner Keith were only 11⁄2 lbs behind.
How did I do? Well I sat and watched Steve most of the day regularly knocking the bits out, I did have a few myself but 3lb was a long way behind the others!