This match was fished in overcast conditions to start with, in fact there was even a light rain shower. The wind was from the North West as opposed to the normal South West and was light and at times non-existent. Nine anglers turned up to fish the third leg of the Caine Cup with eight pegged along the road bank, one on the corner prior to the island and one behind the first island. The peg on the corner was an experiment and was a partial success as the angler who fished there caught three good sized skimmers.
Plenty of fish activity could be seen on the lake when the match was pegged out and hopes were again high for better catches than the first two legs. Catches were better with an increased number of bream caught along with some tench. However the weights were not as good as some previous years with the bream again seeming to be well spread out. The Golden Peg has not been won so far this season and the amount in the pot is building up.
Vince Herringshaw (pictured below), last year’s Champion has had a difficult time this season and it was commented to him that getting pegged behind the island could kick start his season, as he had done well on that peg last year. This proved to be the case and Vince caught 5 bream and 2 tench on the long pole to weigh in 20 – 4 – 2.
In second place continuing his run of success was Mike Kitchener who was fishing the other end of the match length, as end peg between the two bushes. He used sweetcorn in the margins to catch 2 tench on the pole. These coupled with 2 bream caught on the feeder weighed 18 – 8 – 8.
Mick Greenway was in third place and did not have a bite until the last hour when he caught three bream on maggot fished on the long pole either over groundbait or chopped worm/pellet to weigh in 10 – 13 – 4. Mick was fishing to the left of the concrete slab.
Overall the Caine Cup was a tie with three anglers, Keith Hughes, Mike Kitchener and Vince Herringshaw all on 24 points with Keith winning the Cup by virtue of the heavier weight.