Stanbridge View was the venue for the Committee, Bailiff and Ottaway ( for regular match men) Trophies. Some of us had fished this venue when the Sportsman Club had held a match there and this was fished under atrocious conditions with heavy rain throughout the match and weigh in. We were slightly luckier in that we could set up in the dry and the rain and wind did not start until an hour into the match. The conditions certainly made the weigh in challenging with the weight sheet becoming very soggy even though I used the protective clipboard.
Again the venue supplied all nets and all carp over a pound and half were kept in one net and any under this weight in the other along with any silverfish and bream. The water level was low and you could see the tree stumps that were hidden in the first match although the carp still managed to find other snags. The catches consisted of mainly carp ( from ounces up to 9pounds) and bream. We tried to use the best pegs based on the results from the Sportsman’s club matches.
This venue seems to be jinxed for Steve Pentecost as he would have been placed if he had not missed the keepnet with a carp he caught. This time a fish pulled his rod in and he tried without success to try and recover it.
In first place was Paul Ward (Peg23) who caught 82-13-8 of carp using the feeder or long pole and also won the Ottaway Trophy.
Phil Tubb fishing Peg 12 used the long pole and meat to catch 67-11-8 of bream and carp and won the Committee Cup.
Third place was taken by Graham White who used the feeder with pellet or Red Robin as bait to take 42-13-8 of carp.
Mick Greenway won the Bailiffs Trophy with 33-13-0 of carp and bream.