We had 13 at the Jubilee Cup / Committee Cup match on Beeding pond. With all the rain over the past week or so almost a foot of cold water has gone into the pond and Jeff Hope the owner said that he felt it was likely to be a bit hard going. This proved the case for most of us as the silver fish were few and far between and except in a few spots the carp weren’t really having it.
Mick Greenway was drawn on the first island and bravely held 14.5 metres of pole out over to the lawn and consistently caught carp all through the match varying in size from under 1lb to about 5lb. In total Mick had 14 carp and a few roach for 27 – 7 – 0 to easily win the match.
Pegged on the second island with a big lily pad to his left Rab initially fished the sedges to his right, when asked why he described the lilies as a tackle trap that he didn’t want to get involved in. An hour later Rab was landing his first carp from the lilies! Rab had two good sized carp, a couple of little ones and a few roach for 11 – 15 – 0 and second place.
Drawing the favoured peg 1 Glen Riley was just back from a walking holiday in Cumbria and a week without fishing, which is most unusual for Glenn who normally manages at least two sessions a week. Obviously the rest had sharpened the instincts as he has a mixed carp and roach net for 9 – 12 – 0 and third place.
In fourth place and top committee man on the day was Steve Simmonds who had three small carp and a few roach for 5 – 10 – 0.
Highlight of the day was watching Mick trying to control a carp that had almost certainly been foul hooked I think it managed to swim almost half way round the island with Mick valiantly holding on. He eventually lost the fish under the bridge.