We had a good turnout of club members and a couple of guests fish the first leg of the Daniels Rose Bowl at Petworth Park. We were not sure how it would fish as the venue generally doesn’t like rain and we had heavy downpours (although brief) on both Friday and Saturday.
It was good to see our President – Norman who did a turn round the lake mid-morning and had a chat with a few of us offering his extensive knowledge of the venue. I had the misfortune to connect with something rather substantial on my insubstantial whip whilst Norman was behind me. The contact was somewhat fleeting as I had absolutely no chance of controlling the fish.
One or two others lost out to big fish on light tackle but contest of the day was surely Keith H who had to play a big bream on very light elastic for a good 10 minutes, there was an audible sigh of relief when he slipped a net under it. Meanwhile in the next peg a ‘tooled for the job’ Steve Speller took all of a minute to land a fish of about the same size!
The odd bream showed all round the lake together with some good tench and excellent crucians. Those that went for the small fish didn’t miss out either with 6 – 10lb nets of bits falling to a number of anglers.
We knew that John Williams had done well as the local hostelry had not proved an enticement at opening time. He was pegged between the two islands and put together an excellent mixed bag of bream, tench and one big crucian with a few bits and pieces for 22 – 0 – 0 pretty much everything being caught on pellet. This weight was enough for 1st place.
In 2nd place was Mick Weeks one of our guests. This was his first ever sight of the lake and the regulars were as always ready to offer advice. Mick was in the first open peg on the roadside and he was advised to go on the feeder at 25 – 30 yds. This all worked very nicely and again a mixed bag of bream, tench and crucians weighing 16 – 1 – 0 were tempted by Mick’s worm cocktails.
Dick Shrubb was in one the old lily pegs and last time out Vince had caught right in the edge here. Dick gave it a go but then decided to go out on the feeder and was rewarded with in my opinion the catch of the day. He had a few bits but most of his weight was made up by five crucians all of which topped 2lb. These gave Dick a total of 12 – 15 – 8 (I think we were a bit mean not to give him 13lb!) which was good for 3rd place.
By the way, we heard that Ron Short had been somewhat surprised by a small pike from the peg 1 area on Thursday. Well John W at the other end of the lake had two during the match so either they are moving around a lot or there are more in the lake than we think!