I have to say that I was feeling rather pleased with myself when I drew a couple of swims past the concrete at Petworth Park. I thought with the wind in the right direction and the weather conditions as they were I had the chance of a few bream. I didn’t hear ‘Park’ expert Roger when he said he thought the match would be won with a weight between 10 and 15 lb. Sure enough the bream didn’t really show so how did the match go.
The first thing to record is that we had a good turnout of club members and a couple of guests to swell our numbers. The sight of M. Bullock esq in his ‘all terrain’ vest striding down the hill to the lake was enough to strike fear in any anglers heart, am I going to get pegged next to him, is he going to snore! Mr Bullock is renowned throughout the counties of West Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey for having the odd little snooze when fishing matches!
Roger was entirely correct with his prediction, Mark Pantling was drawn in peg 2 to the left of where the lilies are normally found and he found that whatever he put on the hook was assaulted by the bits. In the end he decided that if you can’t beat them join them and went all out for them. Mark managed to put together a very impressive bits net of 12 – 14 – 0 for first place
In second place was John Williams who was pegged between the concrete and the top corner – having mentioned that he fancied his peg for a few bream he was another man who’s predictive powers were obviously on song. John weighed in three bream and a few bits and pieces for 12 – 2 – 0
Roger was just short of his winning bracket, he weighed in 9 – 15 – 0 which was enough for third place.
I think the two nicest fish I saw were the brace of crucian carp which Keith Hughes caught from behind the islands which are pictured below.
Oh and by the way Mr Bullock managed to stay awake for the whole match and would like to come again!