In the week before the match we had had heavy rain again and also one of the few frosts this winter, so hopes were not high for the 9 anglers who turned up to fish the match. However both Ray Huskisson and Steve Simmonds fishing on opposite sides of the lake had carp within the first hour. By the end of the match, however, only 7 bream and 8 carp plus a couple of small fish had been caught with two of the anglers blanking. Match day was grey and overcast with occasional drizzle. The same 8 pegs used for the last match were set up along with Peg 3, where the tree has been cut down and a platform built over it to allow better access to the reeds.
Steve not only caught and landed a carp early on but hooked another one which caught him up in the snags on the far bank causing his top three to come unshipped. He was going to strip off and wade across but fortunately Mick had some chest waders in his car which Steve used to wade across the lake and recover his top kit. Those fishing near him said that the water was very close to coming over the top of the chesties. Despite all his efforts Steve still got wet as he slipped off the side of the platform into the water as he was packing up, nothing new there though.
In first place was Colin Bridger, who has started match fishing again after a long time away. He was fishing Peg 3 and used the long pole to catch 2 carp and 1 bream weighing 9 – 8 – 0 on maggot.
Second place was taken by Ray Huskisson, who was fishing on Peg10. He caught 2 carp and 1 bream using the long pole and maggot as bait. These weighed 6 – 14 – 0.
Close behind Ray in third place was Mick Greenway who caught 2 bream and a good sized skimmer from Peg 14. These weighed 6-4-0 and were caught either on pinkies or dead red maggots.