Bethwins Upper Pond – This venue has a limited number of match fishable pegs and the 7 anglers, who booked in, were pegged between the two lakes – 4 on the Upper Pond and 3 on the lower lake. There are several things that are predictable that will happen at Bethwins – these are rain in at least one of the matches, lots of tadpoles in the water and Mick having problems with his trolley. All of these happened in the first leg of the Milliard Cup particularly the number of tadpoles which seems to limit the number of perch caught. This was so bad that Steve Simmonds, who is an ace with whip catching perch, caught less than a pound of them.
Fishing the pole on the first peg, over the stile, on the Upper Pond was John Williams who used the pole to catch a carp on pellet plus perch on maggot to weigh in 8-1-12 and take first place.
Vince Herringshaw was fishing on the second peg and caught a carp on the feeder and this coupled with perch caught on the pole gave him a bag of 6-7-8 to finish second.
In third place was Keith Hughes who caught 1 carp on the feeder to weigh in 3-0-8. Keith would have won the match if he had landed the 3 other carp that he hooked and lost.