Yet again another grey day, although there was the odd hint of sun plus the temperature was slightly higher than had been experienced in previous competitions. The anglers were equally spilt between Stemps and Cart using the best pegs on each water. As per usual there was a random draw for pairs followed by a draw for the pegs to be fished by each pair. The four best pegs on both lakes were chosen and pairings of the highest rated peg on stemps and lowest rated on cart made. This was carried out for the remaining three combinations. It was also good to see John Shepherd out fishing as he has not been seen for some time.
Vince Herringshaw was fishing Peg 13 and used the long pole rather than his normal whip to catch 11-0-8 of silverfish to win the Lake. This was mainly quality roach, up to 12oz in weight, with a few skimmers caught fishing pinkies over groundbait.
In second place was Richard LeDuc fishing Peg 1. He did not find the number of carp caught in the previous match and only caught one small one plus approximately 6lb of skimmers to weigh in 8-7-8. These were all caught on the long pole using maggot.
Mick Greenway was fishing peg 15 and spend a lot of time fishing for carp without any success. However he did catch several skimmers on his feeder gear. These were supplemented with pole caught skimmers to total 5-7-8. These were caught on expander pellets fished over groundbait.
Glen Riley was fishing Peg 16 and caught one carp of about 5lb plus silverfish to total 7-15-8. These were caught on pinkies on the long pole.
In second place fishing Peg 22 was Steve Simmonds who caught 5-1-4 skimmers and roach.
Colin Bridger fished Peg 27 and weighed in 2-14-0 silverfish to take third place.
Overall the Pairs Tankard was won by Vince and Glen who both won their Lakes.