The weather again was not been kind to us with frosts during the week before and on the morning of the match- at least it made it easier going across the field to the fishery. The anglers were equally spread around the lake in the first leg of the Pole Only match. The match secretary had not read his handbook and turned up with his feeder rod which he was planning to use until reminded that the match was pole only.
Those on the Stemps side of the Lake had a little bit of sunshine, on an otherwise grey day whilst those on the other bank were in the shade and were in the cold. Normally if you start off with liquidised bread you get a bite reasonably quickly on bread punch. However a lot of anglers used this approach and no bites were forth coming so we knew it was going to be a hard match.
However Glen Riley on Peg22 landed a skimmer in the first half hour and continued to catch 13 more along with a very small carp to weigh in 3-10-4 to easily win the match. He fished at about 11metres and used pinkies or red maggots over groundbait.
In second place was Colin Bridger who was fishing next to Glen on Peg23. Colin had to wait until the last hour before a bite but this was from a carp weighing 1-9-12. He was fishing up close to the island.
Third place was very close between Keith Hughes (Peg16) and Vince Herringshaw (Peg 31) who each caught 5 roach. Keith had the heavier weight by 0-0-4.