The match reports have become more of a report on the weather at this time of year. This report is no exception – the day starting with a light rain shower which cleared up and then we even saw the sun. Unusually there was little or no wind. The 6 anglers who turned up were split equally between the river and road sides of the pond. John and Chris were fishing on the road side and did not have much success and left early for the pub but the other 4 anglers stayed until the end of the match. There had been reports, during the week, of the river overflowing into the pond and it was uncertain what effect this would have on the fishing. There was also a lot of water flowing into the match pond and this had raised the water level.
In first place, fishing on the first platform past the reeds was Keith Hughes. He had not caught a fish when John and Chris left. He continued to feed an area of overhanging debris on the island with 2mm pellets and eventually caught 9 carp on maggot using the pole. These weighed 23-9-0 and included some of the carp recently introduced, particularly the very noticeable orange koi-like carp.
Keith was the only angler to catch a carp and even Kevin and Kitch, who are well known for their carp catching abilities, both failed to catch one.
Kevin Leighfield was in second place with a single bream weighing 3-5-0 caught on the pole in the main track on maggot.
In third place was Mick Greenway, fishing the last peg on the road side, who had a weight of 3-3-0 caught on the pole. This consisted of a tench plus roach and skimmers caught on the pole using red maggots over groundbait.