Prior to the match we marked out where we would like to put pegs in the future and the estate will be putting some drop sections into the fence in these areas. For the first time in a few years the old peg 1 on the top fence looked accessible so we decided to rejig the pegs a bit to include this. As we were restricted to the number of pegs that we could put in because of the fence, only five of us fished. The weights were very good with all anglers having over 5lb, mostly Dace, Chublets, Bleak and Roach with a few Perch and Gudgeon. Graham in the peg between the trees had a small Bream and a decent skimmer.
In first place from the peg above the mint swim was Steve Simmonds who fished the float for most of the match, in the middle of the session after a run of Bleak on the drop fishing maggot a change to corn found a decent Roach of about 1/2lb and a few better dace which boosted his weight to 8lb 2oz to win the match.
Mick Greenway drew the peg on the top fence and started very well with the tide on the up but found that bites slowed down once the tide turned, he found the pole float to be the most effective tactic, avoiding the bleak and getting much more positive bites than on the conventional feeder, a total of 7lb 7oz 8dm was enough for second place.
Duncan Elms was in the swim immediately above the trees and a mixed bag of 6lb 5oz was enough for third place.