A damp morning greeted us but the drizzle was due to finish before 9am and for once the forecast was correct. Once we got down to the lake it was like a mill pond again but did have a very nice colour in it. By the time we started the drizzle had stopped and it was overcast and warm and that’s the way it stayed all day.
Keith drew Peg 3 just to the left of the first large Oak tree, and as per the previous match only set up the pole. Fishing 2 lines, one at 5m and the other at 10.5m as they were both the same depth, initial feed was 2 balls of ground bait. Starting on the 5m line he had a few skimmers and one bream in the first hour, moving to the longer line and catching from the first put in saw a good run of fish. Switching between the two lines topping up and resting saw a fish coming one after the other until the last hour when the peg just switched off (or all the fish were in his keep nets). His winning weight of 62lb 4oz was well clear of second.
In second was Jon Ritter who drew peg 7 just past the 2nd large Oak before the bend. Jon fished the feeder all day, he got off to a slow start but after a few hours the bream started to come and he managed to build a final weight of 50lb 15oz.
Gary Collins drew peg 4 just before the concrete block and fished the feeder and had a bream first cast and said that was not a good sign as it needed time for a shoal to settle over the bed of groundbait he had put down. But after around 40 minutes he started catching again and had fish reasonably regularly throughout the match for a total of 29lb 13oz and third place.