The anticipated rain just about kept away and we certainly did not get what we were expecting from the forecast. No real surprises with regard to the framing pegs and catches.
Cody Hughes drew peg 15 and we immediately knew that it would be hard for anyone else to come first. Put Cody on a Carp producing peg and he will almost certainly win. Despite strict instructions from Granddad to keep away from the left hand edge with his pole line, Cody’s float could be seen creeping closer and closer as he went in search of the Carp that always inhabit the area. Granddad Keith was kept fairly busy sorting out snags and new rigs throughout the match. Despite this Cody put together a very respectable 36lb 9oz for first place.
Jon Arnold is another angler who does well when their are Carp around and those that know Stemps will tell you there are plenty in peg 1 which Jon drew. However as with Peg 15 you have to be brave and get close to the snags to get the most bites. Jon was a couple of fish behind Cody with 25lb 10oz for second place.
Gary Collins was drawn on peg 8 which offers a number of options for catching Carp, a feeder close to the island or nice looking margins can all produce, Gary was not far behind Jon with 19lb 12oz for third place.
Most people had at least one Carp and there were plenty of Roach and Skimmers about for those that weren’t on the out and out Carp pegs.