Britton's battle with a ten-pound carp secures victory at Henfield
THE late capture of a 10-12-0 mirror carp gave Dave Britton his second win in three days and a comfortable victory in the Windmill Fishery's Sunday Open at Henfield.
For the first three of the five-hour long match, he fished a micro-pellet filled method feeder close to the island off peg two on Road Bank and hooked his first of a two-carp catch, a 4-1-0 mirror, at the end of the first hour.
He said: "I fished the same area for a couple more hours. I switched between feeder tactics and the long pole, but failed to get another bite so two hours from time I decided to pack the pole away.
"While I did so, I threw the feeder into the shallow waters close to the peg platform of neighbouring peg one.
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"I had a couple of bites almost straight away and it was just as I had finished and put my pole away that the ten-pounder picked up the bait and made its first run. I struck into the fish and knew instantly that it was a good-sized carp, however, on the light tackle I was using there was little I could do but to hold on and hope for the best.
"I didn't realise it could be a match-winner until it surfaced for the first time about ten minutes into the fight. The fish obviously weighed far heavier than the size of gear I was fishing with, so I just kept a tight line and gradually edged it towards the net.
"It was a good 20-minute battle, but worth every second."
The runner-up was Kingswood angler Ray Duncan, who long and short-poled red maggot over a very sparse red maggot feed off peg 26 on the home bank and weighed in three carp and a couple of small skimmer totalling exactly 11lb.
John Wintle fished similar tactics at peg 20 for an 8lb third place result as did match organiser Bill Ferris, who finished in fourth place with an equally hard earned 7-13-0 of small carp and skimmers.
Result. Overall: 1, Dave Britton 15-11-0, peg 2; 2, Ray Duncan11-0-0, peg 26; 3, John Wintle 8-0-0, peg 20; 4, Bill Ferris 7-13-0, peg 28; 5, Glenn Bailey 7-10-0, peg 14; 6, Pete Hum' phris 5-5-0, peg 30.
No carp were caught, but Tucking Mill came up with a surprisingly good set of silverfish catches for the 20 anglers contesting the Kingswood Disabled Thursday Open at the Midford Fishery, near Bath.
Heading the list was Dave Britton, who poled red maggot at eight metres off disabled peg 14 and brought a superb 20-8-0 of skimmers, rudd and roach to the scales.
Britton caught small skimmers with his first two put ins and by feeding sensibly managed to maintain a steady, five-hour long catch rate.
The runner-up was Bill Ferris, who fished the same tactics as the winner at Road Bank Six for a 19-10-0 similar result.
Result. 1, Dave Britton 20-8-0, peg 14; 2, Bill Ferris19-10-0, Road Bank 6; 3,Bernice Britton15-8-0; 4, Bob Dark 13-14-0; Bryan Cleevely 12-13-0; 6, Wayne Garland 12-3-0.
Local rod, Johnny Page, pictured, poled maggot both long and short off West Pool 15 and scraped home by 1-12-0 from his nearest challenger in the penultimate round of the Shiplate Farm Series fished on Hawthorn and West Pool lakes at Bleadon, near Weston-Super-Mare.
Result. Overall: 1, Johnny Page 45-1-0, West Pool 12; 2, Dom Sullivan 43.5-0, West Pool 5; 3, Russ Peck, 27-14-0, West Pool 15. Silverfish: 1, Tom Light 7-14-0, West Pool 5. Section winners: Steve Howell 18-14-0, Ron Stark 13-11-0, Hawthon 12; Dom Sullivan 43-5-0, West Pool 5; Russ Peck 27-14-0, West Pool 15.