Dark makes light of the difficult conditions to take midweek match
TWO cold, lifeless lakes, both covered generously with fallen willow leaves greeted the 28 members who fished the Kingswood Disabled & Over-55s AC's midweek match at Westerleigh Lakes.
The overall winner and the top silverfish catch came from the old lake and fell to Bob Dark, who pocketed the lion's share of the pools money with a 21-9-0 catch consisting of 14-15-0 of carp and 6-10-0 of skimmers, roach, tench and perch.
Having fished peg 12, on the far bank, several times before, Dark knew exactly how to get the best possible result from the swim.
From the start, he fed and fished a 4mm soft pellet beneath the overhanging branches of a bush growing in his left lakeside margins, and the tactics seemed to be spot-on when he hooked and netted his first fish on his second put in.
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He said: "I knew conditions were against anyone catching a big weight and that it was going to be a waiting game, but the fish were not interested in feeding and after the busy 20 minutes of action that followed, I only managed to catch a fish of some sort, every now and again.
"The only other angler catching decent-sized fish regularly was Tom Bailey, who was situated at peg two on the opposite bank.
"However, I judged his fish to be smaller than mine, so when a good fish straightened my hook about 20 minutes from time.
"I figured I had already done enough for its loss not to make any difference to the result.
"It came as a bit of a shock when Tom's catch took the scales close to the 20-0-0 mark. I really didn't think the result was going to be as close as it actually was."
The runner-up was Tom Bailey, who poled maggot and caster close to the island and up to 11 metres off peg two.
His fish increased in size as the match progressed and he finished just 1-1-0 short of his winning team-mate with a 19-8-0 mixed bag of mostly carp.
With the rules stating that an angler is only able to claim one prize the silverfish pools money went to Eddie Buck by default. Buck poled maggot and caster over a sparse feed which he cupped in close to both islands off peg one and weighed in 5-7-0 of skimmers, perch and tiny roach.
Clive Allen took the top weight from Westerleigh's new Lake. He poled luncheon meat tight against an aerator situated at 11 metres off peg 22 and weighed in a 17-4-0 mixed bag of mostly skimmers.
He said: "I caught from my first put in after which I got a very poor response from the fish and I found it really hard work building a decent weight."
Second place fell to Rodney Buss, who also found the going hard to get a 16-3-0 response from the aquatic residents of neighbouring peg 23
The heaviest catch of silverfish to come from the new lake fell to Alan Hopes, who poled red maggot and caster up to nine metres off peg 33 and scaled a 3-14-0 mixed bag.
Result. Old Lake: 1, Bob Dark 21-9-0. Peg 12; 2, Tom Bailey 19-8-0, peg 2; 3, Dave Farnan 9-5-0, peg 19. Silverfish: 1, Bob Dark 6-10-0, peg 12; 2, Eddie Buck 5-7-0. New Lake: 1, Clive Allen 17-14-0, peg 22; 2, Rodney Buss 16-3-0, peg 23; 3, Mike Ferris 12-8-0, peg 26. Silverfish: 1, Alan Hopes 3-14-0, peg 33.
Carpenters Arms 2,000 AC's top junior member Joe McMahon cruised to a comfortable small weight victory in Round Five of Viaduct Fishery's 'Silvers League' at Somerton.
The talented 15-year-old poled maggot over groundbait within a 12 metre pole range off Campbell 121 and weighed-in 24-13-0 skimmers, roach and bream.
Result. 1, Joe McMahon (Carpenters Arms 2,000) 24-13-0, Campbell 121; 2, Tom Thick (Thatchers Tackle) 19-6-0, Cary 94; 3, Nick Collins (Global Angling) 17-4-0, Lodge 68; 4, John Gray 13-2-0, Campbell 112; 5, Matt Tomes (Avon Angling) 13-0-0, Lodge 71; 6, Steve Mayo (Team Maver)12-12-0, Cary 90.
Clive Richards fished and fed dead red maggot into the lakeside margins of corner peg six, and the resulting 27-12-0 of carp gave him the winning catch in the South West Disabled & Over-50s AC match fished at Acorn Carp Fishery, Kingston Seymour.
Result. Overall: 1, Clive Richards 27-12-0, peg 6; 2, Nick Tomkins 18-13-0, peg 12; 3, Andy Shields 16-10-0, peg 36; 4, Rex Davis 12-2-0, peg 24; 5, Keith Firks 7-6-0, peg 31; 6, Lionel Chidzey 5-7-0, peg 33. Silverfish: Nick Tomkins 2-1-0, peg 12; 2, Andy Shields 1-14-0, peg 36.