Groves is on a roll as he takes his fifth win in as many outings
PHIL Groves knocked-up his fifth win in succession when he romped home a comfortable winner in the Carpenters Arms 2,000 AC match fished on Acorn Carp Fishery's Paddock Match Lake at Kingston Seymour.
A heavy shower of rain that coincided with the start of the match soon gave way to bright, hot sunshine and fierce swirling winds that made good bait presentation difficult for some and impossible for most .
Groves, pictured, drew to fish peg ten on the entrance bank.
He poled paste to a small gap in the overhanging island vegetation and netted his first carp on his second put-in at 12 metres centre.
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He said: "From where I was sat, I could see only a small part of the lake, but I noticed straight away that Chris Woolley at island peg three also made a good start and continued to catch well throughout the match.
"I caught a carp with every put-in during the first hour.
"But we both had short periods when no fish were caught and, with the carp varying so much in size, it became difficult to judge weights.
"By my reckoning I had managed to keep ahead of him right up until the last hour when my catch-rate slumped.
"But he continued to catch a fish of some sort with almost every put-in.
"Unfortunately, I was too far away to judge the size of his fish and up until the scalesman proved otherwise, I reckoned that he had me beaten by a mile."
Beaten to the top pools pay-out by 30-5-0 was Chris Woolley. who fished the same as the winner off island peg three and weighed in a superb 97-8-0 of prime Acorn Fishery's carp.
He said: "Phil and I both caught from on our second put-in after which it was every man for himself.
"Phil caught a better class of fish than me right from the start and I knew he had beaten me long before the all-out whistle."
Third place and the top silvers catch was taken by Alan Lines, who poled a variety of baits into the island and lakeside margins of peg 25 and brought 26-6-0 of carp and a winning 19-4-0 of skimmers to the scales.
Result. Overall: 1, Phil Groves 127-13-0, peg 9; 2, Chris Woolley 97-8-0, peg 3; 3, Alan Lines45-10-0, 4, Paul Swain 45-2-0, peg 22; 5, Keith Palmer 43-14-0, peg 6; 6, Steve Wynne 42-4-0, peg 1. Silvers; 1, Alan Lines 19-4-0, peg 25.
Avon Angling's Phil Harding poled a banded 8mm pellet shallow over a 6mm feed at 13 metres centre off Match 21 and the peg came up with a winning 129-8-0 of quality carp in the Avon Angling Midweek Open fished on Landsend Fisheries' Specimen and Match Lakes at Wedmore.
The runner-up was match organiser Tony Rixon, who fished similarly at Specimen Lake 33 and ran in just one fish short of a winning weight with a 20-carp catch totalling 124-11-0.
The weight of one good fish also separated the top two silverfish placings. Nigel Bartlett and Dean Malin poled chopped worm and caster into the island and lakeside margins of Match 11 and Specimen 36 respectively with the former finishing 5-5-0 clear with a 39-9-0 mixed bag.
Result. Overall: 1, Phil Harding (Avon Angling) 129-8-0, Match 21; 2, Tony Rixon (Avon Angling Mosella) 124-11-0, Specimen 33; 3, Tom Mangnal 114-13-0, Match 15; 4, Tom Thick (Thatchers Tackle) 99-3-0, Match 19; 5, Dan Pither 99-3-0, Match 1. Silverfish: 1, Nigel Bartlett (Avon Angling) 39-9-0.