Steve defies elements to land Bristol PSV victory
CONDITIONS were so bad at Gloucester's Harescombe Fisheries that only seven of the 13 members who fished managed to finish the Bristol PSV's Sunday match, despite it being cut from six to five hours.
However, those who persevered were rewarded with an exceptional set of winter weights and a best catch of 31-3-0 taken from Match Lake 22 by match secretary Steve Burgess.
He said: "I fished a single red maggot over a maggot and micro pellet feed, which I cupped-in at 12 metres centre. Within 30 minutes, I was busy netting skimmers and f1s to almost 2lb until a sudden gust of wind lifted my pole off its stand and smashed a main section.
"With my bait presentation now limited, I decided to fish the same tactics at eight metres along the bottom of the lakeside shelf leading towards the empty platform at neighbouring peg 21.
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"I potted in a few samples of hookbait close to the lakeside margins and by feeding very sparingly managed to catch a few decent-sized fish and keep just a few pounds ahead of the chasing pack."
The runner-up was former Cross Hands AC match organiser, Stewart Riddle. He fished the same baits as the winner at ten metres off peg 18 and brought 24-10-0 of skimmers and f1s to the scales.
Results _ Overall: 1, Steve Burgess 31-3-0, peg 22; 2, Stewart Riddle 24-10-0, peg 18; 3, Darren North 19-10-0, peg 15; 4, Chris Szakacs 17-0-0, peg 7; 5, Lionel Legge 14-8-0, peg 20.
Local rod Dave Wride poled pellet at up to 11.5metres off peg six and ran in just one decent-sized fish ahead of his nearest challenger to win the Acorn Carp Fishery's Tuesday Tenner Open at Kingston Seymour.
The runner up was match organiser Mike Chapman, who poled maggot over the same up to 12 metres off corner peg six for a similar result.
Third place and the silverfish winner was Sensas Thyers' Paul Faiers, who included 15-8-0 of skimmers and f1s in his 24-12-0 total catch.
Results – Overall: 1, Dave Wride (Sensas Thyers) 34-6-0, peg 7; 2, Mike Chapman (South West Disabled & Over 50's AC) 28-15-0, peg 6; 3, Paul Faiers (Sensas Thyers) 24-12-0, peg 34; 4, Simon Belcham (Bristol PSV) 18-6-0, peg 40. Silverfish: 1, Paul Faiers (Sensas Thyers) 15-8-0, peg 34.