Post Match Report
The weather conditions made this event difficult to say the least with a cold North Easterly blowing, which made it tricky for the accurate casting required to reach the far bank features while also cooling the surface water. In contrast our HQ, which was set up in the field below was almost tropical at times and it was like being on two different continents. We started the match at noon on Friday to run through to the conclusion at noon on Sunday. It was no surprise the ladies found it tough going, but never the less, by 9pm Kellie Margerrison in Peg 3 had landed a mirror and common putting her on a mere 1oz under 35lb. At this point she was the only angler on the scoreboard.
By first light Saturday, Kellie had not managed to add to her tally, but two other anglers had caught a fish apiece. Joanne Lofts in peg 8, a newcomer to the carp match scene, banked a 12lb+ common and in peg 7 next door, Becky Sharman landed a small mirror of just over 9lb. This meant it was game on. Saturday followed the same pattern as Friday with no actin occurring during the middle of the day. In the evening however the fish began to feed which allowed Joanne and Becky to add to their weight putting them not far behind Kellie who hadn’t managed a fish for close on 24 hours. Elaine Taylor in Peg 6 brought a nice common of over 21lb to the scales, meaning we now had a top four and only 13lb separating 1st and 4th. At this point it looked like an exciting night was on the cards, but just like the previous night it was not to be.
By morning the wind had dropped and in another brief feeding spell between 6:20 and 6:50 am we had three more fish. First to catch was Becky with a 20lb mirror followed by Kellie 10 minutes later with her third fish. Finally within 20 minutes, Elaine had landed her second 20lber of the event. That was it till the final hooter.
England international Kellie Margerrison was the 2017 champion with 3 fish for 52lb 8oz. She was presented with a trophy and cheque for £500, a personalised set of Reuben Heaton BCC specimen hunter scales and a personalised hoodie with her name and 2017 BCC champion plus a pink beanie from Phat Fish.
Runner up spot was taken by the ever consistent Elaine Taylor, another England international, our first ever singles champion in 2015 and also one half of this year’s Ladies BCC Pairs champions was presented with a trophy and cheque for £250.
Third place went to Becky (The Sharmanator) Sharman, was one of the runners up in this year’s Ladies pairs event with 2 fish for 29lb 3oz was presented a trophy and cheque for £150.
A very well done to Joanne Lofts, who finished a credible 4th in her first ever carp competition also with 2 fish for 25lb, and don’t forget she was up against some very good opposition in this match.
Finally, we would like to thank Lewie Cooper of Shuttleworth College for turning up with his team of marshals, who I am sure you will agree did a fantastic job all weekend and were a credit to both Lewie and the college. Also, Mark and Matt of Carp Radio for helping to promote our events.
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