Post Match Report
This was the last qualifier in this year’s Southern Carp Cup competition and would produce the last three pairs for the final. There was a very slow start to this event. With only 8 pairs fishing due to some no shows, I was beginning to wonder if the fish were holding up in all the unoccupied water. The first fish came out around 4:30pm and there was only one more before midnight on the first day. Both fish fell to Steve Blow and Rob Burgess in peg 9 and put them in an early lead.
Between first light and lunchtime Saturday we had another 6 fish banked, these were split between three pegs, Tim and Andy Swain had 3 in peg 5. Duncan Warmeant and Glen Wheatley landed a lovely mirror which took the Reuben’s round to 25lb 15oz and the current leaders in peg 9 added two more to keep their noses in front. The rest of Saturday saw another 10 fish grace the scales. On 7 fish for 112lb 4oz were peg 9, but getting up ahead of steam in second were the Swain brothers in peg 5 who were now on over 76lb. Out of nowhere came Mark Strevens and Tim Hickman in peg 6 with 3 fish in an evening flurry, putting them in third place. Behind them in 4th were Duncan and Glen in 7 who were now on 37lb 13oz. In peg 8 were Nik Young and John Tadgell who had their first fish to get on the scoreboard.
In a manic last 12 hours everything kicked off and the marshals were run ragged and found it hard to keep up at times. Fish were coming thick and fast as anglers were getting takes all round the lake, however some were being lost in the weed. By the end of the match 7 out of the 8 pairs had fish on board. There were two pegs challenging for 1st place on Sunday morning which were 5 and 9, both had comfortable leads. The fight for third was now hotting up as peg 8 added another 2 fish to their tally. Peg 11 landed 3 fish but Russell Monk and young Finley Newnham in peg 10 were the biggest movers Sunday, catching 5 fish for over 90lb to clinch the last place in the Southern final at Cottington’s Pepper lake in early August. First and second was decided purely on the stamp of fish as Steve and Rob had 5 x 20lb+ fish in the last few hours. They finished off with 4 fish weighing 20lb 8oz, 27lb 4oz, 24lb 2oz and finally a 22lb 14oz with less than 10 minutes of the match remaining. Tim and Andy Swain also had plenty of fish but only 1 was over 20lb. The winners were Steve Blow and Rob Burgess in peg 9 with 16 fish for 285lb 11oz, which also included the biggest fish at 27lb 4oz. Runners up were Tim and Andy Swain with 12 fish for 186lb 1oz. Third place was Russell Monk and Finley Newnham with 5 fish for 90lb 1oz.
We had 44 fish out during the course of the weekend with a total weight in excess of 748lb. This averaged out to approx 17lb per fish.
To show what a good all round fishery this is, head bailiff Dave Vaughan had a near 14lb Barbel fishing on the River Colne on Saturday night. There really is something for everyone at this venue.
Finley Newnham 19lb – Russell Monk 22lb 9oz
Andy Swain 22lb – Tim Swain 19lb 8oz
JK Tadgell 18lb – Nik Young
Glen Wheatley – Duncan Warmeant 25lb 15oz
Matt Hickman 24lb 12oz – Mark Strevens
Paul McDowell 20lb – Lee Scott 14lb 1oz
Rob Burgess 24lb 2oz – Steve Blow
L-R 2nd Andy Swain, Tim Swain. 1st Steve Blow, Rob Burgess. 3rd Russell Monk, Finley Newnham