Summer League Round 1:
The opening contest of the season was a mirror image of last year with the Lower Basin failing to produce the expected slabs, the only difference this time was the winning peg (no.33 last year). Dave 'End Peg' Allen was on no.34 and took a succession of slabs and skimmers on pole fished maggot to amass an 18lbs+ winning weight. Dave had the good fortune to be on a fully loaded 'Silver Peg' and so took home an additional £100 cash bonus (incidentally, Dave's son Simon won the corresponding match last year). Matt Samson also stuck to the long pole on peg 43 at the Bird Hide and whilst dodging the tourists on the towpath and one of his pedelos churning up his swim, still netted 11lbs 10ozs (including a 4lb 10z carp) to secure second spot. Duncan Edwards completed the podium places fishing off end peg 27 and just piping Pete Horton by 2ozs with 11lbs 2ozs. Dick Turner took the honours in the Lower Basin, sticking to the 10 metre pole he amassed 8lbs 7ozs.
Not the flying start we wanted but an average of 7lbs 12ozs per angler is not bad, especially when the big lumps did not really show. They will undoubtedly turn up a week on Tuesday for the first of the pairs evening contests.
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