Summer League Round 1, Monica Jones Cup, Sunday 21st May:
This was not the result the pre-match practice sessions were suggesting with decent bags of skimmers and a few carp showing during the week. In the end it was a struggle for most anglers to find any fish with consistency, particularly for the second half of the match when even a bite was at a premium.
Nathan Underwood on end peg 13 was the only angler who made it to double figures, consistently banking skimmers for the 5 hour duration to win with 15lbs. Peter 'Tacker' Giles also managed to keep the skimmers going off peg 30 in the Second Basin with a net just under 9lbs for the runner up spot. Simon Allen tried just about every method in the book to put a 6lb 11oz bag of bits together to finish in third spot. It was lucky for Paul Braund that a turnout of 24 anglers saw a fourth place up for grabs and the 3lbs 5ozs of skimmers bagged on the whip was enough to take the final place.
Peter Slade took the Lower Basin Section win with 2lbs 9ozs, Tony Hilias did lose a carp but had the consolation of winning the Bird Hide section with 3lbs and Dave Allen had time to get a pasty from the shop and still win the Second Basin section with 2lbs 3ozs (to be fair to Dave, it really was that slow in the last two hours!).
It can only get better.