This was not a bad match with everyone catching and weighing in. There were plenty of small fish around for bites, even though we had the company of a cormorant for a few hours! Bream also decide to have a munch, if you were lucky enough to be in the right area.
With seven fishing, the pegs ran from 1 to 11. Dan Norris on peg 1 looked to be stealing the lead part way thru, but Ben Gregoriades kept a regular supply of chopworm going in and gradually drew some good fish onto his 11m line to finish just ahead of Dan with 24lb 14oz.
Dan was not far behind and included a superb 2lb 14oz crucian in his 21lb 9oz catch, which were all taken on the feeder. Third place was Tom Stratford-Tuke, who took a selection of small fish and 3 good bream for 13lb 14oz on the pole and maggot. Jessica Carter came next with two good tench and some nice roach and silver bream for 11lb.
With just three matches left in our points league, positions are still changing. Our new current leaders are Ben and Tom but the pack is closing up. Our next match at Lythe Hill will no doubt see more changes before the final two match run-in on Hill Pond.
Ben Gregoriades 24-14-0
Tom Stratford-Tuke 13-14-0
Jessica Carter 11-0-0
Tye Hackman 8-11-0
Daniel Norris 21-9-0
Daniel Casbon 9-7-0
Ben Barnett 3-5-0
Junior Points League (JPL) after 6 rounds:
Ben Gregoriades 14pt
Tom Stratford-Tuke 14pts
Ben Barnett 12pts
Jessica Carter 11pts
Ethan Etherington 8pts
Tye Hackman 7pts
George Evans 7pts
Dan Norris 4pts
Daniel Casbon 1pt
The last Saturday coaching session of the season is a bit special as we hold the annual Janaway Cup* event on Hill Pond. Each swim gets a keepnet and 2 hours to catch as many fish as possible with the winner on weight getting the coveted cup.
This year 30 youngsters braved the unseasonably cool winds and bright conditions to try and winkle as many fish as possible out of the pond. Entrants included our regular Saturday morning fishing families and some of the more advanced anglers who have been training on Richardson Lake with Trevor and Paul all season. To even things up we insisted that everyone fished with a 3 metre whip… but bait selection was a little more open!
The match proved tough going for many but it quickly became clear that the development juniors George Evans and Ben Gregoriades were leading the way. George was on peg 14 and Ben on 15 and both were putting the odd better fish in the net alongside smaller roach and rudd. At the weigh in all the competitors followed the scales round. An early 3lb 8oz took the lead from peg 3 and there followed a tight battle with ounces separating most of the pegs. The Woolgar contingent weighed in another 3lb 8oz weight from peg 10 so first places were tied. However we all knew that George and Ben were sitting on more so when the scales finally got to their pegs excitement was high.
In the end George shaded it with 5lb 12oz over Ben’s 4lb 8oz – two great weights on the day and proof that the more advanced coaching they have been getting has paid off!
With the excitement of the weigh-in over, we all tucked into an excellent barbecue – thanks to Dan, Dawn, Brian, Jo and Eileen for their fine catering! I would like to think all the coaches, helpers, parents and youngsters who have made this year such an enjoyable experience for everyone. Coaching will start up again next year in June so keep your eyes out for dates and see you then!
*The Janaway Cup is fished for every year in memory of Chris Janaway – a former student at Rodborough School and trainee doctor who was tragically killed in 2007 aged only 28 in a motorway accident. Chris loved fishing Godalming waters and was fond of having a packet of jelly beans when fishing. So George not only picked up the handsome cup but two bonus packets of jelly beans to keep him going on the bank!
Eleven had registered for this series, but unfortunately only nine could attend this first round. It’s a best 3 out of 4 match series, so missing or losing out on this first round is not the end of everything.
Most of those registered were our own regulars, and they put up a good performance on Richardson’s, which had not been showing it’s previous best form. This is a points series, with the best three matches counting. The top three points scorers will each receive prizes/trophies at the end, but regrettably this year there will be no advancement into the Talent Pathway, as was the case last year.
The draw at Richardson’s is usually important, but uncertainty in where the fish may be always adds an air of expectation to any match here.
As mentioned in the Broadwater K&D match, end peg proved decisive, and it was young Ben Gregoriades who made the draw count for him with a weight of 12lb 5ozs from peg 2. Next was visiting angler Callum Hutchins, on peg 8 who weighed in a creditable 11lb 10ozs, made up of 4 tench and a load of small skimmers.
Third place fell to the improving Tom Stratford-Tuke, who had 2 nice tench for 5lb 11ozs. Fourth was Dave Ewing’s coach, Michael, who also had two tench for 4lb 14ozs.
I’d like to give a big thanks to both Dave Ewing and Alex Clements, for officiating in my absence, as I’d previously double booked the day!”
Ben Gregoriades 20pts
Callum Hutchins 18pts
Tom Stratford-Tuke 16pts
Michael Ewing 14pts
Freddie Bacon 12pts
Tom Clark 10pts
Ethan Etherington 8pts
Jessica Carter 6pts
Daniel Casbon 1pt