Unfortunately numbers where down for this match, due mainly to various scholastic commitments. The five who did make it were divided themselves into silverfish and carp directions. This proved quite a perplexing choice, as on one hand the carp had been spawning and were probably not very interested in what the juniors had to offer, but on the other hand targeting silvers was probably the safer route. Surprisingly, only one decided to opt for silvers straight away, our newly returned female Jessica Carter, who preceded to fish pole and maggot over caster and hemp for a commendable 11lb, of mainly rudd, from peg 13.
The carp, while being somewhat indifferent, did make a showing on peg 12 for young Ben Gregoriades, who helped himself to over 74lb. This consisted of eight fish, with his last fish of the day weighing in at 14lb 2oz. James Buckley, of Mr Crabtree fame, caught three fish late, the best weighing 15lb 6oz, which added to an overall total of 35lb 7ozs.
Our next match is on the 17th June on Harris and followed by the annual Broadwater Night match on 1st July, which I will be reporting on at the next GCM in July.
It was great to see 7 pairs turnout for this Dads & Lads contest on Richardson lake. Interest centred on who would draw the current form area around the dog-leg, as this has been favoured in many of the matches recently held. Pre-match favourites, Team Ewing, arrived late so had what was left in the bag, unfortunately it was not exactly what they requested!
The ones fortunate to draw well where the Etherington pair, Paul and son Ethan, who pulled pegs 10 and 11. For some strange reason Ethan chose to fish in peg 10 while dad was left with peg 11 and no doubt had a glint in his eye afterwards!!! True to form, as the match progressed it was clear that Paul was starting to put together some fish on the waggler and maggot, while Ethan was struggling. Paul changed halfway through to the pole and continued to add fish after fish, eventually racking up a sizeable weight. When the scales arrived, Paul put 44lb 6ozs on them and Ethan supported with 15lb 9ozs, giving them a grand total of 59lb 15ozs and the winners trophy. As is the custom on these Dads/Kids contests, the parents get nothing, except bragging rights, while the 'kids' get the prizes!
Way behind the Etheringtons where pre-favourites Team Ewing, with a pretty equal catch each from pegs 4 and 5. Daddy Ewing weighed in 11lb 4ozs of bream and tench on the bomb, while miniscule Michael Ewing had 9lb 14ozs of bream and crucians on the pole and worm, giving them a total of 28lb 3ozs. Close behind them were Team Casbon, on pegs 19 and 20, and once again it was dad who led the way. Ian had some nice tench and a bream for 21lb 11ozs on the bomb and maggot while Daniel managed to chip in with a 2lb 2oz bream, to make a grand total of 23lb 13ozs. In fourth place where the Team Evans, who weighed in 21lb 2ozs of tench and bream from pegs 1 and 2. I'll leave you to imagine who had the heaviest weight!!!
A great contest for most, but it was nice to see young Jessica Carter return to our matches as the last time we saw her was as a winner of the Johnson's match in 2015. We hope she doesn't feel too despondent and comes back into the junior match scene where she can properly show the lads how it's done.
Hope to have the video soon in the Media Zone...watch this space!
1st place: Paul & Ethan Etherington 59-15-0
2nd place: Dave & Michael Ewing 28-3-0
3rd place: Ian & Daniel Casbon 23-13-0
4th place: John & George Evans 21-2-0
Next match is at Broadwater on June 3rd. Don't forget to book in!
What a brilliant match for the 6 who managed to attend! The 2016 U23 World Champion, Alex Clements, was once more in attendance to give our juniors some great instruction. Alex spent considerable time going round each junior and offering advice and instruction to help them catch more. In fact he even went so far as to set up young Tom Stratford-Tuke with his own pole, so he could better compete with the rest of the lads. We didn't tell Tom how much Alex's pole was worth, while he was fishing with it though!!!
Best of all on the day was our England Talent Pathway representative, Ethan Etherington who, despite a slow start steadily built up an unassailable lead with tench, crucians, roach and rudd coming to maggot over groundbait. Ethan finally weighed in over 20lb to finish 7lb clear of his nearest rival, Ben Barnett.
Ben had started like a train and must have worried Ethen (just a little!), but sport tailed off for him while Ethan's flourished. Ben still manage to put together a substantial 13lb+ made up of a similar catch to the winner. An encouraging performance from Daniel Casbon in his first season with us, saw him net over 12lb of tench, crucians roach and rudd. This was topped by his PB crucian of 1lb 11ozs. Well done Daniel. Tye Hackman finished 4th with a creditable 10lb which was made up a quite a few small tench, taken close in with sweetcorn.
Ethan Etherington 20-14-0
Ben Barnett 13-12-0
Daniel Casbon 12-2-0
Tye Hackman 10-0-0
James Buckley 9-6-0
Tom Stratford-Tuke 6-1-0
Junior Points League (JPL) after 2 rounds:
Ben Barnett 9pts
Ethan Etherington 5pts
Tom Stratford-Tuke 4pts
James Buckley 3pts
Daniel Casbon 3pts
George Evans 3pts
Tye Hackman 2pts
Ben Gregoriades 1pt
We'll be showing the video taken at the match and also have some pictures of Alex during his teach-in, where he caught quite a few fish! This will be posted in the Media Zone very shortly.
The next match is the Kids 'n Dads on Richardson Lake, May 13th. Don't forget to book in!
Next JPL is June 17th on Harris Lake.