The lake looked perfect at the start, but quickly changed as the breeze began to push surface scum across the junior pegs. With no bonus fish putting in an appearance, it was those who opted for the smaller species that triumphed.
From the off, it was Freddie Bacon who set the lead, but as he slowed up later, Jessica Carter started to catch up and it proved a close thing at the end. Freddie concentrated on the pole and maggot and took a steady stream of silver bream and roach for 6lb 10ozs for a narrow win. Jessica tried for a bonus fish but when they where not forthcoming she went onto the pole with maggot or worm and started to peg back Freddie to finish just behind with 6lb 6ozs.
We had a new addition to the junior ranks with Freddie’s sister Sky joining us and nearly upstaging the more experienced juniors. Sky just concentrated on the pole and maggot and caught a lovely net of silvers and roach for 5lb 4ozs.
There were only 5 who turned out so there were no age groups, but everyone earned points in the Sensas league.
1st Freddie Bacon 6-10-0, peg 11
2nd Jessica Carter 6-6-0, peg 8
3rd Sky Bacon 5-4-0, peg 7
4th Ben Gregoriades, 1-15-0, peg 6
5th Dan Norris 1-9-0, peg 9
Sensas Junior Points League (SJPL) after 2 rounds:
Ben Gregoriades 7pts
Jessica Carter 7pts
Freddie Bacon 5pts
Ben Barnett 4pts
Sky Bacon 3pts
Tom Stratford-Tuke 2pts
Dan Norris 1pt
Next match is a Dad’s & Lad’s at Richardson Lake on May 12th
Eight pairs turned out on an unappealing day along the rugby/swimming pool bank, including a new pairing Darren and George Lamb, who were just about to start fishing, so having explained that the bank was booked I managed to absorb them into our regular group. It’s hoped they will join in more as the year progresses.
Favoured draws where in the middle of the bank and continuing their previous good fortunes of last year were Team Gregoriades, Marcus and Ben who drew pegs 12 & 13. While few caught, those that did saw only the odd fish, but Marcus and Ben managed three which was good enough on the day. It was Marcus who showed his team the way with two good fish, a 15lb 8oz mirror and a 10lb 2oz common while Ben chipped in with a lovely conditioned 12lb 3oz common. Their total weight proved good enough for the win.
Behind where the Carters, Dave and Jessica, who took a fish each for a total weight of 21lb 15oz from pegs 20/21. Best catch of the day was undoubtedly from George Evans, who netted a stunning 17lb 12oz common from peg 15. This was George PB, beating his previous by 12ozs! It was looking bleak in the low numbers until Finnley Newnham landed a welcome 6lb 13oz common from peg 7. Bringing up the rear, with a face-saving catch of 2 roach, were the normally reliable Team Ewing. I’m sure they’ll do better next time!
Dads & Lads Pairs:
Marcus & Ben Gregoriades 37-13-0, pegs 12/13
David & Jessica Carter 21-15-0, pegs 20/21
John & George Evans 17-12-0, pegs 18/19
Roger & Finnley Newnham 6-13-0, peg 7
Dave & Michael Ewing 0-3-0, peg 14
Next match is at Bramley on April 21st – This is a Sensas junior points match.
What a rotten day for the 4 who braved freezing temperatures and snow flurries! Their reward was to catch and not blank, plus they all earned points on this first 2018 Sensas Points League.
With a strong north easterly wind, all pegs where on the roadside bank for added protection and last year’s top junior picked up from where he left off. Drawn on peg 13, Ben Gregoriades had a couple of tench, a crucian and some nice roach for a winning 7lb 5oz. Not too far behind was Ben Barnett, who didn’t follow advice and used a method feeder and maggot for 3 tench and a crucian for 6lb 3oz. That’s one up for Ben!
Third place, with a handful of roach and a crucian, for 3lb 8ozs. Two of the roach were crackers and would grace any fishery (see pic).
The match was eventually cut short at 1 o’clock as all the competitors were on the verge of ‘frostbite’, but deserve great credit for sticking it out for so long in poor conditions. Well done everyone.
As there were only 4 fishing, no age groups applied.
1st Ben Gregoriades 7-5-0, peg 13.
2nd Ben Barnett 6-3-0, peg 14.
3rd Jessica Carter 3-8-0, peg 15.
4th Tom Stratford-Tuke 0-1-0, peg 12.
Sensas Junior Points League (SJPL) after 1 round:
Ben Gregoriades 5pt
Ben Barnett 4pts
Jessica Carter 3pts
Tom Stratford-Tuke 2pts
Next match is a Dad’s & Lad’s at Broadwater on March 31st