It was again disappointing to see so few attend this annual event, but the nine who turned out did enjoy some good sport when the sun went down. We also saw 5 new competitors who we hope will come to more Broadwater competitions and hopefully others.
Well done once more to Ben Gregoriades, who came back from a previous match blank to score an impressive 216lb 14ozs of 21 assorted mirrors and commons from peg 4 at the swimming pool end. Ben topped his catch with a 14lb 6oz mirror to finish well clear of the field.
It was a pleasure to see on of our younger competitors, Leo Tilbury, attend his first match and secure 2nd place overall with a fine 113lb 3ozs from peg 14. Leo had 10 fish and won the biggest fish prize with a 19lb 10oz common as well as top spot in his age group. Well done and I think there maybe the odd trophy coming his way after the Xmas match in December!
Third place overall went to another first timer, Ollie Sheehan, who took 8 fish for a very respectable 92lb from peg 10.
While weights where down from the previous year, everyone caught, so no blanks! Well done to all the lads fishing and hope we see you next year.
Finally, as always, I complete this report by thanking all the helpers/bailiffs, including Dave Kill, for their help and support. They are the ones who make this competition possible. Thanks also go to our sponsors, Gardner Tackle, who once more showed how much they look after the juniors with goodie bags and prizes. Steve at Apollo Angling also supported the kids with prizes and I trust when you are next in the Marsh Farm shop you’ll remember this support and spend your money wisely!
Up to 11:
Leo Tilbury 113-3-0
Ben Sheehan 42-0-0
Charlie Shepherd 26-4-0
Ellis Newnham 11-10-0
Ben Gregoriades 216-14-0
Oliver Sheehan 92-0-0
Tom Shepherd 23-8-0
Tye Hackman 19-0-0
George Evans 18-14-0
As expected, Harris Lake proved hard yet again for the six juniors who turned up. With the breeze blowing down the lake towards the road, an end draw look useful for Michael Ewing. He didn’t waste it, and gave a display of accurate method feeder fishing to take an impressive 30lb 9ozs of tench to 5lb and crucians to 2lb on 6mm hard pellet. The rest of the field could only sit it out for a bonus fish, which wasn’t forthcoming for most. Next best was George Evans who fished pole to the pads on peg 38 to take small roach, rudd and a baby crucian before landing a three and a half pound tench to take his weight to 5lb 1oz.
New recruit Monty Martin showed his keenest by really sticking with it and was rewarded with a 3lb 12oz tench near the end. Unfortunately the remainder of the field had to settle for ounces, proving once more that fishing Harris Lake can be a bit of a lottery!
Michael Ewing 30-9-0 peg 40
George Evans 5-1-0 peg 38
Monty Martin 3-12-0 peg 34
Jessica Carter 0-4-0 peg 32
Harry Franklin 0-1-0 peg 30
Sensas Junior Points League (SJPL) after 3 rounds:
Jessica Carter 9pts
Ben Gregoriades 7pts
Michael Ewing 5pts
Freddie Bacon 5pts
George Evans 4pts
Ben Barnett 4pts
Monty Martin 3pts
Sky Bacon 3pts
Tom Stratford-Tuke 2pts
Harry Franklin 1pt
Dan Norris 1pt
Next match is the Broadwater Night match on July 7th. Please make sure you book in as early as possible.
With plenty of space for the seven competitors, it would not be down to that which would spoil their day. It would be more like the hot weather which saw fish cruising just under the surface, a sure sign that feeding was not on their minds, despite previous reports of good fishing. Even so, it would be down to the area they did fancy the odd nimble!
Draw is always important on any match and last years top junior Ben Gregoriades showed his skill once more at pulling the ‘rabbit out of the hat’ with an end peg at the top of the swimming pool bank (peg 4). But it was Dan Norris on peg 12 who had the first fish, a decent size common of 11lb 1oz. Not to be denied, Ben then proceeded to take a further 5 fish for a total of 51lb 10oz, topped by an even bigger common of 11lb 14oz and an easy win. Dan did add to that first fish with another two, to register a 29lb 8oz for second place. Our young female star, Jessica Carter, usually goes for the masses of silvers present in the lake and had a stellar day weighing in a superb net of roach, rudd and perch for 15lb 10ozs for third place.
1st Ben Gregoriades 51-10-0, peg 4
2nd Dan Norris 29-8-0, peg 12
3rd Jessica Carter 15-10-0, peg 14
4th Tom Stratford-Tuke 9-13-0, peg 10
5th Ellis Newnham, 9-11-0, peg 19
Ellis Newnham 9-11-0
Ben Gregoriades 51-10-0
Jessica Carter 15-10-0
Tom Stratford-Tuke 9-13-0
Dan Norris 29-8-0
Next match is on Harris Lake on June 16th and is a points match!