|Peg 128, full of fish|
First chuck I've had a minnow and then had a small roach on caster and I was up and running, I was feeding hemp, casters and maggots to my left and getting a bite every put in although quite a few were minnows. After the first hour I had 23 fish (plus minnows), mainly roach from 1-3oz with a few small dace. Just after the first hour ended, Steve turned up and he'd admitted defeat, paid me a pound before heading off for an early bath.
The second hour was better and I wasn't getting as many minnows, I added another 31 fish including a couple of clonking roach and was looking at doing a decent weight. I was getting the odd gudgeon as well which made trying to estimate my weight difficult but I guessed the fish were averaging 2oz apiece which meant I probably had getting on for 6-7lb already. I kept expecting the swim to slow but if anything it was getting stronger and I had 40 fish in the third hour including quite a few gudgeon plus some quality dace.
|I was catching quite a few gudgeon|
I had the scales again so packed up and walked down to weigh Bruce in, he said he'd struggled but still put 14lb 4oz of quality roach, dace and chublets in the weigh sling, I hoped I had a little more but would have to wait and see. I gave Bruce a hand with his gear back to my peg and pulled my net out and was pleased when the needle settled on 19lb 14oz, my best river weight of the year so far. As we walked back to the cars we met Rob who'd also had a cracking day putting 12lb 10oz on the scales. Bob Hammond had caught 3lb 6oz in 124 but had lost a few as well and with Steve probably in the bath by now, I'd won and picked up £40.
|Bruce had a lovely net of fish weighing 14lb 4oz|
|19lb 14oz, my best catch on the river this year|
1 - Jamie Rich (Against Men and Fish/Burt Baits) - 19lb 14oz
2 - Bruce Hunt (Tiverton) - 14lb 4oz
3 - Robin Cox (Ilminster) - 12lb 10oz
After five matches and dropping the worst result, the league looks like this,
Jamie Rich - 5 pts
Bruce Hunt - 7 pts
Robin Cox - 7 pts
I thought we had a river match next week but that's it until next year so my next few matches will hopefully be at Summerhayes.
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