ECCLESFIELD #9

ECCO round  9…

With Donks and Tel, the top 2 in the league both absent, it left 10 of us to battle in this penultimate round. The weather had been warmish all week, in the Slowmovers midweek match 12lb odd had won from peg 15 along with decent back up weights. With a good colour in the water today there could be no excuses for not catching.

Draw…

The golden peg was peg 3 up the Orbison bank in the shallows, Steve Walker had a 6lb 8 target weight, this peg could also be the match winner, on its day it can throw up good stamp skimmers. I had the dregs of the bag, 23 on the church bank with Greg on 21 and organiser Dave on 25…..work mates back together again, us three use to work in the same fitting shop back in the late 70’s.

10 O’clock church bells are ringing..

Around the dam out went the pole cups depositing several quids worth of chop worm into the depths. Again I just fed the one line at 13m, baiting up with a worm head and shipping out I could see Dick Diamond already netting a good skimmer…

With in minutes I was panning a good roach of 6-7oz then another quickly followed..

On shallow p25 Dave was struggling for a bite while Greg was moving his swim as  p21 is a peg that gets allsorts of shadows/reflections, he settled on some white clear water toward p22, after awhile he too started to catch albeit small perch to begin with… then a skimmer or good roach would turn up…

Across the pond Dick Diamond on 6 and Stevie Wak on the golden peg were both catching well even though the floodlights were on full power with the sun now shining..

After a few hours catching next to nothing but setting his table…Dave eventually struck gold, I dont just mean the fantailed goldfish he landed but good skimmers…

All the while my swim kept going quiet and then…..a run of 4-5 fish with the odd one of these for good measure..

 The three of us had a great mini match on our bank, I was guestimating Greg had just shaded it from me with 10lb, me with a high 9lb odd and Dave with around 8lb…….How wrong can a man be !!

Weigh in…

Starting on the Golden peg 3……Stevie Wak needed 6lb 8 …..he battered this with a level 14lb…

next up Chiz and Barratt both had 9lb odd a piece…

Dick Diamond on 7 then stormed into the lead with 16lb 6 coming round the dam wall, 3 weights between 7-9lb odd wern’t challenging for the lead…

Onto our bank,  Gregs fish made 11lb 2….my weight was more than I forecast going 12lb 9 and Dave bagging 12lb 6……….Totally arse upwards from my guestimation.

The winner on the day none other than Dick Diamond (stage name) – Richard Willis…

Look out for this face on stage in the bars on the Costa’s this summer….Top angler and top crooner.

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I must be in a rich vein of form for drawing on some fish at the moment, grabbing 3rd place again…….a good match. Well done Rich and well done all who fished.

 

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