MATCHDAY MEMORIES by Andy Reed
As the days get longer & hotter it seems, there is nothing better than getting down in front a pond or river, & spending sometime enjoying the world around us as we go fishing.
Not everyone likes competition fishing, & I understand that, but there is nothing like that " BUZZ " of pitting your wits against a fellow angler.
Anyway enough of that poetic dribble, lets get down to business.
As many of you may know, we are not fishing proper matches for points or trophies, this years Covid lockdown messed that up " BIG TIME " .
So those that wanted to fish some sort of competition, we decided to fish some of the away matches for fun.
Yes, we still paid in pools money along with a day ticket fee, & hoped that we could win some money, but didn't take it seriously to be honest.
To date we have had 3 away matches, one at Sumners Fishery, one at Witherington Farm & one at Henfold lakes.
The turn out has dropped in numbers, but the matches have still been enjoyable.
At Ribbons pond ( Sumners ) the top 3 were as follows :-
1st Kris Collins 31lbs - 0oz,
2nd Graham Potter 18lbs - 8oz,
3rd John Clarke 17lbs - 8oz
On to the next match which was the drawn pairs at Witherington Farm nr Salisbury.
It fished hard in places.........Especially mine !!!.
The winning pair were :-
Will Abernethy & George Brickwood with a total weight of 139lbs - 6oz, & the runners up were Pete Lemon &Tony Bowell with 102lbs - 11oz.
As we were not fishing for Trophies, I bought a couple of Catchy Baits caps for the winners & mugs for the runners up.
On to the last match which was a new venue called Henfold lakes Nr Dorking in Surrey.
Although it looked a reasonable venue, it fished really hard & only a few carp were caught along with some silver fish.
The top 3 were as follows :-
1st Kris Collins with 12lbs - 11oz,
2nd Andy Reed with 11lbs - 7oz, & the
3rd George Brickwood with 10lbs - 2oz.
The next match is a club one this Saturday on the top pond at Nyewood, this is because we didn't have a big turn out, so I left the bottom pond to the members. I will report on this next month.
We are now only a week away from the next round of the Angling Times SuperCup Competition.
The guys are raring to go with the hope & belief we can make it to the finals in September.
Its a bit of a journey next week, as we have to travel to a venue called PUDDLEDOCK in Essex, so fingers crossed we can do it !
We have a match against the Old Windsor A/C the following day ( 9th Aug ) & at the moment we only have 7 wanting to go, we could do with another 7 if possible, so if you fancy fishing the Thames let me know by Tues 4th August.
Its an early start with a 7.15 am draw & fish from 9.15am to 2.15pm.
Finally the 22nd of August is the Junior/fun day match at Nyewood.
I would like as many of the match group to be there to help out & to loan some of the keepnets, as some of the youngsters dont have any, as this will be their first time at fishing.
please let either me or Shaun Ireland know if can help out.
Until next time... "Tight lines"