WEATHERING THE STORM by Andy Reed
As the title depicts, the weather has had a great affect on the recent matches. The first match was the Feeder Only Match at Nyewood on the top pond.
19 members took part & were evenly spaced out over the pond. Wet & windy weather never makes for a good match, as presentation is very difficult & bites can often be missed. Several of those fishing sadly didn't catch & most of the weights were down from what we know Nyewood can usually produce.
At the end of the day, Paul Etherington won the match with a weight of 46lbs - 1oz, second was Will Abernethy with 34lbs - 10oz , & third was Chris Knight with 23lbs - 1oz.
Although we were not involved, the Charity match event that was held at Nyewood was a great success & thanks must go to the Etherington family for arranging a great event, thanks to all those who donated raffle prizes, & all the helpers that were there on the day, because without them these events don't go ahead.
The next match was the Float Only Match at Harting Combe.
Again in difficult conditions 14 members braved the weather to compete in the competition. His practice paid off as Jim ( Holiday Fund ) Stevens won the match with a weight of 34lbs - 15oz with a good bag of mainly big Bream. Second was Graham Potter with 21lbs - 11oz, & third was Kris Collins with 18lbs - 9oz.
The next match on the fixtures was to be the first away match at Pondwood Fishery. Sadly due to the covid situation, I wasn't able to confirm the booking & as I could not contact the fishery the match was cancelled.
I have been able to re-arrange this match for the 20th of June, & the times are as listed in the handbook. The match is fully booked, so you can see how popular the away matches are. I am going to try to arrange another match for the 13th of June, if I can find another venue thats available.
I also have to inform you all that the Harry Lemon Memorial at Nyewood has been cancelled, so the bottom pond will be open as normal,
Can I ask ALL members to check their handbooks and website to see when matches are taking place on our waters, as this will prevent disappointment for any members wishing to fish the waters.
Please remember when visiting Nyewood Ponds to park sensibly and not to block any of the campers vehicles.
Till next time......... Tight Lines Andy