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Winter League - Firt Tree - Fir Water -21/10/17
 
Report kindly compiled by Adam Hill Adam
   

The third match of this year's POHAS Winter league saw us grace Fir Tree Fishery with our presence.
In the run up to this match we were all keeping a very close eye on the weather forecasts with “Storm Brian” threatening to make fishing problematic and members were advised to prepare for the expected adverse conditions. All things considered, today we had a really good turnout of sixteen hardy anglers and following the usual pre-match rituals it was time for the draw, a little earlier than usual at 8:20am.
As Fir Water has 40 pegs, it made pegging it for 16 awkward, so after a quick discussion between us all, the preferred option was to ‘peg-one-miss-one’ and luck of the draw if people benefited from extra empty pegs. With the weather expected to deteriorate throughout the day, we also suggested a slightly earlier ‘all in’ of 9:45am, which again, everyone was in favour of.
The beauty of this lake is that if the Carp don’t feed, there’s a massive head of silvers, which can help build up a good weight, making it a fantastic venue year-round. In light of the conditions, there were plenty of fish caught with several 30lb & 40lb back up weights, not to be sniffed at in the atrocious wind and rain we experienced.
Today's winner was Adam Hill (well done Ad - Ed) with 77lb 1oz, well done to Dave Newton in second with a superb weight of 63lb 2oz and Mick Astbury narrowly behind him in third with a great net of fish for 60lb 14oz.
I suppose I should give a quick de-brief of my tactics.
Apart from two or three down the side at the end, I caught all my fish on double maggot fishing shallow between 10-24 inches deep. It was one a chuck for the first 3½ hours before it began to slow down, likely due to the wind getting stronger and me struggling to loose feed as accurately. My overall weight consisted of 52lb 9oz of Ide, with the remainder made up of 24lb 8oz of small Carp and F1’s.
Our recipient of Golden Peg today was Dave Hughes and unfortunately the curse continued – hard luck Dave! Also commiserations to John Osborne and Jim Bates who both suffered from keepnets being blown in after the ‘all out’, never to be seen again. They will make awful snags… Finally, hats off to all who fished today's match in extremely tough and testing conditions. Hopefully everyone’s gear has dried out in time for our next match in 2 weeks time (Saturday 4th November) at Hall Lane Fishery where we will fish Merlin’s Pool. See you all there!


 

 
Name
Peg
Weight
Position
   
lbs
Oz
Drms
 
Adam Hill 10 77 1 0 1
Dave Newton
36
63
2
0
2
Mick Astbury
8
60
14
0
3
Rob Healey
6
49
9
0
4
Mark Davies
12
48
6
0
5
Mark Whiteside
18
37
12
0
6
James Bryan
22
37
9
0
7
Neil Davies
2
32
9
0
8
Dave Hunt
16
22
6
0
9
Ken Whibley
20
18
3
0
10
John Osborne
30
14
11
0
11
Neil Pritchard 34 12 1 0 12
Phil Morris 32 7 0 0 13
Mike Lewis 38 6 14 0 14
Dave Hughes 24 5 2 0 15
Jim Bates 4 DNW . . 16

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