So after fishing every match out of the 21 this year for
Dawley Angling society seniors and coming 1st 4 times and was in the top 5 16
times it came down to a 3 point lead for myself against Elliot the 6 time
league winner. Knowing it was a river match I knew I would have to step up my
game as Elliot has way more river experience. I almost thought I had no chance
but due to high river levels the match was moved to stitchley top pool. This is
where I thought I was now in the r unning again,
after spending all night preparing rigs and bait for the new venue and not
sleeping a wink all night I knew today was judgement day. Draw time come Elliot
drew peg 7 and I drew peg 11 which I knew this was a good peg for skimmers I
was happy with the draw. So I decided to fish 11 meters out on the pole which
was a good 12ft deep setting up a 1gr float with 0.11 mainline to an 0.8 hook
length to a size 18 hook. The bait for the day was bait tech pro natural and
pro natural dark with a 50-50 mix and to this I added chopped worm and caster
with worm being my chosen hook bait. Time for the all in after a very slow
first half hour myself and Elliot was having duel with a fish a chuck each all
was going well until I broke my number 5 section of my pole Aaarrggghhh.....
I decided to chuck a small feeder over the top of the area of where I had been fishing while tried to do a quick bodge repair job on my pole. After telescoping and taping it together hoping it would get me through to the end, I managed to get back out on the pole again and was back at it almost matching every one of Elliot's fish until the last half hour when my swim went quiet and only having two small roach I could see Elliot was still having 1 a chuck and they were getting bigger and better fish. Weigh in time come and I was hoping what I'd done was enough, I knew it was going to be very close. Elliot come first with 19lb 1oz and I come 4th with 11lb 8oz.... yes you've guessed it, it was a draw with 240 points each which I'm told is a Dawley Angling society first as far as they know with me having 4 wins and Elliot having 2 wins i take the title i am also told there has never been a draw on points, I was also told it hadn't been won by a rookie either 😊 . I have achieved my goal from last year I wanted to be in the top 3 I took it and got 1st so bonus!!
Next year I'm going to relax and enjoy my fishing more regardless of the outcome.
I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout the year with extra special thanks to Jon Portman Scott Doodson Stephen Brennan Bryn Lamb for helping me with the transition from juniors to seniors I couldn't have done it without all your help and advice and support.
Today I've been to high Hayes farm fishery. I've drawn peg 22 on lake 2.
At the start I've started short on chopped worm and caster which resulted in nothing,I've then chucked out a method feeder and caught steadily on that all day
At the weigh in I've weighed 59lb 10oz which has got me third in the match so not a bad day
Well done to my dad on winning the match with 81lb 3oz