Practice makes perfect, they say, but those who were predicting weights of ide topping 100lbs in the Green Un/Daiwa Club Match Angler Championship after enjoying brilliant sport in the build-up on this superb venue were in for a big shock.
Heavy rain in the 48 hours leading up to the final resulted in a sudden rise in water levels and a sharp drop in the water temperature.
Everyone’s game plan flew straight out of the window as the resident shoals of ide proved reluctant feeders.
Suddenly it was a case of carp or bust and even they were proving difficult to tempt.
Most struggled in the early stages but a tip from Westwoodside Coarse Fishery manager Dave Taylor put Vic Molyneux on the road to victory. Mentioning he’d recently slipped into a slightly deeper hole quite close in on Peg 16 and got a soaking while doing a spot of fishery maintenance was just the heads-up Molyneux, known to his mates as ‘Marra’, needed.
Careful plumbing revealed a depression just 3 metres out in front of his platform which he then fed with 6mm cubes of luncheon meat.
In a purple hour he netted well over 60lbs of immaculate hard-fighting common carp, the biggest pushing double figures, and from then on the 33-year-old HGV driver, who qualified with Houghton Main, was uncatchable as he racked up his biggest match win to date.
1. Vic Molyneux 130-10 (Daiwa tackle to the value of £675 plus £200)
2. Steve Foster 53-8 (Daiwa tackle to the value of £615 plus £120)
3. Pete Dawson 51-7 (Daiwa tackle to the value of £540 plus £80)
4. Warren Loosemoor 46-14 (Daiwa tackle to the value of £450)
5. Simon Bradshaw 37-5 (Daiwa tackle to the value of £300)
Section Winners: Johno Turton, Mark Bows, Dave Patrickson (Daiwa Airity Cool Bags).