Match report for the Soldiers AC and LEVAS club match at Hacketts
The main lake on the Hacketts fishery near Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham hosted this latest LEVAS and Soldiers and Sailors AC joint club match. A lower than expected turnout of only 20 anglers drew for their pegs, which were all on the far bank. Most anglers took advantage of the fishery’s own transport to move their fishing tackle nearer to their pegs. The venue fished harder than expected with some quite low weights in the areas that was expected to produce the framing weights.
The worlds weather reports have been dominated by Hurricane Irma heading towards the west coast of Florida, already having a devastating impact on 10 Caribbean country’s and Territories. Bad weather had been forecast with wind and rain in the afternoon, but obviously not on the scale of any Hurricanes.
The far bank pegs give more shelter from the weather, so these pegs were used. Very luckily for us the bad weather didn’t really materialise. The day’s weather actually turned out to be blustery winds and only the occasional very light rain.
The overnight temperatures have dropped slightly as in tune with early September, this may have been the reason for the majority of the low weights.
Hacketts lakes are at Adbolton land, Holme PierrePont near Nottingham, and comprises of two lakes. Some good sized carp are stocked in the lakes which are now over 10 years old. The main lake has also a good head of skimmer bream, which generally are around the 1-2lbs size. Weights of bream in excess of 50lbs have won the Wednesday open matches.
On matches where all fish count you really have to go for the carp to stand any chance of winning. In the winter matches the bream do feature more in the weights, with two or three bonus carp, or less, clenching it.
Keith White who as had some good results on this venue took a storming lead with around 30lb in the net in the first hour. The feeder and pellet bait which had the initial devastating effect slowed till the fish totally disappeared. Keith’s 57-2-0 recorded by the scalesman from peg 43 was more than enough for a clear win.
Bill Peach who also has had some good results on this venue took the second place from peg 49. The 5 carp and some skimmers pushed the scales round to a level 32-0-0, enough for the second position. Generally this area in the bay is not really the best place to be, but on the day it turned up some fish. The pellet feeder fished at distance took 3 carp, and Bill caught another 2 carp on the bomb and pellet line later in the match.
On adjacent peg 48 ‘yours truely’ took the third place with 3 carp and 6 skimmers for 26-12-0. I had a bit of a nightmare of a match losing the first carp after getting it most of the way back from a long chuck on the pellet feeder.
Another 2 carp and the 6 skimmers followed over next few hours on the same method. In the last 1/2 hour I fished the pellet waggler, and got broke off in two consecutive casts. Pure bad angling!. After that problem was sorted I managed to land a decent carp. With only five minutes to go another was hooked and played carefully while the whistle went. Unfortunately the hook pulled out while I was playing it in front of me, not happy!.
Peg 5 produced the fourth place with 24-0-0 for Les Smedley comprising of 2 carp and skimmers. Neil Stevenson took fifth with 23-4-0 of carp and skimmers from peg 44. The sixth place went to Steve Talbot who fished the pole for 3 carp that weighed 21-14-0.
Next Weeks Match
We are back at Makins on Lake 2 next week, names to Dave Kent please.