LEVAS Tom Hopewell Memorial match on the Donington lake at Rycroft
The warm weather continues, clear sunny skies with only a light breeze. The warmth and mild winds have helped to get the fish moving in the upper layers of the water, although it was difficult to catch them fishing shallow!. Some fish were also in the margins knocking the reeds etc. probably getting ready for spawning. The top three weights all featured a good number of margin caught fish.
The Donington lake lake holds 31 pegs, is well stocked, especially with the recent influx of new stock carp in the 12 ounces to pound and half fish range. The pegs and banks are also very well maintained and the margins have been clean out recently. The original stocking of carp go from 5lbs to over double figures. Most of the match weights are usually made up of carp, many double figures and over!. Obviously the recent stockies have added a new dimension of what to fish for. The numerous decent skimmers and good sized bream can boost weights when the carp aren’t feeding. This lake also had the Saturday open fished on it with two ‘Ton’ plus winning weights which probably effected the outcome of the our Sunday match, that had some low weights, and a small number of dnw’s.
Regular LEVAS club angler Les Smedley kicked of the 2018 season with this match 1 victory under his belt. Les’s weight of 48-12-0 from peg 17 was enough to clench the win by just pipping the other 40lb plus top weights. The margins produced some of the recent stockies by feeding and fishing corn on the hook. The gamble to persevere with the pellet waggler paid off by catching four decent carp around 7-8lbs to boost his winning weight.
Rob Pembridge took full advantage of a end margin to clench the second place from peg 12. After catching a few stockies on the pole out in front Rob turned his attentions to the margin towards vacant peg 13. Rob had been priming this swim by feeding pellets, and attacking it by fishing paste on the hook. This line then produced four good sized carp that bulked out his weight to 45-8-0 to secure the second placing.
Bill Peach (peg 21) also took advantage of empty pegs either side of him to catch fish in the margins. Although it was slow going sticking to the margin paid off with a decent net of 43-0-0 of carp for the third place.
Nigel Brailsford with 41-0-0 from peg 29 took the fourth place. Janet Skinner took fifth place with 37-12-0- from peg 31, and the final sixth place went to Mitchell Hoult with a level 37-0-0 from peg 2.
Next Weeks Match
Next weeks match is Soldier and Sailor AC on Barkers pond, no need to book in, just turn up around 8.30-8.45, draw a 9.00am