Match report for Soldiers and Sailors Annual match on the Kingfisher at Beechwood Park
This latest Soldiers and Sailors Annual match attracted a turn out of 20 anglers on the popular Kingfisher lake at Beechwood near Elvaston Park. The lake fished really well with most anglers catching good numbers of carp.
This very popular and well known Beechwood Park complex comprises of six lakes. The largest on the complex is the Kingfisher and also holds 40 pegs, very suitable for larger club matches. A large central island exists with the width across to the island varying anywhere from 11 to 18 metres. This makes the Kingfisher lake very versatile and open to using a variety of fishing methods.
Unfortunately because of the recent hot weather and also some thundery conditions the Kingfisher has suffered from lack of oxygen in the water, the same as a lot of commercial waters in this area. Although the water levels are very low the carp seem to have recovered and they were fighting fit!.
Last weekend’s wet and windy weather has disappeared and the hot dry weather has now returned. Sunny skies, very little wind and 28-30C temperatures.
Last weeks winner Paul Richardson continues his good form with another win under his belt from peg 2.
Some fish were showing on the far bank’s shallow water to Paul’s left, this is where he targeted them with a small feeder. His catch rate continued for the first half of the match to place 40-50lbs of 2-3lb sized carp in his nets.
After priming his left and right margin swims with micros and dead maggots Paul continued to catch. Using two worms on the hook attracted some of the better sized carp from both margins swims, especially during the last hour of the match.
When the scales arrived Paul’s 141-12-0 was more than enough for a clear win.
Les Smedley took the second place with another excellent ‘ton plus’ weight of 104-8-0 from peg 37. Les had a very simple match catching steady all day using seven sections of pole and paste hookbait.
John Adamson completed the top three ‘ton plus’ weights from peg 12, three different banks produced the top three weights!. I believe John caught mostly on paste amassing another excellent weight of 100-6-0
Rob Pembridge took fourth with 86-2-0 from peg 10, and ‘yours truely’ filled fifth place with 81-10-0 from peg 38. The final sixth places went to Paul Marriott (peg 19) and Malc Munn (peg 32) both with 65-12-0.
Next Weeks Match
It’s an LEVAS match next week on the Lilly at Aston Park lakes.