Angling: Practice makes perfect as Hutson's dedication pays off in style
TOP fly angler Andrew Hutson has been doing well on the coarse fishing scene – and continued his good form at Addlethorpe, near Skegness.
Hutson has teamed-up with well-known commercial expert Tim Chapman.
The pair headed off to the Novartis Angling Club's match on the Square Lake.
They travelled down prior to the match to test the water and see which methods worked.
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Hutson has found the knack of fishing up in the water and usually, after around 20 minutes, manages to get the fish to come up to his baits.
On his practice session, he worked his magic and managed to get 120lb of fish out – a mixture of carp and chub. All the fish falling for the pellet, fished shallow.
Chapman, meanwhile, was fishing down the edge, on his favourite method using the paste.
It would be fair to say that the cold weather has halted paste fishing somewhat this year.
In past seasons, the water would have started to warm in May and the fish would be feeding at an alarming rate and that is when the paste comes into its own.
But with the water temperature still being very low due to the amount of rain water that we have had, the paste has not had the same effect.
However, on the day, Chapman located some of the bigger fish in the lake and finished up with 70lb.
So, would all this hard work pay off in the actual match? We all know it is a different story – more anglers around the pond can have a strange effect on the fishing.
Hutson went straight away onto the shallow pellet, varying his depths, firing in catapult pouches of pellets. Again it was a good 20 minutes before the first indication and then there was no stopping him.
He managed to catch chub and carp most of the day. Hutson even had a nice 12lb carp which pulled out the elastic at a fair pace.
At the end of the match he was in first place with a 72lb catch.
This was nearly double what the next angler had – Wayne Childs had 36.14lb. These were all carp caught on meat down the margins.
Andy Smith was third with 28.9lb, again carp caught on meat.
The club's next match is at Tripp Pond at Messingham.
Over at Saltfleetby, they had very good weights once again. The match was back on the Island Pond. Fishing from peg 12 on the pole, Mumby angler Mathew Hugill had a smashing weight of 71.10lb.
The ever-present Market Rasen angler Mark Critcher was second from peg 20 with 53.8lb. He used various methods for a total weight of 53.8lb. Then it was Mally Frost with 43.4lb off peg 16.
This week's match is on the Island lake tomorrow, and the Thursday match is on Kingfisher lake.
At Wold View, the cold water did have an effect of the fishing, but it did improve over the weekend – the best weights being on the bank holiday Monday.
All the matches were on the Gold lake and the fish seem to be still in winter mode with them all shoaling up . It is all down to where you draw at the moment.
Chris Legdon was top man on the Saturday from peg 35 with a total weight of 24.4lb. That was exceptional considering an angler of Brian Tuck's quality, who was on peg 19, failing to get a bite all match. Next was Gaz Godfrey fishing off peg 18, he had 24lb. Third was Roger Bryant with 22lb off peg 31.
On the Sunday, it was back to gold.
Grimsby top all-round angler Bill Sheppard showed the way with 41lb off peg 17. Next was Neil Spence with 28lb off peg 1. Hull-based angler Chris Mack had 21lb off peg 10.
Then on the Monday it was an extra open match due to the Bank Holiday and it fished fairly well with most anglers catching around the 20lb mark.
Top local match angler Dave Mountford continued his recent good run of form with an impressive display of fishing the bomb off peg 17. He finished up with 42lb. Ian Marshall, who likes to be around the 20 peg mark, was lucky enough to get number 19 and he finished up 39lb. Third was Danny Croft with 36lb off peg 26.
This weekend the Carr Lane Club are at Merry's at Messingham.
The pond has been fishing very well, so we are hoping for a decent match. Can match secretaries please let me have your results. I cannot put the results in if I do not receive them.