Benwell takes the honours as series reaches its climax
THE last match of Carr Lane Angling Club's summer series was an exciting affair.
I thought Matty Benwell would have been streets ahead – but only ten points separated five anglers at the end of the series.
Benwell came out on top with 38 points followed by Steve Bennett and yours truly on 43 points. Steve Howard had 44 points and Shane Bennett had 48 points.
The venue for the final match in the series was Moon Lakes, Tattershall. There were strong winds on the Marsh Lake. I drew the 'kiss of death' – the golden peg 11. Benwell has had this on two occasions and has not faired well on it.
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Getting the presentation right on the long pole was a problem, so I changed to double red maggot and fished towards the middle.
I had a couple of heart-stopping moments when a near double-figured fish grabbed the maggots and would not come off the bottom. On fairly light tackle, it took its time to come to the net, but finally arrived after around 15 minutes.
At the weigh-in, the scales went down at 48.10lb for yours truly. Jamie Whitley had more carp, but did not have any bonus-sized fish. He weighed in 38.1lb.
Benwell registered 43lb. He said that if had hunted the margins earlier, he would have doubled his weight. The last one to weigh-in was Shane Bennett with 44.4lb.
So I had beaten the curse of the golden peg and also claimed my first win in the club. But I could not topple Benwell from the overall top spot in the series.
At Saltfleetby, high winds could not halt Mark Critcher's current good form. The Market Rasen man weaved his magic on peg nine. He managed to land 85.3lb.
Ricky Ward was second 54.4lb from peg one and Grimsby ace Lee Popham was third with 51.9lb from peg 19.
In another match at the same venue, John Keaton was first with 55.1lb off peg 20, closely followed by Grimsby veteran Bill Marsh with 54.6lb off peg nine. Lee Francis was third with 49.15 off peg one.
At Pasture House, Barton, Dave Birjoo had 55lb 5oz from the main lake to take the win.
In a separate match, Ian Livinsgston (80lb 10oz) beat Chris Mack (77lb 10oz) to top spot.
At Wold View, Claxby, 19 competed on the gold lake. The winner was Alex Ward with 61lb from peg 35 ahead of Scott Auty with 57lb from peg 36.
The sudden change of temperature has put some fish off feeding.
The usually reliable Tripp pond at Messingham certainly felt the change. Westlands AC were there last Sunday and it was a struggle.
You would expect the weights to be at least in the upper 50lbs bracket.
But it was a disappointing 17.4lb that won it for Dave Edwards Jnr, using his favourite method – the pellet waggler, catching up in the water from peg 11.
Next in was Graham Rouse, who was next to him on peg 10. He had a different method. Using the sliding float, he captured 16.14lb. Third was Mick Shreeve, also using the pellet waggler, from peg 12. He had 16.9lb.
The club's next match is on October 14 at Addlethorpe on the Mill lake.
The previous week, Oberon AC were in action at Messingham on the Island Pond and the fish were on a feeding frenzy. The top weight was caught by Scott Jaycock. He was on peg 24 using the bomb and pellet, and caught an impressive 102lb.