Davies wins exciting battle for top spot
I WAS at Saltfleetby last week and witnessed an extraordinary battle between three anglers.
On peg six was Bryn Davies, who has been in good form at the venue. He was not happy with his peg and thought it would be a struggle. He decided not to set up a feeder rod and concentrated on the pole.
On peg 11 was Nathan Underwood. He was fishing behind the island and had some space each side. He also had some ripple on the water.
Then, on the 'golden peg', was an angler well-known nationally, Nathan Watson, who is recovering from a road accident and is still on crutches.
Watson opted to fish up in the water and he was soon getting the carp coming to his bait. But they had a mad burst, then seemed to stop feeding.
An interesting competition was unfolding between Underwood and Davies. Watson was catching more fish, but they were mainly on the smaller side.
While Davies was fishing close to the reeds and getting bigger fish on meat and corn, Watson did start to catch again and, later on, he went around the margins and found the larger carp.
One of his friends, Pete Helsdown, was not catching. Then, for the last two hours, he pulled more than 70lb into his net.
However, this would be too late to catch up with Underwood and Davies – they were having a right battle.
Underwood was catching with nearly every cast, but they were smaller fish.
Davies then struggled a bit – but he still had a good weight in his net already.
Then, on the last two put-ins, Davies had two very good fish.
At the weigh-in, Helsdown managed third with 76.3lb. Then it was Davies' turn – the scales went round to 103lb. Underwood then weighed in with 91lb – not enough. Watson had just over 70lb, so it was Davies' day again.
The latest information on Pasture House Fisheries is that it has not been sold yet. So, presently, it is a members only venue and costs £20 for four months. This entitles you to go to the pond and also fish the matches. The renewal is due at the end of November.
Old Clee AC were in action last Saturday.
They fished the Keadby Canal at the basin stretch and it was clear, making fishing difficult. In fact, a total of just 29lb was caught by the 20 anglers.
The winner, who had nearly half the total weight of all the anglers, was Neil McCloud, with 10.3lb from peg 23.