Summerhayes – Open – 29th March 2024

For Good Friday and the start of the long weekend, we were back at Summerhayes and it was on Longs. 13 fishing today and when Pete announced the draw I was second on the list and pulled out peg 36. Not where I wanted to be, it’s by an aerator and a peg I can never seem to get to grips with.

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Whilst setting up, the pond was flat calm but I’ve long since given up on believing it would stay that way!

The usual rigs were assembled and the side tray had a very familiar look to it today! On the whistle I fed some micros on two lines and pinged a few maggots across. First drop in on over the micros with a 4mm expander, a positive bite saw lots of number six elastic come out before I netted a nice 12oz skimbob to get off to a great start.

I had a couple more over the remainder of the first hour but already, Roy over on peg 10 was starting to motor and has really got this pellet fishing sorted. My bites were tailing off so I tried maggot over the micros and managed a few more fish but was going nowhere fast. I couldn’t resist having a look across but of course the wind decided it was going to blow off us off the bank again!

Hollywood was the next peg on my right and had been catching carp for most of the match, Roy was still bagging and apparently, Alex down on peg 17 had also been catching silvers well.

At one stage I looked down the lake and could see Nick’s brolly had turned into a satellite dish and then just to add to the fun, we had hailstones the size of golf balls! I was getting the odd roach (and of course carp) across but only had one skimmer and knew I wouldn’t be troubling the frame today.

To be honest I wasn’t too upset to hear the whistle, I’m just not getting it right at the moment and confusing myself with maggots, pellets, micros and groundbait. Basically I’m disappearing up my own bottom every match while Roy ‘The Pellet Master’, Toby ‘The Micros Magician’ and Alex ‘The Maggot Maestro’ have all got there preferred methods sorted and are the men to beat on silvers at Summerhayes at the moment.

We weighed me first, my silvers went a disappointing 6lb 2oz and I had 18lb 3oz of carp, Oscar on peg 3 had 22lb 14oz, Tom R was the early leader with 50lb 9oz on peg 7 and then Roy plonked an excellent 21lb 11oz of skimmers in the weigh bucket.

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Roy won again with an impressive 21lb 11oz of skimmers

Big Bad Bob on 12 had 21lb 10oz of carp, Heardy weighed 66lb on peg 14 including an eel of 1lb 9oz. Alex was next and had another cracking net of silvers for 19lb 9oz, he’d also caught a big snake and kindly wrestled with it for the camera! Dave B had 9lb 1oz on 19, Mark Leahy then went into second place with 66lb 7oz and Nick had chucked back on 28.

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Alex ‘The Snake Charmer’ was second in the silvers with 19lb 9oz

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Mark Leahy was second with 66lb 7oz

Kev O weighed 25lb 15oz, Rog C on 32 had 19lb 13oz and then Hollywood weighed 91lb 9oz for a comfortable win.

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Hollywood earned some more sunbed tokens with a match winning 91lb 9oz

1 – Ian Williams (Summerhayes) – 91lb 9oz
2 – Mark Leahy (Summerhayes) – 66lb 7oz

1 – Roy Hughes (Summerhayes) – 21lb 11oz
2 – Alex Kerr (Summerhayes) – 19lb 9oz

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Nick and me added £6 each to the Nugget-O-Meter for the last few matches and the total now stands at £119.

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