Portland Waters – 5th November 2017

Kingfisher & Buzzard Pools   (White Rose Bowl)

  1. Mark Baker       48lb  9oz
  2. Colin Elliott       25lb 14oz
  3. Nic Wort            24lb  4oz

With the RoTAS Summer League almost over, and the weather starting to cool down, this match wasn’t going to be easy. Reports had suggested that Buzzard was the lake to be on, so Mark Baker’s heart sunk when he drew Kingfisher peg 6, especially with Barry Stokes drawing the flier, peg 10 on Buzzard, to contest the Knock-Out cup. But, with a change of wind and fortunes for Mark, the fish were in front of him and Barry had very few to fish for.

Mark opted to use winter tactics of fishing across and dobbing with bread, going on to gain a comfortable victory in both the match itself and also the KO Cup. Colin Elliott had similar fortune to Mark as all the fish had moved onto the back of the wind and were sat to Colin’s right on Buzzard pool, peg 17. So he just picked fish off all day on the tip for team Scotland, netting 25lb 14oz for first on the lake and second overall. League leader, Nic Wort, drew the next peg to Mark Baker (Kingfisher peg 4) in an unfancied area. But he managed to take 3rd place in the match, weighing in 24lb 4oz to seal the League trophy for the first time. Greg Chapman claimed 4th spot in the match with 23lb 6oz from Kingfisher peg 9, and also won Section 1. Although he may have lost out to Mark in the KO Cup, Barry Stokes finished up winning Section 2 with 7lb 14oz – and also claiming the Mystery Weight prize!

All the main trophies have now been decided apart from the Pairs Cup. Ray Walker & Charlotte Baker are currently leading Nic Wort and Ian Farrow by the narrowest of margins, with just 6 points being the difference. This battle is to be concluded on Canal Pool at Portland in the final match of the season.

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