Canal Pool (Fur & Feather)
- Dave Burton 100lb 10oz
- Rick Smith 29lb 13oz
- Steve Rutter 25lb 10oz
With the Fur & Feather concluding the RoTAS Summer League, and with pretty much everything won, this match seemed likely to be almost a dead rubber for the 22 hardy anglers who attended the Portland venue, with just the lower places and the Pairs Cup left to be decided.
With a hard frost overnight, fishing was always going to be hard today with the fish now in winter mode and holed up on the usual pegs. Dave Burton was thankful that all the other anglers had left him peg 24 in the bag, which has good winter form for fish balling on it. Right from the off Dave was catching good size carp and continued all day, dobbing bread, chasing carp up and down the far margin for a convincing win – weighing in a massive 100lb 10oz. Rick Smith drew peg 13 on the ‘cyanide straight’, but caught a respectable 29lb 13oz for second place in the match. Meanwhile, Steve Rutter was on peg 25 and made a great recovery in the afternoon after losing several fish in the morning, earning him 3rd place with 25lb 10oz.
Bernard Robinson was 4th overall and also won Section 2 from peg 18, weighing in with 23lb 10oz after a frustrating day losing quite a few fish in the sticks and round the aerator. Phil Johnson finished up in 5th place, and won Section 1 from peg 8 after landing a huge carp of 13lb 4oz, just 1oz short of the best carp caught this year – set by John Farrow at Barston. Josh Derry won the Mystery Weight prize AGAIN, from peg 19 with 7lb 4oz – enough to earn him 7th place overall in the match.
Nick Wort came 6th on the day with 14lb 7oz, while Ray Walker could only manage 4oz for 15th place. So Nick Wort and Ian Farrow win the Pairs Cup by 7 points over Charlotte Baker and Ray Walker. Six anglers blanked today; Mike Atherton would have avoided this if he had hit the target when attempting to throw a gudgeon in his keepnet, but missed!!