- Phil Johnson 80lb 4oz
- Andy Patton 69lb 3oz
- Colin Elliott 55lb 3oz
A total of 23 Radcliffe warriors turned out for this match at Hacketts’ Big Lake, with the venue having been swapped from the unfishable Grantham Canal. Early indications were that a lot of the resident carp were holed up in the top bay. For the first time, we had pegs all along the roadside and across the top bank, so attitudes were looking positive and there were hopes for a good day’s fishing.
At the draw, Nick Martin drew favoured peg 31, along the top bank. Meanwhile, Mark Baker (who had said that he’d ideally like peg 14, in the main basin) surprised everyone (not really) as his luck came through and he drew 14!
As the match kicked off (on time), early indications were that the pegs in the top bay were producing some good early fish as expected. Phil Johnson (on peg 26) found some nice lumps down the side, fishing paste. Andrew Patton (on peg 25) also found some early fish, fishing the waggler and a short feeder line.
By the end of the match, Mark Baker had finally found some fish in the main basin and the lads along the top bank were now all steadily catching carp. The match finished with Phil Johnson taking 1st place with an impressive weight of 80lb 4oz, followed by Andrew Patton who came in 2nd weighing 69lb 3oz. Third place eventually went to Colin Elliott, who pipped Mark Baker to the post by 3oz, finishing with a total weight of 55lb 3oz.
Angler of the day went to Phil Johnson – nice to see the old dog’s still got it!