The first two weekends of the river season have held mixed fortunes for me. In a lot of ways, the season couldn’t have got off to a worse start as on my first two matches on the River Avon my combined weight was only 1-6-0!
To be fair, I did draw two of the worst pegs on the match length, and due to a distinct lack of bites on my small fish lines I was forced to sit it out for big fish, which never put in an appearance.
It wouldn’t have been so bad, but the second of these matches was the qualifier for the Match Fishing Team Championship, which I fished with my Fox Match Trentmen team. My second to last in section, along with a couple of other very poor results saw us take one of the most prominent positions on the results board…stone last!
Fortunately, the other Fox Match Trentmen team faired much better, winning the qualifier, so well done to Rob Perkins, Derek Hornett, Jason Scrivener, Adrian Higginbottom and Dean Cherrington who will be fishing the final in August.
I am now responsible for writing the match reports for the Evesham matches, and thought it only appropriate to ask team captain Rob Perkins what he felt his key decisions were that helped the team to victory. “The main thing I think I did right today was putting you in the other team” he replied. For a man who looks like a cross between Pythagoras and Bill Bailey, he really is very witty at times!
Fortunately, this weekend saw me fair much better. On Saturday I drew peg 35, the famous confluence with the River Isbourne. A nice days waggler fishing saw me weigh in 6-11-0 of mainly perch, with a chunky 2lb chub thrown in for good measure. It really was one of the most enjoyable days fishing that I have ever had. It was also good enough for fifth overall on the 78 peg match, and bagged me a handy £125 pick up!
I thought that my good luck had ran out soon after the match however, as I couldn’t find my wallet anywhere. I remembered taking out of my bib and brace pocket and putting it on top of the van… but I didn’t remember picking it back up!
After an extensive search, I resigned myself to the fact that I had lost it. I was lying on my bed in the hotel room in a depressed state, when my mate Rob South rang to say that Steve Royle had found my wallet in the middle of the car park, but didn’t have my number! Maybe my good luck hadn’t run out!
I didn’t really fancy my draw on Sundays match, I found myself on peg 61, one of the deepest pegs on the match length. That said, it can be good for eels, so I decided to base my attack around fishing long pole with chopped worms and casters. A 4g Cralusso Torpedo was duly employed to help me keep the bait as still as possible, and despite an awkward wind at times I managed to fish at 14.5 metres for most of the day.
I was surprised and very pleased when my five eels went 4-4-0, which was good enough for fifth in the match once again. I was even happier when I found out that the first three anglers didn’t go in the super pool, so not only did I collect money for coming 5th overall, but also came second in the super pool! My partner in crime, Matt Godfrey won his section as well, so all in all it was a very successful weekend.
I can’t wait to get back on the river next weekend and see if my good luck holds out!