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The last qualifying match of the Evening League

The last qualifying match of the Evening League was fished at Heybridge Basin on Friday, with another poor turnout, which was a pity as the average weight of fish caught was 5lbs. There were no new qualifiers for the final. 

1st Dave Smith 6lbs 4oz
2nd Andy Stebbing 5lbs 10oz
3rd Chris Dyall 5lbs 8oz 

A total of 25lbs 14oz of fish were landed, with one Perch over a pound. 

The ten qualifiers for the final are:

Mark Campion, Chris Dyall, Andy Stebbing, Steve Willis, Geoff Forman, Peter Lamb, Dave Smith, Steve Holdon, Bill Woollcott and Kim Naish. 

Wednesday 26th July see’s the AT Veterans National being fish at Partridge Lakes, Warrington, with a lot of Maldon members as well as other local Clubs taking part. I would like to wish all a good day and hope we can produces the winner. 

Thanks – Kim.

Evening league

Result at Paper Mills, Friday 30th June 17. 

1st    Jeff Forman        9 lbs 10 oz 8 drm
2nd   Andy Stebbing   5 lbs 7 oz o drm
3rd    Peter Lamb        5 lbs 4 oz o drm 

Jeff and Peter go forward to the final, only five fished which was a bit disappointing especially as all caught some nice size Roach, Dace also small Perch were landed. A total of 25 lbs 8 oz 8 drm of fish were landed. 

Next match Friday 7th July at Chapmans, draw at Railway Pond at 05.00pm. 

Thanks - Kim.

Al’s big silver

This rather nice roach (or hybrid?) fell to two sweetcorn haired to a size 12 under a locslide float.  Here’s the obligatory ‘fish on a landing net and unhooking mat with float and rod for scale :-D ’ photo.  Didn’t have my scales with me (again!) runs about 31/32 cm long, the locslide float is 15cm long so there’s a measure.


Other than some pesky perch and a few more hand size roach a quiet day…. apart from the carp going doolally spawning and thrashing about.
 

As an aside this is my first year back regular fishing since I was a lad of 13/14 :-) so far this year I’ve had a 13lb pike the other week, a 5lb+ tench out of Rook Hall and a 10.6 common out of Little Park (that’s one of my personal goals for this year done a double carp, am still up for the 20lb pike) – Al.

Brian Webber’s mixed bag

This was my second place concessionary match bag from Slough House Farm beaten by an excellent 21lb carp by Jack Morley.

Brian’s bag – just pipped to top spot by a carp.

Photo competetion winners announced

To encourage photo submission we’re running annual prizes of half-price membership for photos submitted in two categories of ‘carp’ & ‘non-carp’.  Judges decision is final and it’s not always about the biggest fish, it might be the ‘prettiest’ fish or it might just be a good photo.

The 2015 winner of the carp category is Andy Flower for his magnificent 23lb mirror from Howell’s

and in the non-carp category Shaun Birnie gets a special mention for his fine 16lb Totham Pit pike & Dan Hilton for a splendid 10lb slab from the canal but the winner is Dan Thornett for his perch also from the canal, maybe not the biggest specimen (that’s the perch not Dan) but it’s a great perch photo

Keep those pictures coming and we’ll be pleased to pick the winners again next year.

Dave and Mark’s day of mixed emotions

Yesterday was a day of mixed emotion as I took my youngest to Heybridge Basin. We fished the first swim and in the first few minutes had a nice Rudd and lost (never saw it) a large fish.  At the end of the session we’d had two Tench of approx 3 and 4 lb, my biggest ever Perch of approx 1.5 lb plus loads of Rudd, Roach, Bream, Perch and Eels.

Now the downside… I lost a really big perch and a really big slab and when we went to bring the keepnet in there were only two really small fish left in it as there was a big hole at the bottom of it. I looked at Mark and we both fell about laughing!!!!

That said what a great afternoon and conditions were far from perfect as it was so windy.

Hopefully, armed with a sewn up net, Dave and Mark will be returning to do battle with the beasts of the Basin again soon.

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