Autumn Over 60’s match
Eighteen diehards ticked off their names and awaited the draw. Dull and humid conditions with not a breath of wind accompanied the participant’s tension. Once completed and with the usual derogatory remarks and questions concerning birth wafting around the carpark, it was time to set up stall and get ready to fish.
The fastest catch of the day went to Alan Laney – landing his first carp five minutes after the start whilst there appeared to be a certain lethargy from the lakes inhabitants for the other competitors. Needless to say, such conditions didn’t last long with occasional splashes, grunts and academy winning performances from anglers trying to put fish into keep nets without losing their catch or from falling in.
In the end class will out as Colin Winter proved supreme with a winning weight of 51lbs 4oz followed by Len Swift capably assisted by Mrs Swift, with a weight of 33lbs 8ozs whilst the erstwhile Tony Chebsey took third place with 27lbs 4ozs – although if he had checked his keepnets for holes prior to fishing, he may have made second place. All in all 15 Club members weighed in for a total weight of 232lbs.
From a personal point of view, I undoubtedly fished my peg wrong but did catch one fish – a personal best from Neate’s Lake – a perfectly scaled common of 9lbs 6ozs. Not big by some standards but perfect for what turned out to be ‘a funny old day’ in all senses of the words.