Con­vinc­ing win at Pack­ing­ton

Angling Times (UK) - - MATCH NEWS -

in their sec­ond year of com­pet­ing in the event.

The six-man team turned in two sec­tion wins, a sec­ond and three fourths to cruise into Septem­ber’s big fi­nal at Barston Lake, where they’ll be joined by run­ners-up Wood­house Angling Cen­tre, for­mer cham­pi­ons Ridge­mere AC, JVAC and Bot­tisham AC.

In­cred­i­bly, the win­ners had only fished the venue once in prac­tice but walk­ing around the fes­ti­val the week be­fore showed the baits and meth­ods needed. Af­ter that, they re­lied on ex­pe­ri­ence and care­ful place­ment of an­glers to match their strengths off the pegs drawn, and it paid off big style!

“We had meet­ings and dis­cus­sions in the week be­fore and got all the ar­gu­ing out of the way be­fore Satur­day,” said skip­per Paul Jones. “We all agreed that fifth place in each sec­tion would get us through and that was our aim – to get through, not to win the thing.

“As it turned out, we did a bit bet­ter than we were ex­pect­ing!”

A favourable draw helped, and Paul put good feeder an­glers on the Geary’s Level Pool where a long chuck would be needed, pole an­glers on Molands Mere, and his best small F1 an­gler on Lit­tle Geary’s Pool.

“Our strat­egy was to keep fish go­ing into the net, whether that was a roach, a skim­mer or a 10lb carp,” Paul con­tin­ued. “The an­glers all knew what was needed so I didn’t dic­tate to them too much.

“Now we’re off to Barston, a place I never seem to catch much on, but I think it should suit us as well. Last year we fished the event but didn’t re­ally take it that se­ri­ously – we’re now at the sharp end of the com­pe­ti­tion and things are mega se­ri­ous now!”

In­di­vid­u­ally, Lit­tle Geary’s was the place to draw, pro­duc­ing five of the top six weights. Best of these was by Slap­pers De­light cap­tain Ian Kent with 143-5-0, but his win was tainted with dis­ap­point­ment as his side missed out on a fi­nal place by a sin­gle point.

Bos­ton-based Ian was handed peg 29 from his team draw and, af­ter tak­ing ad­vice from lo­cals, fished mainly short with slop ground­bait shal­low. That had been do­ing a lot of dam­age in the days run­ning up to the match, so Ian de­cided to stick to what he knew best – caster shal­low.

Fish­ing the one long pole line all day, he landed a string of F1s to 3lb plus the odd cru­cian, skim­mer and bonus carp to end up well in front of his near­est ri­val, Wood­house Angling

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