BLACK COUNTRY MISFITS CRUISE THROUGH TO THE SUPERCUP FINAL
Convincing win at Packington
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