that, I think, was the key.
“You need a different type of approach when you get to the sharp end of a competition like this – you almost have to be professional. When we totted up the scored we averaged four points a man, which we felt would be enough to get us into the top three.
“Your aim is to win, though, and doing that made all the miles we drove worth it. It’s also nice for the lads to win a semi, as we’ve never quite managed it before in the Supercup.”
Practice had sorted Campbell and Match Lakes, which meant more time was devoted to mastering Spring and Lodge, as these were going to be the tricky waters. On Spring, the scores were good, Andy Gale finishing second in his section with 70lb of skimmers.
Only on Lodge Lake was there a stumble as Carl Sumners scored 10 points. Elsewhere, James Heaps won the Match Lake, Alan Oakes and Tom Cole finished third in section on Campbell and Dave Carter was fifth on Spring.
“Campbell suited our style of fishing – going for big, old carp that were always going to feed late in the day,” explained Steve.
“On the Match Lake, we found that fishing the bomb to the island and then meat and caster on light rigs on the pole worked for the F1s.
“On Spring, the plan was to nab a carp early and then settle down to catching the skimmers using chopped worm and pellet before trying again for some carp later.