Su­per­cup semi from Par­tridge Lakes

...and their man Lee Ben­nett storms to in­di­vid­ual win

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - ANGLING TIMES/BAIT-TECH SU­PER­CUP NORTH­ERN SEMI-FI­NAL (SAT) Par­tridge Lakes, Covey Canal Lakes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 (nine teams)

THIS year’s semi-fi­nals were con­cluded with a North­ern leg at a hot and still Par­tridge Lakes in Cheshire.

Five more teams made it through to Septem­ber 17’s fi­nal, lo­cal lads Traf­ford Angling mak­ing their knowl­edge of the venue pay with a 21-point team card to win, three points clear of Pa­tri­croft AC.

Kerr’s of Os­sett took third on 26 points. Fourth and fifth places went to St He­lens Angling and Mos­bor­ough Tackle Box on 28.

St He­lens had the ad­van­tage there, thanks to a third in sec­tion. It was also a suc­cess­ful day on the in­di­vid­ual front for Traf­ford, as Lee Ben­nett made a plum draw on Canal 1 count to win the day with 158-12-0.

Scor­ing two sec­tion wins and two thirds along the way, Traf­ford en­sured a good draw on pa­per trans­lated into fish in the net and weights at the scales.

The for­mer cham­pi­ons adopted a rel­a­tively sim­ple ap­proach for the five canal lakes. This in­volved fish­ing light and fo­cus­ing on caster shal­low to catch F1s and ide, the main tar­get species at the fish­ery.

“We all fish Par­tridge a bit so we know what the score is, but there’s a danger when you fish a venue as an in­di­vid­ual that you can strug­gle to get your head around what needs do­ing in a team match,” said team man Wayne Rooke.

“We agreed be­fore the start that the aim was to get good points from what­ever peg we got.

“So we for­got about try­ing to fish to win the sec­tion – we were al­ways go­ing to get pegs that you couldn’t win from in the first place.

“It was al­ways go­ing to be a shal­low match us­ing caster down the mid­dle for the ide and F1s, but we also fished across to the mud line and in the edge with mag­got and ground­bait to try to nick the odd carp,” Wayne con­tin­ued.

“Each lake has a slightly dif­fer­ent stock­ing pol­icy with more carp in some, more ide in oth­ers and more F1s on yet another and this also played a part in our stret­egy. For ex­am­ple, Canal 4 has a lot of carp in it so I was feed­ing my edge early on to catch them, while on Canals 3

and 4 there are plenty of de­cent ide. These too played a key part.”

Traf­ford kept things nice and tight, fish­ing light lines and small hooks and only feed­ing lit­tle. They var­ied the depth down the mid­dle be­tween 12ins and 3ft, and with plenty of room be­tween an­glers, there was al­ways go­ing to be an am­ple chance of snar­ing a big carp or two in the edge.

Team re­sult (top five qual­ify for the fi­nal): 1 Traf­ford Angling, 21pts; 2 Pa­tri­croft AC, 24; 3 Kerr’s of Os­sett, 26; 4 St He­lens Angling, 28 (sec­tion thirds); 5 Mos­bor­ough Tackle Box, 28; 6 Stain­forth Angling Cen­tre, 29; 7 Stray­side An­glers, 33; 8 Bar­ton King­fish­ers, 38; 9 Pelham AC, 43.

Top in­di­vid­ual Lee Ben­nett in ac­tion on Canal 1.

Traf­ford Angling won by three clear points.

Run­ner-up team Pa­tri­croft AC also qual­ify.

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