Slow go­ing at Shiplate Farm

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

WHEN for­mer Fish O’ win­ner Steve Jackson in­vited me on to the lovely Som­er­set fish­ery Shiplate Farm to sup­port his match in aid of the Clic Sar­gent char­ity I couldn’t say no!

I drew a flyer with the end of an is­land about 20m in front, open wa­ter to the left and a good deep mar­gin to the right. The peg had pro­duced the top sil­ver fish weight on their weekly Thurs­day match. What could go wrong?

Well, al­most ev­ery­thing! Two very cool nights in suc­ces­sion and clear skies gen­er­at­ing a fierce al­gae bloom changed things, and I didn’t have a bite un­til the sun hit my peg, over two hours in.

To cut a long, very sad story short, I had three hand-sized skim­mers un­til the last five min­utes, then an 11lb 4oz carp from the mar­gin.

The char­ity ben­e­fited by just un­der £1,500 and most pegs fished far bet­ter than mine!

Steve Jackson (right) and Steve How­ell won the char­ity pairs event with 193lb 4oz.

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