Steve drew peg 111 for me, sandwiched between Steve Tucker on 110 and Trigger on 112, so no easy ride today. I suspected Trig would be fishing long and shallow, I didn't expect to compete with him doing that, but just in case went to my pocket for my Tramadol (can't fish long for 6 hours with out it) and it wasn't there, still on the breakfast bar at home..... no long fishing today then!
I think that started the rot, I had brought too many baits, 4,6 & 8mm pellets, paste, meat and some worms/GB - no idea why I did that, should have just had pellets really. A light wind off my back, making the chance to fish the waggler, so a depth and shallow wag set up, a bomb rod - just in case, in case of what I'm not sure really....
Topkits for meat short, two margin rigs, one with a band, one without, a rig for pellet long and a shallow rig, neither of these got used. On the all-in I started short on meat and had a 12lber first put in, then a few big skimmers, but it didn't last long and Trig had a great start down his RH edge towards 113.
I switched to a pellet line at 5m off to the tree overhanging to the left, it started fizzing and I had a run of carp and skimmers, before it slowed up. By now Trig was catching a few long, but it wasn't going mad, Tucks had come to his RH edge and started catching big fish. I had been feeding 8mm pellets in my edge and sat there with a motionless float, whilst Tucks kept catching.
I tried GB down the RH edge, paste over the pellets and generally lost my way, so switched back to the 5m line with pellets and fished that out, proper battering both sides for me and given the weights, with Steve and Matt doing all the weighing, I decided to tip the carp back I reckon I had 150lb of carp, I thought I had nearly 40lb silvers, then heard of several admitting to 50lb, so they went back as well.
Bit of a disaster really, I thought I'd left the confusion of too many baits behind and I know that when I am back the weekend after next, I won't be having so many baits or rigs. Not sure what got into my head, I do know I have put some pain killers in the glovebox of the van, so I don't forget them again.
Well done to Tucks on an amazing weight, the weights were awesome, what I chucked back would be a PB for many.
Overall 1. Steve Tucker - 369lb - peg 110 2. Craig Edmunds - 311lb 4oz - peg 112 3. Nick Ewers - 292lb 13oz - peg 130 4. Phil Hardwick - 277lb 15oz - peg 135 5. Martin Preston - 260lb 15oz - peg 114 6. John Gray - 226lb 1oz - peg 131 7. Steve Chant - 221lb 10oz - peg 132 8. Martin Rogers - 191lb 2oz - peg 125 9. Jiri Sarboch - 174lb 1oz - peg 128 10. Dan Squire - 172lb 11oz - peg 118 11. Nick Chedzoy - 163lb 9oz - peg 126 12. Michael Hall - 160lb 13oz - peg 129 13. Scott Russell - 159lb 7oz - peg 119 14. Dick Bull - 155lb 14oz - peg 123 Silvers 1. Nick Chedzoy - 59lb 13oz - peg 126 2. Scott Russell - 59lb 1oz - peg 119 3. Nigel Easton - 56lb 15oz - peg 124 4. Steve Denmead - 35lb 11oz - peg 116 5. Martin Rogers - 30lb 12oz - peg 125