This week’s Winter Qualifier was fished in what can only be discribed as horrendous condition, with swirling winds, heavy rain and an air temperature that struggled to get above 3 degrees, it was going to be a grueller for the angler competing. Withthe field being split between two lakes, the standard continental payout was in place.
As in the previous weeks, since the weather turned bitterly cold, the chosen baits for the majority of the anglers fishing on the day were either bread or maggot, with a few fish being taken on 4mm expander pellet. It was a case of having at least two lines, to keep the bites coming, on arguably the worst day of the winter so far.
Jay Lake – 9 Fished
On peg 2, Richard Bond took top spot on the lake with a very hard earned 71lbs. It took the Tri-Cast backed rod took 45 minutess to find his first bread fish and then had a further 7 in 7 puts. After no more bites on bread, he put 3 new lines in 3ft of water, introducing a few maggots and caught steady for the rest of the match.
Raven Lake – 8 Fished
Raven lake proved to be a hard nut to crack in the appauling conditions, making for a day of below par weights. Ashley Prestige on peg 25 had no choice but to fish maggot at 4 to 5m as the wind made fishing the long pole virtually impossible. He stuck to his guns to fish this line all day picking up the odd fish, to put 38lbs exactly on the scales.
Resuts based on Continental Payout
1 – Richard Bond – Tri-Cast – Peg 2 Jay – 71lbs 00ozs
2 – Ashley Prestige – Tackle & Bates – Peg 25 Raven – 38lbs 00ozs
3 – Neil Smith – Tackle & Bates – Peg 16 Jay – 45lbs 00ozs
4 – Rob Heath – Tackle & Bates – Peg 27 Raven – 33lbs 12ozs
Next Saturdays Open is the Christmas Match and will be fished on Jay, Magpie & Raven Lakes (dependant on numbers), £30 pools