Updated: Oct 10
Fourteen (14) anglers from Cradley Sports & Leisure attended their annual 2-day festival here at the fishery held across both Woodside and Island pools. Unfortunately for Bryan Burley and his men, conditions throughout were absolutely awful with prolonged heavy rainfall, strong winds and temperatures well into single figures. That said, weights were still good for the time of year.
Anglers were split into teams of seven (7) with the best six weights going towards each teams cumulative total each day. Anglers from each team were split across both pools with 3/4 anglers on each then rotated.
Prizes were rewarded for best individual overall as well as winning team based on total weight over the two days.
Woodside pool - Day 1
Winner on the opening day of the festival on Woodside pool was Bryan Burley from peg 18. Starting his match fishing the long pole with hard pellet, Bryan found odd carp and silvers before switching to his edge later on with worm over groundbait to find some quality bonus carp. Bryan offered 66-00-00 to the scales to get his festival off to a great start!
Second place on the day was Jason Atwell from peg 10. Jason weighed in 56-00-00 of mainly carp caught on pellet and corn from down his edge.
Taking third place on Woodside pool was Leigh Harbutt. Leigh drew corner peg 7 by the lily pads and opted to fish short with pellets and down his edge with dead maggot over groundbait to weigh in 55-00-00.
1st B. Burley, Peg 18, 66-00-00, Long pole & pellet / worm over groudbait in the edge
2nd J. Atwell, Peg 10, 56-00-00, Pellet & corn in the margins
3rd L. Harbutt, Peg 7, 55-00-00, Pellet short / dead maggot over groundbait in the margins
Island pool - Day 1
Winner on the Island pool on the opening day, and also getting his festival off to a great start, was Chris Tandy. Chris drew peg 16 and fished worm over groundbait down his edge to weigh in 61-06-00.
Finishing close behind in second place was Chris Standing from peg 1. Focusing mainly on his edges, Chris found carp offering worm over groudbait down his one edge and corn over fishery micros down his other to offer 57-14-00 to the scales.
A little off the pace, but still managing a main frame finish was Chris Carey from peg 18. Starting his match on the short pole with pellet, Chris caught odd carp before moving down his inside late on with dead maggot to end the match with 34-06-00.
1st C. Tandy, Peg 16, 61-06-00, Worm over groundbait down his edge
2nd C. Standing, Peg 1, 57-14-00, Worm over groundbait & corn over micro pellet down his edge
3rd C. Carey, Peg 18, 34-06-00, Pellet short / dead maggot down his edge
Woodside pool - Day 2
Winner on Woodside pool on the second and final day was Chris Standing from peg 7. Following his second place finish on Island pool the day before, Chris started his match chucking a feeder to the island with pellet before having a look down his edge late on with dead maggot over groundbait to weigh in 96-08-00 to confirm a comfortable win.
Finishing in second place was Steve Burley from peg 10. Steve started his match on the long pole with hard pellet before switching to his margins with worms and groundbait to finish the day with a level 61lbs.
Rounding off the top three finish on day two was Chris Tandy from peg 21. Fishing worm over groundbait down his edge for most of the match accounted for 40lb of small carp.
1st C. Standing, Peg 7, 96-08-00, Feeder to the island / dead maggot over groudbait in the edge
2nd S. Burley, Peg 10, 61-00-00, Long pole & pellet / worm over groundbait in the margins
3rd C. Tandy, Peg 21, 40-00-00, Pellet short / worm over groundbait in the margins
Island pool - Day 2
Taking honours on Island pool was Leigh Harbutt from peg 14. Leigh fished expander pellet over fishery micros down his edge for most of the match to weigh in 95-08-00 and end his 2020 festival with a bang.
Second place on the day was taken by Jason Atwell from peg 16. Jason offered pellet and corn short to begin with before offering the same down his edge later on to weigh in 52-08-00.
Third place was secured by Bryan Burley from peg 6 with 38-06-00 of mainly carp taken on long pole and pellet tactics.
1st L. Harbutt, Peg 14, 95-08-00, Pellet down his edge
2nd J. Atwell, Peg 16, 52-08-00, Pellet and corn short & down his edge
3rd B. Burley, Peg 6, 38-06-00, Long pole and pellet
Overall Result - Teams
1st Blue Team (Leigh Harbutt [C], Jason Atwell, Chris Carey, Carl Garratt, Paul Stevenson, Chris Tandy & Adam Pearsall)
2nd Green Team (Bryan Burley [C], Chris Standing, Steve Burley, Brian Freeth, Ant Southall, Shaun Cash & Dave Rock)
Overall Result - Individual
1st C. Standing, 153-12-00 (57lb 14oz + 96lb 8oz)
2nd L. Harbutt, 150-08-00 (55lb + 95lb 8oz)
3rd J. Atwell, 108-00-00 (56lb + 52lb 8oz)
4th B. Burley, 104-08-00 (66lb + 38lb)
5th C. Tandy, 101-06-00 (61lb 6oz + 40lb)