Thirteen (13) anglers attended our Keep CALM & Go Fishing charity fundraiser event in aid of men's mental health. Anglers were pegged across both Woodside and Island pools with a top three payout awarded on each with an additional donation being made to CALM - Campaign Against Living Miserably.
Woodside pool was won by Lee Caffrey, who drew peg 11. Starting his match fishing paste short, Lee found a few fish early on before turning to his edge late on with dead red maggot. Lee found some quality edge fish to weigh in a final 65-05-00 to finish narrowly ahead of second placed Scott Sprigg.
Scott finished in second place from neighbouring peg 9. Starting his match fishing a feeder over to the island, Scott was able to pick off fish cruising alongside the far edge before concentrating on his edges late on with dead maggot. Scott unfortunately went over the 50lb weight limit on one of his nets, so was knocked back to 50lb, but it didn't cost him the match. Scott confirmed a final weight of 50-08-00.
Third place on the day from Woodside pool was Carl Hodges, who drew peg 5 close to the island in the channel. Catching mainly down his edges on corn and pellet, Carl offered 26-05-00 to the scales to sneak inside the main frame finish.
1st L. Caffrey, Peg 11, 65-05-00, Paste short / Dead red maggots down the edge
2nd S. Sprigg, Peg 9, 50-08-00, Feeder / Dead maggots down the edge
3rd C. Hodges, Peg 5, 26-05-00, Corn & pellet down the edge
Finishing top of the pack on Island pool was Pete Bailey, who drew peg 10. Fishing the majority of his match on the long pole over to the island alternating between maggot, expander and corn hook baits to depth with micro and 4mm pellet over the top Pete was able to maintain a good catch rate before switching to his edges. Pete finished strong down his right hand edge incorporating the same tactics to end the match with a superb 149-14-00 to win by a comfortable margin.
Second place was awarded to Andy Rowbottom who drew peg 13. Andy concentrating on catching fish shallow for the most part of the match fishing the long pole over to the island offering pellet on the hook to find carp and F1s. Later, Andy switched to dead maggot over groundbait down his edge to find some better quality edge fish to boost his overall weight to 87-02-00.
Rounding off the top three on Island pool was Chris Hall from peg 14. Chris caught the majority of his fish on paste short at 4m to weigh in 66-09-00 of quality carp but conceded he'd lost a lot of fish also, possibly costing him second place.
1st P. Bailey, Peg 10, 149-14-00, Long pole over to the island / Margins
2nd A. Rowbottom, Peg 13, 87-02-00, Pole & pellet shallow / Dead reds over GB in the margins
3rd C. Hall, Peg 14, 66-09-00, Paste short
An enjoyable day was had by all with a really nice bunch of anglers taking part and a decent amount of money raised for a very worthwhile cause.
In total, we managed to raise £275 for CALM.
Congratulations to everyone that took part and a special mention to both Pete Bailey and Carl Hodges for donating their winnings straight back to charity - a lovely gesture.
Finally, a special thank you also to Gary Hickton on the board.