2016 Championship: Round 12

Pleasure fishing during the weeks before resulted in clear predictions for where the winning weights would come from and for this reason the pools payout was split into two, one from those drawn on the boat moorings and one from those not.   Indeed, apart from one exceptional performance from Jason O’Dell, who drew the least favoured last peg in the match but managed to come sixth, the top five positions came from the first five mooring pegs. Glen Freeman drew peg 1, which because of a fence just a few feet behind him and bushy trees to the left literally cramped his style and he could only manage 6 lb 11 oz. We know from his 25 lb+ performance on the September Lark match that he is capable of better (he did though still beat son Mark who blanked on peg 12). The next four anglers, Rob Turner, Kevin Saunders, Ken Whitmore and Steve Borrett, all had double figure weights of mainly roach and dace, topped by Ken’s 17 lb 7 oz for first place. The last two pegs on the moorings, drawn by John and Becky Pope, still produced respectable weights of 4 lb 7oz and 3 lb 13 oz, again mainly roach but with dace, perch and chublets for variety. After that it was a different match, apart from as mentioned for Jason O’Dell who persisted with far bank waggling at around six feet deep to land two decent chub from his only two bites for nearly 6½ lb. Trevor Sturge was the only other angler to catch anything in this section, four roach from five bites for 14 oz! I tried all the tricks I know, plus some offered by tourist Steve Palmer who patrolled the bank, but I never had even a sniff of a bite. The same went for every one else in the second section. Those who have fished this stretch during the summer/autumn months know it is then very productive, with good size roach, dace and perch making it difficult to not put a double figure weight in the net. Later in the season, for unknown reasons, the fish seem to move towards Clayhithe Bridge where the only real difference seems to be the extra direct sunshine which perhaps warms the water just slightly more than upstream? Our next match on 18th December, a sweepstake on Reach Lode, Upware, is still on despite the poor results from the previous match, Trevor predicts it will be on top form! The draw will be as usual at 08:00 and you should book on with Trevor. It’s the Christmas match so please remember to bring a donation for the prize pot. Ian Claydon
Match No. 12 Fished The Cam, Clayhithe on 4th December 2016 (R12)
Ken Whitmore172013
Stephen Borrett141012
Kevin Saunders1215011
Rob Turner128010
Glen Freeman61109
Jason O'Dell6708
John Pope4787
Becky Pope31306
Trevor Sturge01405
Bill ScottDNW1
Trevor O'DellDNW1
Mark FreemanDNW1
Ian ClaydonDNW1