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The organiser will make the draw and the angler must go straight to their peg.
Match cards will be provided but only the card holder must complete showing the adjacent anglers catch, cards must not be passed between anglers, ie the angler takes the fish to be recorded to the angler on the right and shows the fish on the measure at a 2m distance and then returns the fish. The card holder records the length of the fish next to the anglers name. End peg angler goes to the left.
At the end of the match all cards to be handed in to the organiser.
Please do not congregate at the end. Winnings will be paid out at the next match.
With Covid restrictions being relaxed, the resumption of the 2021 Clubman League kicked off at The Gun where the match format was set at total length made up from each angler's two longest fish.
For a while it looked like there would only be a few fish caught between the whole contingent but as high water approached the catch rates increased and the majority of anglers averaged two fish each. It was the higher number pegs that produced best, while of the lower numbers several adjacent anglers failed to catch.
The desired dogfish were completely absent which meant placings were decided by the following Mersey species: dab, flounder, whiting, plaice, codling and rockling.
The eventual winner was England Youth International, Danny Parker with his flounder and plaice combination giving him a total of 59cm. Simon Coleman was 2nd and Gary Tull 3rd. There were cash prizes for the top 3 and Clubman Points awarded to the top 8. Winners of the mystery pairs were Danny and Dave Vernon with Simon and Dave Evans 2nd.
A crowded venue meant a switch from our intended match length of the Town Hall to Kingslake where the fishing could only be defined as "dire". The run of poor form from the river this winter meant several anglers failed to catch, while others had just one fish with the remainder catching upwards to a maximum of five fish.
With the format being each angler's best flat and round added together, plus the pairs coupling, it gave respite from the lack of numbers of fish and made the match open to the winners until the final whistle.
However, it transpired only two anglers had fulfilled the original criteria, namely Steve Bonner and Phil Simpson, giving them first and second individual place respectively. This meant it was down to the single longest fish to formulate third individual place which went to Heather Lindfield.
Factoring in the pairs gave Mike Flanagan and Phil Simpson first place, Heather and Jamie Pickup 2nd, with third going to Nigel Conlon and Mark Roberts.
Steve also took the species category.
As deemed prior to the event no Clubman Points awarded until further notice. Thank you to all who took part.
Vale Park over high water was the setting for our final match of 2020. The customary format for this match is total bag length with all fish over 18cm to count with prizes for the longest flat and longest round fish. Once again, there were mixed fortunes throughout the field with some anglers not recording any fish to several pegs producing some good catches.
Whiting were the dominant fish with dabs also showing. Steve Crowder had the most species, counting amongst others a dog of 58cm and also one of the most ancient vertebrates to swim - a lamprey of 19cm.
It was a fair assumption that the higher number pegs would produce the best, and this was proved with the top three all coming in this sector. The winner was Steve Moffat with a total length of 233cm, Steve Crowder was second with 229cm, whilst 3rd place went to Phil Simpson with 228cm.
There were cash prizes down to eighth position, plus payouts for best flat and round.
Steve's dogfish not only helped him to second overall but gave him the longest round fish prize. Gary Tull took the longest flat fish with a dab of 24cm.
Thank you to all who took part.
The consensus was that our final Clubman Points match of this year would be a scratchy affair. This rang true with the final result after several anglers failed to record any fish. Other pegs produced one of two, with only one excelling at the number of fish caught.
However, as the match format was set at each angler's longest two fish added together, (plus there was a pool for the longest flat fish) numbers of fish wouldn't matter.
Catches consisted of small whiting and dabs with nothing substantial caught. With cards checked, the final winner was Jamie Pickup with his two best fish totalling 56cm. Ian Brookes took second, with third place going to local tackle dealer Paul Bonner.
There were cash prizes for the top four and for the longest flat fish, which was shared by Paul and Dave Vernon who both had a dab of 25cm. Clubman Points were awarded to the top 10, results table below.
Check out the Points Table for the final totals and placings for 2020. To see your points throughout the years click here Thank you to all that took part.