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Fish were caught from the off and continued in relatively good numbers throughout the duration with only a couple of pegs failing to produce. As expected, the species list comprised of bass, eel and flounder. On this occasion, the format was set at each angler's two best flat fish. A separate pool for the longest round fish offered anglers another opportunity at a prize. Again, as in the majority of our matches, places are not guaranteed until the conclusion and so, with the cards checked, results were determined.
Jim Morris took first place and 10 points for his flat fish combination of 78cm. John Rodgers was second with 72cm, with John Wood third having accumulated 69cm.
Despite some good size bass being recorded, it was a forgone conclusion that they would be trumped by an eel and this proved the case with Steve Crowder taking first pool place with an eel of 68cm. Steve Bonner and John Wood came joint second with fish of 61cm.
See results table below for the complete picture and check out the Points Table for updated standings. Thank you to all who took part, our next match coming soon.
Flat fish competition with round fish pool, 18 anglers - £180
Pay out: 1st, 2nd, 3rd - £100
Pools 1st and 2nd - £50
Xmas match / Top ten £30
For our chosen format of a species match, this venue did not disappoint. While flounder and dabs dominated, they were supplemented by four other species. All anglers recorded fish but the overall picture was sporadic with some pegs producing well with anglers on adjacent ones facing an uphill task.
After an interchanging lead throughout, the conclusion culminated in Steve Bonner landing five species giving him top place.
A further three anglers found four species, so with the mathematics applied the top four places were completed respectively as Mike Flanagan, Graham Lea and Steve Crowder.
There were cash prizes for the top 5 whilst Clubman Points were awarded to the top ten. Thank you to all who took part. Check out the Points Table tab for the updated placings.
There were seven different species recorded at this venue but with the format set at each angler's longest flat and round the stated was only a contributing factor. In a reversal of normal protocol, it was round fish that were in short supply and remained elusive throughout from some pegs. Once again, dogfish and rays also stayed away leaving the places to be deemed by the usual Mersey stalwarts.
With catches fairly consistent along the match length, it proved a wait to the finish to determine the winners. With cards checked it was top spot to Dave Evans with a combined length of 74cm. Second place went to Graham Lea, whilst a last cast catch of a 40cm bass pushed Phil Simpson in to third. There were cash prizes for the top five, with Clubman Points awarded to the top 10.
Check out the Points Table for the latest standings.
Thank you to all who took part.
For a venue that can be loved or loathed, New Brighton certainly fulfilled the criteria we needed for this match - namely single longest fish and a species pool. With dogs and rays staying away it was left to the flat fish battalion of plaice, flounders and dabs to comprise the longest fish with whiting and rockling making up the species list.
Fish were caught from the off and throughout with the lower peg numbers producing best. This format can be open for the duration before a winner can be decided but on this occasion it was Mark Roberts who claimed victory with a 34cm plaice caught early.
Kevin Morgans and Dave Campbell both had fish of 32cm giving 2nd and 3rd respectively on countback. There were cash prizes down to 5th place with Clubman Points being awarded to the top 10. Bill Lindfield and Mark Allanson both finished with 4 species each to claim the species pool but with the mathematics applied it was Bill who took top spot.
Click the "Points Table" tab to see the updated Clubman League placings. Thank you to all who took part.