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A late summer break from our usual business of Clubman Points found us at Vale Park over high water holding a pairs match.
With partners chosen via match cards and fishing next to each other, the match got off to a promising start with several flat fish being landed right from the off. As the match progressed, catches continued with the lower and higher number pegs producing the best fishing but leaving a cluster of anglers in the centre having a torrid time.
While the longed for dogs, rays and hounds stayed away there were several other species recorded; bass, flounder, plaice, eel, gurnard and weaver.
Steve's Bonner and Crowder took top spot for overall length and equal first on the species. Runners up on the total length were Bill Lindfield and Gary Tully, with Dave Evans and Lewis Taylor being the other pair to equal first number of species.
Thank you to all who took part.
There were some quality fish recorded at this match but not in great numbers. While some pegs produced reasonable bags of fish, it was a struggle for others with some anglers failing to catch and some recording one fish.
However, with the match format being based on single longest fish, that was all that would be needed for a winning place. Bill Lindfield got off to a good start landing a smooth hound on his second cast. As the match progressed other good size species namely huss, rays and dogs were caught.
At the final call, though, it was Bill's hound of 97cm which gave him victory. Second place went to John Rodgers with a huss of 91cm with Steve Moffat third with his 78cm ray.
There were cash prizes for the top five and Clubman Points for the top 10.
As expected, it was dogfish which made up the vast majority of catches here although not in the numbers which can often be associated with this venue.
Several other species did show, namely smoothound, bull huss, mackerel, whiting and a gurnard. With the match format being based on each angler's two longest fish added together it was a certainty that the winners would have catches made up of members of the Elasmobranchii family.
Cards checked, the point was proven with Steve Crowder taking top spot with a huss of 1m to go with his 61cm dogfish. Steve Bonner, who caught steadily all evening, was second while 3rd went to Nigel Conlon.
There were cash prizes for the top five with Clubman Points being awarded accordingly to the top ten.
Thank you to all who took part. Click the Points Table tab for running totals and current leaders for this year.
To see points from all matches visit www.wirral.fishing/points
It was the higher number pegs which produced the better fishing on this night, with anglers on the lower numbers averaging only one fish each.
Further, there were some blanks along the duration of the match. The vast majority of fish caught were small tope. In fact, if it had not been for the aforementioned catches, it would of been a dismal showing. A few other species were caught but were deficient in numbers.
Once again, the match format was the single longest fish plus there would be a pool for the best flat fish.
Ultimately, there were 3 anglers in contention for top spot each having a fish of 40cm. With count back applied, the result was 1st Steve Crowder, 2nd Jim Morris, both having tope while John Wood came 3rd with a bass.
There were cash prizes for the top 3 with Paul Bonner and Mike Flanagan sharing the flat fish pool, both having fish of 26cm.
Clubman Points were awarded accordingly to the top 10. Full match result in table below. Check out the Points Table for running totals. To see points awarded in all matches visit www.wirral.fishing/points Click on the relevant year.
Thank you to all who took part.
This match was split into two zones with the results being based on the continental scoring system. With the format set at single longest fish and every possibility that smooth hounds would be caught, zone 2 was always going to be the favorite to produce the winner.
The final result bore this theory out with several hounds being landed; although the majority didn't show until very near the end of the match.
Dogfish, bass and tope also helped to determine the final placings with the rest of the catches being made up of the usual Mersey stalwarts; flounders, dabs and whiting.
The overall winner was Steve Moffat with a smoothie of 102cm. Ten points (Zone 2) Second place was taken by Lewis Taylor nine points (Zone 1) who counted a bass of 40cm amongst his catch. Third place and eight points went to England Youth Squad member Daniel Parker (Zone 2) with a hound of 97cm. Bill Lindfield and Steve Crowder were 4th and 5th respectively.
There were cash prizes (to be paid at next match) for the top five. Thank you to all who took part.
Click the Points Table for running totals or alternatively to check out all points awarded visit www.wirral.fishing/points and click on the relevant year