Leo pays our team funds and we wait to see what he draws us. I end up down stream some way from the weir in E section but my peg looks good.
The gold patch of gravel betraying no other life. An hour has past and I am bite less, my only entertainment seeing if I could judge throwing maggots and settling them between the static pike who is still ramming the net.
1 hr passes without even a bite
2 hrs bite less
3 hrs bite less and start ringing around to see who is hammering me. Its seems that every one is, bloke up stream has thrown back two roach and gone home as has the guy on peg 1 fed up of minnows. Minnows, he should be so lucky cant even get even get them!!!
The Pike has moved for now and the bait I was lobbing at him has attracted a shoal of minnows. A quick change to 2 elastic and a squat rig and I catch my first one, with one hour to go
Its now a race to see how many minnows I can get in an hour. Not going catch Tony Leech on 2 and Chris Bowen has caught a 14 oz Perch. So it between me and Eamon Byrne from ISIS A 2 pegs below me. We all get to the end of the match and every one is saying the best we can do is fill the place in with concrete its fished awful.
I wish the minnows had arrived earlier, or a ting Perch or gudgeon, something with a bit of weight to it. the best I could muster was a 2 oz chublet which looked huge against my tiny minnows.
What a crap day I haven't caught so many minnows since I was about ten years old!!!
So to the scores and Pete was taking so long to cross reference his figures I was losing the will to live, so haven't got all of them.
But as you will see when sections are being won with 4.5 ounces, so you can tell how it fished. Mark Russ wins A section for Pewsey Blue sorry not got score but think it was 1 lb 13 oz.
Ian wins D by double default with Rodney taking it in the weir swim
Managed to pip Eamon Byrne who had the same minnows as me , my little chublett doing the biz.
With 1 hour to go nothing then scraped third (not bad) by the end, Chris Bowen added 1 x 1 oz fish to his PERCH to take second. With Tony fishing the lily pad of the Beach winning our section and the match with 2 lb 9.
Brian and Nics section next Brian in the foreground and Nic downstream. Pete Gilbert won this section with three Chubb for his weight of 2 lb 5 oz 8 drams. Lee pollard second with 10 oz of little roach and Bri Shutler third with 8 oz of minnows.
So to the pub for the results and after what seems like an age Pete Gilbert is finally happy.
Sorry didn't get full sheet in but the crux of it is that Pewsey Blue had won the day beating Swindon on their water.
Pewsey take a 4 point lead into next round.With Lechlade Dreamboys and Swindon tied on second. Mark Russ picks up his section winnings
A huge well done to Rodney for his third place unlucky Pete Gilbert pipping him by 8 drams.
Don't think his brother Bob was that pleased.