The day started off dry (ish) and calm. This was a knock up match, 16 were booked on but only 10 turned out, absents due to illness and other priorities! The top of this doughnut lake are the pegs to be on. the wind was blowing from peg 1 up the lake to 5. It was pegged 1 to 5 on the left bottom to top and 6 to 10 on the right top to bottom. 5 or 6 is what I need to draw. Hand in the bag and pulled out peg 5, no cheers for me as I had drawn for Tony who was running the match!! My peg was peg 1 the place I didn’t want to be! At the all in the wind had got up and there were squally showers on and off. Started dobbing bread disks to the mud line @ 13m and absent left peg margin for 20 mins, GORTINI 4×14 margin float, not even a line knock, the bonus fish were definitely at the top of the lake. Fed 13m with Burt Baits 50/50 F1 sweet/Xpanda. started to pull out small roach, rudd and tiny skimmers but it was never going to be enough as 4-5 and 6 were pulling out F1’s and small mirrors. So another weekend match fighting with my pole over the wind. I had a 2 foot square on the mud line that was semi shaded from the brunt of the wind and this is where I had to try and keep my float to have a chance of a decent presentation. The left margin and track line produced nothing, mid match I had the fortunate visit of a ~8oz mirror which took up residence in the carp keep net like billy no mates! Not the day I had in mind, congrats to Tony peg 5 for his 17lb 10oz win, my 49 silvers and lonesome mirror for 3lb odd was never going to be close.
Zone winner (peg 5) Tony Smith ( Newton ) 17lb 10oz
Section winner (peg 4) Ian Alexander ( Burt Baits ) 11lb 9oz
Zone winner (peg 6) Paul Lucas ( Bait Tech ) 16lb 15oz
Section winner (peg 7) Lee Cooper ( Haydock ) 9lb 7oz
Congratulations to the framers.