Auckley Fishing Match by Tony
Saturday 23rd August 2014
- A narrow shaft of light broke through the
caravan skylight and at the crake of dawn 8
burly competitors, hunter gatherer men and 4
eager, excited boys, rose from their beds.
The guys gave their wives a gentle peck so
as not to disturb them at such an ungodly
hour and then gathered around our leaders
awning to laugh and tell fishy tales there.
He told us his wife didn't mind the
Some of us ventured into the
onsite pub for a quick breakfast, some went
to the onsite tackle shop for their secret
special baits and tackle, whilst the others
discussed their wining strategies.
Our leaders good lady had by now decided she
was wasting her time trying not to listen to
us and so rose from her slumbers with a
smile for us all and volunteered to draw our
pegs for us, probably because it would be
quicker and she could get rid of us. Anyway
we were sent off with a smile and a few
words of good luck to us all.
Our pegs on the lake were in
two different sections, quite a way from
each other; 8 adults around the far side and
2 adults with the 4 juniors on the nearside.
As we approached our pegs we could not help
but notice that a team next to us were
attempting to intimidate us by all wearing
the same matching red outfits. Alan Angell
was pegged right next to them so we knew we
had our best man there to put them off their
game, he really tried hard to do just that,
even resorting to falling off his chair in
front of them. We toyed with the idea
that we might improve our chances of looking
more professional, like them, if we all put
our Robin Hood outfits on but that's one to
consider for next year.
Fish were proving very difficult to catch
for us all for a while, the red outfits of
our neighbours were clearly attracting all
the fish over towards them.
Meanwhile over the other side
of the lake the fishing was fast and furious
and the youngsters were catching well. The
two adults with them Mark and Richard were
clearly encouraged by the boys to put up a
good showing. The excitement grew when
young Kian hooked a massive carp and was
able to tame and land it with no help from
anyone. That fish alone weighed in at 12lb
1oz and was clearly the biggest fish of the
day. Kian rang his dad (woke him up) to tell
him all about it and how he had caught it on
a hook tied by his dad. Proud as he was of
his son, Alan began to try harder and wished
he'd kept the hook for himself.
There then came a flurry of
hooked fish by most of us that all got away
(honest...!!!) they were massive and match
winners all of them, so really hard luck for
our side of the lake. Over on the other side
Mark gave the boys a master class in
catching large fish; he landed carp of 9lb
12oz, and three more of over 7lb each.
Richard also landed one over 7lb from that
side of the lake.
A great time was had by all
and even Brian was smiling at the weigh in
when he saw the fantastic spirit and
camaraderie shown by our youngsters.
Well done everyone........
Winner - Mark Bower (31lb
12oz); Second - Alan Ashton (16lb
10oz); Third - Richard Atkins (9lb
11oz); Alan Bryan (5lb 11oz); Malcolm
Roberts (5lb 9oz); Tony Worrall (3lb
14oz); Alan Angell (1lb 11oz) and
Brian Roberts enjoyed the day.
Winner - Kian Bryan (12lb
12oz); Second - Connor Bower (7lb 4oz);
Third - Matthew Adkins (3lb 7oz) and Fourth
- Matthew Hemsley (7oz)