I was busy on Wednesday and couldn’t make the White Acres mid week match, by Sunday I was chomping at
Junior National 2009
Last Saturday saw myself and 17 other anglers between the ages of 13 and 20 from the Worksop Juniors and Intermediates compete in the National Angling Trust Cadet,Junior and Intermediate national. This year the venue was Cudmore fisheries at Whitemore. The week before the event we went down for a practice which gave us the basics for the plan of attack on the day.
The practice saw the team tackle new pool 1 with it fishing extremly hard, I had to struggle and scratch around for 12lb 14oz of silvers. The conditions for catching a big weight of carp were poor as it was flat calm and 30 degrees which caused all the carp to just cruise around on the surface with only the odd one or two anglers catching them. The winning weight ended up being a decent weight of 37lb 4oz of carp and skimmers which were all taken on the banded pellet shallow (10inch under the surface to be exact).
With this in mind the team manager came up with a plan for the juniors of fishing on the deck at the bottom of the first shelf and shallow at 11.5m or 13m with meat or pellet.
However, the Intermediates were on completly different lakes meaning that we had two come up with 4 different team plans. The lakes that the Intermediates were on were Suez, Drumbles, Arena and Milo. To be fair the Individual winner was always going to come off Arena.
The day of the National.
So after a week of solid preparation the big day had finaly came. The Intermediate captain Gavin Leversidge draw us pretty well as we had three end pegs. However, we also had three bad pegs were we knew 2kilo would be a good weight. I was lucky and was on Suez canal peg 26 which was a corner peg. When I first got to the peg the wind was blowing into it and it looked really nice. We also managed to draw pegs 1 and 32 on Arena which were both noted flyers next to the ariator which was on all day. The Juniors didn’t have such a bad draw either but the tactics didn’t quite come off on the day.
Last half hour.
2 hours into the match I heard that the two Worksop lads on the Arena were winning there section and that ended up being the end result aswell. However 2 hours into the match myself and the other two Worksop anglers had not had a carp which was bad news. However, I managed to snair 4 bonus carp halfway through which put me around 10th in the section. But, the 5 anglers in the middle of my section were bagging with all of them already had 10 carp each, i knew i had to start catching. It got to the last 30 minuets and i’d had about 3 or 4 kilo which was no good. I’d been feeding a line into the corner all match and knew it was time to got into it i ended up catching 5 F1s and i ended up with a final weight of 9kilo 960 and 6th in section.
The final results.
It came to the dreaded results and we knew that we hadn’t won it but may have done enough for third in the juniors and intermediates. It was painfull both teams had come 4th and only missed out by 7 or 8 points. However it was softened by one of the Juniors Joel Potts qualifying for fish ‘o’ mania and a individual first and third in the intermediates. Overall, it didn’t end up a total mess after all.