With a number of core members away on a week long fishing festival, numbers were disappointing for the first West Ewell AC match at Guinea lake in Newdigate, Surrey, since pre-Covid lockdown and with the fishery owner himself predicting only a 10lb winning weight, expectations were low. But fishing being what it is there can always be a few surprises in store and today was no exceptinon. With the lowest weight on the day only being a few ounces under the predicted 10lb target and the top 4 anglers all breaking the 20lb barrier there was some good fishing to be had by everyone taking part.
The top three on the day were all drawn in a line, with one of the club’s newer members, Andy Stevenson, leading the way with an excellent catch of mainly Tench for exactly 40lb. Drawn on the point mid-way down the long bank, Andy fished maggot on the pole while feeding the same, to catch steadily all day and a comfortable victory.
Next to Andy was Trevor Pavitt, who also fished maggot, but this time alternating between pole and waggler, to put together a mixed bag of Tench and Skimmers for 30lb 13oz and 2nd place
In 3rd place was the old warrior himself, Brian South, again with a mixed bag on maggot of 24lb 6oz, a great perfomance Brian.
Drawn on the dam bank at the end of the lake, was Ian Farmer with a mainly Skimmer bag of 23lb 10oz for 4th
1st A. Stevenson 40lb 0oz
2nd T. Pavitt 30lb 13oz
3rd B. South 24lb 6oz
4th I. Farmer 23lb 10oz