It was the first return after 5 years for Deeping St James Angling club to Stretton lakes in Rutland. Fine weather greeted the seventeen anglers who were pegged evenly around the match lake. Island features for each peg at 13 metres and plenty of space to the left and right margins. The lake looked to be in beautiful condition, but reports from recent sessions had not seen many fish taken.
With points at stake for the overall Club Champion Competition, today also saw the anglers competing for the Pairs Cup. Each angler would go back into a draw at then end of the match. They would be drawn into pairs with the best overall combined weight taking the Cup.
Antony Johnson and Jason Chatham were defending their crown as pairs Champions from 2019. But Antony was looking to make it a consecutive hat-trick of wins in this cup and a 5th time winning in 6 years.
Antony certainly put himself in pole position by winning the match outright weighing in 15 lb 3 oz. Fishing at 13 metres on the pole with dead red maggots over micros and ground bait. Second place went to Paul Wild with 14 lb 12 oz, fishing worm on the feeder and float fished double maggot. Third place for Ray Torrington with 14 lb 8 oz taking silvers on pole fished worm at 13 metres and carp on his favourite cat meat on the slope.
With some anglers struggling for bites let alone fish it was down to the luck of the draw bag to see who would be the pairs winners. Antony was paired up with Graham Wright to take the Pairs cup 2020 with a combined weight of 21 lb 6 oz. Ray Morland and Jason Chatham were second by just 6 oz with their combined weight of 21 lb.
Full Individual Result
1st Antony Johnson 15 lb 3 oz
2nd Paul Wild 14 lb 12 oz
3rd Ray Torrington 14 lb 3 oz
4th Ray Morland 13 lb 9 oz
5th Dave Marzell 11 lb 2 oz
6th Nigel Collis 9 lb 0 oz
7th Brian Johnson 8 lb 11 oz
8th Nathan Grech 8 lb 10 oz
9th Phil Price 8 lb 6 oz
10th Richard Grech 8 lb 0 oz
11th Jason Chatham 7 lb 7 oz
12th Graham Wright 6 lb 3 oz
13th Ron Needham 3 lb 3 oz
14th Alan Joplin 2 lb 12 oz
=15th Colin Fisher 0 lb 4 oz
=15th Neil Speechley 0 lb 4 oz
17th Ian Martin DNW
Full Pairs Cup Result
1st Antony Johnson & Graham Wright 21 lb 6 oz
2nd Ray Morland & Jason chatham 21 lb 0 oz
3rd Brian Johnson & Dave Marzell 19 lb 13 oz
4th Phil Price & Nigel Collis 17 lb 6 oz
5th Alan Joplin & Ray Torrington 17 lb 4 oz
6th Ian Martin & Paul Wild 14 lb 12 oz
7th Nathan Grech & Ron Needham 11 lb 13 oz
8th Neil Speechley & Nigel Collis (Spare) 9 lb 4 oz
9th Colin Fisher & Richard Grech 8 lb 4 oz
Next Match - Sunday 20th September, Float Fish Farm - Wagtail Lake