We knew it would be hard going with the drop in temperatures but this turned out to be more of a grueler than I expected.
I drew peg 18 and after spending some time getting my box set up in a stable manner, I set up a couple of feeder rods, one for fishing the straight lead and one with a small hybrid feeder.
After plumbing up a couple of pole lines at 13m and 6m the match began. I started on the lead with bread discs for hook bait, each cast was left in for around 10 minutes before re-baiting and trying another spot around the swim. On about the 5th cast and after being out there for a while the tip flew round and I was attached to a decent carp, it was a bit of a relief to get one in the net and I was the first on the match to get a carp.
I fed my pole lines with very little, pellets and maggots on one 13m line and just a few maggots on the other. On the 6m line I fed one area with a small ball of groundbait with a few pinkies in it and the other area I was loose feeding maggots very few now and then.
Well, that was it for me, despite trying to catch small fish on the pole I did not get another bite on anything for the rest of the match.
I knew only 3 other anglers had caught a carp so I was fairly sure I would be in the top 3 as one of those other carp was a 2 pounder, when the scales came round to me the leader was Neil with 9lb 2oz which was one carp and 3lb of silvers.
My one carp went 9lb 9oz so it turned out to be enough to win the match!
The Club Report and full results can be seen HERE