The club would like to thank all competitors for complying with the new social distancing rules set out to make this match happen. It’s a thankless job, now made even more difficult with Covid-19. We would like to thank the majority of anglers who took the time to thank us on how we ran the match. Also, a big thanks needs to go Dave Harris for spending days at the waters clearing space for parking. It was great to see so many new and returning Stanton members taking part.
As this was the first match on the canal for some years it was unknown as to the best area to draw. The most fancied area was around the carpark pegs – 18, 19, 20 – as this is the most popular part of the canal. The match got off to a good start with Adam Logan at peg 9 and Matt Gaetto on peg 12, both getting early Bream. It soon became apparent there was no point fishing for bits as odd Bream and Tench started to be caught. With 3hrs of the match gone it looked like everyone was still in with a chance with several anglers now having caught Bream, with Adam and Matt out in front. The 4th hour was a struggle for most with the high temperatures but Match Secretary Ady Knighton was showing his class by putting 2 more Bream in the net. Danny Gaetto was starting to get bites despite the motor cross Grand Prix taking place right by him… As an aside, Danny would also like to say thanks Dave Harris for forgetting where he left his car keys that morning, which freed up the space for him to fish. The last hour saw Danny putting two more Bream in the net as well as losing a couple. The ever popular Craig Logan on peg 11 was cursing 4 lost fish in the lillies but managed to get a Tench and a Bream in the last hour to add to the 2lb of bits. At the final whistle it was clear that Adam had won but it was all down to the weigh in to find out the top 5.
1st Adam Lagan – 17lb 4oz
2nd Ady Knighton – 11lb 12oz +4oz casters!
3rd Craig Logan – 11lb 9oz
4th Danny Gaetto – 10lb 9oz
5th Matt Gaetto – 10lb 40z