The 2009 Maggotdrowning.com Individual Champs held on the match lake at Larford Lakes, Stourport, Worcestershire took place today. This is a match that I have the pleasure of organising and have done so for a few years now and thoroughly enjoy doing so.
So many anglers originally booked in that I had to form a reserve list but in the end just 38 turned up hoping to be crowned Maggotdrowning.com Individual Champion 2009.
Talk at the draw was about the big weights that can be caught in the match lake and where the best place would be to draw. One thing I'd noticed was how close the pegs were, there can't have been more than about 10 paces between each one so fortunately today we were using every other peg.
I quite fancied a peg near the club house so of course drew just about as far away as was possible, peg 51 at the far end in a bay. For company I had Simon elsey on peg 53, Midge, Croydon Angler and Royst. Also close by and in full view were Clive and of course my nemesis, Mugger Morton.
My day turned out to be difficult one. I couldn't buy a bite and with 3 hours gone had caught hardly anything other than 1 carp on the feeder. Peter was putting afew in the net but not as many as Tony (Spamwham) who was bagging. By the end I'd given up hope, it didn't matter what I tried there just weren't any fish in front of me, even fishing maggot brought no response. To make it worse I could hear Malc catching fish after fish on the other side of the island, just a good job I couldn't see him or else I might had slit my wrists.
The weigh in told a story, all those pegged in the same bay as me had struggled, it appeared that the fish just weren't there and were all in the main part of the lake.
Congratulations to Fordy on another fine win with 116lbs 7ozs, the only ton+ weight of the day.
Full results by peg no. are shown below. Thanks must go to the fishery staff for looking after us, Lyn for her hard work with the raffle, and to everyone who made the effort to come along and make the day a success.
P2 Bucko 14-01 P3 Smasher (DNW)
P5 Simple Simon 63-15 P7 Baggingman 89-03
P9 Sprucey 46-01 P11 Milo 55-08
P13 Genus9 73-00 P15 Gemma 15 15-11
P19 Me 23-16 P21 Paul Scatt 37-10
P23 ED10 72-05 P25 Dirk 53-12
P27 Mike Globe 64-03 P29 Dai Fish 28-02
P31 BaggerJ 40-13 P33 Floatfisher Jnr 53-04
P35 Spamwham 96-15 P37 Peter M 50-05
P39 Marginman 34-06 P41 Clive 19-03
P43 Drynets 16-10 P45 Royst 34-10
P46 Midge99 18-02 P47 Croydon Angler DNW
P51 Vince G 17-11 P53 Simon Elsey DNW
P55 Malc 89-12 P57 Fish4alarf 18-13
P59 Bungee 98-13 P61 MarkCAdroit 54-04
P63 Aigy 66-03 P65 Fordy1 116-07
P67 Ulladubulla 34-15 P69 Looney 50-02
P71 Hicko1 82-02 (inc 1 fish 16-01) P73 J R Hartley 47-05
P75 Budgie65 31-13 P77 Steak 36-02
Sorry no pics as I'd managed to leave the camera on after taking the first one and flattenned the batteries. OOOooops!!