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CARP CHAT
The Elite Carp Masters April 2019
Photo of winners.
The first Elite Carp Masters carp
match of 2019 took place recently. It
was a new format this year in that
two lakes on Cottington Lakes Fishery were being used. These were
Lake Pepper and Lake Christine, both
of which hold a very good head of
large carp. Twenty-one very eager
contestants would be taking part in
the comp. There was a barbecue the
night before the comp, which was
attended by all but four contestants.
There was a lot of banter about who
was going to win and so on. Everyone
seemed to be enjoying themselves
without all that seriousness that
seems to follow some carp matches.
Although the weather turned
decidedly cold the night before the
match, expectations were still high.
Once the match had started, it wasn’t
long before the marshals were called
Gary Mardle with The Big Lin at 42lb 2oz.
The match finished with the results as follows:
1st – James and Gary Mardle with 128lb 12oz winning them £2000.
2nd – Mark Dyer and Alfie Willingdale with 109lb 7oz winning them £1000.
3rd – Sean Mayo and Carl Pritchard with 91lb 2oz winning them £500.
James Mardle also won a bivvy for catching the biggest carp at 46lb 4oz.
Carl Pritchard won a chair for catching the smallest carp at 10lb 12oz.
Both these prizes were donated by Fatfish tackle of Kent.
for. The first carp went to Gary Mardle
and was a mirror weighing 24lb 2oz.
This was only the start, as carp were
caught from both lakes throughout
the match, which kept Ben and me
very busy. The last morning was very
exciting for James Mardle who managed to capture the Big Girl at 46lb
4oz, while his brother Gary, not to be
outdone, had the Big Lin at 42lb 2oz.
These two carp clinched it for them,
and to say they were very happy is an
understatement.
A total of twenty-eight carp were
caught including three 40s, four 30s,
eight 20s and numerous other carp.
Thanks go to Gary and Darren, the
owners of Cottington Lakes, for allowing us to use the venue for our carp
matches. Thanks also go to Fatfish
Tackle, A2 Baits and Hooked on Baits
for donating prizes. The next Elite
Carpmasters Match is on August
16th, 17th and 18th at Cottington
Lakes. If you want to take part phone
Ben on 07737 254503. n
James Mardle with The Big Girl at 46lb 4oz.
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