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The Elite Car Masters August 2019
The August Elite Carp Masters carp
match is usually a good one with
many carp coming out. We now use
both Lake Pepper and Lake Christine
on the Cottington Lakes Fishery near
Deal for the Elite. The twenty-one
places were snapped up within a couple of hours of it going live. It certainly
sells out very quickly. On the night
before the match we had a BBQ and a
few drinks, which was heartily
attended by sixteen pairs. There was
much banter going on about who
would win, tactics and which lake
would be the best to go on. Some
stayed up to the early hours, and others went to bed early in readiness for
the match the next day. All twentyone competitors gathered in the
onsite café awaiting the draw. The
canisters with all the names in were
placed on the table and the draw
commenced. First out of the draw
were Kerry Pickering and Martin
Lamble. The resounding shout when
their names were called told us they
were happy. The draw continued until
all the names were called. Some were
happy – some not so happy.
The hooter went for the match to
start, and only thirty minutes into the
match, the marshals were called. The
first fish went to Tommy Onslow and
Adam Kingston and weighed 9lb
10oz. Small maybe, but it put them on
the score sheet. The second carp to
be caught was a chunk and weighed
38lb 1oz. It went to Dan Akerman and
Kerry Pickering who had come out of
This one was 37lb 6oz, again James
Left to right: Brian Fort and Chris Fuller who came third. In the middle are Jack
Price and Carl Pritchard who came first. On the right are Adam Kingston and
Tommy Onslow who came second.
the draw bag first. By 6.20pm on the
first evening ten carp had been
caught, most notably a big scaly carp
weighing 39lb 13oz.
The record in any of the Elite
matches is 39 carp caught. We were
hoping the anglers would beat that
record because the conditions for
carp fishing were very good. The
catching continued on both lakes,
which was making it a very exciting
match. At 5.15pm on the next afternoon, the record was surpassed with
a 25lb 8oz common. Ben and I, my
wife Jan and Ben’s partner Faye were
flat out weighing fish. By 10am on the
last day with just two hours to go, any
of the top eight could have gone on to
win it. A final flurry of fish captures in
the last forty-five minutes sent Carl
Pritchard and Jack Price into the lead.
Carl and Jack’s nerves were getting
the better of them though as they
paced up and down waiting for the
hooter to end the match. Finally the
hooter went to end the match, and
Carl and Jack had done it. When you
consider they hadn’t caught for nearly
the first twenty-four hours, they had
done remarkably well. The record was
completely smashed with 72 carp
caught by the contestants. This
included 13x30s and 23x20s. The
biggest carp caught was 39lb 13oz.
The final score for the top five was:
This fish weighed 39lb 13oz and won James Weller the biggest fish prize, which
was a bivvy.
James Weller receiving The Peter
Breeze Memorial Trophy for the
biggest fish of 39lb 13oz.
1st – Carl Pritchard and Jack Price
with 194lbs, winning £2000 and trophies.
2nd – Tommy Onslow and Adam
Kingston with 157lb 13oz, winning
£1000 and trophies.
3rd – Chris Fuller and Brian Fort
with 156lb 7oz, winning £500 and trophies.
4th – Kev Smith and Joe Grattan
with 155lb 14oz.
5th – Wells McCarthy and Terry
McCarthy with 150lb 8oz.
Our next match at Cottington is not
until April next year. If you would like
to fish on Pepper or Christine, both of
which hold very large carp, go to their
website at www.cottingtonlakes. and you can book on. n
This one was 36lb 6oz to Alan


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