Points Match 5, Mepal, 16th August 2020

Our previous match here on 7th June had been a disappointment for many, with 6 DNWs and only The Mepal Marvel recording double figures. This had persuaded several of this week’s challengers to try the Marvel’s double worm feeder tactics in order to topple his dominance, that is until they heard that he had recently had several practice sessions and failed to catch even a single bream, carp or indeed anything else worth noting! Clearly, despite some recent rain, things seemed to have got worse during the exceptionally hot dry weather.

Our previous match here on 7th June had been a disappointment for many, with 6 DNWs and only The Mepal Marvel recording double figures. This had persuaded several of this week’s challengers to try the Marvel’s double worm feeder tactics in order to topple his dominance, that is until they heard that he had recently had several practice sessions and failed to catch even a single bream, carp or indeed anything else worth noting! Clearly, despite some recent rain, things seemed to have got worse during the exceptionally hot dry weather.

Trevor performed his socially distanced draw and as we were setting up the carp tried confusing us even more by topping everywhere, the margins, open water and over the deepest and shallowest spots. Before echoes from the whistle had faded Trevor was heard to declare he ‘was in’ and the first rudd was slimming towards his net. Simon retaliated with a similar first cast success but for most others not much was happening. For the next two hours we had to listen to Trevor reporting that it was “a fish a chuck”, “there must be hundreds down there”, “I’m getting two or three per maggot”, “hemp is too slow”, etc etc. Most of us had to be content with the odd fish, I had only found five fish by 15:00 and it was soon after that Trevor blew his whistle and announced a ½ hour break because the lightening had arrived. Some of the more suspicious felt the break was to allow Trevor’s arms to recover but as the rain became really torrential efforts were concentrated on trying not to be washed away or lose anything down the newly formed ‘rivers’ flowing under tackle boxes and around feet.

Once he had recovered Trevor blew his whistle again and immediately resumed his commentary, quote of the day had to be: ”they’ve stopped biting completely now, all I can get are roach”! Simon asked: ”you’re still catching though”?, “yes but only one a chuck”. This proved too much for some, The Mepal Marvel and Mark Freeman, both fishless, couldn’t take any more and packed up early, others put ear plugs in and upped the concentration. After a good but short run of decent rudd I hooked one of the large bream but after I managed to stop his first run for freedom and turn him back towards me he slipped the hook, not sure what I said but John next door proceeded to hook the tree between us. Nothing much else happened apart from Trevor stating that his casters were floating and making the fish stay up in the water, which made some think that’s where he should be too.

Trevor won with almost 20 lb, nearly twice Gwyn’s weight, and with the next three positions needing 7 lb+ average weights were slightly better than the last match although nothing to remember.

As per the club book our next match is on 30th August at the Horningsea Boats section on The Cam. The draw will be at 8:00 on the bank just before The Boats section, please book on as usual with Trevor.

Ian Claydon

Points match No. 5 Fished Block Fen, Mepal on 16th August 2020
NameWeightPoints
lbsozsdms
Trevor Sturge19513
Gwyn Andrews10912
Ken Whitmore71111
Kevin Saunders7410
John Read729
Simon Deal5148
Ian Claydon497
Dave Lindsey436
Bill Scott285
Mark FreemanDNW1
Rob TurnerDNW1