Carl gets close to the Win at Little John Lakes

After a break from fishing for a while with very little to report on, I decided to to fish The Nobbys Memorial Match at little John lakes.

After winning last year at Portland waters I was keen to try and retain my trophy as bobby was a good friend and a genuine all round good bloke.

At the draw I went into the bag and picked out 8 on Robin Hood lake, having not been to this venue for around 5 years, I was unsure how to go about it so, I just set up my usual paste at 5 Meters in front and short down the edge.

The match itself was very frustrating with the 1st 3 hours being a nightmare with foul hookers. It did not seem to matter if I fed, fished passed my feed or came short, they would not settle.

Around the 3 hour mark I started to get a few proper bites and started to put a weight together while constantly priming my edge.

With the bait limit only allowing 3 tins of corn it was always going to be tight to finish the match feeding corn. I soaked some fishery 6mm pellets and fed them alongside the corn.

At the end of the match I managed to weigh in 200lb 1oz for a section win and I think 3rd overall with 202lb and 209lb winning it overall, so it was very close.

My paste mix was my usual ground Murukyu efg 130 and a one of my new CW paste floats made my mike Wilkinson in 0.1g.

On reflection I had a great day and was a little unlucky not to retain the trophy, as running out of corn for the last hour defiantly slowed my bites down, but more importantly we raised over £450 for the heart foundation and and a great effort by all who fished and also to Greg Cooper and his team for running the match.