Two raised "old type" waterworks reservoirs, mostly square, with fish cages in each reservoir. Scenic views of Beacon fell and in the distance Pendle Hill. Anyone getting out could look across and just glimpse Blackpool Tower in the distance.
A mixed bag of wind, rain , sunshine and cloud, After a squally and rainy start, the day became mostly fine.
13 dedicated men travelled from as far afield as Devon, however most were from the Midlands and North
The group split into two halves, and the plan was to fish your dedicated lake for 3 hours, have a half hour lunch break in the lodge, then Swop lakes for the final three hours. This worked well, although after spending a half hour over lunch in the presence of a terrific log burning stove, there was some reluctance to fish the last three hours.
In the morning session, all anglers had at least one fish, Dave Minogue had at least 7 by the break, including an estimated 6lbs plus brownie that was returned. Steve Frakes was hooking plenty, but landing few. Kev Primmer hooked a fish straight after launching, a nice blue but decided to return it... was that wise ?? at lunch he had only landed one more !!. Russ had a nice 3.5 lbs fish, as did Steve Naylor (yes he was fishing) Andre had three in the bag, Gary had similar. Over on Beacon lake, Brian heald had taken Three fish. Martin had bagged his four, Dave Carrie, I believe had one fish at the break. Ivan was also into fish.
I the afternoon, Gary went on to catch his limit, plus lots of others and he ended with 14 fish. Dave Minogue had a frantic last 15 mins losing fish and catching two very quickly on Cats Whisker to take his limit. Kev Primmer changed from the commonly used DI lines to a floater, with Black fritz and sedgehogs and took his limit, with some nice fish to end with 4 for over 10lbs...A catch which gave him the Back End Trophy and £65 from the sweep...Well done Kevin... Brian completed his limit and came second with over 9lbs...more importantly, he took the honours both in the Preston Derby with Dave C and also pipped Dave in this years Championship....Oh well there is always next year Dave !!
87 fish were caught, 40 kept and most anglers had a least one fish in the 3-4lbs range..Great fish and a great Fishery, well worth a visit if you in the area.
Many thanks to Frank at the Fishery, and many thanks to Martin Mayers who provided hot food for us all after the comp, prior to the AGM.
I will leave our Chairman Mr Russell to give you his report on the AGM