Venue: HERONBROOK – ISLAND, MATCH POOL AND MATCH LAKE
After securing an extra lake we were well spaced across the above 3 lakes, only having to put 1 section on the new bit of match lake which nobody fancied and rightly so as it was a bit of a grind in this section.
Daz Gabz is on fire in 2020 and picked up the overall win from peg 6 on Match Lake with an impressive 145lb. Second place went to Ste Hammerton from peg 3 on Island with 103lb and Ste Tomo picked up 3rd place from peg 5 Match Lake with 102lb.
There were some monster carp caught with lots of doubles. Mike Crowther got his new personal best with an 18lb 10oz mirror carp being beat by Geds 20lb monster mirror which is the current biggest fish of the season! Nice work guys!
Nobody went swimming.
Venue: LINDHOLME LAKES – BENNY’S AND STRIP
What a couple of weeks fishing we’ve had! After the annual fishing holiday was unfortunately cancelled we managed to quickly arrange the first SMAC festival at Heronbrook over 3 days. The event was seeded to give everyone a chance at picking up the top prize and this worked really well. Massive congratulations to Daz Gabz on winning the competition and well done to everyone else who framed. There was a massive 8331lb of fish caught over the 3 days with 39 ton plus weights and 3 double tons, epic!! Safe to say this won’t be the last time we run this festival.
Just when we though it couldn’t get much better we’ve spent an awesome 2 days at Lindholme. A 14 man knock up was held on the Saturday on Benny’s which threw up some cracking weights. Andy Sonley won this with a massive 285lb and there were 3 more double ton up weights and 7 ton plus weights! A total close to 2200lb of fish caught between just 14 anglers!
We were then split across Benny’s and Strip pond for the 2nd SMAC match of 2020. Benny’s was obviously the fancied draw but strip has been known to throw up a few good weights in the past. On the day Benny’s massively outperformed strip as expected and the weights were just unbelievable….. 7 double tons were recorded along with 16 ton plus weights making it the best SMAC match of all time. The previous was Heronbrook in 2018 where the average weight was 110lb per angler and a total of 3539lb was recorded. This match smashed it with 4822lb at an average of 126lb per angler! Epic is an understatement.
There were countless personal best math weights recorded; too many to mention! So well done to everyone who got their PB match weight. Andy Sonley won the match again with a huge 279lb which is now the new SMAC match record taking the crown from Paul Tighe. Well done Andy, a cracking couple of days fishing mate. Second place overall went to new member Chris Preece with 262lb and third place went to Pete Boggiano with 247lb. Well done to all the framers and section winners.
I’ve included the final table below from the heronbrook festival along with the results from Saturday’s knock up and the pictures from Sunday’s match.
Thanks to everyone who was involved in setting up the festival and organising the night away at Lindholme….. 2 events that are sure to continue!
Saturday 11.07.12 Knock up results
Venue: HERONBROOK FISHERIES – MEADOW AND BRIDGE
Almost 8 months have passed by since the end of the 2019 season and it was great to get back on the bank with 38 turning out for the 1st [what should’ve been the 6th] SMAC 2020 match. A reduced 9 match season means it’s more of a sprint to the line this year and with only 1 dropper the pressure is on!
A warm, muggy day greeted us at the fantastic heronbrook fisheries, expectations were mixed due to the fact the lakes were hammered in the previous week with a festival being on for the 3 days before but overcast conditions led a few to believe it would fish well. The cloud cover unfortunately disappeared after a short period of time which made the fishing really difficult for some. A few good weights still came out but not to the usual heronbrook standard we’ve become used too!
Well done to Paul Pannett on the overall match win, a good solid performance from peg 34 on meadow to put 120lb on the scales and Ady Wood from the next peg picking up second overall with 111lb. Pete Boggiano wasn’t too far behind with 109lb from Peg 1 – the top 3 all coming off Meadow.
Below are the framers and details along with some pics from the match. God knows what’s happened to everyone’s head on the bridge pictures!