Brian Gets Searle Of Approval
Green Un Final – Aston Springs Fishery, Snake Lake
Report and pictures by Bob Roberts
For the past 14 years I’ve run a match fishing competition that aims to promote club match angling in the South Yorkshire and North Notts region. It has involved hundreds of angling clubs and many thousands of anglers. The Sheffield based sports newspaper, the Green Un, devotes between a page and two pages to the competition each week, meaning we get column inches that compare favourably with football teams like Sheffield United, Wednesday, Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers, Rotherham United and Chesterfield.
Of course it features local fisheries and local angling news, too. It’s something I’m particularly proud to be involved with and will continue to support for as long as it is possible. We’ve just staged the 2011 final and are already working on 2012, but for now, here’s the final report.
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The 2011 Green Un Club Match Angler Championship Final produced a nail biting finish and a win for possibly the most committed competitor on the bank. Aston Springs’ Snake Lake offers spectators a grandstand view of every competitor yet none of those watching could be certain who had triumphed until the weigh-in was concluded.
The ‘Snake’ stocks are mostly small carp, ide, skimmers and barbel averaging 4 ounces so it’s rare for one individual to dominate. Anglers need to stay busy for the full five hours and not let the catch rate drop.
For three hours it appeared half the field were in with a shout but most tailed away in the fourth hour. Going into the final hour 5 anglers were in serious contention although two in particular appeared to be pulling away.
Brian Searle should have been driving down to Cornwall for a fishing holiday with his dad and couple of mates but insisted on fishing the final first. He drew ‘unlucky’ peg 13 on the wood side, an end peg, and caught mainly ide from the start. A welcome bonus in the shape of a 3lb bream gave his confidence a massive boost but his catch rate slowed up dramatically heading into the home straight.
Meanwhile Barrie Moat was on fire catching 19 fish in 19 casts fishing up in the water as the final whistle neared.
1. Brian Searle 48-13 (£2,000)
2. Barrie Moat 41-12 (£1,000)
3. Richard Wardle 33-13 (£500)
4. Neil Stone 30-2 (£300)
5. Graham Akid 29-2 (£200)
All 20 finalists received a £50 Climax Tackle voucher
Darnall based Brian Searle qualified for the semi final with Ranmoor Piscatorials. The recently engaged 25-year-old joiner was appearing in the final for the fourth time and actually won the 2009 Lindholme semi final.
Fishing at the venue for only the third time he presented caster tight to the far margin feeding groundbait, micro pellets and caster through a pole pot.
Going into the final hour misfortune struck when he smashed a pole section, losing a carp in the process. Undeterred he switched to corn down the edge and boosted his net with 7 carp for a final tally of 48lb 13oz.
Special Thanks Go To:
Match organisers Pauline and Geoff Hurt.
Aston Springs Fishery Owner Ken Swain – phone 0114 2470876 – who generously provided the fishery free of charge.
The girls in the cafe for preparing breakfasts and a fabulous post match buffet.