A wet but warm start to yesterday’s junior open on Folly Lake at Aldercar Lane Fishery with 18 juniors keen to compete. The sun did arrive before the end of the match as the tension grew in this seemingly close match. We were barely half way around the weigh in when we arrived at peg 4. Leo’s first net scaled 37lbs 12ozs but when his second net was lifted it was obvious that he had a full net. Was it below the net limit of 50lbs or nearer 60lbs? The scales would reveal all, tipping in excess of 60lbs meant that this net was disqualified. Devastating news for Leo who would have topped 103lbs for the match but his 37lbs 12ozs put him in the lead at this point. The question was ‘what had some of the favoured pegs on the opposite bank produced? Only time would tell. By the end of the weigh in Leo held onto the win with Chris ‘Superman’ Randall on peg 22 weighing in 32lbs 10ozs for 2nd place and Jake Ellis claimed 3rd spot with 30lbs 2ozs off peg 11 despite losing his top two plus one playing a carp. Fortunately a junior, Aidan at the other end of the lake feeder fishing retrieved his feeder with Jake’s pole section attached complete with carp. Aiden netted the carp but returned the pole sections to Jake. lucky lad!
Name                         Peg        Weight
Leo Verdi                     4       37lbs 12ozs
Chris Randall           22       32lbs 10ozs
Jake Ellis                   11       30lbs 2ozs
Will Evans                20       29lbs 0ozs
George Askari          28       24lbs 7ozs
Niall Slack                10        20lbs 2ozs
Jake Brandrick        15         17lbs 1ozs
Aidan Spencer         26         11lbs 11oz
Tom Clifton              12         10lbs 14ozs
Sam Webster            24          8lbs 8ozs
Ben Wilson               10           5lbs 10ozs
Tom Blanchard        18           5lbs 6ozs
Carl Watkinson        13           4lbs 11ozs
Harry Buxton             6           2lbs 6ozs
Shaun Brown             8           DNW
Josh Brandrick        16           DNW