Junior Carp Match 2018

This year the match was held on Tufnell Mere where the ten young competitors were met with blowy, overcast conditions, but at least it was dry. The draw was made and off they went to find their respective pegs. 1-3 were in the bay by the carpark and the rest dotted along the canal stretch.

Fishing got under way at 10am and no sooner had the bait hit the water, Zac in peg 7 was into a fish closely followed by Tom in peg 11. Nothing huge but they all count. By 11am action was coming thick and fast with pegs 7 and 9 matching fish for fish however poor Theo Dixon in peg 8 hadn`t had a bite.

At the midway of the match, all but peg 8 had caught but it was still peg 7 leading the way, however young Jethro in peg 9 was hauling and if he hadn`t lost 3 fish in a row the outcome could have been different. Pegs 1-3 in the bay were catching but not as many as they would have liked.

Back in peg 11 Tom had a good fish of 17lb but bites were slow coming for him. James in peg 10 was catching steadily and the fish were of a good stamp and he was quietly coming up with a late run on the rails. Jack in peg3 started catching late on but a slow start didn`t help the cause.

Bites seemed to dry up at times but then came back, with action fast and furious. In the last half hour a good couple of fish to anyone could put you in with a shout of placing, but Zac in peg 7 kept catching and at the final whistle it proved decisive.

Final placings.


1st Zac Wilks               peg 7             15 fish               136lb 11oz

2nd Jethro Fisher         peg  9             13 fish              129lb 12oz

3rd James Bull             peg 10            9 fish                98lb 11oz

4th Jack Andrews         peg 3              7 fish                73lb 04oz

5th Lewis Bradbook      peg 4              4 fish                41lb 08oz

6th Tom Wilson            peg 11            3 fish                33lb 04oz

7th Toby Price              peg 1              3 fish                23lb 10oz

8th Liam Chamberlain   peg2               2 fish                19lb

9th Poppy Kennett        peg 6              1 fish                8lb 12oz

10th Theo Dixon           peg 8              0 fish                -----------


Young Angler of the Day went to Tom Wilson for landing his 17lb carp, good angling young man.

Well done to all those who took part and I hope you enjoyed your day.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank a few people firstly to Lee Goodchild and Lee Kennett who stepped up to run the event, at one stage it looked it wasn’t going to take place. Next up, the Marshalls who gave up their time to volunteer their help weighing fish and giving advice to the youngsters.  Paul Charles, Spencer Plair, Ed Mead, Ray Heywood, Phil Watts. A big thank you to you all.

Also Thank you to Barry Davis and Paul Bocking for organising the prizes.

Thank you to our Sponsors DT Baits for providing a Kilo of bait to each competitor and another 5 kilos plus dips to the winner and runner ups.

Thank you to Elite Tackle who provided a pair of superb bobbins and a very smart baiting needle.

And Finally Thank you to Nash Tackle who provided £150 of end tackle to the winner and runner ups

All the Officials at CAA and competitors appreciated your donations.


Ian Stokes

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