Fish North 1st Qualifiers
Date: 13th April 2019
Venue: Forest Lane Fisheries
Lakes: The Don, Oaklands, Vale and Furlong
Saturday 13th April 2019 saw the very first qualifier for the new big-money event Fish North. Taking place at Forest Lane Fishery it was very enthusing to see that it was a sell-out. With 20 anglers on each of the 4 lakes and 1 person qualifying off each lake it had shown that the people of the North had well and truly back this great event.
Although we had recently had some fantastic weather, this weekend maybe came a week to early, as the anglers were faced with 7 degree temperatures, a bitterly cold easterly wind which had an effect on the fishing and with added pressure on the lakes, it was a shame that the sport was a little slow.
The Don lake through up the better of the weights, which could be expected as this lake holds the oldest residents of the entire complex. Taking the honours today on this lake was Stephen Luck, who after a slow start managed to find the fish on the pellet feeder where he caught the majority of his fish tight over on peg 31, he then managed a run short on pellets and finished off with a few down the edge to put 84lb 11oz on the scales for the win and a place in the semi-final, following a close 2nd on this lake and just missing out was Josh Sawyer, who after a fantastic start on paste, then endured a slow middle and good finish and was only just 4lb shy off winning with 80lb 12oz
The Furlong was dominated by the end peg 30 just out of the wind, where local lad Jake Gregory managed to find the carp and barbel. Starting on ground bait and dead maggots he managed a steady match catching across and down the edge and then finding a few of the bigger barbel late on down the middle, this gave him a weight of 53lb and the qualifying place. 2nd on this lake not too far behind on peg 24 was Matty Goodall who managed 46lb 8oz.
The Vale which is the newest of the lakes used in the qualifier can normally be a fish race, but today it was a steady approach to get the win. At the start of the draw Scott Brady on Peg 11 stated that if he could choose a peg today it would be 11 on the Vale, so as luck would have it he gets his rewards. He mainly fished down the same hole all day at 13m fishing pellets, feeding small balls of micros and a pellet on the hook to weigh 30lb 9oz, a very tense weigh in as only a 15oz behind was Andy Geldart who on peg 3 put 29lb 10oz on the scales and just missed out of qualifying.
Oaklands seems to get the brunt of these cold winds and the fish just don’t seem to like it although this lake can produce some huge weights. Taking the honours and the last qualifying place in the semi-final was Ash Clements, drawing on peg 15 he managed to find a few fish on the method feeder towards the middle of the lake and then rotating this line with the long pole he put a mixed bag of carp, barbel and chub together to lead the field with a weight of 51lb 6oz. His nearest rival on the opposite bank taking 2nd on this lake was Alfie Snowdon with a weight of 36lb 10oz.
So the first 4 qualifiers are: Stephen Luck, Jake Gregory, Scott Brady and Ash Clements. Next up is the qualifier at the Oaks on the 27th April where some big weights could potentially be on the cards.