Hi to all, we fished our Weds match at Malcolm Barker Lake this week. The lake is full of weed and makes it almost impossible to hold a match. I drew peg 23 a very good peg and fairly clear of weed but one of our eldest members drew peg 8 and it was totally unfishable without a lot of work doing to it so I did a swap and used all my prep time clearing weed with a rope and rake head. At 9.30 am I blew the whistle to start the match and also stop raking the weed.
I found a clear spot and concentrated on that. It took maybe a good hour or so to draw some fish in only small roach and rudd but it was fish in the net. By 2 pm the swim just died then 20 mins before the end I got a half decent tench on - it took me all over the swim from one patch of weed to another but managed to land it and I weighed in 4lb 11oz
1st John Carter with 5lbs 5oz, 2nd Phil Whitmill with 4lbs 11oz and joint 3rd was Dave Fuller and Rob Calderón with 4lbs 2oz each - pic is me on a sunny day.