Successful Matrix Tidal Trent event attracts bumper field
Matrix Tidal Trent Festival
Last year's Matrix Tidal Trent Festival was a complete washout and had to be cancelled after the first day's fishing on health and safety grounds as the river Trent became dangerously high due to the constant heavy rain.
But the 2013 Matrix Tidal Trent Festival took place over the weekend before last and 50 anglers entered the series.
The festival is held over three days with each angler having to fish each of the three sections. The sections this year were the low numbers at Laughterton, the high numbers at Laughterton and a stretch at Dunham.
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The series kicked off on the Friday and the weekend saw some exceptionally big tides.
Day one of the festival saw Wayne Bartholomew take the winner's spot. Bartholomew (Feeder Team England) was drawn at peg 15 at Dunham and he got off to a great start.
He caught four bream, three of which when weighed on their own took the scales to a very healthy 19lb 5oz. He also caught skimmers and hybrids which all fell to the groundbait feeder with worm and caster.
His final weight of 28lb 12oz gave him a comfortable win.
Maver Image-backed angler Steve Clarke finished as the runner-up on day one. He had drawn peg 35 at Laughterton where he too fished the groundbait feeder with worm and caster. Clarke caught skimmers and hybrids for a final net of 14lb 7oz.
Peg 13 at Dunham saw Colin Stringer take third spot.
Stringer (Sheffield) fished worm and caster through the groundbait feeder. His net of hybrids and skimmers took the scales to 13lb 14oz. Worksop rod Paul Goulding was fourth overall at the next peg 12 with 12lb 15oz of bream and skimmers.
Day two was a different story with most of the winning weights coming from the high numbers at Laughterton. The winner however came from peg 17 at Dunham with a net of 15lb 2oz. Pete Hyde (Leeds) was the winning angler and he fished the feeder with worm and caster for bream and skimmers for his winning weight. Bridesmaid on day two was Worksop rod Shaun Rampling at peg 37 at Laughterton.
Rampling caught skimmers and hybrids on groundbait feeder with caster and worm for a net of 13lb 12oz. Local river ace Alan Henry (Shimano/Dynamite) took third spot on the day. Henry, drawn at peg 44 at Laughterton, fished the groundbait feeder with worm and caster.
He mainly caught skimmers for a bag of 12lb 1oz. Fourth place went to Steve Roe (Leeds) at peg 35 at Laughterton with a barbel of 9lb plus a few skimmers for 12lb.
The third and final day saw Scunthorpe angler Jan Stephenson take the winner's spot from peg 50 at Laughterton.
Again, it was the groundbait feeder with worm and caster that produced the fish and Stephenson had two good bream and some skimmers for a final tally of 12lb 6oz. Pete Reilly (Nottingham) took the runner-up spot at peg 38 at Laughterton. His net of skimmers and hybrids were all taken on the groundbait feeder and he totaled 10lb 6oz.
Again, Alan Henry found himself in the frame from peg 14 at Dunham. Henry (Shimano/Dynamite) caught skimmers on the groundbait feeder and he also caught a few perch on the pole using lobworm that took the scales to 8lb 6oz.
Mark Halksworth won his second section in three days at peg 2 at Dunham. Halksworth (Leegem Angling) caught hybrids, perch, skimmers and roach on the groundbait feeder for 8lb 2oz.
Wayne Bartholomew had the best combined weight of the series with 35lb 1oz and this won him £500, plus a Matrix Horizon rod. The second best combined weight was Steve Clarke who had 29lb 11oz and this won him £400 and a £300 pot was taken by Paul Goulding for his 28lb 15oz.
The overall points winner and the holder of the Matrix Tidal Trent Festival trophy was local river ace Alan Henry (Shimano/Dynamite) who won the title with just four points. Henry won £700, plus a Matrix Horizon Feeder rod.
Terry Moroz also had an excellent series by taking the runners-up spot with five points. He won £550 and a Matrix Ultron Float rod. Mark Halksworth was third overall with six points and two section wins and he won £400 plus an Ultron Float rod.
Special thanks are extended to Ricky Teale of Matrix Team who sponsored the event and provided the prizes. Due to the success of this series, I think this festival will become an annual event on the River Trent, bringing in good anglers from around the country to compete.
Twenty-seven veterans turned out at Little John's Lake near Ollerton to compete for the Frank Butler Memorial Trophy.
Robin Hood Lake hosted this match and the proud holder of this popular trophy was Danny Breslin. Breslin was drawn at peg 17 where he opted to fish both corn and meat on the pole.
His all-carp net of 57lb 5oz was enough to take the trophy. Colin McMasters, on peg 14, finished in second spot. McMasters fished identical tactics as the winner and he eventually put 52lb 5oz of carp onto the scales.
Third spot was taken by the consistent Dave Robinson from peg 12. Robinson fished worm on the pole for a net of 39lb 1oz. Roger Cooke was fourth at peg 11 with 34lb 9oz taken on corn and pellet on the pole.
Last week the veteran fishing section visited the River Trent at Farndon to compete for the Roy Else Memorial Trophy.
The winner was drawn at peg 12 and 17 anglers fished. Barry Giles was the angler on this peg and he fished the groundbait feeder with worm and caster. He caught bream and skimmers that gave him an overall weight of 20lb 1oz.
Bill Whitworth has a lot of experience on the Trent and this showed as he took second place in the match.
Whitworth also fished worm and caster through a groundbait feeder for 15lb 2oz at peg six. Neville Doughty was third from peg 14. Doughty fished maggot on the stick float for a perch and roach catch of 6lb 4oz. Consistent Ted Wroe finished in fourth spot at peg five. Wroe also caught on the stick float and he mustered a weight of 6lb 1oz
Dynamite Baits / Scunthorpe & D.A.A. Thursday League
Match number seven in this series last Thursday saw the 21 anglers face a high tide of almost seven metres and the river running off all day.
The Trent was still carrying extra rain water and this gave the river a tinge of colour instead of the clear water syndrome that we have seen in previous weeks.
Lincoln rod Malcolm Firmstone won from peg 42. Firmstone fished worm and caster through the groundbait feeder where he caught skimmers and bream for 24lb 2oz. Veteran rod Maurice Thacker still takes some beating on this river and he was the runner-up.
Thacker, on the next peg, 43, also caught skimmers on the groundbait feeder using worm and red maggot as hookbait. His net of 11lb 12oz just clinched second spot. Not far behind was the consistent Roly Moses at peg 39. Moses (Brigg AC) caught the odd skimmer on the feeder but he also caught roach and perch on the waggler with maggot for 11lb 8oz.
Bawtry rod Steve Drage was fourth at peg 45 with 10lb 9oz of bream and skimmers taken on the groundbait feeder.
Lincoln Junior Section
The Lincoln Junior Angling Section didn't have a planned match last week so they had one of their "Away Days".
This time the youngsters visited Sherwood Park Fishery and the lads seemed to have enjoyed their time there.
Tom Moat started off fishing the lake but later on switched to the river where he tried the stick float. He caught mainly roach but he did catch a few decent chub as well.
Luke Thompson also enjoyed his day. He caught predominantly carp with a few skimmers for over 29lb of fish. Jordan Allen also caught carp but he had a lot of skimmers in his net of over 35lb. Most of the other lads also caught a few fish with weights in the five to seven pound bracket.
North Hykeham AC
North Hykeham AC have been out and about over the past few weeks.
A couple of weeks ago they visited Tattershall where they held a match on Moon Lake. The winner was Steve Hymers who caught 17 carp by switching between the pole and the method feeder with meat.
He eventually put 41lb 4oz onto the scales. Runner-up was son Tom Hymers at peg eight. Hymers junior fished pellet on the pole for carp and skimmers that took the scales to 33lb 12oz. Dave Stanney was third at peg 4.
Stanney also fished pellet on the pole for 15lb 12oz.
Lake One at Thimbleby was the other venue that Hykeham AC visited. This time it was revenge for Tom Hymers as he took the honours on this occasion. He was drawn at peg 3 where he fished the method feeder and the margins for 75lb 6oz.
John Bradley took second spot at peg 17. Bradley fished the eight-metre pole with meat for 42lb 6oz. Steve Hymers was third on the day at peg 5. Steve fished the long pole up in the water with meat for carp and skimmers that totalled 38lb 8oz.