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First fishing match

Fishing the Earl of Harrington 5th Annual Facebook Match

The first session of the month was on 6 May and I was back on the Earl at Woodrows for a good days fishing for anything that came along. Unfortunately none of the baits I had could tempt the many Carp just under the surface, or any other species to feed. However, I didn’t feel too frustrated as I was in a very nice, peaceful spot; under a hazy sky with temperatures around 20 degrees and only one of the other anglers caught something. The fish did start to feed in the evening - after I’d gone! - and several nice fish were caught and images shared on social media.

I joined 21 other Earl of Harrington anglers on Mill Dam and Canal for the 5th Annual Facebook Match on the 21 May. It was a really difficult five hours fishing; I drew peg 15 on the canal section and didn’t catch anything, not even a knock! The fish were there but they weren’t feeding and only several anglers caught anything. Joint first place weighed in at 3lbs 13ozs each, third place weighed 3lbs 2ozs and the match raised money for Autism East Midlands.

On 24 May I was back on the cut at Stenson Bubble and caught a nice Roach on my first cast and the Roach and Perch came regularly for a few hours and then suddenly stopped. I moved upstream and carried on catching Roach and Perch and a small Chub and had a really good session which also included two good size Perch.

Finally this month I was at Springwood Fisheries on the bottom lake catching Roach, Ide and four Carp from about 2½-4lb, so a good day with some nice weather apart from the rain for a few hours in the afternoon.

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