On April 24 at a fishery near the centre of England the age old angling question was asked – head-to-head, who’s better, match or carp anglers?
The answer was definitive – the match anglers reigned supreme, more than doubling the weight of fish caught by their specimen chasing counterparts.
Fished at Barston lakes near Solihull, the competition saw the two camps of MAP and the carpers from Wychwood go at it over six hours of fishing. The competitors fished in pairs (10 anglers, 5 pairs), with some big names taking to the bank, including the likes of Andy May, John Hall, James Dent and Steve Collett.
Conditions on the day were cold and breezy, weather that hampered the anglers drawn on the windward side of the lake. However, despite the nip in the air, two of the match anglers still managed to post weights well in excess of the ton with Steve Collett coming out on top after getting amongst the carp to record 151lb on the nose.
Steve drew the fancied end peg on the left of the lake, fishing tight to a reed bed on the method to take a series of quality carp.
Most impressive though was James Dents net full, consisting almost completely of quality bream for an impressive total of 121lb 4oz caught on the feeder and 13m pole line. It was a weight that put him and partner Shaun Little post the biggest pairs weight of the event, just shy of 200lb.
The bream showed right around the lake, making the majority of the weight for the match boys. The method at range to proved to be the most consistent catcher, although later on in the day the fish moved in within pole range.
Altogether the match anglers managed to put together a total of 639lb 7oz, the majority of which were bream and small F1s. In comparison the carpers recorded a total of just 286lbs – an emphatic victory for the match boys!
And what did the carpers have to say?
“The MAP boys fished well and did a great job on the day,” said Wychwood’s marketing manager and competing carp angler Nic Brown. “Having said that though, if it had been an all carp match and those bream hadn’t have counted it would have been a different matter. . .”
Peg 114 John Hall 69lb
Peg 116 Wendy Perry 17lb 10oz
Pair Total 86lb 10oz
Peg118 Andy May 36lb
Peg120 Mike Robinson 33lb 8oz
Pair Total 69lb 8oz