With torrential rain sweeping the country, the second round of the North East Sensas Challenge was moved to Doncaster’s Hayfield Lakes. It was due to take place on Lincolnshire’s Fossdyke Navigation, but with the canal running halfway up the bank, the venue was deemed unsafe.
The move proved lucrative for Pole Fishing’s Matt Godfrey- who managed to win the match on his first winter visit to the venue! He explained: “I didn’t really know what to expect here at Hayfield, as the last time I fished the venue I was about 12, and it was in the middle of summer in a schools national! Fortunately, several of my team members had fished the lake before, and told me that I could expect to catch roach short and better skimmers and carassio on the long pole.
This long pole line ended up being really productive for me- as a procession of quality skimmers came to the net. It was really enjoyable fishing, and by topping up with small nuggets of leam crammed with bait, the fish just kept on coming! I ended the match with 26lb 12oz- a great four hours fishing in anybodies book! We also won the match as a team, which made the victory twice as sweet!”
1 Matt Godfrey (Ultimate Barnsley) 26lb 12oz
2 John Freeborn (Sensas North) 21lb 12oz
3 Brett Clarke (Ultimate Barnsley) 18lb 15oz
4 James Dent (Ultimate Barnsley) 18lb 6oz
5 Alan Scotthorne (Ultimate Barnsley) 16lb 8oz
1 Ultimate Barnsley B 11pts
2 Sensas North 16pts
3 Ultimate Barnsley A 16pts
4 Matrix Dynamite Trentmen 17pts
5 Daiwa Dons 22pts
6 Sensas Sheffield 23pts