Saturday 5th May
19 anglers fished the Individual heat and 3 Teams on a day when the fishing was hard but fair. Being one of the few non C&R or pegged heats, this competition was fished to a 6 fish limit, with a flat rate bonus of 1lb per fish if the 6 fish were weighed in before 2 o’clock (9.30 start). Only 4 anglers managed this, and a further 8 managed their limit by the end of the day.
With an average weight of 3lb 5oz and the biggest fish of the day falling to Andrew Campbell of 7lb 8oz, Bushyleaze lived up to its star billing.
Biggest bag of the day of 23lb 4oz also fell to Andrew but unfortunately he did not manage it in time to get the bonus.
The Odd Bods (Howard Letherdale, John Page & Nick Barley) took the Team heat with 15 fish for 62lb 6ox (including 12lb 0f bonus), ahead of the Outsiders (Less Cooke, Pat Cooke and Pat Damant) with 18 fish for 60lb 10oz (including 6lb 0f bonus).
The Individual heat was even closer with 1oz deciding the winner (Nicholas Barley 28lb 9oz ahead of John Pearn 28lb 8oz) and 3rd qualifying place being decided on the weight of the biggest fish (Less Cooke 26lb 4oz big fish 5lb 1oz over Howard Leatherdale 26lb 4oz big fish 4lb 10oz).
Full results Bushyleaze Greys heat