Winter League Round Up - Andy Pell

Team Guru’s latest round of the winter league at Castle Ashby presented a chance for them to increase on their slender, two-point lead over Milton Keynes. With three teams battling it out for the final round next weekend, things were really tight at the top. Team captain Andy Pell runs us through the day…

“The conditions changed dramatically leading up to the match, as we get closer to the dreaded winter. The water clarity was improving by the day, making the fishing increasingly more difficult.

When it came down to the draw, we had a mixture between good and bad areas of the lakes. So it was all down to the lads to produce the goods. My swim for the day was peg 14, on the Scotland Pond. After pulling out this swim, I wasn’t hopefully of a productive day. After four hours with no action, I finally managed a few silver fish on the waggler, fishing maggots for a total weight of 2lb 3oz. I managed to scrape through the day and beat two other people in my section, which was an added bonus.

Fellow Guru Mark Griffiths fared better further down and won his section comfortably. Fishing casters on the pole and catching silver fish built a well-earned weight of 11lb for Mark.

The team ended up with a total of 45 points, which was enough for second place on the day. Milton Keynes won the round and with the Startlets crashing at 5th place, things looked very interesting for the final round with only three points separating the three teams at the top.”