Horizon Angling Club for the Disabled

Six anglers took part in the match, although one arrived after the draw for swims and hence had to choose from those spots that were not already occupied.At 10 am the start whistle blew and lines were thrown in to the water with great enthusiasm, 90 minutes later spirits were waning with only one minor ‘knock’ amongst all six anglers.At 11:30 am there was a little action!; Mike caught someone’s expensive lost float, it’s trade name being “MIDDY Carp Bagging Machine – Fat Boy Straight”, no fish on the end though.The rain came and went, to then bathe us in hot sunshine.Again there were a few more occasional knocks culminating in a first catch as Julie landed an impressive (for the day) 1 ozs Roach.The rain came again, this time in torrents and brollies were quickly erected.Mick had a small Roach in the rain.At 1 pm, Luke (fishery manager) switched on the high powered paddle aerators which created the effect of small rivers running in several different directions.We then had a celebrity visit by our own John Forster (not fishing) who passed on his ‘Pearls of Wisdom’ advice and gave encouragement to all.At 2 pm, Mike whilst chatting to john hooked the first and only Carp of the day, John immediately burst in to action by picking up Mike’s landing net to secure a 2lb 3ozs Mirror that was in prime condition.We then suffered even more heavy rain!Mick then went on to catch another six small Roach whilst suffering a brolly casualty with the wind tearing the cover off its frame.At 3:30 pm the final whistle blew during a dry spell and packing away was thankfully completed in relative comfort.Congratulations to Julie for setting this year’s top Match ‘Points to Weight Ratio’, that’s 7 points for a 1 ozs catch.In summary, this was a very challenging match where the elements were against us and all fish of any species showed very little interest in .

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