As the year turns i always like to have a look through all my match results to see how well or badly that i have done , after deciding not to do any of the major qualifiers this time as i have usually struggled to get a day’s fishing on any of them preferring to take my chance on a few of the local festivals and team events as i had been invited to join the Daiwa Adlington squad this turned out to be a good decision for me as i managed ;
Partridge winter league individual ended up 13th with ten points from five rounds but an extra point here and there would have made all the difference .
Weston pools spring three-day festival a bad last day pushed me out of the top ten into 14th .
Cunneries spring league teams of three which was my first attempt at team fishing and Adlington ended up 4th overall .
Mossella summer league after missing two rounds i had no room for error and one bad match dropped me down to 9th .
Weston pools natural bait festival ended up joint 5th with 3 points although i tried to force my peg on the last day because i needed a good weight to make the frame which didnt really work out for me .
Cunneries autumn league teams of three were we ended up 5th .
Old Hough winter league after winning the first three matches i am now second with one round remaining but there’s only one point in it so hopefully i can pull it back next year .
I also did a few one-off events which i did reasonably well on ;
Cunneriers charity match win with sixty anglers contesting the event my biggest match win to date .
Cunneries pairs event finished sixth overall with three points and i managed a section win .
Bradshaw’s inter club challenge i ended up third overall but the team struggled .
Partridge pairs event were we had a top 12 finish .
Angling times supercup where i managed a section win for the 4th year running but the team got beat 4-2 .
North vs South at Tunnel barn farm i was second in my ten peg section which helped the North win for the second year running .
Hooked for heroes match on Wrightington canals were i ended up third overall .
Lloyd’s meadow interclub match i ended up fourth and the team won on the day .
In the few open matches that i managed to squeeze in during the year i had a mixed bag of results which was only to be expected on the venues that i fished , my best match was a third place finish at Partridge lakes although i was on a very good peg ;
Wins — four
Second — two
In the heart of summer i went on a good run of getting five straight ton plus weights from three different venues ;
Hall lane bessies pool on the mossella league 170lb and 103lb
Cunneries s canal 110lb and 100lb
Weston pools belvedere 100lb
Of all the matches that i have contested during this year the one which sticks in my mind the most is the open about a month ago at Partridge lakes when i just missed out on getting on the board with just twelve f1s for 17lb and i had to work really hard for every single one of them , missing a grand total of just two indications i felt that i had made the correct decisions and got the most from a very average peg which means more to me than winning any open match .
So all in all i feel that my year has gone really well for me as i am just an average angler who lacks a winning mentality but if i want to keep improving that will be something that i need to work on , my plans for next year will be very similar but i need to give myself a better chance on the festivals and leagues by doing more practice on the venues rather than trying to wing it which gives me little room for making bad choices , i would also like to thank Leigh tackle for inviting me to be part of the newly formed match group which i am really looking forward to and also everyone that has taken the time to read and like my blog because after four years it is still going strong even after the influx of blogs which have made their way onto Facebook .