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Charity Match at Alders Farm. 14-4-2007

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  • Charity Match at Alders Farm. 14-4-2007

    Well today was the day of Matt Nutt's match at Alders Farm in support of The Disabled 2007 Charities Championship, which this year is aiming to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Relief and Rainbows Children's Hospice. It's days like this that show just how the internet brings like minded individuals together for good causes, with members from Maggotdrowning, The Danglers, The GOT forum and Total-Fishing amongst those attending on the day.

    A foggy trip down meant that I arrived at about 7·50, just in time to get my tackle together and head down to the fishery café for brekky and a chance to view one of the more off the wall fundraisers on the day. Trevor Price of GOT Baits had been persuaded to part with his old faithfull slippers after the lads on the GOT Forum pledged £200+ just to be allowed to burn them at the end of the match ..........

    9am and the draw saw me with peg 33 for my match, with Gary Page of GOT Baits for company on 32, Nick Bryan on 34 and Dirk Williams on 35..............

    Plumbing up saw me facing pretty much the same as the previous Sunday with just 2½ ft at 12mtrs and a shallow bramble lined bay with maybe 18 inches depth to my right for a margin swim.

    The all-in was called at 10·15 and a couple of pots of GOT 4mm sinkers were potted out on the 12 mtr line and a handful into the margin. Straight out to 12 mtrs with a GOT 6mm soft hooker at dead depth and within 30 seconds I was playing my 1st fish of the day, a small Carp of about 2lbs . Indeed the 1st hour went well for me with 10 Carp finding their way to the keepnet all falling to pellet fished at dead depth allowing me to keep pace with Gary on 32.
    Nick on 34 however was suffering one of those matches ..........

    The Carp in his peg were obviously related to Harry Houdini, slipping the hook on numerous occasions, Indeed 1½hrs into the match all he had to show for his efforts were a couple of tiny Rudd .

    Unfortunately after my good start things slowed down, I would get 2 or three bites allowing me to nick the odd fish and would then have to wait 15-20 minutes for another run of bites. Gary however was catching more regularly, although he appeared to be suffering from a few lost fish, probably foul hooked at least he was managing to keep the bites and fish coming.
    Further round on 30 Matt was having a bit of a struggle and resorted to impersonating a Japanese Sniper as he tried to winkle a few lumps out from under his marginal bush ........

    Along on 28 Wayne Panting was getting a fair few fishing meat up in the water (one of the few to catch up) along with Steve Wroe on 29 next door, while further along Keith aka Gandhi could be seen doing his best to sneak a few out of his margin.........

    I finally managed to put a run of fish together in the last 40minutes, just a bit to little to late, and with the all-out called I knew Gary had battered me off the next peg. The weigh-in just confirmed it, my 25 Carp totaling just over 63lbs while Gary put 114lbs 11ozs onto the scales for a comfortable win.

    Wayne from The Danglers had had a decent day on his 1st visit to the fishery, the scales recording his weight at 81lbs 7ozs for a very creditable 2nd overall..............

    Back to the café for the results and a raffle and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had won my section thanks to Gary taking the win [].
    The really good news however was the presentation by Matt of the proceeds of the day.......
    £1417 !!!!! with the promise of more to come in, which was gratefully accepted by Dirk on behalf of

    All that was left was to give the send off to Trev's slippers which was done with some style ..............

    So a great day all round, A Big Thank You to Matt for organising the match, and to all the anglers that took part.
    I can't wait for next year.
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  • #2
    Cracking report Pete!! What a success for the charity and match angling's good name!!
    John - Kingfisher
    Talk Angling Senior Member
    Club Record Holder on Grand Union Canal Knowle:D


    • #3
      Cracking fund raising event there Peter, congratulations to Matt Nutt and all the lads who helped put it together, just wish I had been free to attend, maybe next time
      PB Pike just over 17lb

      Best match weight 150lb 9oz :)


      • #4
        Upto your normal standard with the report Peter, another good read.

        I know the danglers were amazed at the amount of money raised. It just goes to show how kind hearted people can be.

        Mattster take a bow.
        [COLOR="Red"]GOT Baits you know it makes sense[/COLOR]




        • #5
          Further to the above, I would just like to add a word of thanks to the following who also added to the cause.

          Bag Up Angling donated a Drennan Series 7 Carp Waggler rod.

          GONE FISHIN from Wolverton, Milton Keynes donated a Daiwa Tournament Landing net handle and a Daiwa Rubba Keepnet and Landing net.

          Pete Thompson aka Quietman from the GOT Baits squad who very generously donated a 13' Garbolino G Series Power Feeder rod.

          Also, John at the Matchmen in Nottingham and Stuart at Harrisons who pledged donations to the match.

          The World Match Record holder Gary Thorpe of GOT Baits who's auctioning a days coaching with him on the GOT Forum.

          Not forgetting Trevor Price of GOT Baits who although he couldn't attend the match donated his beloved slippers to the cause.
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