- Sep 18, 2001
So Friday 14th and it was time for what has become possibly the biggest match in the Maggotdrowning,com calendar, the Joseph James Law match at Alders Farm Fishery. It's a match that we have been fortunate enough to receive an invitation to since entering a team at very short notice in 2016 when an invited team dropped out at the last minute.
It's run by Andrew Settle, the founder and Managing Director of Joseph James Law, a keen angler and someone who has decided to put something back into fishing not just by running this match but by sponsoring the England Ladies team.
It's a fantastic day out for the 12 teams of five that are lucky enough to be invited with the vast majority of the teams representing the major tackle manufacturers. This years line up was no exception.......
Maver UK A
Maver UK B
England under 15's
Some seriously strong teams there with more than a smattering of top class anglers amongst them but we were not daunted by the prospect and entered the following team from the ranks of the membership.
Peter (non fishing Captain)
Dave (Red Leader)
Dave and I had travelled down from Yorkshire together and arrived at Alders Farm to be greeted on arrival by Andrew and Natalie, both eager to ensure that we enjoyed the day ahead. The car park filled rapidly as the teams for the day arrived and with tackle unloaded, nets dipped and bait procured from the new on site tackle shop everyone made their way down to the Pump House Café to register and indulge in a spot of breakfast and as usual Charlotte, Debbie and the rest of the staff made sure we were all fed and watered and set up for the day ahead prior to the draw. So at 9 am after a short speech from Andrew welcoming everyone and going through the itinerary of the day it was time for the draw.Stepping up I pulled the following from the pot of dreams............... Ash-peg 30 for Dave, Ash-peg 26 for Keith, Oaks peg-6 for Mark, Pines-peg 4 for Clive and Pines-peg 19 for Trev and with that sorted the team made their way to the pegs. This gave me a bit of time to catch up with some people and have a chat with the stewards and I arranged to help out with the weigh-in on Ash at the end of the match.
As all this was going on a lorry turned up to empty the Porta-loo and when i saw the sign on the back I had to have a chuckle to myself and luckily I had my camera handy so I could share what I saw ..........
Returning from the car park it was soon obvious the Andy Kinder had got off to a flying start on peg 1 on Oak. Casting a method across to the island with an orange wafter as bait he was soon into fish, a couple of decent carp already in the net and as I arrived behind his peg he was just getting ready to net a decent Bream.......
however he was having trouble as the peg was so shallow that the fish were running him ragged and he was losing a few more than he was happy with, however he felt sure that it would improve as he got to grips with it. Keith meanwhile had a similar problem, plenty of fish but being that the swim was so shallow it was causing him problems presenting the bait in a manner they were happy with so he'd decided to have a look a bit further out to see if that made any difference.....
Making my way further round on the way up to Pines Lake I came across Adam Rooney on peg 10......
Adam is the Brand manager for Guru and was putting one of the new Aventus rods to good use casting a method as tight up to the island as he dared, that side of the island is quite snaggy and it did cost him a few hook lengths and while he had taken a few carp he could see Mr Kinder over on peg 1 slowly pulling away from him.
Back to Ash and who was that on peg 2 ? Lee Newson fishing for Preston, a very good canal angler who has discovered the delights of Commercial Carp, now a regular at the venue he's put a good run of results together and on a decent peg he would be very hard to beat........
Walking back across the dam wall I noticed that Mark was finally into something decent as the match drew to a close and i was delighted to watch him finally slide the net under a decent fish. It was a Carp of 16lbs 2ozs and would prove to be the largest fish landed on the day.
So with the match drawing to an end I made my way over to the Pump House to meet up with the stewards arriving just as the All-Out was called at 3-45pm.
We swiftly had the weigh in underway and as you can see from the weight sheets it wasn't quite the mega weights all round that some had hoped for...
£500 to the runners up Mallory Park and £1000 and the Winners Trophy with a score of just 19 points to Preston Innovations.
So that's it all over for another year and I would just like to say a few Thank You's. Firstly to all the anglers that took part in the event who without exception fished the event in a great manner with smiles on their faces ensuring that all had a bit of banter and a few laughs. To the owners of Alders Farm and Trevor Price the Fishery Manager and all their staff for allowing the use of their great fishery for the event. Tom Scholey and Catch More Media for recording the days events. All the Stewards who volunteered their services on the day and finally Andrew Settle and his team at Joseph James Law for making this whole event happen.