I would just like to say a big thank you to all of the MDs who have supported us through the event. 10th place may not seem a great deal in the overall scale of things but remember, we are fishing against some of the best anglers in the country, lads who fish to plans and adapt their fishing quicker than a lot of us do.
Adam(Dumdum) has fished brilliantly to get second in his section against a very high class field. Peter had a 12.5lb carp in his catch on his way to beating one of Garbolino's best in Darren Cox and mid section points. Clive was up against it from the off. not a fancied peg, but worked tirelessly for 26lb and again vital points. Dave struggled to be fair and having drawn his peg today on a club match I can understand his frustrations. Personally, I did not do the peg justice, its a good peg when 7 and 9 are not in as you have the platform to go at, but I should have fished a more negative match with micros and 4mms. lesson learnt and changed today.
Many thanks to Barry for offering words of encouragement throughout and to all the MDs who contributed to us looking smart (those hoodies are lovely and warm but hold in rain water) and to assisting us financially with team pools and bait.
Finally, If the unfortunate happens and you need legal advice, give Joseph James Law a go.
Just got home with a car load of very wet gear. Tomorrow I'll sort out the pictures that Barry took with my camera before the heavens opened and try to put a bit of a report together, happy enough to beat the sponsored anglers from Preston, Mossela, Drennan Oxford, Drennan International, Colmic and Garbolino in my section.
Last year with the inauguration of the Joseph James Law Corporate Fishing Day Maggotdrowning.com had stepped into the breech at the last minute to field a 5 man team after one of the original teams had dropped out and by way of a Thank You the boss of JJL (Andrew Settle) had personally guaranteed that we would have a place for the next event. Well the invitation duely arrived and Dave set about sorting out a team for the event. Unfortunately due to very unfortunate circumstances Dave had to step aside meaning that I found myself in the position of Team Captain, however with Clive able to step in for Dave we soon had a team assembled consisting of myself, Adam Daniells (dumdum) Keith Ashby (Gandhi) Dave Pontin (davered5) and Clive, and with all of us being familiar with Alders Farm feeling we could give it a decent shot on the day.
So that's how I found myself drinking a cup of coffee at 4am on the friday morning before loading up the car and making the 140 mile trip from just outside Barnsley down the M1 to the fishery at Alders Farm. It was a pretty good trip down with just the one stop for an exorbitantly priced cup of coffee before pulling into the fishery car park at around 730am. All the Team were there including Barry (Boggis51) who had offered to be our bank runner and steward for the day.
First things first so our MD's Hoodies were handed out so that the others knew who to fear and with that done we made our way to the shop to pick up our bait and get our nets dipped where we were warmly welcomed by Andrew and Natalie from JJL. From there it was down to the Pumphouse Caf where the staff (Charlotte, Sophie and Debbie) coped manfully providing a seemingly endless stream of Bacon, sausage and egg rolls along with tea and coffee to feed the assembled anglers and helpers on the day and this was where we got some idea of the quality of anglers we were facing today with teams from JJL, BAE, MFS,Drennan Oxford, Drennan International, Garbolino, Matrix, Preston, Mosella, Colmic and a Mallory Park select team, nearly all containing some very experienced lads including Internationals and Fisho winners amongst them. This was followed by team registration and a team photo to prove to everyone what a fine body of men had been assembled to represent Maggotdrowning.com.
With that out of the way it was time for me to dip my hand into the dreaded bucket for the team draw, the result of which resulted in the following pegs for us......
Adam Peg 23 on Ash
Dave Peg 7 on Ash
Peter Peg 5 on Oak
Keith Peg 8 on Pines
Clive Peg 15 on Pines
Peg 5 Oak Lake.
So with the match being fished from 11am - 4pm we wished each other well and made our way to our alloted pegs. Peg 5 on Oak lake wa a nice short stroll for me situated in the right hand corner by the dam wall but was the one unknown quantity on the day as it's actually the 'Specimen Lake' at Alders Farm and doesn't get match fished. What it does have however is Carp to 37lbs present and quite a few Perch. The pegs are set up for the specimen guys on Oak, so it took a while longer to get my box set up comfortably and with a bit of sun and the wind blowing towards my corner I have to say that I fancied my chances for a few fish if the co-operated. With very limited knowledge of the lake I was going to keep things as simple as possible today and set up a Shakespeare Mach3 11ft medium feeder with a small Guru inline hybrid feeder with a size 14 b911 on a 4" 019 N-Guage hooklink, bait would be 6 and 8mm banded pellet with soaked 4mm fishery pellet for feed. I just set up 3 top kits for the pole all of which were for the 5mtr line, 2 with NG red amber core and one with the green, floats were all hand made pencils by Geoff Palmer,2 were 05's on 019 with a 017 hooklength to a 16B911 and an 04 on 017 with a 013 to a 18 B911, bait would be banded pellet or red maggot to target the perch with 4mm pellet for feed.
So 11am and it's All-In. A couple of pots of pellet mixed with a few red maggots on my 5mtr line and straight out with the lighter pole rig and a maggot to target a perch. Within around 20 minutes I'd put together around half a dozen perch to avoid a blank and avoid the dreaded DNW, so Time for the feeder cast to within about 2ft of the reeds that line the dam wall. A little awkward to set the rod owing to a large sunken branch to my left with smaller branches sticking clear of the water but do-able. About 15minutes later after about half a dozen casts the tip rattled round and i was briefly conected to something large and angry before the feeder flew back. a straightened 911 was the culprit so it was replaced with a 911X. 10 minites later it rattled off again and this time I was firmly connectedand after a bit of a tussle a lovely double figure Common was safely in the net meaning I had to call for the scales as the fishery had asked for all fish of 10lbs+ that were caught on Oak Lake to be weighed and returned and not kept in keepnets. 12lbs was the weight recorded and it was back to business.
Barry had been keeping an eye on things around the lakes and returned with news that while Adam appeared to be going along nicely, Dave was having a bit of a grueller and it didn't appear to be much better up on Pines where Clive had a couple but Keith was having a real struggle.
Unfortunately by then the sun had vanished to be replaced with rain that would continue off and on for the rest of the match. Over the course of the next 90 minutes I managed another 4 carp, all smaller that the first but very welcome never the less. One further bite followed on the feeder but unfortunately it kited left and snagged me in some roots resulting in both a lost fish and end tackle. The next couple of hours resulted in absolutely nothing and chatting to barry it was obvious that a lot of anglers were struggling on all three lakes as a result of the pressure and a lot of colder water entering the lakes over the previous couple of days. With 20 minutes to go I picked up a top 2 and stuck a maggot on to try for a few last minute perch only to see the elastic stream out before pinging back with a largish scale embedded on the hook as the heavens opened once more. It was obviously a sign as I only managed another couple of small Perch before the All-Out sounded at 4pm. Now while fishing in the rain doesn't bother me I really hate packing my kit away in the rain, so I was glad to see the scales appear and my 4 small carp and handful of perch gave me a weight of 30lbs 14ozs for 6th in section and 6 points and I had to be happy with that meaning I had beaten anglers from Preston, BAE, Drennan Oxford, Drennan International, Colmic and Garbolino. The chap from BAE on the next peg had the dreaded DNW while Darren Cox had 14lbs of perch. Andy Kinder fishing for Mallory park romped our Lake with 116lbs 13ozs
So with the kit packed away it was back to the Pumphouse Caf for an after match buffet and presentation and a catch up with the rest of the team. Adan had done really well with a Ton+ to finish 2nd in Section while Dave had suffered recording just 41lbs and last in section. Keith had a grueller on Pines, 12lbs meaning he was last in section while Clive had managed 26lbs for 7th in his section. The net result of all this meant that we recorded 39 points for 10th overall. As Always the staff had laid on a fantastic buffet for everyone and it went down very well with everyone.
Soon it was presentation time with 3rd place going to the teams from Drennan International and Mosella both on 27 points. Runners up went to the Joseph James Law select team with 25 points.......
and the Winners taking away a tidy 1000 were the Mallory Park select team with just 15 points.
Finally I'll just finish this with a few words of Thanks. Firstly to Andrew Settle and all at Joseph James Law for creating this event which it's been our pleasure to fish, and to all his staff that were present helping out at the event, providing us all with snacks and refreshments brought to our pegs throughout the day with a smile despite the horrid weather, To Lewis Monk and Trevor Price and all the family and Staff at Alders Farm Fishery for allowing us to use and enjoy such a fantastic Fishery. All the volunteers who helped out with the stewarding on the day, much appreciated by all. Tom Scholey at Catch More Media for capturing the day in pictures and video and finally to Dave Webster who created maggotdrowning.com and it's forum nearly 17 years ago and it's members who through their contributions made it possible for us as a team to represent you, Thank You.
A fantastic well run event [:T]
I've fished Alders quite a few times over the years and must say since the new owners have taken over the fishery has gone from strength to strength and is probably 1 of the best commercials in the country now.
I was originally down as bank runner and first reserve and was looking forward to spending the day watching some of the greats in our sport as its not often you get a chance to stand behind people you usually only read about in magazines or watch in videos
Unfortunately Dave had to pull out of the match to take care of his wife after her sudden illness 
Which saw me promoted from reserve to team member [:H]
At the draw Keith and I chose to fish Pines Peter chose Oak and Dave and Adam went for Ash
I'm not really into big weights or fish races and 100lbs is a good steady enjoyable day for me so I chose Pines as the weights are generally less for that lake, we had pegs 8 and 15 on Pines so Keith and I drew for them I really wanted peg 8 as I'd fished it a few times and had some good results from it so it stands to reason I set off to peg 15 promising my drawing hand that it was getting slammed in the car door as soon as we get back to the car 
We had glorious sunshine for the first couple of hours of the match then the heavens opened it didn't really affect the fishing as with every peg bar 1 in on Pines lake it was fishing hard all round and no one was bagging I don't mind fishing from under an umbrella so rain doesn't bother me too much but it still amazes me that most people sit out in torrential rain getting themselves and their gear soaked 
I managed 12 carp and 2 skimmers for 26lb 10oz and came 7th in my 12 peg section which considering how hard the lake fished and the company we were in I was quite pleased with  as usual for the second match on Pines in a row my top kit got stuck on my No 3 yet again 
Thankfully I was surrounded by experts who had them apart in seconds [:T]
Keith had a mare on peg 8 and struggled for 12lb and last in section Peter had done well and came 6th in his section on Oak , Dave had struggled on peg 7 on Ash and came last in section and Adam had fished a blinder and came a close 2nd in his section [:T]
Back at the pump house we waited with baited breath for the team result BAE systems last then MFS then Maggotdrowners in 10th place [:T] good result considering the company we were fishing against and even better we were only 6 points behind the next 3 teams [:0]
Big thanks to Joseph James Law for running the event and inviting us to fish and also thanks to Trevor and all the staff at Alders Farm [:T]
Lastly thanks to Dave (red leader) and all the maggotdrowners and that donated towards the team
Mark, Alders Hill is worse than Tyler's. Once on it you cannot stop. Even when you break the summit there is a gradually incline up to the car park. Tylers is a long gradual slope with plenty of stopping places along the way.