Angling - Perfect birthday present as Harry makes the most of his plum draw

Harry Murphy won the match on Wagtail Pool.
Harry Murphy won the match on Wagtail Pool.
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What a wonderful weekend it was for young Harry Murphy.

It was his birthday on Sunday and he was invited along to fish the first ever match on the Wagtail Pool on the Float Fish Farm complex.

Jon Bowland won the Deeping St James match.

Jon Bowland won the Deeping St James match.

There were only 22 pegs available so it was a rather select band of anglers that took part and a good draw was vital.

And Murphy received the perfect birthday present by drawing plum peg 11 in the corner.

Right from the first whistle he was into fish, casting a small pellet feeder to the edge of the rushes with a pellet hook bait.

Later in the match he switched to a pole line across to the far bank margin and he found fish there too.

It was non-stop action for him as he left everyone far behind . . . including me.

It was a foregone conclusion that Murphy had won the match but there was more drama to come at the scales.

He struggled to pull his first net out of the water and with well over 60lb in it he suffered a big loss of weight to comply with fishery rules.

Then it was the same again on his next net. Suffice to say he learned a valuable lesson and will have to make sure he stays well within the rules with regard to weight limits.

It all turned out just fine in the end though as he still had enough to take the honours with 137lb 12oz.

Runner-up was Whittlesey rod Tony Hudson, an exceptional angler in years gome by when he won numerous individual and team honours with the mighty Oundle side.

Since those glory days, Hudson has now started to enjoy the commercial carp fishing and he bagged up on paste fished close in for 116lb 7oz.

On the opposite bank 112lb 8oz was just enough to secure third place for Josh Line.

I had a bad day at the office after opting for the wrong tactics.

The Wagtail Pool looks as if it’s going to be a real winner. There were five 100lb plus weights and many expect a 200lb winning weight before very long.

That could even be this Saturday when the fishery hosts the first in a league series in conjunction with an open match.


Deeping St James AC started their summer season with the first round of the Knockout Trophy and a points match held on the club’s Horseshoe Lake near Wansford.

St Ives rod Jon Bowland got off to a good start by weighing in a match-winning 53lb 1oz of carp from peg 18.

He took most of his fish to 7lb from close to the far bank using hair-rigged pellet on the feeder before catching a few off the surface using floating baits on a pellet waggler.

Runner-up on the end peg 40 was Stuart Baxter. He was straight in to fish from the start, taking two 4lb plus chub on meat before hooking into a large carp and then losing it in overhanging branches on the opposite bank.

He then struggled for bites before taking a number of carp off the surface in the last hour to finish with 34lb 3oz.

In third place was Kevin Crompton with 26lb 12oz from peg 36.