What a weekend it turned out to be for the JVAC team competing in the semi-final of the Angling Times/Bait Tech Supercup event at Tunnel Barn Farm Fishery.
They had been over to the Midlands water practising for the big day, but for some the planned tactics went out of the window as conditions changed and some of the pools did not fish as expected.
It still turned out to be a wonderful, exciting match and at the final whistle no-one had any idea which teams had made it through to the final let alone the winning team.
The match was in fact dominated by teams from East Anglia as Norfolk side Dersingham won, followed by Lincolnshire’s Slappers Delight with our city anglers JVAC taking third.
All three teams scored 24 points so it was decided on section win countbacks.
Unfortunately, although JVAC put in a very consistent performance, they had no section winners.
Jim Wilmot took third place overall though with 172lb 15oz taken from Jenny’s Pool.
On the Top Pool Andy Kelk weighed in 132lb, Mick King took 91lb from Canal, Steve Dorks had 84lb from the Club Pool, then Andy Gausden on High had 71lb and Dan Abbott did well on the same pool with 94lb.
Team result (top five quality for the final): 1 Dersingham AC, 24pts (three section wins); 2 Slappers Delight, 24pts (one section win); 3 JVAC, 24pts; 4 Ridgmere AC, 33pts; 5 Barnstone AC, 38pts; 6 DECCA AC, 41pts; 7 Hosking’s Haulers, 44pts; 8 Knighton AC, 45pts; 9 Woodhouse Angling Centre, 46pts; 10 Stoke MG, 48pts; 11 Evesham Jubilee, 56pts; 12 Forest Green AC, 57pts; 13 Alvaston AC, 66pts.
Dersingham’s James Collison won the match with a massive 221lb 8oz net of F1s from peg six on the Jenny’s Pool. His team-mate Matty Bunting backed him up with second place over on the Top Pool with 183lb 8oz.
September 6 is the date for the Grand Final which will take place at Barston Fishery, not an easy water to master, but given the squad JVAC have at their disposal, a top-three place is well within their grasp and I would not bet against them going right to the top.
Congratulations also go to Dave Cooper, who won the Angling Trust Individual National on the Gloucester Canal on Saturday.
The Sensas Mark One rod topped a really strong field of anglers. He caught a big net of bream on the pole from peg 631 on the unfancied Cambridge Bridge section of the canal to take the biggest win of his angling career.
A late burst from Chris Shortland on the feeder on peg two saw him top the field in the Cock Inn match on the Horseshoe Pool at Decoy on Sunday with 111lb.
Second on peg 13 was Mick Sidney, who caught small carp all day close in on meat for 88lb 1oz.
Third was Gary Sell, who chopped and changed tactics all day to keep the fish coming to finish with 77lb 2oz.