Another year in the annual junior night match saw a good improvement in numbers from previous years with just 2 age groups attending, yet no young adults! Even so a turnout of 13 was excellent. Learning how to pull a flyer normally doesn’t start till you’re much older, but we seem to have someone who’s breaking that mould with Ben Gregoriades pulling out the same winning peg as last year! Ben netted 16 assorted mirrors and commons to 14lb 10ozs for a superb weight of 138lb 13ozs, which was nearly double the second place weight.
On his first visit to this annual match was 10 year old Liam Fitzgerald, who was next to the winner and had 6 fish to 17lb 2ozs for a total weight of 77lb 12ozs. Liam easily won his age group and I’ve no doubt he’ll be back next year! Ollie Sheehan was in 3rd place, but second in his age group, with 6 fish to 16lb for a total 70lb 4ozs weight from peg 14, which was just ahead of Matt Devasagayam on peg 6 who had 67lb 5ozs, topped by a superb 18lb 13oz mirror, which won the biggest fish prize.
Unfortunately in fishing there are always winners and non-winners, but it’s important to remember that this is the nature of our sport and things always turn out different as we go through life. So to all those who didn’t catch, or those who didn’t catch enough to win prizes, just remember that your time will come, so keep learning, trying and never give up! Well done to you all.
My thanks go to Dave Kill and his team of bailiffs/helpers for their continued help and support, for without them this event would definitely not be staged. Further thanks go to Gardner Tackle who, as always, continue to support the juniors with prizes and goodie bags. Also Apollo Angling for their generous support. Last but not least is GAS itself, who continue to dig deep for the fish and chip expenses, which is much appreciated by all the competitors and supporting helpers.
Up to 11:
Liam Fitzgerald 77-12-0
Archie Wilding 50-15-0
Ben Gregoriades 138-13-0
Oliver Sheehan 70-4-0
Matt Devasagayam 67-5-0
Alfie McVay 44-10-0
Josh Chapman 33-11-0
Tom Shepherd 25-8-0
With only 5 attending there was plenty of space for them, but it didn't do any good as fish where conspicuous by their absence, something not entirely unknown on this lake! Only one caught and that was Michael Ewing, who managed a 2lb crucian from peg 31. Very disappointing for the youngsters and something that is beginning to characterise a potentially beautiful lake!
At the moment, our next Junior match is under threat due to the current fish mortality issues on Broadwater. I hope to confirm later this week whether the night match will go ahead this year, in order to give plenty of time for the lakes issues to be re-assessed and passed fit for purpose.
Apollo Junior Points League (AJPL) after 4 rounds:
Monty Martin 13pts
Ben Gregoriades 10pts
George Evans 7pts
Jessica Carter 6pts
Michael Ewing 5pts
Tom Rollings 2pts
Saturday 29th June 4pm further update
The health check report highlights that the fish mortalities were caused by spawning failure due to erratic weather conditions with the carp being somewhat susceptible to this due to not being in the best of condition associated with high levels of stress.
These high levels of stress following spawning are more than likely due to the high stock level and angling pressure at Broadwater.
Saturday 29th June 8am update
Broadwater will be reopeing at midnight on Sunday 30th June for the new season.
We are delighted to be able to confirm that the fish mortalaties were not due to any fish diseases or significant water quality problems.
A futher update will be added to this report later today with further background information including a summary of the results of the health check.
Saturday 22nd June midday update
Since visit of the EA it has been decided to get a full health check on a sample of fish.
Following this visit aquatic Consultants have been contacted and it would seem that the mortalities over the past few months are possibly spawning related that could be directly connected to the unusual weather conditions that have prevailed since February. Therefore the aquatic Consultants will be collecting a sample of fish on 27th June for a full health check. Once the results are known then a decision will then made as regards opening the lake to angling and a further update will be posted.
Wednesday 19th June 2pm update
There havn't been any more fish deaths so far today and no large amounts of fish in distress. The fish that was particularly distressed was caught and removed from the lake. On inspection by the EA officer and ourselves the gills showed no signs of any disease. The fish had very badly deformed spine and hence had swimming difficulties.
The EA are providing a transit tank to transport live fish samples to the EA labs at Brampton if required. The lake will now be monitored for the coming days for further mortalities. Should no further deaths occur then the live sampling will be delayed.
Wednesday 19th June 8am
Since reopening the lake at 5pm on Saturday 15th June new fish mortalities have occurred.
On the evening of Tuesday 18th June in particular a number of carp were seen in distress.
Currently it is not known what is causing these problems which includes random ongoing mortalaties.
Therefore our Fisheries Management Secretary took the decision to close the lake to fishing again until further notice.
The EA will be visiting today Wednesday 19th June to take samples of live fish away for investigation.
We will update this news item as regularly as we can as and when we have any new information.