Match Scene Summary
by Allan Bayman
Last year was a
record year for our home waters with
match records at both Frogmore match
lake and Riverside Road being blown out
of the water and overall there has been
a marked improvement on sport at both
venues with good backing weights showing
at most matches and from a wide range of
We have gone to some
lengths to book venues that we hope
offer what people are asking us for with
a range of venues not just commercial
carp fisheries. We had hoped to have a
canal and maybe another river fixture
but the challenges of parking, mediocre
sport and other considerations means
currently Felmersham is our lone moving
water fixture. Our fixtures should offer
good, even sport so hopefully skill will
play the biggest part in the results not
the luck of the draw !
The spring warm-up
matches have been generally very good.
How End showed itself to be an
exceptional venue even if the cool
weather slowed things down a touch but
as it warmed up so did the sport with
20lb just about getting you into the
Top 10 at
Riverside in our
So the season starts
again with the championship matches on
Sundays and our six-match
evening league series.
Please see the link
at the top of the page for the full
We look forward to
seeing plenty of our members taking part
in these matches and as always if you
have any questions please drop me a mail
also run a mailing list sending out the
results and taking bookings for the next
match so let me know if you want adding
Steve Burfoot, the
has finally beaten the five hour match
Steve has been running the midweek
matches since January and has had some
good weight but nothing approaching the
75.05 bag he put together on May 23.
As predicate, now the weather is much warmer now these
matches were bound to throw up bigger and
bigger weights as proved with the seven
anglers weighing in 273lb - an average
With a few more anglers on the water and
muggy high air pressure the weights were
a little less impressive for the
Champion of Champions match. Current
Championship holder Allen Bayman topped
the field with 36.12, pushing Steve
Burfoot into 2nd with 29.04.
Allan was less fortunate at Riverside on
the last Spring warm-up. But the weights
were as good as anyone could have hoped
for - Dave McGrath taking the win with
45.15 just ahead of Paul Bangs mostly
bream weight of 43.14.
On-line is the place to go .
Colin Rennison continues to upload great
little vids of his match days to Youtube.
You can see his day on recent VAC
matches at Lake John
here, and Slough House, which he won
with two super carp,
to Riverside for the first championship
match of the 17/18 season on June 11 and
then again on June 15 for the first of
the evening league. On June 25 we're
bagging up on Horseshoe lake, Tyler's
Please see our new season fixture list -
top of page.
Due to popular demand we
resumed our midweek matches
on Tuesdays on
match lake which has been
providing some consistently
good sport over the last 12
Draw will be 8:30 and
fishing 9:30 to 2:30
although this may be tweaked
slightly on the day.
Pools are optional and are
just £3. Steve Burfoot will
be running these matches so
if you want to book on
please contact him
telephone 07505 109880.
Matches will be pegged
around other anglers unless
demand is high in which case
pegs 20-30 may be reserved
for match use.
These are likely to run
until June or July but we’ll
be publishing any changes to
the schedule once sorted.
I hope this works well for a
number of you and we have a
few new people taking part
in these enjoyable, friendly
If you want to take part in any of the
matches, championship, evening or
midweek please email
firstname.lastname@example.org and we
will add you to our mailing list which
will keep you up to date on all of the
fixtures and the booking on process.
A reminder that,
due to demand, booking for
ALL MATCHES is vital.
must be via email or text,
don't just mention it whilst
weighing in two months
earlier and expect us to
remember. And, if you fail
to turn up, you will be
liable for the peg fee.