Music, beer, roast potatoes on cocktail sticks and a few friends was a simple formula.
For the first time in a while all of the 2010 challengers were in a room at the same time. That's Danny, Jeff, Pete and I. The icy conditions before Christmas had curtailed Danny's predator aspirations and with it his late points surge. Brummy Pete doesn't fish unless it's 6C outside and so had already totted up his card. Jeff, of course, has had his roach head on for some time now. All of which meant last gasp points were looking very unlikely.
So with only a few hours of 2010 remaining I was awarded the majestic trophy and crowned winner of this years Record Weight Challenge.
|Majestic majesty lined with luxurious luxury.|
A record weight equalling bag for sixteen of the twenty two target species for me. I did catch grass carp, eels, pike, zander, even a 27lb wels catfish (which I'm not allowed to tell you about) but not enough of them to score a point. One species which eluded me all year was (bloody) ruffe. I estimate I must have spent about forty quid on bait and petrol chasing those little brown jobs, for nowt!
Next years nonsense is the self-explanatory titled '2011 % of Record weight Challenge'.
Our central scoresheet converts the weight of the best fish for each species into a percentage of record weight and he with the largest total at the end of the year wins. We have a dozen anglers competing this year, all bloggers, so hopefully you can look forward to reading about the various adventures.
This is how the score sheet will look.
|Example scores only - as if I'd settle for only a 99% barbel.|
I can't wait to make a start catching something to fill it in with.
I've been out fishing once this week with Jeff after roach on the Sowe and enjoyed it immensely. Until you catch one of these stunners you'd never believe such a small river could hold fish of that size (1lb+).
Jeff's done a better than average job of writing it up so I'll not waste keyboard paint here.
Finally then I'll wish you all a Happy New Year and Tight Lines for the next twelve months.