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Snowbee Top Rod Competition April 28th - Chew Boats

Round 3 of the Snowbee Top Rod Competition was at Chew Valley Lake near Bristol Airport in the Mendip Hills. Chew Valley Lake is 1200 acres in size, so plenty of room for the boats to move around.


This event is for the Fred Pike Cup and fished at either Bladgon or Chew each year.


We met for breakfast at the Sidcott Arms near by on the way and were met at the Lake by Ethan who sorted out our tickets and boats for us.


Weather was a chilly 12 degs with mostly cloud but the sun did break through in the afteroon with light NE winds.


Fish were caught in all areas of the Lake, with False Island, North Shore, Picnic Bank being the popular spots. Intermediates with Damsels and Floating lines with Diawl Bachs were the best methods.


14 anglers made the trip and caught 50 fish for a bag weight of 139lbs 7oz


Average catch - 3.6


Average weight - 2.8lbs


5 anglers caught their 8 fish limit.


6 anglers failed to catch


Best Fish of the day went to Alex Venn making his first trip to Chew caught a 5lber, his first fish of the day! Pictured below.


Other fish over 4lbs were John Hern 4lbs 6oz, Andy Watson 4lbs 3oz, Chirs Bolt returned a Brown Trout estimated at 7lbs while Darren Penfold and Robert Gale also had Brownies of 4lbs returned.


A number of Pike were caught with Gerry Scutt catching the biggest of 6lbs, with John Hern, Darren Penfold and Alex Venn all having fish between 4-5lbs, all returned.


1ST ALEX VENN OF WILLAND - 8 FISH 24LBS 8OZ

2ND DARREN PENFOLD OF LIVERTON - 8 FISH 22LBS 12OZ

3RD ANDY WATSON OF BOVEY TRACEY - 8 FISH 22LBS 10OZ

4TH JOHN HERN OF EXETER - 8 FISH 22LBS 4OZ

5TH ANDY GOODING OF LIVERTON - 8 FISH 20LBS 9OZ

6TH ROBERT GALE OF ASHBURTON - 4 FISH 12LBS


Winners pictured below from left to right, Alan Riddell of Newton Abbot ( who won the raffle draw prize) Andy Watson, Alex Venn, Gerry Scutt and Darren Penfold.







Our next event is Wimbleball Boats on May 26th.

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