Evening Bagging – Nathan Gooderham

Nathan Gooderham has been enjoying a few local evening matches recently – this Wednesday saw him visit Buttonhole Lake for another match which turned out to be extremely close!

Buttonhole lake near Wisbech was my destination for the midweek evening match again, this is a lovely little venue we have found while working away and well worth skipping dinner to head to the matches! I had drawn peg 20 which was noted as one of the ‘flyers’ by the venue experts!

This gave me a bit of confidence, as we all got to our pegs a storm broke out and that was that, time to get slightly wet! This didn’t seem to affect the fish wanting to be up in the water though as there were still loads of fish crashing on the surface, with this being the case I decided to setup a shallow rig at 14.5 meters pinging 6mm Bait-Tech Carp and Coarse pellets I also setup and edge rig feeding corn and fishing big 10mm chunks of Bait-Tech N-Tice Polony as this venue is renowned for its big edge fish, where if they turn up you can go from zero to hero in such a short space of time, these fish run in to 20lb plus so it wouldn’t take long to amass a weight of those!

I kicked off my match by slapping the rig at 14.5 meters and my very first drop in, the pole tip buried and a 9lb mirror was soon in the net! However no more fish followed after this an immediate switch to firing 11mm Carp and Coarse pellets next to the island soon paid off though as I chucked the bomb over the top and I was into fish a chuck action straight away but the only problem was the fish were on the small side, good sport nevertheless!

Along came the last hour of the match and I saw the first few signs of fish in my edge and it wasn’t long before we were in amongst the whales of the lake! 2 fish in 2 put in’s saw me put around 20lb in the net in the space of 10 minutes! A few more followed which were slighty smaller but felt I was in with the shout of framing after the thick and fast spell on the bomb I knew it was going to be close between myself the guy next door as we were fish for fish most of the night! As it turned out come the weigh in I managed to put 109lb 1oz onto the scales and an extremely careful weigh in saw the guy on the next peg weigh 109lb 2oz beating me by just 1oz!! Still my weight was enough for 2nd place and a brilliant result against some good venue experts!

Nathan Gooderham

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