Kennick A Retain Title after Alec’s 12lb 15oz Rainbow at Siblyback’s 4 Man Team Event

Some beautiful weather last week made way for a really miserable day at Siblyback yesterday (15 April) for the Snowbee Team event. Mist, rain, strong winds and cold conditions greeted five teams of anglers for the annual event, generously sponsored by Snowbee.

The fishing had been superb in the days leading up to the competition with anglers recording as many as 16 fish in a day with the majority of anglers reaching a full bag. Several fish between 3lbs and 5lbs were also caught.

As anglers gathered there was also news of a 13lb fish which was caught from Siblyback the day before!

After a short briefing anglers moved to Zone A and B in pairs where they would fish for three hours before swapping zones and fishing a further three hours. There was a maximum of 6 fish per angler and 5 fish per zone.

The hooter sounded and the anglers were away, battling against the winds and rain to try and see that flash of colour a Rainbow gives as it gets hooked. Sadly this was few and far between, with a bitterly cold driving wind really outing the fish off. Fishing in Zone A, which was the dam end of the lake, was rock hard and not a single fish landed in the morning session. Zone B, at the other end of the lake on North Shore, was better but still very hard. Only Duncan Kier managed to find some fish as he managed his 5 fish limit for the morning session. Odd fish were caught elsewhere but very few.

After a quick change of zones the afternoon session was off and it was much the same for the weather and the fishing. Very few fish appeared as the rain lashed down in spells and the winds continued to play havoc with the lines.

There was a real success late on in the competition however. Alec Hoare, who had already landed a fine 2lb 13oz Rainbow, was fishing Two Meadows, just below the camping field, when he hooked and battled with a monster. After a really good fight the fish succumbed and when weighed tipped the scales to a whopping 12lb 15oz. This was really something to see and a new personal best for Alec.

I have to give credit to all anglers for sticking at it all day in those conditions.

After the weigh in competitors enjoyed a hot pasty and refreshments which was very welcome.

In total 16 fish were landed, 6 Blues and 10 Rainbows. There were not any full bags on the day, which wasn’t really surprising, but it was very enjoyable and really good to see everyone in such good spirits.

I would like to thank Simon Kidd and Russell Weston at Snowbee for their continued support of this long running annual event. They are extremely generous in the prizes they provide and Snowbee continue to lead the way in product quality, customer service and expertise.

I would also like to thank our site staff for putting out notices for the zones and for ferrying anglers by boat to the far side.

Full results were as follows:

The only angler to catch a fish from the fourth and fifth finishing teams was Mike Boston and he won a Snowbee mesh bass bag.

Best fish of the day winning a Snowbee Prestige Trout Bag – Alec Hoare 12lb 15oz

Best individual (most fish) winning a Snowbee Classic Trout Bag and wrap-around sun glasses – Duncan Kier 5 fish for 7lb 1oz

3rd Place Team – winning a Snowbee Fly Box Tool Kit each and a spool of 10lb Fluorocarbon each – Roadford Raiders with 3 fish for 3lb 3oz (Ron Wilday, John Rumbold, Ian Elford and Johnny McCaig)

2nd Place Team – winning a Snowbee XS Distance Fly Line, spool of 10lb Fluorocarbon and Siblyback day ticket each – Roche Angling Club with 4 fish for 4lb 7oz (John Huckings, Dave Perks, Graham Watts and Pete Williams)

Winners were the defending champions, Kennick A (John Hern, Rob Gale, Duncan Kier and Alec Hoare). They each won a Snowbee Reel Brief Case, Fleece Lined Hat and an XS Plus Countdown Fly Line as well as the fantastic coveted Snowbee perpetual trophy. They caught 8 fish for 24lbs (included Alec’s 12lb 15oz Rainbow).

If you would like to receive the weekly catch reports for Siblyback please email Nigel Tomkinson, Senior Warden

Our next competition is the Kennick Bank pairs on 6 May – bookings on 01566 771930. The winning pair will each win a season ticket for a lake of their choice for 2019!