COMBAT CARP OFFICIAL MATCH @LANGLEY LAKES
Friday 4th December 2014 @4pm
On a cold, wet winter afternoon the first official Combat Carp match was about to begin. Carp Anglers from all over north region travelled down to Langley Lakes in Preston, seeking to catch some double figure carp and most importantly to get their name engraved on the Combat Carp shield. To be the first person is always an honour.
Andy Nettleton was the first to arrive and straight away started stalking around the lake, on the prowl looking for any signs of the fish. Once everyone had arrived, pegs where drawn and time given before rods could be put into the lake. All anglers couldn’t wait to get stuck in. The match was to be run over a period of 48hours until 4pm 7th Dec 2014.
After a full night gone with no action to report it took till 7.30am for the first signs of something to happen. It was peg 3 with Daniel Phillipson (founder of Combat carp) to get the first run. With alarms going wild and Daniel still in his bivvy, by the time he manage to strike his rod the fish had already took the bait and moved off. Massive disappointment for Dan but all the rest cheerful and laughing at his expense. You can’t beat old squaddie banter and humour. Now the frost from the morning was disappearing and the robins coming out to play, everyone now had their game head on. It wasn’t till 4pm till the next action would happen. This time on the opposite peg to peg 3 was Dale Smith who had 2 runs both on corn. As he ant as young as he was when he served in the Army. He too missed both runs (if only he was younger).
The last 24 hours the weather started to brighten up and pressure of the water began to change. With still no signs of the first carp to be caught, Dale’s alarms again started to scream. This time Dale struck and had the carp at the end of the line. The excitement was running through his body, knowing he has the first catch and mostly likely the winner on this hard water. Only to his dismay the fish decided enough was enough and spat the rig out its mouth only 50 yards out from being landed. Poor old Dale was wounded.
The competition came to an end to much disappointment of every angler blanking. However the main aim was achieved. Getting ex serving soldiers who have had to give up something they have loved, for reasons such as being injured or timed served. Giving them the chance to get back together as band of brothers and having the comradery which this they miss.
With no name yet to be put on the shield until hopefully the next match on the 17th Jan 2015 @Wyreside lakes. Combat Carp will continue to support the sick and wounded ex serving as much as they can. We raised £223 for Help4Heroes at this event with many more to follow.
Last but not least I would like to say a massive THANKYOU for those helping this great cause.
COMBAT CARP CHARITY MATCH AT WYRESIDE LAKE
JANUARY 17TH -18TH 2015
Our second charity match, which was held at Wyreside Lake in Lancaster. The match was being held on Sunny 2 with plenty of big carp in the water. (Biggest being 33lb). We had a full attendance to the event, with old and new carper’s turning up. With the draw done and all 12 pegs allocated the match was about to begin (9am). With everyone eager to get their rods in and get a catch after witnessing Paul Melia catching a nice 21lb the previous night, everyone had high hopes. With all the angler’s trying different methods and baits the first day came to a massive disappointment on this hard water, with everyone blanking. As the sun started to fade the night temperature began (-4) to drop with conditions beginning to get worse. A big well done to everyone to stick it out this crazy weather.
As people rose up from the sleep to re bait and get their rods back out in the water, they woke up to a frozen lid. The whole lake was frozen with many lines stuck in the ice. This was to a massive disappointment to everyone competing. This didn’t however break people’s spirits and comradery between each other (squaddie sense of humour) and was shown throughout the last couple days. With pegs 1-4 the only ones fishable it was down to these lads to catch, however as the day went on we all ended up in defeat. With still no one winning any of matches, and being able to get the first catch makes us all eager to look forward to the next one. To break the Combat Carp curse as people are starting to call it.
I would like to take this time to say a massive thank you to all that took part and I hope to see you all at our future charity matches. We raised a total of £123 which is donated to Help4heroes.
Also a big thank you to both Vagrant Baits and PP Baits for their support and donations
Combat Carp founder