Tom Noton tells us about his brilliant first match at Messingham Sands –


Brilliant day on the bank again today! 

My first time visiting the incredible Messingham Sands Fishery; and what a place it is! I have seen some awesome silverfish weights over the last few seasons and fancied a dabble myself. 

I booked on to the open match on Islands Lake. Twenty people fishing, with me drawing peg 37 on the end of the arm – a nice peg with plenty of open water to go at. James Hall and Kyle Hartley supplied me with some great information. Thanks men. 

I fed my usual Sonubaits F1 and Thatchers grounbait mix on two lines. 

Starting on a little groundbait feeder, I had a couple of nice skimmers early, and a rogue tench. 

I dropped in on the pole and it was immediately good. Loose feeding plenty of bait kept me catching quality fish for a really enjoyable day. 

It slowed up in the last hour, but I managed to nick a few nice stamp fish short. 

I finished up with a cracking net of breams, skimmers, roach, hybrids, crucians, and tench for 54lb 11oz and a match win.

What a great introduction to a new venue. Well done to Steve Wright who was second and Jamie Wilde who was 3rd.

I can’t wait to go back to this phenomenal venue. 

Slide on!

Tom Noton

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