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Canterbury Open Championship 2011

posted 18 Dec 2011, 18:31 by Steven Gaskell
Lake Rotokahatu in Christchurch played host to the Canterbury Open Coarse Fishing Championship early last month, and once again the competition weekend coincided with peak spawning time for the resident tench!
This meant the fish’s priority was nookie rather than nosh, and catches were much lower than we know the venue is capable of producing.
Due to the upcoming Trans-Tasman and NZ Nationals in mid February 2012 a number of the regular visitors held off attending the event.
Therfore with a relatively low number of anglers taking part this year the pegs were divided into just two sections.
The first section (A sec) being along the productive western bank and the second section (B sec) along the eastern side in an area recently repaired by the city council after the earthquakes had casued approximatley 100m of bank to make it's way into the lake!
The second section had never been fished before under match conditions and so its potential was pretty much unknown, but with a row of willow trees poking out of the water at 20m it looked fishy enough.
Surprisingly, it was the new bank that fished better and apart from Paul Senior’s match winning 36lb 3oz from Peg 16 on day one the next three best weights came from B section: Dave Dixon 35lb 15oz (Peg 35), Ray Bricknell 33lb 8oz (Peg 34) and Dean Sole 28lb 5oz (Peg 33). Steve Gaskell took second in A section with 18lb 7oz from Peg 7, and Tony Cooper third with 16lb 12oz from Peg 8.
Unfortunately, the big girls really switched off overnight and catches were disappointing on day 2: Paul Senior made it a double match win with his 46lb 5oz from Peg 33 and Dave Dixon also secured 2 section points with 31lb 14oz from Peg 7.
Matt Sellen took third on the day (26lb 8oz – Peg 10) with the same draw from the first day Matt was pretty quick to pick where the fish would be sitting. Steve Gaskell took fourth (22lb 14oz – Peg 15) from the previous days blanking peg, so good to see the fish moving in overnight. Only two other anglers made it into double figures on day 2.
Paul Senior (West Auckland), Dave Dixon and Steve Gaskell (both CFFC) took out the top three placings overall but another two Auckland anglers filled fourth and fifth spots making the North v. South contest a very close affair: Both teams scoring 14 points but South just coming out on top with a combined weight of 152lb 6oz to the North’s 151lb 2oz.
So the next big event is the Trans-Tasman, and we can be sure the fish will not be spawning, so the weights will hopefully be well up on this weekend.