Kayleigh wins the Ladies National
12 JUNE 2014
Kayleigh Smith has won the Ladies National and qualified for 2015 Ladies Fish'o'Mania...
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The 2014 Ladies National took place at Boldings Pools with 43 ladies fishing over 3 lakes, including Middy's Kayleigh Smith:

"I drew peg 5 on Willows and I had no idea what to expect or even where the lake was, when I finally arrived at my peg it seemed that the storm had brought the fish shallow as they were topping all over, straight away I thought the peg looked pretty nice and a lot of fish seemed to be in the area. My main plan of attack was to catch the fish shallow then maybe catch a few better ones later on down the edge, I also put a short line in at 2+2 where I found about 5ft as a backup line where I was going to flick castors in, just in case I was struggling. I strung the shot out as I thought if I am going to be loose feeding castors the fish may come off the bottom and this rig would help me catch them on the drop. I was going to put line up under my shallow line but it was top 4 deep so I decided to leave it and set the feeder up instead. I also set a waggler up in case the fish backed off.

"At the start of the match I fed half a pot of castors on my short line and started flicking 4mm pellets at about 14.5meters. I thought, 'I will just start short and see if I can pick any early fish up while feeding my shallow line'. First drop in short I had an indication before the float dipped and I had a carp about 3lb, when I hit the bite I threw a pinch of castors at pole tip. Next drop I had a barbel, then a tench. I was catching steady but had just started having a few problems foul hooking fish. I decided to change the shotting pattern to a bulk and two droppers instead of the strung out rig and this seemed to solve the foul hooking problem. The line died down after a couple of hours so I decided to pick my shallow rig up that I had being feeding from the start, I got a few fish straight away which seemed to be better stamp F1's and then nothing, but the fish were still showing. I picked the waggler up and caught a few more F1's but these were a smaller stamp to the ones on the pole. All the time I was still feeding my castors short. People had being walking round and I had heard that Sam Sims had about 45lb in the first few hours, I knew I would have about that as well, but it would be close - Gemma Matthews was opposite me and she had two fish that looked double figures. I was starting to worry thinking if people start catching big fish then they will soon catch up. I fed my edge line just in case I needed it but I though while ever I can keep putting fish in the net my weight is building up.

"During the last hour the fish were queuing up and I knew I was going to get a bite every drop, my only problem was I was running out of castors fast! I had only brought two pints with me. In the last 15 mins or so I was alternating between feeding castors and pellets as I needed to loose feed after every fish in order to get a bite.

"All out was called and I was excited but nervous at the same time, all I wanted was to qualify for the ladies Fish'o'Mania next year so needed a top 6 finish. I had heard that Sam had struggled in the last hour but knew there could be people that had caught big fish late on. The scales started on the next peg to me so I walked round and watched the weigh in, the best so far on my lake was Gemma Matthews with 21kg. I was told that Sam would also have about that. When we got round to my peg I was told that Sam in fact had 24kg. I weighed my first net of fish in and it went 22kg, then my 2nd next went just over 21kg, giving me a total of 43.550kg. I was quite shocked I had that much as it was mainly barbel.

"When I got to meet up with everyone it became apparent that most had struggled with the average weight been between 7-12kg. I was in a team with Leanne, Charlotte and Nuala, fishing for Suffork County, the team position goes on overall team weight. The main team to beat is Sonubait Passies team, which consists of Emma Pickering, Sam Sims, Sam Perkins and Abbi Kendal.

"All the individual results were gathered and in 4th place was Abbi with 18kg in 3rd was Gemma with 21.5kg then Sam Sims was 2nd with 24kg and I won the Ladies National with a total of 43.5kg. I knew from these results as well as talking to team mates that it would be very close to see who had won team gold. In third place was Warrington AA with a total of 52kg then in 2nd was Sonubait Passies with a total of 65.5kg, that meant that we had just managed to beat them with 67kg, it just goes to show every fish counts. My day could not have gone any better and it is a memory that will live with me forever."

Everyone at Middy would like to congratulate Kayleigh on winning both individually and with team - and we wish her the best of luck for the ladies Fish'o next year.

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"I drew peg 5 on Willows and I had no idea what to expect or even where the lake was, when I finally arrived at my peg it seemed that the storm had brought the fish shallow as they were topping all over, straight away I thought the peg looked pretty nice and a lot of fish seemed to be in the area. My main plan of attack was to catch the fish shallow then maybe catch a few better ones later on down the edge, I also put a short line in at 2+2 where I found about 5ft as a backup line where I was going to flick castors in, just in case I was struggling. I strung the shot out as I thought if I am going to be loose feeding castors the fish may come off the bottom and this rig would help me catch them on the drop. I was going to put line up under my shallow line but it was top 4 deep so I decided to leave it and set the feeder up instead. I also set a waggler up in case the fish backed off.

"At the start of the match I fed half a pot of castors on my short line and started flicking 4mm pellets at about 14.5meters. I thought, 'I will just start short and see if I can pick any early fish up while feeding my shallow line'. First drop in short I had an indication before the float dipped and I had a carp about 3lb, when I hit the bite I threw a pinch of castors at pole tip. Next drop I had a barbel, then a tench. I was catching steady but had just started having a few problems foul hooking fish. I decided to change the shotting pattern to a bulk and two droppers instead of the strung out rig and this seemed to solve the foul hooking problem. The line died down after a couple of hours so I decided to pick my shallow rig up that I had being feeding from the start, I got a few fish straight away which seemed to be better stamp F1's and then nothing, but the fish were still showing. I picked the waggler up and caught a few more F1's but these were a smaller stamp to the ones on the pole. All the time I was still feeding my castors short. People had being walking round and I had heard that Sam Sims had about 45lb in the first few hours, I knew I would have about that as well, but it would be close - Gemma Matthews was opposite me and she had two fish that looked double figures. I was starting to worry thinking if people start catching big fish then they will soon catch up. I fed my edge line just in case I needed it but I though while ever I can keep putting fish in the net my weight is building up.

"During the last hour the fish were queuing up and I knew I was going to get a bite every drop, my only problem was I was running out of castors fast! I had only brought two pints with me. In the last 15 mins or so I was alternating between feeding castors and pellets as I needed to loose feed after every fish in order to get a bite.

"All out was called and I was excited but nervous at the same time, all I wanted was to qualify for the ladies Fish'o'Mania next year so needed a top 6 finish. I had heard that Sam had struggled in the last hour but knew there could be people that had caught big fish late on. The scales started on the next peg to me so I walked round and watched the weigh in, the best so far on my lake was Gemma Matthews with 21kg. I was told that Sam would also have about that. When we got round to my peg I was told that Sam in fact had 24kg. I weighed my first net of fish in and it went 22kg, then my 2nd next went just over 21kg, giving me a total of 43.550kg. I was quite shocked I had that much as it was mainly barbel.

"When I got to meet up with everyone it became apparent that most had struggled with the average weight been between 7-12kg. I was in a team with Leanne, Charlotte and Nuala, fishing for Suffork County, the team position goes on overall team weight. The main team to beat is Sonubait Passies team, which consists of Emma Pickering, Sam Sims, Sam Perkins and Abbi Kendal.

"All the individual results were gathered and in 4th place was Abbi with 18kg in 3rd was Gemma with 21.5kg then Sam Sims was 2nd with 24kg and I won the Ladies National with a total of 43.5kg. I knew from these results as well as talking to team mates that it would be very close to see who had won team gold. In third place was Warrington AA with a total of 52kg then in 2nd was Sonubait Passies with a total of 65.5kg, that meant that we had just managed to beat them with 67kg, it just goes to show every fish counts. My day could not have gone any better and it is a memory that will live with me forever."

Everyone at Middy would like to congratulate Kayleigh on winning both individually and with team - and we wish her the best of luck for the ladies Fish'o next year. [8] => [9] => [10] => [11] => ) )

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