Gary Rimmer is convinced his team have got their tactics spot on ahead of their opening round in the Angling Times/Bait-Tech Clubman Supercup.
Newmarket Angling Club spokesman Rimmer is confident his side can overcome a tricky draw against Gipping Valley Angling Club (GVAC) and Hoskin’s Haulers when the side’s clash at GVAC’s Jim’s Match Lake next month.
“We have been doing very well in practice sessions over there as we have worked out what baits to use on what lines,” said Rimmer. “There will be blanks on the day there is no ifs and buts about it as there will be 24 of us fishing and we will be tightly packed in.
“However, we are quite happy as we have been catching plenty of fish.”
Rimmer’s jubilant mood has been further lifted by the fact that Hoskin’s Haulers, the team Newmarket defeated in the first round of the competition 12 months ago, have not been faring as well in the build-up to the three-way match on April 6.
“The lads from Hoskin’s Haulers are really struggling at the lake as they can’t seem to get their head around it, but I am sure they will as they are a good set of anglers,” added Rimmer.
n A second-place finish for Fred Challice in the final of Mildenhall Angling Club’s Winter League match was good enough to see him to clinch the series on Sunday.
League winner Challice took second in the match fished at the club’s Kenny Hill pond with 4lb 14oz, less than four pounds behind winner Ivan Houghton (8lb 4oz).
n Fishing a waggler with pellets worked wonders for John Caulder at Jeagor Farm Fishery on Saturday.
Drawn on peg 11, Caulder topped the scales with 47lb 9oz, seeing off Newmarket Angling Club member Geoff Arnold (32lb 15oz) and Chris Clarke (13lb), who were second and third, respectively.
n Keith Totman booked a spot in the final of the Trout Masters competition at Graffham Water later this year after taking a heat of the competition at Blackdyke Trout Fishery at the weekend.
Totman’s winning tactics was using buzzers to fish slowly along the margins.
Howard Scott had an excellent day on Friday, catching several fish on buzzers — his best was a rainbow trout of about 4lb.