For round five I required a stand-in as I was otherwise engaged with taking the wife to a Xmas show (brownie points by the bucket). Unfortunately for my stand-in he also inherited my fortune of crap draws in that of Molands 41 - needless to say he didn't do well and so another 10 pointer.

Round Six was a new random draw for rotations (mid point) and so I would see some new faces for the final five rounds. On paper I had avoided the league leaders and it looked to be a fair but competitive on.

Our first lake was Geary's Level and of late I'd done well on this lake - 57lbs on a Xmas match saw me finish 3rd overall and a couple of other section pick-ups gave me plenty of confidence going into this match. The mild weather had the big Carp feeding but you really needed to draw the mid-teens to have a good chance of a match or lake win.

so when I drew peg Ten I was a tad dissapointed as these are awkward pegs to fish a long pole due to the high bank behind. A feeder approach at 60 metres with hybrid / Wafters and bomb / pellet was my main plan with just 5 metres of pole for short work making life easier.

A nice start with a 9lb Carp after 10 mins filled me with confidence but it took a lot of switching with bait offerings on the bomb at 25 metres to find 3 more plus two small stockies. Then just as in previous matches the last two hours I can't buy a bite so I have to make do with 38lbs which was good enough for 3rd on the lake. As expected the winning weights came from 18 and 16 with 61lbs and 60lbs respectively, lucky for me these both framed so I picked up the lake win by default and the last brown envelope of 2018.

Mr Canning showed his unbelievable talent again by smashing the match with 91lbs of Molands 10 a peg that I thought he might just slip up from, he now tops the league with 12 points but is closely followed by the gaffer John Burchill and Staff bailiff Daniel Lewis.

tight lines and a happy new year to you all.