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Bob Nudd

Mal Scott Memorial Festival 2015

England International Sean Ashby repeated last years stunning performance by winning the Mal Scott Memorial once again, finishing more than 10 kg clear of the rest of the field with a 57 kg total. The Mal Scott memorial is held to remember Malcolm Scott a famous English angler, tackle dealer and event organiser who sadly passed away after a serious illness 4 years ago. The Festival is run over 5 days on the river and Lough Erne, in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

 

I finished out of the top ten with 37 kg.

 

On day 1 I drew peg 18 on the Derrychara section and fished a small front loaded cage feeder at 20 mts catching 36 roach for 7,550 kg to finish in 3rd place in my zone.

 

On the 2nd day my rotation was the Portora School section. It was another day on the feeder this time a medium 50 gram window feeder at 45 mts. Groundbait was Van Den Eynde Supercrack roach and Beet. My catch was 41 roach for 8,800 kg which was enough to win the zone.

 

Day 3 was a pole day on the Sligo road section, and my heaviest catch of the week with 58 roach for 11,150 kg. I fished at 12 mts, balling in at the start and then topping up with a small ball every other run through. The river was running hard so a sticky groundbait was necessary. Van Den Eynde Secret is the best roach groundbait in this situation. This was my worst result of the week finishing 4th in the Zone.

 

Back to the feeder on day 4 this time I was on the Airport section of lower Lough Erne. It was a real mixed bag of perch, small roach, 3 hybrids and even a lone 4lb bream. I fished a window feeder at 45 mts catching 66 fish for 7,450 kg to win the section and zone.

 

The final day saw me on the same platform on the Cornagrade section that I previously fished 38 years ago catching 496 roach for 166lbs. This time it was much more difficult and I only caught 8 fish, 6 on the pole and 2 on the feeder, but it was enough to win my section with 1,300 kg.

 

Bob

Here some pictures:

Day1:

 view from my peg on Derrachara (day 1)

view from my peg on Derrachara

Day 2:

 view from my peg in Portora School Section (day 2)

view from my peg in Portora School Section

Day 3:

 view from my peg on Sligo Road 3 (day 3)

view from my peg on Sligo Road 3

 balling in (day 3)

balling in

netting a roach (day 3)

netting a roach

 shipping back (day 3)

shipping back

another big roach comes to the net(day 3)

another big roach comes to the net

 my day 3 catch (11 kg)

my day 3 catch (11 kg)

Day 4:

 view from my peg, Airport Section (day 4)

view from my peg, Airport Section

 netting a hybrid (day 4)

netting a hybrid

hooking into a big fish (day 4)

hooking into a big fish

 unhooking a bream (day 4)

unhooking a bream

this big bream helped me to win my zone on the Airport section (day 4)

this big bream helped me to win my zone on the Airport section

my zone winning catch 7.550 grams (day 4)

my zone winning catch 7.550 grams

Day 5:

view from my peg on Cornagrade (day 5)

view from my peg on Cornagrade

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