Maver North West angler Franek Staniuszko confirmed a third place finish as part of this year’s three-day silver fish festival held at Woodland Lakes, Thirsk.
The festival, which attracts an extremely competitive field, saw thirty (30) plus anglers go head to head in bitterly cold conditions in pursuit of the venue’s prolific roach and skimmer bream stocks. Conditions over the three days were, as expected, extremely tough, which made for a very close finish after the three days.
After the opening two days of the event, Franek found himself sitting inside the top ten. However, a superb last day performance on day three saw him climb the leaderboard to finish just ounces shy of second placed Mark Calvert to confirm a hard fought mainframe finish.
Below, Franek reflects on a successful three days.
Day 1 – Dragonfly, Peg 10
“The opening day of the festival saw me draw peg 10 on Dragonfly. I enjoyed a busy day catching small skimmers steadily throughout the day feeding a bed of sweet super blend and a small amount of maggots with a few drops of caramel bait sauce. My theory was the fish needed a treat for their troubles and it worked, resulting in a lake win – a great start“.
Day two – Kestrel, peg 15
“Day two saw me draw one of the eight pegs used on Kestrel. There are two areas you do NOT want to draw on Kestrel – these being pegs 5 and 15. Wel, I managed to draw peg 15 so wan’t too optimistic. I opted to fish maggot to end the day with 8lb 14oz of small roach. Interestingly enough, no skimmers showed“.
“This gave me a cumulative weight of 23lb 14oz after day two with 30lb in second place and overall leader, Paul Holland, having 38lb“.
Day 3 – Wagtail, Peg 7
“Peg 7 on Wagtail lake was my home for the third and final day of the festival. I opted to feed the same mix as day one offering a sweet super blend on the pole line at 13m with maggot, but started on the waggler feeding maggots at about 20m. I had a really good run of roach with a few skimmers on the waggler line before the arctic conditions eventually saw the bites drop off. I then switched to the pole and managed some more small skimmers to end the day with 15lb and another lake win“.
“Upon arriving back to the club house, I found out I’d actually won the match, which saw me jump from seventh plce to third in the festival, just missing out on second by 2oz to the mighty Mark Calvert. Paul Holland won the festival overall“.
“After three days, I had caught a total of 38lb 14oz. Despite the weather, the fishing has been good. I’m sure the weights would have nearly doubled had the weather been kinder. I can’t wait for the January festival“.