Top 5 anglers average 100lb of silvers in 5-hour match

by Aidan Bordiuk |
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Viaduct Fishery in Somerset, is renowned for its prolific carp fishing, with several fish over 20lb and huge match weights, but it's becoming more and more popular with anglers looking to catch big bags of silverfish.

The most recent match was won by Matthew Skyme, weighing in an incredible 120lb 10oz of mostly skimmers and bream. This wasn't the only enormous weight, as Roland Lucas caught 115lb 2oz, and Nigel Hardgreave added to it with a weight of 91lb 14oz. In fact, the top five anglers on the day caught almost 500lb of silverfish during the five-hour match.

"112 at Viaduct is a great peg at the shallower end of the lake that is pushed out onto a point, giving you a slight advantage over other anglers around you," Matthew told us.

"I fished 7m in front, in 4ft of water, and down the right edge in 3ft of water, with both producing bream from 1.5lb-3lb, as well as a few tench."

"I used a 4x12 RW maggot float with a spread bulk and 0.10 hooklength with a 16 Drennan Acolyte Silverfish hook on both lines."

"Bait throughout the day was a worm head. Feeding was also the same, kinder potting a mix of groundbait (F1 Dark and Tom Thick Sweet Fishmeal) micro pellets, casters and chopped worms in a slop/paste. When a line went funny, I potted in a snooker ball size of the slop and rested it," he concluded.


Matthew Skyme with part of his 120lb match winning catch.
Matthew Skyme with part of his 120lb match winning catch.
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