Angling: Dave does the business to take the Champions crown
THE area's top coarse match anglers descended on Wold View for last weekend's Champion of Champions tournament.
The Claxby fishery did it as a 'thank you' for the anglers who have attended and won matches over the past few months.
Four of the complex's lakes were used and Silver was the favourite for many of the anglers – but on the Saturday, it was a struggle with some low weights.
Carr Lane Angling Club's (AC) current top angler Matty Benwell drew peg 21.
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He decided to go on his favourite method of fishing using the bombs and watching a tip.
Casting near the aerator, he soon found a few fish.
Next to him was Mark Golding from the Big Bash AC.
After deciding to cast in a similar area, he also started to catch, but it was Matty who came out the best with a top weight of 19lb.
Second was Mark Golding with 11.14lb.
Section winners on Silver were Simon Piggott of Assassin Baits, and Wayne Childs of Novartis AC.
The Ultimate Lake was a stretch that many anglers wanted due to a sudden drop in temperature on the day thanks to a bad frost.
The fishing was very good in places and it was Wold regular Ian Marshall, using the pole and corn, who was top man with 52lb.
Next in was Pelham and Carr AC member Rob Thompson, who kept switching his bait off peg 13 to net 42lb.
Chris Mack from Hull has been a winner of many matches at Wold through out the year and he came third with 22.2lb.
On the Canal lake, there was a real tussle between Colin Blendell from the NATs club and Andy Saunby – another Wold regular.
Colin and Andy were drawn next to each other, with me sandwiched in the middle of them.
Talking before the match, none of us thought that there would be any fish over towards the island.
How wrong we were – the angler next door to Andy had two carp straight away.
So, after a quick change of tactics, fish were brought over to Andy and myself in an instant.
After only getting one or two fish initially, Colin really got the fish going later on in the match and, at one time, we thought that he may have enough to take the overall prize.
Colin weighed in with 56lb, next was Andy Saunby with 39lb and then, to my great surprise, it was yours truly. with 27.6lb.
But it was the Gold lake that was going to produce the winner on the day – and it was Dave Mountford.
Dave did not like his draw and was even considering going home – but by the end of the day he was over £400 in profit, so he would have been pleased that he stuck around.
Drawing peg 28 Dave soon found the feeding carp and amassed a total of 61lb to take the title on the day.
Knowing Dave, he would have worked really hard to find the fish and then keep them feeding.
He's a class angler and also a very helpful one so very well done to Dave.
Next in was Alex Ward with 49lb from 18 – one of the favoured pegs.
Norman Hewiss was third off peg 36 with 29.4lb and Dave Ringwood came fourth with 28.2lb off peg 35.
It was a great day and one that most of the anglers who attended enjoyed.
A big thank you must go out to the new owner, Tony Flint – who put in more prize money on the day – and to Terry and all his staff for their hard work, not only on the day, but throughout the year.
ON the club scene, Old Clee were in action at Grange Park fisheries in Messingham recently.
They were on the prolific Curlew lake and the members had a good enjoyable match with plenty of fish.
The winner was Steve Ayres followed by Mark Needham in second.
Stan Lively came third and in fourth was the ever-present John Howard.
Over at Saltfleetby, and, again, a good day's fishing was enjoyed by all.
Last Sunday, Lloyd Lakin did exceptionally well off peg 18, catching a very creditable 91lb.
Second in was Mark Critcher with 83lb off peg three.
Fourth was Grimsby's Lee Popham who did well from peg eight.
There also been a lot going on at the fishery of late with the Kingfisher lake being extended and made into a canal-like pond.
There will be a match on there shortly when things have settled down and then a decision will be made to what type of species are put into the pond.