Angling: Jubilee celebrations mark impressive Barton triumph
GRIMSBY'S Jubilee Angling Club are to take on national opposition in the semi-finals of a cup competition.
The group stunned the mighty Barton Kingfishers to reach the last four of the Angling Times Drennan Super Cup.
They will travel to Partridge Lakes, in Warrington, next month to compete for national glory.
Jubilee faced a strong Barton outfit that contained some high-quality anglers.
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Led by top angler Tony Duke, the Kingfishers had home advantage and decided to fish the Messingham Island Pond.
Although some of the Jubilee anglers have often fished at this venue, they surprised themselves in producing a performance to savour.
Tim Chapman, who has struggled of late by his standards, was on fire.
He not only won his zone, to bag valuable team points – he also won the match, with a weight of 67lb.
Jubilee's Steve Musson finished second, on 61lb, and he was also a zone winner.
Kim Messinger came third, also bagging a section win.
Two more section wins for Jubilee came from Jamie Green, who fished for the silvers and got nearly three times the weight of the anglers either side to him, and Nicky Tullock.
Dave Dalton was unlucky to miss out on a section victory by a 1lb. The angler who beat him had left the top two parts of his pole in the water amid some problems and, while he was sorting things out, a 10lb carp grabbed his ring – this handed him the lead.
Steve Croskill, pictured, hooked a personal best haul but the in-form Matty Benwell was celebrating the victory when Carr Lane Angling Club fished at Messingham.
The club enjoyed a splendid match, with anglers getting decent weights and mixed bags of carp and silver fish.
I had a good day, mostly catching silvers on caster which kept me busy.
But Benwell, who has won three of the four matches so far this year, took the spoils yet again.
He decided to fish the feeder and used boilie as bait to catch a good net of carp for 53lb.
Second place went to Crosskill, who recorded a personal best match weight of 51.14lb. He mainly fished a pellet wag tight to the island.
Paul Easton finished third. He had a carp of 13lb 10oz in his net of 34.11lb. The rest of his catch was made up of silver fish.
Westlands AC kicked off their season at Saltfleetby on the Island pond.
Paddy Ballans was top angler on the day. He had 52.8lb from peg 20.
Paddy decided to fish paste down the margins and it certainly paid off.
Mick Shreeves came second, from peg 16, fishing the long pole to the island for a total weight of 45.8lb.
Third was Dave Edwards junior. He was on peg three and used the open water well to fish the pellet waggler shallow for 42.3lb.
Fourth was Garry Nelson, on 37.12lb. He used the pole in the margins.
The club had a total of 18 anglers fishing and they weighed in 434lb – an average of 24lb per angler, which is not bad for their first match.
Wold View Fisheries saw good weights once again and, for a change, it was not too bad a weekend weather-wise.
On the Gold Lake last Saturday, 15 fished. Chris Mack finished first, from peg 31, on 71lb. Ryan Lidguard came second, with 40lb 8oz from peg 36. Gavin Capps came third, with 35lb 4oz from peg 18.
The following day, on the same lake, 21 fished. The weather was sunny and dry but very windy.
Lidguard was top man, with 58lb 2oz from peg 26. Dave Berry came second, with 57lb from peg 19. Neil Spence finished third, with 54lb 10oz from peg ten.
Meanwhile, I had the pleasure of visiting Bradley Ponds last Monday.
It has been taken over by local business man Tony Booth.
He has done a fantastic job, and alterations have been made.
The track was being done on the Monday down to the pond.
The fishing is also top form. Keith Easton has been going there and has had 100lb nets, mainly of silver fish, with a few carp.
While I was there were, other anglers were catching on various methods.
Tony is running a Friday match. The draw is at 4pm, with fishing from 5pm to 9pm.
If you are going to be late due to work, you can let Tony know and he will save you a peg up to 5pm.