Benwell sweeps the board at end-of-season awards
WITH the end of the year fast approaching, many of our local clubs have been holding their presentation events to recognise their anglers' hard work over the course of the season.
I was at Carr Lane's event and Matty Benwell, who has been excellent this year, swept the board and took most of the trophies.
He rightly took the Angler of the Year title as well as the spring and summer aggregates.
Runner-up in the Spring Aggregate was Shane Bennet who has had a fine debut year with the club.
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I finished as runner-up in the Summer Aggregate and, to my surprise, I was also presented with the Most Improved Angler award and also finished runner-up for the angler of the year.
It has been a great year and it has flown by all too quickly.
The weather has been awful of late and most anglers have taken one look outside and decided to stay indoors.
Last Sunday, at Wold View, there were only three hardy souls who chose to brave the elements.
They could fish wherever they liked on the Gold Lake and Graham Garrod, who was back on top form again, took full advantage.
He opted for peg 11 and it proved to be an inspired choice as he weighed in with 33lb.
Following him was Chris Mack in second with 30lb off peg 41 and Norman Hewliss came third with 13lb from peg three.
The day before had seen much better conditions and the match was split over two lakes – bronze and the canal.
Karl Cropper did well on the canal to catch 63lb off peg three.
Then it was Garrod, who gave an indication of what was to come the following daywith 40lb off peg 20.
Wayne Childs came third with 34lb off peg nine.
On the bronze lake, it was Mack with 72lb from peg ten.
Carr Lane Angling Club member Jamie Whitley, who seems to be improving on every outing, came second with 47lb off peg nine.
Fishery manager Terry Jackson was third with 43lb off peg five.
Over at Saltfleetby, and the Thursday matches are still bringing the anglers out.
Dave Dalton was the most recent winner with 17lb off the ever successful peg 24.
I don't know why, but this peg always seems to produce a good bag of fish.
Pete Helsdown hauled in 10.6lb off peg 22 to come second while Malcolm Landles was third with 9.4lb from peg four.
On Sunday, it was veteran Grimsby angler Bill Marsh, right, who braved the elements to bring in 31.5lb, again from peg 24.
The ever-present Lloyd Lakin was second with 7.4lb from peg eight with Ian Sadler third (3.8lb) from peg four.
Laceby Saxons were fishing on the main pond and Gavin McGuire, who has had a fantastic season with the club this year, finished as top man with 34lb from peg 16 – catching his fish on coloured boilies.
Second was John Smith with 25.8lb off peg 17 while Steve Fegan (25.2lb) finished third on peg four.
On the Ancholme on Saturday, the Mouncey League was in full swing.
Chris Reilly was first in from peg 29.
Fishing for Garbolino Ossett, he was using bread punch and worm to catch roach and perch for 6.1lb.
Second was Alan Holton (Lincs County) with 5.8lb and third was Mal Chambers from Scunthorpe Tackle with 4.14lb.
Finally, could I take this opportunity to encourage all local club secretaries and chairman to attend a meeting at the Carr Lane club on Friday, December 7.
The meeting, which starts at from 7.30pm, is being held to discuss the Club Championships.