2017 Christmas Match
61 anglers turned out for the club's Xmas match fished along the Tiverton end of the Grand Western canal on Sunday. After two hard frosts, the match promised to be a hard one and indeed, that turned out to be the case for most. The match was pegged from near broken bridge to Warnicombe and comprised 4 sections.
Winner on the day and a seasonal turkey dinner, from a peg on the bends at Warnicombe was Pete Kingdon with a weight of 3.650kg. Pete's catch included some good skimmers and lovely roach using flake and breadpunch. He also managed a few perch and a 2lb pike on worm. Well done Pete, having come close many times, you finally managed to win the thing after all these years.
In 2nd place was Andy Bulley from peg 44 near the wires at Glebelands. Andy weighed in with 2.870kg which comprised two decent skimmers and several small roach caught on punch. Andy also went home with a huge turkey dinner. well fished Andy !
3rd place went to Jason Fay from a peg close to broken bridge. Jason weighed in with 2.450kg made up of a bream and several small roach, again on bread.
In 4th place was Alan Davey from peg 40 who caught the only tench on the day plus a back up of small roach to weigh in with 2.070kg. Alan caught his tench on flake on light gear so it was "clenched buttocks" time for a while. Well done Alan !
5th came Paul Elworthy from the next peg to Alan who weighed in with a mainly roach catch plus 3 tiny skimmers of 1.920kg. Paul managed to keep bites coming all through the match on the punch.
6th place belonged to Ali Robinson with a weight of 1.770kg. Ali was pegged on 47, first after the wires, and had an all roach catch again using bread punch.
Winners and runners-up of the 4 sections are pictured below and their weights are as follows :
Section A Pete Davey 1.450kg
Martin Heard 1.350kg
Section B Mark Robinson 1.550kg
Gary Butler 1.450kg
Section C Mike Edwards 1.450kg
Gary Thornton 0.850kg
Section D Elliot Fay 1.620kg
Paul Ware 1.250kg
Big thanks goes to Amory Park Bowling Club for the use of their facilities but a really special thanks goes, firstly, to Julia and Lyn and the girls for laying on such a brilliant breakfast which was appreciated by all who dined, and that was most of the competitors. Secondly, a big thanks again to Julia and hubby, Ali who, over many weeks, amassed all the fantastic array of prizes. Further thanks goes to David and Graham at Culm Valley Angling for the donation of many groundbait and fishing / tackle voucher prizes. As Malcolm, our president said, this must rate as the best Xmas match presentation in the south west.
Finally, thanks to all the club members, particularly Match Secretary, Steve Manley, Treasurer, Mike Edwards and Paul Elworthy for their help in making what was yet another enjoyable and successful Xmas match.
See you all next year
A Section Winner
A Section Runner up
B Section Winner
B Section Runner up
C Section Winner
C Section Runner up
D Section Winner
D Section Runner up