Top 12 Final Sunday 1st October 2017
The grand finale to this year's Tiverton match league was held at Oaktree fishery yesterday where the top 12 anglers in the points league ( pictured below) converged to fish the bottom lake in what appeared to be ideal fishing conditions with an overcast sky and light breeze. However, the fishing turned out to be hard with the carp proving to be more elusive than usual for most.
The angler on the day who managed to buck this trend by catching 16 carp for a match winning weight of 24.600kg from 2nd peg in on the long car park side was Mark Robinson ( above centre). Mark fish a short pole and caught most of his fish on maggot over caster and pellet. His catch also included some good perch to 1lb.
2nd on the day, from a couple of pegs further along, with a weight of 15.350kg was Paul Elworthy ( above left). Paul fished the paste over micro pellet on both long and short pole ending up with a total of 10 carp one of which weighed 4.200kg caught in the last 15 mins..
In 3rd spot was Gary Butler ( above right) with a weight of 9.500kg. Gary drew the outfall peg and caught 3kg of silvers mainly on soft pellet plus 5 carp in the margins on pellet, meat and maggot.
4th place went to Phil Tucker with 9.400kg. Phil drew the "rathole" swim and his catch included 6 carp caught on various bait including meat, pellet and maggot.
The presentation of awards was made by club Treasurer, Mike Edwards, who thanked everyone for making the series a highly contested and enjoyable one. He then, firstly, presented Mark Robinson with the Winners trophy and then followed this by making the Shield presentation to the overall league winner for 2017, Eric Priest, who amassed 7 maximum scores and a couple of 2nds for a total of 88 points. ( pic. below)
Prizes were then presented to all 12 anglers in descending order, the first 6 anglers receiving cash prizes whilst the latter half receiving fishing tackle with a special prize of a reel going to Paul Elworthy for the biggest fish on the day of a carp 4.200kg.
Special thanks goes to Exeter Angling Centre and Exe Valley Angling for their donations towards prizes and also a big thanks to Lisa at Oaktree for providing mini -breakfast for all competitors on the day.
Finally, a very special thanks goes to our Treasurer, Mike, for all his work behind the scenes as well as stewarding on the day which ensured the smooth running of this popular, annual event.