Winter League R1

Winter League Round 1:  Paul Drissell Memorial Trophy:  Sunday 10th October:

The bumber turnout for the first holding of the Paul Drissell Memorial Trophy was greated with light winds, sunshine and high expectations.

As ever, eveyone wanted to draw red but it was John Townsend on green peg 30 who set the early pace with a succession of skimmers coming to the net on the long pole, only slowing after the cormorant went through his swim!  With only 30 minutes to go John was still holding off the Lower Basin challengers but had to settle for second place as Tony (London Tone) Hillas bagged a 14lb common carp from the Bird Hide section to take the much sought after victory.  John did have the consolation of a bottle of rum for the best bream of 3lb 5ozs (thanks to Rob at Waterfront Shooting & Fishing for donating the rum).  Other notable fish of the day included a 1lb 1oz roach netted by Wayne Burnard.

Third place went to Steve Whitehouse who managed to relegate  Mat Sampson to fourth place by 7 ounces after bagging on the silvers.  There were section wins for Adrian ‘Sailor’ Hill (Lower Basin), Simon Allen (Second Basin), and Brian Powel giving me a wag ‘n mag lesson on the next peg to win the Bird Hide Section.

A big thankyou to Kate Sampson and all at the Barge for a pasty lunch, and to Theo who delivered them along the towpath.  An even kinder gesture after Mr Hill had earlier tried to add ‘method feeder’ to the Barge breakfast menu!

It was a great day and a great tribute to a much missed fishing buddy.

Pos: Angler Lbs ozs Peg No. Pts
1 Tony Hillas 17lbs 14oz 13 23
2 John Townsend 9lbs 14oz 30 22
3 Steve Whitehouse 8lbs 13oz 17 21
4 Matt Sampson 8lbs 6oz 18 20
5 Simon Allen 7lbs 11oz 29 19
6 Adrian Hill 6lbs 14 18
7 Ady Larkins 5lbs 12oz 15 17
8 Andy Southey 5lbs 3oz 16 16
9 Steve Maynard 4lbs 10oz 35 15
10 Kevin Hill 4lbs 6oz 33 14
11 Wayne Burnard 3lbs 13oz 19 13
12 Brian Powel 2lbs 14oz 43 12
13 Dean 2lbs 11oz 13 11
14 Dave Allen 2lbs 3oz 27 10
15 Mike Bowden 2lbs 1oz 32 9
16 Paul Braund 1lbs 11oz 44 8
17 Dick Turner 1lbs 7oz 28 7
18 Ady Hicks 1lbs 3oz 31 6
19 Len Hancock 12oz 42 5
20 Mark Gratton 11oz 34 4
21 Tony Johns 6oz 47 3
22 Steph Clarke 0.5oz 45 2
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