This years event has finally come and gone and it can only be described as another epic weekend, it started Friday with our social and finished earlier today after a decent 24hr match.
We were royally entertained by John Halton and Cosmic Goldfish on Friday evening who were backed up by Party Madness Events and Bar Toast who provided us with food and alcoholic beverages, and it’s fair to say quite a few felt the effects of a good night a little too much.
Throughout the weekend Terry Ingram was in attendance to provide tattoo’s and its fair to say he was very popular, he worked right up until midnight on Friday and did a few more pieces again on Saturday, donating £165 to the cause in the process.
Last year the fishing element of the match wasn’t too good, and with a change of waters we hoped the fishing would fair a little better, and we weren’t disappointed as the weights posted were bigger than any previous events we’ve held.
It was clear early on that Andy Nettleton had drawn a superb peg and within a few hours he had notched up a 90lb haul with others just scraping double figures and by 1630 Andy had a clear lead.
Everyone reeled in at 1630 for a buffet that was laid on by the venue and we then headed into the lodge for a talk by RG Baits Ryan Heaton on his time at Rainbow Lakes which was followed by our raffle.
At 1900 the angling resumed and the heat was relentless even in the evening sun, but undeterred the guys cracked on in an attempt to catch up with Andy.
As night drew in, the scoreboard had notched up a few more entry’s and Andy had further increased his lead.
The morning saw a late run of fish for Lee O’Connor and Rory Barnard but it was too little, too late.
As the anglers returned for the prize giving we were quietly surprised on the weight totals that were being recorded and for the first time in 7 years we had over 500lb of fish caught.
The winning pair were Jamie Monteith and Jon Price of the MPGS team with 86lb 06oz and Darryl Hamilton of the Army team won biggest fish with 18lb 01oz, it was a tied result with Nigel Constantine also catching an 18lb 01oz fish, however we rolled back to the next biggest fish and Darryl Hamilton cane out on top having had a 16lb 11oz common to take the trophy from Nige.
Our individual winner was Andy Nettleton with a staggering 265lb 14oz of carp caught in 24hrs, mostly from the surface and a record individual weight for the event.
The team winners were the Ex Military 2 team that Andy was part off, they posted a weight of 317lb 02oz and a record team winning weight.
But, as always there is only one winner and that’s our beneficiaries of our fundraising efforts and although we were down on numbers this year the effort was outstanding as we raised £6,780, which is truly remarkable.
We need to say a huge thank you to our hosts Cudmore Fishery for having us and for doing all they could to make us welcome, and a huge thanks to our marshall’s, Sam Bangert, Lindsay Williams, Abigail Bangert, Michael Parr and his cousin Lee, without whom the event would turn into chaos.
Finally a huge thank you to everyone who attended, every company that donated prizes and to everyone that sponsored, donated and parted with their cash.