Coming together to celebrate the ninth charity match in aid of cancer research, anglers from all over the region turned out for another big one on Carr Mill Dam on Sunday.
This one has always been a favourite for me that brings everyone together, supporting the hard work of Paul Platt who carefully co-ordinates it all for a fantastic cause.
With a brilliant turnout once again this year, 94 matchmen took to a dam that has been in fine form lately, a form that was also going to suit the many pole anglers amongst the line-up on this predominantly focused ‘tip’ water.
Taking the top honours in this one was Northwich rod Andy Insley who was pegged on the Dam walk side in the tree’s on peg 156.
A great start saw Andy, who opted for a traditional feeder approach, taking good bream to 3lb in a very busy first two hours, but then nervously struggle to make bites for the rest of the match.
Andy weighed in a creditable 31.2.0 worth £920.
Taking second place was Bolton’s Paul Swift, who has made pellet feeder practically his own on the dam. He took another fine weight, putting together a similar catch Andy, for 26.4.0 worth £690 nearby in peg 156.
Opting for a pole approach, Wigan’s Jimmy Hines took peg 135 located behind the Toby Carvery in his stride, putting together 19.8 of small roach for £510.
A joint fourth position was taken up by St Helens rod Sean Fletcher and Manchester’s Lee Addy.
Both had 16.12.0 that was worth £595 between them.
Lee’s father Mark took the final main frame medal place, putting together 15.12.0 worth £135.
It was a great day that saw £960 raised, which will be donated to Willow Brook Hospice in St Helens.
Many thanks to the Toby Carvery, St Helens Tackle amp; Bait, Leigh Tackle amp; Bait, Guru, Preston, Sensas, Matrix and everyone else who contributed to the wonderful raffle that was held afterwards.
Not forgetting the anglers who year on year make this such a fantastic occasion to help others within the aid of research.
Elsewhere, over at Millhouse’s Mistral Lake at Downholland, Elton’s Sean Raby took the top honours at a near full house putting together 93.12 from peg 50.
Raby took carp to 6lb at just 6m on pellet.
Wirral’s Chris Smith was just one fish off taking 89.8.0 from the adjoining peg 49, also using pellet short for second place.
Alan Dewhurst on peg 41 took 83.8.0 for third place.
Rosemary Wood in Haskayne is a fantastic fishery that has been in tremendous form once again.
With its two venues absolutely teeming with quality fish, this one is a must visit for ever angler looking to take quality fish or with that a wish for a personal best.
Here, Moss Lake will almost certainly offer the best chances for a huge double and a great days sport, but Island Pool with its many features is a lovely tranquil venue.