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Angling: Hughes keeps living the dream

Like all sportsmen, anglers are always striving to be the best.

Whether it’s upon the huge open circuits of the match fishing world or just on the local club scene, there’s no hiding it, we all dream to be the top rod on the day.

It’s simply a feeling that brings a great deal of satisfaction to everyone in our game.

Now these thoughts come to mind as I caught up with some exiting news this week about one of our top rods on Merseyside, who like many of us, also had a dream.

Back in 2003 Wirral’s Jamie’s Hughes, an expert in his own right in the commercial scene, had a dream to reach the final of the most prestigious blue ribbon event of the commercial match angling calendar, ‘Fish ‘O’ Mania’.

It’s often said we make our own dreams come true and modestly reflecting on his own vision back long before his first attempt, after an amazing run of success, competing in eight finals to date, he still say’s ‘to win three titles isn’t meant to happen’.

Clearly winning Fish ‘0’ three times was an incredible story, amassing a colossal £110k.

To this day winning regularly on the local match scene, Hughes is arguably the most successful commercial angler in the country and still the story goes on.

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This week Jamie has joined angling giant Matrix to do what he’s always wanted to do, get involved in the company’s tackle design.

It’s a tremendous achievement for one of the nicest guys in the sport and after his four years with MAP, again in his own words, he simply can’t wait to get started.

Still on the match scene Liverpool Angling Society continued their fine form as a match group, on putting in another fine team display on a tough canal out on the Parbold lengths of canal, for round two of the Wigan AA Winter League.

Maghull’s Peter Keenan led the way for LAS taking his section and second overall position with a cracking catch for 20.12.8.

That consisted of quality roach, skimmers and hybrids on caster, bread and hemp.

As a top match angler in his own right Keenan unfortunately took on a hard lesson after a successful day of fishing.

Overlooking a quality roach that he left in his net after the weigh in, it proved more than a little costly by the end of the day as Wigan’s Sean Birchall took he day’s individual honours pipping him with a very close 20.14.7.

Wigan took the day’s team honours with a superb 31 point score.

Followed by Tricast Rochdale who took 45, Liverpool took a creditable third place on the day taking 46 points.

On the commercial scene Dave Cheetham took the honours at a packed Mistral Lake on Downholland’s Millhouse Fishery.

Cheetham put in a quality performance taking 147.4.0 of carp to 6lb on dead maggot at 12m from peg 33.

Elton’s Mick Reed took second place with 83.12.0 and Wirral’s Alan Dewhurst took third with 81.14.0.

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