Dave Cooper on Saturday won the Angling Trust Individual National on the Gloucester Canal, topping one of the strongest line-ups of the season so far, writes Ken Wade.
The Sensas Mark One angler, and indeed several of his team mates, have been making the long journey down to the south-west of the country practising not only for this match but the Division One National, the blue riband event of team fishing.
The time and effort put in has already started to pay off as Dave worked wonders from the Cambridge Bridge section of the canal. Many expected the winner to come from one of the fancied hotspots on the feeder but Dave caught a big net of bream on the pole from peg 631 to take the biggest win of his angling career.
Now all the Sensas Mark One team have got to do is follow it up with a good performance in the team event on the same venue to round off a great start to the season for our local side.
It’s all go at the Tydd Gote Angling Club, they have been working really hard to get their waters into shape, they regularly run club matches and open events and now are preparing for a Fun Day Junior Fishing match which will take place on Saturday, August 15, on the North Level Drain. All entrants must be aged 16 years or under, be accompanied by an adult and have their own tackle. The club will provide bait or you can bring your own and coaching will be provided on the day. There will be lots of prizes to be won so the organisers are hoping for a good turn out. For more information contact either Chris Lynn on 07968 852323 or Bob Bates on 01945 587034.
In the Tydd Gote Wednesday match it was Kevin Hunt taking the top spot with 8lb. Runner-up with 7lb 15oz was Len Shucksmith, followed by Mick Asker on 7lb 9oz. Andy Greenwood won the Thursday match with 5lb 8oz and in Sunday’s club match it was Ray Groom taking the honours, putting 5lb 5oz to the scales.
In the latest Townsend Lakes Open fished on the Cuckoo Canal pool fishery boss Colin Begbie took top spot with 134lb 14oz taken from peg 20. Colin fished a short pole line with pellet and maggot.
Sam Hawks came second on 129lb 8oz, followed by Andy Adams with 94lb 10oz. Jason Lee has not fished for many years as he is a pilot for Easyjet and is so busy but, on Sunday, he made a rare appearance at Head Fen Fishery in the Fenland Rods club match. With a slight breeze blowing towards him and drawn in a bay he caught fish all day on luncheon meat close in to top the field with 84lb 4oz.
Also into the fish was his father Kevin. He had to settle for runner-up spot with 75lb, then came Mel Lutkin on 69lb 12oz and Mac Campbell, fresh from his section win in the seniors national in mid week at Makins Fishery, with 62lb 4oz.
The Bulls Mill section of the Forty Foot has started to show form for those fishing the Chatteris Workingmen’s Club match, Steve Newell topping the field with two tench and some small fish for 11lb 11oz. Second place went to Peter Cornwell on 5lb, then came John Roper with 4lb 11oz.
In the £1,000 qualifier open at Rookery Waters fished on the Jay Lake it was tough going for most. Fresh from his Decoy Lakes festival win was Whittlesey rod Simon Godfrey who caught steadily all day on pellet shallow long and corn down his left-hand margin for a match win with 83lb 4oz. Runner-up was Sean Higginbottom who fished meat across to the far side for 80lb 12oz and Barry Mason on 77lb 8oz came in third.
Peter Spriggs easily topped the latest Spratts AC match fished on the Six Island Pool at Decoy Lakes with a fine 191lb 14oz catch taken on paste. Peter Parlett came second with 86lb 10oz, followed by Trevor Cousins with 86lb 7oz.