Hackett’s Lakes – 30th July 2017

Big Lake – both banks (Spall Cup)

  1. Mark Baker          86lb  7oz
  2. Barry Stokes        79lb 11oz
  3. Malcolm Clark     77lb  8oz

With the passing of two members during the last week, Vincent Ciampoli and founder member Charlie Brown, today’s match was about remembering two individuals who were not only long-serving officials of RoTAS but also great friends to everyone in the club. We marked this sad occasion with a two minute silence before the start of the match.

The match itself involved a change of venue from the scheduled program, with Portland Old Wood Lake being unavailable. But Mark wasn’t complaining about this when he drew peg 47 and, after a few casts on the waggler, decided to go on the feeder at distance and caught good size carp and a few good size skimmers for his impressive winning weight. Barry ‘waggler’ Stokes on the opposite bank, with the wind in his face at peg 14, wasn’t able to use his favoured method today so also switched to the feeder. He finished up with a good net of carp, falling less than 7lb short for a close second. Next door to Barry, Malcolm Clark was on peg 13 and just missed out on the second spot by about 2lb, so completing an excellent frame.

Martyn Staley landed 74lb 13oz from peg 19 to take 4th spot and also Section 1, whilst Rick Smith caught 72lb on paste and the feeder in the edge for 5th place (and Section 2) from peg 44. A total of 27 anglers fished the match and Charlotte managed to bag the Mystery Weight prize again. John Farrow is through to the next round of the KO Cup with a win over Kevin Elliot, as is Phil Johnson after beating Billy Campbell.

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