Black Coun­try golden boys!

● Wolves rods boss Canal Pairs Fi­nal ● Big fish or bust on Ere­wash

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ACLUTCH of West Mid­lands match­men are count­ing up their win­nings fol­low­ing the 2017 Angling Trust/Canal & River Trust Canal Pairs Fi­nal.

Two of those Black Coun­try cut masters – Paul Turner and Dave Brown – have pock­eted up­wards of two grand apiece in the past month!

All 56 pairs lin­ing the Ere­wash Canal be­tween San­di­acre and Long Ea­ton, on the Der­byshire/ Not­ting­hamshire bor­der, had earned their place in the Fi­nal through suc­cess in qual­i­fy­ing rounds over the past sum­mer.

Emerg­ing tri­umphant with an un­beat­able 105 point to­tal – and pick­ing up a tidy £2,112 – were Dave Brown (Dy­na­mite Maver Mid­lands) and Rob­bie Lloyd (Sen­sas Black Coun­try).

Wed­nes­field-based Rob­bie fin­ished sec­ond in B Sec­tion to col­lar 55 points, while Penkridge-based Dave added 50 points thanks to sixth place in A.

Rob­bie said: "Af­ter the draw I didn’t know what to think. I don’t know the venue, but we have man­aged to pull it out of the bag and win over­all. I’d like to thank Dave on a lot of good di­rec­tion on what to do on the peg."

Sec­ond, scoop­ing £1,584 with 100 points, were Shake­speare Su­perteam/Bait-Tech co­horts Tony Barker and Mick Hatchard.

Black Coun­try pair­ings also claimed third and fourth places, with Ja­son Evans and Mark Rober­son shar­ing £1,056 for third on 97 points. Broth­ers Paul and Neil Turner claimed fourth on 95 points, for £528.

Paul Turner was top in­di­vid­ual with a level 6 kg, com­pris­ing two bream of 4 lb 8 oz apiece, sev­eral qual­ity perch and a few roach, from peg A1, di­rectly be­low San­di­acre Lock.

The 57-year-old re­tired car­pen­ter, who won the pre­vi­ous week’s prac­tice Open, told An­gler’s Mail: “If you keep com­ing out with end-peg draws then it’s happy days! I al­ways wait un­til the very end of the queue to draw, and it’s given me two ab­so­lute flier pegs this past fort­night.

“The canal was gin clear, with no boat traf­fic and we had hor­ren­dous winds. I set up three rigs, all for big fish on worm and caster. Two were for down the track at dif­fer­ent spots on 0.14 and 0.12 mm lines, the other on 0.12 for go­ing up the slope at

3 ft depth three-quar­ters across.

“I’d caught a few qual­ity perch and three de­cent caster roach by the mid­way stage when I went onto the longer line. Straight away I had a big bream, then I lost one at the net, which was foul-hooked, be­fore land­ing an­other 20 min­utes later.

“That was job done, although I kept ro­tat­ing lines to add a few Wolver­hamp­ton AA VdE ace Paul Turner and the top catch.

more perch and roach up to the end. Neil caught a cred­itable

1 kg 400 g in B Sec­tion to put us fourth over­all. Well done to win­ners Dave and Rob, and also to all in­volved in run­ning a very smooth match,” con­cluded Paul.

In­di­vid­ual run­ner-up, at peg A44, with 30 fine perch for 3 kg 880 g was Daz Shaw (Maver NW). Broms­grove’s Ja­son Evans (Brown­ing WM) was third with 3.250 – two tench and perch.

The Ju­niors Fi­nal, along­side the se­nior event, was led by Liver­pool youth Liam Mur­phy with 1 kg 620 g of mainly perch.

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