Black Country golden boys!
● Wolves rods boss Canal Pairs Final ● Big fish or bust on Erewash
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.