DONOVAN AND RIDGE NORTHERN CUP CHAMPS
106lb 3oz net sees them dominate
CHRIS Donovan and Craig Ridge are the 2016 Northern Carp Cup champions following a dominant display at Wyreside Lakes Fishery.
After a sluggish start, the pair caught seven fish for a total weight of 106lb 3oz on Sunnyside Two at the seven-lake complex.
Fishing from peg 1 on the Road Bank, Chris and Craig banked all but one of their fish in a hectic spell between 10.30am and 7pm on day two of the 48-hour match.
They also caught the biggest fish of the weekend, a 24lb 10oz common.
“They had all sorts of weather, from strong wind, to heavy rain, to bright and hot sunshine,” said organiser Belinda Coxon.
With the fish well spread out, eight of the 12 pairs caught a total of 22 carp. Second place went to Simon Bury, who fished without partner Steve Blow, with four fish for 66lb 15oz, only just ahead of Dan Robson and Shane Fletcher, who also caught four fish for a total of 65lb 11oz.
The winners collected £2,000, with second place netting £1,000 and third £500. The event, along with other British Carp Cup events, will be screened on BT Sport this November.
Craig Ridge, left, and Chris Donovan with the biggest fish caught during the weekend.
Simon Bury came second with 66lb 15oz.
Shane Fletcher, left, and Dan Robson.