Lie test verdict – a court stripped the winner of the world’s largest billfish tournament of his $2.8 million prize money, after he failed a lie detector test about whether he cheated. Heasley had been suspected of breaking a rule at the 2016 White Marlin Open that prohibits anglers from dropping lines before 8.30am. He caught a 76 lb 8 oz white marlin, but failed a polygraph test on his second attempt.
ORCHID LAKES boss Marsh Pratley is bravely fighting cancer as he continues to raise money for charity.
The Oxfordshire-based former Marine is undergoing chemotherapy treatment, but is determined to keep raising money for Anglers Against Cancer, the charity he co-founded four years ago.
Marsh is on course to reach this year’s target of £51,355, which will bring the total raised by the charity to a quarter of a million pounds.
Orchid manager James Simpson said: “The main fundraising event is a big match on September 20.
“We’ve already sold out of tickets to fish the match, but others can come and camp on the site for a charitable £10, allowing them to enjoy the activities, including a hog roast and entertainment.
“We have been donated a lot of items, such as tackle and fishing holidays, some of which will be raffled on the day, with others being auctioned on our website.
“We are currently auctioning a guided holiday for two to the River Ebro, kindly donated by Edd Brett’s Catfish Tours.
“Marsh is having chemo today. He’s responding positively to the challenge of his illness, and we hope he will be well enough to attend.
“We are determined to carry on his legacy of running the fishery and the charity,” James added.
Only last week Marsh donated a rare Fred Crouch rod to the Barbel Society, who responded by giving £750 to the charity.
Society chairman Steve Pope
Men on a mission – Marsh Pratley, who was recently made an honorary vice-president of the Barbel Society, met with chairman Steve Pope to donate a special rod from his tackle collection. Steve noted: “Without Marsh there would not be a Barbel Society, as he encouraged the friendship between founder members Peter Stone and Fred Crouch.”
explained: “The wonderful rod, a Barbel Perfection, which is the first of a limited edition of 25 made by Fred, has a very special significance to us.
“We will help raise money for the charity. It gives us the opportunity to set aside a date
each year when we can pay our own homage to those whose shoulders we stand on.
“It isn’t totally decided yet, but we will be holding an event, provisionally called ‘Celebrating our Legends’, in August or September. All the money raised will go to Anglers Against Cancer.
“Marsh has come to represent all that is good about angling. His inspiration will live on in all the people who are privileged to know him,” he concluded.
Marsh has come to represent all that is good about angling.