BAD WEEK...

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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.

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