Farewell to Tony Smith, the quiet man of an­gling

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEKS -

I’M sorry to have to tell you that for­mer Dren­nan Cup run­ner-up Tony Smith passed away peace­fully at his home in Fer­ry­bridge, West York­shire, on De­cem­ber 6.

Tony was one of the quiet men of spe­cial­ist an­gling and rarely pub­li­cised or wrote about his suc­cess. He had a sci­en­tific ap­proach to the sport, and re­li­giously stud­ied An­gling Times and other mag­a­zines for clues about wa­ters which held the cal­i­bre of fish he was in­ter­ested in catch­ing.

He chat­ted and wrote let­ters to an­glers and fish­ery own­ers to gain fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, and kept files de­voted to dif­fer­ent species for ref­er­ence.

When he de­cided to break his self-im­posed code of si­lence by mak­ing a bid for the 2015-16 Dren­nan Cup, his suc­cess came as no sur­prise to those who knew him.

He fin­ished a close run­ner-up to Dai Grib­ble, catch­ing bream to 18lb, tench to 13lb 13oz, bar­bel to 16lb 9oz and a 5lb 6oz eel.

He will also be re­mem­bered as the cap­tor of two huge eels in Septem­ber 2004, from a busy dayt­icket wa­ter in Lin­colnshire.

He landed a spec­i­men of 8lb 11oz, and fol­lowed it up a few hours later with an­other of 9lb 4oz.

Tony was not mo­ti­vated by fame and glory. He sim­ply en­joyed be­ing at the water­side, en­joy­ing the ca­ma­raderie of mix­ing with spe­cial­ist an­glers and, above all, he en­joyed the chal­lenge of catch­ing ex­cep­tional fish.

He leaves a wife, Ann, and a son, Steve. Dave Tip­ping, Har­ro­gate

Tony Smith and a 10lb 15oz tench.

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