Kev Brown keeps James Maude Angling Club title for fifth year

KEV Brown retained his James Maude Angling Club league title for a fifth successive year in the final match at Hallcroft Bridge.

The contest went right to the wire with Brown trying to fend off Kyle Wood, looking to take the title for the first time.

Both anglers drew outer pegs and so knew this was not going to easy as the favoured pegs were on the island.

A good turnout of 25 anglers saw Johnny Evans set the pace.

Fshing top two and two pellet over micros/4mm from peg 17 on the island, he caught steady all day to amass 68lb 8oz to win on the day.

In second place, also on the island, was guest Pete Divito, finding his form late on with 57lb from peg seven.

Best weight on the outer from peg 49 was Paul Davies, fishing a tidy match to take 52lb 9oz to the scales. Ahead of venue expert Dave Sewell, with 42lb from the windiest peg on the lake 34, half of Dave’s weight being made up from one carp a 22lb ghostie caught on pellet on top two and two a new club record biggest fish.

But, although there was to be no top three place for the title contenders,Kev Brown did just enough to retain his title for the fifth year running and just deny Kyle, who put up a very brave attempt.

In the penultimate match on the canal at Portland Waters, Dave Lilliman, fishing from fancied peg 17, was into fish from the off, with meat over hemp and meat that paid off with 104lb 9oz to take the podium.

Having to settle for second place to keep his title hopes alive was Kev Brown, drawing last on the grid at peg 30.

Kev was soon to leave the field in his wake, but found only one carp the difference, notching up another ton with 102lb 8oz.

Fishing from an unfancied peg eight was in-form Kyle Wood, still in pursuit of Kev’s title.

Kyle’s paste tactics proved worthy of another ton again long pole taking 100lb 1oz onto the podium.

The week before on Hallcroft All Moat Island, Tony Smith showed he is a master at drawing big fish into his nets from peg 38.

Three hours into the match and Tony had little to show for his efforts, as did most of the field.

But his persistence paid off in the end. Fishing close in to his left, Tony fished pellet/sweet corn in a paste wrap feeding micros/corn to accumulate a cracking weight late on of 87lb 9oz.

Back to his best and only just missing out was Kev Brown on peg 29 where the spinner paid off with Kev taking 71lb to the scales.

Another hot peg, two, went to Gary Butchers, fishing long down the margins for 59lb1oz.

James Maude AC supported The Big Bash Breast Cancer Appeal, the biggest charity fishing match in the country, which has already raised over £67,000 pounds, with a two-legged match against Big Bash AC at Sherwood Fishery’s Holmedale Lake.

Maude led 1-0 from the first leg at Lindholme and, despite some cracking weights, Big Bash could not make up the deficit.

One man who got his tactics spot on the day was Paul Skeldon, fishing meat and feeding meat from peg 15, he amassed a cracking weight of 100lb13oz.

Gary Butcher was second with 71lb 8oz from peg 36 and Kyle Wood third with 67lb 9oz.