Warwick once again showed why it is the LACC’s premier match fishing stretch as the top ten anglers in today’s individual championship all returned more than 300cms.
The best three results all came from anglers who headed towards the Leamington end. Derek Holmes took the kingfisher trophy with 23 perch and two zander for a total of 624cm. Last year’s champion Richard Haines was runner-up with 519cm. Steve Wilson was third with 492cm.
Biggest fish of the day was a 56cm zander that fell to the rod of fifth-placed Greg Canter.
The top 16 all qualify for the LACC matchplay where individual anglers go head to head in a straight knockout competition to find the matchplay champion.
1. Derek Holmes 624cm
2. Richard Haines 519cm
3. Steve Wilson 492cm
4. Balint Koder 419cm
5. Greg Canter 411cm
6. Tom Andrews 377cm
7. Mike McGuire 349cm
8. John Cheyne 343cm
9. Vidar Thomassen 334cm
10. Gary Palmer 318cm
11. Alan Brown 274cm
12. John Smith 136cm
13. Chris Mugan 130cm
14. Adam Brooks 127cm
15. Joel Kempson 110cm
16. Jared Cleary 87cm
17. Felix Hay 70cm
18. Mike Busby 66cm
19. Rob Busby 57cm
Booking is now open for the individual championship at Warwick on Saturday, October 20.
No need for partners this time. Fish solo for the right to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner Richard Haines and be crowned the LACC’s individual champion for 2018.
The top 16 anglers also qualify for the keenly contested matchplay competition in which anglers go head-to-head Ryder Cup-style at selected waters. Any places not taken up for the matchplay go to the next best-placed anglers, so there’s plenty to fish for on the day.
The match stretch will be from Grand Union bridge 54 at Hatton down to bridge 44 Myton Road, Leamington.
Team No Name of Vidar Thomassen and Alan Brown ran home comfortable winners after amassing 820cm of perch and zander in round 3 of the pairs league held at Warwick.
While most teams headed south along the canal towards Leamington to fish water they already knew well, Vidar and Alan headed north towards Hatton to fish a stretch featuring in the competition for the first time. The pair finished up with 33 fish.
It proved a good decision with the rest left to compete for runners-up slots. Another four teams posted more than 500cm, including second-placed Canalmasters of Mike McGuire and Richard Haines (567cm) and third-placed No Wasps Here of Steve Wilson and Derek Holmes (554cm).
It was a particularly good day for the Canalmasters who picked up 10 bonus points for biggest pike (58cm) and biggest perch (34cm), both to the rod of Mike McGuire.
Largest zander of 55cm was caught by Daryn Pahl of Mombakkies.
The results saw Canalmasters move several places up the overall table to share top spot with No Wasps Here.
The Gunki Munkis of Tom Andrews and Dave Burgess proved their big-fish-hunting class for the second year in a row by winning the LACC specimen challenge.
Eight teams of two set off from The Leopard in Bishops Tachbrook to fish for the two biggest zander and two biggest perch on any of the LACC waters.
It was a close-run thing at the top with just three centimeters separating the top three teams. Zander of 50cm and 53cm did the trick for Tom and Dave as they finished with 159cm.
Biggest zander of the day at 59cm went to Adam Brooks of second-placed River Soarpranos.
Biggest perch at 36cm was caught by John Cheyne of 2 Blokes Fishing.
Every team caught at least two perch and two zander.
Next competition is the Warwick leg of the pairs league on September 30. Book here.
Entries are now open for round 3 of this year’s pairs league, which takes place on Sunday, September 30, on our premier stretch of canal in Warwick.
And this year’s Warwick event has a new twist. The club has special permission to fish the canal between our stretches at Warwick and Hatton Locks on the day of the competition.
It means the competition stretch will go from bridge 54 at Hatton Locks down to bridge 44 at Myton Road, Leamington. As usual, there will be no fishing by competitors between September 21 and the match.
Entry is £5 per team of two. Book here now.