Worker Ant’s toil rewarded with winning smoothound

Ant Reid with his winning smoothound
Ant Reid with his winning smoothound
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Ant Reid won the Blackpool & Layton Angling Society sea match with a smoothound of 79cm and weighing 4lb 9oz.

Fishing a pulley pennell with peeler crab, Ant had to hand-line the fish up the wall and luckily it was well hooked.

Others fishing the match had some undersize fish that were returned

Ant had the only fish that was big enough to count in the competition and returned it safely.

He fished again on Friday evening and caught a much bigger smoothound of 9lb 7oz, which was also weighed, photographed and returned safely.

Young Josh Casson had a belated birthday present in the Blackpool & Layton freshwater match on Ash lake at Highfield.

Five days after turning 16, Josh got the better of his peers with a winning catch of 38lb.

On the end peg of the much-fancied section two, Josh fished meat and corn, alternating between the feeder and the pole to catch carp and barble.

His weight would have been even greater but several fish were lost while Josh was reeling them in, including a large carp.

Josh also managed to complete the match without getting sunburnt, unlike some other competitors.

Runner-up to Josh on section two was Mike Coates with 34lb 10oz and Mark Unsworth was third (28lb 10oz).

The section one winner was Colin Goodwin with 26lb 12oz. Nick Marriott was second (24lb 10oz) and Paul Devoys third (17lb 4oz).

The society’s vice-president Brian Petherwick caught a very nice barble of 5lb 9oz, which fought all the way to the net. However, ex-boxer Brian knows what it’s like to fight to the finish. The barble was just over a pound short of the club record set by president Robert Nelder in 1987.

Oak staged the Sunday Open at Highfield, where Bill Jolly triumphed on a blisteringly hot day.

Having finished runner-up in the Tuesday evening match and the Thursday Open, Bill managed to go one better in another tight contest.

Highfield match regular Bill fished the tip with corn to catch barble and ide and had a winning match bag of 59lb 10oz.

Stu Kennedy was second (53lb 14oz) and Nathan Lumb third (35lb 10oz).

In the Tuesday evening open, Nathan Lumb was less than 15lb short of his own match record by catching 129lb 14oz in the allotted three hours.

The club’s five-hour match records at Highfield have all stood since 2010 and are 173lb for Oak, 164lb for Ash and 121lb for Beech.

It’s amazing that the three-hour match record for Beech beats that for five hours – evidence that fishing can be better in the evening .

Other results:

Beech Lake: 1. Stuart Bird 105lb 10oz, 2.Jason Ward 79lb 4oz, 3. Mark Brady 54lb 6oz

Wednesday Pensioners Match: 1.Brian Beswick 64lb 14oz, 2. Ben Martin 49lb 10oz.

Thursday Open on Oak: 1. Paul Roberts 88lb, 2. Bill Jolly 59lb 6oz

Friday Pensioners’ Match: 1. Eddie Parry 54lb 12oz, 2. Harry Fairhurst 45lb 10oz, 3. Kenny Anderton 41lb 8oz