July 6, 2008

Liam on His Game With a Prize Catch

Blythe Bridge teenager Liam Hamnett is becoming something of a game fishing expert.

The Blythe Bridge High School student, aged 14, returned from a fishing holiday in Scotland having recorded the best catch of a trip he enjoyed with his grandparents Peter and Rene Dale.

Peter, secretary of the Potteries Angling Society, and his wife Rene spend two weeks a year touring the Scottish rivers and still waters after salmon and trout.

However, on this occasion they were both upstaged by their grandson who took a quartet of trout from the River Spey at Grantown.

"The weather was appalling and the rivers were never at a normal level," explained Dale on his return.

"We tried to catch salmon, but conditions were against us. However, Liam stuck it out and landed the best catch of the trip.

All of the youngster's fish, taken from the Mouth Pool on the Dulnain stretch of the river, were over 2lb 8oz, the best a magical 3lb 8oz, which like the rest, took worm baits fished on a size 12 hook tied to 3lb breaking strain line.

MOW Cop Anglers are in the enviable position of having too many members trying to fish their club competitions at Rode Pool.

And it is no wonder after seeing the latest result in which Phil Brayford took the top prize money with a staggering 112lb 12oz of big bream.

On a venue which was once the top tench water in the North West and North Midlands, Phil produced a new club record catch by using a feeder filled with ground bait and maggots, which, with corn and maggot on the hook, tempted 20 big specimens to his waiting net.

Under any other circumstances the 45lb 10oz weighed in by Andy McDonald would have been enough to secure victory, but on this particular occasion it was not even half the weight of the winner.

Not surprisingly, the next match to be held on the pool on July 13 is almost sold out, and with just 20 pegs available, there is sure to be a clamour for the remainder.

To ensure a booking and a place, telephone (01782) 776365.

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